START DATE AND MEETING POINT We typically meet in Puerto Maldonado on the start date: this year that is June 15th. If you arrive early it is up to you to make arrangements, there are several hostels in the area which can be booked remotely. I recommend El Fauno.
TRAVEL You are responsible in getting to Puerto Maldonado, Peru. I recommend purchasing your tickets to Lima and Lima->Puerto Maldonado separately. That way if you decide to wander Peru after your field season, you just have to make it back to Lima since your flight wont be tied to a Puerto->Lima->Home layover.
If you overnight or have a long layover in the airport in Lima be aware that anyone can walk in the airport outside the security area. So if you decide to hang out in Starbucks upstairs or get something to eat be aware of your things and your surroundings as people get stuff stolen there all the time. Under absolutely NO CIRCUMSTANCE should you leave to walk around the airport neighborhood in Lima. It is dangerous and by doing so you are putting our project deliverables at risk. If you plan on hanging out around Lima, take transportation to your destination from the airport (i.e. uber, or official taxi). Plan your time accordingly, as it is often several hours to/from the airport to Lima (the airport is far).
COSTS So to reiterate, I cover costs (which is typically food and lodging) while at the field site, including travel and from the field site from Puerto. You are responsible for costs when not at the field site, which means food and lodging while in Puerto or anywhere else you decide to stay.
VACCINATIONS You will need vaccinations against Yellow Fever, Tetanus, and Typhoid
Optional: (Hepatitis A and B)
Malaria is very patchy. Personally, I don’t take malaria prophylaxis. If you decide to take a prophylaxis I recommend doxycyclene which seems to be one of the drugs that is easier on your body.
LIVING CONDITIONS For the 2023 field season, we will be staying in dorm-style housing. Bring a towel, toiletries, and realize that electricity is often not available (even to re-charge). Insects are everywhere. I recommend bringing a lot of 100% deet (you can dilute with alcohol in the field). 12oz of deet per month will keep you plenty protected (and prevent you from becoming a burden on the team by borrowing other peoples deet). There are occasional cold fronts, so bringing a 40 degree summer sleeping bag is a good idea (or warmer if you plan on heading to Cusco at some point)