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As weather in this region can be unpredictable, it's best to bring layers. Having a wool sweater or fleece pullover is a necessity, as it can get quite frigid at night. Solid footwear, such as boots or sneakers, is important. Although sandals are socially acceptable, they're mostly useless here. Both women and men should dress conservatively: no shorts or sleeveless tops. Women will be better received by locals if they wear longish sleeves and long pants or skirts. And although locals are used to seeing uncovered heads, some travelers report that keeping a scarf handy is a good idea. Women should bear in mind that pants are more practical when mule riding, unless you are accomplished at riding sidesaddle.