Backpacking in Peru: A Guide

Without a doubt Peru is one of the world’s greatest backpacking destinations. The country is geographically diverse and rich in culture. It is the perfect place for people looking for an adventure. If you are a traveler on a budget, you will have an experience that you will never forget if you choose backpacking in Peru.

Some Tips for Backpacking in Peru

Before you pack your bags to go backpacking in Peru, here are somethings you should keep in mind:

  1. Make sure you have cash (sol) before getting there
    While on your trip you will need to purchase food, pay for accommodations, and buy souvenirs. If you plan on using your card, then you will be disappointed to know that not many places take cards, and if they do they will charge you a fee. Ensure that you have enough local currency to last you your whole trip.
  2. Pack the right shoes
    If you plan on hiking the Inca Trail, then you will need to do a lot of walking. Particularly if you plan on going to Machu Picchu, then you will definitely appropriate hiking shoes/boots. Mach Picchu is without doubt one of the most beautiful and spiritual places that you will ever encounter, but hiking there is not for everyone. Keep in mind that we do offer trains to Machu Picchu for those who want to skip the walk.
  3. Haggle excessively
    Some cities, such as Cusco, are overrun by tourists and you will probably meet people from all over the world. Because of this, tourism is the major economic activity of this cities. Therefore, when going to purchase an item, the seller will likely try to sell you the item at a higher price. However, if you bargain, then you will probably be able to get it for the less than the initial price.
  4. Make coca leaves your friend
    This is especially for those with altitude sickness. If you are trekking to Machu Picchu, then get ready, because all treks will involve going to high altitudes. Machu Picchu is about 2,430 meters above sea level. To cure the sicknessm you can turn to natural remedies like coca tea. Coca leaves are cheap and readily available you can chew on them or drink them in a tea.

With these tips you are ready for an experience of a lifetime. To plan your Peru adventure, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.


Our goal at Alpaca Expeditions is to create the best experience for all of our clients. We create journeys that are to be remembered for a lifetime. Journeys you can be proud of and can share with everybody around you.

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