VISA & PASSPORT
If you are a U.S. citizen or of the European Community, no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, but your passport must be valid for six months after the desired permanence in Peru.
Health conditions in Peru are generally good, especially in clinics and hospitals in the capital and major cities.
In Peru, the taximeters are not used and the prices are not related to the number of passengers. Generally, prices in the city of Cusco are located in a range of 3-6 soles, but if you want more information, you should consult the reference prices at the offices of Iperú before negotiating with taxi drivers.
Velazco Astete Airport
Machu Picchu (Ministerio de Cultura)
The city of Cusco, located at 3,400 meters above sea-level and former capital of the Inca Empire, was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1983 and is with no doubt one of the most important in Peru. Through its cobblestone streets are discovered Incan buildings, next to colonial buildings of Baroque Andean style.
The ideal months to visit Cusco are from June to October since you will find a bright sunshine from early morning.
TEMPERATURES IN FAHRENHEIT
Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, is one of the most famous examples of Inca architecture. It is located 8km from the city of Cusco (a 2 hour journey by train) and 2.350 meters above sea-level.
The ruins are located in the middle of a lush rainforest and it is believed that they had been built in the mid-fifteenth century by the Inca Pachacutec. Lost in history, the ruins were not discovered until 1911 with the arrival of the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
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Since Machu Picchu is located at a lower height than Cusco, the Inca citadel weather increases a few degrees.
When you arrive to Machu Picchu, we suggest you hire a tour at the gates of the citadel. The cost of this tour will vary depending on the number of people in the group and will last approximately two hours, then giving you enough time to tour the citadel at your own pace.
The Wayna Picchu, eternal guardian of the Inca citadel, is the highest mountain seen in the typical picture of Machu Picchu, and climb to the summit is an unforgettable experience. The difficult climb takes approximately two hours and is done from the main square of Machu Picchu, along a road built by the Incas themselves, and which now is very well marked and in good condition.
Machu Picchu is with no doubt the most important exhibition of the extraordinary Inca civilization. For the pilgrims and authorized officers of the Empire that wanted to access the citadel, it was necessary to travel El camino Real (The Royal road) through the rugged Andean geography. Today, this road is known as the Inca trail.
The Cusco Tourist Ticket is one of the most important initiatives for the Cusco tourism development. This ticket allows access through a single payment and different circuits to almost all the attractions of this city.
It can be purchased at the following address:
No matter at what time of the year you make your trip, be prepared to deal with altitude sickness, known in Perú as Soroche. This does not usually affect too much if you make a proper acclimatization, so you should consume coca tea and spend your first day in Cuzco to rest and avoid engaging in activities that require physical effort.
BUS TO MACHU PICCHU
When you arrive to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), you have two options to climb to the Machu Picchu citadel, on foot or by bus.
If you want to walk up this 9 kilometers road, it will take no more than 2 hours.
You can also take one of the buses that travel the winding road. The bus ticket can be purchased at the Ticket Office in Aguas Calientes: Av. Hermanos Ayar S/N, or CONSSETUR, which offices are located at Av. Infancia 433 Wanchaq, Cusco. For more information visit www.consettur.com
The voltage in Peru is 220 volts of 60 cycles, so we recommend checking the voltage that your electrical appliances operate with before connecting them to the plugs. It is important to note that most hotels of 3 or more stars have 110 volt electrical outlets.
ADMISSION TO MACHU PICCHU
If you only want to purchase the entry ticket to the Machu Picchu citadel please enter: www.machupicchu.gob.pe. You may also purchase the entry ticket at tour Point of Sale located at the Plaza the Armas in Cusco as long as you buy a train ticket.