Visiting Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of almost every traveler in South America. Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the adventurous way of visiting the Inca Citadel. It is arguably a popular alternative to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and a 4- day hike along the Inca Trail.
The ”trek” is a fun, and backpacker-budget-friendly trek that is action-packed. It is one of those experiences where you don’t need to bring heavy warm clothes as you will not go to very colder higher altitudes. In fact, the weather throughout the trek is warm and humid.
The most important thing to carry is a backpack or a day pack in which you will pack all your belongings. Here’s the complete list of things that you need to pack for the Inca jungle trek.
An original passport is the most essential document which will allow you to enter Machu Picchu. This should top your Inca Jungle Trek packing list!
Carry cash as you will not get ATMs during the trek. Although meals are included in the trek, it is always better to carry some cash in small notes. You will need them to get water bottles, snacks, and souvenirs.
Things to Pack to Wear
Layering works best for adventurous treks like the Inca Jungle Trek. Mornings and nights are generally cooler than mid-afternoons. Layering up or down from morning to evening will help you to dress according to the temperature. Here are the necessary items to pack to wear:
You need a fleece or jumper for cooler mornings or evenings.
Bring along a pair of hiking boots that should have ankle support and is sturdy and waterproof. The hike is not very difficult but staying prepared is a good option. Carry comfy socks with shoes to wear while trekking.
For basic clothing, keep shorts, shirts, and trekking pants.
Pack at least 3 pairs of underwear.
Carry your swimwear if you want to enter the hot springs.
Pack Pajama pants to use as sleepwear. It will keep your legs protected from mosquitoes. It gets cold at night, especially at high altitudes.
If you are traveling during monsoon season (November – March) then make sure to carry your rain gear.
Personal Gear and Medication
On treks, you are not required to carry heavy skincare products or make-up. Just carry the essential products.
Heat stroke and sunburn are always the results of a good trekking experience. A few vital products are sunscreen and a hat that will keep you protected. These will keep your face and head from sun tanning. The hat should be lightweight and easy to store.
Carry bug spray/repellent. Just make sure you have enough of it.
A mouthwash would be great.
Waterproof zip-lock bags to keep your wet clothes and dry clothes separate. It will also be useful to protect your electronic gadgets during heavy showers also.
Body wipes, isotonic powder, blister plasters, and hand sanitizer.
Carry toilet paper, basic first aid, general medications, small locks, and a small hand towel that doesn’t occupy too much space.
Carry a power bank to charge your phone.
What Else To Carry?
The list of things to carry doesn’t end with clothing and sanitizers. There’s more that you need to pack.
A small torch with good light and fresh batteries is important. You can also carry a headlight.
A sleeping bag.
Almost every scene in the trek is breathtaking. Bring your camera to capture the stunning natural beauty of the place.
Carry a trekking pole to make your trek easier.
If you wish to take notes, bring along a journal, notebook, and pen. Make sure they are lightweight.
Carry a hydration bag to keep it full of water.
Bring extra batteries for your camera and torch.
Swimwear and a small lightweight towel. A small towel will dry easily and doesn’t occupy much space.
Final Words on Inca Jungle Trek Packing List.
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is generally 4-5 days where you need to trek for 5-9 hours. It all depends on the type of trek you select. Well, there’s one thing common in every trek. This is packing essential things. Any extra item will stay useless and increase the weight of your bag. Just pack what is listed above. Staying prepared will help you to enjoy your trek without worrying.