I tried shopping for backpacking supplies at local markets a few years ago in Peru and found that the foods just didn’t work out. They were too heavy. On this trip, I decided to stock up in Quito at a big supermarket and was much happier with the results. Not only was there a much better selection but the stuff was much lighter.
What to buy: We got ramen noodle soups, dried soups by Maggi, instant mashed potatoes, granola, dried fruits, nuts, hot chocolate, and tea. The stuff was also very cheap. Note that there are no stores in the National Park.
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