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Recommended Gear for the Jungle of Ecuador's Amazon Basin

Top quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and not to skimp on quality. The companies and products you see listed below can serve as starting points of reference for you. Take this list to your local outdoor specialty shop.

Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip, but note that not all brands and models are current.

There is a 44-pound (20kg) per person baggage weight limit on the flights from Quito to Coca, and overweight will be charged directly by the airline. This limit should not pose a problem to most travellers. Our hotel in Quito will store your travel clothes and heavy jackets for you while you are in the jungle.


Travel shoes: For travel, easy walking and light hiking.

Sport sandals: Open-toe model that can be worn with socks (Teva, Chaco, Crocs)

Lightweight socks: Two pairs synthetic/wool blend (Smartwool, Fox River), also cotton socks. The synthetic blend socks are important for hiking in wet conditions.

Rubber boots: The lodge will provide rubber boots (up to US men’s size 11) free of charge for our day hikes in the jungle. You may choose to use your own boots or sneakers for the forest hikes depending upon conditions.


Casual clothes: One to two changes. For hotels in Quito.

Shorts: Two pairs, casual fast-drying.

Short-sleeve shirts: Two. Casual, wicking fabric preferred.

Long-sleeve shirts: Two or three long-sleeved lightweight shirts.

Long paints: Two or three pairs of lightweight long pants.

Lightweight travel jacket: Simple wind-shirt or light fleece. It can be cool in Quito when you arrive.

Waterproof jacket: There are a variety of waterproof materials now available. We suggest a material that is breathable. We will provide ponchos at the resort free of charge

Work-out clothes and bathing suit: Simple and versatile, for hotels and swimming in the lake.

Head & Hand Gear

Sun hat: Lightweight hat with a good brim or visor. Original Tilley hats are a good choice because they protect you from the sun and rain. They also will not fly off when then there is a breeze.

Bandanas: One or two traditional cotton.


Sunglasses: One pair high-quality. A spare pair in case you lose or damage one pair.

Day-pack: To keep your water, camera and jacket. Waist pouches may work as well.

Dry bag: Small, for transporting all your items that cannot get wet during canoe rides, such as camera gear, binoculars.

Water bottles: One-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene or Lexan bottles)

Medical & Personal

Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (L'Oreal or Terrapin)

Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand

Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small).

Eye Drops


Zip-loc bags: They can be very useful so bring plenty.

Baby wipes / wet wipes

Insect repellent: Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration

Headlamp: Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks

Umbrella: Small, packable umbrella (can be useful in light rain)

Travel Items

Passport belt/pouch

Small padlocks: For locking luggage



Binoculars: High quality, 8X32 or 10X42. Very useful for viewing birds and wildlife in the canopy tree cover

Camera, lenses, video camera: Both digital “point and shoot” cameras and SLR’s are useful. Video modes on still cameras or a dedicated camcorder are nice to capture movement and the sounds of the jungle. Tele-photo lens are useful for most wildlife shots. Wide angle lens are important to capture the landscape. Have a good plan to protect your cameras from rain and dust. Large Zip lock bags will work if you bring plenty. Otherwise bring dry bags or a "Pelican Case". You will be able to charge camera batteries in the hotel, so bring your charger!

Film and / or memory cards for digital camera: Bring plenty of memory cards and film. Don’t underestimate the number of photographs that you will take. On every trip we see people who surprise themselves and wish they had more (or bigger) memory cards.