Peru is best known for its incredible cuisine and of course the great Inca citadel, also known as Machu Picchu. Many travelers visit the stone city every day and everyone wants to be prepared when they get there. Many visitors take the walking trails in order to reach Machu Picchu and they don’t exactly know what is appropriate to take in order to have a comfortable experience. Well for most trails booked through a good operator everything you need is normally included, such as tents, sleeping bags, food, porters and of course guides. However, for those of you who insist on having a check list with what to bring on a Peruvian trek, we have compiled a brief rundown of items that you should have with you:
- Pack clothes for different climates, as during Andean treks temperatures will fluctuate a lot from hour to hour. It can be sunny and warm one minute and be snowing and freezing 10 minutes later.
- Sunblock cream with a high sun protection factor. The sun is very strong in the mountains and if you do not use sunblock, your skin will burn very quickly when the sun is out.
- Purification tablets – you never know if for some strange reason you might need to get a drink from the nearby streams found throughout the various trails. It is highly unlikely that this will happen since your porters will make sure to bring plenty of water and it is also suggested for you to bring your own bottled water, but you never know and it is always good to be safer.
- If is not really necessary for you to bring any gadgets along your trail but some people insist on bringing compasses, an altitude estimator, watches that measure everything from time to weather to humidity in the air as well as other cool things. If this is a must for you than why not just bring a cell phone with apps that perform all of these functions. Nowadays our smart phones pretty much do it all.
- DO NOT BRING A LAPTOP/TABLET. Some people travelers have made the mistake of taking notebooks or tablets on their trail and have at some point slipped in the terrain only to see their gadgets broken from the fall. Additionally I wonder if manufacturers include testing their products in high altitudes, the Lares trek for example reaches almost 16,000 feet.
- One tip is to take a pain reliever; personally I took over the counter migraine pills for the Lares trek in case I got a headache from the altitude. I was fine until the last day where we hit almost 16,000 feet and got a headache. I took a pill and was feeling much better 10 minutes later.