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If bought in advance with some flexibility of dates, plane tickets to Lima from U.S. airports can be relatively inexpensive. For instance, I was able to buy round-trip tickets from Detroit to Lima for December 2008 for $650 through

At their airport of departure, backpackers will need to check baggage containing trekking poles, gas stoves, knives, and other potentially hazardous items. I personally transport my trekking poles in a telescoping plastic poster tube, which has enough space in it for an assortment of other small items as well. If you spend a night before and after your trek in a backpacker-friendly hostel or hotel next to the Cordillera Blanca, you can usually arrange to store your protective container there for the duration of your hike.

Visas are not required to enter Peru for tourist trips of up to ninety days. Upon leaving the country, however, you will pay a $30 departure tax directly at your airline's check-in desk (in dollars or Nuevo Sol). Aside from a simple immigration form, no paperwork is required for entry or exit.


  • Flying There
  • Lima
  • Getting to the Cordillera Blanca
  • Huaraz
  • When to Go
  • Weather Considerations
  • Acclimatization
  • Food
  • Fuel
  • Regulations
  • Crime
  • Maps and Information
  • Trails, Terrain, and Orienteering
  • Selecting a Route
  • Getting To and From the Trailhead
  • Water
  • Locals
  • Livestock
  • Shelter Choice and Site Selection
  • Conclusion

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