Preparation for the road


What should I take on the road of travel?

Among the things I would suggest as essential are:

camping equipment
(Your company is actually included) which includes a tent
good sleeping bag (actually you can hire through your company)
water bottle (1.5 liters or better)
waterproof clothing
sturdy and comfortable footwear
light clothes for warm weather
heavy clothing for the cold, including a windproof jacket and a sweater or fleece
insect repellent and ‘sting relief’
sterilization tablets (iodine / chlorine-based)
a good backpack to keep everything

Add to this the usual traveler’s staples, such as toilet paper, a flashlight, a knife and a first aid kit, as well as money (in a money belt pouch or the neck tucked inside your clothes) and everything you need to record the trip – camera, film, sketchbooks and laptops etc.

If you go on an organized trip, tour operators can hire porters to take them.

Everything that is not necessary must be left behind. Many hostels and hotels in Cuzco will allow you to leave things with them. Your package will be already uncomfortably heavy with only the essentials. (You can actually leave your stuff in your tourist operator storage)

What kind of clothes and shoes should I wear on the road?

Remember that the dramatic temperature range. Regardless of what the weather forecast says, you will want clothes for both hot and cold weather. At low altitudes it can be very hot; in the peaks and at night it will certainly be very cold. It is best to work at the beginning layer; If it gets too hot, take something outside, if it’s too cold, put something on. A waterproof and windproof jacket is also essential.

Take the shoes strong and comfortable. Heavy boots are probably not necessary or recommended; All you need is something that you can walk around all day, that gives you good traction and that supports your ankle. Modern lightweight hiking boots are probably ideal. I wore a pair of canvas boots with very cheap rubber soles in an army surplus store. They had the advantage of comfort and light weight, but offer little traction and no support. They were not very robust either; I survived the Camino; the boots did not.

Remember to use the boots in the background before you go and get used to walking on them. The blisters will significantly reduce your enjoyment.

Can I rent or buy equipment locally?

Yes. There are stores in Cusco that rent or sell equipment. However, keep in mind that stores can not have everything they want and that the things they offer to rent can be old, broken, heavy or have missing parts. Check everything before leaving the store.

What happens to the water during the road?

In general, it should be possible to fill your bottle with water from the streams and rivers along the Camino. You should use sterilization tablets or boil water (remember that water boils at lower temperatures at high altitudes, so you should boil the drinking water already to ensure its fully sterilized). Take water from streams in preference to stagnant water, and filter it in case of doubt. Be careful when drinking water from fast-flowing rivers; By inconsiderately falling inside and running the risk of drowning contaminate the water supply for all others. (Actually your company will supply boiled water every day).

What should I take with me on the way to travel?

The photographs and all their garbage.