Visitors are lodged in ’carbets’. In French Guiana, the ’carbets’ are traditional open habitations made in wood, with a floor and a roof, in which hammocks are hung.
Hammocks with mosquito nets should be brought in by the visitors (as well as ropes, to hang the hammocks). Visitors should be careful with their choice of a mosquito-net: they should have a sufficiently fine mesh to avoid small biting insects (phlebotomes, the vector of leishmaniosis) to pass through.
In the ‘carbets’, users should make sure that they are respectful to the other users. For instance, if you want to listen to your favorite music, please do not bring loud sound systems, but use ear-plugs. Some researchers work overnight to follow animals, please be considerate to them and avoid any noise even during daytime. Incidentally, keeping a low noise level will enable you to hear the wildlife much better.
A satellite phone connection is available at the Inselberg and Saut-Pararé camps (Iridium). Cost of phone calls is high and it is charged to the visitors. A shortwave connection is also available from Inselberg, Pararé and the CNRS headquarters in Cayenne.
A satellite internet connection is available at the Inselberg camp as of Jan 31st, 2008. This equipement is set up to insure the security of visitors and facilitate research at the station. Use of this equipment for personal convenience should be limited to a strict minimum. The passing band of this canal is limited. It is strictly forbidden to use internet at the Station for purposes other than professional, and in particular to upload or download large files (pictures, sound, films).
At the station, there is no personnel to cook, clean the food tools, or clean the carbets. This job is shared among the visitors, who should make sure that all contribute equally to the good functioning of the station. The organization of the social life at the site is under the direction and the responsability of the camp chief. Written notices of a proper use of the station are available onsite.
The choice of the menu is left to the visitors, but they should bear in mind that they are in the field, and that the cost of food transportation onsite is high. As a result, not all food is available. Visitors with special food needs should let the CNRS Guyane know well ahead of time. Heavy, voluminous food, or food that rots quickly should be avoided. Visitors usually take a breakfast in the morning (7-8 am), the a midday pic-nic (cold food usually taken in the field), and dinner is served at around 8 pm (warm and more consistent meal).
Food remains should be sorted into three categories. Biodegradable remains are put into a compost trash. Combustible remains (paper, carton, cotton, ect..) are burned, avoiding to frequent fires (once a month). Non recyclable remains are conditioned into trashes and sent back to Cayenne by helicopter.
Concerning the remains of everyone’s metabolism, they are easily recycled in the forest. Please avoid trails, and burn your toilet paper after using it.