Peru 2019

The goal of this trip will be to demo some martial arts and get in some great hiking. Everything we can think of about the trip will be listed here. The information is subject to change based on new information.


The trip is to lesser known ruins of the Incas called Choquequirao. The only way in is on foot, but the reward is significant because there are few people going in.

Table of Contents
How to Get There – Short Version
Estimated Costs
Health Issues
Physical/Mental Training
Physical/Spanish You Must Know
Physical/What To Pack
Various Links


September 2019 – it’s the tail end of winter in Peru at this point.


Choquequirao Peru

How to Get There

  • Fly US to Lima Peru, grab a commuter flight to Cusco
  • Cusco to Cachora – bus, taxi and walking
  • Cachora to ruins – walking (maybe with a donkey)

Estimated Costs

  • Airfare to Lima- $1000
  • Airfare to Cusco – $250
  • Travel insurance ( $151
  • Lodging – Thinking AirBnB, plan $20-$50 per night in Lima and Cusco, book in advance
  • Transportation – $20-50

Health Issues

There are a host of vaccines that are recommended for travel to Peru. So here is the list of recommended vaccinations (I am getting all of them except rabies) .   EACH OF YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR OWN DECISIONS REGARDING VACCINATIONS – contact your medical provider for medical advice.  I discovered that many of these vaccinations may be delivered at reasonable cost through local King Soopers stores.  Click this to go to the website where I pulled this info from.

  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Dengue Fever
  • Zika Virus
  • Tetnus
  • There are a bunch of “routine” vaccines that are recommended as well (mumps, measles, chickenpox, influenza, pneumonia, shingles)

Training for the Trip

This is going to be hard. There are 4 issues:

  1. Altitude
  2. Steepness of trail
  3. Distance
  4. Carrying a pack

Unless you are able to train at altitude there is nothing you can do to prepare for it. I recommend 2 days in Cusco to acclimate, you should plan this into your overall time if you are coming from a low altitude.

As it relates to distance. I would expect that we would not do more then 13 miles in a day and frankly this is unlikely. You need to train to be able to walk for 8 miles with light weight. You then need to train to carry your full pack 8 miles. The thing is that you will be doing 8 miles 4 days in a row. So your training needs to incorporate this. If you can do 8 miles once then you need 2 weeks to recover you will not be able to make this trip. The plan here is a blueprint for overall fitness, you need to adapt it to yur areas of weakness

You should plan on training 5 days per week on average. Walking and backpacking are going to be the singular most important areas to train. The expectation is that items 1-2 below will get worked in for overall fitness. Feel free to adjust the plan below based on your overall fitness level.

  1. Weight lifting
  2. Core
  3. Legs
  4. Cardio – run, row or swim
  5. Walking
  6. Backpacking

What to Pack

This comes from extensive experience hiking, climbing, back packing and having packed inappropriately more times than I can count.  The list is setup around the idea that you will be 100% self sufficient.  No renting gear in country, all dehydrated foods packed etc.  One of the primary goals is having gear that is multifunctional.  I have broken the packing list out into several sections.  Everything in the list is optional based on your risk profile and ability to carry what you pack.  Feel free to add/subtract.  I would suggest that you start purchasing gear if need be and that you load it, unload it and carry it.  You do not what to figure this our the day before you leave on the trip.

Purchase in Country

  • jet boil fuel
  • anti-biotics
  • lighters (2)


  • stocking cap
  • gloves
  • hat with brim
  • Waterproof storm coat
  • wool socks – heavy and light
  • underwear 4 – needs to be mid thigh length – anti-chaffing
  • rash guard shirts – 3
  • pants – 1 (wool cycling tights)
  • shorts – 1
  • swim suit
  • thermal underwear (depends on whether you have a light sleeping bag)


  • 100% deet – I recommend at least two bottles (3 oz)
  • deodorant – non-scented
  • tooth brush
  • tampons and such
  • mouth wash
  • hand sanitizer
  • wipes
  • backpack towel
  • backpack wash cloth
  • liquid laundry detergent – biodegradable
  • spray bottle of alchohol
  • body wash – bio-degradable
  • ear plugs – for sleeping-

First Aid

  • halo
  • NPT
  • tourniquet
  • mole skin
  • immodium
  • anti-constipation
  • bottle of aspirin
  • Suture kit?
  • band aids
  • gauze
  • tape
  • water purification
  • TP
  • Allergy medicine
  • scissors

Support Gear

  • jetboil
  • water purifier
  • tent/bivy
  • solar charger
  • extra batteries
  • charge cords
  • headlamp
  • GPS
  • maps
  • sleeping bag (inner/outer)
  • sleeping mat
  • knife(2)
  • paracord
  • 2 carabiners
  • 2-3L water bladder
  • small shovel
  • walking poles
  • trash bag
  • laundry bag
  • sticks
  • spork (2)
  • cooking pot/pan


  • plan on burning 4k calories per day – pretty easy, when hiking
  • chocolate
  • bacon jerky
  • minute rice
  • dried chicken
  • dried vegetables
  • sauces
  • emergen-C

Functional Spanish

Need to start practicing some basic Spanish now, here is the link you need.

Various Links

  • ( need these two maps 27Q-III-SE, 28Q-IV-NE)
  • (garmin compatible gps maps)
  • garmin basecamp –
  • Vaccinations:

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