I'm gonna come straight out and say it. Why are hiking boots so damn ugly? Do you really need them? Surely a semi-stylish pair of well- worn trainers can do the job. I'm not suggesting Isabel Marants but come on. For our volunteer trip to Peru, my daughter and I have been given a list of suggested items to bring and one of them is the dreaded pair of hiking boots. While we are there, the plan is to go to Machu Picchu and possibly on a jungle tour, so its 50/50 if we are going to need them. I began researching the damn boots and came across some interesting findings. First of all, one problem is that is seems the hiking boot suppliers are anti-style. I found one site that confidently names itself 'Best hiking boots pro' and recommends NO STYLE to be considered at all. It says: "The point when looking for your climbing boots, it’s extremely recommended that you don’t go for the stylish one rather than a durable and waterproof hiking boot." Did you know that women's hiking boots are very different to the male boot de la hike?
Here are a few tips and suggestions on travelling in Peru including; where to visit, what you should pay and more. All from an avid traveller and photographer who recently explored the area. Cheers Rav!
Assuming you are flying to Lima then either taking a bus to cusco or flying. I suggest you stay somewhere near Plaza de armas in the city center. You can book tours to Machu Picchu just about anywhere expect to pay around $250 USD for a 2 day tour. (You need a two day tour because you will sleep in Aguas Calientes and wake up early for Machu Picchu) DO NOT pay more than $250 for 2 days.
The GVN provide a fantastic website for the volunteers with all sorts of useful and interesting information. I continue to be impressed by the efficiency of the staff and the organisation.One of the activities to cross off the list is of course, the jabs. What do we really need? When do we need to have them? And more importantly, where is that certificate that says what I have already had so I don't need again! Here is a summary of the information provided by GVN. Obviously the main point is to consult a doctor first. You will probably need the following vaccinations:
Just after I booked the Peru trip with GVN, what did I start? A checklist! What do they send me a day later? A Checklist - much better than the one I started. Including checks like: have you checked your passport is valid for travel, let friends and family know how to contact you, written down your goals. I like lists and I'm impressed.