What are the possibilities for visiting Machu Picchu?

Visiting Machu Picchu is, for most people, one of the highlights of their visit to Peru and you shouldn´t miss it. There are different options to go to this old Inca Town .

Inca Trail A four day hike from Cusco to Machu Picchu . Please note that you should book this trip at least 40 days prior to arrival as spaces fill up really quickly. On the fourth day, early in the morning, you will get to Machu Picchu at sunrise, a unique experience. You will be back around 21:00 pm on the fourth day.

Train Excursion There are two different trains that take the tourists to Machu Picchu (different prices). A complete excursion includes a transfer from y our accommodations to the train station, a roundtrip ticket by train, a roundtrip ticket by bus from Macchu Picchu train station up to the ruins, the entrance fee to the ruins and a guided tour.

Do I need to book the Inca Trail before getting to Cusco?

Because the numbers of persons permitted on the trek has been dramatically reduced it is advisable to make a reservation 5-6 weeks in advance. This is particularly important if you are planning on arriving in Cusco during the peak season (June-September).

Can I trek the Inca Trail alone without a travel operator?

No. As from 1st January 2001 trekking independently has been prohibited. The regulation, however, was not enforced until early 2002. You will necessarily to hire an operator to get all the permissions, the entrance tickets for the trail MUST be bought in Cusco well in advance only through a licensed Inca Trail operator. They cannot be purchased at the start of the trail.

How hard is the Inca Trail?

The trek is physically challenging, but no technical expertise is required. The difficulty comes largely from the repeated step ascents and descents, and from the high altitude. The climb to the first pass takes you up from around 2000m (6500ft) to more than 4000m (13000ft) in a relatively short space, followed by a descent of around 1500m (5000ft). After the second pass at 3500m (11500ft), things generally become easier.

I have heard about the possibility of hiring an extra porter? Should I?

During the Inca Trail you will have to carry your personal stuff (such as backpack, camera, etc) your sleeping bag and pad (both provided by us if needed). Hiring an extra porter may make the trek more enjoyable since you will walking without all that extra weight. Each porter can carry up to 15 kilos and you must ask for him to your operator.

What other excursions or trips do you recommend in and around Cusco?

We recommend you to consider participating in the following trips.

  1. Machu Picchu , by train or hiking
  2. Lake Titicaca, Puno and the Urus Islands
  3. Arequipa , the Colca Canyon and the Santa Catalina Convent
  4. Tambopata, Peruvian Amazone, Monkey Island
  5. The Sacred Valley of the Inca's, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros
  6. River rafting
  7. Horse back Riding
  8. Mountain Biking
  9. City Tour in Cusco , Sacsahuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara,

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