There are many trails when booking Machu Picchu
A top destination in South America that has a mixture of adventure, mysticism, and archeology is undoubtedly the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world and a meeting point for most travelers seeking all sort of experiences. A journey to this beautiful historical monument also wide the options in visiting another destination within Peru. The beauty of Machu Picchu is difficult to describe because it provokes different reactions from visitors, from an intense calm to frenetic joy.
The Citadel can only visited through the Urubamba Valley, located on the outskirts of the main city of Cusco.
Departing from Cusco city, there are different tour packages for all kind of travelers, being the Inca Trail the most well known among adventurers. To get a place for this superb trek you must book at least 6 months in advance due to permits and restrictions on the number of people accessing to the trail. The Inca trail access is regulated by the national government and gets very busy during the months of May to August due the dry season. During the dry season, you will have the advantage of seeing clearly most of the temples along the way on the trail and Machu Picchu during your visit.
Getting around to Machu Picchu.
To get to Machu Picchu from Cusco city can be done by train to its nearest point which is in the town of Aguas Calientes. This small town does not have access by road, being impossible to reach by car or bus. It is necessary to combine the means of transport including train, car, or walk. Once there, Machu Picchu is at the top of the mountain in Aguas Calientes.
Depending on your length of staying in Peru, there are few combinations you can explore before getting to this ancient city.
For those travelers seeking a soft adventure, the 5 day Inca trail Express to Machu Picchu would be an excellent choice. This Machu Picchu vacation package includes a Cusco city tour, plenty of leisure time and a train journey from Cusco to a designated point where you will disembark in the mountains. You will walk for around 4 hours and see from the Sun gate, Machu Picchu at distance. Later on, you will divert your course to stop in Aguas Calientes and visit the ancient citadel next morning. This is a highly recommended option for those who don’t have too much time and want to enjoy the ancient citadel to the most.
Alternative routes on your Machu Picchu tour packages.
Another alternative on the Machu Picchu tour packages is the 8-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu through the impressive Vilcabamba Range. This is a wonderful alternative for those who want a less traveled but exceptionally beautiful route to Machu Picchu. Salkantay is the second largest mountain in the entire area of Cusco, followed by Ausangate. For many locals, it is said that Salkantay is the "guardian" that emerges between the mountains and the jungle. Crossing over a pass in the middle of immense mountain peaks, Salkantay (6270m) and Humantay (6070m), you will be able to see incredible views of the glacier and the valleys where they are overhung. Salkantay is considered one of the 10 best treks in the world. Prices range from a 5 Day Salkantay trekking to Machu Picchu $ 805 USD and access are all year around so no matter which season you can get your booking to Machu Picchu via Salkantay in time.
Next on the list of the Machu Picchu tour packages, is the 7 Day Lares Trek. This is an excellent alternative to the Camino del Inca. Taking you along less frequented roads with visits to authentic Andean communities while you are surrounded by wonderful mountains, lakes, and valleys. This trek combines amazing landscapes, glacial lagoons, valleys of cloud forests, and authentic Quechua textile communities as well as a visit to the thermal baths of Lares. Departures are frequent on groups, Prices range for a 7 Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu starting from $ 852 USD and once again there are no restrictions to access this trail. You can get your booking to Picchu via Lares either in the low season or high season.
Requirements for your Machu Picchu tour packages:
It is important to take your passport while you are on the road when you arrive at the old citadel, you will need to show it.
Remember that tripods are not allowed for cameras inside Machu Picchu. In case you have brought a tripod, during the alternative route you can leave it in one of the lockers that are conditioned before the entrance.
On the other hand, professional cameras are also not allowed inside Machu Picchu and the permits to use them can exceed $ 300 USD so it is better to avoid bringing a camera that looks professional.
Backpacks and accessories:
Similarly, when entering Machu Picchu, only small models of backpacks will be allowed to enter, so it is recommended to leave the large backpack in the town of Aguas Calientes in the hotel for their care.
Walking sticks are not allowed inside Machu Picchu unless the person needs it. Also, small umbrellas can be entered in case of rain so do not bring a big one.
At a small cost, you can request your entry stamp to Machu Picchu citadel which it will remainder as your venture to get here.
Important to consider:
Tour operators need 2 certificates, one from the city and another from the tourism committee. Make sure they have both in their offices.
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