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1. Posted by Raggyfish (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

I am planning to do alot of trekking in South America and just wondered if it was easy to hire equipment such as sleeping bags and tents etc? is it good quality? or is it advisable to bring your own? if yes to bringing your own stuff what would you advise to bring along? I was thinking of just bringing a sleeping bag liner and mat.

Ay advice is greatly appreciated?

2. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


if you are planning a serious trip and have concrete ideas - it is advisable to take camping gear with you from home. although you can buy some in large cities in certain countries but price, range and quality might be disappointing.

however, most backpackers take on tours given that they still need assistance in transportation, guide, technical equipment and potential safety issues.

only people i met who brought camping gear from home were bicycle/motorbike travellers or more professional mountaineers.

so, without having a concrete idea and good knowledge of routes, places and associated risks, i would consider buying some cheap gear locally in a capital or large city only or renting them from a tour company at any major tourist hub where there are trekking opportunities nearby.

have a nice journey!

3. Posted by ankitjha (Budding Member 17 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

It's better to take your own equipments as per your satisfaction.
Here are some of list of equipments u need to take while trecking.
1. trekking gear
2. Footwear: Well broken-in walking shoes
3. trekking boots - well broken in and waterproofed
4.running or tennis shoes
5.down jacket or equivalent with hood
6. one heavy wool shirt or sweater
7.two cotton shirts
8. one pair cotton trousers or shorts
9. one pair woolen trousers
10. one pair shorts or calf-length skirt for women
11.three pairs of regular underwear
12. long underwear - thermal or wool

Hope you will take care of yourself!!! :)

Ankit Jha

4. Posted by Travelixer (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Raggyfish

If you do a lot of trekking you better take your own stuff and have some quality It can be rainy and cold in the mountains, particular in Patagonia. Many places don`t have the right equipment to rent and in busy times (summer) it can be crowded in popular places like hiking hotspot `the W` nearby Puerto Natales. Some hostels also have some space for a tent in their backyard. -snip-
Have a great trip!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by Raggyfish (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Thanks for all the tips especially Ankitjha the list is very helpful. Muchos gracias!

6. Posted by jnsmnty (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Yes , I had good luck with South American Explorers. They have clubs in Quito, Ecuador; Lima and Cuzco, Peru.
Buses are frequent to Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. Good buses. The more you pay the better the bus, some has stewardess.
I would advise you to go to Arica, Chile to further your travels south. Good connections there to Bolivia and Argentina.
If you go to Cuzco the agencies there are very good. They supply all your camping needs, including meals to the hike to Machu Pichu. Excuse my spelling.
If you go to Cuzco go via Arequipa. Take an early morning bus to Puno; it is a brutal 12 hour ride; cold but very interesting ride. From Puno take the train to Cusco.
Enjoy your trip. From Lima to Arica, Chile is a 2 day ride. From Lima to Cusco 3 days.

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