Machu Picchu - Additional Information

Information for your Trekking Trip To Peru?

 

What we include at a glance:

  • Pick up at and drop off at your Cusco Hotel
  • Private Bus transportation to and from Cusco
  • Train fares as indicated
  • Porterage of up to 10 kg personal gear
  • Communal camp gear including tables and camp chairs
  • Spacious sleeping tents
  • Thermarest sleeping pad
  • Water filter and other amenities
  • All meals and snacks as indicated
  • Potable drinking water throughout.
  • Bilingual experienced mountain guides

Exclusions:

  • Bottled and other drinks except where provides with meals etc
  • personal trekking gear
  • Optional tips to guide, porters or wranglers
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. laundry
  • Hotels in Cusco or Lima – can be arranged by request
  • Travel insurance of any kind
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired for $80 USD)
  • Machu Picchu citadel fee with Huayna Picchu: $75 Payable in advance with trek cost ( Moonstone Program)
  • Inca trail trekking permit fee currently $115 USD) (Rates subject to change) ( Inca Trail program only)

 

Recommended Packing List For Trekking Trips In The Peruvian Andes

Clothing:

Expect a wide range of temperature and precipitation on your program. In high mountain environments, you must be prepared for inclement weather at any time. Even at mid-day, if clouds obscure the sun, the apparent temperature cools dramatically. By packing a system of thin, independent layers of clothing, you can easily add or remove layers to remain comfortable as conditions change throughout the day. Most trekkers leave camp in the morning wearing a cold-weather layer over T-shirt and shorts. At the first rest stop, after you have warmed up a bit, remove a layer and continue in hot-weather clothing until the temperature cools off later in the day. At all times, carry rain-gear in your day-pack.

A time-tested strategy is to plan your day-time trekking layers (which will get dirty, and which remain with you, either on you or in your daypack during the warmer parts of the day); and a set of clean camp clothes, starting with full-length thermal underwear. On arrival in camp, change from your trail clothes to your clean, dry camp clothes. In the morning, change into your trekking gear, and pack your camp clothes to stay dry.

 

Basic clothing list:

underwear, thermal underwear, socks, light hiking boots, sneakers for around camp, loose-fitting long pants or wind-pants, shorts (or convertible hiking pants), T-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, Polarfleece jacket, full rain gear, sun hat, bathing suit, gloves and ski-type hat.

 

Other Gear:

Essential: Day pack, winter-weight sleeping bag, 1-liter water bottle, flashlight or headlamp, sunglasses, hat for sun protection, sunscreen, lip balm, toilet kit, insect repellent, afterbite, Ziploc bags and garbage bags for clothes, valid passport

Optional: trekking poles (highly recommended!), gloves, pocket knife, sewing kit, iodine-type water purification pills, camera, binoculars, paperback book, snacks and/or energy bars.

Your outfitter provides: a heavy-duty, 4,100-cubic-inch trail duffel, Thermarest® sleeping pad, tents and communal camping gear. The guide carries a hand-pump water filter; all drinking water is filtered and treated with iodine.

Weight Restriction: Packhorses ( Choquequirao and Moonstone programs) carry up to 15 kg (22 lb.) of your personal gear. Inca Trail porters 10 kilos only. If your packed duffel exceeds 15/10 kg. In weight (including sleeping bag and pad) at the trailhead, you will have to transfer excess weight from your duffel to your daypack. You may order and extra mule or porter in advance if you have a lot of gear.

Health:
While no vaccinations are mandatory for entering Peru, and no official is likely to demand to see proof of your vaccination against any disease, some protection is prudent. Consult your physician or local travelers' clinic for the latest recommendations. For general travel, the most common recommended vaccinations or boosters are against tetanus, typhoid/diphtheria, Hepatitis A, and polio. The World Health Organization does not recommend vaccination against cholera. If you're visiting the Amazon before or after your trek, ask about yellow fever and chloroquine-resistant malaria. Consult Your Health Centre Or Family Doctor

Power:
Electricity is 220v in Peru. Please bring the relevant adapters if you habitually use a different power source. There is no electricity at Rainforest Lodges in Manu. Generators for charging batteries are available at most lodges. Surge Protectors Highly Recommended. UK plugs do not work in Peru – sockets are round/flat two pin as in the USA.

Communication:
Once you leave Cusco there is cell/mobile phone signal at Machu Picchu, Huancavalle or Cachora-that's it!