It is an area of tropical rainforest and dense vegetation; you have to cross rivers and there are wild and poisonous animals.
There are mosquitoes that transmit diseases. Wear repellent and clothing that covers arms and legs!
Do not drink water from rivers or other water sources in the rainforest! You may suffer poisoning and dehydration.
For your safety, use authorized transports!
During the travel
Share your travel plan and location with your loved ones. Maintain constant contact with them.
Do not travel at night, it is dangerous. Try to travel only during the daylight.
Hand in the identity documents in a digital or laminated hard copy format to children and adolescents and other members of the family group.
Explain to children and adolescents everything that is happening, play with them and do not leave them alone.
Always travel in groups and memorize at least three telephone numbers.
Help children memorize their place of origin, parents' names, relatives, and contact numb.
The travel involves high physical effort, and it is important to know how to swim.
If you suffer from any type of illness, be sure to bring your medication.
Carry only the essentials in your luggage. Bring food for 4 to 5 days. Wear light and easy to dry clothing, comfortable boots/shoes, socks to change regularly and keep feet dry, and waterproof coats to protect from the rain.
It is vital to stay hydrated. Therefore, bring drinking water, water purification tablets or filters.
Remember never to camp or rest on the banks of a river. Remember NOT to share tents with strangers. Use the tent only with your family.
Carry a kit of essentials: flashlight, whistle, lighter, insect repellent, burn creams, creolin, toilet paper, disinfectant alcohol, and bar soap.
Do not separate from your group or walk alone, that may increase the risks. Always walk with someone.
Digitize your documents, save them to your phone and email. Store hard copies in aplastic bag to protect them from water.
If you lose your passport, you must report it to the Police and contact your Consulate!
Where to find support
Remember that you have rights in Colombia! You can go to Defensoría del Pueblo Regional Urabá (Calle 95 No. 95 A - 06, Barrio Nuevo Apartadó), Personería de Necoclí (Carrera 50 # 49-13, Calle de la Policía) or Personería de Acandí (Calle Olaya Herrera) if you need support on access to rights.
In case of a medical emergency among family members or fellow travelers, go to the nearest medical center or visit the IOM Mobile Health Point (Quay Katamarán, Necoclí).
If you are a pregnant woman and need emergency medical attention, go to the nearest medical center.
If you are at risk of or have faced any type of sexual or gender-based violence, you can contact the local Family Police Stations (Carrera 50 # 52-46, Centro, Necoclí, Tel: +57 311 3907353) to get help or go to HIAS (Carrera 51 # 49 - 11, Centro Necoclí).
To access legal orientation, information on international protection, humanitarian assistance and translation services please contact or go to Punto de Atención y Orientación PAO in Necoclí (Carrera 42 # 46-38) or in Turbo (Carrera 14 # 99A – 42).