Gear & Sanitary Instructions

What To Bring?

Our activities take place in the Amazon jungle. To get the most out of it, we must prepare the backpack considering the tropical climate and the conditions of the terrain to be explored. Each type of itinerary has different requirements. If necessary, you will be given specific information once the expedition or jungle training is chosen. Here’s a basic packing list:


  • Flashlight with replacement batteries.
  • Insect repellent with DEET.
  • Sunblock (minimum SPF 40).
  • Personal medications.
  • Elements for personal hygiene.
  • Protective hermetic bag for cameras or electronic equipment.
  • Canteen or small bottle to load water.
  • Enough batteries for your equipment.
  • Photo camera and / or video camera (optional).
  • Solar charger (optional).
  • Binoculars (optional).
  • Notebook (optional).
  • Tent (optional).
  • Light sleeping pad (optional).
  • Light sleeping bag (optional).
  • Inflatable pillow (optional).


  • Comfortable pants.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • T-shirt.
  • Long stockings (just below the knee) to be used with rubber boots.
  • Swimwear.
  • Rubber boots (wellies) (You can buy them in Iquitos, maximum size 44 EUR or 10.5 US cost: USD 8).
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sandals or flipflops for bathing.
  • Towel.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Rain coat.

Amazon Explorer offers you the following equipment:

  • Mosquito nets or tents.
  • Bed sheets (except in Survival and Challenges).
  • Light camping mats (except in the Extreme Expeditions, Matsés, Survival and Challenges).

Sanitary Instructions For Travelers To The Amazon Region

To be able to get in touch with nature, explore its resources and safely enjoy everything that adventure tourism may offer us in the jungle, we must consider ourselves “high-risk travelers”. This awareness will allow us taking the appropriate preventive measures so as to ensure an optimal trip and maximum enjoyment.

Before Your Trip

  • Between a month and a half or two months before your trip visit a Preventive Medicine or Travel Medicine Unit. If you suffer from a chronic illness or if you are allergic to stings or bites, some type of medicines or others, be sure to take along the appropriate medication and inform the organizer of the trip beforehand, in anticipation of any unforeseen eventualities.
  • Also, if you are taking any medication in particular, bring it along in your luggage and take note of the active ingredient (generic name). Some specific drugs are difficult to find or may have other names, especially in smaller towns.
  • In case of malaria, prophylactic anti-malarial medicines can be taken such as Tropicur, Lariam, Malarone or other available in your home town. As to yellow fever, it is recommended to get vaccinated at least 10 days prior to arrival to the Amazon region.
  • Recommended vaccines: Yellow fever, Diphtheria-Tetanus (DT), Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Rabies.
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During Your Trip

  • It is advisable to provide yourself with a small first-aid kit including various medicines: Disinfectants, antidiarrheals, antifungal ointments, antihistaminics, antimalarials, some antibiotics, pesticides and if necessary, any specific drug required by you.
  • Try to avoid mosquito bites, the main vector of malaria, yellow fever and H-fever (dengue). Mosquitoes are especially active from dusk until dawn.
  • Use fresh, loose-fiƫng clothes that fully cover the body. Best light colored cloth.
  • Use insect repellent on exposed areas. The most effective compounds against mosquitoes are DEET (N, N-diethylmetatoluamide), permethrin and icaridin.
  • When sleeping, use mosquito netting and check for holes. Fasten the edges of the net under the mattress to make sure no bugs get inside. You can spray repellent for greater protection.
  • Avoid using perfumes and colognes, and perfumed deodorants as strong scents attract insects.

After Your Trip

  • After completing the trip, we recommend deworming.
  • Some tropical diseases do not manifest immediately they can develop much after you return. In case of feeling sick, seek medical attention and inform health care providers that you made a trip to a tropical area in the past 12 months.


Amazon Explorer`s recommendations do not replace the advice of a medical professional. As indicated at the beginning of these recommendations, always consult with a physician at least two months before your trip.

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