Smile Train La Ciudad Perdida Trek – Charity Challenge
April 9 – 16, 2023
This is an advanced hiking trip, and we recommend that travelers have a high level of fitness and agility, with some experience backpacking or hiking full days with a pack. We recommend starting a training routine that includes hiking or backpacking, in addition to your regular fitness regimen. Travelers with knee injuries may wish to consult with their doctor before registering. For the most satisfying experience, and in fairness to your fellow travelers, please note that this trip requires the following abilities:
- Walk at least six to eight miles without difficulty on uneven surfaces
- Spend extended periods of time on their feet
- Climb sets of stairs without assistance
- Keep pace with an active group of travelers
- Spend time outside in warm, dry weather
- Ride comfortably in a vehicle on bumpy roads for extended periods of time
- Flexible and positive attitude in the case of sudden changes to the itinerary or weather – expect the unexpected!
Due to the remote and active nature of this trip, a physician’s form is required to participate. Please download the form here and email your signed form to Dana (firstname.lastname@example.org) within two weeks of registering.
To participate on this trip, you must be fully vaccinated against Covid 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 strongly recommends that you look into recommended immunizations for your time in Colombia. 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:
- 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.
- Visit the CDC Health & Safety Guide for Colombia to view recommended vaccines and medicines, travel health notices for the region, and other tips for staying healthy and safe.
- Check that your medical insurance covers you in Colombia.
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 or in a locked suitcase.
- Avoid flashing money. Be mindful of your belongings at all time. 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.
- Avoid street protests or large gatherings.
- Do not wear expensive or sentimentally valuable jewelry while traveling.
- Let your guide know if you have any safety concerns.
SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP):
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) 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.