MACHUPICCHU+SACRED VALLEY FAQ
MACHUPICCHU + SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Machupicchu + Sacred Valley Faqs will help you to pack your personal item as well will answer your doubts you might have for Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley.
1. ¿WHAT IS MACHU PICCHU?
Machu Picchu is the most important construction made by the Incas, located in the department of Cusco75 km northwest of the City of Cusco, at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level, it was hidden between valleys in the jungle part of the Andean mountain range until it was discovered in 1911, a spectacular city built with perfectly united stones, located in the high part of a mountain.
Visitors from around the world a year arrive in Machu Picchu either by train or hiking such as Inca Trail.
¿HOW LONG WITH ANTICIPATION I MUST RESERVE MACHUPICCHU + SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS?
Reservations are made in advance according to the season.In the high season corresponding to the months of May to October, the revenues and trains for Machu Picchu are not available, so the reservation must be made 2 months in advance.
In the low season corresponding to the months of October to April months that coincide with the rainy season there are availability of train tickets and admission to Machu Picchu.
¿WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MACHU PICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
All the year is the best time.
Dry season.- It goes from April to October, in the city of Cusco, the weather is cool throughout the period and quite cold between June and the end of August, we must take into account that Machu Picchu belongs to a subtropical climate, the days are Hot, sometimes some cold at night. In the city of Cusco it does not rain during this time, while in Machu Picchu there may be very fast and light showers some days.
Rainy season. In the city of Cusco it rains a lot in these months from November to March, but in short periods and 2 or 3 times a week, the same can be observed in Machu Picchu. It is advisable to wear a rain poncho or waterproof jacket. Also, it is advisable to dress in layers, light clothes below and a little thicker above, so you will be prepared for any weather change.
¿WHAT CLOTHES AND ITEMS SHOULD I TAKE TO MACHU PICCHU?
- Machu Picchu is located in a cloud forest with a sub tropical climate (humid and warm) in that sense it is recommended to use:
- If you make your trip during the rainy season (November-April) it is best to wear rain poncho or waterproof jacket
- Wear warm clothes because generally it is sunny in the morning and from the afternoon there are strong winds.
- Long-sleeved polo shirts will be useful to avoid insect bites and strong sun exposure.
- Wearing sunglasses so you can observe Machu Picchu without forcing your eyes.
- A cap to keep it cool during the day.
- Sun block to protect from the sun’s rays is recommended between 30 and 50 to protect against UVB rays,
- Insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites and itching (do not wear short clothes)
- Water consumption is important to stay hydrated Peru is under a rule of prohibition of disposable plastic so you must bring a canteen or reusable bottle.
¿CAN I TAKE MY LUGGAGE ON THE TRIP MACHU PICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
It is recommended to carry only a small backpack with what is necessary for light travel, the rest of your luggage must be left in your lodging (Cusco)
Remember that for the visit to Machu Picchu you should not be with large luggage in your hand, you can use a locker at the control door that will cost you the sum of 5.00 soles.
¿WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION DOES THE AGENCY OFFER ME FOR MACHU PICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
The accommodation provided is comfortable with private bathroom, wifi, near to the hot spring and is located in a quiet place and conducive to your good rest.
¿DOES FOOD INCLUDE ON THE MACHU PICCHU + SACRED VALLEY TOUR?
The first day includes the buffet lunch in Urubamba, the second day in the morning you will have breakfast or box lunch in your accommodation that contains (Fruit, banana, granola, mixed cheese and ham sandwich)
the other foods are not included in the service but You can find many restaurants in Aguas Calientes.
¿AT WHAT TIME WILL MY GUIDANCE BEGIN?
Eco Path Trek is responsible for enabling the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu at the first time that corresponds to 6:00 am for you to enjoy in Machu Picchu, with a stay of 4 hours.
If this schedule is not available, we have another option, we will reserve the tickets for 7:00 am.
The tour guiding is for 2 hours after that you have 2 hours free time.
¿WHERE AND WHAT IS THE OPENING HOURS IN THE HOT SPRINGS OF AGUAS CALIENTES?
The hot springs of Aguas Calientes, are located in the same town of Agua Calientes ending Pachacutec Avenue 20 minutes from the Plaza de Armas of the springs sprouting from the interior of the earth covered by rocks, the temperature ranges between 35 ° C and 43 ° C, these waters are taken to swimming pools and have healing properties such as anti-stress therapy, eliminates toxins, lowers blood pressure etc.
Business hours: Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am -20: 00hrs
DO YOU INCLUDE BUSES UP AND DOWN TO MACHU PICCHU?
For Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley, it includes the second day ascent bus that can take you at 5:30 am (it is the first bus that goes to Machu Picchu) for 30 minutes it will take you on a zigzag road until you reach the control door of Machu Picchu. For your return to Aguas Calientes you must walk down for 1 hour or buy the bus down which costs 12.00 usd
¿DOES THE VISIT TO THE HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN INCLUDE ME?
The visit to the Huaynapicchu mountains or Machu Picchu Mountain are not included in the service, in case you want to book one of them you must request it by mail and according to availability we will confirm it, it has a cost of 20.00 usd per person that you must add if you wish Reserve.
If you confirm your reservation for Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley and after a while write to us indicating that you want to visit the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain you must pay the cost of a new ticket 80.00 usd. By requesting it extemporaneously.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUAYNAPICCHU AND MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?
- Huayna Picchu – The hike to the summit is approximately 45 minutes, along narrow and steep Inca stairs. Once at the top, you get to see the Citadel of Machu Picchu and its surrounding hills and valleys. This is the famous peak in the background of every iconic Machu Picchu photo. Summiting Huayna Picchu is always a top item on most Machu Picchu visitor’s lists which means that you usually need reserve this mountain 6 months in advance. Only a certain amount of people are allowed to hike this mountain each day (currently 400). Along this trek you’ll see breathtaking views of the Machu Picchu ruins. The limited number of tickets is a restriction set forth by the ministry of culture in Cusco, not by Eco Path Trek. This is completely out of our hands unfortunately.Tickets for this mountain are non-transferable.
- Machu Picchu Mountain – The hike to this summit is approximately 1.5 hrs. Once at the top, you get a much higher vantage point so you have an amazing view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu and its surroundings. This hike is a great alternative to Huayna Picchu. It is ideal for those who don’t want the hassle of fighting for a ticket, or who were unable to get one. Technically, spaces for Machu Picchu Mountain are also limited to 400 per day, as well it’s use to sold We simply need to reserve a space when we buy your entrance tickets. This trek is great because it will also take you high up like Huayna Picchu, offering great views. This trek has an easier incline (also making it accessible for those who fear the heights of Huayna Picchu), but the path is much longer making it equally as challenging in it’s own way.
IF I CANCEL MY MACHUPICCHU+SACRED VALLEY, I WILL BE REFUNDED?
No. Unfortunately our company has a no refund policy. All $200.00 deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. We understand that unexpected things happen that are out of your control, but we can’t make exceptions. To get more information, please check our terms and conditions.
I HAVE OPTIONS FOR VISIT IN AGUAS CALIENTES OR MACHU PICCHU TOWN?
If you arrive early to Machu Picchu you can visit the following options that will increase your experience, also if the second day your train leaves at 6:00 pm you have time to explore the options that Aguas Calientes has for you:
Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum
This small museum is located at the beginning of the road that leads to Machu Picchu about 25 minutes from the town of Aguas Calientes, it is advisable to visit it if you have time because you will learn about the construction of Machu Picchu history of archaeological excavations of the area and what they found, examine maps and some articles since Hiram Bingham took most of the findings to Yale University, also has its own botanical garden. The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu has not only history, but also a large Andean rainforest whose plant life is composed of more than 90 kinds and 200 species of orchids, as well as native trees such as pisonay, alder, puya and trees.
The protected area and recognized as a Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu has more than a hundred butterflies in the butterfly butt just 15 minutes walking along the route that leads to Machu Picchu can examine some of these striking species during a guided tour of 15 to 20 minutes that costs S / .10.00 (soles).
Within 1 hour walking along the train tracks are Los Jardines y Cataratas de Mandor, where for a price of S / .10.00 (soles) you can enter and explore the charming place that has a variety of plants with rare species of orchids and exotic birds.
A very popular place, and the reason why the city became known Aguas Calientes is the thermal baths. Especially for hikers who arrive tired as they have walked for days to reach the city, it is a very relaxing place located just 10 minutes from the city. The pools vary between approx. 38 and 46 ° C. You should take into account that the use of bathing clothes and sandals is mandatory, but if I forget it I could rent them very close to the entrance door.
Choose the best for your visit
THE BRIEFING IS IMPORTANT FOR MY TRIP TO MACHU PICCHU+SACRED VALLEY?
The informative session is important because you are told the following details: at what time will you pick up?, the places to visit, at what time will you take your train to Aguas Calientes? Who will wait for you in Aguas Calientes? The name of your hotel, at what time should you get up the next day? at. what time is your return train and other details be for that reason the infoemative session is important.
THE TOURIST TICKET IS INCLUDED IN MACHUPICCHU+SACRED VALLEY?
Of course, you will have the partial ticket for your visit to Chinchero,Moray and Ollantaytambo
valid only for 1 day.
IS WATER INCLUDED MACHU PICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
It does not include water but you can buy during the development of the itinerary, as a precaution carry a bottle of water in your hand.
DOES THE GUIDE SPEAK ENGLISH?
The first day for your visit to Sacred Valley you will have a profesional guide, he speaks english and spanish because the service is shared the next day your guided tour in Machu Picchu will be in English.
CAN I CHANGE MY STARTING DATE FOR THE MACHU PICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
Once we have purchased your tickets for the Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley (Machu Picchu Ticket and Train Ticket) with your security deposit, you can only change your start date if you pay an additional amount. This amount is usually around $80 USD.
I WILL FIND BATHROOMS IN MACHU PICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
During the development of the itinerary to Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley the first day the bus will make the respective stops at the archeological sites such as Chinchero, Moray, Salineras, Ollantaytambo for a cost of 1.00 sol (peruvian money) You can use the toilets in each place.
The next day before entering Machu Picchu you can use the bathroom because there is no public toilet inside the Inca’s citadel.
IS THE SALT MINES LARGE?
The salt mines are grounds located in a ravine, it comes from an underground flow of salt water that bubbles from the source of the mountain called Qoripujio, it is very different from the salar de Uyuni.
6 months ago you could walk along the edges of salt mines, currently it is observed from a viewpoint, from this point you will have the description of the guide.
CAN I FIND SALT FOR SHOPPING IN SALT MINES IN MACHUPICCHU +SACRED VALLEY?
Yes of course. In salt mines, you can buy the famous natural and organic salt from the deposits, which has many health benefits.
¿IS MORAY FLAT?
The archaeological zone of Moray is not flat is characterized by being made up of several circular platforms from top to bottom. Moray functioned as an agricultural research center, where each level offered a different climate environment allowing different plants to be grown experimentally.
¿WHAT I WILL OBSERVE IN CHINCHERO IN THE MACHUPICCHU+ SACRED VALLEY?
In Chinchero we will make the first stop after 30 minutes by bus and making use of the tourist ticket
We will observe:
–CHINCHERO: First archeological zone a visit we will observe part of its Inca constructions, its agricultural terraces and history.
–CHURCH NUESTRA SEÑORA DE NATIVIDAD: structure that mixes Inca and Hispanic architectural tendencies in itself, which is clear to observe if its foundations are noticed, in contrast to its facade, plant, and internal divisions.
TRADITIONAL FABRIC CHINCHERO: is the cradle of textile art from Cusco. The tradition continues thanks to young women who follow the teachings of those who know most and we can visit and observe the traditional fabric made by one of the weavers of the place who will make a demonstration.
WHEN I RETURN TO CUSCO, CAN I TAKE MY FLIGHT?
Of course, make sure your flight is past 10:00 pm.
-The return train is at 14:30 pm, confirm with Eco Path Trek that this schedule is available in case it is high season (from April to October)
-Remember to be 2 hours in advance at the airport.
- ¿IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY RESERVATION, HOW MANY DAYS IN ADVANCE SHOULD I DO IT IN MACHUPICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
When canceling the reservation caused by health, work problems or social issues are requested 12 to 6 weeks in advance, with a 25% commission, 6 to 2 weeks with 50% commission.
-In case of services that do not require the authorization of tickets, you can proceed with a refund with percentage of commission, because at the moment of receiving the reservation the entire service is contracted.
-In case of reservations where you are going to buy train tickets and admission to Machu Picchu remember that they are enabled at the time of your confirmation and there is no refund of them because they were already purchased.
- ¿ HOW MANY DAYS IS MY MONEY BACK IF I CANCEL A RESERVATION IN MACHUPICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
If you are present at the Eco Path Trek office during the following business hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 24 hours in advance the return is immediate with the 10% surcharge (only if paid in cash).
If you could not reach our country or city and paid by credit card or bank deposit, you can request the return of your money through the mail with a maximum of 24 hours in advance 10% surcharge for administrative expenses. This return will be made in 3 or 4 weeks through your credit card or bank account.
- ¿IF I DON’T GET TO TAKE THE TRAIN, CAN I USE THE TICKET FOR ANOTHER TIME?
No, it is not feasible to use the ticket for another time, if you do not get to take the train at the time indicated on the ticket you cannot use it again for another service or time. You must buy another ticket.
- IF I LOSE MY TRAIN TICKETS HOW CAN I RETRIEVE THEM?
When there is a loss of train tickets, you must register 1 hour in advance to the train company (Inca Rail or Peru Rail) and using your passport you can get a copy.
- DOES THE TRAIN LEAVE ME IN MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO (AGUAS CALIENTES) OR IN THE CITADEL?
The train service (Peru Rail / Inca Rail) one way will leave you at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Station (Aguas Calientes).
- ¿HOW MANY TRAIN COMPANIES WILL I FIND IN CUSCO?
There are two Peru Rail and Inca Rail train companies with currently operating stations:
Poroy Station, approximately 30 minutes by mobility from Cusco.
Ollantaytambo Station, approximately 2 hours in mobility from Cusco.
*Peru Rail: this company has more variety of schedules and offers four types of services: Expedition (economic service), Vistadome, Sacred Valley and the Hiram Bingham. It also has two places of departure and arrival indicated below. Currently, the Sacred Valley train is trending among tourists, leaving from the station at the Tambo del Inka hotel, in the beautiful city of Urubamba.
Poroy – Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu – Poroy.
Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo.
When making your purchase consider that prices vary according to the type of service, the starting point and the time you choose. Our staff is responsible for buying the tickets you want.
*Inca Rail: This company offers four services: Voyager, 360 ° Service, First Class Service and Private Machu Picchu Train. Likewise, the starting and arrival points are the following:
Poroy – Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu – Poroy.
Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo.
You can also combine different trains, with any of the companies, one for the outbound and one for the return.
- DO CHILDREN OR INFANTS PAY PASSAGE IN MACHUPICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
For Belmond Hiram Bingham, PeruRail Vistadome, PeruRail Expedition and PeruRail Titicaca services, infants between 0 and 2 years old do not pay a ticket and must be seated with their parents, unless the father chooses to occupy a seat, in that case they will pay a child’s rate.
Children between 3 and 11 years will pay 50% of the rate.
In the case of the Belmond Andean Explorer service, there is no differentiated rate between children and adults. Infants (between 0 and 2 years old) will not pay a ticket if they occupy the adult’s cabin during the trip. Infants and children must travel accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18 years old).
- WHO MANAGES THE SALE OF TICKETS TO MACHU PICCHU?
The agency in charge is the Ministry of Culture. All travel agencies are subject to the rules and regulations established by that entity. Ticket availability is unique for both travel agencies and independent tourists. Therefore, the purchase of them is included in the cost of any of our tours to Machu Picchu.
- CAN I VISIT MACHU PICCHU AND HUAYNA PICCHU ON THE SAME DAY IN MACHUPICCHU + SACRED VALLEY?
One of the frequently asked questions tour Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley 2019. Yes it is possible. And also obviously it can be done on different days. The entrance to the mountain Huayna Picchu has 3 schedules: 7 to 8 am (two groups) and from 10 to 11 am (last group).
Remember that this attraction is within the same citadel.