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Lost City Hike (Ciudad Perdida) Packing List

When you go on the Lost City hike you need to be prepared for jungle heat and humidity. Don't forget your sunscreen. Mosquitoes are prevalent and you'll want plenty of repellent, and to keep yourself covered up, so that you minimize the number of bites. Finally, one of the biggest challenges on the hike is to keep your stuff dry, so be sure to bring a few plastic bags with you for this purpose. You will need:


Day pack (weighing no more than 10 kg/22 lb)

Plastic bags (including one to pack out all your trash and another to keep wet clothes in)

Photocopies of passport or ID

Some cash

Large water bottle

Flashlight or Headlamp

Pocket knife


2 lightweight hiking pants and/or shorts

2 or 3 lightweight hiking tops

Extra set of clothes (packed in plastic bag)

Warm top layer or two

Warm pants/long underwear

Rain wear (jacket and pants)




Baseball Cap

Hiking boots (but not leather; once wet, these will never dry)

Sandals or tennis shoes (for river crossings)

Personal Gear:

Basic first aid kit with moleskin, bandages, a small tube of anti-itch cream, antihistamine tablets (Benedryl, difenhidramina)


Sun Glasses

Insect Repellent

Insect repellent soap

Lightweight camping towel

Personal toiletries – including biodegradable soap and shampoo

Toilet paper (kept in plastic bag)


Hiking poles



Extra batteries

Playing cards

Lightweight sleeping bag – or alternatively use the blankets provided (Note: The tour operator's lodging should have hammocks with mosquito nets.)

Peanuts, granola bars, raisins and chocolate (for energy while trekking)

Important: Do not use army clothing or gear, or anything that looks like such.

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28 Jul 2011

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