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Rain poncho or Rain jacket for Inca Trail?

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Rain poncho or Rain jacket for Inca Trail?

Was wondering what you all thought was necessary for a 4 day hike up the Inca Trail to MP on Sept 3?

I would normally wear a well vented rain jacket (and pants if needed) but am a little afraid of the weight of these items. Plus I would have to carry a back pack cover or plastic bag for my pack. A poncho, while light weight, does not supply very good coverage from the rain but it would cover my pack. Oh please, I have gone round and round with this enough. Which would you chose?



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1. Re: Rain poncho or Rain jacket for Inca Trail?

We had both with us, also trekked in early September. The advantage of the jacket is that it can be used for another layer for warmth, both on the trail & in Cusco & elsewhere. I also brought rain pants but did not use them. It was too difficult to get them on when it started raining on the trail. Our guide put on gaiters to keep the lower legs of his pants dry (we had a stripe of mud at the lower 3" of our pant legs).

We did have rain 3 days out of 4, so you're not safe even in the "dry" season.

The advantage of the poncho is, as you stated, that it also covers your pack. I would guess that 70% to 80% of the people we saw on the trail used ponchos in the rain -- mostly the cheap plastic ones you can buy at home or in Cusco, or at MP 82, trailhead. They seemed to cover pretty well.

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