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  • Even the Amazing Amazon Needs Insurance!

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Travel insurance is a must when you undertake adventure trips. If you are the type who watched “The Land That Time Forgot” or “McKenna’s Gold” wide-eyed as a kid, and are still mesmerized by “Madagascar,” you may possess that adventure streak. Why not make that ultimate adventure trip, then—to the Amazon?

The Amazon rain forest is one of the last remaining places on Earth with amazing biodiversity, unique flora and fauna, relatively untouched by man. But before making that trip to Ecuador or Peru, purchase a suitable travel and medical insurance policy.

Most adventure tour operators insist on travel insurance before you register for the trip and some recommend their own providers. The policy that you choose should cover air emergency evacuation and expenses, trip cancellation, loss of baggage, flight delays and medical treatment. Some providers cover pre-existing conditions if you opt for early purchase.

Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory. Keep copies of your passport with relatives back home. Malaria and diarrhea are also rampant in the rainforest as the weather is hot and humid. Carry your own malarial drugs and drink safe water. Last but definitely not the least – have a blast!

Travel tip: If you plan on traversing the Amazon Basin by passenger boat, bring along a basic phrasebook to help communicate with the locals. You will have a great time discovering their way of life!

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