What should I bring and wear?

Make sure you have a look on the list we send you. We do suggest you always bring appropriate clothing to fit the season and a day pack to carry snacks and water.

Wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable. The weather is hot and humid all year around.  It is recommended to have sun protection (light long sleeved shirt, a hat and sunscreen). If bugs usually like you, bring some bug spray.

We recommend hiking shoes, sneakers or boots for your activities. Sandals or shoes with toe opening are not recommended, for your hiking tours as there are ants at many places on the ground.

In the rainy season, a plastic raincoat/poncho and a dry-bag will be useful.

For water tour, we recommend to use long sleeved swimwear.


What about overnight tours in Corcovado?

Please note that on these adventure tours through Corcovado Park you will be hiking with backpacks for several kilometers along muddy trails and beaches. As we have explained, the greatest difficulty you are likely to experience is from the combined effects of heat and humidity, which, if you are not used to it, can be debilitating. For your own comfort, therefore, we strongly advise that you to travel as lightly as possible: bring only that which is essential to you. You will be advised on these matters during your pre-tour briefing, and arrangements to store excess baggage can be made.

The following is what we recommend you include when packing:

• Binoculars
• Camera & film (asa 400 to 600 is best in rainforests)
• Compass
• Multipurpose penknife
• Flashlight & spare batteries
• Small zip-lock bag for your passport etc.
• Bin-bags for clothing
• Water bottle

This list includes some items essential and recommended for inclusion in your personal medical kit. Tailor your medical kit to your own specific needs, and perhaps seek medical advice. But keep it light! Remember that your guide will be carrying a multipurpose medical kit on all tours.
• Blister band-aides
• Antihistamine tablets (good for suppressing irritation from insect bites)
• Cream to alleviate insect bites and stings
• Antiseptic lotion or swabs
• Anti-fungal cream
• Sun-block
• After-sun lotion
• Insect repellent

• Peaked cap or wide-brimmed hat
• Sunglasses
• Sandals
• Comfortable hiking boots or shoes with good grips (light ones that can be easily washed and dried are best). Many guides wear rubber boots.
• A 65 liter backpack of good quality. A large pack half-filled is much more comfortable than a small pack stuffed full!
• One pair of light trousers and a light long-sleeved shirt
• 3 pairs of shorts and 4 T-shirts. (To save weight consider hiking in the same clothes each day, packing only the minimum of clothing you think you will need for a clean, dry change in the evenings)
• Several pairs of good quality hiking socks
• A light backpackers towel
• As much underwear as you require
• Swim-wear


What your Guide Provides

Guides are equipped with a medical kit, a flashlight, and optical equipment, but we recommend that you bring your own. Tropical Escapade guides are also equipped with the knowledge of the environment, the terrain and its potential dangers. It is important that you heed the advice given to you by your guide during adventure tours.