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.

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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.

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Recent articles that provide further context

http://theonlyperuguide.com/2017/05/machu-picchu-new-entrance-rules-july-01-2017/

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. 

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The best way to visit the South Coast

 Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUS – The best way to visit the South Coast!

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 South Coast in Peru! If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in the South Coast

 

 

South Coast Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to the South Coast

A Short Overview – A short, but a very informative overview of the South Coast region of Peru. It discusses climate, history and even lists a few things to do while visiting!

Idea-Packed Travel Guide – A helpful travel guide that provides a more in-depth overview plus more! They even have a section to help you plan your trip ie. different transportation options, medical etc.

 

Things to do in the South Coast

Adventures You Can’t Miss Out On – A short but excitement packed list of activities to do while visiting the South Coast. Riding and sandboarding on the dunes sounds like a ton of fun! Have you ever done either of those?

 

 

Things to do with kids in the South Coast

Family Friendly Activities – If you by chance, need to take your little ones on a vacation with you, don’t fret! In the South Coast of Peru, there are many fun and family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy!

Where to eat in the South Coast

Food For The Trip – A great list of restaurants located all along the South Coast of Peru. If you click on the name of the restaurant, you will be able to see the location, contact information, and a short description!

 

Where to stay in the South Coast

Finding A Place To Stay – A great list of some beautiful hotels located along the South Coast. As with the link for the restaurants above, once a hotel name is clicked you will be able to view a short description, location, contact details and you can even book a room directly from the page! How convenient is that?!

Children Friendly Accommodations – A short list of four great options for child-friendly accommodations while visiting the South Coast! Don’t worry, you will have the chance to relax! All of these hotels have been kid tested, and approved!

 

The best way to visit Nazca, Peru

 Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUS – The best way to visit Nazca, 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 Nazca, Peru. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Nazca, Peru

 

 

Nazca Lines Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Nazca, Peru

A Mystery of Old – This is a fantastic post from National Geographic that speaks about the history of the Nazca lines – aren’t they incredible? Have you ever heard a theory as to how they got there?

Things You May Not Know – This is a short list of 15 fun facts about the Nazca lines that you may not know as of yet! The lime in the rocks helps keep the designs from eroding! They are a pretty stunning sight if you ask me!

Prepare For The Trip – This post is a very informative, and helpful place to find tips on how to prepare for your flight about the Nazca lines! It’s better to be safe than sorry as they always say!

Things to do in Nazca, Peru

There’s More Than Lines Nearby – Nazca, Peru is home to many exciting activities other than just flying above the lines. This list provides 7 other options that are sure to delight! Have you ever been to Nazca, Peru? What did you do to bide the time?

Keeping Busy in Nazca – While this isn’t a post – it’s a good list of thing you can do while in Nazca, Peru! Among the activities are quite a few interesting museums and some ancient ruins, not to mention much more! You are able to see the ratings, and reviews that each location has acquired.

 

 

 

Where to eat in Nazca, Peru

Food For The Trip – A decent sized list of great restaurants in and around the area of Nazca. If you click on the name of the restaurant you’ll be able to see price range, website, and a short description! Pretty helpful, I’d say!

 

 

Where to stay in Nazca, Peru

Finding A Place To Stay – A great list of some beautiful hotels in and around Nazca, Peru! If you click on the name of the hotel, you can see their website, location, price range and a short description!

An Alternative Option – If you are staying in Nazca, Peru and are looking for an affordable place to stay – consider this highly related hostel! It’s clean, bright and comes with some wonderful amenities!

 

 

The best way to visit Kuelap & Gocta Falls

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUS – The best way to visit Kuelap & Gocta Falls!

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 Kuelap & Gocta Falls. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Kuelap & Gocta Falls

 

Kuelap & Gocta Falls Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to Kuelap & Gocta Falls

An Adventure Into The Unknown – This blog post is about a woman who decided to take a trip to Peru with her siblings. Unfortunately, their plans to visit the Machu Picchu ruins were canceled and they decided to make the best of their day and go exploring instead! A great post to read through!

An impressive View – This post is actually part two of a two-part post. You can find the first part here! This stunning location was only discovered several years ago – can you believe that? It’s definitely worth the trip just for the view alone!

 

Things to do in Kuelap & Gocta Falls

 

Hiking With Mermaids – I found this post to be fantastic – it’s an up close and honest opinion about the trek to Gocta Falls. It even mentions a fun folklore story about a mermaid who bathes in the pool under the waterfall.

Tour The Fortress – One of the best things to do in Chachapoyas is of course…to visit Kuelap! Such an impressive structure! It stills holds the remains of animal sacrifices thousands of years ago! Its current residents are a herd of llamas that tend to not be so friendly.

 

 

Where to eat in Kuelap & Gocta Falls

Food For The Trip – While this is not a post, it is a very informative list of restaurants that can be found in and around Chachapoyas. There are many reviews for each of the restaurant so you will know what to expect! If you click on the name of the restaurant, more information will pop up such as phone number, photos and the website of the restaurant itself.

 

Where to stay in Kuelap & Gocta Falls

Lodging It In Chachapoyas – There are many opportunities to find affordable and comfortable places to stay in Chachapoyas. This is a great and long list of hotels and hostels in the area. If you click on the name of the location, you’ll be able to see all of the features and have the option to book!

 

The best way to visit the Peruvian Amazon

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUS – The best way to visit the Peruvian Amazon!

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 Peruvian Amazon. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in the Peruvian Amazon

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Peruvian Amazon Travel Essentials – What you need to know about a visit to the Peruvian Amazon

The Best Time To Visit – This is a short, but great article that talks a little bit about the different seasons in the Amazon – dry season, and river season. It gives you tips on when a good time to visit might be based on what animals you may want to see, and whether or not you want to avoid the mosquito swarms!

What Are The Differences? – You may find yourself asking, what is the difference between the Peruvian Amazon and the Brazilian Amazon? Well, this article does an excellent job at explaining that! It’s a fun, and informative read!

Things to do in the Peruvian Amazon

Top Ten Adventures – You might be looking for some ideas on things to do when visiting the Peruvian Amazon…this blog post is a great start! It lists 10 very exciting, and intriguing activities to participate in! Which one will you do?

Traveling With Kids – This short post lists 8 activities you can do if you are traveling to the Peruvian Amazon with kids. It does not offer much insight to each of these great ideas, so additional research would have to be done.

 

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A Mystical Ceremony – If you’ve ever been interested in participating in an ayahuasca ceremony, this is a really good starting point to understand more about the ceremony itself. It highlights what to expect, and how to prepare for the ceremony which includes a diet change.

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Where to eat in the Peruvian Amazon

Delightful Foods – While this article doesn’t take us directly to the Amazon to find fantastic foods, it does explore the local city of Lima, Peru which is home to restaurants that are dedicated to Amazonian food. Check out their delicious dishes!

Vegetation In The Amazon – While this short post doesn’t speak about any restaurants or specific meals – it offers an insight to some different vegetables, fruits, spices and meats that can be found in the Peruvian Amazon.

Where to stay in the Peruvian Amazon

Lodging It In The Amazon – Located all along the Amazon, are fantastic lodges to board at. Offering some beautiful views and amenities such as wifi and air conditioning, the packages are reasonably priced!

 

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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.

http://www.apus-peru.com/trip-planning/recommended_reads.htm

 

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Things to do in Lake Titicaca, Peru

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Apus Peru FOCUSThings to do in Lake Titicaca, 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 Lake Titicaca. If you have already been, please share a tip on things to see and do in Lake Titicaca.

Lake Titicaca Travel Essentials – What You Need To Know About a Visit To Lake Titicaca

The Facts – This post is a great mixture of information – from quick and interesting facts to food and festivities, it’s worth a read to get the basics. They even list a few attractions that may be of interest!

A Unique Setting – This is another post listing different facts, however, this one focuses more on the culture and history. Did you know Lake Titicaca is otherwise known as “The birthplace of the sun”? …there’s more facts where that came from! (ha…ha, someone give me a laugh!)

Things To Do In Lake Titicaca

No Shortage Of Things To Do – Frommers has become a popular name in the world of traveling, and with so many good suggestions, we can tell why! This post offers quite a few options in terms of things to do, with some detailed descriptions to boot! If you look to the left of the post they also offer suggestions for hotels and restaurants along with some tips on planning your trip.

Things To Do With Kids In Lake Titicaca

Exploration For Kids – While it’s nice to get away without the kids on a vacation, it’s also nice to have them tag along so they have the chance to create memories, and explore. This list gives a few great activities that families can enjoy together!

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Where To Stay In Lake Titicaca

Island Lodging – While visiting Lake Titicaca, there are quite a few options to chose from when it comes to lodging. This list is rather small, and while providing helpful descriptions for each location, they do not provide links or prices to the hotels.

A Different Way To Stay – In Lake Titicaca, hotels aren’t your only option for a home away from home. On the islands of Lake Titicaca, you have the opportunity to also stay in guest houses. These homestays often include food, and transportation. This is a short list of some of the homestays that are available.

Where To Eat In Lake Titicaca

Restaurants Galore – This list will be all you need to find a great spot to eat! A long list of all the of the restaurants in the South Andes and Lake Titicaca. If you click on the arrow icon on the restaurant, it will open a new page with more information – a description, map, address, website and price range.

 

 

 

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