Colca Canyon trek packing list

Colca Canyon trek packing list

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The Colca Canyon is one of the most under-rated hikes in South America. Overshadowed by treks to Machu Picchu, this Peruvian hike is never high on any itinerary, until travellers make it to Peru and hear how rewarding the 2/3 days hike is. Fancy swimming and then sleeping in a canyon? You can in Peru, here’s the Colca Canyon trek packing list.

Colca Canyon trek packing list

Day bag

Since you are the one responsible for carrying your bags (no donkeys like the Inca), a small day pack will suffice. We use the zip off day bag from the Vango 80 + 20 litre. Pro multi-hike packing list tip: take an additional drawstring bag with you – it attaches to the bag clips easily which comes in handy for food or wet clothes.

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 rain coat (my beloved Marmot – downpour on day 2)
  • 1 x rain poncho (folded and attached to 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 dodgy ankles need support for incline and descent

Toiletries

  • Face wash (didn’t end up washing face!)
  • Deodorant (1 x stick/1 x small spray)
  • Dry shampoo
  • Travel hairspray
  • Hair bobble and kirby grips/bobby pins
  • Soap
  • Sun tan lotion (vital)
  • (or any insect repellent, your guide may show you the natural version!)
  • Baby wipes
  • Painkillers (headaches with altitude)
  • Malaria tablets (if taking)
  • Hydration tablets (amazon_textlink asin=’B018NZJFEK’ text=’like these’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’twoscotsusa-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’70eb3d80-bf16-11e7-bc29-ff8ed49ce8d1′], I never travel without them now)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Water filter bottle (you can read our review here)
  • iPhones
  • Earphones
  • Capacitors like this Anker to keep camera and phones charged
  • Travel notebook & pen
  • Bandana (Craig)

Extras

  • We hired towels (3-5 soles each)
  • Plastic bags for rubbish/wet clothes
  • Nuts
  • Cereal bars (one box)
  • 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 (aqua/water ranges from 3 to 8 soles). 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 (I’m always cold)

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What are your trek packing tips?

Gemma and Craig full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

Comments 4

  1. 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.

    Ryan

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