Manu Park and Tambopata Reserve Packing List: Here’s the Complete Packing List to Bring to this Trip
Manu Park and Tambopata Reserve Packing List–It is very important to have appropriate clothing for this tour. The temperatures on a low-altitude can rise above heating, especially during the day. It can also get cold during the day and night when the sun drops behind a cloud, especially in the shoulder season when there is a presence of light rain. Any activity to the Amazon rainforest can be uncomfortable if you are ill-prepared. Even if you do not use each item listed, it’s better to be prepared.
- Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
- Travel Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
- Original Passport (required) (With photocopies) (if you have an old and new passport, please bring both passports).
- Mandatory health declaration form during the pandemic time.
- One other picture ID, such as a driver’s license
- Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
- Vouchers and pre-departure information (required).
- International Health Card (“Yellow Card”) with proof of Yellow Fever – inoculation within the last 10 years.
- Expense money, American dollars, and Peruvian soles in cash, credit/ debit card, there are no ATMs in Manu National Park, so having enough cash is highly recommended.
Items Available for Rent:
- Extra Binoculars ($5 a day)
- Backpack to carry your things (daypack).
- Personal first-aid kit or personal medication (anti-inflammatory tablets e.g. Ibuprofen)
- Mask (masks are mandatory in public during the pandemic time).
- Luggage tags and locks.
- Reusable water bottle (this is very important to bring because we are against littering/polluting with more plastic the mother earth).
- Personal towel.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 40% DEET).
Electronic Gadgets and related Items
- Camera, or phone with a good camera.
- Power bank battery, camera charger, and adapter.
- Good torch or headlamps with extra batteries.
- Outlet adapter (only Tambopata Reserve offers energy, Manu doesn’t yet)
- Memory card
- Peru bird book.
- Ear Plugs.
- Comfortable hiking pants (camouflage color or darker color)
- Warm jacket (camouflage color or darker color)
- Fleece top/sweater (camouflage color or darker color)
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar.
- A pair of flip-flops or light sandals (hiking sandals are recommended).
- Hiking long-sleeve T-shirts and shirts (camouflage color or darker color)
- Socks (we recommend long socks because it is comfortable in rubber boots, rubber boots are provided).
- Sun hat or cap
- Bathing suit, you will have the opportunity to swim in the river.
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March) Goretex jacket, Goretex pants, Goretex boots.
- Reusable plastic bags (to keep everything dry).
- Pack liners to waterproof bags
Personal Care Items:
- Hands sanitizer gel.
- ChapStick (lipstick)
- Biodegradable soap
- Contact lenses solution if using contact lenses.
- Swipe Facial wet tissue
We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/ and/or the Health Protection United Kingdom (https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home) for their recommendations, should you have any international health concerns.
No inoculations are required for entry into Peru. Entry requirements and international health situations are subject to change; check with the Centers for Disease Control for updates. All shots should be entered on your International Health Card (yellow card), which is provided by the facility giving the shots. Keep it with your passport while traveling. This provides an important personal record for you to refer to when making future travel plans. We strongly recommend you discuss the following with your physician:
Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever shot is strongly recommended if you are traveling to the rainforest or if you plan to travel to Bolivia. For most travelers, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine provides long-lasting protection and a booster dose of the vaccine is not needed. However, some travelers may require a booster dose. Also, certain countries might require a booster dose of the vaccine; visit the CDC Travelers’ Health link (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/) for information on specific country requirements. Have proof of the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. For more information, refer to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm
Please note: According to the CDC, people 60 years or older may be at increased risk for serious adverse events following vaccination, compared with younger persons. This is particularly true if they are receiving their first yellow fever vaccination. If you are over 60, please discuss this with your physician. If you are advised to decline the vaccine, please get a written waiver from your physician or travel clinic in case you might need it during the visa application process.
Polio: People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).
Hepatitis: The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.
Tetanus Booster: It is very easy to get a small cut. A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).
Typhoid: The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna, a course of four capsules, one every other day for a week, with full effectiveness reached in a week. You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention).
Malaria is a serious but preventable disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. All travelers to the Amazon are urged to take antimalarial medications, available only by prescription. Please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor, who will explain various antimalarials and their side effects and recommend a regimen for you. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. Thin clothing should be sprayed with insect repellent, especially around the elbows and ankles. Use repellent containing DEET.
If, after returning from your trip, you have a persistent fever with chills, muscle aches, and headache, report to your doctor the possibility of exposure to malaria.
For further malaria information, consult your doctor or the CDC Malaria Hotline (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/): 888-232-3228.