Want to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2018?

Yes, we are talking about the “famous trek” – the one that takes 4 days, goes over 3 passes, and on the final day at dawn you see the Sun Gate from Machu Picchu.

If you want to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Summer 2018 you need to get your family, friends or significant other into “planning mode.”  PRONTO.

In the past few months some changes occurred in the conditions regulating the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and one of them is that the booking period has been brought forward.  This means that the most popular months of May and June 2018 will sell out in October.  We expect April, July and August to sell out in November.   These are estimates; but each year places sell out quicker and quicker.


If you going to make it HAPPEN this year

  1. Check out our Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu page and make sure it’s something you really want to do.
  2. Decide whether you want to pick your own dates, and form your own group (ideal for families or groups of friends) or join another group.
  3. Get in contact NOW via http://www.apus-peru.com/contact-us/

Once you are in contact we can be keeping you updated as to exact dates that permits will be released; or advertise to form a group.

For 2018 bookings before 31st August quote PERU2018Yeah for a 5% discount.


Photos courtesy Megan Gaston


Changes to Machu Picchu Entry

Changes to the Machu Picchu entry began to be implemented on 1st July 2017.

The most significant change is that each day there will be 2 or 3 entry periods and people’s time on site will be limited.   The second major change is that it is no longer possible to enter Machu Picchu without a registered guide – this will not affect most of Apus Peru clients, but will impact independent travellers.

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First entry period:  6am to 12noon/ Cost 152 Soles/ You are able to get tickets to do Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for this turn (Cost 200 Soles)  You can get up to an hour extra on site if you do Huayna Picchu.

Second entry period : 12 to 17.30pm / Cost 152 Soles/

Third Entry period:  1pm to 5.30pm/ Cost 100 soles

  • For all trekking groups that arrive from the Inca trail, you will enter on the First turn.
  • We will also be recommending that all Alternative Trek guests will be entering on the 6am to 12noon turn.

For guests that have ALREADY booked an extra day at Machu Picchu, Apus Peru will be including a guide to assist with your entry on this day (as per these new regulations).  This will be for no extra charge.  If you have not already booked an extra day, there will be extra charges for the guide service.

For guests who have booked, or are considering a Machu Picchu by Train tour, we are currently waiting on publication of new train schedules to re-organise the itinerary.  For a 1 day tour, you would enter the 12-5.30pm session and we are currently evaluating the situation for the 2 day tour.


When is the best time of the day to visit Machu Picchu?

Plenty of glossy brochures talk about ‘being at Machu Picchu at sunrise.’ In our experience it’s over rated as the site seems shrouded in mist in the very early morning and the sunrise comes up over one of the neighbouring mountains.   Not with-standing the point above about Sunrise (change your expectations and you will be fine!), by going early in the past you were be rewarded by less people and some stunning clouds over the site.  The site opens at 6am, and by 9am there are a lot of crowds.  BUT  generally our favourite time for people free photography has been about 4pm when most people have gone home and the site is blessed with a gentle light…  the afternoon has traditionally seen much less visitation (35% vs 65%in the morning) and so if that trend continues some people may opt for this option.

In short, we think that there will be pros/ and cons to the new system as it begins to roll out.  We will keep you informed as more information comes to hand.

And – ultimately – we support these new regulations which will better regulate the flow of people and help contribute to the site’s longevity.



Recent articles that provide further context


DISCLAIMER:  For 2 months we have been attempting to collate an accurate and helpful memo regarding the changes.  Each day, the governing bodies of Machu Picchu make small adaptations to the information – presumably as more cases and scenarios get asked- and we are left unsure of what the day by day entries will look like. This information may change tomorrow; with that in mind, please understand that we are doing our utmost to get the best experience for you. 

5 best reads before trekking in Peru

Are you heading off on a trek in Peru soon? Here are some ‘must read’ books that will get you inspired (or scared) to pull on your boots and get out and discover! These are a little more specific than general Peru reads, but just perfect if you want in-depth knowledge of the Incas, and their empire and the people that recently have explored this fabled land.

  1. Turn Right at Machu Picchu (by Mark Adams)
  2. Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
  3. Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham
  4. The White Rock by Hugh Thomson
  5. Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa

For reviews of each book, please visit our website.




Things to do in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in the Sacred Valley, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit the Sacred Valley. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in the Sacred Valley.




Sacred Valley Travel Essentials – What You Need To Know About a Visit To The Sacred Valley

Exploring The Sacred Valley – While this article does not provide a lot of text, what it does provide is many pictures to help paint an image of the region, especially for those who have never been. I find images to be helpful to gain a sense of what the culture, and community is like.

The Symbolism Is Strong With This One – This is a fun read that highlights the story of how the beloved ruins of the Sacred Valley came to be.

The photo below is just one example of these ruins. It shows a close up of the God Tunupa
overlooking the city of Ollantaytambo

Things To Do In The Sacred Valley

Hiking With Llamas…And Kids! – Peru is known for its many incredible trekking trails. This one just so happens to be kid friendly! You get the chance to get to hang out with some pretty cool llamas as well as hike with them – who wouldn’t want to do that?!

To Market, We Will Go – It’s no secret that the Cusco region hosts one of the world’s most famous markets drawing many tourists and visitors! As it is a tourist destination, it can be a little hectic at times, remain patient and take your time as this is one stop worth waiting for! Also, please note that some of the vendors may not enjoy having their photo taken, so please ask before doing so!



Festivals Galore – The Sacred Valley hosts some incredible and exciting festivals throughout the year! This is a great, and helpful calendar of sorts that highlights when each festival takes place as well as a short description of each. The festivals provide a chance to not only see but to take part in the culture.

Learning On Vacation – While visiting, why not take up a few fun and exciting classes? These are just a few that are offered through this particular group. You can take cooking classes, learn how to weave and even learn Spanish!



Another Path Less Traveled – Speaking of weaving, Apus Peru offers a tour designed to take you away from hiking the dirt trails and instead give you a glimpse at another village tradition – weaving! (don’t worry, we still go hiking). This particular village is one of three that our NGO Threads of Peru works with!

Where To Stay in the Sacred Valley

A Family Friendly Stay – If your looking for somewhere family friendly to stay – look no further! This blog post has you covered! Please note that these suggestions are not limited to just families – anyone can stay! I found this post to be helpful as it highlighted the pros and cons of each of the three main towns located in the Sacred Valley



Photo via www.worldoftravelswithkids.com



The Best Of The Best – This is a longer list of suggestions on where to stay when visiting the Sacred Valley. Again, these are family friendly but not limited to just families. Each hotel has a fantastic little description along with it, as well as a photo!

Don’t Break The Bank – If you are a solo hiker, or even a couple looking for a quick and clean place to stay, this is a list of many hostels located in the region. With affordable prices, they might be a worthwhile option! I love that this site provides reviews of those who have visited previously so that you know what to expect from each.

Sacred Valley Hotel – recommendations from the folks at Apus Peru. These hotels have been tried and tested by people that work in the area.




 Where To Eat In The Sacred Valley

Looking For Food Fuel In The Sacred Valley – A fantastic travel website that breaks the restaurants down by not only area but cuisine type too! It uses a simple dollar sign to show the range of prices for each restaurant – how helpful! When clicking on each restaurant it will open a new page which has a short description, address, phone and website of each restaurant should they have one.

Things to do in Huaraz, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Huaraz, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit Huaraz. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Huaraz

Huaraz Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Huaraz

A Short Guide – This is a short, but very helpful guide that covers a range of topics on Huaraz. From a quick introduction to tips on how to combat altitude sickness – this page is worth taking some time to look at!

An Introduction – This is also a relatively short post that focuses on highlighting Huaraz’s environment as well as a bit of history. At the bottom of the page, if you click the “read on” link it moves to a new page that gives recommendations on some activities to do!

Things To Do In Huaraz

5 Things To Do – Huaraz really is known as the hiking town. There are limited things to do there if you are not planning on trekking. This post lists a few activities that don’t include hiking. The images on this post are broken, but because of the more in-depth insights, I felt I still wanted to share. Upon doing some quick research, it doesn’t seem like there are many, if any child-friendly activities to partake in here. 

More Things To Do – This is a more comprehensive list of things to do in Huaraz, however, most of the entries are restaurants or bars. There are a few other options mixed throughout. Make sure to click on the titles to see a longer description!



Photo via Flickr



Good Eating In Huaraz

Tips To Eating Good – This is a fantastic post that highlights tips to eating in Huaraz. From knowing where to treat yourself – and how to tip, I found it very useful! It also mentions quite a few locations around town that you can find delicious meals at!

Restaurants To Visit – This post is full of cafes and restaurants to stop at during your visit! Each of these restaurants has been personally visited by the author of the post, and he includes some great photos as well!

Where To Stay in Huaraz

A Place To Stay – The Churup hostel is a great option when needing a place to stay. They boast affordable prices, and many services to boot! The rooms provided are clean, bright and very colorful!




Things to do in Trujillo, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Trujillo, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit Trujillo. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Trujillo


Trujillo Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Trujillo

A Brief Taste – This website offers up a quick, but helpful read on the history of Trujillo, as well as a short paragraph detailing the climate and community. Perfect if you are in a hurry and need a fast read!

What To Do?  – This website is not a blog, however, it does provide a fantastic list of things that you can do in Trujillo. I especially love that each activity is rated, and has reviews by many who have previously visited! I can’t tell you how much I love reading reviews, they can be so useful! 



Traveling to Trujillo With Kids

Child-Friendly Activities – This list provides many fun activities for the littles to do on your trip. From horseback riding to exploring on a reed boat, there are always fun and exciting things to do! 

Eating in Trujillo

Looking For Grub – One of the best things to do while traveling is to take the time to try, and enjoy all of the many different culinary experiences. This is a smaller sized list of recommended restaurants to stop at, but full of good content including the locations for each! I will try to pretend I’m not completely jealous!

Where Stay in Trujillo

A Home Away From Home – Again, as with before this is not a blog post but rather a long and helpful list of places to stay in Trujillo. From hotels to hostels, there are plenty and all at very affordable prices! Reviews, ratings and most with free breakfast included!







Things to do in Iquitos, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Iquitos, Peru

This series is a collection of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to visit Iquitos. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Iquitos in the comments down below



Photo via Youtube


Iquitos Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Iquitos


A City That Cannot Be Reached By Road – A fantastic blog post chock full of extremely interesting facts about Iquitos, as well as many photos to help you gain an insight of what daily life is like in this busy city. 

High Water, Low Water – I find that one of the most wondered about things when planning a vacation is – what will the weather be like? It’s always a good thing to know how the weather will affect your stay in a new place. This website offers a great explanation on Iquitos’s high water and low water seasons so you can be prepared!

Just A Sample – This website offers up several activities to partake in while in Iquitos. This list is rather short, so it seems important to mention that you are not limited to these activities alone. There are many other things to do if the ones mentioned do hold your interest. 


Traveling to Iquitos With Kids 

Family Friendly Adventures – I had a great time reading through this blog post – and I know you will too! This post lists several great things to do, and also warns against some too. With lots of photos, it almost feels as if you took the journey too! 

An Island Full Of Monkeys -What’s this you say? An island full of monkeys? Who wouldn’t want to put this on the to-do list? This blog post cautions against a second monkey island that does not treat their animals well. Please make sure to read this blog post to know how to travel to the correct location

Where To Eat In Iquitos

Food For Thought – It is inevitable that you will need to eat during the course of your visit to Iquitos. Rather than walking in a door, and hoping for the best this website offers a good sized list of recommended restaurants to try during your stay. Each restaurant listed has a short description as well as a photo so there are no surprises! All you have to do is enjoy the delicious food!

Lore in Iquitos

The Legend… – Do you know of the legend of the pink dolphin? If not, I urge you take the time to read this short story. Full of heartbreak and mystery, it is not one that should be missed.