Peru What to Pack

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Peru What to Pack

  • Weather Protection

    Machu Picchu What to Pack

    Machu Picchu is a place of incomparable beauty. You will want to stay longer after your guided tour finished. Be prepared in case you got wet for rain or too much effort. An extra t-shirt and fresh socks will give you some comfort for relaxing at MP.

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  • Hiking Stick / Shoes

    Machu Picchu What to Pack

    If you are hiking the Inca trail, definitely bring an emergency rain poncho. We hiked during the "dry season" and on day 3 it poured. My backpack and everything in it would've been soaked without the poncho. A light rain jacket to put over a thin fleece is perfect for hiking during the day so you can peel the layers off and stuff them in your...

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  • Pack Light

    Machu Picchu What to Pack

    Unless you have come straight from the Inca Trail you won't need to bring a whole lot of stuff with you. There is a bag storage room (with security) that you can leave your bags at if you like - perfect if you've just come off the Inca Trail. Just a small bag with film, camera and water should suffice. Suncreen and a hat are a must as you are much...

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  • Trail Supplies

    Machu Picchu What to Pack

    Definitely pack light, but dont leave out necessities! A smart tip would be to put all your clothes into sealable baggies it keeps bugs out and also moisture... at night it is a good idea espically if it rained that day to take the soles out of your shoes and open them as much as possible to allow the moisture to dry as much as possible. Your feet...

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  • Photo Equipment / Film

    Machu Picchu What to Pack

    Zoom is good for llama pics but you will have to carry it so remember weight. Bring lots of film, it's an amazing walk with varied scenery. Also, the llamas at Machu Picchu are very photogenic but you will take lots waiting for that perfect shot.

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  • Packing List: Inca Trail

    Perhaps the most important thing to remember when packing for your trek on the Inca Trail is that you will not need as much “stuff” as you think. The old guideline of laying out all your necessities on your bed at home and then removing two thirds (or realistically, half) is fairly accurate. Packing light in Peru is especially important because...

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  • Bring rain geal all year round

    rain coat AND rain pantsmake sure your shoes are water resistant. Even if you are there during the summer drier months - bring rain gear on the Inca trail.

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  • inca trail and other packing info

    5 things you truly need: a good daypack, comfortable shoes, wicking hiking socks, a fleece jacket and your mental toughness. Did the Inca trail recently. No matter what people say -- bring a rain jacket &/or poncho, no matter what season it is. Our first day of hiking was sunny & great, then it rained for 2 days. Our guide said that we didn't need...

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  • Inca trail and general packing list

    5 things you truly need: a good daypack, comfortable shoes, wicking hiking socks, a fleece jacket and your mental toughness. Did the Inca trail recently. No matter what people say -- bring a rain jacket &/or poncho, no matter what season it is. Our first day of hiking was sunny & great, then it rained for 2 days. Our guide said that we didn't need...

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  • Going into the Jungle

    Waterproof bags Waterproofs - it rains a lot. A rain cape is a good idea, looks a bit stupid but gives excellent ventilation in the heat .You can also put it over your daypack at the risk of looking like the hunchback of Notre Dam!T shirts/Trousers that dry quickly- everything gets damp hereMore clothes than you think you'll need. Everything gets...

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  • one dollar bills

    sun hat and bug spray 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.....

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  • must haves

    backpack sturdy and comfortable walking shoespair of socks for each daycap diamox pills prescribed by your MD (just in case you needed it) a good camera with lots of memory space because once you get there you`ll be trigger happy never forget your sunblock

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  • Sacred Valley and Rainforest

    If going in the low season, Cusco can get rather chilly at night. Had to wear a sweatshirt and some nice wool socks. Also was nice to wear my hiking boots around and some long underwear. Extra bankets at the hotels/hostels are highly recommended. But in the day time, it warms up a bit where you can wear shorts and a t-shirt. Was fine with...

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  • Sunblock -- Do NOT leave without it!

    Wow, sunblock is essential like most people here point out. We were really stupid and went out one day on a low altitude, cloudy sky hike and ended up being so sunburned that we were in bed a full day suffering. Completey stupid of us, and it was a day wasted that easily could've been avoided had we ONLY FOLLOWED THE OTHER TIPS!!! :-) So please,...

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  • Toilet Paper !!!!

    Most all public restrooms do not have toilet paper or soap. I would highly suggest always having some on hand, as well as some hand sanitizer. Also -- do not put the toilet paper in the toilet, but in the trash can next to the toilet. Some places have signs telling you this but it's a general rule to help the poor plumbing.

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  • Weather in Peru?

    To check todays Peru weatheror the average weather during your travel month: http://weather.yahoo.com/regional/PEXX.html For instance, august average temperature: Lima avg high=66.0° F, avg low=60.0° F Arequipa 84.0° F 75.0° F Cusco 67.8° F 35.1° F Puno No August average available. Today: 53° F 28° F Figure it is about the same in August as Cusco...

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  • Don't forget the sunblock!

    If you can avoid bringing large suitcases with you, do it. The streets in Cusco aren't really paved. They're more like tiles and cobblestones, and are really narrow. If you have large luggage it would be very difficult to maneuver. If you can't avoid it, arrange for a car to take you where you need to go so that you don't need to drag your luggage...

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  • Inca Trail Packing List

    The essential items for your trip on the Inca Trail are: Water, toilet paper, Headlamp & flashlight, rain jacket, thick socks, 2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes (worn in!), moist towelettes, warm sleeping clothes, 2 or 3 lightweight shirts that wick away moisture, 2 pairs of zip off pants (not cotton), a comfortable, sturdy backpack, a good...

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  • Walking boots

    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.

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  • Studying Inka religion

    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...

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  • Bring Sunblock Please

    Travel light. Remember there exist these wonderful new inventions called laundrymats (lavandarías) and they are plentiful in Peru. Bring warm clothes as it can be chilly at high altitudes and during winter/spring. I found I was ok with 3 layers: an undershirt, a long sleeved thermal type shirt and a sweater. No need for a heavy coat for general...

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  • Quechua Phrasebook

    If you are planning to get well off the beaten path or want to impress the local native population, bring a Quechua phrasebook. Quechua is the language of the Incas and is spoken through a good portion of Peru and other countries.

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  • Titicaca : Take some bread - Prenez du...

    You will bring some things to eat for the family with which you will stay an overnight, but take some bread for you as they won't give you some...Vous allez apporter des cadeaux-bouffe pour votre famille d'accueil sur l'ile, mais prenez du pain pour vous, c'est pas du luxe...

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  • Choquequirao : A good sleeping bag - Un...

    Don't forget your sleeping bag (about -5º to 0º) : it's cold in Choquequirao, during the night...N'oubliez pas votre duvet ou votre sac de couchage (entre -5º et 0º) : il fait froid la nuit, a Choque

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  • Choquequirao : Useful coca leaves -...

    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...

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  • Machu Picchu : The useful items - A...

    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 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...

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  • Cusco : El boleto turistico

    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 !

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  • Moskitos, cameras and toilet paper

    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...

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  • mapi

    backpacksuitcase underwearsockssportsbrasrunning shoeshiking bootsanorakrainsuitsweatshirtslong sleeve shirtsshort sleeve shirtsshortslong pantspajamas deoderanttoothbrushImmodiam ADtoothpasteshampooconditionerbrushhair ties**** & *******moisturizerchapsticklotionwater purifier tablets disposable cameras sleeping bagcamel H2O thingtowel...

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  • HOT! even in winter

    don't forget to bring enough tshirts and shorts/skirts even when u're going in winter .. coastal areas beg for skirts and sunglasses!

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  • Packing List

    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 hoursCUSCO to LA PAZ : 10-12 hours 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...

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  • Have backpack will travel....

    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. Rain gear is essential for backpacking trips in the Cordillera Blanca or Inca Trail.

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  • Packing List

    bring some good walking shoes/boots and a fleece for the cold eveings 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...

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  • Packing List

    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...

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  • Packing List

    I only took a backpack and it was really nice to carry all my crap in one bag. Sturdy shoes, lots of socks, and rain gear (the weather can be pretty wet). 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...

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  • Packing List

    Nothing extraordinary. A complete Lugagge set is thebest. This is not a safari. Any walking shoes for your visits to Museums, shoppingor wondering thru little and narrows streets. Like inEurope. No more no less.Accordig to the season, youare in control of your preferences, a sweater, or shorts, no umbrella in Lima, please. No rain here. Because...

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  • Packing List

    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. Study Abroad a simple photo equipment. botiquin, repelentes, agua repelentes si van al campo

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  • Packing List

    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.

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  • Packing List

    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.

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  • Packing List

    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. 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...

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  • Packing List

    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...

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  • Packing List

    Hiking FLORA FIELD GUIDE FOR CAMINO INCAI 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...

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  • Packing List

    Hiking take enough films with you - they are much more expensive there 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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  • Packing List

    Pack light for the jungle...one backpack. 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. TP, basic first aid kit, yellow fever vaccination, water purification if going DEEP into the jungle...Oh yes, SUN SCREEN IS CRITICAL ESPECIALLY IF...

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  • Packing List

    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...

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