What to wear and pack when hiking  Machu Picchu?

Reading : 4 min January 20 2023

Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Hiking the beautiful and majestic Machu Picchu is an experience like no other, but it requires some planning to be sure you have everything you need for a successful trip. 

What to wear when hiking Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Once you get to Machu Picchu Town, you can buy almost everything you may need for the adventure, but, before you go it is a good idea to consider a few things about what to wear.

The days in Machu Picchu can be quite warm, but the nights can get quite cold. It is important to dress in layers when hiking Machu Picchu so that you can adjust your clothing to the changing temperatures.

Choose soft and light fabrics for your basics and outdoor hiking clothing for the rest. you should always bring a rain waterproof jacket, cause even if you go to Machu Picchu in the dry season, it could turn into a rainy day.

Your clothing should be breathable, so you don't overheat. You should also choose comfortable, lightweight clothing. This will help you move freely and stay cool while hiking. It is very important to choose clothing that dries quickly so that it will not be heavy if it gets wet in the rain.

Last but not least, it is important to wear the right kind of footwear. Make sure to choose a pair of supportive, well-fitted hiking boots. They should have good grip and cushioning to protect your feet from the steep terrain.

In addition to clothing, you will also want to bring a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. You may also want to bring a lightweight rain jacket and a pair of gloves for the colder nights.

Hiking Machu Picchu is an incredible experience, and you'll be glad to bring the right clothing and gear to make the most of it. If you are well prepared you can fully enjoy the beauty of Machu Picchu without worries and challenge yourself to reach the top of this ancient Inca citadel.

What to pack when hiking Machu Picchu?

Is very important that you are well prepared for any adventure you want to experience. When you travel to Cusco and visit Machu Picchu, you’ll need to pack some specifics, so we want to share with you a list of things you should not forget when packing for this amazing trip.

The most important item to bring on a Machu Picchu hike is a good pair of hiking shoes with solid grip and ankle support. You will be walking on rough terrain, so make sure you have quality footwear that is comfortable and suitable for the hike. It is also a good idea to have a pair of sandals or water shoes for river crossings.

The next essential item is a good daypack. You will need a bag that is lightweight but large enough to carry all of your essentials. Make sure it is waterproof, as you will likely encounter some rain during your trek.

In terms of clothing, the key is to dress in layers. Hiking is done at high altitude, so it is important to be able to adjust your clothing to temperature changes. A good rule of thumb is to wear a light under layer, a mid layer and an outer layer. Also be sure to bring a rain jacket and hat.

Be sure to bring a good selection of snacks and energy bars to keep your energy levels up, as well as plenty of water. It is also a good idea to bring electrolyte powder to help replenish your body’s salts and minerals lost through sweat.

A first aid kit is also a must-have. Make sure it includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any other necessary items for minor injuries. Finally, bring a camera to capture the amazing beauty of the surroundings. Make sure your batteries are fully charged, and consider bringing multiple memory cards in case you run out of space.

By following this guide, you will have everything you need for a safe and enjoyable Machu Picchu hiking adventure!

How to prepare to hike Machu Picchu?

Here are some tips for getting ready for the Machu Picchu hike. 

First, you’ll need to be in good physical shape. Hiking Machu Picchu is not super hard  but it won't be the easiest thing ever either. A few months of training including cardio, strength training, and a few practice hikes, should be enough.

Second, make sure you have the right equipment. You will need comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear, as well as a backpack and trekking poles. Bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as a hat, sunscreen and raincoat. Other items you may want to include are a sleeping bag, first aid kit and flashlight.

Third, research about the different routes. There are three main routes you can take to get to Machu Picchu by foot: the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek, and the Lares Trek. Each one has its own unique characteristics, so make sure to research them to choose which one is best for you.

Fourth, acclimate to the altitude. Since Machu Picchu is located at 8,000 feet altitude, you’ll need to give your body time to adjust to the thinner air. Spend a few days in Cusco or one of the other high-altitude cities in Peru before your trek, and make sure to drink plenty of fluids, eat lightly, and rest.

Finally, a plan for emergencies. Even if the chance of something going wrong is very low, it’s always wise to be prepared. Make sure you have a way to contact help in case of an emergency, such as a satellite phone or a radio. Send your itinerary to someone you trust and get in touch every time you get to your destination. 

Following these tips will help ensure that your Machu Picchu trip is a success. With the right preparation, you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape and have an unforgettable experience.

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