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Machu Picchu + Peru Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Machu Picchu and Peru!

Perú is one of the most unique countries in the world. Aside from being home to 30 of the world’s 32 distinct climates, it boasts an extremely rich cultural heritage that has been passed down from communities and civilizations dating to long before the famous Inca Empire.

We take you to Machu Picchu - one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, the famous Rainbow Mountain, and all around Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Start: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) -- Cusco, Peru
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 12:00 pm on Day 1.

The earlier you arrive on Day 1 the more time you will have to explore Cusco. If you arrive after 12:00 pm we will make arrangements to get you once we receive your flight information.

Finish: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) -- Cusco, Peru
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 9:00 am on Day 6.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 6 days / 5 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotel rooms
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners
  • See Cusco's famous cathedrals and Plaza de Armas
  • Exclusive cultural exchange activity in Chinchero
  • Experience the Andes Mountains
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Quechua Culture
  • Entrance to World Famous Machu Picchu
  • Passenger Train to Machu Picchu
  • Experience the magical Rainbow Mountain
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Peru

Highlights

  • Amazing views of the historic city of Cusco
  • Exclusive one of a kind cultural exchange with an indigenous community in the Andes
  • Experience Machu Picchu: “The Lost City of the Incas” and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World
  • A full day adventure to the Rainbow Mountain
  • World renowned Peruvian gastronomy
  • Hang with Llamas and Alpacas

Is this Trip for You?

If you want to immerse yourself in some of Peru's most spectacular sights while minimizing time off from work, this trip is for you!

Through this experience you will visit Machu Picchu from the comfort of a public train and bus. You'll also spend time exploring the old capital of the Incan empire -- Cusco.

Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Rainbow Mountains are located at high altitudes so we recommend preparing if you're prone to altitude sickness.

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 10
-Physical rating: Moderate physical activity. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 5-6 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip. 

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfasts will be served at your hotel. Dinners are enjoyed in local restaurants and your hotel.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fruit, eggs, cereal, yogurt, bread, jam, coffee, tea, juice

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • At the Community: potato soup, quinoa, vegetables, chicken (all grown in the community)

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Classic Peruvian dishes, fusion, and comfort foods
  • Plenty of opportunity to try guinea pig, alpaca, and other local delicacies

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private and public ground transportation throughout your trip.

  • Private ground transportation or taxi to and from the airport.
  • Private ground transportation to our Community project and Ollantaytambo.
  • Public round-trip bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Public passenger train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private ground transportation from train station back to Cusco.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.

Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

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Do not forget: Bring a two prong 220 volt power adaptor to charge your electronics. Water bottlesunscreen, warm layers, waterproof rain jacketsunglasses and a hat!

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Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Peru beautiful.

The restaurants we take you to have safe food, but when you are on your own please be careful with salads and fruits. It’s impossible to know if they used water from the tap to wash it.

Altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness (AMS) is common at altitudes above 8,000 ft (2,400m) above sea level. Cusco is 11,150 ft (3,400m) above sea level, and the highest we go on this trip is 17,060 ft (5,200m) at Rainbow Mountain. We recommend you to stay hydrated, and take time to acclimate, but if you’re concerned, consult your doctor about preventative medicine options.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Peru from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons our Trip Leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Money & Currency

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol (PEN).

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest bringing at least USD $200 in cash for the duration of the trip.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

We recommend exchanging from USD to PEN at your local bank before arriving in Peru to make sure you have some local currency in case you have issues with your card when you arrive.

Although many places will accept USD we recommend exchanging into Peruvian Sols (PEN) for a better exchange rate.

In Perú, an 18% charge is added on to almost every meal.

Tipping is customary if you’re satisfied with your meal. 10% is the norm.

Tipping is also customary for the porters, chefs, and crew that accompany you on the Inca Trail.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Uber works both. in Lima and Cusco and is the safest way to call a taxi without having to negotiate the price. If you have extra time in Perú before or after our trip, we recommend using Uber to get around.

Although Cusco is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night. We recommend staying in small groups when traveling at night.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.

Weather

The weather in Peru is tropical and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year. Average temperatures are in the mid to upper 80’s Fahrenheit.

Machu Picchu itself is located in the cloud forest. Don’t be surprised to encounter clouds and maybe even some rain.

Dry season months of April-September

  • Average high is 70°F.
  • Average low is upper 30°F at night.
  • There’s a big temperature swing so make sure to have plenty of layers.

cultural information

Peruvians are some of the kindest people in South America. One kiss on the cheek or a good hug is a common greeting.

Peruvians love to eat ceviche, chicharron(deep-fried pork), chifa (Peruvian-Chinese food), anticuchos(Beef heart skewers), and Guinea pig is a delicacy for the Andes area.

Peruvians love to drink Inca Kola (Peruvian soft drink), beer, chicha, and Pisco Sours.

Altitude sickness is common for travelers coming to Peru, especially Cusco. Coca Tea, rehydration, and good acclimatization always helps. Symptoms can be similar to those of a bad hangover.

Coca leaves are legal in Peru and you can find coca crackers, toffees and sweets, but do not attempt to take them out of the country.

Peruvians love Salsa, Cumbia and Reggaeton and when they are listening to music as a family they opt for traditional music like Huaynos and Huaylas.

Key Phrases
  • Hello -- Hola
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • No thank you -- No Gracias
  • How are you? -- Como estás?
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Con permiso
  • How much? -- Cuánto cuesta.
  • Where is the bathroom? -- Dónde está el baño?

Optional Activities

Maras Moray Tour: ~USD $80

Explore part of Peru's sacred valley and soak in incredible views of the Urubamba mountains while learning about agriculture, textiles, and Incan history.

Humantay Lake Hike: ~USD $100

Hike to one of Peru's most stunning lakes and enjoy the turquoise waters while being surrounded by impressive mountain ranges.

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Check out our city guides for Lima and Cusco!

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