How To Pack for Traveling in Peru


  • Nicer clothes for night life in Cusco
  • Shorts (quick dry)
  • Pants (quick dry)
  • T-shirts (quick dry)
  • A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater (available in Cusco)
  • Underwear and socks (non-cotton)
  • Warm hat, gloves, & scarf
  • Water proof jacket & pants and/or rain poncho
  • Comfortable clothes for after the day’s activities
  • Good, well worn-in hiking boots
  • Sandals or other comfortable shoes
  • Trekking poles & protective tip covers (optional for travelers no trekking, recommended for those who are)
  • If you’re doing water activities, such as rafting for stand-up paddle boarding, you should bring clothes you can get wet and sandals with a heel strap for the water.
  • If you are biking, bring clothes you are comfortable biking in. Padded shorts are nice, but not necessary.
  • Refillable water bottles (2 liter capacity)
  • A water filter such as a hand pump or UV light — filtered water is provided by your trip operators during the day, but while you’re at your hotel, the airport, or having free time on your own, we highly recommend that you filter and drink tap water rather than buying bottled water. This will cut down on plastic waste, as Peru does not have the capacity to recycle plastic.
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglasses or contacts (if necessary)
  • Swim suit
  • Sun hat
  • Head lamp and spare batteries or power cord
  • Outlet adapter (Peru uses 220 volts / 60 Hz / American style two-pin plugs)
  • Book, notepaper & pen
  • Suntan lotion with 15 SPF or higher
  • After sun care
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and spare battery or power cord
  • Personal toiletries
  • Money belt
  • Passport
  • Day pack (large enough to hold water, camera, warm layers, rain jacket, and snacks) and a rain cover for the pack
  • Personal first aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), moleskin, antiseptic cream, after bite, anti-diarrhea tablets, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts & personal medication. (Amazonas Explorer carries an extensive first aid kit & Oxygen on all trips, but these are generally for emergencies only)



Pro Tip: We recommend carrying on all of your most essential items on your flights to Cusco. This way, if your checked luggage is lost in transit, you will still be able to do the trek. For example, wear or carry on your hiking boots. Good, comfortable, and broken-in hiking boots are irreplaceable. Also carry on any prescription medications, sunglasses, and anything else that is irreplaceable for you. Everything else you might need (warm layers, toiletries, etc. can be found in Cusco).

Luggage on the Machu Picchu train is restricted to 5kg(10lbs) / 20ltrs(1300 cubic inches) carry-ons only.

Any excess gear may be stored in Cusco at your hotel while you are exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Most good quality sporting equipment is unavailable in Peru so if you wish to donate any outdoor clothes, sleeping bags, etc they will be gratefully received by any of our staff.

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