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4-day Inca Trail Tour Frequently Asked Questions

4-day Inca Trail Tours Frequently Asked Questions

Who controls the permits and availability of the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail’s availability depends on the organization that manages the trail and not on Inca Trail Tour Operators. Thus you may contact all tour operators you like, and they will all give you the exact dates. So if your particular date is not available, switching to any other traveling company will not be of help.

The Culture Ministry manages the Inca Trail, so they control the permits and availability of the Inca Trail.

The maximum number of people allowed on the Inca Trail is 500 per day, includes guides, porters and cooks, 40% of the space can be availed by regular trekkers, whereas the remaining 60% is only for the Trek personnel.

The available spaces that have been given on this page correspond to this percentage. The regulations also state that bookings are valid only for the current season, from March to January. For the next season, you cannot make any bookings until the current season expires.

Suppose you fail in utilizing your Inca Trail permit due to any reason. In that case, you can try out any other alternative treks in the regions of Lares trek, Huchuy Qosqo trek, Salkantay trek, Quarry trek, and others Machu Picchu Hiking Tours, all of which pass through Machu Picchu as well. You can view our Machu Picchu Hiking Tours page for more details, and suiting your needs, choose the best package of the several available options.

To have more information about our tours, see the most famous Inca Trail Tours for a detailed description of treks.

Inca Trail and lush vegetation
Inca Trail and lush vegetation

Can I climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (300m – 985 feet)?

You can include a hike up the Huayna Picchu Mountain, but please consider the new regulations that have been enforced since July of the year 2011. The policies require you to purchase a permit in advance. If you were just going to Machu Picchu and not to the Inca Trail, you could have bought the package rated at US$ 60 that covers both Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain. However, even though the Machu Picchu entrance fee is covered with the Inca Trail permit, the Huayna Picchu permit is not included in the US$ 100 package.

Just like the Inca Trail, the trekkers on the Huayna Picchu peak are also limited to 400. For the morning sessions at 7 am, and 10 am, this number is reduced to 200. The tour guide will organize a trip on Huayna Picchu for anyone who has a permit.

Please remember that your permit contains your name and passport number, so it is not transferable, and the amount will also not be refunded.

Maybe you are interested in knowing about what places to visit in the citadel of Machu Picchu; you can read our blog about What most people lose when visiting Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu
Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu

Why traveling with Sun Gate Tours is recommended?

Sun Gate Tours is a licensed tour operator that follows Peruvian Law. We are working hard to change the tourism concept in Peru and have defined it as our aim.

Do bookings have to be made in advance? If so, how many days ahead should I submit my application?

You should make your bookings for the Inca trail well in advance and even pay your entrance fee in advance so that you can be assured space on the route.

Since the allowed number of people is not that high, we recommend you to make your bookings in advance as much as possible so that you can be guaranteed space on the trail on your particular dates. If the season is at a peak, your bookings should be made at least 5 to six months before your preferred dates.

Depending on the months, here is how soon you should make your bookings in advance.

Mar – 5 to 9 weeks
April – 9 to 12 weeks
May – 4 to 5 months
Jun –  Aug – 5 to 6 months
Sept – 4 to 5 months
Oct to Nov – 9 to 12 weeks
Dec to Jan – 5 to 9 weeks
Feb – the trek is shut off for maintenance

Can I go to the Inca trail without a tour operator?

You cannot go to the Inca trail until you sign up with a tour operator because the policies published in June 2002 do not allow it. The guidelines clearly state that every trekker must be a professional guide. So if you are on your own, you would not even be allowed to begin the trek.

The Culture Ministry is the organization whose responsibility is to manage the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. According to their policies, as a company, we must provide you with a trained guide, camping equipment, emergency kit aid, emergency oxygen, and radio communications. These are mandatory requirements for every travel agency, so we must abide by them.

Which campsites do you use?

Campsites are subject to change based on crowds and season. We generally try to camp in less-traveled areas so that visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the Inca trail while minimizing environmental impact. Our usual camping locations include Huayllabamba, Paqaymayo and Wiay Wayna, and Phuyupatamarca.

What camping equipment does Sun Gate Tours provide us?

We supply 4 season sleeping tents, dining tents, tables, chairs, toilet tents, cooking equipment, water purifiers, Therm-a-rest inflatable sleeping pads, and other camping equipment. Our outfitter purchases the highest quality equipment, and older equipment is evaluated and replaced regularly. The sleeping bag does not include.

Can I take children on to the Inca Trail trek? Would you recommend it?

Children are allowed on the Inca Trail tour. We have taken plenty of family groups onto the trail that had children older than seven years. If your child’s age is lesser, please do not take him onto the route. Please remember that the children we brought onto the trek are physically apt for it with high fitness levels and are used to prolonged walking and hiking.

If you plan to bring your kids with you, we would suggest a private tour instead of a group visit to enjoy extra attention from the guide, which your child will need. Please remember that the trek is already tricky, and bringing a child adds even more to it. If you have never hiked before to high altitudes, please think thoroughly before making a decision.

You should also be aware that they are still minimal though emergency services are available on the trek.

Must I have a certain fitness level?

Your fitness level should be good if you want to hike the Inca Trail. You do not have to be a pro, but you should have some idea of what it will be like, and use it in preparing for your trip.

To stay healthy throughout the trip, we suggest that you acclimatize in Cusco before beginning the trial. Cusco is situated at 3,350m/10900f, and we recommend that you stay there for at least 2 or 3 days.

The following tips can help you in acclimatization.
When you get to Cusco, rest, try to sleep.
Avoid agitation and strenuous exercise upon arrival in Cusco.
Never over-exert yourself primarily upon your arrival.
Consume lots of water and other drinks, such as coca tea.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
Do not take any sleeping pills.

What do I have to take to the Inca Trail?

Trekkers only need to bring their items and a daypack. We will offer you with a duffle bag for your possessions on the Inca path, so you won’t need to bring a huge backpack unless you want to. It is advised to bring proper sun protection, layers of comfortable trekking clothing, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, insect repellent, hiking shoes, a torch, a camera, and 1-2 refillable water bottles.

During the wet season, rain gear is also recommended. (November-April), and cold weather gear (warm jacket, thermals, hat, and gloves) is recommended during the dry season (especially June-August).

What happens if I change my passport number?

The authorities will only let us update our passport numbers if we copy both the new and old passports. If you no longer have your previous ID, any government issued ID with the same name will suffice. Also, be certain that your passport does not expire within six months of your trip. For more information, see our blog post FAQ – New Inca Trail Passport Number.

What is the height of the Inca Trail? Do many people experience altitude sickness?

We can never predict if the immense altitude is going to affect you or not. Your ability to bear greater heights depends more on your genes than how physically fit or healthy you are. As long as you acclimatize correctly, you will probably not have any problems.

Spending an entire day in Cusco, taking things lightly, and drinking water aplenty should be enough in most cases and will help you complete the trial. However, our recommendation is to stay around 2 or 3 days in Cusco because it is high, and you can do many exciting activities there. Cusco is situated at 3340m or 10988ft, and sleeping at this altitude for two nights helps and makes your ascent on the Inca Trail easier, the highest point of which is 4200m or 13818ft.

Why is sending a deposit necessary?

We require a full booking form with all data for the entire party on one piece of paper, as well as a US$ 300 deposit per participant, so long as we have a single booking form that we can utilize to track payments. We will schedule your permits after we have received your money and personal information. When your tickets arrive, we will email you an invoice and confirmation that everything is in order. Once confirmed, all start dates are guaranteed.

Can I hire an extra porter?

We treat our porters well and provide them with all that they need. We have given them a uniform, trekking shoes, ponchos, backpacks, and also food. They are allowed to carry a weight of 14 kg, but since we believe in porter welfare, we request our clients to burden them with 7 kg only. We also provide them with overnight living a day before the trial to get a good night’s sleep.

What if I trek slowly and may take time while at it?

No matter how slow you trek, you will reach the campsite before night, so that is not an issue. Our guides will tell you about the time and distance of the walk day by day.

If you are trekking in a group of 9 and more people, there will always be two guides to accompany you. The head guide will go in front of the group, and the assistant guide treks with the last person in the group. If your group is of 8 or fewer people, there will only be one guide. He will then trek with the last person on the trail.

After I have made my booking, is it possible to change the departure date?

When your booking is confirmed, you cannot change the departure date because the Ministry of Culture approves them, so it will not be possible for you to change the date or delay your trip. All you can do is make a new reservation in your name, but you will have to submit the deposit again. Please note that dates for this reservation cannot be within five days of your previous due date or five days after it.

Are there any toilet facilities along the Inca Trail?

There are toilet facilities along the Inca Trail. We suggest all our clients use only them and not pollute nature. Make sure you have toilet paper with you because it is not available in the provided loos.

How many individuals are in a tent?

Our tents can hold four individuals, but we only assign a tent to two people since we care about our clients, make your stay more comfortable, and have ample space for all your needs.

Suppose I fall ill on the trek. What would happen if I wanted to go back?

If you book with us, there are minimum chances that you will need to go back. We want you to complete the trail and enjoy it along the way. If there is a medical emergency, our guides are trained to handle it and carry the required medical equipment.

Still, if your health does not allow you to complete the trek, we will do everything we can to get you to the nearest town or village. If your health problem is due to altitude, we will provide you with an extra oxygen tank with us on the trek. If it is something serious, a helicopter can always pick you up, provided you have travel insurance. In any event, if you drop out in the middle of the trek, we will not return your money.

In general, cases, if you feel like quitting on day two or before, you can travel back to Ollantaytambo with a guide or porter, depending on the severity of your condition. If you can recover in this area overnight, you will be allowed to go to Aguas Calientes via train the next day. You can stay there until you can rejoin your group in Machu Picchu, after which you will be able to continue the rest of the tour with them.

Please keep in mind that you will have to pay the additional costs incurred in this case, such as the train tickets and accommodation. The average rates are around US$ 80 to 120. You can claim this money later onwards with your insurance company through the document we will provide you.

What food will I get along the trail?

Food is not an issue on the Inca trail. We have trained cooks who will provide you with a large variety of dishes. Either all of the items listed below will be available or a selection of these.

Breakfast: porridge, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bread, and jam. Beverages are also provided, such as coffee, hot chocolate, English tea, and herbal teas such as coca tea or chamomile tea.

Lunch and Dinner: soup, main course, dessert, and herbal drink. The main course can be anything from beef, fish, and chicken, accompanied by pasta or rice.

Snacks: Every day you finish the trek, we will give you bread and jam, popcorn, chocolate, biscuits, and hot drinks. The snacks are provided according to our cooks’ decisions, but you can always buy your items if you want.

Can your agency fulfill my dietary needs? If so, what food will I be provided?

Sun Gate Tours can accommodate dietary needs of several types, provided you inform us of this at the time of your booking. Whether you are a vegetarian, are allergic to specific food items, and cannot eat gluten, we will still be able to help you. The chefs are well-trained and make delicious meals while making every effort to meet your specific requirements. All meals are given as a buffet, so you can select whatever you like. Timings will be communicated to you by your tour guides.

Will you provide drinking water?

We provide drinking water on all our tours. Our cooks boil the water for around ten minutes. You can fill up your supplies with this water whenever you need it. The only exception is on Day 1 until lunchtime. After this, you will be given whatever whenever you want for the rest of the trip.

For your information, there are spots along the trail where you can buy bottled water. However, these locations are not specific, so you may have to rely on our supply.

What guidelines do you follow concerning tipping?

The porter tipping ceremony will take place on the third night of the tour at the Wiñay Huayna campground. Tipping is not mandatory but is an act of gratitude for the porters, cooks, and guides who help you out along the trek.
The average rates given below are per person and per group.

Porter: 60 to 80 soles
Cook: 80 to 100 soles
Guide: 160 to 200 soles

Where can I store luggage that I will not need on the trail?

You can leave your extra bags at your Cusco hotel, or you can leave it in our luggage storage. We can also keep your luggage without any charges.

Please note that do not burden yourselves with extra bags while on the Inca trail trek. Only carry the things that you do need and leave the rest in Cusco.

Is the Inca Trail open all year round?

It is not open all year, it is closed in February for maintenance and conservation.

When do rains hit the region?

The rain season starts sometime in October or November and lasts till April. The rains in Cusco do not mean the heavy monsoon downpours. Generally, rainfall is only occasionally in small short bursts, which you will grow to love. The rest of the time, the days can be hot as well and not necessarily cloudy.

Since rain is light, even during this time, the trail is very safe. Many people prefer to go at this time of the year because the course is less crowded. So if you are in for rain, your booking should be of this time, but you will have to wear waterproof boots and carry rain gear with you.

What are the general weather and average temperatures on the trek?

The rainy season starts in November and lasts around April or May. Generally, the rain is light and is enjoyable. In February, downpours can be heavy, but that is when the trail is closed. The temperatures range from 2 to 25 degrees Celsius.

The dry season lasts from May till June. The days are sunny, and the sky is blue. However, the nights can be colder. On the day, temperatures lie between 20 to 20 Celsius, but at night, this can reduce to 0 to -5 degrees.

On the trek, we recommend that you dress in layers. You can take them off when you feel warm, and you can don them again when it gets cold.

The best months to make the Inca Trail are from May to September, when the conditions are pretty dry and generally sunny. However, June, July, and August can also be very cold at night so bring a good quality 4 season sleeping bag.

Is it possible to hire a sleeping bag if I do not have one?

Yes, you can rent a sleeping bag when you arrive in Cusco, the following rates apply.
Sleeping bag: US$ 20
Trekking poles: US$ 20

Do I need to use trekking poles?

We highly recommend you use trekking poles, particularly if you suffer from knee and joint problems. Several times, these will come in extremely handy, whether you are climbing up or coming down. Walking poles help you maintain your balance and reduce the pressure on your knees.

Both the Culture Ministry and Sun Gate Tours request you to use only those trekking poles with a nonmetallic tip to prevent the trail from damaging. If you have these, you can fix rubber soles at the ends, which you will find at any camping shop.

What is the weight of the sleeping bag and mat?

Weight of the sleeping mat: 1 kg
Weight of the sleeping bag: 2kg to 2.25kg

If I am alone, is it necessary to share the tent?

In general circumstances, you will have to share your tent with someone of your gender. If you are not comfortable with this, you can pay for a single tent for US$ 20.

Do I need to carry money?

You should carry some money to help you avail bottled water, hot showers (only for the third night), hot springs, souvenirs, and snacks. You will also need money to tip our trekking staff.
In most cases, around 300 soles are enough for the trip.

How are the guides?

Our Sun Gate Tours is among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere. They are from the surrounding Cusco and Sacred Valley area and speak fluent English and Spanish and the native language of Quechua. All of our tour guides have received training in tourism, medical emergencies, and first aid. They all have 5 to 12 years of experience leading Inca route treks and are knowledgeable about the area’s history, spirituality, culture, and ecology. See testimonials from our happy travelers.

Will I need an extra porter?

If you have never trekked before, we highly recommend an extra porter. If you do not do this, you will have to carry your sleeping bag, mattress, backpack, and water bottles. Almost 75% of our clients avail the extra porter feature to ease their trip.

Even if you appoint a porter, you will still need to carry a day pack to store items like a water bottle, camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, a warm upper, a poncho, or anything else you may need while hiking. Also, be sure to keep eatables like energy bards, nuts, sweets, dried fruits, chocolate, and anything else with vast quantities of glucose to help you with the altitude. The porter will not walk beside you, so you will only have access to your bag with him during breaks.

Before the trek begins, we also give you a porter bag to store your essential belongings. You can hire a porter for US$ 150, which provides you with a maximum limit of 14 kg. If your storage is more than this, you will have to pay additional fines. Would you please take what you need and leave the rest in Cusco?

If I want a porter, when should I let you know?

You will have to inform us in advance if you need a porter because when we buy a permit for ourselves, we also have to obtain a license for the porter. Thus, if you are late in letting us know, we will not be able to arrange a porter for you.

How challenging is the hike?

The total distance walked during the four-day trail trip is 43 km – 26 miles, therefore the lengths traveled each day are not increased. Because of the altitude, trekking these distances might feel nearly twice as difficult as walking the same distance at sea level.

Day 1 – Transfer to Km 82, Hike to Huayllabamba
Approximate walking distance: 12 km (7,47 miles) – Estimated time walking: 5-6 hours

Day 2 – From Huayllabamba to Paqaymayu (Crossing the highest point 4,200m – 13,776ft)
Approximate walking distance: 11 km (6,84 miles) – Estimated time walking: 6-7 hours

Day 3 – Paqaymayu to Wiñayhuayna (Descending into the Cloud Forest)
Approximate walking distance: 16 km (9,94 miles) – Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours

Day 4 – Hike to Sun Gate, Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
Approximate walking distance: 4 km (2,49 miles) – Estimated time walking: 2 hours

Will I get to view sunrise?

The sunrise in the region is distinct from the normal morning panoramas seen in the skies at dawn. If there is not much mist and the clouds are high, you might be able to witness the first ray in the sky. In truth, at this time, the sun has already risen and is not just passing over the high mountainous regions.

How long does it take to see Machu Picchu? When does the group proceed to Aguas Calientes?
The visit to Machu Picchu is of almost two or three hours. During this, a guide provides you with details on the ruins. When this session is over, you can spend an additional two hours or so exploring the ruins. You can also ascent the Huayna Picchu peak if you have the permit.

If you want, you can also leave for Aguas Calientes right after the guided session is over.

When will I reach Cusco?

In general, you would reach Cusco at around 9 pm. You have to book domestic flight tickets for the next day.

What benefits can I avail myself of in a private trek?

The Inca Trail private tour gives you the advantage of availing of any date as long as the trek is available and you can acquire a permit. We have regular departures, and you can go with anyone you like.

If you avail of private tours, you can enjoy a very personal experience. We would provide you pick and drop facility from your hotel. The guide will focus on you, and you will not have to follow a fixed food menu.

How can an ISIC card give me a discount?

The International Student Identity Card or ISIC is an international recognition that you are a student. If you have this card, the Culture Ministry will provide you with a discount of US$ 35.

We will need a scanned copy of your card at the time of buying permits. If you did not send this initially, please let us know and do it at your earliest convenience.


Sun Gate Tours offers this tour by request. Depends on your customize travel we can do scheduled it with the best options that we have to offer you. Just contact us by email or whatsaap number and we glad to help you anytime!.

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Peruvian Gastronomy

Peruvian Gastronomy

The culinary of Latin America have increasing weight in the culinary world order and Peruvian Gastronomy with Mexican, and Argentine. These three countries have their most outstanding restaurants.

That’s why a cuisine like the Peruvian one serves as an example so important and so fashionable in recent times in Europe. Especially in countries like Spain, Germany and more countries there.

Peruvian Gastronomu Origins

Peruvian food

The diversity of gastronomy in Peru depends on geography. Coz throughout its territory and especially around the city around the Andes there are a good number of vegetables and fruits. These differences in height above sea level lead to the existence of various types of microclimates in the country and, with them, lands that can cultivate a wide range of raw materials.

Besides its proximity to the geographical equator, it is added to the particularity of its altitudinal floors and its coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Its cold waters and the currents of this great body of water are the ideal habitats for a good number of varieties of shellfish and fish that make Peru. One of the main fishing countries in the world.

In the ancient world, the central Peruvian Andes was one of the epicenters of plant domestication. From them come some species that are universal today, such as tomatoes, squash, custard apples, potatoes and their many varieties, corn, and others that are not so universal, but cannot be absent in influenced kitchens. for Latin American flavors, such as peanuts, cassava, avocado, beans, sweet potato, cassava, or quinoa, which are currently very popular. All of them are still present in its gastronomy.

Best Peruvian Gastronomy dishes

  • Pollo A La Brasa
  • Causa Limeña
  • Ceviche
  • Saltado
  • Picarones

Today Peruvian cuisine preserves much of the legacy left by those who inhabited the empire prior to the conquest and the set of dishes that emerged after it. If not totally, yes partly thanks to this assimilation of new techniques and new ingredients, old preparations currently survive, especially in the most rural areas of the country.


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Raqchi Tour

Raqchi Tour

This archaeological Raqchi tour is located in the district of San Pedro de Cacha, province of Canchis, department of Cusco at 3460 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Quimsachata volcano. Archaeologists have divided it into 5 main sectors:

  1. Wiracocha Temple
  2. Main Squares
  3. Colcas
  4. Mesapata
  5. Urban sector
  6. In addition to an artificial water reservoir in front of the Temple and a wall that surrounds the entire complex.


Raqchi Tour TravelThe building so named is the only one of its kind within the “Kallancas” genre. Externally it is 25.25 meters wide by 92 meters long and at least 15 meters high. The central wall is the tallest and currently, its maximum height is 12 meters, but towards the end of the 19th century, the traveler.

Middendorf visited and described the site, noting 15 meters as the maximum height. What is peculiar about this structure is the use of two rows of columns to bridge the wide span existing between the central wall and the outer walls in order to support the “gabled” roof. The columns are located in separate rows between the central wall and the two longest exterior walls, they have a diameter of 1.60 meters and as many in these as in the other walls, the stone was used up to 3 meters in height and from then on its used adobe. It is noteworthy that the stones used were polished to give them the “cushioned” finish, typical of the Inca constructions of the Tawantinsuyu period, that is, after 1450 AD.


Raqchi Cusco TourIt houses approximately ten rows of twenty circular structures – collcas – each one well-aligned with slight differences in diameter, ranging between 7 and 10 meters. All very deteriorated and with large areas destroyed for agricultural use due to of which the stones that illegal to cover low walls have been piled up since it has a level ground.

The colcas are formed by thick walls of rustic masonry based on a black basalt stone with a double wall and a variable power between 0.50 and 1 m. The entrance is through a trapezium-shaped hole, monolithic lintel, very narrow and of variable height. Side skylights at the top and for ventilation purposes were common.

Sometimes in the same unit. The most vulnerable part is the access part and the fracture line is diagonal in most cases.


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Huaro Church Tour

Huaro Church Tour

It’s located in the Main Square of the district of Huaro Church Tour. Province of Quispicanchis, department from Cusco, 40 km from the city of Cusco.

It has a temperate climate with an average of 10º C, with two defined seasons, rain and the other dry.

The main activity of the resident of Huaro is agriculture. This is why it maintains a constant commercial operation with Cusco and the surrounding districts. With corn being the main production.


Huaro insideIn front of a wide atrium that is accessed through three carved stone steps, is the main entrance to the temple, which is descended by two slopes and a carved stone landing. The main portal leads to the first space or basement. To the right of this, there is a staircase with three stone steps and the rest of the rammed earth that leads us to the choir.

Attached to the church in a perpendicular way are the small rooms of the baptistery (wall of the gospel), two side chapels, the sacristy, and the storage of litters as buttresses that make a set of volumes characteristic of the churches of the region.

The largest interior space is occupied by the rectangular nave. Then, the roof of the nave is limited by the triumphal or toral arch that is higher with reference to the main nave. Next is the presbytery which is accessed by a stepped podium of carved stone, on the sides are the entrances to the sacristy and deposit of canvases that guard the chapel, the doors are made of colonial greenwood, in the front wall there is a window with a spill, a wooden frame, and simple glass.


Huaro Travel TourIt constitutes one of the first forms of artistic expression of man. Used since pre-Hispanic times. In Hispanic times, during the 17th to 19th centuries, Huaro received different artistic influences from both the European schools and the indigenous influence. Since the arrival of the Spanish to the territory of the Incas, Hispanic and indigenous techniques were mixed in the execution of works of art.

The first drawings executed in the temple of Huaro were apparently in the presbytery, by anonymous authors. Subsequently, the works were expanded towards the gospel walls and the epistle, a wall of feet, and then ascended towards the choir and the ceiling. Most of the wall paintings are the work of Thadeo Escalante and his disciples.

In the 18th century, the decoration went up to the ceilings and vaults. Like an evocation of heaven. From then on, the decoration is carried out throughout the interior space (walls. Ceilings, ceilings, columns. Etc.)

Both mestizos and Indians are increasingly numerous in painters’ guilds.  A style that lasts until the middle of the 19th century.

Thadeo Escalante born in Acomayo possibly in 1770 and died in 1840, a descendant of the Incas, executed his works between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. He was a disciple of the Zapata mestizo muralists. Gutiérrez and Vilca.

In Huaro there are five pictorial groups, placed in the following parts of the church: triumphal arch with the apotheosis of San Juan Bautista, patron of the church, nave, arches that support the choir, basement, and coffered ceiling.

Reverse: They reiterate the theme of the Triumphal Arch with San Juan Bautista and San Pedro, as protagonists. In the middle part “La Sagrada Familia”, and on the right side the representation of “Los Ángeles” and “Las Virtudes”.


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Andahuaylillas Chapel Tour

Andahuaylillas Sixtine Chapel

According to history, the Andahuaylillas Chapel Tour was built by Jesuits in the sixteenth century over an Inca place or ceremonial space dedicated to the sun and moon. Then, the construction of the current temple started in 1570 with the creation of a small chapel; where the nave and façade were completed in 1606.

Much of the interior was decorated by Luis de Riaño, a student of Angelino Medoro, in the 1620s. It is often called the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes” because of the beauty of its mural paintings. Also into this place, many people around this town want to get married to the traditional art and paintings that are located inside the Church.

Andahuaylillas is a small town located 25 miles (41 kilometers) from the city of Cusco, at 10,000 feet (3,100 meters) above sea level. Where many people live from agriculture and cattle raising as the main resource for their houses and families.


Andahuaylillas travel

Repeated seismic activity and some inappropriate previous interventions caused structural instability of the façade, balcony, and bell tower. The Mudéjar-style painted ceiling of the sanctuary was also in precarious condition due to roof leaks, insect infestation, and the effect of earthquakes. Work was done on the ceiling in the 1980s, but the problems persisted, and another earthquake could cause the loss of decorative elements.

As you can see in the image the ceiling was rebuilt by many people and try to maintain the first designs from the beginning. Until now is very difficult to know how was the first construction but the engineers here tried to rebuild the place.


The temperature of Andahuaylillas during the year varies from 0 ° C to 19 ° C and rarely drops below -2 ° C or rises above 22 ° C.

The Andahuaylillas weather is also framed in two rainy seasons and a dry season. During the rainy season in Andahuaylillas it will feel cool and somewhat cloudy, while, in the dry season, the weather is quite comfortable despite perceiving the partly cloudy sky.

Best season to get to know Andahuaylillas

The best season to be able to travel to Andahuaylillas according to the recommendation of the tourist sector is during the dry season. Since the presence of rain will not be perceived the climate becomes quite comfortable with the presence of solar rays and in the afternoon nights, the Andahuaylillas sky is cloudy.

The months of the best season are between April to September.

How to get to Andahuaylillas?

In order to get to Andahuaylillas, there are different ways and routes. One of them is to arrive by bus departing from Cusco to Andahuaylillas and the cost is quite cheap S /. 5.00 and the duration is approximately 45 to 50 minutes from Cusco city.

Another way to get there on your own is taking a taxi from the station of the cars and get to the Sistine Chapel from America in approximately 30 minutes. The price of the taxi will depend on the company you request service from.


Sun Gate Tours offers this tour by request. Depends on your customize travel we can do scheduled it with the best options that we have to offer you. Just contact us by email or whatsaap number and we glad to help you anytime!.

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Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake

How to get to Humantay Lake?

Visiting Humantay Lake Tour in Peru is discovering a turquoise lake in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Formed by the melting of the Humantay (5,473 m) and Salkantay (6,270 m) glaciers.

It is one of the natural wonders of Cusco, accessible by a short walk in a beautiful environment among llamas, alpacas, hills, and streams.

What to see in Humantay Lake?


The road is as beautiful as the destination since you will pass through a beautiful typical landscape of the Andes between hills, high mountains, llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas into Humantay Lake Tour.

The climb is not easy, but the reward is a fantastic view of the turquoise lagoon that contrasts with the snow of the glaciers.

Around the lake, you can see small stone towers. They are the apachetas in honor of the lake and the mountains that are elements considered sacred by the local communities.

Here also offerings are made to the Pachamama. Often with three coca leaves, a set called Kintu represents the three worlds of Inca mythology.

How to get to Humantay Lake ?

Humantay Lake has located an hour and a half walk from the community of Soraypampa, northeast of the city of Cusco.

Is the walk difficult to Humantay Lake?


It is necessary to be in good physical condition since walking 1h30-2h, going from 3870m to 4200m, represents a lot of effort!

But the walk itself is not technical.

For the first half-hour, the road is flat, and then it is a constant climb to the lake.

Travel light, it will be much easier!


Sun Gate Tours offers this tour by request. Depends on your customize travel we can do scheduled it with the best options that we have to offer you. Just contact us by email or whatsaap number and we glad to help you anytime!.

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Qeshuachaca Tourism

Cusco has the last engineering work preserved from the ancient Inca civilization. It’s an important hanging bridge, made of rope which is sacred to the region communities. Today, Sun Gate Tours invites you to visit and tour into the Qeshuachaca bridge, and to discover its incredible reconstruction rituals.

Qeshuacha Tour Location

Qeshuachaca-tourQeshuachaca Tour is located at 180 km from Cusco City and it was built more than 500 years ago.

This suspension bridge has 30 meters long and 1.20 meters wide. Additionally, this bridge is made of Ichu and with ancient techniques that are surprising resistance to the time. And this is the last one bridge.

For this reason, its name translates from Quechua ‘rope bridge’.

According to the history of this place, Incas times there was a wide network of roads and bridges that linked the territories of  of the kingdom “Tahuantinsuyo”.

Qeshuachaca bridge were built to move easily through the Andes geography in Peru.


What is the reconstruction

ritual of Qeshuachaca Tour bridge?


On the second Sunday in June every year since more than 500 years. Several communities meet to rebuild the Qeshuachaca bridge. This maintenance was did for more than 500 years to preserve better relations among communities and keep the flame of the ancient cultures of these places.

Do not miss the last bridge built by the Incas and rebuilt each year by communities that live in this place.

An ancestral work that allows you to discover the cultural richness of the rural communities of Cusco.



Sun Gate Tours offers this tour by request. Depends of your custommize travel we can do scheduled it with the best options that we have to offer you. Just contact us by email or whatsaap number and we glad to help you anytime!.

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Huacrapucara Experience

Huacrapucara is an archaeological complex of pre-Hispanic constructions with the architecture of Mauk’allaqta and Inca cultures. And it’s located in the district of Pomacanchi in Cusco with 4140 meters above the sea level.

What does Huacrapucara mean?


This archaeological complex called Huacrapukara. According to Dr. Victor Angles Vargas, the Quechua word Huacrapucara, etymologically comes from two words huacra means horn and the word pucara means fortress or barracks. In short, this word waqrapukara means fortress in the form of a horn.

It was a residence of the nobility of this place. Into there you will find with astronomical observatories.

At the same time it was a protected religious center with watchtowers and underground roads.

Climate and Temperature

The climate of this place belongs to the entire Cusco region with the two respective seasons that between may and october are the cold – dry seasonand between the months of november and april are the rainy season. On the other hand, the winds can be constant and increase between the months of august and september due to the geography of this place.

Other recommendations for an awesome experience in Huacrapucara.

  • Hiking shoes or at least a pair of chunky soles.
  • Warm-up exercises before starting the walk, this will prevent possible muscle contractures.
  • You have to be inform with the climate that is ruling at the time to carry out the activity.
  • We advise you acclimatizing first. Which implies that you see the effects that height produces on you from the first step on Cusco ground.
  • Bring something extra to eat, water and some dried fruit. It will be the best answer to your physical needs.
  • Bring change clothes to use at the end of the activity.
  • Warm and light and warm clothing.
  • Use trekking poles. It helps a lot with physical effort.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Do not drink alcohol the day before the activity.


Sun Gate Tours offers this tour by request. Depends of your custommize travel we can do scheduled it with the best options that we have to offer you. Just contact us by email or whatsaap number and we glad to help you anytime!.

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Machu Picchu First destination of Carbon Neutral

Machu Picchu is the first tourism destination of Carbon Neutral in the world. For Sun Gate Tours is a pride for local, national, and international society.

The Machu Picchu sanctuary is one of the first seven wonders to receive the achievement as a carbon-neutral destination thanks to the joint work of local society, the government, and the private sectors. The principal subject is the conservation of the natural and culture of this area.

Macchu Picchu as First tourism Destination of Carbon Neutral

Minister Mariano Castro said  “the certification to the historic sanctuary is a great step and we should be proud of it. And it’s a great example for Peru and the world.” Concerning the proclamation on Sept 2nd.

Machu Picchu Carbon Neutral

He warned that we’re in a very careful situation of the climate crisis. Every citizen has to do more actions in these subjects and do its parts. Nowadays our relationship with nature counts for the future of the world.

More words of the minister:

“We must achieve our national and local goals to be in touch with the carbon-neutral economies”

Peru’s historic site mitigated its carbon footprint offering visitors a climate-responsible experience with great challenges to take care of the planet.

Machu Picchu becomes a pioneer in adopting environmental and climatic. According to 2019 information, 8,600 tons of greenhouse gases were registered in Machu Picchu. According to that by 2030, it will be reduced to 45% ”, included Minister.

Added to this “One million trees for Machu Picchu” is the initiative to plant by SERNAM. An entity attached to MINAM.

Machu Picchu politicians


The district and historic Machu Picchusanctuary seek to reduce carbon emissions by 45% to 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2050.

In conclusion, Machu Picchu will fulfill its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. In accordance with the agreement signed within the protocols supported in Paris.




For Sun Gate Tours is a great achievement to publish this kind of news to increase our beloved passion for our country and share with you more alternatives to do this amazing historical citadel considered as the first tourism destination in the whole world.  As a matter of fact, you can mix Machu Picchu with Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, Huchuy Qosqo, or Inca Trail for 2 days to 5 days of pleasure.


Biking Cusco

Biking in Cusco and Sacred Valley

Biking mountain in Cusco & Sacred Valley is one the most easy way to feel the air and vibes from this part of the world. It’s widely practiced in Cusco geography by many people from outside and inside. Sometimes the high mountains are a challenging for people who like this sport. The dizzying descents are an incredible experience. Into routes you can visit historical Inca archaeological sites that can be easily adapted to suit every level and age. Some people said “it’s an incredibly scenic ride through the non-tourist side of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Cusco

What kind of equipment can we bring in Cusco & Sacred Valley?

Equipo de bicicleta



To do an special and safety biking tour or visit Cusco and Sacred Valley in Bike. We recommend to use these ones elements and if you go in tours with Sun Gate Tours or other operator you must have to demand all of these.

  • Light clothing
  • Windproof clothing
  • Raincoat for rain
  • Sunscreen
  • Small backpack.
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Knee and elbow pads



Sustainable Experience Cusco and Sacred Valley

Biking Cusco


Without a doubt in recent years, Cusco has become one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru. Machu Picchu was built at the beginning of the 15th century over the mountains and the living culture preserved by its population, restaurants that prepare traditional and succulent meals, makes it one of the places you must visit.

Today the city offers different activities including mountain biking or cycling at the Andes, developed mainly in the famous Sacred Valley. This place offers incredibly wonderful landscapes wherew you can see Ollantaytambo, Pisaq, Moray, Maras, Calca, Urubamba and more places to visit outside the common tour packages in Cusco City.



What routes could we do at Sacred Valle and Cusco?

  • Biking Maras – Moray 1 Day
  • Lares Down Hill
  • Urquillos Down Hill
  • Biking from Cusco  to Ollantaytambo

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