Important to mention here is that you have to be fit and in good health to take part in this adventure. You will be walking on heights of around 4000m, without trails, and you will always be climbing to the higher parts of the paramo to get a good overview of the bear territory. Be prepared to walk for several hours at a time and this possibly in cold and wet weather conditions. Needless to say that you also have to be flexible and patient: spotting bears depends on a lot of circumstances!
We strongly recommend that you do somehill-walking or other exercise in the weeks before your arrival–the fitter you are,the more you will enjoy your long walks in these beautiful mountains. If you have a medical condition, disability or other special needs,you MUST inform us before your arrival.
- valid passport (for most countries, a visa is not necessary as a tourist, but best check with your local embassy)
- photo copy of your passport to leave with us in case we need to contact your embassy on your behalf
- note of your insurance policy number and emergency phone number
- warm clothing for cool weather (sweater or fleece)
- long trousers, t-shirts and long sleeved shirts (preferably in fabrics that dry quickly)
- wind and/or rain jacket
- warm woolen hat, gloves, scarf
- waterproof hiking boots (we provide rubberboots,but please tell us your size before arriving; very big sizes are hard to find in Ecuador)
- small rucksack or daypack for hiking (+ waterproof covering)
- water bottle
- handy first aid kit
- flashlight(+spare batteries,preferablyrechargeable)
- sunscreen (high SPF), sunhat, sunglasses
- insect repellent: there is NO malaria in Papallacta. Sometimes there are small biting midges.
- alarm clock
- camera (+ spare camera battery, memorycards,…)
- binoculars recommended
- plastic bags to protect camera etc.
- swimming suit / trousers (thermal baths!)