Helpful Tips for Traveling in Peru

Things to consider:

  • Altitude sickness is real and can affect people at any fitness level.  Resting and drinking a lot of water or local Coca Tea will help.  Consult your doctor if you feel you may need diamox or another altitude-fighting prescription drug.  Ibuprofen may also help. 
  • Be ready for all weather. Whether you go in the “summer” or “winter” or rainy season or dry season, the weather in the mountains is always unpredictable.  Rain and wind can come at any time so it’s best to always carry an additional layer or poncho.  
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat, even if it is cloudy.  The sun is incredibly strong all over Peru.
  • Restrooms may not have toilet paper.  Also, Peruvian infrastructure does not support the flushing of toilet paper, so prepare yourself accordingly.  Always carry a little paper with you or pack some wet wipes. 
  • Bring snacks and drink as much water as possible.  It’s our recommendation to carry water with you at all times and light snacks in case you get hungry while exploring a ruin where food may not be readily available.
  • Bring cash.  There are not always ATMs available and it’s courteous to tip porters, guides, and/or horsemen for their hard work during your trip.  Please prepare before hand.  (For our recommendations on tipping, please see our policy here.)
  • It gets cold at night so bring layers.  At a minimum, a down puffer jacket and winter hat is recommended for the evenings.
  • Machu Picchu is more than just a city of ruins.  There are 4 major additional excursions you can take throughout the site.  Read more about them here: More on Machu Picchu
  • For our general packing tips, please visit our “Packing Recommendations” here.