A big plastic bag over your clothes, if you don't want to be surprised by the rain...
Une "capa de agua" si vous ne voulez pas etre surpris par la pluie
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A flashlight, because, if you want to get early to the MP, when coming from Aguas Calientes, you'll have to begin walking at 3.00 AM (really dark outside)
Une lampe de torche, parce que si vous voulez arriver tot au MP, en partant d'Aguas Calientes, vous devrez commencer a marcher a 3.00 du mat" (noir d'encre dehors)
Miscellaneous: Coca leaves, you never know
Des feuilles de coca, on ne sait jamais
If venturing into the Amazon (especially in wet season) be sure to have great waterproof gear! Not only great waterproof gear, but light coloured waterproof gear.
Upon purchasing my brand spankin' new 'black' gore-tex jacket, I couldn't have kicked myself harder. And, being a seasoned Canadian backwoods guy, I should have known better.
Black (dark colours) = many mosquitoes
Light colours = far fewer mosquitoes
Don't be foolish like myself unless you want to be sorrounded by 'hundreds' of these little critters!.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring alot of toilet paper!
Photo Equipment: Wrap your camera good as it is very humid in the jungle and it WILL reak havoc on your gear
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: underwear
long sleeve shirts
short sleeve shirts
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: deoderant
**** & *******
water purifier tablets
Photo Equipment: disposable cameras
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: sleeping bag
camel H2O thing
Miscellaneous: Native Son
Luggage and bags:
if you want to visit PERU the best way is to take only a small bag and travel by bus or horse or foot...
The duration is depending of the roads and works...
LIMA to CUSCO : 24-30 hours
CUSCO to LA PAZ : 10-12 hours
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: LIMA is warm and wet.
CUSCO is in the mountains: quite cold during the evening and night, warm in the afternoon.
if you travel by bus, you must have warm coat and cover for the night.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Altitude sickness : rest for 2 or 3 days before climbing.
Photo Equipment: Light stuff in you bag.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Warm stuff in the mountains.
Miscellaneous: Some gifts for your new friends.
Luggage and bags:
Backpacks offer not only the means to do multi-day hiking trips but also are the most practical for getting from the bus station to the hostel without having to shell out for a taxi.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rain gear is essential for backpacking trips in the Cordillera Blanca or Inca Trail.
bring some good walking shoes/boots and a fleece for the cold eveings
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: dont forget your washing line and washing powder! there are laundry services, but they tend to starch you clothes to cardboard!
if you are planning a faily long trip, dont worry about bringing a complete supply of shampoo etc... inca pharmacy ( in most towns) stock just about everything.
Miscellaneous: rehydration sachets..invaluable!
Luggage and bags: This is not about packing but hopefully more interesting. Lima has some spots worth visiting, so if you can, try to spend some time there. Unlike in the mountains, the weather in Lima is virtually always dry, much like the desert that covers much of the coasts of Peru and Chile west of the Andes. Central Lima has a lot to offer historically as well as architecturally. The Lima cathedral, pictured here, purportedly holds the remains of the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro (there is a Pizarro vestibule inside containing artifacts and beautiful tile mosaics). Miraflores is more upscale (and more commercialized with fast food blight), but there are some nice streetside parks along the Pacific ocean. I didn't get a chance to do much more than Miraflores and Central Lima, but there are other museums probably worth visiting, including one on the Spanish Inquisition. Just before my trip I read in the Orlando Sentinel that a Peruvian government official had evidence that the famous Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) was misrepresenting much of its vast collection, so I would check that out before spending a half a day thinking you are looking at actual Inca gold artifacts (I have not heard any further news to date). UPDATE: There was an article in the Sentinel today (Feb 27, 2002) that the questionable items (thought to have been up to a third of the museum's original holdings) have been removed and that the museum now only has legitimate artifacts and that this museum is still one of the largest collections of its kind in South America.
Luggage and bags:
I only took a backpack and it was really nice to carry all my crap in one bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy shoes, lots of socks, and rain gear (the weather can be pretty wet).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I went to a doctor before going to Peru and he recommended to take two doses of Pepto Bismal every day that you are in country. Apparently it reduces your risk of becoming ill by some ridiculous amount. My husband and our friend were good about taking it and didn't get sick. I was sporadic and for my pains received a lovely bought of traveller's sickness. Thank goodness for Cipro--not just for anthrax anymore.
Photo Equipment: Take a simple, unobtrusive camera, unless you are a real buff. You can get batteries/film anywhere.
Miscellaneous: Take books to read/trade. Most hostals have a book exchange, though some are 2 (you give) for 1 (you receive).
Luggage and bags:
Nothing extraordinary. A complete Lugagge set is the
best. This is not a safari.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Any walking shoes for your visits to Museums, shopping
or wondering thru little and narrows streets. Like in
Europe. No more no less.Accordig to the season, you
are in control of your preferences, a sweater, or
shorts, no umbrella in Lima, please. No rain here.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Because Peru, is an amazing Country with three diferent regions : Coast (Pacific Ocean), Sierra (with
huge mountains over 15,000 ft.sea level) and the Jungle bordering Brazil, you easily may imagine what
would you need the most for each one. Example :
a Sun kit for the Coast; a coat and umbrella for the
Sierra and Boots for the Jungle.
Photo Equipment: I see no problem if we carry extra batteries, extra
film, and we have some knowledge about the particular
place to visit. The precautions are the same if you
here in America, decide to take a long trip. No more
no less. But if any doubt exists, I carry a simple
extra camera, those One Use, so I'll not loose a
favorite spot, if the good ones fails.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No experience.
Miscellaneous: Just the neccesary, avoid extra clothes and any excess
of anything. Remember, you are a tourist, you are not
moving to Peru. Besides that, Lima has the best
boutiques european styles, in addition to American
Malls also, yes in English ! You will be in home.
Luggage and bags:
The robe can be t shirts and pants for the sun and printemps and in the costa and youngle for the mountains you will have a sweater or anythin make of wool.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Study Abroad
Photo Equipment: a simple photo equipment.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: botiquin, repelentes, agua
Miscellaneous: repelentes si van al campo
Luggage and bags: Make sure you bring a hat, a raincoat, sunscreen and insect repellent to Machu Picchu. I saw many people with umbrellas and wish I would have brought one since they work well as protection against both the sun and the rain. This picture is of the view of the valley from Machu Picchu.
Luggage and bags:
Back-pack (depending on your size and weigh you will be able to carry more or less stuff, so ask the shop in where you are going to buy it, they could inform you about.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For the mountains:
A wind&waterproof jacket (GORE-TEX)
Climbing shoes (GORE-TEX)
Coton wear (T-shirts, Sweat-shirts, underwear)
Two pairs of jeans
One pair of light trousers
For the jungle:
Hair clip or elastics for long-hair girls
Light clothes and shoes in general but medium high boots are not bad if you are asked to walk among snakes, crocodiles, etc.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun glasses (good quality ones)
Shampoo / conditionner
Tooth / brush paste
No soap, but shower gel
Altitude sickness pills ('soroche' is the word for altitude sickness in Peru as well as in Bolivia)
Always bring with you a bottle of water and some chocolates
Girls, don't forget your pads or tampax !
Photo Equipment: Batteries and films would be good to have in altitude (many shops have those items but check their validity date).
Solar filters are not a bad idea as well ...
MONEYI tried to get some soles in my country : was quite difficult and expensive. By far the easiest way is to use ATM card. My bank is link to the 'System PLUS' network, and my card worked well in all peruvian city I went to. The Banco de credito's website, a wide spread bank, show links to the Visa-VisaPlus network. You should ask your bank before leaving. Usually, you can get money either in soles or in american dollar, which could be quite useful if you intend to move to Ecuador. My only problem was when I got 100 $ bill in a country where 10 $ pay a very decent room or a 300 km bus ride. So I had to use the nice street moneychangers to get some decent bill I could use to cross the border, the bank being closed. I still have some doubts about the huge amount of money those men carry... and I remember that many in Perú wonder if the bills are true or false. I refused a 10 $ bill, not knowing that old 10 $ do not have this little perpendicular line of 'ten USA ten USA...) that most ecuadorian use as a proof of real american bill. And do not even think of changing other currency then american bills, but in Miraflores, near Lima.
For the peruvian bills and coins, you will get use fast. I have heard that they intend to design a new 20 soles bill, to prevent false money. The usual way to test bill is to search for a ghost face,similar to the face of the bill, but on the opposite corner. Take care with the 2 and 5 soles coins which have the same color. The exchange rate was the same in 2000 and 2001, from 3,4 to 3,5 soles / american dollar. Very few store or people will argue on this rate if you are aware and firm.
For the credit card, you may use them but do not plan too much to rely on them. I had lots of problems to use a Visa card in the northern cities ( Trujillo, Chiclayo) and was ask a 6 % extra cost to pay my Lodge in the Iquitos region with Visa.
Miscellaneous: FLORA FIELD GUIDE FOR CAMINO INCA
I found a field Guide for trees and bushes of the area, after asking at many bookstores in Peru : 'Arboles y arbustos del valle sagrado de los incas' by Gino Cassinelli Del Sante, Rumbos S.A. Editores & Consultores.
I buyed it in Cuzco, on 'Plaza de armas', near 'el museo de historia natural'. The plant in this are very well described with good pictures of leafs, flowers, fruits, and a 'scale'. Bilingual : espanol-english.
Photo Equipment: take enough films with you - they are much more expensive there
Miscellaneous: something against mosquito or better fly bits! especially in september/october they are very aggressive and i was bit many times and it takes long time till its gone again!
sunhat & sunprotection
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