If you are planning your Andes Moto trip and think you will be holing up in 5 star hotels every night think again. The majority of your nights will be spent under the stars out in the wilderness. The following are some tips on how you can make the most of your camping adventures in the Andes Mountains.
What Type of Camping Gear Will You Need?
Plan on some wet weather when traveling in South America, so your camping gear should all waterproof. Start with a family sized camping tent. You will find review sites helpful in picking out one that will keep you dry, yet is lightweight. You will want to make sure as well that is has a front flap that juts out so that your boots will stay dry without you having to bring them inside.
For added protection from the cold and wet ground you will want a sleeping pad to put between the bottom of the tent and your sleeping bag. This too should be waterproof for maximum comfort. Your sleeping bag will go on top of the pad and should have a waterproof outer coating with a liner inside.
There are going to be dozens of small stops on your trip where you can get a bite of the local cuisine. For the most part you won’t be spending a lot of money at these local restaurants, but you will still want a camping stove that is reliable to fix yourself a cup of morning coffee before heading out. The bare essentials in cutlery, cups and plates is best to keep you from getting too weighed down.
All of your camping gear should be able to fit inside of a medium sized waterproof duffel bag. You don’t want anything too bulky to slow you down, but you have to remember to bring all of your essentials. If you think you may be doing some hiking in the mountains than think about bringing your gear in a backpacking backpack rather than a bag. These have generous storage space and are easy to carry around without getting in your way.
Other Camping Essentials
A good hunting or multi-purpose knife is a must when traveling through the Andes. This will come in useful for opening bottles and cans of food, cutting wood and setting up your tent. You should also have with you a quality compass to make sure that you never lose your way while in the wilderness.
Please Leave No Trace
While there are some parts of South America that are modern, the vast majority is untamed wilderness inhabited both by local people and animals. To help maintain their beautiful environment please be sure that you leave your campsite exactly the way you found it, even if that means carrying around some of your trash until you get to a large town.
This is a truly once in a lifetime experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. To get the most fun from your Andes-moto tour, have the right gear with you and expect the unexpected.