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Preparing for the Land of Eternal Springtime

Intense UV and heat - We are at 7000 feet altitude right at the equator so bring:

Full brim sun hat with chin strap for windy conditions, not baseball caps

Long sleeve sun shirts and lightweight long pants

Sun glasses with UVA and UVB protection

Thin shoes and/or hiking sandals


Mosquitos are very rare at this altitude so mosquito repellent is not needed.

Wind, rain, and cold - The temperature is always between 80 to 60 degrees F. but there is no heating. Sitting around in misty 60 degree temperatures can chill you to the bone so bring layers:

Wind and rain jacket

Warm hat.

Thick thermal outer wear

Thin thermal under wear (optional

Umbrella (optional)

Thick socks

Some times it is cloudy and warm so T shirts, shorts, and sandals are fine.

Camping supplies

Medium weight sleeping bag and camp pillow

Soap, shampoo, towel, washcloth, brush, mirror, toiletries, toothpaste, etc.

Flashlight and/or headlight. Electric lantern optional.

Alarm clock (optional)

You may want to bring food treats for yourelf. Ecuadorian chocolate is superb

NO cigarettes or alcohol here, you can go to Vilcabamba for that

If you wish you can set up a tent or camping hammock anywhere you like

The Enchanted Forest