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Comience aquí: Cómo llegar a Perú

¡Aquí hay información útil sobre cómo llegar a Perú para su mística lista de deseos en el Camino Inca a Machu Picchu!

Comience aquí con esta guía fácil de seguir que cubre la logística de viajes a Lima y Cusco Perú, qué empacar, dónde alojarse y qué ver en Cusco.



Travel Essentials

As you make your Inca Trail travel checklist, be sure to include some absolute essentials that include:


As you make your Inca Trail travel checklist, be sure to include some absolute essentials that include:

  • Your valid passport
  • Your immigration card (you should receive this on the plane)
  • Water storage (enough to hold 2-3 liters)
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Valid student card (if you booked your trip as a student)
  • Quality daypack (we recommend smaller sizes)


Keep in mind that no bags larger than 25L will be permitted in Machu Picchu. If you opt for a larger daypack, you’ll need to stow it outside of the site’s gate. Some common items you may want to include in your daypack include:

  • Sunhat and rain gear
  • Fleece pullover
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper
  • Sealable plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for tips, drinks, souvenirs, etc…
  • Personal medication
  • First aid items
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Wet wipes


Our porters will carry up to 7 kilograms of gear for each member of our group. Included in this weight are your sleeping bag and air mattress, which you can rent from Alpaca Expeditions.

Some items you might consider for your duffel bag include:

  • Comfortable camp shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • 7 pairs of hiking socks
  • 4-5 wicking tops
  • 3-4 hiking pants
  • 7 sets of undergarments
  • Fleece pullover
  • Warm down-filled jacket
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Headlamp
  • Sun hat
  • Warm wool hat
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Fast-drying towel
  • Soap
  • Battery charger
  • Sealable plastic bags to organize your items

If you have questions about these or other supplies you wish to bring, you can consult Alpaca Expeditions for advice. We’ve found that these are the most essential supplies needed for the Inca Trail Trek. Having them will make your trip less challenging so that you can focus on the hike itself and the marvelous views that await you.


Where Should I Stay in Cusco?

While many of you are expert travelers, you will see that planning for this particular journey is a bit more difficult than most. We are here to help every step of the way and may be reaching out to you from time to time with some advice.

To begin with, we have some suggestions on where to stay in Cusco. Cusco is a small city, but they are making more and more streets open to only pedestrian traffic – no cars. So these hotels are all really nice three star hotels that also are accessible for us to drive to for your pickup. These are suggestions only – not mandatory to stay here.

Alpaca Expeditions goes all-the-way to create an experience-of-a-lifetime for every single one of our clients who are trekking or traveling with us. We try to include every possible detail that will enhance your experience so that you can have a seamless and memorable trip. We always try to smooth any potential issues you may have along the way on your expedition. Here is some information of some of the services that we provide:


Cusco is quite a safe city. However, as locals we have experience with some issues which probably are not uncommon in developing countries like Peru, which we would like to make you aware of. Our city Mayor has provided as many police officers as possible, including a special force called “Policia Turistica” (Tourist Police) to provide a high security standard to the people who are visiting our city. However, we would like to ask you to please be aware that there are opportunistic factions which operate, especially in the early mornings or late evenings and in crowded areas and some tourists have experienced pick-pocketing or stolen bags. Unfortunately, occasionally even taxi drivers cannot always be trusted. With this is mind, Alpaca Expeditions want to ensure that you avoid these problems and to that effect, we are now offering to pick our trekkers up from their hotels. Prior to your trek, we will give you a briefing in our office, at which time we will determine what time we will pick you up on the morning your trek starts. Here are our basic guidelines:

Inka Trail 4D/3N pick up will be at 4.15 am to 4.30 am

Inka Trail 5D/4N pick up will be at 5.00 am to 5.15 am

Salkantay Trek 5D/4N OR 4D/3N pick up will be at 4.15 am to 4.30 am

Lares Trek 4D/3N pick up will be at 5 am to 5.15 am

Inka Trail 2D/1N CAMPING OR HOTELS pick up will be at 3.50 am to 4.00 am

Other tour departures are mentioned on our website or will be confirmed by our front desk staff during your check-in while you are in Cusco.

PURPLE: $200 or more a night
BLUE: $100-$200 a night
TURQUOISE: $75-$100 a night
ORANGE: $40-$75 a night
YELLOW: Below $40 a night


After hiking for days and getting up very early to catch mystical Machu Picchu before the clouds burn off and the day tourists arrive, plus the 4-hour trip from Machu Picchu back to Cusco, you will definitely be tired when you return to Cusco, perhaps hoping to jump straight into the shower. You’ll want to arrive back to your hotel as soon as reasonably possible. Alpaca Expeditions has put in place as organized and quick drop-offs to your hotel as possible.

However, we ask that you understand some logistical information which will assist in smooth hotel pick-up and drop-off. Cusco is an ancient, historical city with many very narrow streets, lots of stairs, and areas that cars cannot even access. This is part of its charm, though it doesn’t always make navigation by motor vehicles easy. Recently, they have even passed a law making the Main Plaza a pedestrian-only area, with no through vehicular traffic at all allowed. You can imagine, this complicates people getting dropped off directly to their hotels! We know you want to reach your home-sweet-home away from home as quickly and directly as possible. We therefore make the following recommendations.

In order to make Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off as smooth as possible, we highly recommend that you choose one from this list of hotels. This list includes smaller hostels and also larger hotels which have good vehicular access.

Hotel Hilton
Hotel Rumi Punku
Hotel JW Marriott
Hotel Best Western Hotel
Hotel San Agustin el Dorado
Hotel Eco Inn
Hotel Andean Wings Boutique Hotel
Hotel Terra Andina Hotel
Hotel Esplendor Hotel
Hotel El Mercado Hotel
Hotel Niños 1 Meloc Hotel
Hotel Palacio Del Inca
Hotel Marqueses
Hotel Tierra Viva Centro
Hotel Costa Del Sol Ramada
Hotel Cusco Plaza Hotel
Hotel Ruinas
Hotel Sonesta
Hostel Loki
Hostel Wild River
Hostel Dragonfly
Hostel Pirwa
Hostel Pariwana
Hostel The Point
Hostel Mill House
Hostel Ecopackers
Hostel Kokopeli
Hostel Flying Dog
Hostel Hitchhikers Cusco Hostel
Hostel Mama Simona Hostel
Hostel Atawkama Hostel
Hostel Amaru Hostal I

Due to Cusco’s very narrow streets, our one-way traffic system, and other access limitations, we cannot guarantee that we can do a hotel pick-up/drop-off directly at your hotel or hostel if you choose one that is not on this list. If you are booked in another hotel, we can pick you up, but it will have to be at a pre-arranged location, perhaps a few blocks from where you are staying, and you will have to get there with your packs and/or luggage.



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