Useful information for the traveler with Camino Inca Salkantay Trek
Our best advice is to first buy a good guide book and read it. Decide how much time you have to travel, where you want to go, and how much it will cost when you get there. Next, plan your total budget. Do not try to see everything and visit as many countries as possible or you will find you have spent all your travel time on buses looking for accommodation and places to eat.
Try to build some flexibility in your program and leave a lot of free days to rest in places that you like.
Peru is among the great world centers of ancient civilization. His remains fascinate travelers and archaeologists alike.
VISA AND PASSPORT
If you are a citizen of the United States or the European Community, a visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days, but your passport must be valid for six months after the desired stay in Peru.
On the other hand, if you come from countries in the region, such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Chile, you can enter it just by showing your identity card.
Health conditions in Peru are generally good, especially in the clinics and hospitals of the capital and the main cities.
While it is true that traveling to Cusco is not necessary to get vaccinated against yellow fever, if you are going to travel to the jungle, it is recommended to take the necessary protection measures against mosquito bites.
TRANSPORTATION OF THE TRAVELER
In Peru, taximeters are not used and prices are not related to the number of passengers. In general, prices in the city of Cusco are in a range of 3-6 New soles; You should consult the reference prices before negotiating with the taxi drivers.
The city of Cusco, located 3,350 meters above sea level and the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and is undoubtedly one of the most important in Peru. Through its cobblestone streets you will discover Inca buildings, next to colonial constructions of Andean Baroque style.
The ideal months to visit Cusco are from June to October, and there is a radiant sun from early morning.
The rainy season starts in the month of November, a period that extends until March, which is recommended during these months, always wear a raincoat or an umbrella.
WHAT IS MACHU PICCHU?
Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, is one of the most famous examples of Inca architecture. It is located 112 km from the city of Cusco (a trip of 3 hours by train) and 2400 meters above sea level.
The ruins are located in the middle of an exuberant tropical forest and it is believed that they were built in the middle of the 15th century by the Inca Pachacutec. Lost in history, the ruins were not discovered until 1911 with the arrival of the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
HOW IS YOUR MACHU PICCHU CLIMATE?
What is the mountain of Waynapicchu?
The Waynapicchu, eternal guardian of the Inca citadel, is the highest mountain seen in the typical picture of Machupicchu, and climbing to the summit is an unforgettable experience. The difficult ascent lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes and takes place from the main square of Machu Picchu, along a path built by the Incas themselves, and which is now well marked and in good condition.
If you want to be part of this unique experience in life, it is recommended that you arrive very early and go directly to Waynapicchu to reserve a place, as the number of visitors allowed per day is 400 (in 2009) and you are not allowed to enter after from 1:00 p.m.
It is important to mention that they are uploaded, it is required to be booked well in advance (This new state law began on July 18, 2011).
Also, you should not carry a large backpack, but plenty of water.
This route is not recommended for the elderly, pregnant women, people with heart disease or fear of heights.
WHAT IS THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the most important exhibition of the extraordinary Inca civilization. For the pilgrims and authorized officials of the empire who wanted to access the citadel, it was necessary to travel the Camino Real (the royal road) through rugged Andean geography. Today, this road is known as the Inca Trail.
An area of extraordinary natural beauty and unforgettable views, this road is used to run more than 23 thousand kilometers integrate the Tawantinsuyo Empire, which covered southern Colombia, western Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, reaching the center of Chile and north of Argentina.
Today, you can make this unforgettable journey through valleys, rivers, tunnels and bridges, on one of the six existing routes (up to 39 kilometers). To do this, contact us and reserve your place in advance.
The Tourist Ticket of Cusco is one of the most important initiatives for the tourist development of Cusco. This ticket allows access through a single payment and different circuits to almost all the attractions of this city.
No matter at what time of the year you make your trip, be prepared to deal with altitude sickness, known in Peru as soroche. This usually does not affect much if you do a good acclimatization, so you should consume coca tea and spend your first day in Cusco to rest and avoid participating in activities that require physical effort.
HOW IS THE JOURNEY BY BUS TO MACHUPICCHU?
When you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you have two options to climb the citadel of Machu Picchu, on foot or by bus.
If you want to walk on this 6-kilometer road, it will take no more than 1 hour.
You can also take one of the 20 buses that run along the winding road and leave every 15 minutes. The first one leaves at 05:30 in the morning, while the last one returns at 17:30 hrs.
What is the electrical voltage in Peru?
The voltage in Peru is 220 volts of 60 cycles, which is recommended to check the voltage that your electrical appliances work with before connecting them to the plugs. It is important to keep in mind that most hotels with 3 or more stars have 110-volt electrical outlets.
To access this special rate, you must present the international student card (ISIC GREEN).