Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu
Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders. This place is simply amazing! You can access it from Cusco by taking the train which can cost between 80 and 120 USD or by Ollaytantambo where cou can find it cheaper. The train takes you to Aguas Calientes known as Machu Picchu village, the touristic village where travelers have to stay before visiting Machu Picchu. You can also pay a tour that includes: Transportation from Cuzco to Hidroelectrica (Hydroelectric station which is a two-hour walk from Aguascalientes) and the Machu Picchu entry and night/s in Aguascalientes. From Aguas Calientes, you can take a bus to the Machu Picchu (19.5 USD round trip) or make it by stairs (45 minutes to an hour of climb). I highly recommend making it by stairs and arriving before other people so you will be able to see the village without all the tourists.
For those who are planning to visit the Wayna Picchu (mountain located in front of the Machu Picchu village), you should know there is a limit of 400 people per day. There are 2 authorized schedules to enter the site: entrance from 7 am to 8 am and entrance from 10 am to 11 am. The ticket has to be bought 10 days before the date of your trek. Entries cost 62 USD for adults and 39 USD for students.
Since 1st July, the entrance and visit to Machu Picchu were limited due to the huge amount of people who visit this site, which is already collapsed. Faced with this situation, new rules were created that will regulate the visit to Machu Picchu in order to maintain its conservation.
These are the following rules:
Hours: Now you must choose your visit between two shifts, the first is from 06:00 to 12:00 and the second from 12:00 to 17:30 hours, with a maximum stay of 4 hours.
Guide: In order to visit the Macchu Picchu village you must do it with a guide. Each guide can bring up to 16 people in your group.
Re-entry: You can only go out and re-enter the site once, during the hours that correspond to each visitor, and is within four hours.
It is forbidden to enter with: selfie-sticks, food, drinks, umbrellas, animals, high heels, musical instruments and baby cars.
The City of Cusco is a checkpoint for every traveler that wants to go to Machu Picchu, also known for being the archaeological capital of America. Cusco was the main city of the Inca Empire. Why visit Cusco? Cusco is fascinating to be a destination where you will find, history, nature, adventure, art, gastronomy, and customs that are kept alive. Read more about what to visit here…
Ollantaytambo is located in the Sacred Valley near Cusco and is practically an Inca town. It preserves a large amount of pre-Hispanic constructions. Also, Ollantaytambo is the destination bound if you want to save enough dollars on the train that goes to Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) since the train that leaves from Cusco is much more expensive. The cheapest one is the one that leaves at about 8 pm from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. The best way to travel to Ollantaytambo is by bus from Cusco. It is recommended to pass by Pisac and take a tour of its handicraft market and its ruins!
The Inca Trail
There are many Inca trail tours you can do, the classic one is the one that takes 4 days to arrive at the Inca ruins of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise of the fourth day. The trek is rated as a moderate difficulty so if you are reasonably fit you should be able to do it nevertheless you reach altitudes of 4200m so it can be challenging. These tours start at Ollantaytambo. You can check Incatrailperu.com for more detailed info.
Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon
Located five hours south of Lima, the desert oasis Huacachina is home to the buggy tour, here people are transported deep into the desert where you will be able to sandboard down the immense dunes and witness an unforgettable sunset in the desert, this is a must do tour!
Mancora is located at 1165 kilometers north from Lima. Here you’ll start to smell the Caribbean beaches… Pocitas and Vichayito, the most beautiful beaches, have these houses and bungalows for rent.
All this plus the delicious local gastronomy based on fresh fish and seafood make Mancora and the nearby beaches a place meant for your vacations. A place where there´s always tourism from all over the world, nightlife, good waves to go surfing and interesting tours in nearby areas.
The Colca Canyon, largest canyon in the world.
Arequipa is located in the south of Peru, here you can visit the Colca Canyon, the largest canyon in the world, visit its picturesque historic center and eat at the Mercado central where you can find full meals for the price of 4 soles (1,2 USD).
The Colca canyon tour can reach up to 5000m so be prepared! Want to know more about the world’s largest Canyon? Check out My Arequipa experience…