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Tips on organising this special trip

Peru, like many countries, is still trying to recover from the pandemic, and in January, the government announced that they were increasing the maximum number of daily visitors to Machu Picchu from 2,500 to 4,500, with some days allowing up to 5,600. This is, of course, good and bad; good, it will be easier to get a permit, bad, it will be very crowded and likely not great for wear and tear.

Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the ‘new’ seven wonders of the world, is truly worth the trip. There are, however, many different ways to see it – hike the Inca Trail over several days, take the train and then the bus, or create your own adventure – all with vastly different price ranges and quotes. You also have to be quite organised: in the high season, you may need to apply months in advance for a permit.

Sam’s Travel can arrange one-day Inca Trail hikes, which is a great way to do it. Get off the Vistadome train at KM 104, and descend on Machu Picchu from above (this truly is the best). A personable guide leads you, in either a private or group trip, and as far as fees go, they seem pretty well-priced. They also take care of all of your permits, are very responsive on WhatsApp, and call you before they confirm everything to make sure there’s no confusion, which is reassuring.

As for transportation to and from Cusco, if you can splurge, the Hiram Bingham by Belmond train is a great option, at least for one way of the journey. With a private lounge, bar cart, dinner on a white tablecloth-clad table with a lamp (on the return trip), and transfers to your hotel in Cusco, it’s a memorable way to travel.

And for where to stay, we highly recommend staying at least one night in Machu Picchu Pueblo, so you aren’t rushing and can relax after the hike. INKATERRA has an incredible hotel there – casitas set in the jungle amidst the cloud forest – and it’s a short bus trip from the MP Base, so it’s very convenient too.

Originally published on
28th February 2024


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