What to Bring and NOT Bring to Machu Picchu
David Kosloski: 05:23 I just want to mention they have chinchillas and they’re the cute little fluffy fat little mice. Things that run around. And I saw one. It was adorable. All right, next one on the list is obvious. Bring your camera. Do you want to take photos? You don’t remember this magical memory for the rest of your life. You can’t actually film in Machu Picchu without a permit. But definitely take a bunch of different photos. You’re gonna want to remember that for the rest of your life.Charlie Thompson: 05:43 There’s two things I’ve learned in this life. Well, I guess it’s one thing I’ve learned well two things that you always leave with is your wallet and your cell phone. If you have those two things when you leave the house or you leave your hotel or hostel or your Airbnb in Peru or in America or in Australia, wherever you’re at, you will make it. Because you got your phone, you get all your contacts, you’ve got an emergency if you need it, you got your wallet, you can pay for things. And guess what? Your phone has camera.David Kosloski: 06:15 That’s right. Take those pictures, snap, snap. Number four on the list is a raincoat, poncho, hat. So basically we’re trying to say here is sort of dress like an onion, if you will, really bring layers because it gets cold. It can rain and you wanna be able to take those things off, throw em in your backpack that you brought because we told you to bring it. Boom, boom, boom. See what we’re doing here. And definitely bring those things just because the weather changes all the time in the mountains. It’s really hard to predict, I bet you the weatherman in Peru or in Cusco rather than probably make bank because it is probably a really difficult job.Charlie Thompson: 06:46 I’ve got to steal a line from the blog post here because I love it, which means you need to go check out the blog and read this as a great blog cachilife.com/peru-travel-blog/. But in here, the weather in the Andes and Machu Picchu changes faster than Charlie Sheen can say, winning after three lines of coke. And if you don’t know who Charlie Sheen is, then you’re not winning.David Kosloski: 07:08 That’s awesome. And then, and then lastly on the list is some extra cash. It’s hard obviously to figure out what takes card, what doesn’t. We recommend bringing in some extra cash. There are places to eat at or right outside of Machu Picchu. Obviously, there’s restaurants in Aguas Calientes which just slightly off the road. Just bring that extra cash. You may also want to tip your guide. Your guide may want, you know, just your tours as good as your guide, right? We had a review that came in on Tripadvisor. Someone said that I love that line. And then being said, bathrooms also cost money. Ironically, I think it’s like fifty cents or something like that. Charlie may know the exact number, but they do cost some money and I’m definitely gonna bring extra cash for that. Alright, so now that we talked about what we can bring into Machu Picchu let’s go ahead and break down the nitty-gritty of what you can not bring in. And the first one is walking poles. You’re out of luck. So if you went through the Inca Trail, you got to ditch those hiking poles, you can’t bring them into Machu Picchu,Charlie Thompson: 08:04 Although we do recommend them on the trail. It’s what’s one thing you do have to get rid of before you go in. David Kosloski: 08:10 Third on the list is umbrellas. We talked about how it might rain. So you want to bring that rain jacket, but unfortunately, you can’t bring umbrellas into Machu Picchu, which could be a good thing for people like Charlie because if you don’t know this, the average height in Peru is actually quite small. I’m not judging here, but I’m just saying that if a bunch of Peruvians were carrying umbrellas I would have to say it’s safe to say Charlie would be whacked in the face by a bunch of umbrellas.Charlie Thompson: 08:36 Might be getting whacked in the shoulders.David Kosloski: 08:38 A fourth on the list is strollers, prams, and pushchairs. So basically if it comes on wheels, you can’t bring it in. It sucks. It’s unfortunate. But that is the nature of the beast. Fifth on the list is cigarettes and e-cigarettes. There’s no smoking in Machu Picchu. And unfortunately, that means you can’t bring in e-cigarettes. All you smokers out there, you better bite the dust. Charlie, kick the cigarettes, kick them out, get rid of them and never use them again. It even says no tobacco products. So chewing tobacco. Oh yeah, we’re here. We’re here in Nashville. So a lot of chewing tobacco going on around here.David Kosloski: 09:16 Snuff, snuff. And there is a rumor. So we’ve been told there’s a rumor. We know it’s true, but we don’t know the extent of this rumor like exactly how far it goes, but we know that you cannot wear your country’s clothes in Machu Picchu. Now, let’s go ahead and exaggerate on that a little bit. That does not mean that you cannot wear a shirt that is made in the United States are made in China. What that means is that in you’re an Irish man, you can’t wear a kilt.David Kosloski: 09:45 Ironic, weird. But that’s kind of how we’ve gathered and understood it. So that’s just what we’re telling you. Again, we, we don’t really understand the rule fully. We just know that it is there. So that’s everything that you need to know about what to bring into Machu Picchu and what you can’t bring into Machu Picchu. We tried to keep this one really quick for you guys, get you in and out and get you up to date. So if you want to know more information, more in detail, again, it’s as Charlie had said, you can check out our blog post cachilife.com/peru-travel-blog.Charlie Thompson: 10:14 You can also hit us up firstname.lastname@example.org. We respond to all of your emails. We can answer any question you have. We’ve got some gear junkies, we’ve got some techie people, we’ve got some people that know everything you need to know about Peru. So hit us up. Guys thanks so much for joining us. We will catch you next time.