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Discover the wonders of Peru's heartland by hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Valencia Travel Cusco. Our exclusive Inca Trail packages immerse you in breathtaking Peruvian landscapes, guiding you along ancient pathways to the iconic Inca City of Machu Picchu. The world-famous Inca Trail is considered the best trekking route in South America and follows the ancient roads that were created by the Incas centuries ago. 

As you hike the Inca Trail, you will encounter fascinating archaeological sites that are accessible only by foot. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide from Valencia Travel Cusco, you will learn about the rich history of the Inca civilization while making new friends from around the globe. The Inca Trail hike is challenging in parts, but the experience is truly life-changing and well worth the effort. 
 
Our Inca Trail packages include the 2-Day Short Inca Trail, the 4-Day Classic Inca Trail, the 4-Day Classic Inca Trail - Premium, the 5-Day Classic Inca Trail Trek, the 5-Day Inca Trail Express, and the 7-Day Hike The Inca Trail. These Inca Trail hikes follow the ancient pathways carved out of the mountains centuries ago by the Incas, offering the perfect blend of camping and hiking for your Inca Trail adventure.  

Things To Know About Hiking The Inca Trail: 

  1. The Inca Trail covers approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles). 

  2. The difficulty ranges from moderate to challenging due to the altitude and varied terrain. 

  3. The highest point on the trail is Dead Woman's Pass at approximately 4,215 meters (13,828 feet) above sea level. 

  4. Permits are compulsory and must be secured in advance due to limited availability. 

  5. All Inca Trail hikes are led by authorized guides to ensure safety and compliance with safety regulations. 

Valencia Travel Cusco is committed to sustainable tourism and offering an unparalleled service to make sure your Inca Trail is extraordinary. 

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Inca Trail Permits.

The Peruvian government instituted the Inca Trail Permit System with the aim of mitigating severe overcrowding, excessive wear, and erosion along the revered Inca Trail. Each day, a restricted quota of permits is allocated to regulate access to this historic pathway.

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Inca Trail Weather
Climate and What to Wear for Machu Picchu
Cusco, at an altitude of 11,000 feet, experiences highly variable weather. The city has two main seasons: the rainy season (November to March) and the dry season (April to October). During the rainy season, expect frequent rain showers, so pack waterproof boots, a raincoat or poncho, and an umbrella. In the dry season, the days are generally sunny and warm, but nights can get very cold, often near freezing. It's crucial to pack layers to adapt to the changing temperatures, including a sun hat, rain gear, and warm clothing for the evenings.

When packing for your Machu Picchu adventure, focus on versatile clothing that can be layered. Bring comfortable walking shoes, hiking boots, and a mix of t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and a warm jacket. Essential items include a sun hat, sunglasses, and a headlamp. Don't forget a refillable water bottle, sleeping bag, and toiletries. For personal comfort, include insect repellent, sunscreen, and a swimsuit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. With these preparations, you'll be ready to tackle the diverse conditions on the Inca Trail with Valencia Travel Cusco.

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Family-Friendly Travel for 7-Day Trek Along to Machu Picchu

+ The Best Kid-friendly Hotels and Child care Options in Peru - 7d trek along the Incat Trail to machu Picchu

The Best Hotels for a Family Trip and Childcare Options in Peru

Peru offers many family-friendly hotels and childcare options to make your Peru vacation enjoyable and stress-free. Here are some recommendations for kid-friendly hotels and childcare options in Peru, when you visit for  the Inca Trail expedition to Machu Picchu

Kid-Friendly Hotels:

  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu)
    This eco-friendly hotel in the heart of the cloud forest is a great option for families. If you are hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, with the family, consider an extra night in Aguas Calientes and enjoy the wonderful facilities of this hotel option in Aguas Calientes. They offer various child-friendly activities and have spacious rooms and beautiful gardens where you can relax after your family-friendly Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Belmond Miraflores Park (Lima) 
    This luxury hotel offers family suites and amenities such as a pool and children's menu at their restaurant. It's conveniently located in the Miraflores district of Lima, with excellent amenities nearby. 
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu)
    This hotel offers family-oriented amenities and is located just a short walk from the Machu Picchu Sanctuary in Aguas Calientes. Another excellent hotel option for after your guided trek to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail.  They have a children's program that includes art and cooking classes and is definitely worth staying the extra night after your Machu Picchu travel packages.
  • Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Cusco)
    A beautiful hotel in Cusco, offering family suites and proximity to the city's historic attractions. 
  • Explora Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley) 
    This all-inclusive resort offers family-friendly activities and excursions in the Sacred Valley, allowing kids to explore the region. The Sacred Valley is perfect for all members of the family, with a wide range of adventure activities to enjoy.

Child Care and Babysitting Services: 

  • Ask the Hotel:
    Many hotels can arrange for babysitting services. Inquire with your hotel about their childcare offerings. They often have trusted local caregivers. 
  • Local Babysitting Agencies:
    In major cities like Lima and Cusco, you can find babysitting agencies that can provide reliable childcare services. Examples include "Nanas y Amas de Casa" or "Bebeviajes." 
  • Check Reviews:
    Before choosing a babysitter or childcare service, read reviews and ask for recommendations from other travelers. Safety should be a top priority. 
  • Online Services:
    You can use online platforms like Babysits or Care.com to find local caregivers. Ensure you thoroughly vet and check references when hiring independently.

Remember that it's essential to take necessary precautions and thoroughly vet any childcare providers. Ensure that they are experienced, trustworthy, and capable of communicating in a language you and your children are comfortable with. 

Additionally, when traveling with children in Peru, consider exploring family-friendly attractions like the Larco Museum in Lima, visiting the Pisac Market in the Sacred Valley, eco-friendly trekking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or taking a boat trip on Lake Titicaca. These destinations offer unique opportunities to connect with nature,as well as fun and educational experiences for kids on your Peru vacation packages.

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+ How Many People Will Be in Your Trekking Group?

Trekking in Peru is a remarkable experience, offering breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural encounters, and a unique opportunity to explore the country's diverse terrain. To ensure the safety, sustainability, and enjoyment of your trekking adventure, it's essential to consider the appropriate group size. Here we will discuss the recommended group sizes for trekking in Peru, which generally range from 2 to 16 participants. 

Factors Influencing Group Size 

Safety 

Safety is a top priority when trekking in remote and challenging environments on your Peru adventure vacation. Smaller groups are easier to manage in emergencies and reduce the impact of accidents or incidents. 

Environmental Impact 

A smaller group size minimizes your environmental footprint. This is especially critical when trekking in sensitive ecosystems like the Andes or the Amazon rainforest. 

Quality of Experience 

Smaller trekking groups in Peru often mean a more intimate and immersive experience. You'll have a closer connection with your guides, fellow trekkers, and the local culture. 

Permit Regulations 

Some trekking routes, such as the Inca Trail, have strict regulations on group size, permits, and entry restrictions. 

Logistics 

Larger groups require more extensive logistical planning and support, which can increase costs and complexity. 

Recommended Group Sizes 

Solo Trekking 

While solo trekking is possible on some routes, it's not recommended due to safety concerns. Even if you are traveling solo, trekking with our expert team will offer the safety security and unique experience of trekking in The Andes on your Peru Adventure Package. 

Small Groups (2-6 Participants) 

Small groups offer a more personal and immersive experience. You can easily interact with local communities and receive individualized attention from your guides. This size is perfect for those seeking a more authentic and intimate Peru trekking experience. 

Medium Groups (7-12 Participants) 

Medium-sized groups balance personal experience with logistical support. They are more cost-effective and allow you to meet a diverse range of fellow trekkers. This size is suitable for trekkers who want a balance between intimacy and affordability. 

Large Groups (13-16 Participants):
Large groups are typically more cost-effective due to shared expenses, but they may be less intimate and can have a greater impact on the environment. They are suitable for those on a budget and less concerned about a personalized experience. 

Special Considerations 

Inca Trail: The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking routes in Peru. It has a daily permit limit, so it's essential to plan well in advance and secure permits for your group size. Campsites along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are carefully monitored by the ministry of Culture therefore group size is an important factor. 

Altitude Sickness 

Altitude sickness can affect trekkers, particularly in the high Andean regions. Smaller groups can be more flexible in adapting to individuals' needs. Everyone is different in how their body reacts to higher altitudes. 

Cultural Experiences

If you're interested in cultural exchange, smaller groups are better for interacting with local communities and learning about their way of life. In a smaller group you will have a much more authentic interaction with local communities, without affecting their normal way of life. 

Selecting the right group size is a crucial decision when planning a trekking adventure in Peru. Your choice should align with your safety concerns, budget, environmental consciousness, and desired level of immersion in the local culture. Whether you opt for a small, medium, or large group, always prioritize safety and responsible trekking practices to ensure a memorable and sustainable experience. Here at Valencia Travel, we can operate tours and treks from 1 to 16 people. Of course, 1 person in a private service means a higher price due to the cost of the trip logistics and only 1 person paying the cost. The other option is to join one of our open groups (please consult your Travel Advisor for available departures). 

+ How To choose the Right Trekking Guide

Peru is a land of breathtaking scenery, ancient ruins, and diverse ecosystems, making it a dream destination for trekkers and adventure seekers. Whether you're planning to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, trek through the Andes, or head out on a Peru Amazon adventure, having the right trekking guide by your side can make all the difference in ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and culturally enriching experience. Here, we'll explore the essential tips for selecting a qualified trekking guide in Peru for your Peruvian adventure vacation. 

The Importance of a Good Guide 

Travelling and trekking through the Peruvian mountains is one of the best activities in the world. Connecting with nature and testing your own limits to get to the highest points of the trail can’t be beat by anything. However, this activity needs to be supported by experienced professionals and for that reason we have our own team of professional trekking guides. Local people who know all of the secrets of the land, the best way to trek and also valuable information about every site visited. 

Local guides 

Valencia Travel´s guides are 100% local. From different villages and communities from Cusco. They mastered the craft of leading groups through the most beautiful places and over the highest elevations without losing any bit of information and any tip to make the hiking more enjoyable. Not only do they speak English and Spanish, they are also Quechua speakers, so you can communicate with the porters or muleteers on your trek, fora richer cultural experience on your Peru vacation. 

Professional Trained Guides 

Our guides have graduated in Tourism and passed additional exams and training courses to be able to guide along the treks like the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Ausangate Trek and Lares Trek, to mention a few. Your guide will lead your group from beginning to end. The whole journey will be alongside your guide. Every group will have the same guide from beginning to end, and if the group is larger than 8 people there will be 2 guides. They are in charge of the team from the hotel pick up to the hotel drop off. 

Multi Lingual 

Your guides are able to communicate in both English and Spanish. Quechua is their main language and they will be more than happy to help translating your words towards the porters and also teaching you some of Peru´s  ancient language. 

Knowledgeable 

Your guide knows everything about the Peru Trekking trails, knows how to manage the cold weather and its impact on their hikers, knows about all the flora and fauna along the journey, are the best communicators, and also are amazing photographers. They know all of the best spots to get the best photos, at the best time. 

Cultural Sensitivity 

Peru is a country rich in culture and history, and trekking often involves interaction with local communities. A good trekking guide should have a deep respect for the local culture, customs, and environment. Ask potential guides about their approach to responsible and sustainable tourism and how they engage with local communities along the trek. 

Pay A Fair Price 

The motto “you get what you pay for” is especially true when it comes to choosing a trekking agency or guide. Go with an established, well-recommended agency. If you skimp on an agency, you can be guaranteed the agency will either skimp on you (poor food, no bathroom tent), the porters (low wages, no health care), or the environment (pit latrines, no regard for Leave No Trace principles). 

Choosing the correct trekking guide in Peru is a crucial step in ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and culturally enriching Peru adventure vacation. By conducting thorough research, verifying credentials, checking reviews, prioritizing safety, and considering cultural sensitivity, you can make an informed decision that will enhance your trekking experience and create lasting memories in this stunning South American destination. So, go ahead and embark on your Peruvian adventure trip with confidence, knowing that you've chosen the perfect guide to lead you on your journey through Peru! 

+ Starting and Ending Points for Your Trek (4D Inca Trail)

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is often considered one of the most magnificent treks in the world, weaves through Peru's stunning Andean landscape, offering an unforgettable journey through history and nature. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or a novice hiker, this trek is an experience that will leave you awestruck. To fully enjoy this remarkable trail, it's crucial to understand the starting and ending points of the Inca Trail. Here, we will guide you through the trail's key points, ensuring that your trek is not just a hike but a journey of discovery and inspiration. Here are the most common starting and ending points for the Classic Inca Trail. 

The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 

Starting Point: Kilometer 82 

On any of our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu treks, we will collect you from your hotel at the pre-arranged time. We will travel in our private car to the trailhead for your Inca Trail trek, whether that be Kilometer 82-in the case of the 4-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu. 

Your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu adventure begins at Kilometer 82, located a few hours outside of Cusco. This is the official starting point for most trekkers. Here, you'll meet your knowledgeable guides and fellow travelers, gearing up for an unforgettable experience. 

Llaqtapata: As you start your trek, the first archaeological site you encounter is Llaqtapata, a beautiful Inca ruin. This lesser-known gem allows you to connect with the ancient Inca civilization right from the start. 

Huayllabamba: After Llaqtapata, your trail continues to Huayllabamba, a small Andean village. It's your last chance to stock up on supplies, such as snacks and water, before you delve deeper into the trail. 

Camping at Ayapata: Your first day of trekking concludes at Ayapata, where you'll set up camp. This peaceful spot allows you to acclimatize to the altitude, making your journey more enjoyable. 

Ending Point: Machu Picchu 

The culmination of your Inca Trail adventure is, without a doubt, the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. This ancient city, nestled high in the Andes, is the ultimate reward for your effort. As you approach the Sun Gate, the iconic image of Machu Picchu will unfold before your eyes, leaving you breathless with its magnificence. 

Intipunku (Sun Gate): Your first glimpse of Machu Picchu will be from the Intipunku, or Sun Gate. As the sun rises, it bathes the ruins in a golden glow, creating a breathtaking spectacle. 

Machu Picchu: The heart of your journey, Machu Picchu, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Explore the intricate stonework, the Temple of the Sun, and the Intihuatana stone, all while learning about the history and culture of the Inca civilization. 

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain: For those seeking an extra challenge, consider hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. These steep peaks provide unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and Machu Picchu itself. 

Please note that the ending point of the trek is Machu Picchu, however Valencia Travel always includes the transport back to your chosen hotel in Cusco. In the case of the Inca Trail you will take the train back to either Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station, where our private transport will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel :) 

The Inca Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, combining physical challenge with cultural and historical immersion. By understanding the starting and ending points, you can make the most of your journey.  

As you traverse the ancient path of the Incas, you'll not only discover the incredible beauty of Peru's landscape but also gain a deeper appreciation for the remarkable achievements of this ancient civilization. So, lace up your hiking boots, embrace the trail's challenges, and prepare for a journey that will inspire your soul and enrich your understanding of the world. 

The Inca Trail is not just a trek; it's a testament to human ingenuity and the enduring allure of exploration. As you reach the end of your journey along the Inca Trail Machu Picchu, you'll carry with you not just photographs and souvenirs but a profound sense of accomplishment and wonder that will stay with you for a lifetime. 

+ What the Meals, dietry and accommodation explaned for the The Hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic and popular trekking routes in the world. It is a historical and scenic trail that leads to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Here is some essential information about what meals are included, dietary plans and accommodations explained. 

Accommodation    

  • 3 Nights: Cusco – Jose Antonio Hotel or similar.  Standard Room with private bath.  

  • 3 Nights: Inca Trail Camp - Tent per 2 people  

Meals      

  • Day 1: Not Included  

  • Day 2: Breakfast  

  • Day 3: Lunch, Dinner  

  • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

  • Day 6: Breakfast  

  • Day 7: Breakfast  

* If you would like vegetarian food or a special diet, please let us know in advance. Our included meals have a focus on locally owned restaurants that use local farmers and suppliers for their products.  

+ What's Included and What's Not Included on The Hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic and popular trekking routes in the world. It is a historical and scenic trail that leads to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Here is some essential information about the Inca Trail, what is included and what is not included.

The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - What's Included 

Accommodation 

  • 3 Nights: Cusco – Jose Antonio Hotel or similar.  Standard Room with private bath. 

  • 3 Nights: Inca Trail Camp - Tent per 2 people 

Meals   

  • Day 1: Not Included 

  • Day 2: Breakfast 

  • Day 3: Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 6: Breakfast 

  • Day 7: Breakfast 

* If you would like vegetarian food or a special diet, please let us know in advance. Our included meals have a focus on locally owned restaurants that use local farmers and suppliers for their products. 

The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - What's Not Included 

  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation.  

  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary (Please let us know if you would like any extra meals included.).  

  • Tips and gratuities.  

  • Optional excursions.  

  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone calls.  

  • Travel insurance.  

  • Damages caused by the client to the bus or to the camping equipment.  

  • Trekking equipment such as walking stick, sleeping bags. 

  • Personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. (You will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening camp  

Services 

  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel and vice versa 

  • Briefing to the tour one day before the trek at 19h 00. 

  • Shared transportation from Cusco to Km 81. 

  • Professional English-speaking guide service. 

  • An assistant guide for groups of more than 9 people. 

  • A chef trained for cooking on trekking routes and an assistant cook. 

  • Complete set of kitchen equipment and utensils. 

  • Dining room equipment which includes tables, chairs, and a dining tent. 

  • Water (you need to bring water for the first morning then we will provide you with drinking - previously boiled - water). 

  • As soon as we receive your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed once they are confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. 

  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. This train ticket is Expedition Train; the train leaves Aguas Calientes station at 15h20. 

  • First aid kit 

  • Shared transportation from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco 

  • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary. 

  • Camping equipment such as tents. 

OPTIONAL FOR RENTING 

  • Therm-a-Rest - Sleeping Pad 
  • Sleeping Bag 
  • Walking Stick 
  • Personal Porter for belongings (7Kg capacity.) 

Remember that the hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a physically demanding trek, and proper preparation, including acclimatization and physical fitness, is essential. It's also a good idea to research reputable tour operators such as Valencia Travel if you plan to do the trek with a guided group, as they can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience along this historic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

Planning & Booking Your Trek

+ A Guide on how to Obtain Inca Trail Permits for Travelers to Peru

To hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, is one of the world's most iconic trekking routes, offering travelers an unparalleled opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Incas while experiencing breathtaking landscapes and archaeological wonders. However, the Peruvian government has implemented strict regulations to preserve this cultural and natural heritage, including a limited number of Inca Trail permits issued each year. In this comprehensive guide, we will look at the details of how to obtain these coveted permits for your once-in-a-lifetime adventure on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

Understanding the Inca Trail Permits 

Inca Trail permits are required for all hikers who wish to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There are two main options; The classic 4-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, or the shorter 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu.  These permits are issued to regulate the number of visitors on the trail, protect the fragile ecosystem, and preserve the historical sites along the route. Here's what you need to know about these permits: 

Types of Inca Trail Permits 

There are two types of permits: 

  • a. Classic Inca Trail Permit: This permit allows you to hike the entire 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu route, experiencing the full beauty of the trail and its archaeological sites. 
  • b. Short Inca Trail Permit: This permit is for those who want to complete the shorter 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek, starting from KM 104 and concluding at Machu Picchu. 

Availability 

Permits are limited and in high demand, especially during the peak season (May to September). Only 500 permits are available per day for the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and that includes guides and support staff for the trek.  It's crucial to plan well in advance to secure your desired dates. 

How to Obtain Inca Trail Permits 

Now that you understand the importance and types of permits, let's explore the steps to obtain them: 

1. Plan Your Trip 

Start by planning your trip well in advance. Decide on your preferred trekking dates, the number of days you want to spend on the trail, and whether you want to book a group deaparture or a private service along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

2. Check Permit Availability 

Visit the official website of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture or use authorized tour operators' websites to check permit availability for your desired dates. It's recommended to have a few alternative dates in case your first choice is sold out. 

3. Book with an Authorized Tour Operator 

To hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must book with an authorized tour operator, such as Valencia Travel. These operators handle the permit application process on your behalf. Ensure that your chosen operator is reputable, experienced, and follows sustainable and ethical practices, such as treating their Porters fairly and keeping to established weight restrictions. 

4. Provide Required Information 

Once you've selected a tour operator, you'll need to provide them with essential information, including passport details, personal information, and any dietary or medical requirements. This information is necessary for the permit application. 

5. Pay for Your Trek 

Pay the required trek fee, which includes the cost of the permit, entrance to Machu Picchu, camping along the trail and transportation. Keep in mind that permit fees can vary based on the operator, time of year, and the type of trek you choose. 

6. Receive Your Inca Trail Permit 

Your tour operator will handle the permit application process, and upon successful confirmation, we will provide you with a copy of your Inca Trail permit. Ensure you keep this document safe as it will be checked at various points along the trail. Your guide will keep a copy also for the control points along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

Tips and Considerations 

Here are some additional tips and considerations to make your Inca Trail permit acquisition smoother: 

  • Book Early: The earlier you book, the better your chances of securing permits, especially during peak season. 
  • Choose the Right Season: Consider trekking during the shoulder season (April, October, and November) for fewer crowds and favorable weather. 
  • Physical Preparation: Be sure to prepare physically for the trek as it can be demanding due to altitude and varying terrain. 
  • Respect the Environment: Follow Leave No Trace principles and respect the natural and cultural heritage of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 
  • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers trip cancellations and emergencies. 

Obtaining Inca Trail permits for your Machu Picchu Inca Trail trek, is a vital step in ensuring a memorable and responsible adventure. By understanding the process, planning ahead, and choosing a reputable tour operator such as Valencia Travel, you can secure your permits and embark on a remarkable journey through the heart of the Inca Empire, discovering ancient ruins, breathtaking vistas, and the rich cultural history of Peru. Remember, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make the most of it by respecting the environment and heritage it preserves. Allow us to take the stress out of purchasing Inca Trail permits so that you can simply enjoy the breathtaking adventure that is The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! 

+ Alternatives if Inca Trail Permits are Sold Out

If you find that Inca Trail permits are unavailable for your desired travel dates to Machu Picchu in Peru, don't worry; there are several alternative treks and routes you can consider to reach this iconic destination. Each of these alternative treks offers unique experiences and beautiful landscapes. Here are some popular and spectacular alternatives. 

The Salkantay Trek 

Distance: 32 miles (51 km) 

The Salkantay Trek is a spectacular alternative Inca Trail when permits are sold out for the Inca Trail. When it comes to Andean landscapes, you couldn’t ask for more and the Salkantay trek covers several Andean microclimates. First, trekkers climb up into the alpine tundra facing the imposing Apu Salkantay. Then you descend into subtropical cloud forest as you approach Machu Picchu. The vibrant blue-green Humantay Lake also sits along the trail, as well as the Inca ruins Llactapata. Trekkers will also enjoy soaking in hot springs at Santa Teresa and enjoying locally grown, freshly roasted and brewed coffee. 

The Salkantay trek takes five days. The first four days are full trekking days, while the fifth day is the visit to Machu Picchu. Salkantay ends at Aguas Calientes where you can hike the train tracks into Aguas Calientes or take the daily train. You will spend the night in a hotel before you visit Machu Picchu. 

The Lares Trek 

Distance: 21 miles (34 km) 

Lares trek is one of the best treks in Peru for hikers who are also culture enthusiasts. It winds through the Sacred Valley, passing through Andean villages and llama herds. In fact, it is even nicknamed the “Weaver’s Route” for the traditions of textiles the area. On top of cultural heritage, Lares boasts incredible mountain views and hot springs. Most consider Lares to be a moderate trek. However, it’s still at high elevation, reaching higher elevations than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, that can be tough if you’re not acclimated. This trail is another alternative to the Inca Trail but ends far from Machu Picchu. On the third day of the trek, you end in Ollantaytambo where you take the train to Aguas Calientes. On the fourth day, you are able to tour the Inca citadel Machu Picchu. If you missed out on the Inca Trail permits and still dream of walking through the Sun Gate, it’s still possible. You can combine the first two days of Lares with the 2-day Inca Trail to experience both of these incredible treks. 

The Choquequirao Trek 

Distance: 28 miles /45km 

Authentic and remote, The Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu is the more challenging and isolated alternative to get to Machu Picchu for hikers seeking a route steeped in Inca history. Located in the Apurimac Valley, this archaeological site whose name means "cradle of gold” in Quechua, is believed to be three times bigger than its famous sister city of Machu Picchu and can only be reached on foot. 

The starting point is from the village of Cachora walking to the Capuliyoq pass, from where trekkers descend into the Apurimac Canyon. Terraced farmlands on the edge of the canyon’s river eventually give way to an exhilarating shift from vertical desert to high-elevation jungle as hikers ascend to the site. Finally, after reaching 10,000ft above sea level (3050m), hikers can appreciate the impressive view of the magnificent ruins. It is estimated that half of the site of Choquequirao has been excavated and today there are 12 visible sectors across three hilltops can be seen with the added bonus of very few, if any other visitors to the archaeological site. You can also hike the 9-day Choquequirao Trek, which is a remote and challenging trek allowing Choquequirao ruins exploration, diverse landscapes, and cultural immersion along the way. The trek ends at Machu Picchu after a scenic train journey for the final section of this longer Choquequirao hike. 

Ausangate Trek 

Distance: 43 miles (73 km) 

The Ausangate trek is one of the best off the beaten path treks in Peru. The trail is remote and boasts spectacular and untouched Andean scenery. Highlights include the snow-capped peaks, glaciers, jewel-toned lakes and traditional Andean villages. There is also the option to add an extra day to visit the famous Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca. Thanks to mineral deposits in its soil, this mountain has natural rainbow colors, more visible now the snow caps have melted. 

However, trekkers should keep in mind that this is one of the more difficult Peruvian treks due to the high elevation, reaching a high point of 5,120 meters. With tour options ranging from four days to six, it’s best to pick a longer tour if you’re not an experienced hiker. This will give you more time to rest along the trail and better enjoy the impressive landscape. If you don’t have time for a multi-day trek, you can spend a full day hiking to the top of Rainbow Mountain. 

The Moonstone trek to Machu Picchu 

Distance: 24 miles (38 ½ km) 

This incredible trek is somewhat a secret and is perfect for those who want to trek in areas that are more remote and off the beaten track. The trail leads at the magnificent Quillarumiyoc site which was an ancient Inca temple of a water cult and in honor to the moon. The head to the Inka quarry of Cachicata where the stones were taken to build other more famous Inca sites. Enjoy spectacular landscapes, remote rural communities, Inca aqueducts chullpas and a sun gate along an original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as you head to the main attraction of Machu Picchu. 

Remember to plan ahead and book your trek with a reputable tour operator like Valencia Travel for your Peru adventure trip. Also, consider the level of difficulty, duration, and your personal interests when choosing an alternative trek. Whichever route you choose, you'll still have the chance to experience the natural beauty and archaeological wonders of the Peruvian Andes while ultimately reaching the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. As you can see there are a number of alternatives for your alternative Inca trail and Machu Picchu tour. 

+ How Far Ahead To Book a Trip To Peru

There’s no doubt about it; Peru is one of the best places in the world to go for adventure travelers. The huge variety of landscaped and unique places to visit is enough for anyone to want to head to this wonderful country to see what it has to offer. But the question arises, how far in advance do I need to book my trip to Peru? Here are our recommended booking times for Peru travel and trekking. 

Plan Your Itinerary 

Before you do anything else, you need to know exactly where you’ll be going and what activities you plan on doing. Do you want to stay by the sea? Or are you hoping to do the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Or maybe you want to hike through all types of climates and vegetation. Take time to carefully plan where you want to go and how you’ll do it. Know how you’ll travel from place to place and how much time it should all take. We recommend doing this well in advance because things can get booked up months ahead of time, especially the Inca Trail. Does this sound daunting? Don´t worry, our expert travel advisors will be with you every step of the way during the planning process of your Peru trip! 

Inca Trail Permits 

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the only trek that requires permits and numbers are limited. Ideally, you should try to book the Inca Trail about six months in advance, especially if you want to go during high season (June, July, and August). During these months, trail permits can sell out six months in advance. The months surrounding high season can also sell out ahead of time. If you want to hike the Inca Trail in April, May, September, October or November, try to book at least four months in advance. 

Trekking in Peru 

When looking at treks to reserve, it’s a good idea to consider your hiking ability. Some people are seasoned hikers and do it all year round, whereas some people come for the first time to somewhere like this. You should be fit and healthy and know your limits. Also, be aware that trekking at high altitudes is much more strenuous, so enjoy a few days at a city or town in the region before setting off on foot. The more you spend acclimatizing, the better trekking experience you will have. The ideal time to book a trip to Peru for trekking can vary depending on several factors, including the specific trek you want to hike, the time of year you plan to visit, and your personal preferences. Here are some general guidelines to help you determine when to book your trek in Peru. 

Peak Season vs. Off-Season 

Peru's peak tourist season typically coincides with the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, popular treks like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Salkantay Trek can get fully booked several months in advance. If you plan to trek during these months, it's advisable to book at least 4 to 6 months ahead. 

Shoulder Seasons 

The shoulder seasons, which include April and October, can be a good compromise between avoiding the crowds and the risk of bad weather. You can often book treks for these months with a bit less advance notice, around 2 to 4 months ahead. 

Rainy Season 

The rainy season in Peru typically lasts from November to March. While some treks are still possible during this time, such as the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, you'll need to consider the weather and trail conditions. If you're flexible and willing to take a chance on weather disruptions, you can book treks in the rainy season with shorter notice, perhaps 1 to 2 months ahead. You also need to decide if you want to be trekking in the rain for 4 or more days or whether you prefer drier weather, and reserve accordingly. 

Group Tours vs. Private Treks 

If you plan to join a group tour, it's a good idea to book as early as possible to secure your spot, especially if you have specific dates in mind. Group treks have fixed dates so you need to book your trip around these dates and have flexibility with your travel dates. For private treks, you may have more flexibility in booking closer to your desired departure date, but it's still wise to plan ahead to ensure availability. Group treks with be more cost-effective as the expenses are shares between all group members. Private treks will be more expensive but you will have a completely personalized trekking service, trek at your own pace, and leave on the date of your choice. 

Holiday and Festivals 

Consider any major holidays or festivals in Peru when planning your trip, as these can impact the availability of accommodations and tours. Booking earlier is advisable during these times. 

Book Everything You Need 

It is highly recommend booking as much as possible in advance. This way, you will have all your trip set out and won’t need to worry about anything upon arrival. The last thing you want after hours of traveling is to then need to walk around town finding a hotel and booking a hike. 

Sort Out Travel documents in Advance 

You will need to have travel insurance if you plan to go hiking in Peru, as many companies won’t allow you to trek with them if you are uninsured. You also don’t want to be injured on a trip and then be presented by a huge hospital bill. Health care isn’t cheap in Peru, so make sure you’re prepared. You also need to make sure that your passport has at least 6 months validity. It is a good idea to make copies of important documents in case anything gets lost on your Peru adventure vacation, including tickets, booking information, passports and vaccination card. 

Inform Your Bank 

You’re almost ready to jet off, but there’s something else that’s very important you should do before you leave for your Peru adventure trip. Many people forget to let their bank know when they’re traveling abroad and then find that they can’t take cash out at an ATM because of the bank suspects suspicious activity. A few days before you leave, or even the same day, give them a call or access your account online and inform them that you’re going away. Let them know exactly for how long and to which places so you don’t come up against any issues. 

We’ll see you soon! 

+ How Long to Plan Your Vacation in Peru?

The ideal length of your vacation in Peru can vary depending on your interests, budget, and the specific places you want to visit. Here are some guidelines to help you plan for how long your vacation in Peru should be! 

Machu Picchu 

If Machu Picchu is a priority for you, like most people who visit Peru, you'll want to allocate at least 2 to 3 days for this experience. This includes travel time to and from Cusco or Aguas Calientes (the town closest to Machu Picchu) and the time spent exploring the site itself. 

Cusco 

Cusco is a beautiful city with a rich history and plenty to see and do. Plan for at least 2 to 3 days to explore the city and acclimatize to the high altitude before heading from Cusco to Machu Picchu. 

Sacred Valley 

The Sacred Valley, which includes towns like Ollantaytambo and Pisac, is worth dedicating 2 to 3 days to explore. It offers stunning landscapes, archaeological sites, and a glimpse into local culture. Many Peru vacation packages include a visit to The Sacred Valley of The Incas. 

Lima 

Peru's capital city, Lima, is often a starting point for international travelers. Spending 2 to 3 days in Lima doing a Lima city tour, allows you to explore its historical center, try its renowned Peruvian cuisine, and visit some museums. 

Other Regions 

 If you have more time, consider exploring other regions of Peru, such as Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, the Amazon rainforest, or the coastal desert. Each of these areas offers unique experiences, and you should allocate several days to each destination on your Peru holiday package. 

Trekking in Peru 

If you want to include trekking in your Peru vacation, you should allocate extra time for the specific trek you plan to undertake. Here are some popular treks in Peru and their recommended duration  

Inca Trail: The classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu typically takes 4 days and 3 nights. This is one of the most iconic and sought-after treks in the world, so you should book it well in advance. 

The Salkantay Trek: The Salkantay Trek is an alternative route to Machu Picchu and usually takes 4 to 5 days. It offers stunning mountain scenery and a more off-the-beaten-path experience. 

The Lares Trek: The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a shorter option, usually lasting 2 to 3 days. It allows you to explore traditional Andean villages and hot springs along the way. 

Choquequirao Trek: If you're interested in exploring the "sister" city of Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, the Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu  typically takes 4 days with a transfer to Machu Picchu or if you are feeling extra adventurous there is a 9-day Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu! 

Huayhuash Circuit: For more experienced trekkers, the Huayhuash Circuit in the Peruvian Andes is a challenging trek that can take about 10 to 14 days to complete. 

Colca Canyon Trek: Located near Arequipa, the Colca Canyon trek can vary in duration from 1 to 3 days, depending on the route you choose. It's known for its breathtaking views and the opportunity to see condors. 

When planning your Peru vacation, make sure to account for the duration of the trek itself, including preparation and acclimatization time, as well as the travel time to and from the trek starting point. Additionally, consider adding a day or two for rest and recovery after completing a multi-day trek, as these treks can be physically demanding due to high altitudes and varying terrain. Including trekking in your Peru vacation can be a rewarding experience, but it will extend the overall duration of your trip, so plan accordingly. 

Relaxation: Don't forget to factor in some downtime or relaxation days into your Peru itinerary. Traveling in Peru can be physically demanding due to the altitude and various activities, so it's important to rest as well. 

In summary, a well-rounded trip to Peru can vary from 10 days to 3 weeks or more, depending on how many destinations you want to explore and how much time you want to spend in each. It's essential to consider your interests and priorities when planning your itinerary, and don't forget to account for travel time between destinations. Additionally, take into account any seasonal considerations, such as weather conditions, when planning your Peru trip. 

+ Obtaining Machu Picchu Tickets: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to secure your Machu Picchu tickets in advance:

Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan citadel nestled high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic archaeological wonders in the world.  In any Peru vacation package, Machu Picchu is the highlight and standout attraction in Peru. Visiting this remarkable site is a dream and a bucket-list item for many travelers, but obtaining Machu Picchu tickets can be a complex process due to high demand and limited daily visitor quotas. Here, we will walk you through the process of obtaining Machu Picchu tickets, ensuring your visit to this extraordinary archaeological site goes smoothly on your Peru vacation. Plus, we will explain how to secure your Machu Picchu tickets in advance. 

Step 1: Decide on Your Travel Dates 

Before you can secure your Machu Picchu tickets, you must decide when you want to visit. Keep in mind that Machu Picchu is open year-round, but the best time to go is during the dry season from May to September when the weather is most favorable. 

Step 2: Choose Your Type of Ticket 

Machu Picchu offers several types of tickets to cater to different preferences and budgets. The most popular options include: 

General Admission Ticket: This ticket grants you access to the main archaeological site, including the citadel and some surrounding areas. 

Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket: If you're looking for an extra adventure, this ticket includes access to both Machu Picchu and the nearby Huayna Picchu mountain, which offers breathtaking panoramic views. 

Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket: For those seeking a different perspective, this ticket grants access to Machu Picchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain, which provides equally stunning vistas. 

Machu Picchu + Museum Ticket: This ticket combines a visit to Machu Picchu with the Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum, giving you a deeper understanding of Incan history and culture. 

Step 3: Check Ticket Availability 

Machu Picchu has a daily visitor limit to preserve the site's integrity. Tickets often sell out months in advance, especially during the peak tourist season. To check availability and book your tickets, visit the official Machu Picchu website or use a reputable tour agency such as Valencia Travel that specialize in Peru travel. 

Step 4: Purchase Your Tickets 

Once you've determined the availability of your desired ticket type for your chosen date, proceed to purchase your tickets online. Be prepared to provide personal information for each traveler, including passport details, as this information is essential for entry. Alternatively, you can book your Machu Picchu vacation package with us, and we will take care of the rest! 

Step 5: Plan Your Arrival in Aguas Calientes 

The town of Aguas Calientes, located at the base of Machu Picchu, is the gateway to the archaeological site. You'll need to arrange transportation to Aguas Calientes from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo, where most travelers begin their journey. Trains and buses are the primary modes of transportation, on your Peru Machu Picchu trip and reservations should be made in advance, especially during busy seasons. 

Step 6: Acquire the Necessary Documents 

Before leaving for Machu Picchu, ensure you have the following documents: 

  • Passport: You must carry the same passport used for booking your tickets as it will be checked upon entry. 
  • Machu Picchu Ticket: Print a physical copy of your ticket or have it readily available on your smartphone. 
  • Train and Bus Tickets: If you've booked transportation to Aguas Calientes, have these tickets ready. 

Step 7: Arrive at Machu Picchu 

On the day of your visit, arrive at the entrance gate to Machu Picchu early. The site opens at 6:00 AM, and arriving early allows you to enjoy the site with fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. Remember to respect the rules and regulations of the site to help preserve this ancient wonder for future generations. 

Obtaining Machu Picchu tickets on any of our Peru adventure tours requires careful planning and preparation, but the reward is an unforgettable journey to one of the world's most awe-inspiring archaeological sites. By following this step-by-step guide and making the necessary arrangements in advance, with our help, you can ensure a smooth and enriching experience exploring the wonders of Machu Picchu.

Enjoy your adventure in the heart of the Inca Empire! 

+ The Comprehensive Cancellation Policy Guide

In today's unpredictable world of travel, having a reliable trip cancellation policy is like having a safety net beneath your adventures. Whether you're planning a dream vacation to Peru or an iconic hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, unexpected circumstances can arise, and plans can quickly unravel. Here, we delve into the essential aspects of our trip cancellation policy, why they matter, and how they can offer you peace of mind in an ever-changing travel landscape. So, fasten your seatbelt as we embark on a journey to understand the ins and outs of safeguarding your travel investment in a Peru vacation package. 

If You Cancel Your Trip 

At the time we receive a written notice, that you want to cancel your trip, the following fees will be charged: 

  • 30 to 59 days before departure date: 40% of trip cost 
  • 7 to 29 days: 70% of trip cost 
  • Less than 7 days before departure date or no-show: 100% of trip cost 

On all our Peru vacation Packages, Valencia Travel Cusco, guarantees and provides transportation, bilingual guides, equipment, and food as stated in the detailed itinerary. All tour prices include the services of a driver and/or guide.  

Miscellaneous costs are not included. For example: any service which is not outlined in the itinerary, such as hotel extras, (washing and ironing of clothes, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls etc.), excess baggage costs, airport taxes, visa costs, etc. 

Valencia Travel Cusco is not responsible for delays, inconveniences, and/or expenses of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part from causes beyond the company’s control, neither for losses or additional expenses due to delays, sickness, bad weather, strikes, riots or other similar circumstances during your Peru Vacation. 

Changes and Cancellations made by Valencia Travel Cusco 

We always make our best efforts to carry out tours / services according to the original schedules as listed in the reservation details for your Peru vacation package. However, by entering into this agreement with Valencia Travel Cusco, the client accepts that necessary changes may need to be made to a Tour/Trek/Trip/Rental/Service due to circumstances beyond our control. 

Valencia Travel Cusco reserves the right to change or cancel any facilities, services and substitute for reasonable alternative of comparable value, during your vacation to Peru. 

In case of a major changes to any of our Peru holiday packages , the client will be notified as soon as possible and we kindly present options and ask the client to accept the change.   

Inca Trail 

*IMPORTANT!  

PLEASE NOTE THAT, FOR THE INCA TRAIL, PERMITS ARE NON- TRANSFERABLE, NON-REFUNDABLE, AND DATES CAN'T BE CHANGED UNER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES 

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

We strongly advise you to take out a travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses (including rescue and air ambulance) and emergency repatriation. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. Make sure that this insurance reimburses you for non-refundable trip costs. Once you have purchased travel insurance, please forward a copy of the insurance company name and policy number to us by email. Also bring the information with you when you come to our office. 

To review the full cancellation policy for Valencia Travel in Cusco, visit the official website or contact us directly via our customer support. Valencia Travel has a comprehensive cancellation policy outlined in their terms and conditions, which you will have received at the time of booking. It's essential to review the cancellation policy before booking any services to understand the terms and conditions associated with cancellations and refunds. See more here https://www.valenciatravelcusco.com/terms-conditions 

Trip preparation for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

+ General Information About Traveling to Peru

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING TO PERU

Ok, so maybe you have heard of Machu Picchu, or you have learned about the incredible Inca civilisation and lost cities of gold in school, but did you know that Peru is a country of endless discovery? With its diverse culture, rich history, stunning scenery, and delicious food, Peru is a truly unforgettable destination that is on many travelers bucket-lists. Whether you want to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sample the exquisite Peruvian cuisine in the top restaurants in the world, visit unique natural features that can only be found in this Andean country, sail on the highest navigable lake in the world, Titicaca, or explore the biodiverse regions of the largest jungle in the world, The Amazon. Peru really does have it all for the adventurous, and curious, traveler, looking for a vacation with a difference. Here is some general information about traveling to Peru. 

Peruvian Territory 

The Republic of Peru has a population of 31.92 million people who live on a landmass spanning 1.285 million km2, making for some densely populated areas like the capital, Lima.  

The Different Regions of Peru 

Peru is a country of diverse regions, each with its own unique culture, landscape, and attractions. Here is a brief overview of the three main regions of Peru: 

The Coast:
The coastal region of Peru is a narrow strip of land that runs along the Pacific Ocean. It is the most densely populated region of Peru and is home to the capital city, Lima. When you travel to Lima, Peru its warm climate, arid landscape, and impressive surf beaches are evident.  Some of the popular tourist destinations on the coast include: 

  • Lima: Peru's capital city is a vibrant metropolis with a rich history and culture. Many Lima, Peru tours visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Lima, and the Larco Museum. 
  • Arequipa: This historic city is known for its white colonial architecture and its not far from Arequipa to Colca Canyon
  • Paracas National Reserve: This reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including sea lions, penguins, and flamingos. 

The Andes:
The highland region of Peru. It is home to the Andes Mountains, as well as the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. The Sierra is known for its cool climate, dramatic scenery, and traditional culture. Some of the popular tourist destinations in the Sierra include: 

  • Cusco: This historic city was the capital of the Inca Empire. It is a popular base camp for visitors to Machu Picchu. 
  • Machu Picchu: Any trip to Peru isn’t complete without a Machu Picchu vacation package. This ancient Inca city is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is perched high in the Andes Mountains and is a must-see for any Peru adventure vacation
  • Sacred Valley: Any Sacred Valley tour from Cusco will take you to many important Inca ruins, including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray. 
  • Colca Canyon: From Arequipa to Colca Canyon is just a few hours drive. This canyon is one of the deepest in the world and is home to condors, the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere.

Amazon Rainforest:
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world and covers over 60% of Peru. It is home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The Amazon Rainforest is a great destination for travelers who are interested in nature and adventure. Some of the popular tourist destinations in the Amazon Rainforest include: 

  • Iquitos: Iquitos jungle tours are a great way to experience the Amazon and Iquitos is considered the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. It is a popular base camp for visitors who want to explore the rainforest to the maximum. 
  • Madre de Dios: Madre de Dios is a region located in the southeastern part of Peru, in the Amazon rainforest. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, rafting, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife watching.  
  • Manu National Park: Manu rainforest tours are a great way to see a variety of wildlife, including jaguars, macaws, and caimans. 
  • Tambopata National Reserve: This reserve is a great place for birdwatching, as it is home to over 1,000 different species. Famous for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural diversity, a place that is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.

Peru´s Main Attractions:

  • Machu Picchu: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city that is nestled in the Andes Mountains. Any decent Machu Picchu Travel Agency like Valencia Travel will take you to the magical Inca citadel. 
  • Sacred Valley: The Sacred Valley is a region of Peru that is home to many important Inca ruins, including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray.
  • Colca Canyon: The Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world and is home to condors, the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere. 
  • Amazon rainforest: The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world and is home to a diverse range of plants and animals. 
  • Lake Titicaca: Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and is home to the floating Uros Islands.
+ Entry and Visa requirements to enter Peru

Entry and Visa requirements to enter Peru

In this comprehensive guide, we will explain the entry requirements for when you visit Peru, ensuring that your travel plans are not only well-informed but also hassle-free. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or setting foot in Peru for the first time, we will walk you through the visa regulations, and essential documentation needed to make your Peru adventure vacation a seamless and unforgettable experience. 

Entry requirements for European and USA Citizens:

  • A passport with six months validity is required to enter Peru. Immigration authorities may also require evidence of return/onward travel. 
  • Be sure your date and place of entry is officially documented by Peruvian Immigration, whether you arrive at a port, airport, or land border for your trip to Peru. 
  • Your length of approved stay will be determined by border officials at the time of entry and can range from 30 to 183 days. Extensions for tourists are usually not approved and overstays result in fines. 
  • The Embassy is unable to assist if you are denied entry. Peruvian immigration requires airlines to return travelers who are denied entry to their point of origin.
     

Requirements for Exit:

If you do not have an entry record, you will not be allowed to exit the country until immigration authorities confirm the time and place of your entry into the country. This can be a difficult process, costing considerable time and money to resolve. 

Make sure the Immigration authorities record your entry, and then save the record for your exit. An entry record is required even at remote border crossings, where often the proper officials are not present. 

Immediately report lost/stolen passports to local police and keep the report. You must apply for a new passport at the Embassy and obtain a replacement entry record from Immigration using your police report prior to exiting Peru.

Travel with Minors:

Regardless of nationality, all children who are traveling with both birth parents are required to have a valid passport and the necessary visa or citizenship of the country where they are traveling.  Peruvian immigration procedures are complex for minors traveling without one or both parents/legal guardians. 

For entry/exit from Peru, foreigners, minors under the age of 18, traveling alone or with only one parent, generally do not require additional documentation if entering as a tourist for less than 183 days. However, if the stay lasts more than 183 days, then a “Permiso Notarial de Viaje” is required. 

* A Permiso Notarial de Viaje is a written, notarized authorization from the non-traveling parent(s). Peruvian immigration will not accept a document notarized by a foreign Embassy or a document notarized by a foreign notary in lieu of a Permiso Notarial de Viaje. Please be aware that these authorizations are valid for 30 days and one trip only. 

Minors who are dual national Peruvians, traveling alone or with only one parent, require a “Permiso Notarial de Viaje”. Furthermore, step-parents or guardians accompanying a dual U.S.-Peruvian citizen minor must provide a Permiso Notarial de Viaje from the non-traveling minor’s parents (as listed on the birth certificate). Finally, if an accompanying parent has sole custody, legal documentation is required. For example, a foreign court-approved custody document stating sole custody, a death certificate, a Peruvian court-approved document for travel, or a birth certificate listing only one parent.

Visa Requirements and How to Apply    

The detailed visa requirements for Peru vary depending on your nationality. Here is how to apply for a Peruvian visa: Step-by-step guide. 

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your expected date of departure from Peru. 
  • You must have at least one blank page in your passport for an entry stamp. 
  • You must have a return or onward ticket. 
  • You may be asked to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Peru. 

Visa-free entry: Citizens of the following countries are eligible for visa-free entry to Peru for up to 90 days: 

  • Andorra 
  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Argentina 
  • Aruba 
  • Australia 
  • Austria 
  • Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Belgium 
  • Belize 
  • Bolivia 
  • Brazil 
  • Brunei 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Canada 
  • Chile 
  • Colombia 
  • Costa Rica 
  • Croatia 
  • Curaçao 
  • Cyprus 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark 
  • Dominica 
  • Dominican Republic 
  • Ecuador 
  • El Salvador 
  • Estonia 
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Grenada 
  • Guatemala 
  • Guyana 
  • Haiti 
  • Honduras 
  • Hong Kong 
  • Hungary 
  • Iceland 
  • Ireland 
  • Israel 
  • Italy 
  • Jamaica 
  • Japan 
  • Korea (Republic of) 
  • Latvia 
  • Lesotho 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Malawi 
  • Malaysia 
  • Malta 
  • Mauritius 
  • Mexico 
  • Monaco 
  • Mongolia 
  • Montenegro 
  • Montserrat 
  • Mozambique 
  • Netherlands 
  • New Zealand 
  • Nicaragua 
  • North Macedonia 
  • Norway 
  • Oman 
  • Palau 
  • Panama 
  • Paraguay 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal 
  • Puerto Rico 
  • Qatar 
  • Romania 
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis 
  • Saint Lucia 
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • Samoa 
  • San Marino 
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • Serbia 
  • Seychelles 
  • Singapore 
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Solomon Islands 
  • Spain 
  • Suriname 
  • Sweden 
  • Switzerland 
  • Taiwan 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 
  • United Arab Emirates 
  • United Kingdom 
  • United States 
  • Uruguay 
  • Vanuatu 
  • Vatican City 
  • Venezuela 

Visa on arrival 

Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a visa on arrival to Peru for up to 180 days: 

  • Bolivia 
  • Brazil 
  • Chile 
  • Colombia 
  • Ecuador 
  • Paraguay 
  • Uruguay 

Visa required 

Citizens of all other countries require a visa to enter Peru. Visas can be obtained from Peruvian embassies and consulates around the world. 

Additional requirements:

In addition to the general requirements listed above, you may also be required to provide the following documents when applying for a Peruvian visa: 

  • A completed visa application form 
  • A passport photo 
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Peru 
  • A return or onward ticket 
  • A letter of invitation from a Peruvian resident (if required) 

The specific visa requirements for Peru may vary depending on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. It is important to check with the Peruvian embassy or consulate in your home country for the latest information.

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Travel Insurance in Peru - Everything You Need to Know for your Peru Adventure Vacation 

Peru is a popular destination for adventure travelers, with activities like hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, mountain biking in the Andes, and surfing on the Pacific coast. However, it is important to note that these activities can be dangerous, and it is important to have travel insurance in case of an accident or illness, on any Peru vacation package. Here are some important pointers about understanding travel insurance-what you need to know

What is travel insurance? 

Travel insurance is a type of insurance that protects you against financial losses incurred while traveling. It can cover a variety of expenses, including medical bills, lost luggage, and trip cancellation. 

Why is travel insurance important for Peru? 

Peru is a developing country with limited medical facilities, especially in remote areas. If you have an accident or illness while traveling in Peru, you could face high medical bills. Travel insurance can help cover these costs, as well as the cost of transportation back home. 

Additionally, Peru is a country with a wide range of climates and altitudes. It is important to be prepared for the possibility of altitude sickness, heatstroke, and other health problems. Travel insurance can help cover the cost of medical treatment for these conditions. 

What types of adventure activities are covered by travel insurance? 

Most travel insurance policies will cover a wide range of adventure activities, on your Peru adventure vacation, including: 

  • Hiking 
  • Trekking 
  • Mountain biking 
  • Surfing 
  • Whitewater rafting 
  • Scuba diving 
  • Skydiving 

However, it is important to check your policy carefully to make sure that the specific activities you are planning are covered. 

How to choose a travel insurance policy for Peru

When choosing a travel insurance policy for any of our Peru vacation packages, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • Make sure the policy covers the adventure activities you are planning. As mentioned above, not all travel insurance policies cover all adventure activities. Be sure to check your policy carefully to make sure that the specific activities you are planning are covered. 
  • Choose a policy with a high enough medical coverage limit. Medical costs in Peru can be high, so it is important to choose a policy with a high enough medical coverage limit to cover your potential expenses. 
  • Consider purchasing evacuation coverage. Evacuation coverage can help cover the cost of transporting you back home in case of a medical emergency. This is especially important if you are planning on traveling to remote areas of Peru. 

How to file a travel insurance claim

If you need to file a travel insurance claim, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They will be able to guide you through the process and help you get the compensation you are entitled to. 

Travel insurance is an important investment for any traveler, but it is especially important for travelers to Peru. With its diverse landscape and range of adventure activities, Peru is a country where accidents can happen. Travel insurance can help protect you from financial losses in case of an accident or illness. 

Tips for choosing and using travel insurance in Peru

  • Read the policy carefully before you buy it. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the policy, including what is and is not covered. 
  • Purchase your insurance policy early. This will give you time to file a claim if necessary. 
  • Keep a copy of your insurance policy with you at all times. This will make it easy to file a claim if you need to, during your Peru adventure tours. 
  • Contact your insurance company if you have any questions or concerns. They will be able to help you understand your policy and file a claim if necessary. 

Recommended Travel Insurance Companies

  • WorldTrips: The Atlas Travel Insurance plan is our “best value“. One of the first insurers in the world to offer plans for purchase over the Internet, WorldTrips helps thousands of customers in over 130 countries. You get a range of benefits and excellent customer service at an affordable price. 
  • GeoBlue: The GeoBlue Travel Insurance is our best plan for US citizens traveling abroad. GeoBlue is a member of the world-renowned Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and has the premier network of doctors in over 180 countries. 
  • IMG: The Patriot Travel Insurance plan is one of the world’s leading global travel and medical insurance policies; IMG services members in over 190 countries. 
  • World Nomads: Adventure travelers from over 130 countries rely on World Nomads to cover them for over 200 adventure activities on your Peru adventure trip. 
  • Seven Corners Travel Insurance: Hundreds of thousands of international clients have trusted Seven Corners and their global network of healthcare providers to care for them while abroad. 
  • Global Underwriters: Global Underwriters are especially notable for their coverage of internationally organized sporting activities. 
  • AMEX Travel Insurance: American Express is the oldest company on the list, established in 1850. You don’t have to be a cardholder to get their insurance, but you will get special perks if you are. 
  • TripTime Insurance: TripTime has an easy-to-use interface for any trip, allowing you to add coverage for adventure sports, marine activities, and personal property on your Peru adventure vacation. 
+ Local Culture and Customs

 

Local Culture and Customs in Peru
Peruvian culture and customs in Peru are a diverse mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. The country is home to a variety of indigenous peoples, each with its own unique culture and traditions. The Spanish conquistadors arrived in Peru in the 16th century and brought their own language, religion, and customs with them. African slaves were also brought to Peru, and their culture has also had a significant impact on Peruvian culture. One of the most notable aspects of Peruvian culture is its music and dance. Peruvian music is a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. Some of the most popular genres of Peruvian music include cumbia, salsa, and huayno. Peruvian dance is also a popular form of cultural expression. Peruvian cuisine is another notable aspect of a Peruvian culture vacation. Peruvian cuisine is known for its use of fresh ingredients and its variety of dishes.  Peruvian culture is a rich and diverse tapestry of influences from all over the world. It is a culture that is full of life, color, and flavor and an integral part of the immersive experience on your Peru culture trip!.

Peruvian People
Peruvians are generally friendly and welcoming people. They are always happy to help visitors and share their culture with them. Peruvians have a strong sense of family and community. They are also very proud of their country's rich history and culture. Peru is a very religious country. The majority of Peruvians are Roman Catholic. Peruvians are known for their love of food and music. They also enjoy spending time with family and friends. 

Peru Festivals
Peru has a number of vibrant festivals throughout the year. To immerse yourself in true Peruvian culture, try and visit a traditional festival in Peru. Some of the most popular festivals include: 

  • Inti Raymi: Inti Raymi is a Peru festival that celebrates the winter solstice and the sun god Inti. It is held on June 24th in Cusco. 
  • Qoyllur Rit'i: Qoyllur Rit'i is a festival that celebrates the Virgin of the Snow Star. It is held in the Ausangate mountains in May or June. 
  • Carnaval: Carnaval is a festival that celebrates the beginning of Lent. It is held in February or March and is celebrated throughout Peru.
     

Peru is a country that has something to offer everyone. Whether you are interested in culture, history, food, nature, or adventure, you are sure to find something to love in Peru. With its endless possibilities, Peru is a country that you can visit over and over again and always have a different and unique experience. So enjoy the best of Peru culture travel and immerse yourself in local Peruvian culture at every opportunity!.

+ Currency & Payments How to Manage Money While Traveling

Currency & Payments: How to Manage Money While Traveling in Peru

Traveling to Peru is an adventure that promises awe-inspiring landscapes, unique adventures, rich cultural experiences, and delicious cuisine. To make the most of your Peru trip, it's essential to understand how to manage your money efficiently on your Peru vacation package. In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about handling your money in Peru, including currency exchange options, ATMs, exchange rates, and credit cards! Read on for our tips for managing currency and payments in Peru

Currency in Peru 

Peru's official currency is the Peruvian Sol (PEN). While major cities and tourist destinations often accept US dollars, it's advisable to carry some Peruvian Soles for smaller purchases and to avoid unfavorable exchange rates. All Major cities when you visit Peru have a number of options for withdrawing you cash and you can usually choose to withdraw US dollars, or Peruvian soles, which will charge the appropriate exchange rate as well as the withdrawal charge. It is recommended to convert your currency to Soles once you first arrive in Peru, for your Peru getaway, as the exchange rate should be better here than in your home country. There are lots of small changing booths located near the tourist center of any city in Peru and most have an honest exchange rate. 

Fake Notes /Damaged Notes 

Fake bills are fairly common in Peru and nearly everyone has their own way of checking. When you pay in cash you will see merchants holding up the bill to the light, running it between their hands or subjecting it to other tests. You can generally tell a fake note as they feel a lot smoother to the touch and don’t have the metal security line running through them. If in doubt ask them to change the note. Don't be alarmed, this is a normal on Peru vacation packages! Most people are looking for watermarks, metallic markings, and raised lettering that prove the bill is real. Most stores will not accept your money if it is too worn out or ripped. 

When you exchange your money, on your Peru vacation package, don't hesitate to ask the changer for a different bill if you think the one, they gave you is too worn out or if it is ripped. If you do get stuck with an old, but real, bill that no one will take, then you can go to any bank and they will replace it free of charge with a bill of equal value. 

US Dollars are commonly accepted for larger purchases. The dollar bills will only be received if they are brand new and not ripped in any way. 

Currency and Payments in The Main Cities

Lima:

  • ATMs: ATMs are widely available throughout Lima, especially in Miraflores, Barranco, and the historic center. Look for major banks like Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP), BBVA Continental, Scotia Bank and Interbank, when you travel to Lima, Peru. 
  • Money Changers: When you visit Lima, you can find currency exchange offices in tourist areas, malls, and at the airport. For competitive rates, consider visiting exchange houses like Western Union or exchanging money at a bank. 
  • Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted when you visit Lima, including at most hotels, restaurants, and shops. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted cards and American Express and Diners are accepted in in many establishments. 

Cusco:

  • ATMs: ATMs are readily available in Cusco's city center, around Plaza de Armas, and in the San Blas neighborhood. On your Cusco tours, look for Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP) Interbank, Scotia Bank and Globalnet ATMs. That are on almost every street corner. 
  • Money Changers: Currency exchanges are numerous in Cusco, especially near Plaza de Armas and along Avenida El Sol, which you are sure to pass on your Cusco city tour. Check for competitive rates and fees. 
  • Credit Card: Credit cards are accepted in many establishments in Cusco, but it's wise to carry cash for smaller businesses, markets, and rural areas. 

Arequipa:

  • ATMs: ATMs are available in Arequipa's city center, especially around Plaza de Armas and Calle Mercaderes. Popular banks include Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP) Interbank and Banco Continental, which you are sure to pass by on your Arequipa city tour. 
  • Money Changers: You can find currency exchange services in central locations, including banks and exchange offices. Compare rates for the best deal. 
  • Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are accepted in many restaurants, hotels, and shops in Arequipa's main tourist areas and on most Arequipa tours.

Puno:

  • ATMs: ATMs are found in the city center of Puno, near Plaza de Armas, Lima Street, where the major banks such as Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP), Interbank and Banco Continental are.  
  • Money Changers: Currency exchange offices can be found in central locations around Puno and easily visible on any of the Puno tours. Check rates and fees before exchanging money. 

Credit Card Acceptance:
Credit cards are accepted in the restaurants and hotels you will visit on your Peru vacation package, but cash is preferred in many smaller establishments and local markets. If you are buying in local stores, soles are the only way to purchase. Try and break up your bigger notes in larger establishments as change is quite often an issue, especially in more remote regions. 

Exchange rates in Peru:
Regarding exchange rates in Peru, it's essential to check with the specific businesses or hotels as rates can vary. In most cases, you'll be charged in Peruvian Soles (PEN), but some high-end establishments may offer the option to pay in US dollars at a potentially less favorable exchange rate. Always ask for the local currency amount to get the best value for your money. At the time of writing, there are $3.70 soles to the US Dollar.

+ Language Tips: Do You Need to Speak Spanish for a trip to Peru?

Language Tips: Do You Need to Speak Spanish for a trip to Peru?

When planning a trip to Peru, one question that often arises is whether you need to speak Spanish to navigate this South American country. While it's true that knowing some Spanish can enhance your travel experience, it's not an absolute requirement. Let´s explore the advantages of speaking Spanish in Peru, the areas where it can be beneficial, and practical language tips for travelers who may not be fluent but still want to make the most of their Peru Machu Picchu trip

The Advantages of Speaking Spanish in Peru:

Enhanced Cultural Experience: Speaking Spanish can open doors to a deeper understanding of Peruvian culture. You can engage in meaningful conversations with locals, learn about their traditions, and partake in cultural activities more easily on their Peru culture trip

Improved Communication: In rural areas and small towns, English proficiency among locals may be limited. Knowing Spanish can help you communicate your needs, ask for directions, and seek assistance when required when you are traveling in the more remote regions of your Peru trip

Navigating Public Transportation: While major tourist hubs often have bilingual signs, public transportation in smaller towns may not. Having basic Spanish skills can be invaluable when using buses, taxis, and local services, especially on any Lima tour packages

Where You May Not Need Spanish  

In Peru's popular tourist destinations like Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu, you'll find that many people in the service industry, such as hotel staff, tour guides, and restaurant workers, speak at least some English. In these areas, it's possible to get by with minimal Spanish skills. However, to truly immerse yourself in the local culture and explore off-the-beaten-path locations, on a Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco for example, having a grasp of the language can be immensely helpful. 

Practical Language Tips for Travelers  

Learn Basic Phrases: Even if you're not fluent, learning essential phrases like greetings, thank you, and please can go a long way. Peruvians appreciate when travelers make an effort to communicate in their language.
Use Language Apps: There are several language-learning apps and websites that can help you pick up basic Spanish before your trip. Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone are popular options. 
Carry a Pocket Dictionary: A pocket-sized Spanish-English dictionary can be a handy tool for quick translations when you're on the go. 
Practice Pronunciation: While grammar and vocabulary are important, working on your pronunciation can make you more easily understood by locals. 
Engage Locals: Don't be afraid to strike up conversations with locals. They are often eager to help and can provide valuable insights into their culture and language. 
While speaking Spanish in Peru isn't mandatory, it can significantly enrich your travel experience. Learning a few basic phrases for your Peru vacation package, for being open to interactions with locals, and having some language tools at your disposal will empower you to explore this beautiful country with greater ease and authenticity, whether you're visiting popular destinations or venturing off the beaten path on your Peru trip.

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Inca Trail Packing list

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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. By hiking the trail, you’ll get to see smaller ruin sites and follow the path Incas took for centuries, arriving at Machu Picchu right at sunrise. Because of the high altitude and difficult trail conditions, though, having the right gear is essential!  Packing for the Inca Trail is serious business, because if you forget to pack something important, you’ll regret it; but equally, if you pack too much, you’ll resent the extra weight. One of the essential things before setting off for one of the most famous hikes in the world is to decide what you need to pack for Inca Trail with you and what gear you can leave behind. Check out our ultimate packing list for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

Things to know before going to Inca Trail

First, the weather in the Peruvian mountains is unpredictable at any time of the year, and although your chances to enjoy sunny and dry conditions during the trek are higher from April to October, you should always be prepared for all possibilities. Chilly nights, warm days, cloudy and foggy times, and rain - these are in short challenges you will need to deal with, and because hiking the Inca Trail is for many once in a lifetime experience, you should pack light and smart to make your adventure unforgettable for a good reason. Remember that there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate gear. 

Valencia Travel Cusco is a responsible Travel company, which means you will have a porter as well. That means you need to pack your stuff into a daypack you will carry along the trail, while a porter will carry the rest of things you don't need during the day in a duffle bag from camp to camp. And yes, there is a weight limit of 6 kilograms per person so that we do not overload the porters. 

Packing List for the Inca Trail:

  • PASSPORT 
    Before we start with clothes, toiletries, and electronics packing essentials, there is one thing you cannot by any means leave behind. Even before the trek starts, make sure that your passport is securely stored in your daypack - the Inca Trail is the most controlled trek in Peru, and carrying your passport is absolutely necessary to have with you. 
  • Walking Sticks- Regardless of how young or old you are, and no matter you've never used them before, hiking poles are almost essential for the Inca Trail because the terrain with hundreds of stone steps is pretty challenging. 
  • Good walking boots - Boots suitable for uneven ground and steep, sometimes slippery steps, and for rain or warm weather. Make sure you break these in before you start the trail 
  • Walking socks -  1 pair  for each day of the trek 
  • Long sleeve trekking tops – one per day.  These are made of a material that pulls sweat away from your body so it can evaporate more easily – therefore, your clothes feel less damp and heavy. 
  • Two pairs of hiking trousers.  
  • Two pairs Leggings/ Yoga Pants 
  • Underwear (you decide!) 
  • Warm fleece with a hood for cold evenings and exposed mountain passes; you could substitute the hood for a woolly hat.  
  • Rain poncho or Waterproof & windbreaking jacket in case it rains (also useful for chilly evenings at the campsite).   
  • Sun hat & sunglasses 
  • Shorts or leggings & T-shirt for camp, which could double as something to sleep in (basically something which will be dry and comfy, should you get wet on the trail) 

Essential kit for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu  

  • Cash  
  • For tipping your guide, the cook and the porters (your tour operator can advise what the going rate is), plus there are a couple of places to buy extra snacks on days 1 and 2 and also in Machu Picchu itself. Carry small denominations and in local currency 
  • Comfortable day pack – with a waterproof cover. The lighter the better! This is to carry the essential items for each day’s trekking 
  • Refillable Water bottle – ideally one you can fit in your backpack pocket, for ease of carrying 
  • First aid kit, including plasters for blisters, which is your most likely ailment on the trail 
  • Mosquito spray 
  • Sunscreen & SPF chapstick 
  • Torch, ideally a headlamp -For evenings at the campsites, as there will be barely any other light. If you need to leave your tent. 
  • Snacks - You will be given snacks each day by the trek operator, but it is always nice to reward yourself after a hard day’s trekking with your favorite chocolate bar or snack. 
  • Camera / camera phone 
  • You won’t get a signal on the trail, but you’ll want to take photos! 
  • Toilet roll 
  • Antibacterial wipes 
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste 
  • Flannel, soap, deodorant & waterproof bag 
  • In the absence of showers, you will be making do with a bucket of water for personal hygiene, so a flannel will come in handy 
  • Any prescription medications. 

Non-Essential yet useful items 

  • Packing bags / dry bags. (Ziplocs)- These are so handy! These are waterproof, sealable bags you can use to separate items within your pack.  
  • Shampoo & shower gel 
  • Travel/Sports towel 
  • Sleeping bag liner 
  • Camping pillow 
  • Battery Charger & connector for phone 
  • Altitude sickness remedies -Coca Leaves offer a natural energy boost and are nice to share with the hard-working porters! You will be offered coca tea by the ports at meal stops. 

Embark on a breathtaking journey along the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Discover ancient ruins, lush landscapes, and stunning vistas on this once-in-a-lifetime Peru trek. Experience the wonder of the Inca civilization and its iconic citadel, Machu Picchu. This packing list for the 7 day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu should help you plan the perfect trek! 

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