Luggage and bags:
Pack light for the jungle...one backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: WATERPROOF and 95% DEET (mosquito spray) yourself! Long pants and shirts are helpful (if they are very light weight)... you can buy everything en route.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: TP, basic first aid kit, yellow fever vaccination, water purification if going DEEP into the jungle...Oh yes, SUN SCREEN IS CRITICAL ESPECIALLY IF TRAVELLING BY RIVER!
Photo Equipment: digital waterproof (I wish I had)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
I ALWAYS take a few tablets of an antibiotic CIPRO by Bayer. In the event I get gastrointestinal upset usually one table kills anything that your system is not accustomed to (there is good literature in medical journals about this). I also carry some other stomach medicine. CHECK with your physician and a travel specialist about shots you may feel more comfortable having. Since I stayed in Lima I could have done without shots but I took the typical defense in the event the opportunity arose to travel outside of Lima.
Photo Equipment: Take a camera. I know how stupid that sounds but I got to Peru with three family members and realized I'd forgotten to pack my camera -- but here's the good news: I bought a nice automatic camera (Kodak) in Wong (the modern supermarket/mass-merchandiser of Lima) for a good price! I've used it until Jan. 2000 when it finally developed a problem.
Miscellaneous: You can get nearly anything in Lima that you might get in the US or Europe so if you forget something you can go to Wong. But to avoid shopping I always carry a bag with any medicines I have needed during the past year (just a few tablets of each) and common nuisance items like bandaids, topical antibiotic, etc.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring sunscreen especially if you are going to Lake Titticaca. I am not even very fair skinned yet it only takes minutes to burn on Lake Titticaca. The combination of the very high altitude the proximity to the equator and the reflection off the water will burn your face very fast.
Miscellaneous: Finally depending on how long you plan to stayed in the country, and which areas you will be visiting, you will need all kinds of different clothing for very changing weather conditions, it is relatively easy to reach altitudes of over 3,000 to 5,000 meters over sea level travelling in Perú.
You can rent every camping gear you like in peru, but I suggest to bring your own sleeping bag.... it can be useful also in some 'hotel'
Miscellaneous: if you like to take pics.... make sure you're full of films as they are (were) quite expensive and you can find a nice spot avery step!
Luggage and bags:
rain coat AND rain pants
make sure your shoes are water resistant. Even if you are there during the summer drier months - bring rain gear on the Inca trail.
sun hat and bug spray
Miscellaneous: one dollar bills...the peruvian economy uses dollars and having a 10 dollar bill will not help you much. It is too much for most to have change for.....
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are doing the Inka Trail you better take some good walking boots or shoes, not slippery as it might be wet. These boots may be also useful in the north if you go to the jungle.
Luggage and bags: Books and guides about Inka culture. You have to learn the Inka before to go in Peru: without this effort Inka ruins are only "stones" withouth meaning...
Buy some... And a catalyser too ! Believe me, when you're climbing, it helps a lot...
Achetez-en... Et un catalyseur aussi ! Croyez-mi, quand ca monte, ca aide beaucoup...
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 !
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: don't forget to bring enough tshirts and shorts/skirts even when u're going in winter .. coastal areas beg for skirts and sunglasses!
Luggage and bags: Bring lots of small US bills in perfect condition. Bills that are not perfect will not be taken. Make sure you keep the local change to be given out as tips so you can take pictures of the locals.
We did not stay here, but it was pointed out to us as the hotel used for some of the VIPs that came...more
We didnt really think of coming here until we started mapping out a plan of our independant walking...more
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