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What to bring on a Hike

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What to bring on a Hike

1. Trekking shoes/hiking boots to walk on trails, Inca trails, mountains, and glaciers, it is very important to wear hiking shoes that offer support, anti-slide, grid, and shock absorption so that you can focus on the beautiful scenery of your trek and not on your feet. The shoes also should be waterproof and have got a cartage tongue and ankle cuffs that provide comfort and protection. Rubber sole as impact protection is also recommended.

2. Big backpack or duffel - For a trek, you should take a backpack with a capacity of 20-30 liters only.

3. Small rucksack to carry your personal items during daily travels when all your baggage is not necessary.


4. Jacket needs to be light, waterproof, windproof, specially designed for adventure and preferably made of bright colors to make you visible from afar.

5. Trekking trousers should be convertible (trousers - shorts), should have pockets of a big capacity as well as satisfy your comfort during weather changes. It is suitable to be made of resistant and waterproof fabrics.

6. Walking sticks/poles enable you to walk with ease providing you with support on each step. They should be light, compact, preferably made of aluminum alloy and have an antishock system that absorb impacts before they reach your hand wrists.

7. Sandals for a better comfort whilst at a campsite.

8. Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping).

9. Hat or a cap as a protection against the Sun, rain as well as cold).

10. Sun cream or sun block

12. After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.

13. Insect repellent when in area with insect occurrence.

14. Camera or Phone and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions).

15. Flashlight/headlamp + batteries

16. Handkerchiefs and toilet paper

17. Small towel and toiletries

18. Sufficient reserve of underwear and extra socks

19. Swimsuits when you pass through warm areas with lagoons, rivers, hot springs in Agua Calientes and Lares or other water sources.

20. Snacks such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.

21. Bottled water and a water bottle to be refilled. Metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles are ideal.

22. Water-purifying tablets if you like to use water from streams along a trail.

23. Cash in a local currency


24. Orignal Passport: Usually in the Inca Trail, the Ministerio de Cultura will compare your name with the Inca Trail permission and the alternative hike to Machu Picchu, before you visit the Machu Picchu.


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