I was under the impression that bringing a few layers of clothing would be more than enough to trek to Machu Picchu for four days. Well… turns out I was mistaken.
I ended up wearing ever piece of clothing I had in order to stay warm. So please read this blog, and don’t make the same mistake as me.
The best time to go to Machu Picchu is from May – November to avoid the rainy season. Unfortunately, this means you are going to be in Peru during their winter months. Which at an altitude of over 3,000 meters feels quite cold.
If you are doing the Inca Trail or the Salcantay Trail you will probably have to pack slightly different items. The Inca Trail is all stairs and if you go in the dry season you will be in the sun all day. If you are doing the Salcantay Trail part of it goes through the Amazon so it is humid and there are more chance of encountering mosquitos. The climate also varies on the time of the year you go, as well as, how long a trek you are doing, as a 2 day trek and 5 day trek may have different paths.