Packing list for trekking tours to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. If you're planning on visiting this amazing Inca site, there are a few things you'll need to pack. In this article, we'll give you a packing list for trekking tours to Machu Picchu, so you can be prepared for your adventure!

Essential for hiking to Machu Picchu!


An original passport is required for entry into Machu Picchu. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from entry date to Peru. Ensure the passport is in a safe and dry place in your daypack. 

A good pair of hiking boots

Hiking boots are necessary if you plan on hiking to Machu Picchu. They provide support and stability for your ankles and feet and traction on slippery or uneven surfaces. They also protect your feet from rocks, roots, and other obstacles you may encounter on the trail. Choose a comfortable boot that fits well, with plenty of room to wiggle your toes.

Sunscreen and sunglasses

While hiking to Machu Picchu, protecting your eyes from the sun is important. Wearing sunglasses will help reduce glare and eye fatigue. Choose sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays and have polarized lenses.


When hiking to Machu Picchu, it is very important to wear sunscreen. The sun can be very intense at high altitudes, so protecting your skin is important. There are a variety of sunscreens available, but make sure to choose one that is water resistant and has a high SPF. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every few hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming.

Hat or bandana

There is a lot of debate over whether it is better to wear a hat or bandana while hiking to Machu Picchu. Both have their pros and cons. Hats provide sun protection for your face but can be hot and uncomfortable. Bandanas are cooler and can be used to wipe the sweat away, but they don't provide as much sun protection. In the end, it is up to the individual to decide which is best for them.

Insect Repellent

Bugs can be a nuisance on any hike, so it's always a good idea to pack bug spray just in case. There are a lot of different brands and types of insect repellent, so do some research to find the best one for you. Make sure to apply it before you hike and reapply as needed.

Trekking Poles

Trekking poles are an important tool for hikers. They help provide balance and support on uneven terrain and can also help reduce fatigue. Poles also come in handy when crossing streams or rivers. When choosing trekking poles, it's important to consider the terrain you'll be hiking on and your personal preferences.

First aid kit

A first aid kit is a must-have bandage, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers. Packing any prescription medications you might need is also a good idea. Be sure to pack enough for the entire trip, as there will be no opportunity to restock once you're on the trail.

Extra Money

It's always a good idea to have some extra cash on hand in case of an emergency. We recommend bringing at least $100 converted into Peruvian Soles in small bills. You'll be covered if you need to take a taxi or buy something unexpectedly. Plus, having cash can sometimes help you get a better price on things.

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes can be used to clean up spills, dirt, and sweat. They can also be used to refresh oneself after a long day of hiking. Wet wipes are easy to carry around and don't take up much space.

Rain Gear

The last thing you want to be caught in a downpour without a jacket or poncho. A good rain jacket will keep you dry and comfortable, while a pair of waterproof boots will protect your feet from getting wet. Don't forget to pack a hat or scarf to keep your head and neck warm. In trekking tours like Inca Trail, we will provide you a reusable rain poncho.

Water bottle or Bladder

it's important to stay hydrated. The best way to do this is to bring a water bottle or bladder if your backpack is suitable. There is some debate over whether it is better to bring a water bottle or bladder when hiking to Machu Picchu. Both have their pros and cons. Water bottles are easier to fill up and drink from, but bladders hold more water and can be easier to carry. Ultimately, it is up to the individual hiker to decide which is best for them.

Camera or cellphone

There's no denying that Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful places on earth. So it's no surprise that many visiting people want to take photos to remember their trip. But what kind of camera should you bring on your trekking tour to Machu Picchu?

Here are a few things to consider:

1. Do you want a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR?
2. What kind of lens do you need?
3. How important is weight and size when it comes to your camera gear?

Point-and-shoot cameras are great for casual shooters who just want to snap a few photos while on vacation. They're small and lightweight, making them easy to pack. And many point-and-shoot cameras now offer features that rival DSLRs, such as HD video and advanced shooting modes.

DSLRs are ideal for photographers who want more control over their shots and who plan on doing a lot of photography while on their trip. DSLRs offer a variety of lenses that can be swapped out to suit your needs, and they typically offer better image quality than point-and-shoot cameras. However, DSLRs are also bigger and heavier, which

Hiking Clothes

When packing for a trekking tour to Machu Picchu, be sure to pack thin, breathable clothes. The weather in this region can be quite warm, so you'll want to be able to layer up or down as needed. 

Warm Clothes

The temperatures can vary greatly, so you'll want to have layers that you can take on and off as needed. A base layer of thermal underwear is a good idea, followed by a wool sweater and a waterproof jacket. You'll also want to pack gloves, a scarf, and a hat to keep your head and hands warm.

Swimming Suit

In some Trekking tours like the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, make sure to pack a swimming suit! There are plenty of opportunities to take a dip along the way, whether in a natural pool or waterfall or in one of the many hot springs in the area.

Hiking pants

Hiking pants are a must for anyone hiking to Machu Picchu. They provide protection from the elements and help you move more freely. There are many different types of hiking pants available, so make sure to choose one that fits your needs. For example, if you'll be hiking in cold weather, make sure to choose a pair of pants that are insulated.

Comfortable Backpack.

A comfortable backpack is a must-have for any hike. You want a backpack that fits well and doesn't chafe or rub. It should also have plenty of padding to protect your back and shoulders from the weight of the pack. Look for a backpack with adjustable straps so you can customize the fit. And make sure the pack has a waterproof cover in case you run into any rain on your hike.

Sleeping bag

A good sleeping bag is an essential piece of gear for any hiker, especially if you're planning on doing any backpacking. Sleeping bags come in a variety of different styles and designs, but all of them are essentially just a big bag that you can zip up to keep yourself warm at night. When choosing a sleeping bag, you'll want to consider things like the temperature rating, weight, and packed size. The temperature rating is important because it will determine how warm the bag will keep you. The weight is important because you don't want to carry more than you have to. And the packed size is important because you need to be able to fit it in your backpack.


you will need to bring along some toiletries. This includes items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and a small towel. You will also need to bring along a small bottle of shampoo and soap. These items will help you stay clean and comfortable during your hike.

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