Colca Canyon Trek Packing List

Colca Canyon trek packing list

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The Colca Canyon is one of the most underrated hikes in South America. Overshadowed by treks to Machu Picchu, this Peruvian hike is rarely high on any itinerary, until visitors make it to Peru and hear how rewarding the 2/ or3 days hike is! Fancy swimming and then sleeping in a canyon? You can in Peru; here’s the Colca Canyon trek packing list.

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Colca Canyon Trek Packing List

Day Bag

Since you carry your bags, no donkeys like the Inca, a small day pack will suffice.

Clothes (Gemma)

  • 3 x vest tops
  • 1 x cardigan
  • 1 x thin jumper (bed wear)
  • 1 x shorts
  • 1 x leggings (very cold at night)
  • 1 x bra (didn’t need sports bra)
  • 3 x pants
  • 3 x socks (didn’t wear hiking socks)
  • 1 x bikini (pool on day 2/hot springs day 3)
  • 1 x raincoat (my beloved Marmot, a downpour on day 2)
  • 1 x rain poncho (folded and attached to the bag)

Shoes (Gemma)

  • 1 x walking shoes (Salomon)
  • 1 x flip flops (give feet a rest at night/good for showering)

Clothes (Craig)

  • 1x three-quarter length shorts
  • 2 x vest tops
  • 1 x denim shirt
  • 1 x swim shorts
  • 2 x boxer shorts (yuck!)
  • 4 x socks (this boy can’t pack)

Shoes (Craig)

  • 1 x walking boots such as Salomon Ellipse trek shoes US / UK, which are lighter for packing.


  • Face wash (didn’t end up washing face!)
  • Deodorant (1 x stick/1 x small spray)
  • Dry shampoo
  • Travel hairspray
  • Hair bobble and grips/bobby pins
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen lotion (vital)
  • DEET or Avon Skin So Soft US / UK
  • Baby wipes
  • Painkillers (headaches with altitude)
  • Malaria tablets (if taking)
  • Hydration tablets 
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Water filter bottle 
  • iPhones
  • Earphones
  • Battery packs like this US / UK keep cameras and phones charged
  • Travel notebook & pen
  • Bandana (Craig)


  • We hired towels
  • Plastic bags for rubbish/wet clothes
  • Nuts
  • Cereal bars
  • Bananas – green ones ripen in one day
  • Tangerines
  • Water
  • Skittles
  • Coca sweets (done thing in Peru!)

There are plenty of ‘shops’ on the way over (day one and two only) aka local women that sell fruit and drinks.

Some of the shops sell sweets like Snickers etc.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are filling, but you need snacks to keep you going.

I’d quite happily not eat a cereal bar again!

What We Wished We Had Packed

  • Craig regretted not bringing flip-flops
  • I wish I had a large scarf to double up as a blanket for the bus as I’m always cold

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What are your trek packing tips?

6 thoughts on “Colca Canyon Trek Packing List

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Hi Gemma,

    Good God it’d have been awesome to take that scarf for bus trips. I recall being frozen it seems at night in Cusco. Daytime we’re talking 75 F, nighttime, 31 F, below freezing. By noon the next day things heated up with the sun but before then, I froze in my apartment.

    Good tips!

    Tweeting from Bali.


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