TOURinPERU is a renowned Travel Company in Peru conducting different tours and travels for last seven years. We are covering multiple cities and destinations in Peru. We provide a wide range of Peru Travel Packages to tourist traveling with us from half day sightseeing to travel packages .
After almost one year of intensive work, we got to the last audit, in the process of international TOURCERT Certification for TOUR IN PERU. Fortunately, we did great in this last local review! Now we wait for the definitive approval from Germany’s headquarters.
What’s the International TOURCERT Certification?
Prestigious Endorsement. Since 2009, a group of top tourism professionals in Stuttgart have been implementing and sharing an excellent integral system for the travel business. To this end, they established an international Certification, which is TOURCERT. This quality label attests for a company in the touristic branch which complies with all today’s corporate social responsibility and environmental care requirements.
Sustainability-centered Label. Sustainability is the leading-edge concept in tourism. The central idea is making travel an enduring activity, at the same time it doesn’t harm ecology and benefits society. In general, it encompasses protection of the environment (for example, ban of disposable plastics), totally fair client service, proper working conditions for all personnel involved in the operations (for example, workshops for top customer attention), generating additional cultural and economic growth for the destinations covered by tours.
We are really satisfied for having achieved all those goals and quality standards in our operations!
TOURCERT Certification for TOUR IN PERU – Final Review Process
A long, careful effort. Since mid-2018, we applied for this quality label, and were assigned a local advisor, for the implementation of the Certification’s written and practical standards. Earlier this month, we got the ok from the local advisor. Then we had to pass the final audit here in Cusco, with another TOURCERT consultant, who in turn sends all the data to Germany, where the final decision is made.
Such final review was conducted a few days ago, with total success! The consultant went over all TOURCERT requirements and confirmed they have been implemented and are operational in TOUR IN PERU. We have adapted our Integrated Management System to the most updated sustainability criteria and measures.
Good Practices are Implemented. With our Guidelines for CSR & Sustainability for the Company, we have instructed all our staff and business partners about good practices in environmental protection, personnel management and rules, clients’ satisfaction and helping people in our tours’ destinations. Likewise, with our Guidelines of Good Practices for Tourists, we cover all required attitudes and behaviors our clients must have while traveling in Peru, and hopefully in their regular lives too.
Additionally, the international TOURCERT consultant supervised all our divisions and interviewed all staff members.
Finally, the consultant complimented TOUR IN PERU, saying that we indeed had even surpassed the Certification’s needed criteria. Now, her report will be sent to the headquarters in Germany, where the Central Committee will evaluate and take the final decision on whether to grant the approval.
The TOURCERT Certification for TOUR IN PERU is just one step away! Of course we’ll keep you updated and share the news about the outcome of this effort to give our clients the best!
Now you can use ancient Inca pouches in Cusco! They are called chuspas (Quechua for bag). The idea is for the traveler to put disposals inside them, while doing a trip or enjoying outdoors time. TOUR IN PERU supports sustainability and environmental protection!
The Effort of Ecological Conservation
One of the main goals of environmental care in tourism is drastically reducing levels of solid waste in nature and archaeological sites. This kind of waste is comprised by disposable plastic objects like straws, cups, bottles, polystyrene and similars. Also, paper and cardboard. TOUR IN PERU has been following ecological sustainability procedures along its 10 years of activities. As part of this encompassing process, we have posted a series of Guidelines of Good Practices for the Tourist and also comply with recent government regulations regarding a ban of disposable plastics.
Now, since TOUR IN PERU supports sustainability in every way, the idea of using the ancient Inca bags is suggested to all our clients by us. The advantage being the comfort of having one of them available all the time, both for carrying personal items and also for getting rid of disposals like paper, snack bags and similars. We’re also gradually getting all our staff to follow suit. Using the chuspas is a larger initiative of the Peruvian Environment Department, our regional natural reserves authority (SERNANP) and several other travel agencies in Cusco.
This way, we’ll be significantly reducing solid waste in the Cusco region’s touristic circuits, preventing contamination of lands, woods, rivers, lakes, archaeological sites and poisoning of many animal species. There is a joint effort of Cusco’s travel agencies and other companies to protect all natural resources. One of the latest positive outcomes is the organic waste plant in Aguas Calientes, now fully operational. Proper management of touring residues is certainly something to be quite proud of!
TOUR IN PERU Supports Sustainability: Brief History of Chuspas
These pouches were very typical in the Inca age, mainly to carry coca leaves, which people chewed for many reasons. Coca leaves are the best natural way to prevent altitude sickness.
The main reasons were to get extra energy for long walks on high altitudes (where air is oxygen-low), also getting extra energy for prolonged hours of work in agriculture or construction.
There can be religious explanations too, because all earth’s products were deemed sacred by the Incas, so chewing coca was a connection with the Pachamama (Mother Earth) spiritual power.
Chuspas were also source of pride for a village’s weavers, who were admired by the beauty of colors and designs.
Inca royalty’s burials usually contained chuspas, because belief in an afterlife where the person would need his personal objects was widespread. You can know much more about Inca religion reading our blog entry regarding the Inti Raymi (Sun Festival), their most important ritual.
Find this wonderful, traditional bagsin Cusco, many of them made of fine alpaca wool. Nowadays they are also great for taking around books, smartphones and related personal items!
TOUR IN PERU supports sustainability once again with this exciting initiative! Using chuspas is a practical and very touristic way to take care of our environment!
Private tourism companies operating the hilltop sanctuary circuit have made one more great contribution: a new organic waste plant in Machu Picchu! This is already transforming such kind of garbage into charcoal, a sustainable fertilizer for the region’s lands.
Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu Are Environmentally Efficient
Ecological Proficiency. This wonderful plant is located in Aguas Calientes, the cozy village next to the citadel. Now there is an entire environmental sustainability system operating in this circuit: one which converts cooking oil to bio-diesel and glicerine, one which handles recyclable plastic and now the new organic waste plant in Machu Picchu.
Best Use of Organic Disposals. All organic waste produced daily in Aguas Calientes will be taken to the plant and transformed to charcoal, which in turn will be used by local farmers as fertilizer. Also, this charcoal is going to help reforest the Machu Picchu complex’s surrounding areas. Thus, Aguas Calientes village and the Machu Picchu site are really close to be 100% ecologically efficient, 100% sustainable destinations.
An Eco-Friendly Destination. Therefore, tourists who get to the wonderful Machu Picchu site either on a classic tour (for example the great 2-day package) or doing one of the fantastic Inca Trails (the most famous is the Classic 4-Day), can be sure they will be visiting an archaeological area which is operated in an ecologically-conscious way. Next, we list some of the environmental sustainability measures already in place at the Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu circuit:
We Care for Ecology. In our 10 years of activities, we’ve been very cautious about the impact of tourism on nature. TOUR IN PERU is fully aware of the importance of protecting lands, woods, lakes, rivers, the air and everything else. On this note, we have posted our Guidelines of Good Practices for the Tourist, of which all our clients are told and briefed about before beginning the tour.
Enjoy Without Worries. Traveling with us, you will have a top experience of Peru’s best destinations! Moreover, you can also be sure the environment at large isn’t being damaged by tourism. This approach complies with current demands of corporate social responsibility and ecological sustainability required by global institutions like the UNESCO and others, and by our own Environment Department.
The new organic waste plant in Machu Picchu is making this top destination even more eco-friendly! You can enjoy the great experience knowing for sure our amazing nature is being taken good care of!
Do you have doubts about packages to the Inca hilltop sanctuary? Below we give you answers to the FAQ’S Machu Picchu tour 2019, which many tourists ask. We hope this article is very useful and don’t hesitate to contact our travel experts, if you have any additional questions in need of clarification, for your unforgettable Peruvian adventure this year!
1.What is Machu Picchu?
Top worldwide destination. It’s the most important construction left by the Incas. It’s in the department of Cusco, 47 miles (75 km) northwest of the capital (Cusco City), at an altitude of 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level. The archaeological site is a spectacular citadel built in stone, located on a mountain’s top. The mainstream theory affirms that it was the main luxury retreat and a place of sacred rituals for Inca nobility.
Tours every day. Tourists arrive on train or doing the adventure hikes from Cusco, like the Classic Inca Trail, crossing mountain peaks, valleys and plains. The best destination of the world is Machu Picchu, many travelers say! Find the fabulous citadel on our map. It is also one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, since 2007.
2. What is the best time to visit?
It depends on the weather you prefer. Dry season runs from April to October and rainy season goes from November to March.
Dry season. In Cusco City (mandatory stop for almost all visitors), the climate is rather cool throughout this period and quite cold between June and late August. However, Machu Picchu belongs to a subtropical environment, the days are warm to hot, sometimes cold at night. In Cusco City it doesn’t rain during this time, while in Machu Picchu there can be very brief and light rains some days.
Rainy season. On the other hand, in Cusco City it rains a lot during these months, but in short periods and 2 or 3 times a week, the same applying for Machu Picchu. It is convenient to have a waterproof coat or rain poncho. Also, dress in layers: light clothes underneath and a little thicker on top, so you’ll be ready for any type of weather.
To know Cusco region’s weather in every detail, read our related article. Just remember that the Machu Picchu area is warmer, for being on the Amazon rainforest’s border.
It will depend on you to choose what is your preference, and visit our Wonder of the Modern World! You can find more information about this aspect in our article on the best time for the Machu Picchu 2 Days tour.
3.- What kind of clothes and items should I bring for the trip?
Machu Picchu is located on the frontier of Amazonian rainforest. That is, it has a subtropical climate (warm and humid), so the type of clothing we recommend is:
For rainy season (November – April). The best option is wearing a raincoat, as well as wind-resistant clothing. But dress up in layers, in a way you can adapt clothes to a changing climate, whether cool or warm.
Bring a warm jacket anyway. It may be annoying having to carry it during the visit, but it’s better being prepared for the wind at the end of the afternoon.
T-shirts with long sleeves (preferably). To avoid insect bites and/or annoying sunburn.
Sun hat and sunglasses. A lightweight and comfortable sun hat, for you to stay fresh. The glasses will allow you to appreciate all the beauty of Machu Picchu without having to strain your eyes.
Sunblock and insect repellent. These are mandatory. Especially the repellent, since the itching of mosquito bites can be very intense. If you think that insects have a particular taste for you, we also recommend not wearing short garments of any kind. Use only personal hygiene and health products that are eco-friendly, that do not contaminate water. As a guide you can read our recent article about many biodegradable products that you should use.
Drink lots of water! Staying hydrated with purified or bottled water is the best thing you can do for being healthy and full of energy during the trip. It will also help prevent altitude sickness. Just keep in mind that Peru is already under a rule banning disposable plastic in tourism, so you must bring a reusable bottle.
This aspect is very consulted and of course should be in the FAQ’S Machu Picchu tour 2019. You will find more details about packing for this trip in our article on what to take to the citadel.
4.- What cannot be brought to Machu Picchu?
It is very important to consider this as well, in order to prevent barring of any of your belongings into the sanctuary or having to rent a deposit or locker, whose cost is high. Our article about what you should not take to Machu Picchu will provide all the information in detail.
5.- How to get to Machu Picchu?
There are two different ways you can get there: by train or doing one of our fascinating Inca Trails. Below we explain each option in detail:
If you want to go to Machu Picchu by train, consider that none of them leaves directly from Cusco City and none of them goes back until there either. That is why before boarding, you must take a transfer to the starting point of your choice (included in the cost). There are two stations currently operative:
The Poroy Station, approximately 30 minutes away from Cusco City.
The Ollantaytambo Station, approximately 2 hours away from Cusco City.
When choosing which one, you will have two companies:
PERU RAIL: this company has more varied schedules and offers four types of services: Expedition (economic service), Vistadome, Sacred Valley and Hiram Bingham. It also has two places of departure and arrival that are shown below. Currently, the Sacred Valley train is trending among tourists, it departs from the Tambo del Inka hotel station, in the beautiful city of Urubamba. (Check with our sales staff about this new train!)
Note: you can also combine different trains, with any of the companies, one for the departure and one for the return. Contact our tourism experts to coordinate that option, if it’s the one you want.
Excellent option to visit Machu Picchu! You will find several alternatives such as the route of the Classic Inca Trail 4D/3N, or alternative trails such as the Salkantay Trek 5D/4N, the Lares-4 Day Hike, etc. In all these treks you can enjoy beautiful landscapes, microclimates, typical villages and the quite astounding nature. You’ll also have time to go to the thermal baths that are on the route, and the last day will be specially reserved so you can do the tour of the fabulous Machu Picchu sanctuary. The return is by bus and train. If you want to book one of these tours, contact us!
6.- How to go from Aguas Calientes village to Machu Picchu?
Aguas Calientes is the cozy small town next to the citadel. This is also one of the FAQ’S Machu Picchu tour 2019. There are two ways to get to the Inca sanctuary from there:
a) If you like walking and enjoying nature. There is a route that ends with stairs properly signposted. The walk on average will take 1 hour and a half. It is advisable to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, remember that you are on the edge of the jungle. But we inform that the road is quite demanding, there is high traffic of buses on the route, which is also a bit narrow, it can be somewhat uncomfortable and risky.
b) Taking a bus is the ideal option. The trip will take about 30 minutes approximately. This bus will leave you at the entrance of the Machu Picchu citadel. Departures start from 5:30 a.m. Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu are administered by the CONSETTUR company, which have offices in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
CONSETTUR Office in Cusco: Av. Infancia N ° 433.
CONSETTUR Office in Aguas Calientes: Av. Hermanos Ayar s/n (metal shed).
Note: tickets can be bought by you, however, the easiest and most convenient is that we do it, in order to coordinate this part with the remaining schedule of your tour. Otherwise, there may be problems in the itinerary’s organization.
7.- What type of accommodations does your travel agency offer?
TOUR IN PERU provides accommodations. Our packages to Machu Picchu include accommodations in a standard hotel, comfortable and with all essential services. It can also be arranged for our staff to book you a higher cost hotel. If that is the case, contact us to receive some recommendations.
8.- How much luggage can I take on the train and where can I leave it?
Either Peru Rail or Inca Rail only allow carrying a hand luggage. This will have a maximum weight of 11 pounds (5 kg) and height oup to 5.15 feet (1.57 m). Both companies offer free storage for this luggage. The other option is to leave it at the hotel in Aguas Calientes. For the Machu Picchu site tour, a standard backpack is enough.
9.- Is there a limit on the sale of the Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain tickets?
There are some regulations enacted by the Peruvian Government organizing access to these touristic destinations, needed for their preservation. The regulations are detailed below:
Machu Picchu citadel tickets: 5,400 per day. (Important: this is the total number of tickets for all activities).
Machu Picchu citadel + Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets: 400 per day, divided into two groups:
– Group 01: Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu: 200 spaces per day. Consult with our staff the available schedules.
– Group 02: Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu: 200 spaces per day. Consult with our staff the available schedules.
Machu Picchu citadel + Machu Picchu Mountain tickets: 400 per day. In this case, it is the tour of the Machu Picchu citadel plus the mountain of the same name, which is next to the archaeological complex. Learn more about the spectacular Machu Picchu mountain.
Machu Picchu citadel + Chavez Ballon Inca History Museum: 2,500 per day.
10.- Who manages the sale of tickets to Machu Picchu?
The Peruvian Culture Department. All travel agencies are subject to the regulations established by that entity. The availability of tickets is the same for both travel agencies and independent tourists. Hence, for your convenience, the purchase of them is included in the cost of any of our Machu Picchu tours.
11.- When should I reserve tickets?
Depending on your plans. If you want to visit only the Machu Picchu citadel, 2 months in advance is recommended. But if you also want to include the Huayna Picchu mountain hike, the reservation should be made 5 or 6 months in advance, as this adventure sells out very quickly.
12.- Can you visit Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu on the same day?
One of the FAQ’S Machu Picchu tour 2019. Yes, it is possible. And obviously it can also be done on different days. The entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain has 3 shifts: 7 to 8 am (two groups) and 10 to 11 am (last group). Remember that this attraction is inside the citadel. Learn more about the wonderful Huayna Picchu mountain.
13.- Can I find a guide in Machu Picchu?
Always prefer TOUR IN PERU certified guides. Informal guides can be found and the cost varies depending on the number of people, for more persons the price is lower. But we do not recommend you in any way to hire such services, for your own safety and guarantee. All our tours to Machu Picchu include professional guides selected and registered by us, with valid guiding cards, which guarantee professionalism and reliability. With us, the guide’s performance will more than compensate the cost of the tour.
14.- From what time can you enter the citadel?
From 06:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., every day. Your tour will be conducted within this schedule, according to the planning that we have agreed upon. If you want a special schedule, or a longer tour (in general, our visit to the citadel lasts 2 and a half hours, plus an extra time for visiting again places you were especially interested in), the ideal option is to book one of our private tours, because these can be totally personalized, in a different way than conventional tours.
15.- Should I bring a document?
It is obligatory carrying the documents used for your reservation. This is valid both for trains and for entering the Machu Picchu complex. If you’re a foreigner, you must present the original passport, Peruvians only present their ID, and in the case of students, the ISIC (Student Card). If you do not have the right document, you’ll be denied entry to the archaeological site. For more details, read our quick guide on documents required for traveling to Peru.
16.- Where are the hot springs of Machu Picchu?
They are in Aguas Calientes (small town neighboring the site). Specifically, in the final part of Pachacuteq Avenue, about 20 minutes from its Plaza de Armas (Main Square). The springs sprout from between the rocks with different warmth. The temperature of the waters is between 95°F (35ºC) and 109.4°F (43ºC).
These thermal waters are used today by tourists. There are very delightful pools, with relaxing views of the surrounding valley. The thermal baths in Aguas Calientes have different healing properties, such as: treatment for rheumatism, anti-stress therapy, elimination of toxins, lower blood pressure and improve metabolism.
17.- Do I need to hire a travel agency for going to Machu Picchu?
TOUR IN PERU is always your best option. The reason being we’re an authorized and certified travel agency. This guarantees safety, professionalism and the best quality of service. Agencies without authorization and people who offer their services informally are not registered with the government and therefore can vanish, charge overpriced fees and be linked to criminal organizations.
Our website has an online chat. If these FAQ’S Machu Picchu tour 2019 do not clarify some of your doubts, please contact us, we will immediately answer any questions you may have.
19.- Is the visit to Machu Picchu recommended for people of any age?
People of all ages can go. It’s available for babies, children, youth, adults, seniors. In addition, we can also provide tours for people with special needs (for example, tourists in wheelchairs, blind people, deaf, etc). The only condition in this case is that the tour is booked in advance, because preparations are a bit more complex.
We are sure this article about the FAQ’S Machu Picchu tour 2019 will be very helpful! Remember that TOUR IN PERU offers several contact channels: chat, message via website, e-mail, among others. We will take care of everything, so you can have a perfect experience at the Inca citadel!
TOUR IN PERU is a travel agency that neither discriminates women in any way nor allows any kind of violence against females. Now we’re applying to obtain the Safe Company Certification from our Women and Vulnerable Populations Department.
One More Quality Certification for TOUR IN PERU!
Besides being a fully authorized tourism company, which is a guarantee for all our clients, we also follow a policy of constant improvement. This policy includes significant betterment of our concepts and activities in order to obtain both national and international quality labels, for they are concrete evidence of our top-level traveling services.
Thus, recently we have obtained, among others, the following recognitions:
The Safe Company Certification is granted by the Peruvian Women and Vulnerable Populations Department, to companies which have ensured no violence and discrimination against women, in all their areas and operations.
TOUR IN PERU will go through a long period of evaluations until next October, in which expert supervisors will check if our company meets all the required criteria, the entirety of them aimed at giving female personnel completely violence-free, non-discriminatory working conditions. We are sure we’ll be sharing with our clients the news about the awards ceremony, scheduled for early November! This Safe Company Certification will be reissued every two years, upon approval.
TOUR IN PERU’S CSR and Sustainability
Our company operates in accordance with the current needs for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainable tourism. On this note, part of our CSR is giving all our employees proper working conditions, so we made sure, among other things, to create a working environment where discrimination or violence against women are simply not allowed. Likewise, we have reached out to our region and destinations to create awareness and implement tangible measures regarding the protection of women from discrimination and abuse.
Finally, the entire system of CSR and Sustainability encompasses client satisfaction, protection of the environment, personnel’s well-being, improving the economy of our destinations, among other very important measures. For more information, you can check our Guidelines of Good Practices for Tourists.
Having a Safe Company Certification will certainly be another major achievement for TOUR IN PERU. We strive to give our clients the best services all the way, and at the same time, being a social and environmental conscious travel agency.
This village south of Cusco City preserves most old Inca traditions, be it pottery, gastronomy, music, dances, religion and mysticism. We will witness and take part in all of it! Cultural tourism in Raqchi is the second part of our new integral tour.
1. Raqchi’s Milennary Pottery
After the unforgettable highway ride (gastronomic road) from Cusco City, we arrive at this small town, which was very important in the times of the Inca empire, for being an agricultural hub and also the place for a big temple for Wiracocha, their creator god.
We will briefly walk to mr. Agaton’s house, where he will show us the ancient Inca technique for pottery. He’ll start by putting a handful of coca leaves in his mouth and chew, for getting extra energy, the millenary Andean way. The final products are varied in sizes and shapes, beautifully painted with their mythology, religion, elements of nature and so on. Raqchi’s pottery has been declared Cultural Treasure of Peru by our Culture Department, in 2018.
On this note, Raqchi’s people set a pottery fair at their main square, where these fantastic art can be bought (there are more products like textiles, necklaces, bracelets, etc) and you’ll get to meet vendors who still know a lot of the pre-Hispanic uses and worldview. It can surely be a great relaxing-shopping walk!
2. Ancient Inca Gatherings
After the wonderful pottery part, we take a short walk until a tiny hill to find a puquio (natural water fountain deemed sacred by them), where we’ll be also welcomed by a band of typical Andean music.
From there, we have a brief hike across a section of the Inca Trails, until reaching a beautiful, open grassy spot, in the middle of trees and mountains! There, local people will regale us with a traditional Inca feast: a delicious corn cream soup called lawa, then a main course, and for drinking, the millenary chicha de jora, a corn-based beverage, which is sweet and quite refreshing. If you want to know more regarding our fantastic Inca Trails, check the defying Salkantay Trek-5 Days or the lighter Short 2-Day!
After eating, the band will play music and the dancers will show us some beautiful choreographies, and if you want, join the party! This all takes place next to a place called tambo, where in pre-Hispanic times, running messengers stopped to rest and eat. Our professional guide will also takes us there! Another tambo can be found in Runccuracay, splendid circular ruins which are included in the Classic 4-Day Inca Trail.
3. Cultural Tourism in Raqchi: Offering to the Pachamama
After visiting the tambo, we go to another countryside spot, for the ceremony called Offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Andean religion says that all nature is filled with spiritual energies. The earth is the Pachamama, a feminine deity who provides food and everything needed for material survival. This ritual has been done for thousands of years by Andean shamans, to ensure good harvests, abundance of food and beverages.
One of the village men will officiate as shaman, we’ll hold a cup of chicha in a kero, raise it, worship the Sun, the moon, the mountains (apus), then drop a little on the soil and drink the rest, to seal a pact with Mother Earth. Read more about spiritual tourism in Cusco.
Cultural tourism in Raqchi, the second part of this tour, finishes in great style with this millenary ceremony, in the middle of nature! Third part will be done at the marvelous archaeological site itself!
Each year, this famous tourism social media releases a list of the best places to visit, according to travelers’ posts. In late March, we had the top destinations TripAdvisor 2019 in South America, and Cusco City ranked first among 25 places!
Cusco City is Best Destination in South America!
TripAdvisor’s users have spoken: the old capital of the Inca empire is the number one place to visit in South America this year! Millions of posts back the amazement this highlands town delivers!
Cusco City is a town of about 500,000 inhabitants, very hospitalary people, who have learned to celebrate foreign visitors, making them all feel really welcome. You can learn a lot about Inca history and archaeological sites talking to our professional staff and also in conversations with local vendors, some of them speak basic English. We offer visitors the splendid Cusco City Tour, which goes to the most important spots!
This city offers a lot of rewarding activities! First of all, just walking around downtown is a great experience, for you can see old Inca temples and palaces, and big Spanish churches as well. But there’s much more: typical handicraft markets, museums, restaurants, Inca and modern art galleries. The Main Square (Plaza de Armas) offers several bars where people can go up to second or third floors to enjoy a table with great, relaxing views. The town is ideal for great pictures! Check our guide for free day activities in Cusco City!
Last but not least, Cusco City stands in a fantastic valley, up some 11,152 feet above sea level, filled with natural energy and much quieter than any first-world metropolis. The mountain chains can be admired from any neighborhood, they’re covered with grass and also large, beautiful woods. If in addition to experiencing Cusco City, you want to have an amazing adventure of connection with nature and history, check our reasons for doing the Classic Inca Trail. We also have a brief, easier hike, the Short 2-Day Inca Trail.
But There’s More: Other Top Destinations TripAdvisor 2019 in Peru!
Our country has much more to offer to travelers looking for the perfect vacation! If Cusco City got first place, TripAdvisor users have also ranked Machu Picchu, Lima and Arequipa!
Machu Picchu, the ancient hilltop sanctuary, is the most visited destination in Peru. Of course, it is possible to combine a great stay in Cusco City with a trip to the jungle hilltop citadel. We have a variety of spectacular packages, some going there by train (like the Vistadome Tour-1 Day, the Hiram Bingham Luxury full day) and some hiking the amazing Inca Trails, like we’ve mentioned above.
Lima, the country’s capital city, has plenty to offer demanding visitors: pre-Hispanic sites (both Inca and prior), colonial architecture, museums, enchanting views of the Pacific ocean, world-class gastronomy, even natural reserves with beautiful species. The City Tour really is a wonderful experience! And you can also enjoy a fabulous tour to the most important Inca sacred place on the coast, the Pachacamac archaeological site!
Arequipa is called the White City, for many of its buildings were constructed using volcanic material (it is located in an astonishing region with a series of massive volcanoes!). So the views are quite amazing! Our Arequipa City Tour covers the town’s main attractions. The wonderful Colca Canyon is just one step away, a favorite destination for hikers and nature lovers!
In these top destinations TripAdvisor 2019, Peruvian attractions ranked really well among winner places in South America like Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota and the Atacama desert in Chile! This is another achievement for our top tourism industry!
Our country has greatly improved the conditions for travelers with special needs. Tourism in Peru for the handicapped now is a wonderful experience! You can comfortably go around Cusco City, visit Machu Picchu, even do some sections of the Inca Trail and more!
Highlights for the Handicapped
Actually, all our destinations are available for tourists with any different need, but we’d like to single out some of the top experiences they can enjoy here in the Cusco region:
1.Going around Cusco City downtown: it’s a lovely part of the city, with many typical products stores, excellent restaurants and bars, people from all over the world, a wonderful blend of Inca and Spanish architecture. It peaks at the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s Main Square, with beautiful views of the mountains, its big churches and relaxing, cosmopolitan environment. You can enjoy a whole day in this town or do the amazing City Tour!
2. The Sacsayhuaman fortress: just outside north of Cusco City, stand the cyclopean stone walls built by the Incas. This archaeological site is fully accessible, quite calm and energetic.
3. Machu Picchu: of course, the wonderful lost sanctuary of the Incas! There are special itineraries for those with walking disability. Never mind it is on a hilltop, people on wheelchair get up there comfortably and completely safe. Visitors that cannot see will be taken up and around by experienced, specialized guides. Why don’t you take a look at our fantastic Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour?
Tourism in Peru for the Handicapped – What We Offer
First of all, we have international standards of service. All our personnel is qualified to guarantee your safety everywhere and to also make you feel completely safe.
Second, we have trained and professional staff to take you on an amazing trip, according to your special needs:
1. For the hearing-impaired, we have specialized guides who are able to communicate, either using lip-reading or signs language, what you prefer. And for the visually-impaired, our personnel is ready to provide a wonderful, amazing sensorial touring experience, using touch, hearing and feeling all the places!
2. If you have walking disability, we provide wheelchairs, special helpers, knowledge of accessibility in our archaeological sites, suitable routes, adapted transportations and so on. Only in case you want to do some of the Inca Trails, please contact our travel advisors to check availability. For all other tours we have open dates.
Finally, we only ask handicapped travelers to make reservations in good advance, because preparations take longer. You can of course book the trip as a private tour if preferred, instead of the regular way, which is doing it with other people with the same special needs.
Tourism in Peru for the handicapped is also first-rate! Don’t hold yourself back, you can have perfect travel experiences too!
We have just had another major success! TOUR IN PERU obtained the CALTUR Certification, which is the top one in our country, vouching for high quality in all travel services. It is conferred by the Peruvian Foreign Trade and Tourism Department.
Requirements for the CALTUR Certification
Peruvian government is totally committed to a top-quality standard in all travel services around the country. This certificate is the highest level in their National Plan for Tourism Quality.
They want travel agencies with complete staff involvement and the most efficient system of management and operations, such as logistics, customer services, designing and promotion of new destinations and travel services among others. The assessment covers all companies’ areas: management, sales, reservations, operations, marketing, logistics and quality.
TOUR IN PERU Evaluation for the CALTUR Certificate
The last of a series was conducted by a top Foreign Trade and Tourism Department inspector in our main office, during 4 hours. Among the travel activities reviewed, were customer attention and communication processes, all tourism operations (transfers, lodging, tours, booking, etc), destinations’ promotion, the main criteria being to spot the markers of steady top-quality services, like the ones we offer in top 6 reasons for choosing us . Active licenses and certifications were also considered as a key factor.
After a thorough and detailed inspection, TOUR IN PERU obtained a satisfactory grade in all areas, which allowed us to meet all requirements for the CALTUR Certification Level 2, not too far from the level 3, the highest one. Only a few travel agencies in the country have level 2 certifications and even fewer have received the level 3. Due to current regulations, there is a time between passing the audit and issuing of official documents and the certification ceremonies. We will post it all in a few months, like we have done with our Peruvian Company of the Year Award celebration.
The Foreign Trade and Tourism official added a congratulation to all TOUR IN PERU staff for their competence, dynamic disposition and also for the high quality observed in the totality of divisions within our company.
TOUR IN PERU Obtained the CALTUR Certification – What’s Next
Naturally, we want to keep getting our departments even better, in order to reach steady performances worthy of obtaining the next and highest certification stage, which is level 3.
Also, TOUR IN PERU is aiming at more recognitions of first-rate tourism services both domestic and international, like the TourCert, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which will add to attesting our company’s leading position both in Cusco and nationwide (we are one of the best Inca Trail operators). Before the current certification, we were awarded the 2018 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, one of the most important social networks around the world. Our central commitment is providing our clients a traveling experience in Peru which goes even beyond their expectations! They can contact us anytime for inquiries, quotations, etc.
In one more achievement, TOUR IN PERU obtained the CALTUR Certification! We certainly look forward to continue improving the services given to all our customers!
We have partnerships with the best restaurants in town, eating out is a great idea embraced by many tourists! A dinner in Cusco City comprises the best international and Peruvian foods, drinks, desserts. Also a top typical show with music and dances!
How is a Typical Dinner in Cusco City?
We are sure you will totally enjoy it! First, there is a huge and varied buffet, with both Peruvian cuisine, world dishes and desserts. You’ll find our best picks, like the ceviche, other seafood, new Andean cuisine like alpaca steak, quinoa and more. Also, really yummy international treats like lasagna, spaghetti, Japanese, Chinese, Indian recipes and more. Know more about our excellent gastronomy. All kinds of drinks are available, we certainly recommend the pisco sour, Perú’s main cocktail. (Also, check our wonderful article about drinks in Peru). And for dessert, delicious treats, many of them made of exotic, healthy fruits from the Andes and the Amazon.
This unforgettable dinner in Cusco City also includes a wonderful set of typical Andean dances: they appear dressed with beautiful, colorful costumes, sometimes masks and the choreographies are enchanting. Many visitors join the dance floor and enjoy a quite happy, elating moment. The music is in charge of a folkloric band, which in turn also performs a show. You can buy their original CDs of Andean tunes and international pop classics. There are tours which include a really great deal of millenary folklore and traditions, like the Lake Titicaca-2 Days!
Everybody gets back to the hotel totally satisfied by a wonderful night!
Where is a Typical Dinner in Cusco City?
For example, one of our associates is the Tunupa Restaurant Grill & Bar, an amazing place at Cusco’s Plaza de Armas (Main Square), with a section where couples can enjoy the romantic view. There is also a large salon for groups and families.
Tunupa Restaurant is quite elegant, and the decoration combines contemporary and pre-Hispanic features. One highlight is the collection of ancient textiles and pottery displayed on the walls, really a pleasure to admire and ask the guide about. You can also read our article regarding colonial pottery in Cusco. Enjoyable instrumental music when the band is not playing. You’ll meet people from all around the world and spend a really happy, yummy night! If you want to enjoy more of this cosmopolitan town, check a great option, the Cusco City Tour.