These are adventure trips generally a single sturdy waterproof soft-sided bag or backpack will work best. Suitcases will not work well on most trips. On some trips there are actual baggage restrictions due to limited storage space and flight limitations, etc. In general it is best to pack light!
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, though be prepared for rain and thunder storms in the wet season, especially in the Amazon. We recommend the use of a waterproof duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A daypack is also essential. Clothing – Generally, the Amazon is quite hot, but during the evenings if it rains, it can cool down quite a bit. Fast drying clothes that can be layered work best.
Travelling to the Amazon is a unique opportunity and the better prepared the tourist is, the more rewarding the experience will be. Yet packing light is a great advantage we have prepared a comprehensive packing list, it is not necessarily comprehensive and most travellers are well off tacking much less.
It’s surprisingly dark beneath the rain forest’s dense canopy, so bring a fast film e.g. 400 ASA or more and a flash. You’ll find a wide angle lens to be very useful and also a large telephoto for the birds and monkeys. For best result with the myriad of colorful and spectacular insects you’ll need a lens with a macro facility. It rains a lot in the rain forest, so have some plastic bags handy to protect your equipment.
With thousands of birds identified to date, the Amazon is great place for bird watching. If you’d like to keep track of what you see, ask your naturalist guide for a copy of our regional “birds checklist”. Special early morning birding outings are scheduled.