Cordillera Blanca Traverse: Peru Trek Prep

Déjà vu?

I do enjoy the build up to a trip…. Over the past week or so, I’ve ticked off the following:

  • joined the Austrian Alpine Club (UK), which means I benefit from their worldwide mountain rescue insurance (based on Mark Horrell’s post)
  • sorted out my “general” travel insurance, via Direct Travel Insurance (recommended on Money Saving Expert)
  • booked my seats on the flights to/from Lima (which you can do ahead of online check in with KLM – revelation! – so no need to set the alarm to be at the head of the seat selection rush when online check in opens, which is 2am-ish)
  • sorted out an international consent letter, with Spanish translation, regarding Barney
  • borrowed bottles, poles, gaiters, waterproof trews and Scrabble from Hazel
  • notified the banks of the dates I’ll be in Peru
  • started accumulating kit to pack on the spare bed – it’s just a small pile at the mo…
  • bought a couple more rechargeable batteries for my camera, and a birthday present for Barney

Still to do:

  • get some PEN and USD from M&S Bureau de Change and USD from FairFX (better rate, secure delivery, excellent customer service) [added 28 June]
  • double check in person that the bank knows where and when I’ll be using my debit card
  • head up to TJBR’s for a kit check and to make final arrangements
  • pack!

In the meantime, I’m keeping an eye on the weather in Miraflores, Lima and Huaraz (via the excellent website)…. and Newgale as I’ve also got a weekend trip to Wales for Everest Trek Get Together No 7.