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Paraguay

Tour Information

ENTERING AND LEAVING PARAGUAY:  U.S, citizens entering Paraguay will need a passport valid on the date of entry and with at least one blank page for an entry stamp, and a visa which can be obtained in country on arrival. Those wishing to acquire their visa pre-travel can do so at the Paraguayan Embassy - http://www.mre.gov.py/Sitios/Home/Index/embaparusa/ENG - or at their consulates in Miami and New York. 

There are no inoculations required unless you are coming directly from a country where Yellow Fever is endemic; in that case you may be asked to show proof of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination. 

COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information for Paraguay at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/paraguay.html , and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Paraguay at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pa.html   

PACE OF THE TOUR: We will be making early starts most days (04.00-06.00) so as be out in the field for the first few hours of the day when birds are most active. We will normally have very early breakfasts at our lodging. Although we walk at a slow to moderate pace we’ll bird for hours at a time on most mornings. Be aware that you will not be able to return to the lodge or vehicle on your own if you become tired. Participants should be able to walk at a slow to moderate pace for four to five hours. 

As there are many range-restricted nocturnal species, we will arrange for a night walk/drive whenever there is an opportunity to look for owls, potoos and nightjars. These outings normally last two hours and may be taken after an earlier dinner or before a late dinner. Please be prepared to be flexible with regards these species and associated logistical arrangements. 

HEALTH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations. These include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. 

They further recommend that most travelers have protection against Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Please contact your doctor well in advance of your tour’s departure as some medications must be initiated weeks before the period of possible exposure. 

The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations can be found on the CDC’s Travel Health website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/paraguay . 

Yellow Fever: The CDC advises that Yellow Fever is possible in certain parts of Paraguay.  Please consult your physician. 

Malaria: The areas we’ll visit are free of malaria.

Miscellaneous:Paraguay is quite a clean country, and we will be exploring places that have been visited by tourists for some time. We avoid tap water but filtered and bottled water are readily available.  

Bring a good insect repellent for mosquitoes and other insects that we’ll occasionally encounter. 

Smoking:  Smoking is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a nonsmoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, do so well away and downwind from the group. If any location where the group is gathered has a stricter policy than the WINGS policy, that stricter policy will prevail. 

CLIMATE: The climate of Paraguay consists of a subtropical climate in the Paraneña region and a tropical climate in the Chaco. 

The Paraneña region has a humid climate, with abundant precipitation throughout the year and only moderate seasonal changes in temperature. 

ACCOMMODATION: Our accommodation will be in posadas (ranch-type lodges). The rooms at the posadas vary in quality and in terms of air-conditioning. Most are ensuite, and have air-conditioning but some have only cooling fans. 

Internet Access: Some lodges have internet access but signal strength varies and can be weak or non-existent at times. 

FOOD:The food is varied and very good, with home cooked dinners served buffet style. Vegetarians can be catered for if we are informed in advance of the tour. Free bottled water is constantly available as are juice drinks at meal times. 

Drinks: Bottled water, a soft drink or a beer (or wine if appropriate) are provided at meals, as is coffee or tea. In addition we keep a supply of bottled water on the tour vehicles. Bottled or filtered water may also be provided in some of the rooms where we stay. 

Food Allergies / Requirements: We cannot guarantee that all food allergies can be accommodated at every destination. Participants with significant food allergies or special dietary requirements should bring appropriate foods with them for those times when their needs cannot be met. Announced meal times are always approximate depending on how the day unfolds. Participants who need to eat according to a fixed schedule should bring supplemental food. Please contact the WINGS office if you have any questions.

TRANSPORTATION: A minibus driven by a local guide will be used when we visit some of the sites away from the lodge itself, however if the group size is small we will use a smaller mode of transport. Some roads may be quite bumpy. A rotational system will be used in the vehicle to allow everyone the opportunity to experience the most (and least) comfortable seats. 

Created: 08 June 2016