What to Bring
Pack for a warm humid environment. Keep clothing, books, and electronics prone to damage by humidity in large plastic zip-lock bags. Lightweight clothing that covers all of the skin is advisable to protect yourself from mosquitoes. However it can also be a bit chilly in the evening, so bring a jacket. There are lots of lovely children at Santuario, so if you can bring some toys, art supplies, or even second hand clothing, they’ll be much appreciated. Colouring books, coloured pencils/markers, and puzzles and games are particularly prized. The adults appreciate gifts of hats, T-shirts, healing crystals, natural soaps, flashlights, lighters, solar powered devices and mapacho (jungle tobacco which can be purchased in Honoria and Pucallpa).
For more detailed information, check out the: The Ultimate Peru Packing List.
- Rubber boots (can be purchased for 25 soles in the market in Pucallpa or in Honoria. If you have hiking boots, they will also be fine)
- SOCKS (to go with the boots, bring extra)
- Mosquito repellent. Check out this link for ideas for natural repellents.
- Hydrocortisone cream if desired (very effective on mosquito bites)
- Personal First Aid kit
- Small back-pack/day pack.
- Water bottle and/or a personal filtration bottle (highly recommended) like Lifestraw or filtration device like Steripen. The community at Santuario drinks the water from the boiling river but it’s purity cannot be guaranteed.
- Feminine hygeine products (if you’re a girl!)
- Flashlight or headlamp and or/small camping light.
- Lightweight cotton or dry fit clothes that cover all the body (mosquitoes can be fierce after sun down).
- yoga pants or sweat pants.
- Shorts, T-shirts, hoodie/sweater.
- Light rain jacket or poncho.
- Ecological shampoo and soap.
- Notebook to capture your process, pens, art supplies, books
- Camera/phone with extra batteries and memory chips and/or solar charger.
- Lightweight cover, travel blanket or light sleeping bag (sometimes it can be chilly at night).
- Sun hat and sun glasses.
- Any objects that will comfort you in your process (smudge/personal mesa/altar, etc)
- If you have a pillow or head support you’re fond of, bring that with you.
- An extra 200 PEN for contingencies (emergency expenses)**
***Sometimes visits are made by indigenous Shipiba craftswomen pedalling their colourful and distinctive quene embroidery. You may wish to bring a little extra to purchase these unique souvenirs or as gifts for friends and family back home.
What not to bring:
- Black clothing (mosquitos love black for some reason.)
- Tight or overly revealing clothing.
- Laptop (where are you going to plug it in?)
- Radio, hair dryer, electrical devices, etc.
- Anything that could be damaged easily by humidity
- Jewelry (it can be lost easily in the rainforest)
- Food in your suitcase (The cockroaches WILL find it).