UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historical Capital of Peru, Capital of the Inca Empire
Located in southeastern Peru, Cusco is one of the most important tourist destinations in South America, attracting nearly 2 million visitors a year.
It is easy to see why. Known as the Historical Capital of Peru, Cusco is home to colonial buildings, plazas, streets and classical Baroque-style churches that are steeped in history and architectural prominence. Let’s not forget its significance as an agricultural hub as well – Cusco is native to a vast variety of local produce, leading to the emergence of numerous award-winning restaurants serving traditional Andean and international food.
Most importantly, Cusco serves as a gateway to visit the many Inca archaeological sites that it is renowned for, including the Lost City of the Incas, the famous Machu Picchu.
But don’t just stop there, Andean Condor Voyager has specially curated a wide-range of treks for discerning outdoor enthusiasts to experience so much more of what Cusco has to offer:
- Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: 2 to 5-day treks on the original Inca Trail, one of the most famous treks in the world!
- Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu: An alternative route for those who are unable to get permits on the Inca Trail or prefer a quieter, less busy route to Machu Picchu. Rest assured, the experience is no less amazing!
- Choquequirao: Visit “The Other Machu Picchu”, one of the most remote Incan archaeological ruins in the Peruvian Andes and larger in scale than its more famous cousin
- Ausangate: Trek around the snow-peaked Sacred Mountain of Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft) and experience the best of nature
- Lares Valley: Experience a quieter side to nature through a lesser-known trail, while soaking in the luscious Andean scenery and getting acquainted with local Quechua communities along the way
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Several important things to take note of:
- A permit is required to trek the Inca Trail. There are 500 permits available for each day, of which approximately 200 are allocated to tourists and the remaining 300 to the support staff of guides, cooks and porters
- The Inca Trail is open all year round, with the exception of the month of February (Machu Picchu is still open as per normal)
- Click here (Ministry of Culture’s official website) to check on the availability of permits for the Inca Trail for the desired date.
1) Click on “Consultas”
2) Select “Camino Inka” under “Centro Arqueológico”
3) Select your desired month and year
- We highly recommend planning as far in advance as possible, as demand for Inca Trail permits is very high and permits are often sold out at least 3 – 4 months in advance
- Please check with us on the availability of permits for the requested date at the time of booking. Permits will only be guaranteed and issued upon the provision of all client details and payment of all applicable fees
- Note that each permit is tied to the client’s exact passport information and is non-transferrable. Any changes to the information provided will need to be notified to us as soon as possible
- Relevant authorities maintain the right to refuse entry to any visitor whose information is not accurately reflected in the permit. Andean Condor Voyager is not liable for refused entry to anyone if client information was changed without prior notification to us
Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
The Salkantay Trail is open all year round, though April to November is a more preferable period as there is less rainfall.
Temperatures range from 5°C to as high as 20°C during the day, depending on the weather and the level of cloud cover. At lower altitudes (Lucmabamba, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu etc), temperatures are generally warmer.