Q: Are flights included in the price?
A: No. Please see our Terms & Conditions for details of what is included in the expedition price.
Q: Do you offer a student discount?
At the moment we are not able to offer student discounts.
Q: What visas are required?
A: You will need an ESTA to travel via the United States. This is available on the official website. It costs is $14 and is valid for 2 years. The visa for Guatemala is filled out during your flight and will be valid for 90 days.
Q: Are vaccinations required for Guatemala?
A: You will need various vaccinations before travelling; enquire with your doctors surgery for information or referral to an appropriate Travel Clinic.
Q: What food is provided?
A: All food at the research sites is included in the cost. Meals are produced on the premises and dietary needs can be catered for, please let us know in advance.
Q: Will I need to bring my own water?
A: No. Drinking water is provided at the research sites, but please bring your own water bottle to refill.
Q: Will I be sharing a room?
A: Yes, we use shared dormitory rooms with up to 4 people per room. Each room has its own bathroom.
Q: Is electricity available?
A: Yes, but not all day long! Generators run at various times throughout the day to allow for charging of personal devices etc and to operate the room fans.
Q: Is there internet access.
A: No. Our research sites are remote. In the case of an emergency contact is my mobile phone.
Q: Is hot water available?
Q: What equipment will I need to bring?
A: A kit list is included in your expedition dossier.
Q: Do I need to have prior experience of reptiles and amphibians?
A: No, all we ask is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn! All relevant training (species ecology and identification, survey techniques, data collection, safety) will be provided by experienced herpetologists. However, if you do have experience we will gladly make good use of it!
Q: Are there medical facilities ?
A: Our staff are First Aid trained and basic First Aid kits are available. It is recommended to bring a personal First Aid kit and please do ensure you have any medication you might require. In the case of emergency an Emergency Plan is in place should evacuation to full medical facilities be required.
Q: Is there risk of malaria?
A: Malaria is a low risk at our research sites, but we recommend that volunteers seek advice from a medical professional before deciding what to do. Prevention is better than cure, so we recommend covering up (long trousers and long-sleeved shirts) and using a good non-DEET repellant. So far the best I have found is Mosi-Guard. It was developed by London School of Tropical Diseases.
Q: How hot does the weather get?
A: Laguna del Tigre National Park: It depends on the time of your expedition; the hottest months are April and May (reaching 30-40 ̊C) with cooler temperatures during November/December (25-30 ̊C). The rainy season generally starts at the end of May/beginning of June; but humidity levels can be high all year round, usually 90% or more.
Q: How active will we be? Are ‘days off’ programmed in?
A: It is a fairly active expedition and the intention would be to work every day; however due to the climate there is always a ‘siesta’ in the middle of the day, and of course regular meal breaks. Much survey work is carried out at night and scientific work (measuring, weighing etc)in the early morning, but flexibility is required. River trips at dawn are always popular! The intention is to ensure the wellbeing and experience of our volunteer researchers.
Q: Where can I find out more about the sorts of species that might be encountered?
A: Refer to the main website:
Q: Is it dangerous to survey in a tropical rainforest?
A: Any environment such as this has its dangers, however they will be kept to an absolute minimum by a common sense approach. Full information will be provided regarding venomous snakes and how to behave appropriately and safely around them. Correct clothing and sensible precautions are needed when in tropical forests at all times, and advice will be given on this.
*** We take safety very seriously and anyone jeopardising either themselves or others will be asked to leave the expedition ***
Q: Where will I meet up with Indigo staff?
A: Indigo Expeditions staff will meet you at the designated meeting point at the start of your expedition.
Q: Are animals harmed or marked in any way, or collected for museum specimens?
A: No voucher specimens are taken. Snakes are marked during expeditions as part of an on-going capture – mark – recapture programme. This is done in a non-invasive and harmless way and will be fully explained and demonstrated . The welfare of any animal caught as part of our scientific work is of the utmost importance to us. Any animals caught are released at the point of capture within 48 hours.
Q: Are clothes washing facilities available?
A: A number of washing basin are available to hand wash clothing. Please bring your own laundry soap/liquid, preferably choose a biodegradeable option.
Q: Can you cater for a special diet?
A: We have regularly catered for special diets, from vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, to peanut and seafood allergies. Make sure let us know so we can inform the cooks of any requirements you may have.
Q: What is the best option for power/batteries?