In Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire, we explore lovely narrow cobblestone streets, the impressive Sacsayhuaman fortress, the mysterious carved rock shrine of Kenko and the delightful Inca Baths at Tambomachay on this classic Cusco tour. Later, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we visit the Native Market at Pisac and the town and ceremonial site of Ollantaytambo – the only Inca village that has been continuously inhabited since the time of the Incas. The highlight of our trip is the visit to Machu Picchu the legendary “Lost City of the Incas”, so well hidden by the overgrowth that it was never found by the “Conquistadores”…
Following UNESCO recommendations, authorities have declared that starting 20 July 2011 the maximum daily capacity of visitors to Machu Picchu will be 2500. Due to the MP´s anniversary celebrations and local festivities in Peru, these past days the max. capacity was reached and some travelers were not able to visit the Citadel.
Please note the following :
- We buy the tickets in advance, but we consider that travelers which overnight in Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes and expect to buy locally the entrance ticket for their 2nd day visit could experience problems. There will be days were no tickets will be available.
- To avoid this we suggest :
- Send us the travelers details mentioned below in advance. The earlier the better.
- Request the entrance tickets for the 2nd day visit as part of the program
- Regarding the entrance tickets it´s important to know:
- To be able to buy the tickets we need : Full Name + Nationality + Age + Gender (Male/Female)
- The reservations stay valid for 6 hours. If not bought the system releases them automatically.
- Once issued/bought, the tickets can be modified (date and names) but paying a penalty of up to 30%
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture instated and already enforced a new law, that Huayna Picchu can only be climbed on a certain schedule by guests who purchased a permit beforehand. As before, the first time slot is from 7:00 to 8:00 AM and the second one is from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Both groups are limited to 200 people, meaning a total of 400 people are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu per day. The permit can be purchased AHEAD of time at the additional cost of US $10 per person. Since the space is very limited, we recommend requesting this approximately 30 days prior to departure. For those guests, whose departure is already close, we can still try to obtain permits but cannot guarantee availability.
As you all know by now, Japan has been struck by an earthquake that registered 8.9 on the Richter scale. As a result, an alert has been issued for a possible Tsunami for the entire Pacific region including the Galapagos Islands.
The tsunami is expected to arrive in Galapagos later this afternoon, the exact time could be anywhere from 3 to 7PM local Galapagos time. Therefore, we do have sufficient time to take necessary precautions. Flights to Galapagos today have been cancelled and there is an evacuation order in effect. All tour boats are required to leave port and be at least five miles offshore. The local populations will need to seek higher ground to the highlands and mid sections of the Islands by noon today. Obviously, all visits today have been cancelled.
We will keep you informed of any further developments of the potential tsunami affecting the Galapagos Islands.
We are pleased to inform that after two weeks from its opening, the railway access to Machu Picchu has been restored and train services have successfully been operating. As already mentioned, the access requires a 50 minute bus ride from the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo Station) up to Piscacucho (Km.82) followed by an 80 minute train ride to Machu Picchu train station (Aguas Calientes); and so far, all services have been developing without inconveniences. Only vehicles of up to 19 passengers (Sprinter) may enter the route to Piscacucho; and this route is being controlled by the local authorities.
This combined bus-train service will be operating during April, May and June; and the regular train service (from Ollantaytambo Station to Machu Picchu train station) is expected to be restored by July 1st.
Peru Rail launches New Special Service To Machu Picchu
For those passengers who require a superior and exclusive train service to Machu Picchu while the Hiram Bingham service is not available, PeruRail has launched its Special Service, available from May 1st to June 30th, 2010. This new PeruRail Service includes private bus transfer to Piscacucho, snacks and beverages on board, buffet brunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, amongst others.