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Travel Information

VISAS AND PASSPORTS

Peru can be visited freely by almost everyone. Citizens from the majority of countries in the Americas and Western Europe do not need a tourist visa to enter Peru. The maximum stay granted by authorities is 183 days (non-extendable). To stay for a longer time for other purposes (business, studies, or work) visitors must first request the corresponding visa at their closest Peruvian consulate.

In order to enter Peru, it is required to present a valid passport. Citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Chile may enter using their national identity document. To find out whether you need a visa, visit: http://www.rree.gob.pe/SitePages/home.aspx

TRANSPORTATION

How to reach Cusco

By air:

By land:

By rail:

Taxis in Cusco

There are a large number of taxis in Cusco, available at any time of day or night. The fare in the city center ranges from PEN 4 to PEN 8 (until 10 pm) and PEN 5 to PEN 10 (after 10 pm) depending on the destination. To or from the airport: PEN 15.

For more information, we recommend viewing the benchmark prices provided by the offices of Iperú before negotiating with taxi drivers.

Information Center:

IPERÚ Cusco

IPERÚ Machu Picchu

HEALTH

Health conditions in Peru are in keeping with international standards, especially in the cities. In recent years, the number of modern healthcare services being offered has increased. Both public hospitals and private clinics provide adequate care. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to take out a health insurance policy for your trip.

There are no mandatory vaccines in order to enter Peru. If you are planning on visiting the country’s Amazon region, the Ministry of Health recommends getting vaccinated for yellow fever.

The yellow fever vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before your trip in order to be effective.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

The city of Cusco is located at 3,400 meters above sea level. Visitors may feel slightly ill or dizzy due to altitude sickness, known in Peru as “soroche.” It is recommended that travelers take a pill for dizziness 30 minutes before arriving in the city.

The first thing visitors should do upon reaching Cusco or Puno is rest at least a couple of hours so their bodies can get used to the altitude. Take advantage of this time to visit sites in the city center first, and avoid engaging in activities that require physical exertion. It is suggested that visitors eat light meals for the first few days. Coca tea is your best friend when it comes to beating altitude sickness.

The city of Puno is located at 3,827 meters above sea level. Visitors may feel slightly ill or dizzy due to altitude sickness, known in Peru as “soroche.” It is recommended that travelers take a pill for the dizziness thirty minutes before arriving in the city.

To help fight off altitude sickness, make sure to rest for the first few days and avoid particularly strenuous physical activity. You can also drink coca tea or take pills. Make sure to stay hydrated, especially in very high areas, drinking bottled or properly purified water.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged and very easy. In fact, we work with a great agency in the United States that has helped to make it easy and affordable. This is a great way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.

CLIMATE CUSCO

June and October are the perfect months for a visit to Cusco, when the sun comes out early and shines all day.

The rainy season begins in November and lasts until March. During this time of year, we suggest always carrying a raincoat or umbrella with you.

When traveling to Cusco (Machu Picchu) we recommend taking the necessary precautions against mosquito bites and overexposure to the sun. Make sure to bring sunblock, insect repellent, hats, and sunglasses.

WEATHER IN MACHU PICCHU

Many people are surprised to learn that Machu Picchu falls into a subtropical climate category. It is filled with orchids, bromeliads and some pesky insects. Also known as the Cloud Forest, Machu Picchu is surrounded by higher mountain peaks, frequently shrouded in mist. This is perhaps one of the reasons that the Spanish never discovered it. It is considerably lower altitude (hotter and more humid) than Cusco and many of the other treks.

The weather changes often in Machu Picchu. Typically, during the dry season (April-November) the early mornings are foggy, and can be chilly. In the late mornings, the clouds clear and the sun comes out, so it can get quite hot. Layers that you can peel off or add on, are best. Sun protection, insect repellent and a good hat are essentials. However, please keep in mind that sometimes there is still rain in June and sunshine in December. A rain poncho is highly recommended, no matter what season you visit. When it rains, the ancient stones can become slippery, so having shoes with a good tread is helpful, and perhaps, a rubber-tipped walking stick.

The rainy season is from mid-November to mid-April, with February being the wettest month. The Inca Trail is closed during February, although the Machu Picchu ruins are still open.

Of course, weather is unpredictable. No matter what month you are in Machu Picchu, please make sure that you have rain gear, including a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

CURRENCY

Currency: Sol (S/ or PEN) is the official currency in Peru. Bills come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Soles. There are 10-, 20-, and 50-céntimo coins, as well as coins worth 1, 2, and 5 Soles (PEN). US Dollars (USD) are accepted at countless stores, restaurants, hotels, and gas stations. Money can be exchanged at banks and exchange houses. Typical business hours for currency exchange agencies run from Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays until noon. ATMs can be found in nearly all cities in the country, and the majority are affiliated with Plus (Visa) and Cirrus (MasterCard/Maestro), American Express, and other networks. ATMs can be used to withdraw cash in Soles (PEN) or US Dollars (USD) although the exchange rate is usually less favorable than at exchange establishments.

STUDENT DISCOUNT

student discounts of $20 with a valid ISIC card. Please let us know at the time of booking that you have this card and send us a scanned copy for our records. No Unversity cards are accepted. You can apply for an ISIC card at www.isic.org.

TIPS TO GUIDES, PORTERS AND CHEFS

Tips for the tour guides, cook and porters are not included in the price of the tour. Rather, it is something extra to present to your staff after you experience a special time on the Inca Trail. However, you must be aware that tips are not mandatory.

SUNRISE FROM THE SUN GATE

The Sun rises at different times throughout the year. Times are as follows: May-September: 7:20 a.m.; October-April: 5:30 or 6 a.m. Therefore, if you choose to book your tour from May to September, it may be possible to see the sunrise. Otherwise, the Sun will be up before the group arrives at the Sun Gate.

FOR THE DAY BACKPACK (Only for treks)

Our team of porters will carry your duffel bags from campsite to campsite. These need to be packed up each morning, and will be waiting for you at your evening campsite. You will need to carry your own day pack while hiking, so these packs should be as light as possible. You only need the essentials as outlined below.

Water Carrier: At each meal we will refill your water supply with fresh, clean water, but you need to have a camel back or water bottles to carry enough for a few hours. You should always have between two and three liters of water to drink constantly. Hydration is the key to feeling well in the mountains.

Snack: Each day we will supply a snack for you (piece of fruit, cookie or chocolate). Feel free to also bring some snacks of your own, but don’t overdo the amount because this can add unneeded weight.

Layers: Most of your hiking days will be warm enough for short sleeves, but certain portions of each trek are at higher altitudes (especially during the Lares trek, alternative Salkantay trek and rainbow mountain trek), so they will be colder. A fleece is always handy to have in your bag. Hat and gloves are advised, as well.

Rain Gear: While May through September are typically dry months, rain clothes including a jacket, pants, and waterproof gloves, are always useful. Rain can happen any time.

Sun Items: Hopefully there will be more sun than rain. Be sure you have a sun hat and sunscreen. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are almost always hot.

Bug Spray: You will want a strong insect repellent with deet.

Camera: Be sure to bring one with extra batteries. There is no place to charge electronics, in the mountains.

First Aid: Hand sanitizer, Band-Aids and Tylenol are always advised.

Toilet Paper: While trekking you may need to use the Incan Toilets (go behind a bush). Make sure that you have a small bag to dispose of any paper used.

Wallet and Passport: It is safer to keep these items on your person.

As far as the size of your day pack – Machu Picchu does not allow bags larger than 25L inside the citadel. This will be more than enough weight to allow for everything you will need while hiking. If you prefer a bag that is larger, it will not be a problem. You will just need to check the bag at Machu Picchu, at a safe area. It will cost three or five soles, depending on which area you choose.

WHICH TREK IS FOR ME?

We know you want to have the best vacation you can in the magnificent country of Peru. We understand that you are hoping to find the perfect trek that will take you on an amazing experience to Machu Picchu. We do our very best to help you choose which route is best for you, but no matter which trek you do with us, we assure you that you will have an amazing time.

Below are descriptions for each tour and trek:

ALTERNATIVE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

This alternative trail is unique version instead of the Classic Salkantay Trek.  The first two days follow the trail around Salkantay Mountain, but on the 3rd day we enjoy the less trodden path that connects with the Classic Inca Trail. You even get the opportunity to walk a portion of the Classic Inca Trail on the 3rd day.

INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

The Inca civilization, did great buildings with the ability to integrate the most astonish network in the old World, almost 30,000 kilometres Inca roads, many of which are still in use today.

Our adventure will take us into the mountains and valleys past villages untill we reach Machupicchu.

INCA TRAIL 2 DAYS – 1 NIGHT

This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. We begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometre 104 and follow the trail for six hours approximately to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, The gate of the Sun. From here we descend into the world famous “Machupicchu”. After a restful night in a hotel, we return to Machu Picchu to see the ruins in perfect morning light. In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train.

INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU 3D/2N

Adventure begins with highest ZIPLINING, then the hike goes through extraordinary landscapes and different ecosystems with an abundant variety of flora, where you appreciate the sacred “Coca Leaves” of the Incas. This program allows you to admire Machupicchu with wonderful view from Llactapata, an Inca site built on the top of a mountain, right on the opposite side of Machu Picchu.

INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS

The Inca civilization, did great buildings with the ability to integrate the most astonish network in the old World, almost 30,000 kilometres Inca roads, many of which are still in use today.

Our adventure will take us into the mountains and valleys past villages untill we reach Machupicchu with unique overnight in PUYUPATAMARKA, and with a night in hotel in Aguas Calientes for nice Shower

TEN LAGOONS TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS 3 NNIGHTS

Ten lagoons to Machupicchu is new trail and its superior instead of the classic alternative trails to Machupicchu ´cose is connecting ten lagoons, ancient inka trail still in use by local farmers, three remote Andean communities and HOT SPRINGS on day 3.  Day 4th we will visit Machupicchu all morning as other trekkers from other trail.

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN + AUSANGATE TREK TO MACHUPICCHU  4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

You will be one of those few people enjoying so beautiful and colorful nature, one of the highest snowcapped mountains and one of the 7 wonders of the world in one step.

SALKANTAY + INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS

This alternative trail is unique version instead of the Classic Salkantay Trek or inca trail.  The first two days follow the trail around Salkantay Mountain, but on the 3rd day we join to the classic inca trail and as other hiker we will enjoy the classic inca trail. We are sure you will want to repeat this trail.

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

Salkantay Trek is one of the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains surround with lush tropical rain forests. Our Salkantay Trek is a custom-designed trek as traditional Inca Trail. OUT OF THE ORDINARY, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity, with most spectacular views.

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