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Many visitors across the globe are seduced by one of the greatest tourist attractions of the world, the dazzling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. A tour there can be the best experience of a lifetime, but is the trip to The Inca Citadel expensive? How much does a trip to Machu Picchu cost?
Here is a detailed description of what you must consider for this adventure to make your trip planning easier!
How to get to Machu Picchu
How to get to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular questions that many travellers ask themselves when they are contemplating a trip to Cusco.
As a part of the Machu Picchu cost, you have to include the price of the plane from Lima to the city of Cusco. One of the best flight options is LATAM Airlines, which has the highest number of daily flights. The estimated price for this round-trip flight is around US$320 per person.
At the same time, we have to mention that no road takes you from Cusco to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, but there are plenty of ways to get to Machu Picchu. The most popular are:
Especially suggested for hiking lovers, the Inca Trail is the most popular and challenging way to get to Machu Picchu. Normally, this is a 4-days-and-3-nights trekking route through a high Andean beautiful scenery, but it can be shortened or extended depending on your timescales.
The Peruvian Government established that The Inca trail availability is limited to 500 permits each day. Thus, you must have a permit to hike the trail and also a licensed guide. As the number of visitors is restricted, we recommend booking the Inca Trail about six months ahead of time. But if the permits are sold out, you can consider taking some Inca Trail alternatives such as the Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek and Trek via Choquequirao.
How much does it cost? Approximately US$500-600 per person. The Inca Trail usually includes the Machu Picchu entrance tickets, Inca Trail permit, return transportation from Aguas Calientes (known as Machu Picchu town, the last step before Machu Picchu) to Cusco, food, porters and tents.
*Every year in February, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance.
For most, the quickest way of getting The Inca Citadel from Cusco (Poroy station) or Ollantaytambo (In the Sacred Valley. Around 2 hrs. from the city of Cusco). By this method, you can be able to visit Machu Picchu in a full day.
There are two train companies you can take for your tour to Machu Picchu: Peru Rail and Inca Rail. Both of them have three levels of service. These are reference prices of Machu Picchu cost by train:
Peru Rail Round-trip: Route Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu
Luxury Hiram Bingham
*The Luxury Hiram Bingham train departs directly from Cusco. Vistadome and Expedition service departs from Cusco or Ollantaytambo.
**From January to April, the trains don’t depart from Cusco. You must board a bus or taxi to Ollantaytambo. A private taxi costs around US$23, and public transportation, US$7. The ride takes about 1.5hr.
All trains arrive in Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu, where you must catch a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The bus trip takes around 30 min. You can hike your way up to Machu Picchu as well, it will take around 1.5 hr.
Shuttle Bus Round-trip
Foreign child (5 to 11 years old)
Peruvian child (5 to 11 years old)
On the other hand, Machu Picchu cost varies significantly according to the type of the entrance ticket you have. These are the estimated entrance fees to Machu Picchu as of 2019.
(Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia)
Machu Picchu Solo
Machu Picchu + Huaynapicchu
Machu Picchu + Mountain
*Children under 8 years old are free.
Note: Entry tickets are sold directly on the Machu Picchu’s official website, which only accepts credit card payments. You can also buy them (travel package) through a travel agency. Machu Picchu tickets are not sold at the entrance.
Please, take the precautions of the case and book it well in advance to ensure a place… you don’t want to miss your perfect Machu Picchu holiday, right?
More useful data about Machu Picchu cost
Guides in Machu Picchu
The Peruvian Government also established the guided service is mandatory. All visitors must hire an official guide for their tour to Machu Picchu. It is possible to hire one at the entrance door as well, it will cost around US$10.
Latin American Quality Institute (LAQI) is a private non-profit organization which was founded in Panama in 2001. Also chosen as a strategic partner by Global Compact and PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), both projects of the United Nations Organization. Its main purpose is to promote and support the competitiveness of Latin-American organizations and companies.
LAQI is rated as the most relevant institution in terms of developing norms and standards of quality in Latin America.
Latin American Quality Institute encourages and motivates organizations and entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to use efficient systems in their processes. It also promotes a culture of total responsibility through the “LAEM” (Latin American Excellence Model) methodology which creates the concepts of Total Quality, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Fair Trade and Education Quality.
LAQI works jointly with governmental and non-governmental organizations from all over the globe. Through these international agreements, Latin American Quality Institute seeks to unify the norms, procedures and standards addressed to the different market categories, in order to certify companies which are globally committed and competitive.
There are more than 3000 companies and organizations in Latin American which enjoy the benefits of accreditations and recognitions delivered annually by LAQI. For example, the Travel industry is highly considered by Latin American Quality Institute. Thus, Peru tourism is really appreciated.
On the other hand, LAQI produces “Quality Magazine” monthly. It is focused on the development and distribution of information based on its “40+10 Actions” which collaborates in the responsible development of companies and organizations in Latin America. Within the magazine, you will also find research reports and articles about the cultural aspects of Latin American countries. Quality Magazine is considered the leading magazine of responsible and quality business.
*40+10 Actions is a Model of Excellence that LAQI promulgates and transmits among the member companies in order to obtain continuous improvement in the business context.
Latin American Quality Awards
Annually, during the celebrations of the World Quality Day (date created by the United Nations Organization in 1992) in the month of November, the Latin American Quality Institute congregates an exclusive group of companies and successful entrepreneurs of Latin America in order to recognize excellence in the business industry worldwide with the Latin American Quality Institute awards.
At this year’s awards, Machu Travel Peru received the Latin American Quality Institute awards 2019.
This recognition is based on the performance and the challenge proposed for 2019: “Demonstrate resilience, ethics, quality and transparency focused on the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations Organization”. Latin American Quality Institute rewarded the successes achieved in the Quality Management of Machu Travel Peru, a familiar company which is dedicated to providing the best customer service in the Travel industry in Peru.
Peru is one of the most biodiverse and cultural heritage rich countries on the planet, with interesting ancient cultures and stunning beauty. Tours in Peru attract many travellers from all over the world who are interested to explore the wonders of incredible Peru.
Machu Travel Peru
Machu Travel Peru organizes high-quality tours for their clients. Its experienced team with a vast knowledge of Peru ensures that you have an unforgettable journey. At the same time, Machu Travel Peru is really excited for the future, that’s why it is planning to expand into different markets and grow the company with new and interesting destinations to show to their clients. Without a doubt, a bright future is waiting for this friendly company!
Machu Travel Peru is grateful to the Latin American Quality Institute for its support and recognition with these Travel Awards. As a progressive company, Machu Travel Peru is completely committed to improving its services and offer you the best of the best. Also, it is grateful to their clients for their loyalty and preference.
In conclusion, Peru tourism is not only amazing but delightful. So, don’t hesitate, come, explore and enjoy with Machu Travel Peru!
Walking the Inca Trail to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is an unforgettable, magical and mystical experience, which brings you along with ancient Inca ruins, narrow paths, stunning valley views, snowy Andean peaks and beautiful mountain scenery.
Over 500 years ago, The Inca Empire created thousands of kilometres of ancient Inca trails (several of them lead to Machu Picchu as well) in order to link its important settlements and centres of civilization, but the Inca Trail is one of the most famous and challenging hikes of the world.
You may want to satisfy your curiosity and know everything about this travel bucket-list. So, we will provide you with the most important information you should know about walking the Inca Trail to the iconic Machu Picchu. Are you ready?
What is the best time to hike the Inca Trail?
Probably the most popular question among enthusiastic hikers is “what is the best time to walk Inca trail?” Well, walking the Inca Trail is a year-round hike but we consider that weather conditions play an important role in your Inca Trail tour.
Cusco has two remarkable seasons. One of them is the dry season, from April to October; and the other one is the wet season, from November to March.
Pros: Good trekking weather conditions, there’s neither rain nor fog so, the days are sunny and dry during mornings and afternoons.
Cons: Dry season coincides with the high season of tourism (summer vacation time in the northern hemisphere). So, it means that the traffic along the Inca Trail will be at full capacity. The temperature at night drops significantly.
Pros: Warmer temperatures. Wide range of flora and fauna in bloom. The number of visitors is moderated. Demand for tours decreases during this season, so the Inca trail tours are cheaper and easier to book.
Cons: The Inca Trail will be muddy because of the intense rains. It could be slippery, difficult and dangerous.
Walking the Inca Trail is a rewarding four-day journey (know as the “Classic Inca Trail”). Its total distance is approximately 43 km across the Peruvian Andes but about 40 km of it is up steep… hard but not impossible!
The Inca Trail leads hikers from Km. 82, the start point (40 min. outside Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley) to the Inca city of Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate, known as “Inti Punku”.
Inca Trail Itinerary
Here is an Inca Trail map where you will find the daily hiking distances and elevations on the Inca Trail.
Day 1: You must travel from Ollantaytambo to Km. 82 (the start point) in the morning and then hike to the campsite. Distance: Approximately 11 km. Elevation Gain: 350 meters. Difficulty: Moderate. It is a warm-up.
Day 2: You will cross over high-altitude passes of the Inca Trail. This one is considered as the hardest day for most. Distance: Approximately 11 km. Elevation Gain: 1,115 meters. Difficulty: High.
Day 3: You will hike through an amazing Amazonian cloudy forest. Distance: Approximately 15,5 km. Elevation Gain: 1,000 meters. Difficulty: Moderate to a little difficult (there are some steep areas).
Day 4: You must rise very early (around 3 a.m.) to reach the entry checkpoint and then hike about 1-2 hours to the famed Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and Machu Picchu. Distance: Approximately 5 km. Difficulty: You must jump all the way there because you are almost at the end of the magical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Book your Inca trail in advance
The Peruvian Government established crowd control measures. Only 500 people per day split between tourists (200) and guides and porters (300) are allowed to start the Inca Trail to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. It means that permits sell out months in advance, particularly during the high season. So, booking ahead your Inca Trail tour is necessary.
On the other hand, Inca trail availability runs throughout most of the year, except during February when it is closed for maintenance.
* We highly recommend buying your hiking permits and Machu Picchu entry ticket before starting your trip to find availability. 6-9 months in advance would be pretty good!
Inca trail Essentials
The details below will ensure a successful and exciting adventure in the Peruvian Andes.
Walking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (height of 2430m.) is a very challenging hike in the mountains. You will be going up and down quite a lot, so it is important to make time to prepare your body in order to acclimatize to the Andean altitude, especially if you have flown straight up from sea level.
We recommend you to stay some days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before you take on this exciting hike. Also, chew coca leaves, a local and natural remedy for the altitude sickness.
* You can also check with your doctor what kind of medications you can bring for the Andean altitude.
Porters and equipment
Porters are considered the heroes of every Inca Trail expedition. They carry up to 20kg with all the necessary food and equipment for the groups, plus your personal camping gear. You will only carry your daypack for your daily essentials.
*Porters carry the majority of the equipment. We recommend you to give them an extra tip to recognize their effort and hard work.
Rules and restrictions
As we told you before, walking the Inca Trail is a strictly regulated activity, where permits are compulsory and the number of visitors is restricted. In addition to that, it is completely mandatory for hikers to go with a tour or licensed guide.
It is a requirement for walking the Inca Trail. Travel insurance will protect you against injury, illness, cancellations and more. But make sure it also covers you for activities at altitude.
Fitness condition: The Inca Trail is an incredible experience of a lifetime, but not an easy trek. So, having a good level of physical fitness makes everything more pleasant and enjoyable. We recommend you to do some cardio to increase your endurance. Also, pack light and smart to carry just the necessary.
Calories: We highly recommended you to take some high-calorie snacks, such as seeds and nuts, in order to keep your energy, because you will burn a lot of calories during the trek.
Stay hydrated: During the four-day hike you will do a very intense physical effort, so you must drink enough water each day. Salt tablets can help you as well.
Mental prepare: Go slow and do not push yourself. Try to consider this challenging trek as a motivating adventure and take your time to enjoy it.
Inca Trail packing list
You must carry your original passport (a copy is not a suitable substitute) to enter the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. This document and your permit will both be checked and verified at the Km. 82 checkpoint.
Inca Trail clothes
Whether you are walking the Inca Trail in the dry or wet season, the weather in the Peruvian Andes is kind of unpredictable. So, ensure you are well-equipped with the essentials, such as clothing for hot and cold temperatures, windbreaker or jacket, waterproof clothing, hiking boots, hiking socks, flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, power bank, hiking poles, sunscreen and lip balm.
Inca Trail grows quite chilly at night, so a high-quality sleeping bag makes the difference during your Inca Trail tours… Do your research and find the perfect one!
Your tour will provide you with purified, safe-to-drink water, but this is a good way to reduce the plastic footprint.
*The world deserves our respect. Save it!
The majority of costs will be covered by your travel agency but there are some costs along the Inca Trail for which you will need some cash, for example:
Snacks, sweets and drinks from stallholders. On days one and two, you will able to find stallholders walking the Inca Trail as well.
Toilet entry fees, there is only one bathroom at Machu Picchu.
Tips for porters and guides, if you want to recognize their effort and work.
The immense Andean Altiplano is where the Lake Titicaca, the world’s largest high-altitude lake, takes place. Its waters house the mysterious and fairy-tale Lake Titicaca floating islands which contain a unique cultural richness because its predominantly indigenous communities still maintain the traditions of the Pre-Inca and Inca Empire. According to the Andean people, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun.
But where is Lake Titicaca? Located in the quite but privileged city of Puno, which is considered the Folkloric Capital of Peru and America because of its colourful and varied folklore. It is immensely rich in music, dances, customs and legends which make this city, without a doubt, the richest and dazzling place of the whole continent.
*Lake Titicaca also spans the neighbouring country of Bolivia in the Andean Highlands. The Bolivian part occupies 40% of the Lake while the Peruvian part occupies 60%.
In order to get to Lake Titicaca floating islands, we recommend you to plan your tour ahead of time and begin the adventure!
The waters of this mirror-like lake contain numerous mysteries and questions such as “what do inhabitants of the floating islands do for life?” or “how is it possible to live on a floating island?”
But there is a particular Lake Titicaca mystery that many people want to decipher: how are the Lake Titicaca floating islands built?
These man-made islands are made of totora (a reed that grows in shallow places) that floats in abundance along the lake. But totora occasionally disintegrates to the bottom of the Lake Titicaca so the inhabitants have to continually maintain the islands. Every 20 days, they have to add a new layer of totora. Also, the floating islands are attached with ropes, stakes and stones that sink into the lake.
Lake Titicaca Highlights
The lake is dotted with dozens of charming islands and the number keeps increasing. But your Lake Titicaca tours have to include the most remarkable islands such as Uros and Taquile Islands.
Uros Floating Islands
Just a 30-minutes boat ride from Puno’s port, there is the home of the ancient indigenous Peruvian tribe, the Uros people, which have lived on the floating islands for centuries.
According to history, the Pre-Incas Uros people were forced to construct their floating homes when the Inca Empire expanded onto their lands and drove them out. Uros people didn’t want to fight, they only wanted to live in peace, so retreat onto the lake was a good way to defend themselves from the aggressive Collas and Incas. Even, Uros people had their own language called “pukina” but over the year, they adopted another ancestral language called Aymara.
As we mentioned before, Lake Titicaca floating islands are made of totora. But not only the Uros floating islands are made of it but also the furniture, houses and boats. Boats usually have two pumas figures out in front, in order to honour the mascot of Lake Titicaca (Titicaca means puma stone).
Uros people also eat the soft white part of the totora which provide them with nutrients and help them to avoid some illness like rheumatism and arthritis.
On the other hand, they have lived with a self-sufficient lifestyle. Fishing and hunting are their basic sources of food and wealth. Tourism contributes to their economy as well because the number of tourists is increasing. They also sell beautiful and colourful totora handcraft. In addition to that, the Peruvian government gave them solar panels for electricity, medical centres and floating schools.
Extra note: It is completely possible that you can do experiential tourism in your Lake Titicaca tours. There is an opportunity to spend a night or even more in the Uros floating islands, so feel completely welcome to stay in one of the Lake Titicaca floating islands.
* There are currently around 50 Uros floating islands in the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca.
Taquile is a Lake Titicaca’s non-floating island but it is a beautiful terraced island situated in the middle of the lake, where you can find interesting archaeological sites and stunning views of the lake. It is located 35km east of the city of Puno and two-and-a-half-hour boat ride from the Uros Islands.
Taquile Island is famous for the remarkable quality of its textiles. It is strongly integrated into Taquile culture that women and men learn weaving and knitting as part of their early education.
All men in the community wear hats with different patterns, which depend on their marital status; young men use their knitting abilities to attract a wife. They want to show that they are hard workers when they put a lot of time and effort into knitting.
The population of the island is around 2000 Quechua-speaking indigenous people who work as a collective community. All families share food and funds between each other. In order to support the island, they fish and farm on the old terraces. Tourism is an important part of their economy as well.
Getting to Floating Islands
There are different ways to get to the floating islands but the common route for most travellers is going from Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca. As we mentioned before, Puno is the Peruvian gateway to Lake Titicaca. We will give you some options for how to get from Cusco to Puno:
The closest airport to the city of Puno is the nearby city of Juliaca. The flight will take around 1 hour and once you arrived there, you have to take a taxi to reach Puno. This road trip will take around 1 hour as well.
The PeruRail Titicaca Train is a luxury service which has a bar car, 2 dining cars and an observation car at the back. This service offers an incredible show with traditional Peruvian singers and dancers. In addition to that, the breathtaking landscapes you will able to see will make this ride an unforgettable experience. The ride is estimated to take around 10 hours and it only has one stop of 10 minutes.
This one is the most popular way to get to Puno and see Lake Titicaca floating islands. The ride takes about 10 hours and it has a few extended cultural stops, some of them are at 2 temples and a museum. Also, the tourist bus makes a stop for lunch (it is included in the ticket price).
There is a legend…
According to the legend, the magical and mystic Lake Titicaca was the place from which emerges Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the mythical founders of the Inca Empire in the extraordinary and captivating city of Cusco.
When people think about the ceremonial city of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu immediately comes to their minds, but the city of Cusco has more to offer… So, you may ask yourself why visit Cusco city? The majestic and high-flying city of Cusco offers not only the best jewel of Peru, Machu Picchu, but also old churches, temples and more archaeological ruins. Then, the city tour in Cusco is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating, educational and pleasing tours in Cusco you can take as a part of your vacations in Peru.
How long is the City Tour in Cusco?
It takes approximately half-day and there are two schedules to do the city tour in Cusco:
First one: From 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Second one: From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What places are included?
The visitors will get dazzled with the places below:
Plaza de Armas
It is considered the heart of the vibrant city of Cusco. The Plaza de Armas is surrounded by many restaurants, bars and buildings with magnificent architecture from the Spanish conquest.
Cathedral de Cusco
This cathedral is part of the old churches in Cusco. It is the main religious temple of the city and one of the most popular architectonic monuments as well. It is located in the Plaza de Armas. Originally, it was an Inca temple designed to worship Wiracocha (Inca god). It took almost 100 years to build it.
*In 1983, it was declared Humanity Heritage by UNESCO.
Qoricancha and Convent of Santo Domingo
Known as the “Templo Dorado” (Golden Temple), because, during the Inca Empire, all its walls were covered with gold. Also, it was the Cusco’s religious, political and geographical centre. The Convento de Santo Domingo is located over the Qoricancha. The Spaniards built it to worship the Catholic religious order.
The emblematic fortress of Sacsayhuaman, constructed between the XV and XVI centuries, impresses many people from every corner of the world. It was built over a mountain where you can appreciate the whole city of Cusco. Also famous for being the place where people celebrate the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun.
This large limestone ruin riddled with a complex pattern of steps, niches, seats, geometric reliefs and symbolic carvings, means “zigzag” or “labyrinth”. Its main attraction is a subterranean cave with altars carved into the rock.
*It is also associated with fertility rites, solstice and equinox ceremonies.
It is known as “Red fort” because of the colour of its stones at nightfall. Puca Pucara was used as a military and resting place for the Inca troops. Situated overlooking the Cusco Valley, it offers you beautiful panoramic views.
This ruin formed by aqueducts and canals were designed to worship water. Also, it was a place where the head of the Inca Empire took a rest.
If the city tour in Cusco includes the Cusco’s Tourist ticket, also known as BTC or BTC Cusco, you can visit Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. The cost is around $60 – $70.
If your city tour in Cusco doesn’t include the BTC, the price is around $15 – $30.
If you prefer taking a private tour, the cost will be higher.
Round trip transportation
A bilingual guide
Recommendations for the City Tour
Ensure you are well-equipped with essentials: sunscreen, lip balm, clothing for hot and cold temperatures (Cusco’s weather is kind of unpredictable), hat. Also, bottled water, snacks and some cash.
Bring some coca leaves or drink a coca tea in order to prevent the altitude sickness.
*Cusco’s altitude is about 3400 meters above sea level.
More to do
The city tour in Cusco offers interesting daily activities but you can also consider another kind of things to do in Cusco such as:
Grab a Pisco sour: Our flag drink.
Try a Cusco’s typical dish: Cuy chactado.
Visit the San Pedro Market: One of the oldest markets in Cusco.
Go for a walk and see the Twelve-angled stone: Cultural Heritage of the Nation of Peru.
Visit Chinchero: Known as the “Ciudad del Arco Iris” (Birthplace of the rainbow).
Go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Beautiful place where you can enjoy the Cusco’s flora and fauna. You can also do adventure sports.
Go to Machu Picchu: Obviously, it is a must-visit. From Cusco to Machu Picchu, there are some interesting options to reach the Inca citadel.
On the other hand, there are important festivities that the population of Cusco celebrates. These unique dates will make your visit to Cusco a magical experience as well.
Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun
Every 24th June during the winter solstice, Cusco celebrates this important festivity to worship the Inca god called “Inti”.
One of the most ancient religious celebrations in Cusco, it is celebrated at the end of May or the beginning of June. This religious ritual brings thousands of locals and visitors who travel several kilometres on foot toward the Nevado Ausangate (Snowy Ausangate) and the Sanctuary of Sinakara at 4600 meters above sea level in order to worship Qoyllur Rit’i Lord.
The most important religious festivity in Cusco. It consists of the procession through the city of the fifteen principal saints and virgins of Cusco. It is celebrated in June or at the end of May but always on a Thursday.
They are celebrated in February and the central days are Sundays. One of the traditions is people spraying water and talcum powder to each other. Another one is people dancing around the “yunza” (a tree adorned with gifts), cut the tree and, when it falls, collect the gifts.
Are you in love with the beach vibes? Just a few hours from Lima, there is a truly out-of-the-ordinary beach town called Paracas, which is part of the government-protected Paracas National Reserve. Here, the vigorous winds blow in from the vast desert and make Paracas a world premium spot to practice extreme sports such as wind-surfing, go-kart and paragliding. But the most popular, which attracts those with intense love and passion for extraordinary and adrenaline sports, is kitesurf in Paracas.
*In 2009, Paracas was declared the best destination for kitesurfing by The Kiteboarder Magazine.
However, this desertic paradise has another wide variety of interesting sports and things to do in Paracas Peru. Thus, you will never be lacking for activities to enjoy in your trip around here:
In addition to that, this charming bay, around 235 km from the historical Lima, offers you not only good spots for watersports but also a splendid combination of ancient Culture and nature. Ballestas Islands and the wildlife living amongst them, such as Humboldt penguins, sea lions and thousands of birds, make Paracas a beautiful and biodiversity-rich place. For these interesting reasons, do not hesitate and take some tours in Paracas, they are definitely impressive and educational!
Important note: There are some protected areas in Paracas National Reserve. So please, respect and protect them. Save the world is everyone’s mission.
There are several aspects that make Peru stand out as a perfect destination for kitesurfing. For example, the little climatic variety, due to the thermal effect produced by the combination of the hot desert and the cool Humboldt current.
Fortunately, Paracas, with its good weather conditions, flat shallow water areas and constant winds all year long, allows you an optimal navigation. Thus, this bay is one of the best and ideal spots to practice kitesurf in Paracas.
Paracas National Reserve contains too many points with different conditions for each style or variant of kitesurfing: Wave riding (surfing waves) or freestyle (manoeuvres in the air).
Low season, from May to August: High probability of wind, about 60%
High season, from September to May: Wind most the days
Peak season, from December to March: Peruvian summer, most tourists around
*Wind commonly starts around midday and it continues until the sun goes down.
Is Kitesurf in Paracas for everyone?
The perfect conditions of Paracas are perfect for learning and progressing. Paracas is adapted to any level of abilities and experience, since experimented “kiters” to enthusiastic beginners.
This U shape bay is a great beginner scenery because it is incredibly safe. So, if you are a beginner “kiter”, you are blessed! You will find a good place to start your practice and get a rush of adrenaline with a little risk.
If you want to take some classes and know how to choose the right school, we will give you some advice to identify a good one:
It is really important to choose fully trained instructors. It’s a plus if they are certified by the International Kitesurfing Organization (IKO).
*IKO: The leading and most recognized worldwide training organization.
New models are designed to “fly” faster and better than old equipment. Choose smartly and do not put yourself in risk!
A rescue boat is commonly required when teaching in deep water. It is not mandatory, but keep in mind that the wind in Paracas can change at any time, you can miss your equipment and even hurt you, so a boat would be a great idea! Also, the school has to be insured.
A right location will be always an ideal teaching area. Try to search about it and decide where you would like to start practising the basic techniques!
Best spots for Kitesurfing in Paracas
Paracas Bay: Cross offshore – Flatwater
This kite zone is a flat-water bay with a shallow entrance, so it is really difficult to drift out to open sea. This is a great spot for “kiters” because it uses to be uncrowded. But the busiest season is from January to April.
Zarate: Side shore – Waves – Open ocean
The best oneto kitesurf in Paracas. It has long and clean waves with nice tubes formed by the side shore wind. Sometimes, they can reach from 1 to 7 feet high. Really cool, right?!
*There are some rocks and sea urchins in the water.
Playon: Cross offshore – Beach break – Open ocean
It is located in a big open bay where you will find from small to medium size waves. This place is really interesting and fun, and your first experience in the water will be shared with sea lions.
*The wind can be blustery so be careful and take the precautions of the case.
Mendieta: Cross offshore – Flatwater – Open ocean
Despite being a small bay, the huge rock formations and cross offshore winds make Mendieta one of the advanced spots for kitesurf in Paracas.
Laguna Grande: Cross onshore – Flatwater lagoon
The last but not the less important point in Paracas. This perfect lagoon is a flat-water paradise, with its soft sand it becomes a heaven for those who want to learn to kitesurf in Paracas.
However, there are two more main kitesurfing spots in Peru:
Mancora: North of Peru
Choopy waters with plenty of space. The kite spots are Mancora, Sechura and Lobitos.
Pacasmayo: In Trujillo, in between Lima and Mancora
It is famous for being the “World’s longest wave”. Some spots in the area are Puerto Chicama, Gallito Ciego, Puerto Morin and Puemape.
The Inca trail is one of the most famous and challenging treks all over the world, it brings thousands of enthusiastic visitors from North America, Europe and Asia every year. This trail is a year-round hike but the best time to walk Inca trail is definitely during the months of March, April, May, September, October and November. These months are less crowded and the weather has good conditions.
Season weather plays an important role in your journey. Therefore, it is very important to pick the best time to walk the Inca trail.
Cusco has two seasons: The dry season, from April to October; and the wet season, from November to March.
Although, June, July and August are the most popular months to visit Cusco because the high season, the Inca Trail trek will be full of people that come during their summer vacations.
The dry season offers good trekking weather conditions and the number of visitors is moderate. During this time, the days are sunny, the sky is pretty blue and there is neither rain nor fog. You will be able to see wildflowers blooming along the Inca trail and the mountains will be very green. So, the dry season is considered the best time to walk Inca trail.
The wet season brings warmer temperatures but the Inca trail will be muddy because of rains. The trek can be dangerous.
*Every year in February, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance.
This four-day journey requires preparation. Inca Trail trek is not for everyone, it is one of the hardest treks but definitely one of the most rewarding. In order to spend the best time to walk Inca trail, you must keep in mind the advice below:
Physical Prep: Inca Trail trek is a really physically challenging experience so you must prepare your body really well. Try to do some cardio in order to increase your endurance.
*Pack light as well. You do not want to put extra weight on your body, right?
Mental Prep: Even when some parts of the Inca Trail could be really hard, keep your motivation and focus on your goal of reaching the stunning Machu Picchu.
What to bring?
Everything depends on what time of the year you prefer to travel. The weather in the Peruvian Andes are unpredictable, so ensure you are well-equipped with essentials:
Windbreaker or jacket
Clothing for hot and cold temperatures
Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
*Temperature drops off at night, close to zero degrees. Take the precautions of the case.
What sites will you see along the Inca Trail trek?
The Inca Trail trek is full of impressive archaeological ruins and ancient citadels such as:
Patallacta or Llactapata: This archaeological complex means “town on the hill”. It contains beautiful terraces and house structures.
Runkurakay: These ruins were constructed with circular enclosures. Chasquis (messengers of the Inca Empire) used to stop here to take some food and rest.
Sayacmarca: These ruins are called “the inaccessible town” because you have to climb about 98 stone steps to reach them.
Phuyupatamarca: These ruins full of terraces, plazas, bridges and ceremonial baths are called the “town in the clouds” because they use to be covered by mist. It creates the impression that is floating among the clouds.
Book it in advance
The Peruvian Government, in order to preserve this archaeological trail, established that the Inca trail availability will be limited to 500 permits each day, of which only 200 go to tourists and the rest 300 permits go to porters, guides and cooks.
Booking in advance is always an accurate idea! We recommend you to book your Inca Trail trek as soon as possible, because the number of visitors is restricted and you wouldn’t want to miss the best experience of your life, right?
*Six months in advance would be pretty good!
In addition to that, if the permits are sold out, there are some interesting Inca trail alternatives you can take to get to Machu Picchu as well, such as the Salkantay Trek.
More useful recommendations
To spend the best time to walk Inca trail, you have to consider these basic points below:
Andean altitude is not a joke. We highly recommend you to prepare your body spending some days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley in order to acclimate to the high altitudes*.
It is important to consume calories. You will do a big effort during the Inca Trail, so it is really important to consume enough calories to replace the lost ones. Even when you do not feel too much appetite (the digestion becomes slower when you reach higher altitude), you must do it. Take some high-calorie snacks such as nuts and seeds to keep your energy and be able to reach the mystical ancient city of Machu Picchu!
Stay hydrated. You will do a hard-physical effort, so you must drink enough water each day. You can also bring some salt tablets in order to replace what your body loses when it is sweating.
Take it easy. Take your time to enjoy this incredible trek. Go slow and do not push yourself.
*Read about altitude sickness and how to avoid it or deal with it.
The adventure of the Peruvian Andes is calling you! All over the world, there are millions of adventurous and wild souls waiting for an exciting lifetime experience. The adventure sports in the Sacred Valley offer several ways to feel the extreme adrenaline in a terrific and stunning environment.
If you are a thrill-seeker and an extreme adrenaline lover, find out what kind of activities you can do in one of the most adventurous regions of Peru below:
If you are so excited to explore the Sacred Valley to the fullest, biking can be one of the best adventure sports in the Sacred Valley.
The bike excursions are adapted to any level of experience and abilities since enthusiastic bikers to experimented bikers because there are easy, moderate and advanced bike paths. The stunning paths of your tour in the Sacred Valley may include the archaeological ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, villages along the Urubamba river, agricultural terraces such as Moray, salt mines such as Maras, the colourful Chincheros and the town of Andahuaylillas. So, you will explore every corner of the wonderful valley.
Keep in mind that renting a high-quality mountain bike and good equipment will give you a better opportunity to get a wonderful experience without any complication. Also, local operators can give you information about the best ride spots, so consider them before setting off!
Urubamba river offers you this year-round adrenaline activity. For navigators of class II and III, the Urubamba River has the best water currents. And for those adventurous and experienced spirits, who are looking for challenging navigations of class IV or higher, the fast and deep waters of the Apurimac River and the Tambopata River would be the best options.
During the wet or rainy season, from December to March, the Urubamba River intensifies its waters and could be kind of difficult to practice this adventure sport. However, it depends on your fitness level and experience. But we recommend having, at least, a basic knowledge of paddling.
* Adventure sports in the Sacred Valley are extremely exciting, but please consider the potential risks of rafting on the wild Urubamba river during the rainy season and take the precautions of the case.
Who has never dreamed of flying? Zip-line Sacred Valley offers you the opportunity to feel like a bird, a leaf in the wind, a wind’s breeze.
Zip-line consists of one cable stretched between points of different elevations. The travellers, propelled by gravity, will move across the cable.
Flying through the air; this full speed and adrenaline adventure sport allows you to feel the freedom of being part of the magical and beautiful Sacred Valley. You will able to contemplate the breathtaking panoramic views of green fields, which are surrounded by the majestic mountain peaks of the Andes. Zip-line, without a doubt, is a rich and peculiar experience for travellers without a fear of heights.
The best time to practice this adventure sport is from April to October.
*The weather will be colder and windy, bring proper and light clothing and comfortable shoes.
This luxury transparent capsule offers you another way that your dream of flying comes true! It hangs from the top of a mountain in the majestic Sacred valley and allows you to delight with the impressive and magical views of the valley through its walls. Amazing, right?
If you want to enjoy a comfortable overnight stay, you must climb about 400 mt by via Ferrata and do the zip line to reach the Skylodge. This is the only way. It could be scary but, at the same time, really cool and exciting. So, do not hesitate and do it!
Part of the adventure sports in the Sacred Valley includes this popular activity. Vilcanota, Vilcabamba and Urubamba are perfect scenarios for those who want to defy the gravity. So, it is advisable to have some experience to climb the big rocky walls of the Andes.
This sport can be a year-round activity, but during the rainy months (from December to April), it becomes more difficult because of the slippery rocks.
*For beginners, there are some climbing schools to learn good climbing techniques.
Feel like a bird through the green mountains of the Sacred Valley and live the adventure of flying! Paragliding is one of the most fun adventure sports in the Sacred Valley, which is getting more popular here, through the years.
For those who love heights, this sport will be the best ally! This astonishing activity is done in the privileged mountains of Chinchero, where you can appreciate the Andes range and the whole Sacred Valley.
This impressive and flourishing ecosystem is one of the most significant, biodiverse and iconic National Reserve of the Peruvian Amazon; Tambopata is also a river and a province. It attracts many adventurous travellers who want to explore one of the most geographical and biologically diverse regions on earth. Thus, Travel to Tambopata is a must.
Tambopata is located in Peru’s southern region, in the city of Puerto Maldonado, capital of the department of Madre de Dios. It spreads for miles around the Amazon; therefore, you will witness a vast and breathtaking scenery of wildlife, ancient trees and rivers.
For all adventurous people, Machu Travel Peru offers you an incredible and fantastic travel package into the diverse Peruvian Amazon. A trip to Tambopata is more than a nice holiday, it is a terrific journey. We will provide you with some recommendations and advice in order to make this one of the most fulfilling and exciting trips of your life.
What to pack and bring?
For the strong heat, the high humidity, the wide of mosquitoes and the possible rains, you must bring:
Waterproof trekking boots, slippers and flip flops
Tight-weaved, light-coloured, long pants
Long sleeve and light-coloured cotton shirts
Windbreaker or jacket
Raincoat or poncho
Broad-brimmed caps or hats, and sunglasses
Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, if you plan to do a night tour in Tambopata
In addition to that, we recommend bringing a zip lock bag with your important belongings.
What do you need?
Get a good travel insurance coverage before starting your Amazon tours.
Get your ticket in the National Service of Natural Protected Area of Puerto Maldonado. It is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. You must show your passport.
To enter to the National Reserve of Tambopata, you need to go with a tourism agency, lodge package or with a group led by a professional guide.
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory. You must put it, at least, 2 weeks before you travel to Tambopata. Do not take a high risk of getting this disease.
Malaria is present throughout the rainforest but it is rarely reported. If you prefer not to take a high risk about it, consider consulting with a doctor specialized in tropical medicine.
Mosquitoes are really annoying in the rainforest region. A small biting fly can cause you a skin lesion called Leishmaniasis. So, a good way to prevent is wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sleeping under mosquito nets and use repellent all the time when your skin is exposed.
Drinking water. Provide yourself with bottled or filtered water, it is not safe to drink the water from the river, lake or any tap.
Best time to travel to Tambopata
The Peruvian Amazon is slightly seasonal, so travel around is a matter of traveller’s preference.
During the wet or rainy season, which starts in November and goes on into April (January and February are the rainiest months), you will get a great chance to find and see wildlife. The temperature will be cooler but there will be a huge number of mosquitoes, so take the precautions of the case.
Also, due to flooding, most of the jungle trail will be affected by mud, in consequence, your exploring activities as well.
However, the advantage to travel to Tambopata during this season is that you can easily see amphibians or reptiles. Also, for the high-water level caused by rains, lagoons and lakes are formed throughout the forest.
In the case of the dry season, from May to October, you will have better trail conditions to explore the area on foot, trails can be much less muddy.
The pro of travel to Tambopata in this season is that you can see many macaws and parrots on the clay licks because they are nesting, so they are more active. Thus, this is a great opportunity to see colourful birds, chicks and nests!
How to get to Tambopata?
There are two main options to go to Puerto Maldonado. From there, you can head toward Tambopata.
There are nonstop daily flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, this service takes about 1h 40min. Also, there is a direct flight from Cusco that takes approximately 55min. So, you can witness the impressive beauty of the coast, mountains and jungle.
If you want to enjoy stunning landscapes and panoramic amazon views, this will probably be the best option for your trip. This is an attraction itself. The road trip departs from Lima and takes the Transoceanic Highway, which will lead you to Cusco, this road trip will take you about the whole day. Once you have arrived in Cusco, you will go ahead to another road trip to Puerto Maldonado for approximately 10 hours extra.
Tambopata’s habitat is one of the well preserved and most biodiverse areas in the earth. It contains hundreds of species of plants, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and birds. Different types of trees and oxbow lakes (a U-shaped lake, which creates a free-standing body of water); even monkeys, caimans and much more. This is indisputably one of the highlights when you travel to Tambopata.
Remember that during the dry season, clay licks will be filled with several brilliantly coloured birds such as parrots and macaws. They gather daily for feedings in order to get nutrients for them and their young. A beautiful wildlife spectacle will be in full fledge!
Another interesting attraction is the rock formations develop in the river banks. The birds in Tambopata such as macaws, parrots and falcons offer a magnificent spectacle of sound and colour, especially very early in the morning. And at the night, mammals such as wild pigs and tapirs appear.
Peruvian amazon offers a high level of diversity. Thus, Tambopata is guaranteed to be an extraordinary and educational travel experience.
Please be aware that the Amazon and whole the world deserves all our respect. The Peruvian rules about protecting the ecology and the environment are really strict. It is forbidden to hunt and buy protected flora and fauna.
Protect the biological diversity and the ecosystem when you travel to Tambopata!
What activities can you do?
Rafting or canoeing in the Tambopata river
Canopy tower or walkway
Birdwatching in the clay licks
Boat around Oxbow lakes
Trekking around the amazing flora and fauna
Experiential tourism: Visit native communities
*There is an indigenous nation called Ese Eja People, which conformed by three native communities: Infierno (about 200 families), Palma Real (about 50 families) and Sonene (about 20 families).
Cusco is the most visited city in Peru for the incredible richness and heritage of our Andean culture. A place where you can witness the beauty of ancient ruins, majestic mountains and even wildlife which draws many visitors every year. An amazing experience, for sure. But maybe you are wondering: apart of that, why visit Cusco? Well, here we have cool alternatives when the sun goes down.
So, if you are one of those who like the bohemian lifestyle, enjoy a good drink in a unique atmosphere or dance all night long, you will be seduced by Cusco nightlife, without a doubt, the best option for your holidays in Peru.
The days in this mystical city are full of movement and daily activities, but Cusco comes alive at night with vibrant energy. Cusco nightlife scene is vast, so it does not matter what day of the week you want to enjoy and celebrate, you are living the best of your life. From Monday to Sunday, the vibe of the city attracts free, ludic and exciting souls from all over the world and provides them with many things to do in Cusco, even during the low season. In particular, the month of June is highly appreciated by tourists because of the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun, thus you will see a parade every single day of the festivity. A good reason to join with locals and enjoy more the vibe around here.
Whether you just come back from your tours in Cusco in the Sacred Valley, the majestic Machu Picchu or even after your city tour in Cusco, there is always time to dance or grab a beer. Cusco nightlife scene revolves around the Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by many bars, clubs, jamming and more.
You can get a cold beer to start your night. Cerveza Cusqueña is the best one in Peru and the world, but if you like something a bit stronger, do not be shy and ask for Pisco sour, our flag drink. But be very careful and do not get too excited with drinks, Cusco’s altitude can be an enemy and hangover can be a disaster for you. A good way to handle it is drinking coca leaf tea, so do not forget it when you wake up!
Also, there are many clubs where you can party and dance all night long with some salsa, reggaeton or bachata and even take some classes as a part of the entertainment; enjoy live music with rock, indie, funk and more. Keep in mind that you can also find an interesting party-friendly atmosphere at hotels in Cusco or backpacker hostels like Wild Rover, Loki, and Kokopelli, places where you will enjoy an entertaining night with table games such as beer pong or pool and more. Generally, they are open until 2 a.m.
At the same time, part of Cusco nightlife is located at Calle Procuradores, better known as “Gringo Alley”, because most of the people that go there and take the different services are gringos, I mean, foreigners. This is a really small street close to the Plaza de Armas where you can find fancy and expensive restaurants, nice backpacker hostels, peculiar bakeries, massage ladies, thematic bars, handicraft stores and more surprises just walking through the alley.
Did I mention some recommendations?
Cusco is absolutely a safe place to stay, but if you plan to go out dancing or partying all night, do not go back home walking or drunk. Sometimes pickpockets take advantage of foreign targets.
Take an official taxi, the one that has a hexagonal badge in the windscreen. It costs approximately $2, depending on the distance of your destiny.
Do not carry a lot of cash, just bring the necessary according to your needs.
Do not carry your passport. It is better if you leave it in a safe place, like your hotel, and just make a copy to carry with you.
Bring a jacket with you. Nights in Cusco are usually really cold.
Where to find the party vibe?
Cusco nightlife has some of the best and cool places where you can go to partying and dancing. Most of them remain open until the first hours of the morning.
Despite being a backpacker hostel, Wild Rover is definitely the best of Cusco nightlife. You will find an awesome friendly atmosphere, an eccentric and wild vibe proper of terrific Irish parties, that will make your holidays in Peru unforgettable.
They offer cool-themed parties, good drinks, special live shows and cool DJs playing all the time. And the best thing is that you do not have to be a client, it is open for everybody… and something better, you do not pay any fee for admission. Lucky you!
If you love to dance, dance and dance, you should come to Mama Africa, the most popular club in Cusco, and truly enjoy the real Cusco nightlife. You will enjoy a mix of Latin rhythms, disco and even pop. Salsa lessons are frequently given here.
Mama Africa is very easy to find, it is located in Portal de Panes of the Plaza de Armas, and it is open from Monday to Sunday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Don’t skip this cool one! You can party in the underground scene of Cusco nightlife. It is located in the same building where Mama Africa is. This surrealistic environment is surrounded by electronic, funk, house or techno music every single day. DJs make sure the crowds enjoy with the flow of freedom, typical of this kind of rhythms.
Close to the Plaza de Armas, in Calle Plateros 316, there is one of the busiest nightclubs of Cusco, called Ukukus. Since the moment you come in, you will feel like in a dream, this place is full of art, walls are decorated with colourful mask, surrealistic art and also eccentric and mystical murals influenced by Andean culture.
Go to Ukukus is a must, it is a club with free admission where you can enjoy music live sessions. Every Tuesday there is an exciting live concert with a band that plays a mixture of traditional Andean highland music with modern styles.
Ukukus is open from Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 2 am, Saturdays from 6 pm to 4 am and Sundays from 6 pm to 12 am.
The intense energy in Changos is indisputable the perfect one. Its spontaneous vibe makes this place one of the best destinations of Cusco nightlife, from live concerts with varied music such as rock, reggae or salsa to beer point games in the middle of the dance. Changos surprises you all the time, so don’t skip it and go!
Changos is a club with free admission during weekdays, but you have to pay a fee during weekends. It is open daily from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Rock House Cafe
This place is for those who really enjoy a good coffee in the morning, live rock music and eccentric vibe of the tribute bands at night. Most of them play 80s rock n’ roll, but there is always space for modern performances. It is open all the weekends but also during the weekdays for those who want to break the routine.
Limbus Resto Bar
Walking up the artistic San Blas, you will find a place with a privileged and spectacular view of the city, this magical place is called Limbus Resto Bar. From the balcony, you can be delighted with the sunset or the blanket of bright stars that only Cusco can offer you.
The best drinking route
Because every good story starts with a good drink…
If you are a craft beer lover, Nuevo Mundo will be a dream. This beer paradise of Cusco nightlife offers you an extensive menu of tasty and high-quality craft beers, yet not only that, but you will also find really exquisite food.
It is located in front of the Plaza de Armas and it is open from Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and from Saturday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Republica del Pisco
Don’t skip our flag drink! The Republica del Pisco offers you an infinity of special and peculiar drinks based on Pisco. They mix it with several ingredients from Cusco, in order to gift you a unique experience in your holidays in Peru.
It is located in Calle Plateros 354, and it is open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
There is some Irish business in Cusco, but this is one of the most popular of Cusco nightlife, not only for the spectacular view of the Plaza de Armas but, according to the owner, Paddy’s is also the highest Irish pub in Cusco and even the world. Amazing!
Its walls are full of random art and the bar is full of good cider and local brew.
Located at the corner of the Plaza de Armas, in Calle Triunfo 124. It is open daily from 11 a.m.
Located at the top of the “Gringo Alley”, Indigo could be one of the warmest bars around the city that make it the best spot to enjoy a fancy cocktail or a delicious meal, alone or with friends. They offer table games and happy hours all the time, so just ask!
It is open daily at 4 p.m.
Unusual and eccentric pieces of art abound all over this place. Its wacky and fancy décor make it a unique place you must go for a drink, a delicious dish or just to be delighted with the wonderful environment.
This unique place is located in Plazoleta Nazarenas 221. It is open daily from 7 p.m. to midnight.
This small but hilarious bar of Cusco nightlife is the paradise for those who love to enjoy the night with shots, shots and shots! Small but strong. A good complement of it is the music they play, totally varied that makes you feel excited to enjoy every day of your vacation in Peru.
It is located at the top of the “Gringo Alley” as well, and it is open daily from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Remember you only live once, so do not hesitate anything and live your best holidays in Peru.