Perfect Backpack Lost City

Just Take the Essentials!Ok, you've decided to make the trip to the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) but are still a little puzzled about what you need to include in your backpack for your 5 or 6 days trip.

> The agencies will provide everything you need to eat and hammocks or beds come with sheets, blankets and mosquito nets.

> Here is a list you might find very useful while in the wilderness!



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=> Travel light
It sounds obvious but think that you are going to carry your backpack for 5 or 6 days in sometimes uneasy conditions so travel light. If you put new clothes on (socks, shirts...), they will be wet and dirty within minutes so do some washing along the way and hope for your stuff to dry. Do not forget a pair of long pants and shoes for the night, sandals you can wear with socks are the best option (again, your skin should be hidden completely after dark, you should have got it by now).

=> Trailing shoes

You do not need mountain hiking boots here, opt for light and easy to take off trailing shoes as there are lots of rivers crossing. Invest in good shoes. We heard stories of some guys who made the trek bare foot, mmm... That might not be a good idea...

=> Mosquito repellent
This is the most important thing you need to take. There are more than 120 species of them in the Sierra Nevada alone and they will attack you whenever you stop. Don't just think they attack at the end of the day. Be prepared from the first minute, you've been warned. It is also a good idea to have a soothing cream to avoid you scratching yourself like a psychopath.

=> Plastic cape and a bin bag
You will get rain, lots of it, so get a light plastic cape. A bin bag could also be useful to protect your backpack.

=> Sunscreen
It rains a lot but the sun can also be fierce. You don't want to walk 7 hours a day with a backpack stuck on your sunburned shoulders.

=> Hat or Bandana to protect your head from the sun.
The sun can be very violent up there!

=> Water
Water purifying pills could be useful depending on the agency you go for. Our tour provided lots of purified water every night so a good water container was enough. Check with the agency you go for as you might want to spare the 30,000 pesos it costs to buy purifying products, either pills or drops.
If water is not your thing, you can buy beers for 4,000/5,000 at each at the camps.

=> Headlamp
The camps are well equipped and, if you think about where you are for a minute, they are comfy. But some don't have electricity or only for a limited amount of time so don't forget your headlamp, very important when going to the toilets in the middle of the night.

=> Reading / Cards
If you're not the talking type, don't forget to bring a book or cards as you will have some spare time.

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