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What to Take When Trekking in Peru

Whether you are trekking the infamous trek up to Machu Picchu, exploring one of our nature trails or trailing the Amazon Rainforest; we at Inkaterra know how essential it is to plan ahead to make sure your backpack has everything you need to make your adventure enjoyable. We have taken a few tips from our Inkaterra Travel Recommendations Pack for items that should be in your bag when trekking in Peru.

Machu Picchu

Footwear

We recommend sturdy hiking boots as opposed to trainers. Ideally, these should be breathable to keep your feet dry and have good ankle support. Definitely break these in before starting your trek – you certainly don’t want blisters ruining the amazing experience! If blisters are a problem, then make sure you have a roll of Zinc tape in your bag – an easy and effective way of avoiding rubbing.

Flickr image courtesy of Alan Levine http://bit.ly/1zB7f6w

Flickr image courtesy of Alan Levine http://bit.ly/1zB7f6w

Trousers

First and foremost, go for long trousers; if you wear shorts or cut offs, you run the risk of mosquito bites. Materials that dry quickly are also recommended, just incase you get wet along the way (this can be likely, the weather changes dramatically depending on elevation and season) Comfort is the most important thing – a baggy pair of trousers allows for room to move and also stops mosquitoes being able to bit through the fabric.

Flickr image courtesy of Katja Schulz http://bit.ly/1c5wV07

Flickr image courtesy of Katja Schulz http://bit.ly/1c5wV07

Fleece

Fleece is the ideal material for hiking or trekking as it’s lightweight and comfortable. It’s easy to carry and can be easily rolled up to fit in your backpack.  It also dries quickly when you get wet – which happens quite frequently in the rainforest!

Rain Poncho

This is the preferable option over a rain jacket. It’s easy to carry, take on and off and can even cover your backpack as well!

Cataraya De Mandor Waterfall Flowing into the Urubamba River

Mosquito Repellent

Plenty of strong natural & organic mosquito repellent is a must! At Inkaterra we provide lemongrass, proven to be an effective mosquito repellent. Ensure your body and even your clothes are covered to make sure you don’t get nipped by pesky bugs.

Flickr image courtesy of Mike Mozart http://bit.ly/1zBc93m

Flickr image courtesy of Mike Mozart http://bit.ly/1zBc93m

For more information on treks and excursions from our Inkaterra properties, please click here.