Traveljunkieindonesia.com – The Indonesian jungle is legendary for its terrain: steep slippery pitches and precipitous drops. The trails can be well-worn paths or barely visible breaks in the underbrush. This is no stroll through the park, you’ll need to be responsibly fit, and well prepared, for any jungle wander.
Bring along mosquito and leech repellent, sunscreen and lots of water. Wear long sleeves and long pants to protect against bugs and thorns, and sturdy shoes with good grip to combat gravity. A dry change of clothes and sandals for camp are a good idea.
The difference between the rainy season and the dry season is wishful thinking; paths are always slippery and rain is usually likely. Monsoon storms usually creep up in the afternoons and will undoubtedly unleash torrents on you. Travel with a lightweight rain jacket and a water-resistant bag that will keep electronics and passports dry (a plastic bag isn’t going to work). A sarong is useful as a sleeping sheet or as a towel.
Although the jungle seems indestructible, seemingly benign human activities can disturb the vulnerable communities who call this place home. Here are a few tips for being considerate in the forest.
Collect your trash, even fruit rubbish, and carry it out of the jungle with you for proper disposal.
Don’t feed the animals. Giving away food to wild creatures robs them of their independence and creates aggressive behaviour.
Happy Green Travels!