1. In the rainforest… it rains!
Never mind is dry season, never mind what the weather people say… It rains. Tell the passengers about it. That is what makes it green and beautiful. But it is important to bring rain gear.
2. Trails in the rainforest are sometimes paved and nice, but usually they are muddy, uneven and filled with roots.
Please tell your clients to get a pair of nice waterproof and comfortable hiking boots. They are great to walk through the mud that sometimes you will certainly find in trails.
3. If your client is a loner, and loves to walk by him/herself, tell them to ask the staff of the lodge about walking by him/herself in the jungle.
The rainforests are not dangerous places… They are actually quite magical, and for some of us walking through them in silence and by ourselves it such a pleasure! But it happens that sometimes rainforests are like labyrinths if you loose the trail for any reason. There can be snakes, that usually don’t go after tourists to bite them, but will do if you step on their heads. There are ants and bees… that you may not know you are allergic to… Better not to walk by yourself, but if you feel the need and cannot help it, please tell someone where you are going, and when you come back.
4. The rainforests are humid.
Therefore we sweat a lot. Please tell them to bring strong deodorants and enough clothes changes. There can be other people in the group and unfortunately we don’t always notice our own aromas.
5. In the rainforests there are bugs.
The hotels can’t help it! It’s part of the jungle. Never mind how much spraying they do, ants, moths and bugs may get in the rooms. Please tell them to bring repellent and to understand that we are their visitors and the rainforest is their home.
6. The rainforests are a place to pay respect to nature.
Not a place to shout, not a place to laugh out loud. Certainly not a place to smoke. Please tell them about these ground rules. The inhabitants of the forest will become very shy if humans keep on being noisy and smell like tobacco. And then your next clients will tell you they didn’t see anything.
7. When you are selling a rainforest lodge or tour to a family with small children.
Please tell them to make sure that the kids do not wander by themselves in the forest, that they follow the tour guide rules, and that they do not touch or taste anything they do not know or ask their tour guide about.
8. If they are readers, please tell them to bring a good flashlight or a reading light device for the night reading.
In Costa Rica and in the rainforest lodges usually the lights are meant to be dim. To avoid the light pollution and to avoid the unnecessary electric waste and as a part of the Certificate of Sustainable Development.
9. Even if usually rainforests are in warm areas, some of them can be up in the mountains and average temperature can be as low as 10° C (50° F) or even lower.
Please find out about where they are going and the average temperature of the different regions so that they bring a good weater or jacket.