During the expedition, your team will be based in the town of Camarones, a small, remote town on the edge of the park.
* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
The team will be staying in rented cabins. Rooms will be shared by 2–5 people, depending on the number of team members and the total number of males and females on your team. Each cabin has a small kitchen, and a bathroom with flushable toilets, showers, and sinks. Beds, pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided. Single rooms are not possible and couples rooms can be difficult to accommodate so are not guaranteed.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
Bathroom facilities include hot showers and flush toilets.
The cabins have electricity and plugs for charging camera batteries etc. Please bring the appropriate converters and adapters for Argentine electrical outlets (220-240v, 50 Hz.). You will find both “Type I” IRAM-2073 and “Type C” Euro plug type in Argentina.
The cellphone reception in the town of Camarones is spotty and will vary depending on your cell phone service provider. There is cell phone service at the field site, which is mainly used for emergencies or coordinating the research teams. There is NO INTERNET at the accommodations. Although some places in town may have Internet occasionally (i.e. restaurant, coffee shop) the connection is very poor, therefore we strongly recommend making sure you communicate with relatives at home from Trelew upon arrival in the airport. The Airport has free Internet you may use on arrival day. You may not be able to communicate via the Internet while in Camarones, which is very remote.
The research team recommends you and your relatives back home to download the application for cell phones “Whatsapp”. This app allows you to send text messages, voice messages, pictures and short videos (to other phones with the app) with a very scattered Internet connection and with no cell reception.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
The field site is about a 30-minute drive from the town of Camarones. The journey is on a dirt road.
FOOD AND WATER
Volunteers will help themselves to a continental style breakfast in the cabins. A local cook will prepare local Argentinean food for packed lunches in the field, and a nearby restaurant (pre- arranged by field staff) will provide dinner. Argentine cuisine consists of a lot of meat and in the remote, small town of Camarones fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by. Please note that dinner in Argentina is usually very late, between 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. You will generally eat at 8:30 p.m. for Earthwatch teams. There will be opportunities to buy snacks in Camarones, and some will be provided to tide you over until the late dinner. Eating and drinking is an important cultural activity in Argentina, and the team will enjoy social, group meals.
Below are examples of the foods you might expect in the field. Please bear in mind that variety depends on availability. You may want to bring supplemental snacks if you have any particular food preferences. This list is intended to provide a general idea of food types, but it is very important that volunteers be flexible and keep in mind that vegetables and fruits in a remote area of Patagonia are very difficult to come by
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Cereal, fruit, toast/bread, jam, tea, coffee, hot breakfast, such as eggs
- Lunch: Local cuisine, Empanadas, vegetable and meat tarts (tartas), sandwiches
- Dinner: Local cuisine, chicken, steaks, pasta, pizzas
- Snacks: Cookies, crackers, cereal bars, fruit
- Beverages: Clean drinking water available on site.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your volunteer forms.
The project staff can accommodate most diets with advance notice; however, strict vegan diets are not possible to adhere to within local cuisine, and gluten allergies and celiac disease are not possible because cross contamination is likely. Although the project can accommodate vegetarians, please keep in mind that food may not be very diverse. Lactose free diets are possible to accommodate. Accommodating special diets is not guaranteed and can be very difficult due to availability of food, location of field sites, and other local conditions.
Alcohol consumption is not permitted by minors or on teen teams regardless of local law. It is permitted on adult teams, and is available for purchase in Camarones. Wine is a common and traditional accompaniment to meals in Argentina.