RARE to the Reef: Site Visit to Honduras
May 2 – 7, 2023
To participate on this trip, you must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and up to date with any additional doses of the vaccine you may be eligible for. In many cases, this means you must be boosted before travel. Travelers are not eligible for a refund for failure to get vaccinated or boosted prior to departure.
HEALTH INFORMATION & IMMUNIZATIONS
Prior to travel, Elevate Destinations and Rare strongly recommend that you consult your physician regarding recommended immunizations for your time in Honduras. Given that we are not a licensed Health Care provider, we cannot advise travelers on which immunizations they may need. We recommend that all travelers do the following:
- Visit the CDC Website for Honduras to view recommended vaccines and medicines, travel health notices for the region, and other tips for staying healthy and safe.
- Consult with a travel clinic or your primary care physician regarding immunizations or other precautions you may need to take in order to participate in this journey. You will need to do this well in advance of your trip as some vaccinations require time to take effect, and you may need to allow time between a series of shots.
- Check that your health insurance covers you in Honduras. Please read the Health Insurance policy provided by Rare during the trip linked below to determine if you would like to purchase additional medical insurance.
- Honduras requires travelers to be vaccinated for yellow fever if arriving from or traveling to a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission. If you are coming from the United States, you do not need to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.
Elevate Destinations recommends that travelers have a moderate level of fitness and agility. Travelers on this trip should be able to:
- Walk confidently on uneven surfaces
- Climb sets of stairs without assistance
- Keep pace with an active group of travelers
- Spend time outside in warm, humid weather
- Ride comfortably in a boat in the open ocean for up to 90 minutes and in a vehicle on bumpy roads
- Keep a flexible and positive attitude in the case of sudden changes to the itinerary or weather – expect the unexpected!
Your guide will give you current briefings on safety while in-country, but here are some basic ground rules for safety while traveling:
- Keep all valuables in the hotel safe.
- Avoid flashing money. Be mindful of your belongings at all times. Keep bags in front of you in crowds, and on your lap when at restaurants.
- Pay attention: avoid walking around with your smartphone in hand.
- Be vigilant when crossing roads.
- Stick with the group.
- Always make sure that others know of your whereabouts and movements. If you leave the hotel, make sure someone knows your destination and your estimated return time.
- Avoid street protests or large gatherings.
- Do not wear expensive or sentimentally valuable jewelry while traveling.
- Let a staff person or your guide know if you have any safety concerns.
- Always wear sun protection in the form of lotion, a hat and/or a scarf to cover your shoulders, especially during the peak of the day.
- Rare and Elevate are also equipped with safety and security plans in the event of emergencies, developed by our security consultants.
SAFE TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP)
Rare will enroll all travelers from the USA for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in case of an emergency. Enrolling in this program has enormous benefits in case of an emergency while abroad:
- You will receive information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination.
- Enrolling lets the U.S. Embassy in that country know that you are there and helps them contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family-related.