following is a basic list of supplies that you may need while staying
at Cashu. The list is not exhaustive. For comfort and/or research you
may want to bring additional items.
- Bring money to
buy personal items (when somebody is coming from Cuzco) and to pay for
your plane ticket. Check and credit card are usually not accepted, your
ATM card is most likely to work.
DON'T bring invertors to change DC to AC power to charge batteries.
They waste power and will not be allowed. The only acceptable chargers
are those with direct DC plugs, for example, the Accucell Quick Charger,
which you can order at: www.realgoods.com.
You will want a very durable tent with strong zippers. A larger
tent (=> 4 person) is recommended for a longer stay.
For above tent, protects against falling branches that could rip tent.
Most residents use a sleeping bag, often with a sheet as liner, though
some prefer a blanket instead of a sleeping bag. Blankets can be purchased
inexpensively in Cuzco.
mattress: more essential than you think (a good one is worth the extra
Pack and/or Hip Pack: very useful.
backpack (and duffels): suitcases will get destroyed.
Bags: The boat can be wet; trash bags for clothes, etc.
(7-8x for mammal projects; 10x for birds). The best are worth it if
you can pay.
and film: slides preferred by most. Use ASA 64 for publications and
well-lit scenes; ASA 200-400 for forest interior shots.
- very useful. Don't forget spare camera battery (and poss. spare
lens: useful for photographing birds and monkeys.
container: Army surplus ammo cans are useful (but bulky) to protect
lenses and electronics from water. A watertight bag made of heavy
plastic is an inexpensive substitute.
Important. Calcium chloride pebbles
to include with items being stored in watertight containers. Can be
redried by heating. Essential if you bring a computer.
or jacket: Sweaters are occasionally needed because the temperature
can drop during "friajes" to 10 deg. C or less.
jacket/poncho: cheap ones tend to seep or leak.
mostly or all cotton recommended. Many wear blue-jeans; some khaki
field pants (3 prs. at least). Sweat pants are comfortable for around
many wear T-shirts, but long-sleeve cotton shirts are recommended
for work in the rainy season when mosquitoes and phlebotamus flies
(carriers of Leishmaniasis) abound in the forest.
do not skimp on this most crucial part of your clothing. Medium-heavy
hiking boots are recommended for their snake-resistant qualities.
In addition, you will need a pair of rubber boots (knee length) for
the rainy season (October through May). Sneakers, sandals, etc. are
not recommended for use in the forest or even around camp where venomous
snakes occasionally turn up.
cotton underwear, socks, shorts are most comfortable.
with visor: very important for the river trip to cut exposure to sun
absorbent but fast-drying is best.
bring spares of both glasses and contacts - remember, replacements
cannot be obtained.
Shampoo: You must bring biodegradable. (Dr. Bronner's Castile soap
is good), also bring some for your Peruvian assistant since
these products are not available in Peru.
Invest in a good one and maybe even a spare.
remoteness of Cashu requires investigators to think ahead and anticipate
all equipment needs. There is no corner hardware store in the Manu.
Notebooks & writing implements
Wire and pliers for fastening things
Collecting equipment, vials, bags
Measuring tapes, rulers.
Eating utensils: The kitchen does not provide eating utensils. Residents are expected
to bring a personal bowl, cup, spoon and Tupperware container (for keeping
food overnight or for carrying lunch into the field). These items can
easily be obtained in Cuzco.
supplies: Hooks, size 10-12 for baitfish, 6-8 for paco and corvina, #2
(long-shank) for piranha and mega-hooks (9/0) for river catfish (only
available in Peru or along the Mississippi). Long-shanked hook or metal
leaders needed for piranha; pole not necessary but adds to excitement.
Fishline: 10-20 lb test for the lake; >100 lb test for the river. Bring
=> 30 m.