Peru And Machu Picchu Tours

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

Best Machu Picchu Tours

Machu Picchu, Peru - Buildings and Steps

Machu Picchu Quest

5 Days - From $1,140
Great itinerary for somebody that has limited time. If your flight or cruise arrives in Lima early in the morning, itinerary 5B would be a good alternative. Both itineraries include an overnight near Machu Picchu and passes to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Fascinating Machu Picchu

7 Days - From $1,440
Our two 7 days adventures are the most comprehensive and popular itineraries. Both capture key cities and activities before arriving to Machu Picchu. During these adventures you will also visit Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo and climb Huayna Picchu.

Machu Picchu Expedition

14 Days - From $2,490
Our expedition itinerary captures the best of Peru’s Southern region. Explore Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon. This adventure will take you from Lima to the heights of the Andes to nature in the Amazon Basin.

Best Inca Trail Tours

Machu Picchu Tours - Two Hikers

Inca Trail Experience

7 Days - From $1,540
Our shortest Inca Trail hiking itinerary, the Inca Trail Experience adventure will deliver in just seven days a focused Andes hiking experience and guided exploration of Machu Picchu. If time is limited and you can acclimate to the altitude, this itinerary will work well for you and travel companions.
Machu Picchu - Inca Path

Inca Trail Explorer

8 Days - From $1,640
This itinerary is the shortest you should plan if arriving in Lima anytime after 1 PM. Efficient and comprehensive, the Inca Trail Explorer adventure will give you a chance to acclimate to the altitude before the starting of your Inca Trail. Itinerary works great if you are already in Cuzco.
Machu Picchu Tours - Llamas Walking

Inca Trail Expedition

10 Days - From $1,890
Our Inca Trail Expedition itinerary captures the key sites to see in Peru. It gives you time to recover after your arrival in Lima and also time to adjust to the Andes altitude. If you have the time, this is the perfect itinerary. Required arrival days in Lima are Saturday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursdays.

Best Salkantay Trek Tours

Machu Picchu - Bridge

Salkantay Trek Explorer

8 Days - From $1,640
Both of our Salkantay Trek Explorer itineraries are perfect if you have only about a week to experience Peru. The pristine hike will take your through places you can only imagine. This trek was ranked among the 25 best in the World by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
Machu Picchu - Solo viewer

Salkantay Trek Expedition

10 Days - From $1,840
After visiting Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, spend four days trekking the tranquil Salkantay trail through mountain vistas and cloud forest to Aguas Calientes town before exploring the Inca’s sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Our Salkantay Trek Journey itinerary includes visits to key sites of central Peru.
Machu Picchu Tours - Trees

Salkantay Trek & Amazon

12 Days - From $2,340
This adventure combines the beauty of the Salkantay Trek, one of the top 25 hikes in the world based per National Geographic, with the amazing Amazon basin of Peru. Spend 4 days hiking the Andes mountain before arriving to Machu Picchu. In addition, explore Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Peru Travel Guide

Hours of Operation

The Sanctuary is located at the top of a small mountain next to the town of 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 the ruins 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

  • 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
  • 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 DAY HOLIDAY
JAN 1 New Years
FEB
MAR
APR 19 (2019) Easter
10 (2020) Easter
MAY 1 Labor Day
JUN 24 Inti Raymi
JUL 27-29 Independence Day
AUG 30 St. Rosa of Lima
SEP
OCT 8 Battle of Angamos
NOV 1 All Saints Day
DEC 8 Immaculada Concepcion
25 Christmas
29 St. Peter / St. Paul

Weather

The best time to visit Peru is between Mary and September.  During this period there is no rain and the average temperature is about 62 F degrees during the day. The table below shows the averages for Cusco.  April, October and November also tend to be popular as they are months before or after the rainy season (December to March).

MONTH HIGH LOW RAINY DAYS
JAN 68 46 24
FEB 68 47 21
MAR 68 47 22
APR 68 46 24
MAY 70 38 4
JUN 69 35 3
JUL 69 34 2
AUG 69 37 5
SEP 71 41 7
OCT 71 44 14
NOV 71 45 15
DEC 70 46 21

Best Season: May to September In-Between or Shoulder Months: April, October and November Low or Rainy Season: December to March

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 are from/to Poroy Station.

Baggage Rules

  • 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.