Peru & Machu Picchu Tours

Traveling to Machu Picchu is an opportunity to experience first hand the magic of the Inca's sanctuary. The 15th century citadel has retained many of it's unique architecture and remains one of the most famous destinations in the world. Located 7,970 ft. above sea level, Machu Picchu offered the Inca royalty family a place to rest and relax from the busy life in Cusco (over 11,000 ft above sea level). The journey was typically completed via the famous Inca Trail lasting about 4 days from Cusco. Join us in one of our many options to tour Machu Picchu or hike the Inca Trail during your visit to Peru.

4 Best Machu Picchu & Peru Tours

Machu Picchu Tours and Peru Travel

Fascinating Machu Picchu

7 Days - From $1,440
Our two 7 days adventures are the most comprehensive and popular itineraries. Both capture key cities and activities before arriving to Machu Picchu. During these adventures you will also visit Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo and climb Huayna Picchu.
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Inca Trail Expedition

10 Days - From $1,890
Our Inca Trail Expedition itinerary captures the key sites to see in Peru. It gives you time to recover after your arrival in Lima and also time to adjust to the Andes altitude. If you have the time, this is the perfect itinerary. Required arrival days in Lima are Saturday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursdays.
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Taste of Peru

12 Days - From $2,340
Catch all the “must see” Peru destinations in one of our delightful Machu Picchu tours. Travel to Peru’s uniquely different regions enjoying in-depth guided tours of important Inca sites like Machu Picchu, amazing mountain scenery, the biodiversity of the Amazon and its colorful indigenous people.
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Machu Picchu Expedition

14 Days - From $2,490
Our expedition itinerary captures the best of Peru’s Southern region. Explore Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon. This adventure will take you from Lima to the heights of the Andes to nature in the Amazon Basin.

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Booking a Machu Picchu Tour

We are excited about the possibility of you joining one of our Machu Picchu tours.  In order to proceed we will need (mailed, emailed/scanned or fax) the following documents and information: Required Forms and Payment Signed […]

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Machu Picchu Tours - Getting to Machu Picchu

Getting to Machu Picchu in 4 easy steps

Planning your trip to Peru will not only be rewarding as you learn about the Incas, but will maximize your visit the the famous Inca’s sacred city.  Getting to Machu Picchu can be done by […]

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Visiting Machu Picchu

When planning a trip to Peru’s most archeological site of Machu Picchu you must consider several items: From your international flights to Lima and then from Lima to Cusco to the passes to enter the […]

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Machu Picchu Tours and Peru Travel

Compare Machu Picchu Tours

The table below will allow you to compare our different Machu Picchu tours. Our goal in creating each package is to maximize your exposure within your allow travel time. The choices are many, but we […]

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Machu Picchu Facts

Facts About Machu Picchu Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. These Incan ruins are South America’s most visited tourist attraction.  Below you […]

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Machu Picchu History

A brief Machu Picchu history and facts Learn about the great Manko Inka and the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911.  If you are interested in visiting Machu Picchu, don’t hesitate to review our collection […]

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Peru Travel News

Inca Trail Permits for 2020

September 24, 2019

Permits for 2020 to hike the Inca Trail went on sale on October 1st of this year. Typically passes sell out about 8 months in advance. Early planning is key to secure the limited Inca […]

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Machu Picchu Hours of Operation Changed

July 21, 2017

Effective July 1st of 2017, the Peruvian government has decided to modify the hours of operations of Machu Picchu. There will be now two time slots to access the ruins. The first one from 6 […]

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Machu Picchu Tourism Revisited

January 5, 2017

With over 1.3 Million visitors per year, Machu Picchu is under tremendous environmental pressure to maintain its splendors for generations to come. UNESCO has listed Machu Picchu among sites at risk due to extreme tourism. […]

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Wiñay Wayna Ruins and Terraces

December 30, 2016

The ruins date to the mid-fifteenth century, developed during the times of Inca Empire. They are one of the must-see along the Inca Trail. It might have been a religious site, or a place for […]

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New Bridge to Machu Picchu Opens

December 30, 2016

A new bridge joining the town of Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Archaeological Park opened December 29th, 2016 for tourist visiting the ruins. The new structured will be named the Ruinas Bridge and expands over […]

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Machu Picchu Wins TripAdvisor 2016 Choice

May 27, 2016

KEY BISCAYNE, May 27, 2016 – Highland Adventures(™) is pleased to announce TripAdvisor(™) Travellers’ Choice (™) awards for 2016 Landmarks. The award honored more than 700 famous sites around the world. Winners are determined by […]

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Machu Picchu Information

Hours of Operation

The Sanctuary is located at the top of a small mountain next to the town of Aguas Calientes (name of train station).

  • There are two time slots for visitors to access the ruins: 6 AM to Noon or Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Passes for each schedule need to be purchased separately.
  • Access to the sanctuary is only as part of a 16 people group led by a local tourist professional.
  • There is a mini bus service from the village to the entrance of the ruins that runs roundtrip services daily every 15 minutes from 6:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • Beside the mini-bus, you can also access the entrance of the sanctuary by foot from or to Aguas Calientes (about a 1.5 hour strenuous hike).
  • All the available hotels except for the Sanctuary Lodge are located in town.

What To Bring

  • USD cash (recommended $300 per person)
  • Credit and/or debit card
  • Trip Itinerary
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • Binoculars (light)
  • Camera
  • Hiking boots or sturdy comfortable walking shoes (ankle support)
  • Fleece top
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Wool hat (or buy one in Cuzco)
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • Shoes
  • Sun Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Money belt
  • First-aid kit (Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Inca Trail & Salkantay Tours

In addition to the items mentioned above, you should bring the following:

  • Walking poles with rubber tips (available for rent: $20 approx.)
  • Low denomination local currency (1,5,10 soles)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Gloves (preferably waterproof)
  • “Blisters” kit
  • Plastic bags for personal items (e.g. Ziplock)
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Thermal or long underwear
  • Waterproof and fleece jackets
  • Water bottle (will be refilled during the day) and snacks. Also, you will be able to purchase water along the Inca Trail till lunch of day 2.

Money & Tips

Peru’s currency is called: Nuevo Sol. You can exchange money at the airport, banks and hotels. You can also get cash from any ATM machine (located throughout each city).

Banking Hours & ATMs

Banking hours are typically from 9a to 6p Monday thru Friday. ATM machines are located throughout major cities. Our guides will help you if you need assistance.

Cash, Credit Cards & Traveler’s Checks

Major credit cards including American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted at restaurants, hotels and shops in tourist areas. Some merchants may tag on a surcharge of 6% to 10%. We suggest you plan on bringing a credit card for any shopping, unforeseen expenses and emergencies. It’s also a good idea to bring some cash with you in US dollars (~$200 to $300 per person), using smaller denominations ranging from $1s to $20s. Make sure the bills are relatively new. Traveler’s checks are not recommended as they are very hard to exchange.

Tipping & Gratuities

We are often asked what gratuity is appropriate to leave the guides while in Peru. Of course the quality of service should determine the extent of any gratuity. Here is are some per person guidelines (OPTIONAL):

  • 10% of the bill at restaurants
  • US$1 per bag for bell-boys at hotels
  • US$1 per bag to porters at the airport
  • Tour Guides: US$5 to US$10 for a full day
  • Tour Driver: US$1 to US$3 for a full day
  • Transfer Guide: US$1 to US$3
  • TransferDriver: US$1
  • Inca or Salkantay Trail Guides: +US$50
  • Porters: +US$30

Airport Taxes

Most of the time, airport taxes are included as part of your international or domestic flights.

Peruvian Holidays

MONTH DAY HOLIDAY
JAN 1 New Years
FEB
MAR
APR 19 (2019) Easter
10 (2020) Easter
MAY 1 Labor Day
JUN 24 Inti Raymi
JUL 27-29 Independence Day
AUG 30 St. Rosa of Lima
SEP
OCT 8 Battle of Angamos
NOV 1 All Saints Day
DEC 8 Immaculada Concepcion
25 Christmas
29 St. Peter / St. Paul

Weather

The best time to visit Peru is between Mary and September.  During this period there is no rain and the average temperature is about 62 F degrees during the day. The table below shows the averages for Cusco.  April, October and November also tend to be popular as they are months before or after the rainy season (December to March).

MONTH HIGH LOW RAINY DAYS
JAN 68 46 24
FEB 68 47 21
MAR 68 47 22
APR 68 46 24
MAY 70 38 4
JUN 69 35 3
JUL 69 34 2
AUG 69 37 5
SEP 71 41 7
OCT 71 44 14
NOV 71 45 15
DEC 70 46 21

Best Season: May to September In-Between or Shoulder Months: April, October and November Low or Rainy Season: December to March

Transportation

Trains to Machu Picchu

To prevent service interruption or delays due to rains, train services to/from Machu Picchu from January 1st till May 31st begins and ends at Pachar Station (versus Poroy - closer to Cuzco). Transfer from Cuzco to Pachar and back is via tourist class bus. From June 1st till the end of December, trains services are from/to Poroy Station.

Baggage Rules

  • The trains from Cuzco to Machu Picchu have strict carry-on luggage rules. You can bring a small bag or backpack measuring 62 inches in total (length + width + height) and 11 lbs in maximum weight. Strongly recommended: Please leave as much as you can (suitcases) at your hotel (storage) in Cuzco and only take a small bag / backpack to Machu Picchu.
  • Return to Cusco after completing the Inca Trail: Travelers are allowed up 50 lbs. in luggage at no charge. Need to present Inca Trail pass before boarding.
  • To or from Puno: Same as above for carry-on. Larger luggage will travel in the same train, but in a separate cart.

Nazca Lines Flights Requirements

Original passport must be shown before boarding Nazca Lines planes in Pisco or Nazca airports. No sharp instruments allowed inside the plane.

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