Patagonia Hike and Kayak
• Solid Walking Boots- Boots should have ankle support with a solid
Vibram®, or equivalent, sole. Gore Tex®, or other waterproofing, is
recommended to have for wet days as well as added insulation. Be sure to
break your boots in at least 4 WEEKS prior to departure. Additionally,
bring a spare set of laces.
• Day Pack -The most important things to look for if you need to
purchase one are size, hydration pack compatibility, hip and chest
straps, frameless, good padding on shoulder straps and bottle holders.
• Water/Wind Proof Jacket - Your water/windproof jacket is your outer
water repellent layer. Gore Tex, seam-sealed is recommended as well as a
hood for added warmth.
• Water/Wind Proof Pants - Your water/wind proof pants will be worn
during inclement weather. These pants are essential for wet days and
should be Gore Tex®, or similar waterproofing, lined and have lower leg
• 2 Pair Synthetic Warm Weather Socks - These socks are for excursion on
the boat in the warmer parts of the day since they are made of a
Coolmax® fabric. What is Coolmax®? - CoolMax® wicks moisture, dries
quickly and breathes well, keeping your feet dry and preventing
• 2 Pair Heavier Synthetic or Wool Blend Socks - Your heavy socks are
ideal for Cusco or Sacred Valley in the evenings when the temperature
drops as well as on cold mornings. Merino wool is very comfortable and
dries quickly with fewer odors than synthetic blends.
• Fleece Top - This Polartec® 200 weight top will provide added warmth
during the evenings as well as on cold mornings. Ideally, this item is
worn over a base layer and underneath your water/wind proof jacket.
• 2 Pair Pants - These convertible shorts/pants will be what we hike in
every day. They should be of a lightweight, quick drying nylon material.
Some come with UPF protection and mosquito protection.
• 2 Pair Long Sleeve - Your trekking shirt is what we should wear early
in the climb in warmer climates. The shirt is moisture wicking, light
weight, and designed for multi-day hikes.
• Mid-Layer Top - This shirt is a long sleeve version of the one
provided above. The long sleeve trail shirt offers added warmth, more
protection from the sun, and an additional layer for evenings and early
• Warm Hat - This fleece or wool hat is ideal for evenings and will be
valuable in the event of colder weather in the mountains around Machu
Picchu. The hat should be tight fitting with minimal loose ends.
• Lightweight Gloves - Fleece gloves are essential. Look for gloves that
are Polartec® 200 weight with a leather reinforced palm. For more
protection wind proofing is available and will add an extra layer of
• Sun Hat- A full brimmed hat is good for added shade and increased sun
protection. Additionally, a neck scarf should also be considered to
protect the back of the neck.
• Sun Glasses - Your sun glasses should have 100% UV protection and
should reduce glare as well as visible light. The frames should be
lightweight with a wrap-around design for enhanced grip and staying
• Bug Spray - DEET based products work well and we find that the spray
on versions last longer and are less messy. 4-6 ounce repellents that
are perspiration and splash resistant are great.
• Sun Screen - 30 SPF or higher is recommended as well as water proof
and sweat proof. Banana Boat, Badger, REI, Kinesis and All Terrain are
• Wide Mouth Water Bottle - A 1 liter water bottle is essential for
hydrating while on the small excursions and refilling throughout the
day. Stay away from glass and heavy metals and look for Lexan® for
• Dry Bag - A 20 liter + dry bag is great for ensuring your personal
items are safe in case of rain. Cameras, wallets, money, and any other
valuables can be kept dry at all times.
• Casual Clothing - Dinners on the Amazon, and in all other area, are
casual dress and you will want to have a jacket for the evenings in
Cusco as well as the Sacred Valley.
• Paperback book
• Journal with pen or pencil
• Person First Aid Kit (band aids, mole skin or second skin, Ibuprofen,
• Hand sanitizer
• Sani-wipes – These should be used for using the bathroom as they have
anti-bacteria in them and are bio-degradable
• Flavored chocolate/energy bars for snacks
• 2 extra garbage bags for waterproofing and separating dirty laundry
• Ear plugs
• IPod or MP3 player
• Water-flavoring to mask the iodine taste in the purified water
(Cytomax or Endurox)