Stuff you need
Luggage and bags: Travel light here. If you want to stay in San Blas you are going to hate having to lug a heavy pack up the streets on your first day.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If up here in the rainy season which is winter in the states bring a poncho or you can by one here. A good pair of walking shoes also works. A jacket is also nice at night when it can get a bit nippy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy most western brands in the stores here or at the pharmacies. Even got some probacteria for my stomach since I did not want Inca revenge
Photo Equipment: Still a rookie so digital is the way to go for me. No problems charging my batteries in the hotel and did not need an adaptor for a change. One of the few benefits of being a dingo gringo.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Depends on where you are headed. There are countless gear shops in town. Did not check the prices but would imagine they are not cheap. Did not get bit by any mosquitos in Cuzco but was warned that they are there. Took repelant just in case. Gotta love Deet.
Miscellaneous: Diamox is a good thing to have. Cuzco is just over 11,000 feet. The diamox gaveme a bit of heartburn but after a day I was fine. They say you can drink coco tea etc.....didn't work well for me since we flew in after two days in Lima. Don't forget your sunblock since this stuff will cause you to burn quicker than normal
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Altitude sickness pills & Sunscreen
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Because of the height, and the fact I live at barely above sea level I took the pills that counteract altitude sickness. Start taking them the day before you get there, and until 2 days after.....they worked great. Didn't feel anything bad. Coca tea helps too, but I didn't have any, didn't need it.
I went to the doctor who gave me the prescription for the pills. I'd also suggest calling your doctor even if you don't need the pills. Mine gave me a whole bunch of info, something to counteract potential diarhhea, and 3 shots. They know a lot about what you need or won't need.
If you do take the pills, you are more susceptible to sunburn. And since you're at 10000 feet anyway, you are closer to the sun, and can burn easily, so bring some sunscreen for the nose, arms and ears.
Long sleeve tops
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would recommend packing long sleeve tops for going to a higher altitude. The sun is a lot stronger and will burn your skin quicker than at sea level. Long sleeve tops will keep you better protected.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you take a high factor sun lotion. The sun is more intense and will burn you quicker than at sea level.
Medicines for Headaches
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don´t forget to bring your favourite medicine against headaches.
On the first 2 days, soroche (altitude sickness) will probably strike you and the headaches can ruin your days. Avoid this and you´ll be fine 3.400 meters above the sea level. :)
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