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heat, jungle trips, amazing wildlife and fauna, great fresh food!
a little noisy, can be hot
In a nutshell
just a herzog's place
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring lightweight, light-colored, quick-drying clothes. You will sweat and sweat and sweat in Iquitos. Taking 2-3 showers a day (or more) is normal, but keep in mind that everyone is the same so being sweaty is normal. I wouldn't even think about wearing jeans unless they are VERY lightweight.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any extra Cipro to fight off intestinal bacteria might be helpful. I understand it is very chearp to purchase in Iquitos, though. It did the trick for me on one trip.
Photo Equipment: Humidity is not a big problem in the city, but it did affect the operation of one of my lenses when in the jungle. A wide angle lens is essential in the city and in the jungle, but a macro lens can be quite useful when traveling down the river. A telephoto isn't as useful as you might think since the jungle is rather dense and seeing very far away isn't possible. They are most useful when shooting towards the shore from a boat. I prefer my 18-200 lens which covers about almost every situation.
Updated Jun 14, 2006