Footwear & Clothing

We recommend you bring an umbrella. You could also bring a rain jacket, but you since it will be hot, you’ll probably get just as wet from your own sweat in a rain jacket as you would by just walking in the rain.

We highly recommend you have a good pair rain boots, something like this, or a good pair of waterproof hiking boots, or both. We may be doing some optional hiking in semi-flooded areas where the water can go up to your calves. You can check on eBay where you can find something slightly used but of good quality and low price. Also bring a pair of flip flops or sandals.

Since its hot and humid, you will want to bring clothing that wicks moisture away. We recommend some kind of quick-drying polyester or other synthetic fabrics. You might think cotton would be a good choice, but in actuality it gets sweaty and smelly fast and does not dry easily, especially when it’s cloudy or raining.

As for shirts, you’ll probably mostly want to bring sleeveless or short-sleeve shirts. Still, do bring at least one or two long sleeve shirts (again, a polyester quick dry material would be good).

Shorts are good for Ceremony and relaxing while at East West Lodge, but you’ll also want to have pants to avoid bug bites and vine scrapes when walking in the jungle. Jeans will be durable, but also very hot, so we recommend you consider investing in a pair or two of good outdoor hiking pants.

 

What to bring

Essentials

  • Passport and extra copy of passport
  • Health insurance documents
  • ATM/ Debit cards
  • Cash
  • Any required medications
  • Emergency contact card- with the name and phone number of a close family member who is not travelling with you.
  • Security money waist or neck belt/pouch (we recommend a neck pouch, since it won’t get as sweaty as a security belt pressed up against your body)

 

Clothing

  • Convertible pants – light, fast drying, with legs that can zip off to make shorts
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Hat – broad rimmed (you can buy a straw hat in Iquitos for around 10 or 15 Soles)
  • Long sleeve shirts – quick-dry polyester or other synthetic material.
  • Pants – light material for hiking
  • Rubber calf high rain boots or waterproof hiking boots
  • Rain suit, long poncho (100% waterproof – test before you leave home) and/or umbrella
  • Swimsuit
  • T-shirts or sleeveless shirts – quick-dry polyester or other synthetic material
  • Underwear and socks

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Gear

  • Camping lamp/lantern
  • Binoculars
  • Earplugs for sleeping on plane, boat, hotel, etc…
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Headlamp with red light option – won’t disturb others during Ceremony
  • Insect repellent (Skin-So-Soft for river, and 20% or more Deet for forest)
  • Journal – to keep notes of your Ceremony experiences, dreams and thoughts
  • Pen
  • Toiletries
  • Plug adaptors and connections
  • Reading material
  • Small daypack or backpack
  • Spanish-English dictionary
  • Sun-block – SPF 15 or higher with UVA and UVB protection.
  • Sunglasses
  • Tampons
  • Toiletries
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Towel – small, quick dry
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Watch – waterproof

 

Many people ask if they can bring down supplies to donate to the local communities. We collect baby clothes/shoes/toys, batteries, gardening and construction tools and off-grid living supplies for distribution to local communities. Thank you in advance if you decide to help out in any way possible.