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Embrace the spirit of adventure exploring the Incas legacy of Machu Picchu. Our adventures capture the essence of the Inca culture and include visits to must see attractions in Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Amazon and Machu Picchu.

Best Machu Picchu Tours

  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Landscape
    Machu Picchu Quest
    Machu Picchu Quest
    5 Days   |   $1,090
    Efficient and encompassing, this adventure delivers a good number of activities during your visit to Peru. Itinerary 5B includes the Sacred Valley and Huayna mountain.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Great View
    Fascinating Machu Picchu
    Fascinating Machu Picchu
    7 Days   |   $1,390
    Our most popular itinerary. Seven days in Peru will be just the right length to experience Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Lake Titicaca
    Taste of Peru
    Taste of Peru
    12 Days   |   $2,290
    An amazing opportunity to discover Peru's top tree destinations: Machu Picchu, the Amazon Basin and Lake Titicaca.

Best Inca Trail Tours

  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Inca Trail Path
    Inca Trail Experience
    Inca Trail Experience
    7 Days   |   $1,490
    If time is of the essence, but you still want to hike the classic 4 days trail, our Inca Trail Experience will allow you to enjoy Cusco, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Porter
    Inca Trail Explorer
    Inca Trail Explorer
    8 Days   |   $1,590
    Our Inca Trail Explorer adventure offers an efficient way to do the Inca Trail and visit key destinations in Peru such as Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Llamas
    Inca Trail Expedition
    Inca Trail Expedition
    10 Days   |   $1,790
    The most complete of all our Inca Trail tours. During this trekking adventure you will see the best of Peru, but also enjoy 4 days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Best Salkantay Trek Tours

  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Window
    Salkantay Trek Explorer
    Salkantay Trek Explorer
    8 Days   |   $1,590
    The Salkantay Explorer itinerary allows you to experience this world known trek in a limited time and still enjoy the best of Peru - Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Salkantay sunset
    Salkantay Trek Expedition
    Salkantay Trek Expedition
    10 Days   |   $1,790
    Rated as one of the top treks in the world by National Geographic, our Salkantay Expedition captures the best of the trek, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Squirrel Monkey
    Salkantay Trek & Amazon
    Salkantay Trek & Amazon
    12 Days   |   $2,290
    This adventure combines the beauty of the Salkantay Trek, one of the top 25 hikes in the world based per National Geographic, with the Amazon Basin area of Peru.

Best Amazon Tours

  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Macaws
    Machu Picchu & Amazon
    Machu Picchu & Amazon
    9 Days   |   $1,690
    Discover Peru's Andean geography and Machu Picchu followed by a journey into the Amazon Basin. Travel from the peaks of the Inca Empire to wilderness of the jungle.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Squirrel Monkey
    Salkantay Trek & Amazon
    Salkantay Trek & Amazon
    12 Days   |   $2,290
    This adventure combines the beauty of the Salkantay Trek, one of the top 25 hikes in the world based per National Geographic, with the Amazon Basin area of Peru.
  • Machu Picchu Tours - Peru - Colca Canyon
    Machu Picchu Expedition
    Machu Picchu Expedition
    14 Days   |   $2,490
    The most complete of all our Peru tours. This adventure includes the best of Peru: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Amazon Basin and Machu Picchu.

 

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Machu Picchu & Peru Travel Guide

 

Machu Picchu Hours of Operation

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary is located at the top of a small mountain next to the town of Machu Picchu also known as Aguas Calientes (name of train station).

  • There are two time slots for visitors to access the ruins: 6 AM to Noon or Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Passes for each schedule need to be purchased separately.
  • Access to the sanctuary is only as part of a 16 people group led by a local tourist professional.
  • There is a mini bus service from the village to the entrance of Machu Picchu that runs roundtrip services daily every 15 minutes from 6:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • Beside the mini-bus, you can also access the entrance of the sanctuary by foot from or to Aguas Calientes (about a 1.5 hour strenuous hike).
  • All the available hotels except for the Sanctuary Lodge are located in town.

What To Bring

Machu Picchu Tours

  • USD cash (recommended $300 per person)
  • Credit and/or debit card
  • Trip Itinerary
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • Binoculars (light)
  • Camera
  • Hiking boots or sturdy comfortable walking shoes (ankle support)
  • Fleece top
  • Windproof or waterproof jacket
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Wool hat (or buy one in Cuzco)
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • Shoes
  • Sun Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Money belt
  • First-aid kit (Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Inca Trail & Salkantay Tours

In addition to the items mentioned above, you should bring the following:

  • Walking poles with rubber tips (available for rent: $20 approx.)
  • Low denomination local currency (1,5,10 soles)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Gloves (preferably waterproof)
  • “Blisters” kit
  • Plastic bags for personal items (e.g. Ziplock)
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Thermal or long underwear
  • Waterproof and fleece jackets
  • Water bottle (will be refilled during the day) and snacks. Also, you will be able to purchase water along the Inca Trail till lunch of day 2.

Money & Tips

Peru’s currency is called: Nuevo Sol. You can exchange money at the airport, banks and hotels. You can also get cash from any ATM machine (located throughout each city).

Banking Hours & ATMs

Banking hours are typically from 9a to 6p Monday thru Friday. ATM machines are located throughout major cities. Our guides will help you if you need assistance.

Cash, Credit Cards & Traveler’s Checks

Major credit cards including American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted at restaurants, hotels and shops in tourist areas. Some merchants may tag on a surcharge of 6% to 10%. We suggest you plan on bringing a credit card for any shopping, unforeseen expenses and emergencies. It’s also a good idea to bring some cash with you in US dollars (~$200 to $300 per person), using smaller denominations ranging from $1s to $20s. Make sure the bills are relatively new. Traveler’s checks are not recommended as they are very hard to exchange.

Tipping & Gratuities

We are often asked what gratuity is appropriate to leave the guides while in Peru. Of course the quality of service should determine the extent of any gratuity. Here is are some per person guidelines (OPTIONAL):

  • 10% of the bill at restaurants
  • US$1 per bag for bell-boys at hotels
  • US$1 per bag to porters at the airport
  • Tour Guides: US$5 to US$10 for a full day
  • Tour Driver: US$1 to US$3 for a full day
  • Transfer Guide: US$1 to US$3
  • TransferDriver: US$1
  • Inca or Salkantay Trail Guides: +US$50
  • Porters: +US$30

Airport Taxes

Most of the time, airport taxes are included as part of your international or domestic flights.

Peruvian Holidays

MONTH ACTIVITY MONTH ACTIVITY
JAN 1 - New Years JUL 27 to 29 - Independence Day
FEB AUG 30 - St. Rosa of Lima
MAR
APR Easter OCT 8 - Battle of Angamos
MAY 1 - Labor Day NOV 1 - All Saints Day
JUN 24 - Inti Raymi DEC 8-Immaculada Concepcion
29 - St. Peter & St. Paul 25 Christmas

Weather

Summer in Peru runs from December to March, while winter begins around May and ends in September.  In the Andes, the high season (best time to visit Machu Picchu) is from May to September - very little rain during the period. January and February tend to be the rainiest months.

Transportation

Trains to Machu Picchu

To prevent service interruption or delays due to rains, train services to/from Machu Picchu from January 1st till May 31st begins and ends at Pachar Station (versus Poroy - closer to Cuzco). Transfer from Cuzco to Pachar and back is via tourist class bus. From June 1st till the end of December, trains services to Machu Picchu are from Poroy Station.

Baggage Rules

  • To or from Machu Picchu: The trains from Cuzco to Machu Picchu have strict carry-on luggage rules. You can bring a small bag or backpack measuring 62 inches in total (length + width + height) and 11 lbs in maximum weight. Strongly recommended: Please leave as much as you can (suitcases) at your hotel (storage) in Cuzco and only take a small bag / backpack to Machu Picchu.
  • Return to Cusco after completing the Inca Trail: Travelers are allowed up 50 lbs. in luggage at no charge. Need to present Inca Trail pass before boarding.
  • To or from Puno: Same as above for carry-on. Larger luggage will travel in the same train, but in a separate cart.

Nazca Lines Flights Requirements

Original passport must be shown before boarding Nazca Lines planes in Pisco or Nazca airports. No sharp instruments allowed inside the plane.

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