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Experiencing the Ruins Tour and the Boleto Turistico in Cusco

25 Mar
Experiencing the Ruins Tour and the Boleto Turistico in Cusco
Tuesday March 25, 2014 - Posted by

When you come to Peru to explore the endless amazing sites in Cusco and surroundings, probably the first to mind is the old inca citadel Machu Picchu at an altitude of 2400 meters. However, there is more to see in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco. There is a diversity of smaller ruins, all Inca, but each with their own character. I will outline the most impressive ones that are all on the “Boleto Turistico” or “Tourist Ticket”. To enter one of these ruins it is not possible to buy a single ticket, you must buy a “Boleto Turistico”. There are different versions, and the “Ruins Tour” is one circuit that costs 70 soles (about 23 dollars or 17.50 euro). This circuit includes all the impressive surroundings of Sacred Valley the ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray and Chincheros.

It is also possible to book at a tour operator a one day tour for all the four ruins in Cusco. However, if you have time, I would recommend you to stay one night in Ollantaytambo or Pisac and go by yourself, without rushing from one place to the other. (more…)

Trip report of a Tour to Lake Titicaca in Peru

20 Mar
Tour to Lake Titicaca in Peru
Thursday March 20, 2014 - Posted by

After having been a couple of weeks in Cusco for my Spanish studies at AMAUTA Spanish School, I signed up for a tour I’ve been wanting do so badly: a weekend trip to Lake Titicaca!

This tour involves 2 overnight busses which was actually so much more comfortable then I expected thanks to the “cama” seats that were booked for me. Our departure was at 22 pm on Friday evening and we arrived around 5.00 in Puno from where all trips to Lake Titicaca and the islands depart. The tour does not leave before 8.30 am and in the meanwhile I was offered by the guide to either wait at the bus terminal or to wait for a few hours to the nearby office of the operating agency. There were some seats here and a sofa, and I met a few of my fellow travel mates here.

Trek or Train to Machu Picchu, which should you take?

05 Mar
Trek or Train – Which should you take to Machu Picchu
Wednesday March 05, 2014 - Posted by

Train or Trek to Machu Picchu: which should you take?

No trip to Peru is complete without visiting its most recognizable landmark – Machu Picchu.

But what’s best for your visit:  Trek or Train to Machu Picchu:  which should you take?


Machu Picchu Facts

First a quick overview with some Machu Picchu facts. Because the Spanish never discovered Machu Picchu during their conquest, it is one of the most well-preserved Inca sites. Most archaeologists believe Machu Picchu, which means “old mountain” in Quechua, was built as a resort for the Inca emperor Pachacutec and the location held sacred religious significance because of the surrounding landscape.

Construction began around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, but the city was abandoned, still unfinished, just over 100 years later during the Spanish conquest. American historian Hiram Bingham “rediscovered” the city in 1911 and brought it to international attention. Since then Machu Picchu has been declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in a worldwide internet poll in 2007, it was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; it is Peru’s most popular tourist destination.


Machu Picchu Tours by train

So you’re definitely visiting Machu Picchu when you are in Cusco and Peru. But what is the best Machu Picchu Tour for you? How do you get there?

There are basically two options:  1) do a Machu Picchu Tour, or 2) do a Machu Picchu Hike.

In other words: you either take the train, or you go on a trek. If you don’t have much time in Peru, or you think sleeping in a tent sounds like a nightmare, the train is the way to go.

There are three trains to Machu Picchu:

  • The Expedition train. The least expensive but still comfortable, with large side and overhead windows;
  • The Vistadome train.Which has leather seats and more leg room, and includes a snack and an Andean dance show; and
  • The Hiram Bingham train. One of the best trains in the world, it provides a first-class experience that includes welcome aperitifs, wine, on-board entertainment, a tour guide and tea time in Machu Picchu.