PASSPORT – keep your passport with you at all times. You will need it to get into museums and Inca sites all over Peru. You should not leave it in your hotel ever.
Hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes – We recommend something with a high ankle and good traction, and definitely waterproof if you’re hiking. For the city, just comfortable shoes you won’t mind wearing for a few hours. Either way, make sure your shoes are very well broken in.
Rain jacket/poncho – the weather in Peru is very unpredictable and it can rain without much notice. It’s a good idea to always have rain gear readily available, even in the “dry” season.
Warm jacket – It does get a little cold at night in the mountains, so you may want to get one of those packable, down puffer jackets so you can easily pack it in your day pack.
Winter Hat/gloves – Again, the nights can be chilly. It’s better to be prepared.
T-shirts – We do recommend that you only wear long sleeved shirts because the sun is very strong. Or if you want to wear short sleeved shirts, pack a light jacket or fleece. You will want to pack layers because the weather changes so rapidly throughout the day. Another tip we’ve picked up in our travels is to pack shirts you plan to throw away or donate at the end of the hike/trip. Less laundry to do at home and more room for souvenirs!
Pants – We recommend long pants at all times and specifically trekking pants for hikes.
Underwear/socks – may want to bring more socks than you think you need just in case they should happen to get wet.
Sun Hat (baseball cap)/sun screen/sunglasses – the sun is VERY strong in Peru.
Insect repellent with at least 45% DEET – and anti-itch cream for when you get bit anywa
11. Toilet paper or Disposable wipes– toilet paper may or may not be available in public restrooms.
12. General Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap.
13. Hand Sanitizer – probably should pack a few small bottles.
14. Mini first aid kit with band aids, moleskin, etc…just in case
15. Flash light or head lamp. Bring extra batteries too. At high altitude, batteries lose their charge faster, so you might need extra.
16. Water Bottle or Camel Back – preferably 1 Liter in size. Boiled water and water sold in stores is perfectly safe to drink. Please drink water often to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness.
17. Camera/batteries/smart phone
18. Cash – If you are taking one of our hikes, there are no ATMs on the trail and you might not have a chance to stop in Aguas Calientes. It’s customary to tip the drivers, porters, horsemen, cooks, and of course the guide. You can tip in US Dollars or Soles.