I hiked the 4-day Inca trail and backpacked Peru for two weeks with a Kelty Redwing 2400, which is a 40L pack. Best of all it is carry-on legal so I didn't have to check it anywhere I flew, but sadly it's now discontinued. Assuming you're going with one of the major organized tour operators (SAS, Llama Path, GAP, etc), the porters will carry all the food, water purification, stoves, fuel, tents, etc. You will only have to carry your sleeping bag (rented or your own), air mattress (rented or your own), clothes, and personal items like your camera, toiletries, snacks, etc, so there's no point going overboard with a huge pack. 30-40L should be perfect for the 4-day hike. Once you reach Machu Pichu they'll take back any rented equipment, so your train ride back to Cuzco will be even lighter. Anything you don't need for the trail can be left back at your hostel/hotel (bring a small duffel bag/daypack and lock for this). You can also pay for an extra porter to carry your backpack, so all you have to carry is a tiny daypack with some water and your camera, but unless you're horribly out of shape I don't think it's worth the money.
I hiked Macchu Picchu last year with only a large day pack to hold my clothes. We travelled to Peru with 70L packs but left them at the hostel while we hiked. The porters will take the food, sleeping bags and tents so there's no need to go overboard with a huge pack.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
I'm not sure about Machu Pichu but I used the Jade 50 to do the French Camino. Good luck! Buen Camino.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
- Mississauga, ON
When combining travelling and backpacking, you will have to decide between a travel pack that is more like luggage, or a multi-day or expedition pack, more intended for backpacking. I would probably recommend going into your local MEC and trying on the various types of packs to help you decide on the right type of pack and the right pack size for your trip. There will also be a knowledgeable staff there to help you.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago