Visiting Peru, and specifically, the breathtaking, mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu is on the bucket list for many people. Whether it’s your first trip abroad or your passport is overflowing with stamps, there are a few things that even the seasoned traveler shouldn’t miss when traveling to Peru. When you book with a local Peruvian travel agency, you can ensure that you don’t miss the best ones.
Tips from Your Travel Agency
If you’ve never traveled to Peru, no trip there is complete without a visit to the Incan ruins atop the Andes mountains. Whether you choose to travel by luxury train or hike the ancient Incan trail, you’ll enjoy strolling through this ancient city, and maybe even a photo bomb from one of the friendly alpacas that call that area home.
Hiking the Inca trail is a 3 to 4-day excursion, and you’ll go from dense rainforest through the cloud ceiling and up to the mountaintops. Be sure that you’re in good physical condition if you choose to hike the trail – although each tour is guided and designed for novice and intermediate level hikers, it’s still physically taxing. The bonus you get from choosing to hike, versus the train, is access to the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu at sunrise.
Taking the train is a treat for those who love to travel in style and luxury. The first-class accommodations include delicious meals, comfortable seating, and large windows with plenty of scenic views. If you book with Alpaca Expeditions, you’ll even have a designated tour guide once you reach the ruins.
Before you head up to Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to stroll through the city of Cuzco. Hikers may want to purchase their snacks and supplies here, as the prices tend to be less than the vendors at Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountains. Enjoying a soak in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes isn’t to be missed – early morning is the best time to go, as the waters are hottest then.
Make the most out of your visit to Peru with an extended visit to the Andes Mountains and Machu Picchu. Consult with a professional travel agency in order to join a tour guided hike or secure a nice spot on the train.
To plan your Peru adventure, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.