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How to Travel

How do I get Machu Picchu Tickets 

When planning your long family vacations In Peru there are many options to buy Machu Picchu Tickets especially by booking online many tour companies are offering all kinds of tours and travel options at some point getting your own tickets can be easy in the main Ministry of Culture of Peru the official web site to get your ticket according to your vacation time in PERU https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

Once you search the official web site you can find many options to get tickets according to the availability once you get the Machu Picchu tickets there is no option to change unless is very important like health issues or flight deleted for that reason you have to have a documented proof that you couldn’t be made to Peru on time of just you had health issues only that reason why you can get change the date to visit Machu Picchu or get a refund, other ways get in contact with your travel agent or let us know how we can help you and give you more information at Qosqo expeditions we are compromising with all the travelers to help you get to your travel destination without hassles.      

How do I get  Inca Trail tickets 

Before you book your flight tickets to vacation in Peru you have to check online which tour companies are authorized to operate the Inca Trail, most of the worldwide tour companies can promise the Inca train but only a few ones are the main operator authorize by the Peruvian Cultural Minister which is a license to work on the Inca Trail, please check on the official web site of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ check the availability to be sure you get your flight with availability to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, how do you know there are local operators by checking also on the official web site we just mentioned.

how do I get Train Tickets to Machu Picchu

Before you come to Peru or after there are many options how to get Train Tickets to Machu Picchu the first and the oldest tour company named Peru Rail has the most diverse schedules with all different prices according to the service onboard all of them are good and reliable another Train company is maned Inca Rail that offers every traveler very good and reliable services again prices are according to the services you get or the season find more information on the official web sites https://www.perurail.com/ https://incarail.com/ beware of the schedules are limited according to the tourism season from May to August they all booked mostly that is why we do recommend to get in contact with your tour agent or let us know at Qosqo Expeditions we are more than happy to provide all the information needed to help you plan your dream vacations to Peru. 

How long is the train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu 

Along the train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu, the amazing views and scenery is changing from the Andes to the cloud forest the options to get the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu are many the first options the closes town to Cusco is Poroy 30 minutes driving from any hotel downtown Cusco nowadays the main train station that goes along the Andes with 4 hours train ride to Machu Pícchu, of course, there is a toilet on board and some other services like snacks but the most interesting experiences are the views you get on the way and the changing flora and fauna, especially along the Urubamba River.

Now the second and most common options are to get a Train to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo train station a town located in the heart of the Sacred Valley one hour and a half driving from Cusco still get the amazing views, From Ollantaytambo Train station to Machu Picchu town is one hour and a half train ride total makes it 3 hours shorter than getting the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu, both options are the best, sometimes travelers are getting the train to Machu Picchu one way from Cusco and one way from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo Train station is up to you how you want to enjoy the dream vacations to Peru      

Recommendations for your long family vacations

Peru has it all !! Long vacations with the Family we have the best options and of course, we can design the itinerary to suit you. That is why it takes into consideration the following information!.

Weather:

Weather changes throughout the year and ranges from extremely rainy to dry from season to season. Peru’s rainy season begins the last week of September and reaches Its highest levels by January and February, finishing by the second week of March. During our summer, we get temperatures ranging from 50 – 54 to 68 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

During the winter, the low temperatures are 45 – 49 degrees Fahrenheit through the day, but in the early morning and nights, it can be even cooler, reaching as low as 41 – 44 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Yearly rainfall is about 23 – 24 inches in Cusco, but this figure can easily double at Machu Picchu which is an entirely different ecosystem.

The wind is only of importance at Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and it’s usually stronger in the afternoon than in the morning.

Currency:

Peru is a country with a pretty steady economy; our currency is Nuevos Soles, which are about 3.35 to 1 USD. Most locals will make a very quick “3 to 1” conversion from “Soles” to Dollars. At some hotels and restaurants, you might come across the “house exchange rate”. You can easily exchange US dollars into Peruvian Soles, and most ATMs will allow you to withdraw either Soles or American dollars.

In Cusco, most vendors will accept both currencies. Some exceptions are taxi drivers who prefer soles, as well as vendors at some local food markets. Regular supermarkets and hotels will usually accept US dollars and credit cards. In Peru, banks won’t accept torn paper bills, so be sure to get the crispest dollar bills, especially if they are a high denomination like $50 or $100; otherwise, it’ll be hard for you to use them while touring in Peru.

Dress code:

Peru is a casual country as far as clothing is concerned, although you should keep in mind that inside churches long pants instead of shorts are preferred and hats are not welcome. For dining in most restaurants casual clothing is accepted, but if you want to stand out and make an impression, it is always ok to wear those beautiful Alpaca garments you might buy on your trip. It’s always best to wear layers on tour, especially early in the morning when it’s colder.

Miscellaneous:

Peru is an incredibly diverse country; we have 85% of the micro-climates that exist in the world, giving us a wide range of ecosystems that not only offer an amazing quantity of flora and fauna species but also many different physical environments to prepare for when visiting. If you join us for an Amazon experience, it will be highly recommended (and encouraged by law) to have your yellow fever vaccination. There aren’t reports of malaria or Zika in the region we’re touring, but this can change from season to season (Please contact us for more information). For the day at Machu Picchu, it’s recommended to have mosquito repellent because insects can be annoying and quite itchy once they bite you.

High altitude sickness is always an issue in Cusco, and that’s the reason why most of our itineraries take us to the Sacred Valley first instead of staying overnight in Cusco on the first day. Your MD at home might prescribe you a special medication to fight high altitude sickness. We recommend you keep yourself hydrated starting the day before your flight to Cusco, so your body will have an easier transition to the higher altitude. You’ll see that Cusco is also very dry, which is more of a reason to drink extra water while you’re here.
The Sun is more intense here than at lower altitudes, so it’s important to bring an effective, high SPF sunblock to prevent skin damage and sunburns that can turn painful at the end of the day.

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Plane and Train policies:

Most airlines fly first into Lima, and from there to other destinations within the country. For international arrivals, you’ll need to pass through customs. You’ll be given a paper card which will need to stay with your passport during your time in the country. You don’t need a visa to travel to Peru. Domestic flights are simple; you just need to show your passport as your only ID and then proceed through security. Currently, the only international airline flying directly to Cusco skipping Lima as the first destination in Peru is “Avianca”. The train to Machu Picchu regulates the size of luggage you can carry onboard, similar to standard aircraft carry-on regulations. The regulations mainly dictate size rather than weight because there’s limited space for luggage onboard the train.

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Health complications:

Recommended for traveler’s diarrhea

Recommended for all travelers

Measures (MMR Vaccine)

Routine vaccines such as:

Recommended for most travelers

Recommended for same travelers (based on where you are traveling to)

To find out what vaccine you need based on your travel plans. Peru Traveler View

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