We're tracking ongoing changes and situations that can affect travel to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail hikes and other relevant destinations in South America. So check back from time to time. What do travelers need to know about navigating the airports, trains, bus stations and hotels in Peru and Ecuador and Chile? Here's information to unravel some of the rumors and explain what our recent groups arriving in Peru are reporting. With all the variations for Machu Picchu entry tickets, proper advance planning is more important than ever. Here's highlights about travel in Peru, to help you snap out of your pandemic fatigue:

  • It's getting real! Tickets to Machu Picchu are selling out big time in August. Some people are worried that if they don't get tickets that include access to the upper terrace then it's not worth going to Machu Picchu. Here's a link to get more info about the classic view of Machu Picchu from the upper terrace. It's not as bad as you think!
  • For the first time that we can remember, tickets to Machu Picchu Llaqta sold out before tickets to Huayna Picchu. Why? Click here to read more.
  • Lori in Texas called me at 3AM Saturday night in a panic because she went to print all her family tickets to Machu Picchu. Guess what? She misunderstood the payment procedure and lost her reservations!  They had no tickets and now they're all sold out! Buying Machu Picchu tickets is a 2-step process. Once you generate the reservation for tickets, you have a 3 hour window to make the payment. The issue for Lori was that she couldn't get the cc to work, So she saw that there was an option to pay in person in Cusco and assumed that meant when she arrived a month later. What she didn't realize is that the 3- hour window for paying also applies to paying in person. Pro Tips: print your tickets immediately after you buy them. Check your credit card statement to confirm that the transaction was completed. 
  • Peru declared a health emergency for 90 days on July 10 because of numerous cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome.
  • If Machu Picchu entry tickets sold out, call me in VA. We have an alternative way to get you to the upper terrace for the classic view of Machu Picchu. Early August is already sold out for the alternative. It only works for a 2-day trip. Call me and I'll splain you. 757-714-6649 (Also whatsapp)
  • Since March 2023, all infrastucture for trips to Machu Picchu continues to operate normally. I was in Peru for 40 days and didn't see any evidence of disruption.
  • Road construction at Lima airport is about to get ugly. Avenida Faucett is getting a major overhaul expected to take 2-3 years. So. Anyone who is planning to drive from Lima airport to Lima city center or Port Callao needs to allow more time. Check with your hotel or tour operator a day or two before arriving so you have the latest intel. Congestion is likely to fluctuate unpredictably, especially during daytime hours. 
  • Perurail Urubamba station is operating 1 departure each way to Machu Picchu per day.
  • February 2. Machu Picchu announced an increase in the cost of entry tickets beginning on January 1, 2024. 
  • On January 11, authorities announced they are considering increasing the capacity at Machu Picchu from 4044 to 5544 visitors per day. That's an additional 1500 people per day using the one toilet facility at the main entrance. Just saying. Not to mention that Betssy Chavez, the Peru Minister of Culture, stated that UNESCO has threatened to "black list" Machu Picchu if capacity is increased. 
  • The best little portable water filter for travelers! (and we're offering our groups a discount code! CLICK HERE to read why we love it, and buy.)
  • NEW destination wedding ceremony venue in 2023. Say "I Do" on Rainbow Mountain! CLICK HERE to read more.
  • Central Restuarant in Lima ranked #1 BEST RESTAURANT in 2022! In the world amigos! Don't forget about the "not-too-shabby" step-sister restaurant MIL in the Sacred Valley.
  • As of November 15, 2022, the cost of Inca Trail permits was increased an average of $200 USD per person. This only affects the long 4-day Inca Trail, the 5-day Inca Trail and the "fast" 3-day Inca Trail. The short Inca Trail cost is not affected because porter service is not part of that hike. The increase is meant to cover benefits for porters. The increase does not affect other hikes like the Salkantay trek, Lares Valley or Cachiccata.
  • Peru drops all covid entry requirements and eliminates the covid state of emergency effective Nov 1, 2022. As a bonus, it's reported that it's no longer necessary to fill out that darn health declaration form! But. Always double check with your airlines for the final word. 
  • Ready to book your Machu Picchu & Galapagos Island Adventure? CLICK HERE
  • Permits for Inca Trail hikes in 2023 available now. CLICK HERE to find out more about Inca Trail hikes. 
  • Scam Alert Lima airport. Tourists have been targeted by people who may be wearing vests and representing themselves as airport employees (or security) trying to get tourists to wrap their luggage in plastic and hustle them into taxis to Lima. This provides exposure for purses and bags to have items stolen. Always keep your purse/personal bag with you at all times. Pre-arrange taxis with your hotel or on arrival at the bank of taxi desks as soon as you exit customs. There is no rule requiring anyone to have their luggage wrapped for any reason.
  • In 2022, several hikers went missing in the Andes Mountains. The body of a missing 30 year old Italian hiker was discovered in the Sacred Valley on Sept 18. Alberto Fedele left the village of Urubamba on July 4 and was not heard from for 80 days. It's possible he fell off a cliff. The remains of a Belgium tourist missing since last January, was discovered in the Colca Canyon. Please always hike with a companion or tell someone your itinerary. Trails are not marked and weather conditions can change suddenly. It's easy to arrange local tour guides who can accompany you and offer advice on how to stay safe. 
  • We have seen private people try to resell Machu Picchu entry tickets. Do not buy Machu Picchu tickets (or Inca Trail permits) from a private party. They are not transferrable. Click here to read more.
  • Agencies and tour operators cannot pre-buy or store Machu Picchu entry tickets. The official government website that shows ticket availability can be viewed by anyone and is the only source for buying all entry tickets. This is the same website that tour operators use to buy tickets for their groups. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE OFFICIAL MACHU PICCHU WEBSITE. 
  • Latam Airlines now has direct flights from Cusco, Peru to Santiago, Chile. Flights are limited to certain days of the week. 
  • Easter Island, Chile is now reopened and flights are available on certain days of the week. We are booking trips to Machu Picchu with extension to Easter Island. 
  • When Machu Picchu tickets are sold out, Inca Trail permits for the easy 1-day hike are often still available for some dates. We may be able to get you in to Machu Picchu using the tickets that come with Inca Trail permits. This is a 2-day trip. Choose to hike or tour by van. Text for details, but give us at least 7 days notice if you can! Contact Heather  (757-270-9293 and What'sApp)
  • Inca Bridge reopened at Machu Picchu in 2023. The tickets come with circuit 1 or 2. If you want to explore as much as possible of Machu Picchu without doing the hikes, this is my favorite ticket. The hike to Inca Bridge is short and begins from the uppper terrace. You don't get to walk on the actual Inca bridge. You get to see if from a distance. Then you walk back to the upper terrace where you enter the main gate to circuit 1 or 2. The bonus is that the cost of the ticket is the same as the regular Machu Picchu Llaqta ticket!
  • Find out which circuits at Machu Picchu offer access to get the Classic iconic photo of Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu in the background. 
  • Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Pass is open. There's also another Rainbow Mountain hike "without the hike." What's the difference? Click here for details.
  • NEW rules "recommend" that all visitors hire a private tour guide for their trip to Machu Picchu. Mandatory tour guides are not required. Yet. But it's coming. The reason is that people are showing up at the wrong times and getting confused about the various circuits and the tickets. Visitors need to coordinate their logistics and timing for the trains, buses and entry. Huayna Picchu tickets do not include access to Llaqta de Machu Picchu (the main city). Lots of variables to unravel. I have strategies for setting up trips properly. Let's say it's my "superpower." Text or call my assistant Heather 757-270-9293.. You don't have to buy anything, although we appreciate when you can book a little day trip or something. We'll do our best to help you out for free  (also on What'sApp)
  • To find "pickup" tour guides on the day of your tour of Machu Picchu, be aware that they are moving! You'll find them at the bus stop in Aguas Calientes. Read more here. 
  • The NEW Machu Picchu official government website redesigned their landing page with a link to view a  map of each circuit. Here's a link to the official Machu Picchu government website. This website is where you buy your entry tickets directly if you don't want to pay extra to a tour operator or ticket distributer. Circuit 2 is the main circuit and is the longest. That's the one I would choose for the most thorough tour. Buying tickets is a 2-step process. The first step is to make the reservation. The second step is to make the payment.
  • Inca Trail permits include 1 entry ticket to the new lower circuit 5 at Machu Picchu. Here's link to Book your hike anytime. Contact: [email protected] 
  • Most hikes and trails are open in Machu Picchu. This includes Huayna (Wayna) Picchu and a new hike called Huchuy Picchu which is so close in spelling to Huayna Picchu, that people might get confused! And the new rules at Machu Picchu restrict Inca Trail hikers tour to circuit 5 but it's not being enforced. Hikers can tour most of the lower circuits. (More details CLICK HERE) The Sungate is only accessible by Inca Trail hikers. 

HOT TOPIC:  Is it possible to predict when demonstrations are likely to occur?

  • No. It's impossible to make advance travel plans that avoid demonstrations or strikes. These events might be announced 1-2 weeks in advance at best. There's no specific "season" or time of year when demonstrations occur. However it's probably a good idea to not travel during a presidential election. Not all demonstrations result in destruction. In Latin countries, taking to the streets to voice opinions and concerns is part of the culture. 
  • As of May 2023, all Machu Picchu tourism infrastructure has been restored and operating normally since March. I visited Peru for 40 days in March, April and May. There were absolutely no signs that protests even occured. I walked alone in Cusco and the city outskirts. I went to the Sacred Valley on my own, using local transportation. I hiked the 1-day Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain. There are no signs of unrest or disruptions. 
  • Why is the US State Department issuing elevated alerts for travelers going to Peru? We can't speak for any country's state department. But we can report on real life in Peru. Reports of violence and crime on the Peru - Colombia border may be fueling the concerns of countries trying to protect their citizens. But these areas have been dealing with shakey political unrest for years. Unless you're taking a bus from northern Peru to Lima, the activities on the border do not affect the main Cusco to Machu Picchu tourism corridor. 
  • How can travelers plan their trips to Peru? The best strategy, in my opinion, is to plan anytime, but hold off on making non-refundable reservations or purchases until you get closer to your travel dates. Buy comprehensive travel insurance and upgrade to CFAR (cancel for any reason) policies. Book through a local tour operator who can provide updates before you travel and offer assistance if needed once you are there. 
  • January and February are the normal slow season in Peru and some businesses close down or take vacations during this time. The normal seasonal slow down combined with the recent loud-mouthed protests had a significant affect on foreigners' perceptions of the Peruvian tourism industry

Should Travelers to Peru Buy a Trip Protection Policy?

If we learned anything over the last 3 years, the answer to that question, without hesitation, is "yes!" Thanks to the covid pandemic, traveler awareness of the risk for trip interruptions and cancellations is greater than ever. It's wise to review your credit card benefits before you pay for non-refundable services and activities. If you're looking to buy trip protection, I like Squaremouth Travel Insurance because they have trained agents who can answer questions and assist travelers with finding the right policy. Paying extra for CFAR (cancel for any reason) policies is  Be aware that the trip insurance offered when you book your flight online may not be comprehensive. In other words, it may only cover the flight you're booking. If it seems cheap, that's a clue. Comprehensive travel insurance will likely cost more than $50 USD pp. 

Do Visitors Entering Machu Picchu National Park need to show their Health Documents? 

No. Although it was not required to show vaccination status to enter Machu Picchu, it is not necessary to show any documents related to covid for entry to the country or any of the archaeological sites. And. And. Passengers arriving in Peru are no longer required to fill out the darn health declaration form. As always, don't believe anything you read on the internet. Go to your airlines for the final say. The airlines are the boss until you get to Lima. Then we're in charge baby!

New Policies for Inca Trail Permit Holders Visiting Machu Picchu.

I'll tell you the good news first. Hikers coming off the Inca Trail on the last day of the 4 day hike and the mini 1 day hike have exclusive access to the Sungate for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Visitors coming in the Machu Picchu main gate do not have access to Inti-punku. From there you descend into the park and have the exclusive favor of standing on the upper terrace right next to the famous Guard House that overlooks the Machu Picchu city. This is your "special treat" for suffering on foot to get to Machu Picchu. Visitors arriving in Machu Picchu by train and bus do not have access to this sacred spot. This spot is reserved for you! The bad news is that the Machu Picchu entry ticket that comes with your hiking permit restricts you to Machu Picchu lower circuits and you're expected to tour circuit 5 after the hike. I guess they figure you get to see Machu Picchu from the upper terraces as you descend from the Sungate and you get to stand next to the Guard shack. So this is your one and only access to the upper terraces in case you want the classic view. The ticket to Machu Picchu that comes with the permit is for lower circuit #5. Our tour guides report that at this time, the rangers are not enforcing the visitors to the lower circuits to stay on the individual circuit. This applies to #3, #4 and if you're a hiker, #5.. Here's a link to read more about which circuit is best for getting the iconic view of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu updates:

  • Visitors are permitted to enter Machu Picchu without a tour guide, although officials are recommending that visitors should have one. 
  • There are 5 one way circuits and the Machu Picchu website has a great map tool that shows the layout for each circuit. CLICK HERE.
  • 4 and 5 day Inca Trail hikes open through the end of 2023. Here's a link to read about changes to the Machu Picchu tickets that come with Inca Trail permits
  • Tickets to hike WaynaPicchu and HuchuyPicchu are released for sale at the same time all Machu Picchu tickets get released. (Early January)
  • Tickets for Inca Bridge with your choice of circuit 1 or 2 are now available in 2023. This might be the best value of all the tickets if you're looking to explore the long upper circuit #2. This ticket includes a short hike to see the Inca Bridge at the same cost as the Machu Picchu Llaqta entry ticket. 
  • Lima airport "Left Luggage" storage is reopened. It's located on the international side of the airport terminal. At the back of the arrival area.

Covid arrival protocols in Lima, Peru

As of November 1, 2022, it is no longer necessary to show any documents related to covid. You only need a valid passport and a visa if you're a citizen of a country that is required to get one. Please double check your international airlines. They are still the boss!

(Disclaimer: I am offering this information anecdotally to provide insight based on reports from real travelers and local tour guides. I am not responsible for the actions of the Peruvian authorities or airlines with regards to any arrival policy to any country)

Be Alert to Prevent Theft while traveling in Peru

A long time ago, I was a cop. And a private detective. So, it's in my blood. I can't help it. I have to share this story. In March 2022, a lone female Swedish tourist was walking in the Cusco historical center (near Koricancha Temple) looking at her cell phone, when a young man grabbed her phone and ran. She chased him down and caught him. Fortunately a nearby citizen patrol apprehended the man who claimed to be a Colombian national. I am not suggesting anyone should chase down a thief in case you are robbed. (but secretly, I confess I admire her)

On August 19, 2022 Cusco police busted a local gang of cell phone thieves. Two gang members picked on a young man in the Wanchaq district who was able to iD the robbers for the police  This led to their arrest and further investigation regarding other thefts and the dismantling of a the criminal gang. Chalk one up for the good guys!

We had another group of women in June who stopped at the ATM in the main Cusco plaza then went to lunch at a very nice restaurant on the plaza. One women took a few photos then stashed her camera in her backpack which was at her feet. None of the women paid attention to a middle aged man sitting alone at a nearby table. The man told the waiter he was waiting to order after his friend arrived. Right in front of the women, the man grabbed the backpack with the camera and ran out the door. No one was able to catch him. The restaurant had video footage but he could not be identified. A police report was filed but the backpack was never found. This is a reminder to everyone to follow basic protocols to protect yourself and your valuables. Prevention is best. 

  • avoid walking around alone while holding valuables in your hands. (this should apply when walking with companions too)
  • protect your devices with passwords. And remember that some devices have separate SD cards with separate passwords!
  • avoid using apps on your phone that provide access to banking or sensitive personal information. 
  • set up other sources as backups for recovery in case your phone is stolen or lost
  • secure your valuables in zippered pockets or a waist bag (bum bag) in the front of your body. Don't take it off or set it down because this is when it's most vulnerable. All my travel clothes have pockets with zippers or flaps with snap closures. Especially jackets and outerwear.
  • do not hold phones, cameras and valuables in your hands while walking around.
  • do not wear earpods or headsets while walking around
  • do not open wallets full of cash in public. Before you leave your hotel room, take out the amount of cash you think you need for the day and carry it in a separate secure pocket.
  • think like a thief. Who are they most likely to target? Don't be that target!
  • What about using a cell phone tracking app? Even if your phone is located on a map, what are you going to do? Hire a taxi to take you to a neighborhood and knock on the door of strangers?

How to find tickets on the official Machu Picchu website.

From the home page of the official Machu Picchu website you can see a "BUY TICKETS" button. When you click the link you'll see a window for Tarifa General at the top and right under will be "RUTA." MAKE SURE THE CORRECT "RUTA" is on display for the tickets you're trying to buy! There is a drop down box to see the list of the various ticketing options, and "Bob's Your Uncle!" Now you know how to choose the correct entry tickets to Machu Picchu. They just updated the Machu Picchu website with a separate link to view each circuit. See it on the homepage

And. (There's always an "and!") Pay attention to how much time these tickets allow for exploring the actual ancient city if you buy a ticket for one of the hikes.. The entrance to Huayna Picchu is on the other side of the park and you have exactly 1 hour to get from the Machu Picchu main entrance to the checkpoint for Huayna Picchu and Huchuypicchu. (I included an example of how the timing works in the next paragraph) After the hike you walk to the exit. That's it. You're done. Here's the fine print: "Visitors must enter {Machu Picchu} at the corresponding time and go directly to the entrance control to the alternative routes Montaña Waynapicchu and Huchuypicchu They will not have the right to re-enter the llaqta, having to make the complementary route (long low circuit) to the alternative route chosen during their movement towards the alternative route and during their exit from it."  Here's a link to read about which circuit is the best for getting the Classic View of Machu Picchu.

When you click the box to buy the ticket for Huayna Picchu you will see that your entry time at the main gate to Machu Picchu is exactly 1 hour before the printed entry time for your hike. For example, if your Wayna Picchu hike is from 9-10AM, you can enter the MP main gate at 8AM. This gives you 1 hour, and an extra 45 minutes if you want to checkin for the Huayna Picchu hike as late as possible. You can checkin up to 10AM. I would be at the checkpoint no later than 9:45AM. So you could tour the lower circuit from 8am - 9:45am if your HP tickets are 9-10am. 

This allows you to tour the lower circuit 4 on the way from the Machu Picchu main entry to the checkin for the hike following the "short low circuit." And then you can see more stuff on the way out after the hike. But you cannot enter the other circuits which include the ancient city. This might be a deal-breaker for me. 

However the logistics for hiking Machu Picchu Montana are different. I translated the fine print: "Visitors must enter at the corresponding time and go directly to the entrance control to the Machupicchu Mountain alternate route. They have the right to re-enter the monument to make the tour in the nuclear area strictly by the short low route, which does not enter the Sacred Square."

Printing your entry tickets. Buying Machu Picchu tickets is a 2-step process if you do it on the official government website. The first step is to request the date, time and type of ticket you want. You will get a notification email with a confirmation code. The second step is to make the payment. This is when your tickets are confirmed. Then go to the official Machu Picchu website to the tab marked "Search Reservation" and copy/paste your confirmation code in the search bar. Here's where people sometimes make a mistake. The confirmation code must have a hyphen between the last 2 digits. If your code is not working, add the hyphen and try again. You can download and print. I would do both. 

What can you do if you want to hike to WaynaPicchu and tour the Machu Picchu ancient city? I have a solution. 

Here's what I would do. Set up a 2 day trip with a tour of Machu Picchu Llaqta (ancient city) in the afternoon of the first day. This gives you all morning to travel from Cusco or Sacred Valley at an enjoyable pace to get to Machu Picchu. After the tour of the ruins you spend the night in Aguas Calientes. Then go back up to Machu Picchu the next morning and do the hike. Take the afternoon train back to civilization. This means you have to buy two sets of tickets for entry on 2 separate days. Is it worth it? It is for me because the "experiences" are very different. The Huayna Picchu hike is not the tour and the tour of Machu Picchu is not the hike. But I can't answer that for you. 

What is the difference between the hikes to Huayna Picchu and Huchuy Picchu? Which one should you get?

The first thing to know is that Huayna Picchu and Wayna Picchu are different spellings for the same place. Let me explain. Before covid there was the famous short, 2-hour hike called Huayna Picchu, which is the little mountain you see behind Machu Picchu. It's famous for being treacherous. And for being popular, which led to tickets selling out. Because the word "Huayna" is pronounced "Wayna," they eventually changed the spelling of the hike to "Waynapicchu" because of us gringos. Keep that in mind and stay with me. In October 2021 they finally reopened the hikes in Machu Picchu and guess what? They added another NEW hike called Huchuypicchu. (say it with me: "hoochweepeechu") This is a very short hike to an even smaller hill in front of Waynapicchu. Huchuypicchu has 8 start times beginning on the hour from 6AM to 14:00 daily. That's your first clue that you might have the wrong hike if you're looking for HuaynaPicchu. Wayna Picchu has 4 hikes available per day only in the morning. Huchuypicchu has 8 per day.

If you want to hike WaynaPicchu (which is also known as Huayna Picchu) you need to look for Ruta - "Circuito 4 + Waynapicchu". That's how it's written on the official Machu Picchu website. When you choose your date the ticket availability will display and you should see 4 start times and a cost of 200/s. per adult foreigner. It takes me about 2 hours to do this hike round trip. I've heard of younger people who have done it in less than 1 hour. But I wouldn't know a thing about that!

Maybe you're not in great shape or you don't have the time to hike Waynapicchu. Or you just want to get up high for a view of Machu Picchu. Whatever your reason, to find Huchuypicchu tickets, look for Ruta - "Circuito 4 + Montana Huchuypicchu." There will be 8 start times and the cost is 152/s. per adult foreigner. 

By the way, once you buy your tickets, you can't change them. I suppose you could send an email to the Machu Picchu office and beg them, but they're pretty cold-hearted when it comes to poor bastards buying the wrong tickets. Don't expect them to willingly change anything. And it's likely that most people who buy the wrong tickets won't realize it until they're standing at the checkin gate peering at Huayna Picchu only to find out their tickets are for Huchuypicchu. 

Why were Machu Picchu entry tickets sold out in August, September and October 2022 and could it happen again?

Entry tickets to Machu Picchu sold out for the last two weeks in August, most of September and even October in 2021. And then in 2022, most of July, August and September were sold out. Here's why. Peruvians showed up in Cusco in early August, (as they do every year) for their Independence Day celebrations combined with 2 week school vacation), to buy entry tickets and visit Machu Picchu, the emblem of their national heritage. But due to increased interest in traveling after the pandemic, plus normal seasonal increase in visitors at that time of year, all tickets sold out unexpectedly. Exercising their freedom of speech, the Peruvians showed up in numbers to protest at the ticket offices, train stations, and buses. The government offered the following (short-sighted) solution. People could buy tickets for any date they chose in September or even October and use those tickets to enter Machu Picchu in August. This of course created another problem in that tickets in September and October sold out and people planning to buy tickets to Machu Picchu for entry in September and October could not find availability. In August 2022, the government agreed to sell 1000 entry tickets per day in person in the village of Aguas Calientes. I explained this earlier.

Tickets to Machu Picchu can sell out in advance. And due to the overlap of Peruvian holidays with heavy tourism, August is the month when it's most likely to happen. 

By the way, I don't recommend buying tickets to Machu Picchu on other dates and trying to use them on any date you want. The fact that the Ministry of Tourism allowed people in August 2021 to enter Machu Picchu with tickets dated from September and October 2021 is not an indication of an across-the-board policy change. It was a temporary measure to solve an immediate problem.

Can We Buy Entry Tickets to Machu Picchu with an expired passport?

Yes. But. Here's what you need to know. The only way to buy an entry ticket to Machu Picchu is with your passport unless you're a citizen of CAN (latin American countries) in which case you can use your national ID. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date in Peru. Getting a passport renewed has no guarantee of a timeline. Some people report that it's taken 4 months. Keep this in mind when you're buying tickets and planning trips. The passport document you use to buy your tickets is the same document you must show to enter Machu Picchu. Here's what you do if you're buying tickets in advance with a passport that's about to expire. Buy your ticket online with a passport that will expire and after you get your new passport, you travel with both the old and the new passports. You will use your new passport to enter Peru, and you will use your old passport to enter Machu Picchu. This is what we do for Inca Trail permits as well.

Can we combine our trip to Machu Picchu with excursions to the Amazon Jungle or Lake Titicaca?

Yes. As long as Latam Airlines continues to provide service to Puerto Maldonado (PEM), the jungle lodges welcome travelers.  One thing I recommend when setting up your itinerary is to book this segment at the front of your trip and save the Machu Picchu portion for the end. Be aware that the timing of the flights to and from PEM need to be synchronized with your lodge transfers. Always confirm the flight schedule with your lodge before you pay. There is daytime and nighttime bus service to Puno and Lake Titicaca. If you have a group and your budget allows, we're offering private 1-day transfers by van from Cusco to Puno. To read more about Amazon Jungle and Lake Titicaca Follow this link.

What Hikes are Open in Peru?

All hikes are open in Peru. If you're wondering about the Inca Trail hike, Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake, Salkantay Trek and other day hikes and multi-day treks, we set up a page devoted to the list of all hikes that are open and all that are closed. The 4 and 5 day Inca Trail hike permits are available through the end of 2023..  CLICK HERE

Can we get Inca Trail permits? 

Yes. Permits for all Inca Trail Hikes in 2023 are available. We're taking reservations now. Be aware that the Peru government raised the cost of permits for 4/5 day Inca Trail, effective November 15, 2022.

Hikers are now permitted to hike into Machu Picchu and go right to the Guard House overlooking the entire ancient city. Inca Trail hikers have exclusive access on the day they hike in to Machu Picchu. Note that once we set up the permit with your dates, we cannot change it later. The bad news is that the entry ticket to Machu Picchu that comes with your permit only allows access to circuit 5.. That's the lower circuit. I guess they figure you get to see the upper regions when you hike in, even though you're not actually inside the citadel. So the ticket to Machu Picchu is for the lower section only.

The same refund and cancellation policies apply to Inca Trail permits as before covid. Permits cannot be refunded, transferred or changed for any reason.  Here's a link to see the details fo the hike.

What do you need to know about trip cancellation? 

It is strongly recommended that travelers purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers all air and ground expenses. When you buy flight tickets online, they often have a button for trip insurance. This typically does not cover your ground expenses. It's only coverage for that particular flight. Make sure you read the fine print before you click that button.

Stay in Touch With Adios Adventure Travel to Get Up-to-date Info About Traveling to Machu Picchu

Check back from time to time as I update information regularly. Sometimes daily if needed. I'm in touch with Vidal and Hubert in Cusco on a regular basis. 

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