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Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail

What to pack for the Inca Trail

[ 0 ] November 3, 2011

Planning to hike the Inca Trail in Peru? Make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities by consulting our checklist.

From First Aid kits to flashlights, our essential guide will ensure you’re well equipped for Machu Picchu!

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail - Fabulous Travel Guide

Climbing Machu Picchu - What to pack for the Inca Trail

*Flashlight

Girls – if you need the toilet during the night you’ll want your hands free. Go for a head torch so you can keep your dignity. A wind-up torch is also useful as there won’t be many power points along the way.

*Wet wipes and hand sanitiser

There’s nowhere to have a shower after a tough day’s climb so be sure to pack wet wipes. Hand sanitiser is great, too – and a necessity if you wear contact lenses – as no water is required.

* First Aid kit

It’s always worth having a First Aid kit with you as you never know when you’ll need Asprin, Imodium or re-hydration powder. It’s also worth noting that tour guides aren’t allowed to administeri any type of drug including headache pills, antibiotics and altitude sickness pills. Make sure you pack blister plasters and bandages. We can’t stress this enough!

* Waterproof cover for backpacks and a poncho!

Make sure your backpack stays nice and dry in a waterproof case. There are usually rain showers along the way so a poncho is a good idea, too. However you can buy these from locals on the way.

* Sleeping bag and liner

You can hire sleeping bags for around $10USD. If you bing your own, make sure it’s waterproof with a thermal lining.

* Purification tablets

Clean water is limited so take purification tablets or a filter so you can drink fresh water on the trek. The last thing you need is a dodgy stomach.

* Watch or alarm clock

Tour guides usually wake you in the morning for breakfast but on the last day, when you race up up to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn, you’ll set your own alarm.

*Camera and spare memory card

Every day of the Inca Trail is awesome so you’ll be snapping away left, right and centre. Make sure you take a spare memory card – and battery – if you have it so you don’t have to be stingy!

* Plastic bags

Keep your clothes wrapped up in plastic bags – it will keep them nice and dry.

Next: What to wear for the Inca Trail>>

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Sherryll Catindig gets ready for her first slope in Huacachina, Peru

PICTURES Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru

[ 1 ] September 3, 2011

Love adventures? Get yourself down to Huacachina in Peru for a hair-raising ride you won’t forget!

Sandboarding is taking South America by storm and it’s not difficult to see why. Check out our amazing photo gallery of sandboarding in Huacachina and book your trip!

PICTURES Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

Staying safe in South America

[ 0 ] July 7, 2011

South America is a fantastic place to travel around but you’ll need to have your wits about you if you’re travelling alone.

Read our top tips for staying safe while backpacking around Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Never travel at night

It’s always best to travel during the day – especially when crossing borders or arriving in busy bus terminals. This gives you time to find a hostel and get your bearings.

* Make sure your taxi is authorised

Look for the driver’s I.D and agree a price before you get in.  Lock the doors once you’re inside – it’s not unheard of for muggers to jump in next to you at traffic lights.

* Don’t carry an expensive handbag

Be wary about getting money out in public places and use an inexpensive bag that you can wear across the body so it’s not as easy to snatch. Take enough money for the day and leave your passport and wallet in the hostel.

* Be careful where you withdraw money

Where possible, withdraw cash from inside a bank. Cloning cards is a common occurance in some places so avoid using cashpoints in dodgy areas and don´t go near them at night.

*Don´t fight back

If you´re unlucky enough to be targeted by thieves, stay calm and cooperate. Never resist or fight back and give them everything they ask for. Don´t be clever by giving them the wrong pin number – it’s simply not worth it.

* Cover up

It’s fine to wear tiny shorts to the beach – but make sure you dress respectably in large towns and cities. Otherwise you’ll attract unwanted attention – not something to be doing when you’re travelling alone.

* Don’t leave valuables in your backpack

You’re usually asked to leave your backpack under the bus on long journeys so carry anything of value  (such as passport, wallet, credit card etc) with you. Don´t put your bag under the seat as it can be taken (or cut open) when you’re sleeping. The best thing to do is put your passport and cash in a money belt under your clothes.

*Trust your instincts

Look around you – if shops are boarded up and there’s not much street lighting, leave immediately. Even in broad daylight you are an easy target. Don’t wander into quiet areas on your own and if you ever feel vulnerable get straight in a taxi.

TOP TIP Some girls carry pepper spray with them for protection. It may seem a little extreme but if you’re getting hassled by anyone it will give you time to make a swift exit.

Planning a trip to South America? Find out how to bag cheap flights and  get tips on crossing borders safely. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

Candelabra etched into the sand in Pisco - Ballestas Islands, Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

Ballestas Islands – tours from Pisco

[ 0 ] June 12, 2011
Can’t afford the Galapagos Islands? The Ballestas Islands off the coast of Peru are condsidered ‘the poor man’s Galapagos’ and are home to hundreds of seals, penguins, pelicans and sea lions.
Speed boat ride to the Ballestas Islands - Pictures of the Ballestas Islands - Fabulous Travel Guide

Speed boat ride to the Ballestas Islands - Pictures of the Ballestas Islands - Fabulous Travel Guide

Boat trips leave from Pisco at 7am and take about 1.5 hours  to reach the islands. On the way you’ll stop to see the three-pronged Candelabra, a giant figure etched into the sandy hills (pictured below).
Candelabra etched into the sand in Pisco - Ballestas Islands, Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Candelabra is approx 595ft long - Ballestas Islands, Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

After a quick photo stop, you’ll cruise the Ballestas Islands for several hours observing scores of noisy seals, sea lions, penguins, boobies and pelicans.
Spot seals and sealions on the Ballestas Islands in Peru - Ballestas Islands in Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

Spot seals and sea lions on the Ballestas Islands in Peru - Ballestas Islands in Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

Looking for more things to do in Peru? Go sandboarding in Huacachina or visit the infamous Machu Picchu. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!
The Colca Canyon, Peru - Pictures of the Colca Canyon - Fabulous Travel Guide

SEE PICTURES: The Colca Canyon, Peru

[ 1 ] June 6, 2011

Travelling through Peru? The Colca Canyon is a fascinating combination of snow-capped mountains, dusty roads and indiginous villages – and it’s almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

One minute you’ll be admiring fields full of alpacas and llamas, the next you’ll be watching condors swoop through the sky. Check out our favourite pics of the Colca Canyon and book your trip to Peru now!

The Colca Canyon, Peru - Pictures of the Colca Canyon - Fabulous Travel Guide
The Colca Canyon, Peru – Pictures of the Colca Canyon – Fabulous Travel Guide

Buses leave from Arequipa and wind their way north through the mountains until they reach Mirador de los Andes, the valley’s highest point at 4,910m (pictured below).

Surrounded by towers of piled stones, known as ‘apachetas’, this region is as intriguing as it is beautiful. It’s thought the statues were left behind  as offerings to the Gods. Superstitious? Build your own mini statue – it will bring you good fortune!

Mirador de los Andes - Colca Canyon, Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

Mirador de los Andes - Colca Canyon, Peru - Fabulous Travel Guide

Next stop on the tour is the provincial capital of Chivay (pictured below), where most travellers stay overnight. Eat at one of the traditional restaurants, soak in the hot springs and order super-strong Pisco sours!

Chivay, Colca Canyon, Peru - Pictures of hotels in Chivay - Fabulous Travel Guide

Chivay, Colca Canyon, Peru - Pictures of hotels in Chivay - Fabulous Travel Guide

One of the highlights of the trip is watching the Andean condors swoop into the valley at Cruz del Condor. With a wingspan of 3.2m, these birds attract crowds of tourists every day so get there early to get a good spot.

The Colca Canyon, Peru - Watch the condors - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Colca Canyon, Peru - Watch the condors - Fabulous Travel Guide

Love outdoor adventures? Go trekking in Colombia, climb Machu Picchu or go sandboarding in Huacachina.

Sand dunes in Huacachina, Ica, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Huacachina – travel advice and hostels

[ 1 ] May 8, 2011

Travelling in Peru? Don’t miss Huacachina, a tiny Peruvian village famous for its world-class sandboarding.

Built around a beautiful palm-fringed lagoon, and only 5km from Ica, it’s the perfect stop-off point for backpackers on their way to Lima or Arequipa.

Sand dunes in Huacachina, Ica, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sand dunes in Huacachina, Ica, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to get there

Buses from/to Lima (5 hours), Arequipa (12 hours) and Nazca (2 hours) all go through Ica. From here take a taxi to Huacachina for around 5 soles (£1)

Good bus companies are Cruz Del Sur and Soyuz. Check out the map below to see where Ica is.

Where to stay

Desert Nights is cheap and cheerful hostel with great views of the lagoon. The restaurant offers decent meals and delicious icecream milkshakes.
Casa de Arena, Huacachina, Peru - Hostels in Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide
Casa de Arena, Huacachina, Peru – Hostels in Huacachina – Fabulous Travel Guide
Casa de Arena (pictured above) is getting a makeover so it’s a little rough around the edges (think disused nightclubs, cold showers and no internet) but it does have a pool, nightly barbecues and friendly staff.<p>
Its sister hostel Casa de Arena II is just down the road and has a decent restaurant and bar for those looking for a more lively atmosphere.
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Huacachina sand dunes, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina, Ica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru

[ 9 ] April 23, 2011

Travelling through Peru? Sandboarding in Huacachina is a dream come true for adrenaline junkies with a need for speed.

Over the course of 3 hours you’ll race through the desert in sand buggies, bomb headfirst down some of the steepest slopes in the region and watch a spectacular sunset sink beneath the horizon.

Sandboardin in Peru - Sherryll Catindig gets ready for her first slope in Huacachina, Peru - Pictures of sandboarding

Sherryll Catindig gets ready for her first slope in Huacachina, Peru

Tours cost from 40 soles (£10) and include transportation – which is just as fun as the sandboarding itself – equipment, hostel pick-up and guides. The instructors at Desert Adventures are great, going beyond the call of duty to show you a good time.

Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru - Sandbuggies in Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru - Sandbuggies in Huacachina - Fabulous Travel Guide

Fancy skipping the buggy rides? Hire your own board and hike up to the top on foot. See more pictures of sandboarding and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more travel updates.

Huacachina sand dunes, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina, Ica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Huacachina sand dunes, Peru - Pictures of Huacachina, Ica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Keep warm in Machu Picchu - What to wear for the Inca Trail - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to wear for the Inca Trail

[ 5 ] December 30, 2010

Planning to hike the Inca Trail in Peru? Shorts and flip flops probably won’t cut it. With 25 miles to cover in 4 days, you’ll need good walking shoes, a wooly hat and plenty of stamina.

Not only is it cold at night (temperatures can plumet to below zero),  it may rain heavily even in the dry season.  So get prepared with our checklist:

Keep warm in Machu Picchu - What to wear for the Inca Trail - Fabulous Travel Guide

Keep warm in Machu Picchu - What to wear for the Inca Trail - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Walking shoes

Good walking shoes are essential for the Inca Trail. Go for light-weight, waterproof trainers that have ankle support. You might want to go up a size to make sure they feel comfortable with thick socks.

TOP TIP Walking boots can be expensive – especially if you only plan to use them a couple of times. Try eBay for second-hand trainers – I snapped up a pair of Rockport walking boots for just £14!

*4 x thick socks

Blisters can be agony on a trek so make sure you wear thick walking socks. Take plenty of plasters, too.

* Rain poncho

Whatever the season, there’s bound to be the odd rain shower so don’t get caught out. Have a poncho rolled up in the bottom of your bag to pull out in a hurry. Primark sells them super-cheap or you can buy them locally.

* Zip-off hiking trousers

Zip-off trousers are ideal for the Inca Trail – they’ll keep you nice and warm on frosty mornings, but they can be unzipped if you get warm later on.

* Fleece top

As well as several t-shirts, be sure to bring a fleece  or warm jumper. It’s best to layer up, rather than have one heavy winter coat.

* Thermal underwear

Make sure you bring warm underwear! It may not sound very appealing but it gets super cold at night. Girls, bring leggings.

* Wooly hat and gloves

It can be windy at high altitude and cold in the mornings, so a hat and gloves are a good idea to keep warm.

*Sunhat/sunglasses

Make sure your sunglasses have total UV protection and it’s worth buying a sunhat as this can prevent sun stroke.

* Extra clothes

Bring a spare pair of trousers and shorts. Extra socks are also a must as you’re bound to want fresh ones by day 3…

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