Dressing for Machu Picchu

Traveling to a place like Machu Picchu, Peru requires a different kind of preparation than most places. Whether you are hiking the Inca Trail, or taking the train in from Cusco, it is important to remember to pack a variety of athletic wear and hiking clothes.

It should be noted that I went to Machu Picchu in June/July, and the weather was reminiscent of spring.

Bring layers! The weather changes very quickly here. It’s not the place be a hoe and refuse to bring a jacket.

Please note that Machu Picchu id 7,972 kilometers or 2,430 miles above sea level, and you will definitely need to take altitude sickness tablets. No amount of Ballet Bootcamp can help you out on this one unfortunately. Even very fit and active people will be effected.

Cusco and Machu Picchu are not the place to bring your YSL pumps, save those for another occasion. You might find a couple flat areas, but mostly you will be walking up or down hill.

But that’s okay, because you are going to see one of the seven wonders of the world after all, and it definitely is worth it. It is important to remember that this is a poorer region, and bringing anything too nice is probably not advisable.

It is the place to bring your monogram Nikes, designer fanny pack you bought online while you were drunk, and super chic activewear. Packing interesting activewear is definitely a must, because even though you are spending most days hiking, it doesn’t mean you get to act like you’ve gone off grid.

For the lucky bunnies out there who get to meet a llama… It’s amazing! But watch out these guys are notorious for spitting.

It is important to know that you can get 3G even in the mountains of Peru, I promise. Which means you can Instagram until your heart is content! So, don’t wear a vest with 10 pockets like you’re about to take down a leopard poaching ring. Keep it together. Wear something comfortable, that you can post on Instagram.

My favourite brick and mortar place to shop for new activewear brands is Bandier located in NYC, and my top online retailers are RevolveClothing.com  and net-a-poeter.com.

Shop here and you won’t be disappointed!

You should also be prepared to see allot of new wave hipster granola type people while you are there. I myself saw 4 different white girls with dreadlocks, in varying states of granola hipster-ness, in the three days I spent in the town of Machu Picchu. Just remember that are already in nature, so you don’t have to prove anything to anyone by wearing chacos and pretending to be down to earth.

If you are not going to hike the Inca trail (which takes 4-5 days) then you are probably going to stay in the town of Machu Picchu and take the bus up. Get ready it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

I will also tell you that there are a limited number of high end hotels in this region and they book up fast. So, I recommend planning in advance, if accommodations are important to you. It is also worth it to note that 4 or 5 star hotel here will probably be more akin to a 2 or 3 star hotel you might find in Europe.

Be Just Not That Way,



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