Peru is one of the most diverse countries in Latin America — with warm coastal deserts, cool rainforests and even snowy mountain regions. Located south of the equator, Peru experiences weather patterns that are opposite to those experienced by individuals living on the East Coast of the United States — so cold and snowy weather in Boston is a likely indicator of warm and sunny skies in Lima. If you’re planning to see everything that this amazingly unique country has to offer, you’ll need a wide variety of clothing options to keep you comfortable throughout the trip.
The weight limit for checked luggage on most internal flights, including Cusco and the Amazon is currently 20 kilos (44 pounds) per person. If you are over that limit, you’ll likely need to pay a surcharge.
Large suitcases are not permitted on the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, although these cases can be stored securely at the lodge during excursions. A small weekend bag is recommended as you’ll need a change of clothes and essential items when travelling to Machu Picchu overnight.
The typical dress code throughout the country is functional and casual — female travellers may want to bring one dress and a pair of dressier sandals for night-time outings or fancy dinner reservations.
Packing lightweight layers is an easy and effective way to make sure you’re prepared for any climate — fabrics should be waterproof whenever possible to allow for protection during short and sudden rainstorms.