Peru Travel Tips from a Seasoned Trekker

Backpacking? Alpine hiking? Camping? Multi-day treks? Rick’s done it all! And one of his most recent trips was an 11-day Cordillera Huayhuash Trek Tour through the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru, one of the best treks in Peru after the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Cordillera Huayhuash Trek is already a challenging trek through the Huayhuash mountain range in the Peruvian Andes, but what makes it even more difficult is the altitude (as high as 5,050 meters or 16,500 feet).

After a successful trekking experience in the Andes of Peru, here’s Rick’s advice on what to pack for your hikes in Peru:

  • Hiking poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hiking boots – make sure you break them in properly
  • Merino Wool base layers
  • Sunglasses – this is a must for the outdoors
  • Sunblock – don’t cheap out on sunblock lotions
  • Personal water filter system (example: Katadyn Befree water filter)
  • Wet wipes (non-flushable)
  • Soft-to-the-skin toilet paper
  • Vitamin C drink mixes (examples: Emergen-C, Ener-C)
  • Halls / Ricola cough drops

And here are Rick’s top Peru travel tips to keep in mind for your visit to Peru:

  • Try to avoid the upper level when traveling in a double decker bus unless you have no issue with motion sickness.
  • Give yourself 3-4 days to acclimatize to the high altitude.
  • Climb/hike high and sleep low.
  • Avoid high fat and high protein meals for the first few days.
  • Take probiotics supplements starting from 2 weeks prior to the trip.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat more veggies and fruits.
  • Be open minded and enjoy.

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