Iterra Peru is a travel and tourism agency which has as vocation of service planning and conducting cultural tours and adventure throughout the Peruvian territory. We walk tirelessly largely of all paths of ancient Peru, with the idea of proposing the most suitable circuit and convenient for you and all your friends. This with the idea of achieving makes you feel part of our country Peru. From the moment of our inception we were fortunate to have equipment highly specialized to meet all the expectations of our national and international traveler’s.
This best desire of iTerra Peru is that you make the trip to fill your spirit with strong emotions and never leave the impression that "I had seen, I had done or was it just that?" Always remember that a collection of photos, never give the same satisfaction of staying in places full of life as the majestic Machu Picchu or filled with wonderful cities of history, we are more than confident that all these experiences in your trip will remain in their memory for a long time.
Cusco is the center of all operations that lead to Machupicchu is a region with cold weather and basically two well-defined seasons "rainy season and dry season." The city has an average annual temperature of 64 ° F / 18 ° C at noon and can fall below 32 ° F / 0 ° C at midnight especially during the months of June and July which are considered the coldest months. Cusco is located at 11 150 feet / 3340 m above sea level. This means that probably upon arrival feel some type of discomfort of altitude sickness, we recommend you read our article on how to overcome this discomfort in the following link Machu Picchu
The Peruvian government suggests that the fastest and most comfortable way is by taking the train that leaves the station of Poroy or Ollantaytambo, in that case the great majority of ways to get to Machupicchu will lead you first to the town of Aguas Calientes, which is the closest to the Inca city.
Options To Visit Machupicchu By Train
Travel by train You have to go on a trip of an hour and a half to the station of Ollantautambo to board the train that will take you to Aguas Calientes for a period of 1 hour more.
The most chick option is traveling in the luxury train this train leaves from station of Poroy which is located about 30 minutes from the city of Cusco and has by name Hiram Bingham luxury train in honor of the discoverer of the Inca citadel, is characterized by having a service on board where the music stands out live, gourmet food and a first class service in the style of the great hotels of the world.
Trip In Mini Van Perhaps the most sacrificed way to get to Aguas Calientes is boarding a minivan that will take you for 8 long hours to the area known as hydroelectric and from there you have to walk for a period of 3 hours until you reach Aguas Calientes to later rest and the second day to visit Machupicchu, without a doubt this is an economic alternative but is a lot of effort.
we also have the original way to reach the wonder of the Incas world, if you are looking to do the same route that was made more than 500 years ago and go through the sun gate, we recommend taking the Inca trail 4 days , this hiking route leads you through unique passages in our region, it is advisable to make your reservation months in advance as there are limited spaces that are granted by the Peruvian government.
If time is involved and your stay is not very long, you have the option of doing the Short Inca Trail. it is about walking the last stretch near the Inca city and enjoying a splendid sunset, this option is not very exhausting but otherwise it is quite satisfactory because it gives you the option to see both the sunset and sunrise in the city, contact us to be able to provide you with all the details of our packages and options for visits to Machupicchu.
Check the ONLINE PERMITS for the Inca Trail 4 days in 2019
we present the following schedule of online availability of the classic 4-day Inca Trail, and we also provide information on some of our alternative routes or classic excursions to Machu Picchu, in any case not available spaces for the date you want to make the walk in view that the income is exhausted months in advance.
You can consult our following table to get real-time and up-to-date information on official reserves of permit availability for the Classic Inca Trail for the 2019 season (March to January 2020).
Simply CLICK and choose the month in which you plan to travel and see if there are available spaces, if this is the case, immediately contact our reservations department (firstname.lastname@example.org) to generate the reservation of your income.
remember that availability is limited and they run out quite easily, we recommend that you make your reservation as soon as possible, since the tickets are sold in order of arrival. Important information on EL CAMINO INCA 2019
If you want to have a great experience in your trip to Peru and want to know Machu Picchu in the most original and authentic way, we suggest you make your reservation months in advance. It is important that you know that the Inca Trail is closed during the month of February, so the annual season starts in March 2019 and ends in January of 2020. In that case, for the Inca classic road, the Peruvian government only makes 500 available. Free spaces that are covered by guides, porters and the rest of spaces for tourists
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It is possible that the box that is in the Classic 4-Day Trail spaces to the left for the holiday dates that have been available for the trip ... from your first tip is that you can make one of these incredible alternatives for those dates and second, Classic Trek, when you will have time again.
In case you do not find available spaces on the dates your trip is projected, we leave you with a list of alternatives that you can take as an option for your vacations.
1. The Short 2-Day Inca Trail
If you are still with the desire to walk the same path used by the ancient Peruvian inhabitants but you did not get spaces for the classic 4-day road, the short Inca trail is your best option, since it only has two days and gives you the option to walk the last segment to the sun and have a splendid sunset, and less exhausting than the first because the trips are shorter and we do not need to sleep in tents or use sleeping bags, we invite you to see our itinerary in the next link
2. Salkantay Trek - 5 Days
conisedaro among the 25 most beautiful walking circuits in the world, salkantay is another of the alternatives we have for you. they are around 78 kilometers, reaching 4800 mesters above sea level that make this route, simply magic, you cross snowy mountains to desender through the valleys and appreciate coffee plantations, cocoa among others. look here our itinerary !
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Is Peru Secure?
Peruvians are very kind to our visitors .- For years the tourism industry was growing every year, for that reason Peru has become one of the safest destinations in South America, people are used to seeing people from other parts of the world walking the streets and even talking about their own Languages. The people in the cities are friendly and in many cases are willing to help in case someone requires it.
Peruvians remain away from terrorits attacks Here in Cusco, people are living peacefully, and tourist can feel without risk because we do not have social wars in Peru, which is not the case in some other countries like Venezuela for example. Here in Peru, people are living calm and happy
No racial tensions .- Cusco is one of the cosmopolitan cities in South America, and we are having visitors from all the countries that you can imagine in that case, no racial tensions here, for everybody is actually looking for a quite relaxing and enriching vacation. So safe tourism here is real for a fact.
All nationalities are welcome.- So foreign tourists are always warmly welcomed in Peru, and particularly in Cusco, they can be sure of safe tourism. Here in the Cusco region, respect for tourists rules, and with the guides and staff constant care and support, you will have nothing to worry about except having the most of your wonderful vacation.
Before You Go
You are given a pre tour briefing, preferably two days before trek departure. This is a detailed information about the tour itinerary, necessary equipment, altitude, weather conditions, etc. Enquiries, and doubts will be answered for your complete understanding of the tour itinerary.
It is highly recommended to get gradually acclimatized, so you should arrive in Cusco 2 days prior trek departure. Altitude sickness gives you headache, stomached, hands tingling, etc. There is some medication you can take to prevent altitude sickness, for instance acetazolamide, besides it is helpful to have a coca tea; and hot drinks to not get dehydrated. In case you get bad altitude sickness, you need to drop lower as final emergency situation.
It is good to set a steady pace, and stop when you need to get your wind, this way you get less tired, and enjoy the hike. If you are a beginner hiker, it is highly recommended to wear hiking boots, and use hiking poles to not lose your balance.
A good experience depends on a good preparation, obviously walking inside Machupicchu is without a doubt a unique and incomparable experience, but when it comes to walking for a period of hours and days, it is advisable to carry out a previous training to get used to the body and muscles to physical activity.
If you have a much more adventurous personality we also have an alternative route in comparison with the Inca Trail whose characteristic is to go by bicycle doing a descending of a 2 and a half hours to the jungle area of Cusco, this route does not need a reservation with months of anticipation as what happens with the Classical Inka Trail.
How to prepare physically for the Inca Trail
The majority of the people that choose as an option arrive to Machupicchu using the Inca Trail are aware that they have to arrive with a regularly good preparation to satisfactorily complete this expedition, therefore many of them already come with a previous training, in case you are still feel that is not yet prepared here we leave some recommendations that can be useful before your arrival to enjoy with us all the benefits that await you in Cusco.
It is advisable to periodically use the hiking shoes that you bring with you for the expedition, many times we make the serious mistake of arriving with new shoes and in a matter of hours our feet can have balls due to the lack of mold.
perform light and short walks with the intention of preparing our muscles for physical activity, preferably on uneven terrain, in order to get used to walking on stones.
In the same way, try to carry a backpack with an approximate weight of 8 to 10 kilos, simulating that it will be the same weight that it will carry during 4 days of expedition.
remember that the Inca Trail is characterized by having up and down through the mountain, so devote one hour a day to perform cardiovascular exercises in the gym, this will help you to have a better breathing and oxygenation in the body.
mental strength is extremely important, always try to think positive, even if the situation is not very encouraging, if you have doubts about your physical preparation, calm! we also have the short option of the 2 day Inca trail which is only a 7 hours walk and the second day is entirely dedicated to visit and explore the lost city of the Incas “Machupicchu.”
Since our foundation we have faithfully believed that receiving is also giving, we believe that the source of our success is thanks to each one of the communities we go through in our different routes, for us the base of our excursions are in the communities that they provide us from a space to put together our camping equipment, to many times food and housing as part of our logistics, for that reason we thank them so we always try to return the favor on specific dates of the year. Such is the case that this last Christmas we decided to have a day entirely with the children of CallinPampa very close to our snowy Ausangate.
We managed to cover more than 400 children trying to give their hearts a joy with gifts for their daily activities. For us it is gratifying to see our children with smiles drawn, for this year we are with the project of founding libraries trying to cultivate the art of reading and knowledge, since we consider that education is a fundamental part of our society and it is our job as a responsible company, try to generate new alternatives for personal growth in the most remote parts of our region.