South America Jungle Travel Tips

I was going through some journals and found these tips from my trip to the jungles of Peru several years ago. Here they are:

You’re going to be wet and hot all the time. Bring a towel if you want, but whether you dry off or not, you’ll feel wet and your clothes will stick to you.

Check your camera and phone chargers. They probably will work on 220.

WiFi connection will probably be too slow for picture download or upload.

Data transfer is very pricey. Turn it off.

Must activate global service prior to leaving if you want it on your phone.

Be wise and careful when handing out free things. To avoid a mob, have them form a line.

Keep your hands inside the bus to avoid amputation.

Go in a group and stick close together.

In dangerous areas, keep your camera put away in a pack on the front of your torso.

Do not keep valuables in your pockets.

Most places won’t have heating or cooling in the rooms.

If you have running water, the pressure will not be what you’re used to.

Get the rabies vaccination … you never know (I got bit by a monkey and trying to find rabies shots there was extremely difficult and time consuming.)

Things to bring:

  • 100% DEET. The mosquitoes are huge.
  • Packable hammock.
  • Light weight, quick-dry clothes. Plan to layer if you’re going to mountainous areas.
  • Shoes you can wash.
  • T-shirts, preferably colorful ones, to give away or trade for souvenirs at the villages.
  • Forget about your blow dryer, etc.
  • Headlamp
  • Rope, clothesline, detergent sheets
  • Sleeping mat and sheet
  • Light-weight, easy toys and crafts for the kids
  • Crisp bills without any blemish for exchange. Lay them out and photograph each one in front of the exchange person before handing them over. The exchange rate will be lower if the bills are in poor condition (and they aren’t opposed to causing them to be in poor condition after you hand them over).
  • Rain gear
  • Flip flops are slick on wet, smooth cement or tile. Use caution or bring something with better traction.
  • Ear plugs – chances are there will be other people sleeping in the same area as you – especially if your travels include a hostel.
  • Garlic, Immodium, Laxitive
  • Germ X, Baby wipes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Bite relief sticks
  • TP

Bring an adaptable spirit. If you leave that behind, none of the other tips will matter.

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