If hiking during or just after the rainy season you will almost certainly have some unsolicited encounters with leeches; mosquito repellent helps deter them, as do leech socks (canvas gaiters), available from the cafeteria complex opposite the visitor centre, or in the nearby accommodation office (B70/pair, although unless you want to keep them as a souvenir, you should insist on borrowing a pair from your tour guide). To get leeches off your skin, burn them with a cigarette or lighter, or douse them in salt; oily suntan lotion or insect repellent can make them lose their grip and fall off.

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