Salkantay Trek Machu is one of the most acclaimed travel agency and the best operator in Peru. Offer hiking to Machu Picchu, Inca Trails and Salkantay Trek. The best alternative trail to get to Inca Trail The Salkantay Trek is named among the 25 best treks in the world, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

martes, 15 de enero de 2019

Machu Picchu entrance 2019

In 2019, tourists to Machu Picchu will have a maximum visit time of 4 hours. In addition, entry to the Site Museum will be free in the late shift. What other changes are there in the entrance to the Wonder of the World for 2019? Know the availability, changes, prices and all the information.



Types of ticket and schedules Machu Picchu 2019

As well as 2018, there are 3 types of official entries:

Entrance Machu Picchu Solo
  • The morning shift is 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • The late shift is 12 p.m. at 5.30 p.m.
Entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu
  • 1st Group is 6 a.m. at 1 p.m. (The entrance to Waynapicchu is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • 2nd. Group is 6 a.m. at 2 p.m. (The entrance to Waynapicchu is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Entrance Machu Picchu + Mountain
  • 1st Group is 6 a.m. at 2 p.m. (Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • 2nd. Group is 6 a.m. at 3 p.m. (The entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
Additionally, tourism agencies offer the Machu Picchu + Museum ticket, which includes access to the Inca City and the Site Museum.

Since when is it possible to buy tickets Machu Picchu 2019?

The official website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru only allows the purchase of the Machu Picchu entrance until December 31, 2018. The only way to secure the ticket to Machu Picchu 2019 is to wait until mid-December 2018, the date on which the official website allows the purchase.

On many occasions, on that date, only the purchase of the Machu Picchu ticket for January was opened. Visitors looking for a ticket for February, March or the incoming months; They must wait until the middle or end of January.

How much time in advance to buy the ticket Machu Picchu 2019?

Tourists who wish to visit Machu Picchu in 2019, must purchase their tickets in advance. Especially if you want to make your visit during the high season of tourism (from April to October).
  • Entrance Machu Picchu Solo: 3 weeks before.
  • Entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu: 3 months before.
  • Entrance Machu Picchu + Mountain: 3 weeks before.
  • Entrance Machu Picchu + Museum: 3 weeks before.

jueves, 3 de enero de 2019

Ticket Machu Picchu - Morning

Currently, due to the new regulations imposed for the control of visitors to the Inca city, a new distribution has been made regarding the hours and visiting times allowed for each ticket to Machu Picchu. In this understanding some doubts arise about the different hours of income that there are for different types of tickets.


Tickets to enter the Inca city in the morning:

The tickets that allow entry to Machu Picchu in the morning, are the following:

Ticket Machu Picchu Solo - Turn Tomorrow
  • With this ticket you can enter Machu Picchu from 6:00 a.m. and stay until 12:00 m.
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket - Group 1
  • With this ticket you can enter Machu Picchu from 6:00 a.m.
  • You must make your entrance to the mountain Huayna Picchu between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • The time it takes to go up and down the Waynapicchu is 2 to 3 hours.
  • After visiting the mountain you should make the tour of the Inca city.
  • You can stay at Machu Picchu until 1:00 p.m.
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket - Group 2
  • With this ticket you can enter Machu Picchu from 6:00 a.m.
  • It is recommended to travel through the Inca city before entering the mountain.
  • You must make your entrance to the mountain Huayna Picchu between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • The time it takes, between going up and down to Waynapicchu is 2 to 3 hours.
  • You can stay at Machu Picchu until 2:00 p.m.
Machu Picchu Ticket + Mountain - Group 1
  • With this ticket you can enter Machu Picchu from 6:00 a.m.
  • You must make your entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • The time it takes to go up and down the mountain is 3 to 4 hours.
  • After visiting the mountain you should make the tour of the Inca city.
  • You can stay at Machu Picchu until 2:00 p.m.
Machu Picchu Ticket + Mountain - Group 2
  • With this ticket you can enter Machu Picchu from 6:00 a.m.
  • It is recommended to travel through the Inca city before entering the mountain.
  • You must make your entrance to the Machu Picchu Mountain between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • The time it takes, between going up and down the mountain is 2 to 3 hours.
  • You can stay at Machu Picchu until 3:00 p.m.
Machu Picchu Ticket + Museum
  • If you chose to visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu first, the morning shift of the ticket allows you to visit the Inca city between 6:00 a.m. and 12 m.
  • Once finished your tour of the Inca city you can visit the museum site, the hours of service is 9:00 a.m. ─ 4:30 p.m.

sábado, 29 de diciembre de 2018

Machu Picchu without plastic

# Less plastic and more life is the measure that goes into effect from  December 18, tourists will not be able to carry plastic bags, straw bags and technopor containers to protected sites, Sernanp said.

The natural protected areas are around 76, such as the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the Huascarán National Park, among other protected sites that conserve Peruvian biodiversity.

This measure responds to the provisions of Supreme Decree No. 13-2018 of the Ministry of the Environment, which was approved on November 5, and which goes into effect since December 18 of 2018. The standard provides for the reduction of single-use plastic and promotes the responsible consumption of plastic in State entities.

This measure, says Sernanp, seeks to guarantee the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity that turn protected areas into unique and special spaces of great natural wealth.

"Visitors are recommended to use environmentally friendly alternatives such as canteens and tomatoed to avoid the use of plastic bottles. Likewise, it is urged to use cloth bags or other reusable material instead of disposable plastic bags, "said a statement issued by Sernanp.

What plastics are prohibited?

 Among the prohibited plastics are:
  • Bottles 
  • Bags Sorbets or light bulbs 
  • Feather or technopor containers for drinks and food for human


Recommendations: 


  • Use canteens to transport water, in order to avoid the use of plastic containers that, if discarded in a natural area, can cause long-term damage.
  •  However, keep in mind that no one can be forbidden to carry a bottle of water in their purse. Use cloth bags to carry things instead of plastic bags.

viernes, 28 de diciembre de 2018

Humantay Lake

Cusco, millenary city, is full of magical places to live unique experiences. One of those places to visit is the Humantay lagoon, where nature and landscape converge at the foot of a snow peak located at 4200 meters above sea level. We invite you to know more about this beautiful place of Peruvian nature. Discover Humantay Lake:


What is the Humantay Lake?

The Humantay lake makes life at the foot of the Humantay mountain. Its waters are crystal clear, with a turquoise tone that delights tourists. Although it is a not so well known place among the Peruvian snow peaks and the great mountains, it is very popular among hikers traveling to southern Peru. Would you dare to bathe in its cold waters?

How to get to the Humantay Lake?

There is the option of reaching the Humantay lagoon with vehicles trained to get close to tourist guides. It is an excursion of one day and the trip lasts approximately five hours. Leaving very early, transport can take you to the beautiful town of Mollepata. There you can have breakfast and get what you need for the road.

When you leave Mollepata you must go to Soraypampa. From there, you start the hike up to the Humantay Lagoon by the same road that leads to the snowy mountain, only halfway along the route you take a detour to the lake.

Why visit the Humantay Lake?

The waters of the Humantay Lake will captivate you. Its geographical location and mineral wealth make it a visual spectacle to enjoy. The multicolored shades that can be seen on its banks, according to light and weather, will make you feel in a magical environment where you do not want the day to end.

jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2018

Salkantay Trek vs Inca Trail

INCA TRAIL

This is the most popular trekking to Machu Picchu, because it manages to combine several climates, impressive landscapes and centuries-old ruins. Due to its beauty, this walk is preferred by travelers, having to be requested 5 months in advance (a permit is required that has limited spaces per day).

The Inca Trail covers 42 kilometers of jungle and mountains, visiting some archaeological complexes such as Patallacta, the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and, of course, the lost city of Machu Picchu. In addition, it delivers unforgettable landscapes of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

Despite being a very beautiful trekking circuit, getting a spot can be a real headache. This is because the Peruvian government limits the entry to 500 people per day, including guides (which are mandatory), in order to preserve the ruins and archaeological sites. So if you want to hike this trek, you must book in advance as is said before.

SALKANTAY

As the Inca Trail is the most popular and classic circuit in the area, there is an alternative trekking series that does not require permission to perform them. Within them, Salkantay is the most popular alternative road to Machu Picchu. This route covers the southern part of the Vilcabamba mountain range, showing beautiful landscapes that vary from the pampas to the jungle.

Being a less known route, it does not have the number of visitors that the Inca Trail has and it does not need any permission to travel this trek. Although, unlike the Inca Trail does not include historical ruins before reaching Machu Picchu, the Salkantay trek ensures less expenses, a route with fewer people and spectacular panoramic views of the mountain range, especially the Salkantay pass. 

With a duration of between 4 and 5 days, this tour visits different Altiplano localities, as well as lagoons, hot springs and the famous Salkantay mountain.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BOTH CIRCUITS

ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

If your interest is to know in depth what remains of the Inca culture, the Inca Trail is the appropriate option, since the route includes a visit to different archaeological ruins, and much of the trail itself is made of stones, which They have remained since Inca times.

On the other hand, if your interests go more for the observation of nature and you value more virgin places, Salkantay is an excellent alternative, since you will see less people and landscapes less intervened by man.

LESS MONEY

Unlike the famous Inca Trail, where you must pay a permit and a guide, to make the Salkantay trek you do not need a permit or entry ticket (except entrance tickets to Machu Picchu). For those travelers who want to save money, Salkantay is a better alternative.

NEED FOR PREPARATION

Although both circuits require preparation, to carry out the Inca Trail, it must be extremely orderly and far-sighted. To reach this trekking in high season, you must buy the ticket at least 5 months in advance. In that sense, it is always advisable to quote and buy the tour with a travel agency, where you can relax and just enjoy this trek.

On the other hand, Salkantay does not need so much advance notice, being able to go independently or through a travel agency. Although it is always advisable to conduct this circuit with a guide, because they have the knowledge to help you, guide you and assist you in any emergency.




martes, 18 de diciembre de 2018

Salkantay trek by your own

Unlike the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek can be done without a tour, on your own and without a tour guide. To take this walk you must take all the necessary precautions. Follow these recommendations to do the Salkantay trek on your own :


  • Book the Machu Picchu tickets in advance before performing the Salkantay trek. Otherwise, you can go back without knowing the Wonder of the World. 
  • The route to follow is the same as the Salkantay trek with tour. 
  • The journey on your own may take more or less days, depending on the visitor’s capacity. 
  • The first step is to reach the town of Mollepata from the city of Cusco. 
  • The cars are taken at the bus terminal of ‘Arcopata’, in the city of Cusco. 
  • From Mollepata begins the ascent. 
  • It is advisable to bring what is strictly necessary (food for 5 days and equipment to sleep) to avoid loading excessive luggage.

What to bring for the Salkantay trek?

  • Sleeping bags. 
  • Hat or cap. 
  • Trekking shoes 
  • Trekking backpack. 
  • Waterproof coat. 
  • Trekking pants 
  • Poncho for the rain. 
  • Water. 
  • Water purifying tablets. 
  • Sunscreen. 
  • Personal hygiene items. 
  • Snacks. 
  • Cash.

Tips for the Salkantay trek 

  • Acclimatize one or two days in the city of Cusco before performing the Salkantay trek. 
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages or foods with a lot of fat. 
  • Altitude sickness or soroche in Salkantay and Machu Picchu is one of the greatest difficulties. Perform a little exercise prior to the Salkantay trek. You do not need to be in excellent physical shape but a little exercise will help. 
  • No matter what part of the year, wear warm clothes during the Salkantay trek.
  • The nights are especially cold in the first two days. 
  • Plan up to the smallest detail the Salkantay trek on your own.

jueves, 6 de diciembre de 2018

Hiking Salkantay without a guide

Usually when you arrive in Cusco and start exploring the possibilities to go to Macchu Picchu on your own, you find that the information they provide is scarce and of dubious reliability. Not many decide to do this trek without a guide, given the uncertainty that you face. But the reality is that it is a fairly accessible road, as long as the time is on our side.Now learn how to hike Salkantay without a guide.

The preparations:

Mountain equipment: Among the essential things to survive 5 days in the wild mountain Salkantay, you will need a good sleeping bag, tent, stove and gas to cook, rain poncho, warm clothes, mountain boots, etc. If you already have everything, perfect. If not you can rent some material. Now the list of some things that you maybe need:

  • 5 soles per day per sleeping bag up to -15ºC
  • 3 soles per day for rain pants
  • 5 soles for buying a rain poncho
  • 40 soles per gas bottle for cooking

Food: since you do not know if you will going to find a place to buy food until reache to Aguas Calientes, is recommended to buy food for 5 days. Oatmeal for breakfast, nuts for the road, pasta to eat, nuddles for dinner. Cooked eggs last several days and complement either meal well. Try to look for dehydrated fruits (you can find it at San Pedro Market in Cusco) and in general take things that weigh little. For the water carry water treatment pills.




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