Friday photo – a Poncho to stay dry in the rainforest

When you go for the rainforest you may as well leave your vanity behind. The constant downpours and lack of a hairdryer will make your bouncy locks go limp and forget any perfume or scented toiletries or the mosquitos will soon come buzzing around.

However, one piece of fashion wear is de rigeur for every self respecting eco-tourist and that is a brightly coloured poncho. You can buy it for a couple of dollars at the local riverside store before you jump on your motorised canoe, as my friend Joanne did on her trip to her Peruvian eco-lodge. You can see her Canadian friend Sean modelling it above, completing the look with his mosquito net headgear.

There were some rash individuals who thought that their waterproof jackets would be enough, but little did they know! In the downpours that followed (doh, I guess that’s why it’s called the rain-forest), theirs were the legs and backpacks that got soaked, while those with a poncho were much better protected by the all-encompassing caress of luminous plastic.

So don’t get wet, pick up a Poncho!

Photo Friday is hosted over at Delicious baby – head over and see all the other Friday photos here.

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  • Reply
    Peace (Australia)
    March 27, 2009 at 9:22 am

    He he, cute pic! Fashion Friday! : )

  • Reply
    Beth Whitman
    March 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    LOL – thanks for sharing what could potentially be a humiliating moment for Sean (though he looks like he has a good sense of humor).

  • Reply
    Bridget Smith
    March 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Good point about the Ponchos…also very useful for water rides at theme parks. The more portable the better!

  • Reply
    March 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Ha ha, cute pic. Great thinking as well to add that mosquito net headgear.. He sure is prepared!

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    Lorraine Akemann
    March 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    It certainly pays off to be prepared! Good travel advice!

  • Reply
    March 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Ah…so fashion-right!
    Reminds me of the gear they have you wear when you visit Niagara Falls (Canada/US border) on the Maid of the Mist boat. You really do need the big ol’ plastic wear!

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    Heather Cowper
    March 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Sean, if you’re out there I hope you’ll forgive me for using this less than flattering picture – my friend Joanne assured me that you were always game for a laugh and wouldn’t mind:)

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    jen laceda
    March 31, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Heather, your commentary made me laugh so hard! If I saw this photo without any text or story attached to it, I would have looked and forgot all about it the next hour. But your candid commentary is what made this Photo Friday shot so amusing! Thanks!

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    October 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Heather, I see that Joanne was flying lots within the same country… I was wondering if you have any info to share on cheap flights between Quito and Cuzco that one can find within the country… Most airlines you can find online like Lan or Taca are quite pricey… Any help or connections from anyone is much appreciated. I am traveling in November to Ecuador first, then Peru. Sincerely, Alex : )

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    Heather Cowper
    October 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    @ Alex
    Sorry but I don’t have any tips on flying between Ecuador and Peru – my own trip was in Ecuador and Joanne’s was in Peru, so not much useful info to tell from us.

    I loved Ecuador though – you could check out some of my posts about what I did in Ecuador

    Have a great time

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    Janis Walsh
    November 3, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I made a tour in Peru last year and I was delighted with its food, its people and all the tourist attraction it has. I could know so many places like Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Lima and Trujillo that have history and important archaeological sites. For me this trip it wouldn´t be the same without Libertador Hotels, one of the most important hotel chains in Peru. If you have the opportunity to travel to this amazing country you must stay in this hotel. For more information you can visit its website http://www.libertador.com.pe

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    10 Tips for Traveling by Dug-out Canoe in the Amazon Basin | AlmostFearless.com
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    […] you saying, ‘but I have this fantastic, expensive high tech rainjacket’. Ok, but still invest in a cheap poncho for boat trips like this. When the heavens open on you sitting in the canoe, you’ll find your […]

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    December 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Great information, thanks!

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