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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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Whatsaap number: +51 901 994 670

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Some tips for internal tourism in Peru

Once you are ready to travel to Peru you need to know that there three very distinct geographical zones, and each one has its own weather seasons, somehow it is important to mention that the coldest of them will be the Andean one , so If you are heading up to a province then cold weather is always expected and you may need to bring with you a jacket and some warm clothes , if you are going to any place in the coast then a warm weather will be waiting for you , and for sure if you are going to the Amazonian jungle the weather will be more like summer.

Make sure to bring along on your trip a positive attitude at all times, there will be amazing places and experiences waiting for you over here so remember that this for sure will bring you surprises and friendly people to meet, there would be some challenges sometimes but there are lots of them everywhere you go, but life is about it right? So the best way to enjoy your trip is let the adventure get in to you.

When you arrive in Peru remember that are many travel agent options that you can take or book your trip or excursions with, somehow it is always recommended to do it in advance prior your arrival to this country, so this will give you definitely more time to enjoy and plan everything according to your expectectations. A hotel or host family accommodation is necessary at your arrival in case you don’t have any connecting flight to your city or province of destination, If this is the scenario then you should always use reliable transportation with accredited drivers who must always show you credential if you are taking their service from inside the airport.

When you arrive in Peru remember that are many travel agent options that you can take or book your trip or excursions with, somehow it is always recommended to do it in advance prior your arrival to this country, so this will give you definitely more time to enjoy and plan everything according to your expectectations. A hotel or host family accommodation is necessary at your arrival in case you don’t have any connecting flight to your city or province of destination, If this is the scenario then you should always use reliable transportation with accredited drivers who must always show you credential if you are taking their service from inside the airport.

It is always important to carry all your personal belongings near to you, specially money, credit or debit cards, medication or any other items of importance to you or the people traveling with you, as a well it is always recommended you assign one person in charge of presenting the documentation of every member of a group in case of traveling in a group.

If you have a connecting flight to your final destination, then it is better to stay at the same airport even though there are some hours left until your next flight this will avoid any chance of getting lost out there and miss your flight, make sure to be ready with some warm clothes in you are traveling to any of the provinces in the Andeans so the cold better won’t get you surprised.

Make sure always to check your luggage or carry on to see if you have them with you at all times especially when you travel by plane not because it might be dangerous or not safe but just to make sure everything is going well and according to what you planned. When you arrived at your final destination the travel agent personal will be waiting for you at the airport and will be carrying you name in a board so you will easily recognize him or her, then you will be taking to the hotel you have previously booked.

It is important to mention that there are bus terminals at every city or province and you can use these means of transportation that for sure will help you saving you some money from your budget and the prices are in soles which is the national currency.

Once you are settle in the place where you will be spending most of the days of your trip make sure to always get some days to get acclimatized in order not have any health issues during some excursions that requires of trekking, climbing or going up to a certain altitude, for sure this will help you a lot.

There many money exchange place where you can go ahead and exchange cash into our national currency, there are as well ATM’s machines where you can withdraw cash in case of needed, remember always to be careful of every transaction and be aware of some strangers than could mean a danger to you if you get distracted, this could happen anywhere so it is a matter of personal safety and awareness.

Popular transportation is fluent in Peru, so if you are interested in getting immersed into the popular activities you may get in to a public transportation bus called , combies or custers where for sure you will pay really cheap for transportation , somehow please make sure of keeping and eye at your belonging and to ask for instruction in order to get off the bus at the right bus stop so you don’t get lost , taxis are also a good choice whenever you are in a rush or just want to take a comfortable ride , make sure to ask the taxi driver about the cost of the ride before you get in , as they could charge you more than the expected if you pay when the ride is done , better safe than sorry.

In Peru it is always important to bargain when you are shopping special when purchasing at the local markets or street vendors, this is totally normal here so you can give a try and for sure get a good deal with this. Facebook.

Inti Raymi Celebration

Inti Raymi the celebration of the Sun

As you may know, Cusco is not just a magical city with historical places but also a mystical location based on celebrations that existed during the Inca Empire until today, so let’s talk about the Inti Raymi, a fascinating festival that commemorates the Inca heritage and its adoration to the Sun, their god.

The Inti Raymi is also known as the Festival of the Sun, this festival marks the Winter Solstice and honors Inti, the Incan Sun God, it is important to know that Peru is in the southern hemisphere its winter season won’t be similar to other countries.

The festival takes place On the 24th of June every year it is performed at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Tourists and locals gather to watch the festival taking place. It’s an excellent experience to make you feel as though you are being swept back into the time of the Incas and to give you a good idea of how life was like back then.

People wanted to learn more about this fascinating ancient culture so right after the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 old traditions started being brought back and the lost city brought with it lost traditions too, but what exactly happens on this very special day? Let’s start by talking about actors, the real performers, people who bring us back to the past and show us the power of the Incas all over their lands and how important it was for them to thank their god for everything they got as a blessing.

It really takes months of practice! You will see over 500 actors wearing traditional costumes that are very well made, and the ceremony actually lasts the whole day passing through 2 points in the city before reaching Sacsayhuaman there is no doubt that prior preparation to this event is taken seriously in order to express trough their performance every single detail of importance for Incas and their respect for the Sun.

Just Imagine seeing this magnificent site with golden life-sized corns and gold-fleeced alpacas on the lawn. It must have been incredible right? here is where this beautiful Temple called Q’oricancha takes the role as it was home to many Incan mummies that were wrapped in the finest clothes and set to rest on golden thrones forevermore. Unfortunately, upon seeing this wonderful building, the Spaniards took all the gold they could find, leaving only the stone construction that was underneath. This is what we can see today so If you want to see the start of Inti Raymi from here you need to get there very early in the morning seriously really early.

They make their way to the Plaza de Armas where the ‘Incas’ stop for a short while to perform a part of the ceremony. The best way to see this is to get to a balcony on one of the restaurants or cafes that surround it and watch it all from there, but wait ! this is just the first stop they will do before reaching Sacsayhuaman where the main part of the ceremony will take place, so make sure to separate 3 hours of your daily schedule in order to see the ceremony performance, assure to wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, sunscreen, hat, water, and some snacks as the walk could be a little exhausting if you are not used to walking long distances.
The Sacsayhuaman ruins are packed with those visitors who have managed to get hold of event tickets, whilst thousands more climb the hills and mountains around the ancient fortress to catch a glimpse. The Inca and selected nobles ascend to the ushnu (alter) give speeches in Quechua, paying homage to the Sun.
The most audience gets a little bit impressed when a peculiar ritual is being held, this is called the sacrifice of the Llama where this animal is sacrificed in order to show respect and gratitude to the God Sun, but it is important to mention that is just a fake sketch with no animal being killed, the idea is to show exactly how this used to happen in those times.

Here is something you should know as important facts.

The first Inti Raymi ceremony was held in 1412, this event was then suppressed and forbidden by Spanish conquistadors; as it was observed as a pagan ceremony, the opposite to their Catholic faith and traditions. However, it began once again in 1944 based on the writings of Garcilaso de la Vega, who was a poet and writer on those times bringing back in this way this very important ceremony the Festival of the Sun has come under criticism recently among older audiences for being too ‘staged’ but younger audiences, including local students, use it as an important time to celebrate Peruvian music, perform authentic folk dances and commemorate its history with street entertainment – this begins a week prior to the ceremony itself.

The Incas classed themselves as “Sun Masters” building their fortresses high into the sky as a means of getting ever closer to the sun. Their fortresses were seen as their tribute to the sun and the power that it holds – Qoricancha is an example of this.

Book your Machu Picchu tour! if you are in Cusco in June near the 24th don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this amazing, traditional and cultural event, you can purchase the entrance ticket in order to have a seat at Sacsayhuaman and be comfortable and is recommendable to do it with some time in advance.

While in Cusco!

If you are looking for some traditional shopping in Cusco then San Pedro Market is a good and unique option when it comes to mixing some cultural experience with traditional purchasing, Local markets are a very important part of the Peruvian culture because they offer a great look at the day-to-day life of the local people and their traditions. San Pedro market is located in the heart of Cusco, really close to the Plaza de Armas.
Lots of tourists enjoy a visit to the San Pedro market. Even when you don’t plan on buying anything, a visit there is just a new experience. There are a lot of fascinating attractions you will get when exploring this vast local market. We are sure you will enjoy walking around this place. Facebook.

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3 Must-Visit Places When Travelling to Peru

In recent years, Peru has become one of the most visited countries in South America.  Peruvians are immensely proud of their culture and heritage, and happily welcome all visitors who wish to admire the impressive features of their country.

If you want to explore a country with a variety of features, then Peru may very well be the place to visit. But before doing that you need to search for ideal Amazon and Machu Picchu tours to make the most of your vacation.

Peru is a country that has a lot to offer, but let’s talk about the 3 must-visit places.

Peruvian Amazon

When compared to the lower-lying portion of Amazon, the Peruvian Amazon headwaters contain a greater concentration of wildlife. If you are a wildlife lover, then Peruvian Amazon is a great choice as you will be able to spot a wide array of species. Peru also has a large portion of the remote forest which is still relatively untouched by human settlement. These remote forests are a great place to spot some of the jungle’s most unique wildlife.

Peruvian Amazon is an ideal destination if you are interested in cultural encounters with many indigenous communities that reside in this part of the Amazon. However, most of the communities prefer isolation to visitation.

Amazon and Machu Picchu tours
Amazon and Machu Picchu Tours


Cusco is a city in the Peruvian Andes and was once the capital of the Inca Empire. This city is now home to an array of historical and archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. After exploring the main sights, you can explore Cusco’s thriving culinary scene.

Most of the travelers use this city as a launching point for Machu Picchu, which is Peru’s largest tourist attraction. Backpackers, from around the world flock to Cusco year-round, making it a welcome refuge.

Machu Picchu

When in Peru, one can’t simply miss this place. Widely regarded as one of the greatest archaeological wonders of the world, this magnificent ancient Inca settlement is a definite highlight of any Machu Picchu and Amazon tours. The well-preserved stonework, spectacular backdrop and mysterious character of the site draw visitors in numbers each year.

When you catch the first glimpse of the terraced ruins, you will be awestruck and it will be the moment you won’t ever forget.  If you love adventure, then you can hike the Inca trail into the Andes, crossing lush rainforest and high-mountain passes before receiving the ultimate reward for your effort.

At 2,340m above sea level, the site encompasses both the mountainous terrains of the Andes and the tropical jungles and forest of the Amazon. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century and is believed to have been built by the ninth ruler of the Inca, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui.

Best time to visit

If you have decided to visit Peru, then plan your trip in the winter season (May-September). The winter is the driest season and the best time of the year to travel especially if you are planning to trek to Machu Picchu or visit Cusco. However, this is considered to be the peak season. If you want to avoid crowds, then try visiting in the summer season (December-March). Though there are high chances of rain during these months, you can try to align yourself to clear weather forecasted day. Facebook.

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7 Amazing Things to do in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is undeniably Peru’s leading tourist attraction and very few visitors to the country fail to make their way to the Andean hills, to see the ruins of the ‘lost city of the Incas’. Its iconic status as one of the wonders of the world means that millions of tourists flock to see the ancient citadel every year.

The large ruins, perfect masonry, and strange architecture have bemused the researchers for several years and continue to attract visitors on mass. Stretched over 13 square km, Machu Picchu is a wealth of interesting sights. You can spend hours wandering and getting lost in a city of wonders.

To assist you to get the most out of your Machu Picchu Trip, here are some amazing things you can do.

Climb up to the Sun Gate

Sun Gate is considered one of the most important features of Machu Picchu. Your first view of Machu Picchu after tough trekking will be through Intipunku, the Sun Gate. However, if you are visiting Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, you can climb up to the Sun Gate to look down on the ruins from above. Though it takes around an hour to reach Intipunku, the view from up there will be worth seeing.

Climb Huayna Picchu

If you want to see the bird-eye view of Machu Picchu, then you need to climb the Huayna Picchu. The towering mountain is a fairly straightforward climb and requires no technical ability. The top of Huayna Picchu will offer you the best view of the site and the surrounding mountains.

However, only 400 people are permitted to scale it per day, so better to book your tickets in advance.

Don’t miss the Temple of the Sun

Located next to the main fountain, the Torreon is one of the most important buildings in Machu Picchu. It is also one of the finest examples of Inca masonry. The Temple of the Sun is believed to be used for astronomical observations in the past.

Click photos from the Watchman’s Hut

After entering the city you will see the Watchman’s Hut. This is the perfect place to get a breathtaking view of the whole city, so don’t miss the opportunity to capture the beautiful view.

Find the Inca Bridge

Built as a secret entrance for the Incan army, the bridge is carved into a cliff face on the west route of Machu Picchu. From the Watchman’s Hut, the path will lead down to the Inca Bridge.

Search the Intihuatana

One of the most recognizable sights in Machu Picchu, Intihuatana was used by the Inca people as a sundial to predict solstices. The shape of the pillar rock itself mimics that of Huayna Picchu that sits directly behind the stone.

Visit the agricultural terraces

One of the greatest achievements of the Incas was their ability to adapt the mountainous terrain of the Andes for agriculture. You can walk along the terrace and appreciate the techniques they employed to make the land suitable for cultivation.

Whether you arrive at Machu Picchu on a bus or foot, the first impression of the site will never disappoint. With so many things to do and see, your Machu Picchu Trip will be worth remembering. Facebook.

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Interesting Facts about Peruvian Amazon Region and Machu Picchu

With its diverse land and rich culture, Peru is the perfect country for an explorer, but when someone talks about Peru- the first thing that comes to mind is Machu Picchu and the Amazon forest. These two places are the most visited in Peru.

Before you book any of the Amazon and Machu Picchu Tour packages, here are some amazing interesting facts about these places:


The Amazon is the largest rainforest on Earth, which stretches across nine countries in South America. The Peruvian part of the Amazon rainforest is probably the most diverse and prolific section of all. You can witness the widest variety of flora and fauna here. Peruvian region of the Amazon River and rainforest system is the most untouched and is known as the birthplace of the Amazon River.


Machu Picchu

Set atop the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and is also one of the most traveled places not only in Peru but in the world as well. Machu Picchu is translated to “Old Mountain” or “Old Peak.” in the Quechua language. Machu Picchu covers an area of more than 320 square kilometers.

Facts about Machu Picchu

  1. Machu Picchu is a 15th Century Inca site, located in the Cusco Region. The Inca Empire, the largest empire in pre-Columbian Americans, built the estate in around 1450 but abandoned it a century later after the Spanish Conquest. Though most of the archaeologists believed that it was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472).
  2. Machu Picchu, although known to locals, was unknown to outsiders until 1911, when it was brought to international attention by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. In 1983, Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO world heritage site, and, in 2007, it was named one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.
  3. Even after the Spanish Conquest in the 1500s, the Spanish never found the site of Machu Picchu and due to this belief Machu Picchu is often mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas.”
  4. To construct Machu Picchu, granite rocks of heavyweight over 55 tons were used. Machu Picchu was constructed with a technique called “Ashlar” that involves stones being perfectly shaped so that mortar is not needed.
  5. Machu Picchu is one of the most famous sites in South America and Peru’s most visited attraction. Therefore, there’s a no-fly zone above the site.
  6. Peru is prone to earthquakes and Machu Picchu sits on top of two fault lines. However, its intelligent design allows the stone to bounce through tremors before it safely falls back into its place. It is believed that, without the “Ashlar” technique, the site would have collapsed a long time ago.
  7. More than 150 buildings make up Machu Picchu and these buildings range from temples, sanctuaries to baths and houses.  Archaeologists identified 3 main structures- the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows, and the Intihuatana, which is a stone created by the Incas to be used as either a calendar or an astronomical clock.

Both Machu Picchu and Amazon are undoubtedly popular destinations in South America. Facebook.

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11 Tips to Plan your Machu Picchu Vacation Well

Once lost in the majestic Peruvian Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is now counted amongst the most sought-after tourist destinations across the globe. Its sophisticated buildings unravel ancient techniques of astronomical alignments and amazing panoramic views.

This ancient Inca settlement in Peru never fails to amaze people by its mystifying beauty, lush green cover, and esoteric ruins. To be honest, Machu Picchu Vacation is more like an adventurous journey of mysteries and bewilderment when compared to ordinary holidays you go on every year.

If you are also planning to experience one of the most thrilling ventures, the following tips will help you a lot in making your journey a successful and exciting one.

Machu Picchu Tours
Machu Picchu Tours

Make a booking in advance

  • Your first step should be to ask your tour operator to reserve train tickets and arrange your entry into Machu Picchu beforehand. Every year, more than 1.1 million visitors wander in Machu Picchu and authorities grant only limited permits each day. So, booking early will ensure your entry with no hassle.
  • In case you are also interested in hiking the original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you need to book it in advance again as the trek is well controlled and gets sold out months upfront as well.
  • Unless you are from Asia, you don’t have to worry about obtaining a tourist visa. However, you need to keep a copy of your passport with you during your entire stay in Peru.
  • When you enter Peru, the customs official will provide you with a tourist card. Ensure to keep it with you safely throughout your trip as you will need it again while leaving Peru. Otherwise, a fine will be imposed.

How to avoid Machu Picchu Crowd

  • During the afternoon, huge crowds of tourists will arrive from Cuzco – a city two hours away from Machu Picchu. If you are no fan of big gatherings or crowds, it is best to spend your night in the town of Aguas Calientes that lies at the foot of Machu Picchu.
  • To get the best view of the mountain sunset in Machu Picchu, visit up there in the late afternoon. Though the park closes at 5 pm, you will surely be able to catch some memorable and stunning photographs as the light beams will fall over the ancient ruins and radiate the surroundings in the most charismatic manner.
  • Another thing you could do to avoid huge throngs of tourists is to book your trip in ‘shoulder seasons’ i.e. between April and May or September and October.

How to Dress and Stay Healthy

  • While traveling to Peru, check the climate of the region you are planning to visit. In Machu Picchu, you can expect large temperature swings at different times within a single day. So, choose to dress accordingly.
  • Keep your body hydrated more than usual as you will be hiking at elevated heights. Bottled water is recommended to drink rather than tap water.
  • Bring insect repellent and apply sunscreen. Just to be safe, keep extra napkins or toilet paper in your daily touring backpack, and remember to throw it in the trash bin instead of the toilet.
  • Take time to get accustomed to the high altitude – at least 12 hours. Bring some altitude sickness tablets, avoid smoking and alcohol, and stay away from coffee and energy drinks. Rather, you can try some coca tea.

Follow these tips while planning for Machu Picchu Vacation and manage your money wisely to avoid scams and counterfeit cash. Facebook.

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What to Know About the Inca Trail

Although Machu Picchu can be reached by train or trekking on alternative trails from Aguas Calientes. There is nothing that quite compares to the authentic Inca Trail (Camino Inka). Celebrated as Peru´s most famous hiking trail and one of the world´s most iconic trekking experiences.  This trek exposes you to an impressive combination of sub-tropical Andean mountain environments, including cloud forests, alpine tundra and jungle, and a spectacular array of ancient, Incan archaeological sites!

the inca trail to machu picchu
the inca trail to machu picchu


The classic Inca Trail is 82km/50 miles and is usually completed on 4D/3N itinerary. But can be either lengthened by a day or shortened to a 2D/1N trek called the ¨Short Inca Trail¨. There is also an option to combine the Salkantay trek with the Inca Trail for an epic and challenging 7D/6N adventure!


The highest point reached on the trail is 4,224 feet/13,860 feet. The Inca Trail is even more challenging due to the high altitude region. All travelers should stay in Cusco for at least two days to get acclimated and reduce the chances of altitude sickness. Some types to avoid altitude sickness on the Inca Trail include drinking mate de coca tea, chewing on coca leaves, staying hydrated, replenishing yourself with foods rich in Potassium, and perhaps even buying altitude sickness pills beforehand in pharmacies.

Can anyone do the Inca Trail?

Peruvians highly value this original unpaved trail and the surrounding environment. Therefore, it is a privilege to have the experience to do the Inca trail. Only 500 people per day are able to do the trial per day, 300 being cooks, guides, and porters. You MUST pre-purchase the permit at least a few months in advance. Permits can sell out as earlier as 6 months in advance, so it is recommended to buy the tickets sooner than later!

Best time to do the Inca Trail:

There are two seasons- the dry and the wet season. The wet season is from November to March, and the dry season is between April and October. As expected, the dry season is more ideal and popular for tourists, but it is winter for other parts of South America so there are generally fewer travelers. IMPORTANT: The trail is closed in February due to the rainy season and maintenance. Which makes it difficult to access the trails.

What to Bring to the Inca Trail:

  • One of the essentials is a good quality pair of worn-in hiking shoes (if you do the trail from October to April, make sure that you have waterproof hiking shoes
  • A sleeping bag designed for low temperatures is necessary for this trek. During the first and second nights, the temperatures can drop below 0 degrees Celsius, 32 degrees Fahrenheit. (if you do not own a sleeping bag/cannot fit it in your suitcase, you will be able to rent one)
  • Thermal socks, hat, heavy jacket, light jacket, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, hats, gloves, sunglasses, tennis shoes or sandals for the campsite, first aid kit, toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight, and a water bottle will all be essential for this trek
  • If you are doing the trail during the rainy season, you should bring a raincoat or a rain poncho
  • Remember: only pack enough things in your backpack that you will be able to comfortably carry with you throughout the entire trek!

Comforts Available During the Inca Trail:

  • Each group includes a local trained cook as well as a local assistant trained cook. These two will prepare delicious and nutritious meals for you throughout the trek to keep you energized. Vegetarian meals are available upon request with no extra charges. Our breakfasts will include milk, coffee, hot chocolate, a variety of teas, bread, butter, orange or strawberry jam, oatmeal, and/or eggs. The lunches and dinners include soups, fish, beef, chicken, vegetables, rice, and potatoes.
  • During the trial, you will find access to basic toilets and regular bathrooms.
  • You will be able to shower on the third day if you purchase a ticket for 2 USD, with a towel rental of 1.50 USD. On the second day, some hikers choose to jump in the creek to freshen up. Warning: it can be quite cold!
  • Tap water will be available during the entire trek. If you choose to drink this water, please make sure to bring water purification pills (can be bought in Cusco), as the water is not potable.
  • You will be able to purchase water bottles, Gatorade, batteries, toilet paper, and snacks along the trail.

Fitness Preparation Tips:

The Inca Trail trek is considered a moderate to tough trek. You don´t need to be a super-fit or a marathon runner, but you should be in relatively good shape and have trained for a few months upon arrival. If you are currently unfit, we recommend starting a training program 3-6 months before your trek and focus on one or two cardiovascular exercises. The best type of training is to do aerobic cardiovascular exercises such as long-distance jogging, swimming, or cycling. One highly recommendable idea would be to do a long trail hike, about 8-16 km (5-10) once a week.

Furthermore, it is beneficial to do leg strengthened exercises before.  Please note, on the flip side to having a strong cardiovascular system. The fitter you mean that you will push yourself harder on this trek. This is a mistake, as exertion at high altitude causes altitude sickness. Hence, make sure to go slowly on your trek, especially on the ascents upwards and overpasses. Remember: you want to support your strong cardiovascular system to support the high altitude, not strain the system. Make sure to contact your doctor for advice beforehand if you have asthma, a respiratory condition, or a heart condition. Facebook.


What You Need to Know Before Your Trip to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Location:

The Machu Picchu archaeological complex is located in the department of Cusco, in the Urubamba province and district of Machu Picchu. It is perched on the eastern slopes of the Vilcanota mountain range, a chain of mountains condensed by the Apurimac and Urubamba Rivers (great white water rafting!).

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Separating Fact From Fiction In Machu Picchu

Ask any friend or family member if they have ever visited Machu Picchu and they will tell you how magical it is.

Built on top of a mountain, it is certainly difficult to imagine that such civil engineers existed in ancient times. The mystery surrounding the sight also gives birth to a number of misconceptions among tourists.

We asked our guides to discuss some of the most common myths they get to hear from tourists, and this blog is dedicated to helping you clear them out! Read on:

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