4.) Drink plenty of water and eat well
Hiking for a few days on tough terrain requires a lot of energy. It’s demanding on both your body and your mind, and in order to set yourself up in the best position to get through some gruelling summits and climbs there are some simple additions that can make a great difference. Packing snacks that are high in protein, carbs and healthy fats will give you great high-energy options to keep you going. If you have a cool area to store them, fresh fruits are a fantastic way to give you energy as well as fight off altitude sickness. More of a hiker’s classic is the addition of dried foods such as nuts and fruits as these are a great source of vitamins and fibre. Most important is that you bring snacks that you like to eat!
Mercado San Pedro, Cusco
You should always bring more than you think you need, and this goes the same for your watersupply. It’s a great idea to bring a handheld water bottle, in addition to a hydration bladder/reservoir that you can simply slide into your bag. Drink slowly throughout your hike.
5.) Carry some cash in the local currency (Nuevo Sol)
It’s great to have some cash with you as you’ll pass through local communities along the route and you may want to purchase drinks and snacks or even use their loos. Tipping in Peru is best in the local currency. You’ll be in the company of outstanding guides along the way and we recommend you show them your gratitude.
Factoria Perú Inca
With so many awesome routes all over Peru’s diverse landscape, it’s essential that you pre-plan what trails you’ll explore before you touch down. The Inca Trail is the busiest, so this has to be booked in advance to secure your route and your guide. It’s worth considering whether you prioritise cultural immersion activities – great on the Lares Trail or otherworldly vistas high in the sky – best appreciated on the Ausangate. Contact the team of Wayfairer Travel Specialists for help to plan your Peru adventure further.
Llama in the Andes