So you’ve decided to take a Peru Amazon Tour! The first question that most people wonder is what should I pack? With this travel advice from SouthAmerica.travel, you’ll be all set to embark on an amazing journey to the Peru Amazon.
What to Pack for a Peru Amazon Tour: Clothing
The season will be an important factor in what to pack for clothing, so ask your travel consultant about the average weather conditions for when you are traveling to the Peruvian Amazon.
1) Footwear: It is important to bring strong footwear that are comfortable with strong ankle support and good grip. Walking shoes with good support are recommended because they are light but sturdy. Waterproofing your shoes is recommended because you might encounter rain or mud. Most lodges will provide boots for particularly muddy trails.
2) Thick Socks: Nothing is worse than having blisters while you are trekking! Bring a few pairs of thick socks in case some get wet.
3) Layers: Bring layers and changes of clothing. Bring t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, long pants and high socks. You should be protecting yourself from the sun and mosquitos, so even though its hot, long sleeves and long pants are a must!
4) Extra Clothing: Remember that its quite humid in the Amazon so your clothing won’t always dry even if you hang it up. So bring extra clothing!
5) Rain Gear: Bring a poncho or a waterproof jacket. Many lodges will let you buy these at their offices before you start out on your tour.
6) Headwear: Bring a hat or cap to keep the sun out and also your head dry and clean!
7) Swimsuit: you may have a chance to go swimming in the tributaries or even the Amazon River itself. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity without a suit!
What to Pack for a Peru Amazon Tour: Supplies
Keep in mind the following supplies for a Peru Amazon Tour:
1) Backpack: bring a waterproof, sturdy backpack that you can carry your camera, water bottle, binoculars, etc.
2) Flashlight and Batteries: A flashlight is important for anyone enjoying the great outdoors, so bring plenty of batteries. A headlamp will work as well as it keeps your hands free. Most lodges will not have electricity throughout the lodge so in the case you need to find something in your bag at night. Also, many lodges will have a night walk activity and you can use it then to spot night creatures!
3) Insect Repellent: Your insect repellent should be at a minimum 20% DEET. However, you can’t bring this on the plane to Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos, so ask your guide where to buy it when you arrive!
4) Bring your binoculars! Jungle animals are often spotted far away so you’ll want to get a good look!
5) Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer
6) First Aid Kit: Its always smart to bring along some pain medication, altitude sickness pills, bandages, blister covers, etc. The guides will have first aid knowledge and some supplies but they are not allowed to administer pain medication.
7) Wristwatch: There is not always electricity in the rooms in the lodges, and you’ll need to know the time so that you can meet your guide for each activity!
8) Camera, batteries and extra memory card: The Inca trail is absolutely beautiful and you’ll want to take pictures at every turn. Make sure you are well prepared so you can take as many pictures as you want!
9) Plastic Bags: Plastic Bags can be useful for various reasons but a main reason is to keep dry clothes dry, and wet clothes away from other things in your backpack.
10) Basic toiletries: Kleenex, travel size shampoo, soap/ shower gel, etc.
11) Your Passport: You must have your original passport with you. You can keep this in the safe in your room.