Cusco What to Pack

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    Must bring

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 25, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: With the high altitude, expect cold temperatures in the mornings.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: But with the high altitude and closeness to the equator, sunscreen is also a must. It's amazing how quickly you begin to burn when the sun comes up.

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    Different types of clothes

    by Urzu Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're going to spend a few days in Cusco and around the area I strongly recomment to take with you many different types of clothes that you can layer. During the day it's very likely that it will be sunny and warm-ish, you can walk around in a T-shirt, though if it's cloudy it might get somewhat fresh or plain cold. At night it can get VERY VERY cold, so you'll need a nice coat if you don't want to get sick!
    Also take a pair of good & comfortable shoes to do all the walking!

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    Inca Trail reserve in advance

    by SirRichard Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: If you want to do the Inca Trail, you have to book in advance, at least 2 months before, as the entrance to the Park is restricted, and you have to do it in a group.
    The best way is to look at several Cuzco agencies in internet. Here are the most famous:

    What To Buy: They offer different dyas to start, different menus... but roughly they are very similar. Expect to pay between 250-320 USD for the 4 days / 3 nights trail including tickets, guide, meals and tents.

    What To Pay: When you decide which agency, write them a mail, fill up a form and send here (money transfer) about 100 USD. Then you have a reservation. You will have to be 2-3 days before the trail begins in Cuzco, pay the rest of the money and have a previous evening meeting for the details of the trekking.

    A stop in the trail
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    Plastic Bags

    by nattybabe Written Feb 4, 2007

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to wrap all your toiletries in a platsic bag (sealed if possible) before you fly into Cusco. The altitude will make your shampoos, tooth paste etc basically explode! I don't know the techinal reason for it but in order to protect the rest of your stuff from getting soap on it, wrap your toiletries in plastic before packing it away. I learnt that the hard way...

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    High heels and streets of Cuzco don't mix well...

    by bicycle_girl Written Oct 30, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I made the mistake to bring my city shoes (1.5 inch heel) with me as only shoes other than my hiking boots. I regretted it. The streets are made of bumpy stones in the touristy area so you have to watch yourself every time you cross them. Then the sidewalks can be narrow and sometimes there are steps when you expect it the least. Make yourself a favor and leave your stylettos at home! By the way, the stone shown on the picture is really slippery, be careful!

    Typical street on the main square in Cuzco
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    Bring your own Water bottle

    by hethbill Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: You'll probably buy more than you expect in Peru - so leave extra room in your luggage for souvenirs! (or bring an extra empty bag)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cusco is not chilly in July/August - it is COLD. Bring your hat, gloves, jacket, or be prepared to buy some on the street for 5 Nuevo soles.

    Miscellaneous: There's an environmental issue in and aroudn Cusco - because you can't drink the water, people live off of water bottles. Those water bottles have to wind up somewhere and usually it's downriver. So please, for the sake of the environment, try to bring your own water bottle, then in Cusco, buy the large size bottles, and refill your own smaller one. It will help cut down on waste and pollution.

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    Backpacking list Prinsalsita style for Machu Pichu

    by Prinsalsita Written Mar 9, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: * medium size backpack that is waterproof preferable = mochilamediana impermeable si es posible
    * water bottle carrier the best one, pretty and super cheap is sold at the entrances of any turistic place
    = porta botella de agua la mejor , mas bonita , baratisima es vendida a la entrada de cualquier lugar turistico en cuzco

    * small money carrier or camara carrier for easy access to your money, map and camera
    = pequena cartera or bolsita para cargar tu dinero , mapa y camara

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * sneakers = zapatillas or trekking shoes = zapatos de montana
    * trekking sandles = sandalias para caminar
    * shorts = pantalones cortos
    * several bathing suits preferable 2 piece = ropa de bano preferible 2 piezas
    * light jacket or rain coat = corta viento o impremiable
    * light breathable long sleeve tshirt = un polo delgado suave de manga larga
    * poncho, blanket or jacket or something to warm you up for late night's trekking
    = poncho, manta o chaqueta o algo que te cubra en una caminata de noche
    * several tshirts that you are planning to give away after using them, it will be cheaper to get rid of them than carrying your laundry
    = varios polos que planeas regarlarlos despues de usarlos, sera mas barato desaherte que estar cargando con tu ropa sucia
    * waterproof watch = reloj a prueba de agua
    *comfortable panst which you can take them out easily and have underneath your bathing suit
    = pantalones comodos que puedas quitartelos facilmente y debajo tener tu ropa de bano

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * If you can carry a small first aid stuff {bandaids, cleaning swabs etc but lower your weight

    * small hand wash towel that you can use to clean wounds in case you fall and scratch or get a cut
    = toalla pequena de mano que puedas usar para limpiar heridas en caso de un corte o un rasguno

    * thin scarf that you can use to wrap a leg or arm if dislocated and also use it to cover you from the sun
    = una chalina delgada de seda o algo labable para poder usarlo en caso necesitas vendar un dislocado

    Photo Equipment: * a digital camera that takes the best pictures and movie clips in case you want to cathch the unbelievable beauty
    = una camara digital que toma buenas fotos y filma clips en caso que quieras hacer tomas de belleza increible

    * enough memory cards and/or your laptop to download the pictures every night
    =suficiente tarjetas de memoria y/o tu laptop para bajarlas cada noche

    * Make sure you have enough batteries or a battery charger that works on a 220 volts
    =asegurate que tienes suficientes pilas o cargador de pilas que funciona en 220 voltios


    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: if you are planing to camp out ck with the camping shops for the basics
    just remember that any flamables will not be allowed in the plane.

    Miscellaneous: * flash drive , MP3 player -recorder with audiphones in case you want to record the sound of the incas flutes and also if you want to hear your music while trekking
    = MP3 player, grabador de voz , pequeno que sincronize FM o AM con audifonos de bolsillo para grabar la musica de las quenas incaicas o para oir tu musica mientras haces tu caminata
    * buy a water bottle carrier from pisaq or any touristic entrance and buy your water
    = compra tu porta botella en pisaq o en cualquier entrada turistica y compra tu agua
    * sunprotector and mosquito repellant = protector solar y crema de mosquito repellente

    Prinsalsita subiendo a la cumbre de  Machu Picchu Prinsalsita sunbathing in the Puerta del Sol prinsalsita and her trekking sandles Prinsalsita in Machu Pichu at night Prinsalsita mochileando para subir a Machu Pichu
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    Packing for the Inca Trail

    by annie_c Written Oct 5, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Good backpack with waist strap for the hike.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a fleece, hat and mittens on the Inca Trail because it gets very cold at night.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring enough toilet paper, you won't find any on the trail.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of memory and batteries because you won't want to run out of either on the last day when you get to Machu Picchu.

    Miscellaneous: Snacks to eat on the trail. You might get hungry during the day.

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    Bring Clothes to Layer and Keep Dry

    by AKtravelers Written Apr 30, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cusco's altitude makes packing easy, as the temperature doesn't very much throughout the year. The primary variables are clouds and rain, which usually occur in the Peruvian summer months. The temperature in summer hovers around th 15 degree mark, which means it will seem cool or chilly when damp, but can seem quite warm when the strong high-altitude sun is out. We always carried around a light rain jacket and wool sweater, which we would take on or off as the temperature fluctuated.

    This is how to pack like a Cusco native

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    Packing list for the 4 day Camino Inca trail to MP

    by jackfruit Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: If you are hiring a porter to carry your backpack, carry a 2nd smaller daypack with you. Dont forget to lock your bigger pack since it will make it to the campsite much earlier than you

    If possible, I would highly recommend taking a duckpack (rainproof coverng) for both your backpack, and daypack (if using) - Worst thing is the contents of your pack getting wet!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well worn in trekking shoes with atleast 4 pairs of wicking socks

    1-2 pairs of trekking pants - the convertible ones that zip off into shorts are the best! (The 2nd pair is really a luxury, in case you get rained on)

    3-4 wicking and quick dry shirts - long/short sleeved.

    Light fleece jacket - useful for chilly nights and definetly for 2nd day at dead woman's pass

    Heavier fleece for layering on 2nd day and also in the morning of the 4th day when you start hiking around 4am or so.

    Rainproof wind cheater - Any good shell will do. Absolutely necessary gear at Dead Woman's pass.

    A regular woolen sweater for layering if it gets cold. Locally purchased alpaca sweater or poncho will do.

    Pair of light fleece gloves and cap that covers your ears for extra warmth on 2nd day.

    Pair of lightweight rainproof pants

    Sunglasses; wide brimmed hat

    Flashlights/headlamps with 1 extra set of batteries for 4th morning.

    Sandals/tevas you can slip into when you camp for the night (optional)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and insect repellant with DEET (no malaria risk, but good to always protect yourself)

    A small toiletry kit with a quick drying towel (there are showers at camp on night 3 !!! you can buy soap and shampoo for $1 each, but there are no towels to rent!!), deodorant, baby powder, etc

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film if bringing a film camera
    Extra batteries and memory cards if using digicam

    Miscellaneous: Sleeping bags are usually provided by the trek company. Bring your own sleeping bag liner since we found the hygiene of most of these bags very questionable.

    Trekking companies provide tents and sleeping mats.

    Make sure to splurge ($1 or $2!!!) and buy the bamboo walking poles at the trailhead. You will not regret spending on those downhills, believe me!

    Rainproof your backpack(s). if you pack everything in your backpack/daypack in ziploc bags and then maybe place them in a garbage bag, and then pack those into your pack, you have extra waterproof protection.

    Rain is something that is hard to avoid on the inca trail. Ponchos are available in Cusco and at the trailhead, although the quality really doesnt compare with the rainproof material you can purchase outside.

    Drinking water on the trek is extremely important - make sure you take enough bottles to hold about 2 liters of water. Caribiners are a good thing to have handy - you can easily attach water bottles to your daypack/backpack using these.

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    Bring Clothes You Can Layer

    by chrissyalex Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: A light travel bag or backpack is enough. You really don't want to lug a heavy suitcase around and really don't need to either.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Definately bring clothes you can wear in layers. It is cold in the morning (around 0 C sometimes, but can easily warm up to about 20 -23 C by noon. Big difference in temperatures! I suggest to wear a t-shirt or tank top with a sweater and a light jacket in the morning. Pack comfortable shoes with thick soles. Many of the streets are cobblestoned.
    It is chilly at night, so you may want to pack pj's. I didn't ,but it was no problem. You can buy a nice pair of very comfy cotton trousers anywhere in Cusco for about $5 US. I bought a couple of pairs for myself and a few as souvenirs and everyone I gave them to loved them. They have a drawstring waist and also ties at the ankles and buttoned pockets on the sides. You can also purchase a T-shirt for around $2-3 US. The T-shirts with the Inka Cola logo are cool.. And there you go, a nice pair of Peruvian pjs for $7!
    The sun is strong so either pack a hat or buy a cute one there for about $2.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definately bring sunscreen, Especially if you are going to Machu Picchu. The sun is very strong and there are very few shaded areas.
    Bring some toliet paper also. If you visit some of the villages in the Sacred Valley, the toilet faclitlies may not provide it.

    Photo Equipment: In addition to your regular camera, bring a disposable panoramic camera for pictures of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

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    What I took for the Inca Trail Hike

    by dln6874 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: The hiking bag I had was a bit too big for the long, steep haul, so I ended up borrowing something smaller from the travel agency. Basically, get the smallest day pack you can find and take only what you can in there.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 2 t-shirts, 1 sweatshirt, 1 poncho, 1 pants, 1 shorts, 4 pairs of socks (one for each day), 4 pairs of undies (one for each day), ball cap

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A roll of TP, travel size toothbrush, toothbrush, and soap, and a shampoo/conditioner sample. The travel agency provided us with soaps to wash our hands with at each meal so you only need enough to wash up with on the last day (if you want).

    Photo Equipment: I just took a regular camera with zoom lens built in. Took lots of great pix but you'll want to share these with everyone so a digital camera is probably best.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: sunscreen/sunblock;
    you can buy a hiking stick in the towns you will stop in just before the hike - it would have made a good souvenir but someone took my stick in machu picchu (we had to leave it at the gate) :(
    all other gear was provided by the tour agency

    Miscellaneous: Immodium AD - fortunately I didn't need it but you never know....

    Lunch at camp
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    ability to laugh

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 3, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cusco's weather is very variable. It can be roasting hot one moment and quite cool the next. It's best to dress in layers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always carry toilet paper, only touristy restaurants have it on hand.

    Photo Equipment: Wide angle and polarizer to cut down on glare. Zoom for people pictures.

    Miscellaneous: It's good to keep a good attitude when people try and sell you things on the street. We found it best to just totally ignore them or they would not give up. Nice to have some friends to laugh about it all with too and the quinta was our favorite place to do it.

    packing in the good times at the quinta

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    Cold mornings

    by SirRichard Written May 10, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was there in April, end of the rainy season. Though it was mild, even warm, at noon, in the morning it was cold and sometimes windy, so bring some warm clothes for the chilly nights.

    Morning in Cuzco
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    El boleto turistico

    by Maillekeul Written Nov 21, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Get it and visit the best tuins in and out of Cusco !

    Achetez-le et visitez les meilleures ruines dans et en dehors de Cusco !

    It - Ca
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