What to Bring to Arequipa: Volunteer Packing List

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick/lotion (skin gets dry at high altitude!)
  • Backpacker’s towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals to wear around the house
  • Hiking boots (for trips; not Arequipa)
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Medium/heavy weight jacket
  • Sweatshirt/sweaters for layering
  • Week’s worth of shirts/socks/underwear
  • Jeans
  • Sweatpants
  • Exercise / hiking clothes
  • Raincoat / waterproof shoes
  • Electronics & chargers (laptop, phone, kindle, camera…)
  • Headphones
  • Peru guide book
  • Journal
  • Small wallet for carrying soles (leave normal wallet with IDs, credit card etc., in dorm/hostel/house)
  • Backpack
  • Toiletries
  • Medicines
  • Laundry detergent (obviously you can buy that here, but it’s a bit expensive and comes in bulk. If you’ve got Tide laundry pods save yourself 50 soles and a 10K rep and throw those babies in ya bag)

I fit everything into one big hiker’s backpack, one suitcase, and one normal backpack.


Other Tips

  • Water: You have to buy bottled water. You can get 7L bottles and 21L boxes at the grocery store.
  • Getting to Arequipa: Your international flight will fly into Lima. From there, you can catch a flight to Arequipa (which lasts about 1.5 hours) or take a bus. The bus ride is ~16 hours but you can break it up over a few days, with potential stops in Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca, etc. Bus route may not be ideal if you’re traveling with a lot of luggage.
  • Getting to IntiHouse: Volunteer coordinator can send a taxi to pick you up at the airport. You can easily catch a taxi from the bus terminal (should be 5 soles but you’ll get gringo-charged).
  • Visa: you can get a 3-month or 6-month visa stamp when you pass through customs. They’re gonna ask you in Spanish so make sure you know what you want/are prepared. If you get 3 months and then decide to stay longer you can renew the visa for another 3 months by leaving the country and entering again at any border.

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