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Things to Pack for Peru

Are you looking for information about how to prepare for a trip to Cusco in Peru? For those who are thinking of visiting Machu Picchu or any other destination in Peru, this blog offers useful information on how to prepare, what you need, information on the weather, and everything you need to know to fully enjoy your trip.


Advice for your luggage and packaging: 

Airlines and trains have baggage weight limits per person in addition to other restrictions. Domestic flights in Peru usually have lower weight limits than international flights. You will have to carry your own suitcases or backpacks on some trips, and so it is good to carry light luggage.For that reason is so important to keep in mind what things you must take into account at the hour to start make your travel bag. 

  • Tips for wearing clothing:  Depending on the month and place you visit Peru, you can expect from very heavy rains to intense heat. Due to the fact that Peru also has drastic altitude differences, different temperatures can be recorded in the same area. In addition, temperatures are often different in the day and at night. It can be quite hot at times and quite cold for the night, so it's good to have some clothes for both types of weather. Bring swimsuit if you plan to visit a place with hot springs (for example our package to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes) or a pool.

What types of shoes to bring for a Walk?:

Many of the historical places, such as Machu Picchu are in changing areas in terms of types of terrain and so hiking is challenging (Good option: Inca Trail Machu Picchu) and appropriate hiking shoes are necessary for your personal and pleasant safety travel experience. The shoes should be comfortable, they should have good tread. Closed shoes are the best way to keep your feet warm, safe and protected. Among the useful features include: 

  • Notch for the heel: Reduces stress on the Achilles tendon. Ankle strap acts as a pad around the ankle and ensures that it fits well. 
  • Upper part: It is usually made of leather, net or synthetic material. The mesh fabric allows better ventilation and is lighter. 
  • Template: Supports the foot and the arch. Templates that can be removed can be washed or removed to dry between walks. 
  • Midsole: Offers comfort and cushioning 
  • Sole: It makes contact with the ground. Grooves and grooves can help maintain traction. 
  • Toecap: Provides space for the toes. A spacious and rounded toe helps prevent corns. 
  • Other beneficial features that not all shoes have are the gel pad (protects and reduces the impact when the foot makes contact with the ground) and the stabilizer bar (helps stabilize your foot if it tends to go in when stepping)

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Tips for Weather and Climate in Peru: 

In Peru there is a rainy season, but it can rain any day. It is better to bring a rain poncho in replacement of an umbrella, since you will have your hands free and you will be able to move freely, especially if you are hiking the Inca Trail. You can carry it in your backpack as long as it does not rain. Rain poncho frequently used in Peru Rain poncho frequently used in Peru. Due to some very high altitudes and the proximity to the line of Ecuador, the Sun in Peru is very strong. Take care of your skin properly to avoid sunburn and discomfort. Lightweight, loose, long-sleeved clothing is the best, along with a good hat, protector and sunglasses. Also bring sunscreen. Natural varieties based on zinc oxide are the safest options for your health.


Tips for personal hygiene items:  

All the hotels and hostels in Peru offer soaps and shampoo, but it is a good idea to bring personal hygiene items, these are some of the items you should consider taking.

  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Soap 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Deodorant 
  • Personal shaver 
  • Comb and / or brush 
  • Women's hygiene products 

During various times of the year, and in different places you can find mosquitoes, flies and other insects that are attracted by odors and that can sting. For your personal safety, as well as the comfort of other travelers, it is best to use products without perfume or wear perfumes. A natural insect repellent, and products such as tea tree oil, citronella, musk oil or peppermint oil can be useful as well. Other things you might want to bring: 

  • Large Travel Backpacks Cloths or disinfectant hand towels and / or dry alcohol (not based on triclosan). 
  • Ziploc bags - you will find many reasons to use them 
  • A small flashlight - this is a good idea in case of electricity failure, and for personal safety 
  • A notebook or diary, and the pen to record any information 
  • A cell phone or other small device that will serve as an alarm clock. 
  • A small first aid kit
  • And, of course, a photo or video camera with the right battery and with the respective charger

And these are some things that it is not advisable to bring 

  • Expensive items or jewelry 
  • Unnecessary electronic devices 
  • Knives or weapons
  • Illegal substance in Peru

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Information about Electricity in Peru:

The power supply in Peru is 220 volts AC at 60Hz. A double flat sheet (as used in North America) and individual round pegs (as used in continental Europe) are standard in Peru. If you have a device with a different type of connection, what you need is an adapter (which you can borrow at your hotel). 


What to eat and Food Security:

Be careful when eating on your trip. consider lighter meals, vegetarian food is the most recommended. Tap water in Peru is not recommended to drink directly, wash food or brush your teeth with purified bottled water is readily available everywhere, and most hotels provide. High-end hotels have water purification systems.Try new Peruvian foods Ceviche is just one example of the great variety of delicious Peruvian dishes, with fresh fish and seafood cooked with lemon, served with corn and potatoes. For the adventurers there is guinea pig or alpaca burgers, delicious dishes. With that said, food security is also important for all foreign travelers. Avoid vegetables that have not been peeled or cooked. Make sure that the water you are going to consume has been boiled or better still if it is bottled, be careful with the ice as well.

Health Tips, Supplements and Medications:

One of the most common events for newcomers to Peru is altitude sickness. This can range from a headache, shortness of breath and fatigue to insomnia, heart palpitations and flu-like symptoms. In rare cases more severe symptoms may require hospitalization. One of the best ways to prepare and prevent altitude sickness is by doing the following things:

1. Practice a cleaner and more natural diet starting weeks before your arrival.
2. Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol, as well as stimulants such as coffee or energy drinks. 

3. Take some supplements that can help strengthen your body and immune system at least 2 weeks before coming to Peru, and during your stay in Peru. These include: Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E or selenium Herbs such as Echinacea, Garlic, Ginseng, Ginkgo, or Ashwagandha Other supplements such as Chlorella, L-glutamine or Reishi

4. Drink a lot of pure water to hydrate a few days before your arrival, and continue doing it during your stay. Juice, soda, coffee or alcohol are not recommended. Remember that water has more oxygen than air, so it is essential to keep it well hydrated!  

5. Finally upon arrival in Cusco, where the altitude is over 11,000 feet, plan to take it easy for at least 24 hours. Normally no vaccines are required to visit Peru, but it is best to consult with your doctor based on the specific area you are visiting and your personal health needs. And, of course, do not forget to bring any medication you need.

Advice for personal preparation:

Perhaps the most important factor is the positive mentality of the visitor. It is important to have a positive mindset and to be open-minded about things that you are not used to or do not expect. This will make it much easier to enjoy your trip. We hope this information helps you as you prepare for your trip!  

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