What to wear in the Amazon Rainforest will depend largely on your own personal preference. As a general guide for people on our Amazon jungle tours, we normally advise taking loose-fitting, cotton clothing. This not only keeps you cool but will make it harder for mosquitoes to bite. You can also see some suggestions on things to take to the Amazon Rainforest.
As mentioned in what is the Amazon Rainforest like, you should also take some warm clothes as the nights are about 15 degrees colder than day.
In terms of what’s appropriate for daytime, there’s a photo at the Tahuayo Lodge office highlighting what to wear in the Amazon Rainforest: One person in the photo is wearing flip-flops, shorts and a tank top. And the person next to him has jungle boots, socks, long camouflaged pants that tie around the ankles, long sleeved shirt, gloves, and a hat with a mosquito net draped over the brim. Both of these people are prepared for the rainforest, but the differences reflect their personalities.
My outfit usually consists of loose, long-sleeved shirts and trousers made of quick dry material. I don’t enjoy wet clothing and sacrificed the breathability offered by cotton for drying out a bit quicker.
In terms of footwear, it depends on where you are going. I was comfortable in a pair of rubber boots (most tours distribute these to guests on arrival). Rubber boots dry quicker when they get wet and are more waterproof.
If you’re going on hikes, boots are preferable to shoes, as around 60% of all snake bites could have been prevented by wearing boots that cover the ankle. Snake bites are very unlikely if you are walking with a professional guide, but you can never be too careful.
Sandals still have their place, as you will be in your boots most of the time. Sandals let your feet breathe when at the lodge or back at camp. They also mean you can comfortably walk into shallow water to swim or bathe without hurting yourself on jagged rocks or sticks.
For rain gear, again there is a lot of diversity on the market. My own preference is a simple and durable Poncho. In the middle of a hike, I find a poncho is easily stored in a backpack and quickly put on during a sudden downpour.
Tahuayo Lodge Iquitos, PeruVisit the highly regarded Tahuayo Lodge & Amazon Research Center as part of your tour of the bio-diverse Tahuayo Reserve. You are assigned a private guide & you can choose an itinerary to reflect your interests. Boasting the most itinerary options in Amazonia, you can whiz through the trees on the canopy zipline, view poison dart frog initiatives, & observe different monkeys on the A.R.C primate research grid.Private Guide, Zipline, Primate Research Grid
If you’re like me and get distracted easily by all the wildlife, a brimmed hat helps protect your head when you walk into a vine or fallen tree (speaking from personal experience). The best one I found was a Kangaroo Leather Hat as it folded over your face offering additional protection. Weirdly, kangaroo leather is better for the Australian environment than cow leather due to cows not being adapted for Australian soils. You can read more about this in Jared Diamond’s Collapse. If you’re in the open (as opposed to the forest) it will also protect against the harsh mid-day sun.
If you’ve been to the Amazon before, what did you wear? Were you comfortable and what different things would you wear when you go back? If you are planning a trip, what things do you think you will take with you? Leave your comments below.