Packing List

We're so excited to see you! But first, you have to pack!

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What to Bring: 

  • A writing journal and nice pens for the lodge-based sessions

  • Good binoculars (Nikon), professional binoculars (Swarovski, Zeiss, Leica) – optional but strongly encouraged

  • Camera gear:  If it is sophisticated (i.e. snap on lenses) you may want to pack it with silica gel in its container (camera case, zip-loc plastic bag, or backpack) to absorb the moisture. Dry bag or pelikan case. 

  • Tight-weave, dull colored (brown, green, blue gray), long cotton or synthetic (outdoor gear) pants. Check out Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear, REI, etc.)

  • Long-sleeved, tight-weave, dull colored cotton or synthetic (outdoor gear) shirts. The long sleeves are to avoid insect bites/stings.

  • Ankle-high hiking boots or sneakers: don’t bring rubber boots – we will loan them to you as they are needed. The lodge has more than enough. Julia brings her own insoles to put in her rubber boots which makes them fit better and more comfortable for trail walking – a recommendation you may want to consider. 

  • Sandals, flip flops, or comfy shoes for use in the lodge.

  • Swimsuit or quick drying alternative and a microfiber towel.

  • Bright flashlight or headlamp with batteries (rechargeable and/or extras).

  • Sunblock

  • Sunglasses

  • Broad-brimmed sunhat

  • Rain suit or poncho (it does rain in the rainforest! ☺)

  • Fleece, coat or sweater – sometimes cold fronts come through, and the boat rides can be cool. A fleece (or lightweight down jacket) with a rain/wind jacket over the top is a good combo.

  • Insect repellent – Naturapel is recommended, rather than Deet, which is hard on your skin and the environment. You don’t actually need much repellant if you wear proper attire.

  • Small daypack for hiking in the forest for camera, sunblock, water, etc.

  • Water bottle

  • For sleep – pijamas, earplugs, etc.

  • Tips – tips are not inlcuded in the program fee. It is customary to tip x per person per day for the staff at the lodges (there is a collection box), and y per person per day total for the guides, which is split equally among them.

  • Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds a piece). If you’re going to Machu Picchu, you will require cold weather clothing for Cusco (hats, gloves, wool socks, scarves) so you can pack a separate Cusco bag and safely stow it at the RFE offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day so we won’t be carrying them around the Amazon unnecessarily. Your Cusco bags will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.