Gear & Sanitary Instructions

WHAT TO BRING?

We suggest considering each item from our list mentioned on this page and, at the same time, using careful judgment in the quantity and size of the products you pack, taking into account the duration of your expedition. Remember that the more compactly you pack, the lighter the load will be during your long treks through the jungle. Some of our programs have special requirements; specific information will be provided once the expedition or jungle training is chosen. Here, we present a basic packing list:

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Insect Repellent with DEET.
  • Sunblock (minimum SPF 40).
  • Personal Hygiene Items.
  • Personal First-aid kit.
  • Personal Hydration Bottles or Camelbacks.
  • Personal Water Filter.
  • Waterproof Protective Bag for cameras or electronic equipment.
  • Flashlight with Spare Batteries.
  • Photo and/or Video Camera (optional).
  • Enough Batteries for your Equipment.
  • Power Bank and/or Solar Charger (optional).
  • Binoculars (optional).
  • Notebook (optional).
  • Personal Tent (optional).
  • Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Pad (optional).
  • Lightweight Sleeping Bag (optional).
  • Inflatable Pillow (optional).

CLOTHING ESSENTIALS

  • Quick-Dry Comfortable Pants.
  • Long-Sleeve Shirt.
  • Short-Sleeve T-Shirts.
  • Swimwear.
  • Underwear.
  • Long Socks for Rubber Boots.
  • Towel.
  • Hat or Cap.
  • Rain Poncho.
  • Rubber Boots available for purchase in Iquitos, sizes up to 44 EUR or 10.5 US, cost: USD 10.
  • Trekking Shoes.
  • Sandals.

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY AMAZON EXPLORER

  • Mosquito Nets or Tents (Not provided in Challenges). 
  • Set of Sheets (Not provided in Survival and Challenges).
  • Lightweight Mats (Not provided in Extreme Expeditions, Amazon Tribes, Survival, and Challenges).
  • Machete (For survival participants only).

SANITARY INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRAVELERS TO THE AMAZON REGION

In order to connect with nature, explore its resources, and safely revel in all that adventure tourism has to offer in the jungle, it is imperative that we identify ourselves as “high-risk travelers”. This heightened awareness will empower us to take the necessary precautions, ensuring an optimal journey and the utmost enjoyment of the experience.

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.

WARNING

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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