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    Cultural Machu Picchu Regulations


    This two day adventure to Machu Picchu is regulated by the Peruvian government only in the section of the trek that applies to Machu Picchu. Only 2,500 people can access Machu Picchu per day. Travalers can access in two groups. One in the morning and another one in the early afternoon. For this adventure we include an entrance ticket for the second turn (afternoon). This adventure won't allow you to access Huayna Picchu Mountain since this site can be only accessed in the morning.


  • Cultural Machu Picchu Regulations
  • Cultural Machu Picchu Trek Tips & FAQs

    The Cultural Machu Picchu Tour designed by GoTrekPeru.com allows travelers to take part of the Andean way of living. Most travelers coming to Machu Picchu get there in one day by train and this prevents them from getting an unforgettable memory. This tour package allows travelers to get to know an Andean family, the Quispes, and learn their milenary customs. This tour will also allow you to hike to the Gate of the Sun from where you will enjoy a great view of Machu Picchu.
    How difficult is this adventure?
    This tour includes 3 shor duration hikes of about one hour and a half each; therefore, travelers should be able to  hike between 2 and 3 miles in less than 1 hour. The first portion of the hike is mainly flat with light elevations, while the second portion of the trek at Machu Picchu includes a constant ascend of 1 hour. The Gate of the Sun is located at 8,924 feet above sea leve - 2,720 m.a.s.l., and it is 951 feet - 290 meters higher than Machu Picchu.
    How does this excursion work?
    We will provide you all the logistics and equipment need it to make of this experience one of the best of your life. This two day excursion will take you to an Andean community where you will learn their ancient customs. After that you will take transportation to Ollantaytambo and then to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night. The next day a bus will take you to Machu Picchu to continue your adventure with a hike to the Gate of the Sun and then around Machu Picchu. Once back at Machu Picchu town, you will take the Expedition train to get earlier to Cusco.
    For this adventure, all you have to do is get ready for your pick-up and we will take care of the rest.
    Can I bring children?
    Children under 7 years old should not be at this excursion. If younger children have experience hiking long distances and are not afraid of heights, they should be ok to take part of this experience.
    When is the best time to participate of this experience?
    The dry season is the best time to do this. The dry season runs from April to November, while the wet season runs from December to March. In these areas, it is possible that rain falls even during the dry season. Temperatures will be bearable at night (a sleeping bag and a warm blanket will be provided to keep your warm at night.)
    What is the weather like?
    During the dry season, it is unlikely to get rain specially from May to September; however, in these areas rain can fall at any time. The overnight at the campsite will be cold and possible below freezing. During the rainy season it rains all the time and it is not recommendable to get to Machu Picchu using this route (specially from mid January to mid March.)
    What should I bring to the trek?
    Mainly comfortable waterproof hiking shoes, long sleeves shirts, t-shirts, a good waterproof jacket, gloves, raincoat, hat,sunglasses, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, a small first aid kit, some coca leaf candies, and a good camera. For a more detailed list, please navigate our "What to bring to this Machu Picchu Tour" site.
    Can I take part of this excursion the next day that I arrive at Cusco?
    It is not recommended since the first day you will be at a high elevation site and the risk of getting altitude sickness is higher. This risk can be reduced by staying in Cusco a couple of days before taking part of this excursion or by taking altitude sickness pills. 
    What should I do if I get altitude sickness?
    Drink plenty of liquids, coca leak tea will definetely help, take a nap, avoid foods, and try to rest. If you are in the middle of the hike to Vinicunca and start feeling dizzy, extremely tired, nauseated, and have a headache, ask for advice from your guide and go back to your campsite. Guides have plenty of experience in this matter.
    Are mosquitos an issue in this excursion?
    Yes. You will need to use insect repellent at Santa Teresa and while you hike to Machu Picchu town (preferable a repellent containing DEET between 15% and 25%)
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  • What to Bring to this Machu Picchu Tour


    Below there is a suggested checking list for the Cultural Machu Picchu Tour:

    • Original passport 
    • Backpack to carry personal belongings of easy access
    • Well broken in waterproof boots or tennis shoes
    • Long raincoat
    • Waterproof jacket. Preferable made from Gore-Tex
    • Light long sleeves
    • T-shirts
    • Hiking pants / short pants
    • Underwear
    • Wool hat and gloves
    • Thick socks
    • Small towel 
    • Sun hat
    • Sun glasses
    • Sun block
    • Insect repellent (some sites suggest the use of an insect repellent containing between 15% and 25% DEET)
    • Camera with extra battery
    • Small first aid kit (include band aids, alcohol wipes, sterile gauze, antiseptic and antihistamine creams, ibuprofen, aspirin, small scissor, lighter, altitude sickness and diarrhea pills, and re-hydrating powders)
    • Personal medicine
    • Toothpaste, tooth brush, hand sanitizer, sanitary towels, and lip balm
    • Bottle of water 
  • What to Bring to this Machu Picchu Tour


    This is a list of reasons to book your visit to Machu Picchu with GoTrekPeru.com:
    1. We have designed an itinerary to provide you a unique journey to Machu Picchu while learning about the Andean customs and enjoying nature. This tour will make of your visit to Machu Picchu a memorable experience.  
    2. Your journey will start with a visit to the Ccochahuasi Sanctuary where you will be able to observe endemic fauna which has been recued from poor living conditions or got injured in the wild.
    3. You will be able to visit the Potato National Park  and Andean community of Paru Paru where the Quispe family will be your host. They will show you the process to produce textils from the wool they obtain from their sheep or llamas. A Pachamanca cooked overground will be prepared with you.
    4. You will be able to hike to the Gate of the Sun at Machu Picchu and then tour around the site for a guided tour of 4 hours in total. 
    5. All transportation included in this itinerary will be for your party only. You will also get round trip train tickets.
    6. If you own an ISIC Card, you will get a USD 30.00 gift card to eat at Uchu Peruvian Steakhouse or Marcelo Batata restaurant.
    7. We offer a unique two day adventure to Machu Picchu while keeping you safe and enjoying an amazing experience for a fair price.
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Cultural Machu Picchu

3 Days / 2 Nights

The history of Peru is rich and extensive. The Peruvian way of living started about 5000 years ago with the people of Caral and it got to its peak with the Inca people. This 3 Day Cultural itinerary will allow you to experience their customs and practices in the Andean Community of Paru Paru where the National Park of the Potato is located. Learn first hand their way of living while enjoying a ceremonial dish known as Pachamanca. Your excursion will take you from the Inca site of Pisaq to the most important Inca sites of them all, Machu Picchu!      




We offer daily departures for this Cultural experience

10% OFF for groups of 4 to 6

20% OFF for groups of 7 to more



At 7:00am, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to start your adventure to Machu Picchu. The first stop will be the Ccochahuasi Sanctuary where you will be able to observe several species of wild animals which have been rescued, from poor living conditions or injuries, to help them heal, and later on released them into their natural habitat once ready. After this visit, your transportation will take you to the Andean Community of Paru Paru. Once at Paru Paru, you will visit the Potato National Park where you will learn about this native plant and the hundreds of different types of potatoes available in Peru. Lunch will be served here.
After lunch, you will be driven to the property of Rolando Quispe where you will spend the night in one of his cabins or in a comfortable tent (based on availability of beds and your party size.) For the reminder of the day, you will participate of local activities and and do some hiking.
At 7:00p.m., you will enjoy dinner. After dinner, you will be able to enjoy a sky fullfil with stars if it is not cloudy.


At 7:00am, one of the members of the Quispe family will wake you up with a hot tea. At 7:30am, breakfast will be served. Your day will start with the preparation of a traditional meal known as Pachamanca which is cook underground. After this, you will learn about the process of making textiles from the scratch. The morning wll end with a hike around the lake that provide water and trouts to locals. Around midday, you will be able to enjoy the delicious Pachamanca you help prepare a few hours earlier.
After lunch, you will be taken to the archaeological Inca site of Pisaq where you will learn more about the Andean way of living and the Incas. Once your guided tour of the site is over, you will be taken to Ollantaytambo where you will take the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town. Once in Aguas Calientes, you will check-in at your hotel and a pizza will be delivered to your room with a soft drink.


After breakfast, you will take a bus to the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu, you will hike to the Gate of the Sun with your guide and you will also visit the most important temples and rooms of Machu Picchu. This guided tour will take about 4 hours.
After your tour, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes from where you will take the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. In Aguas Calientes you will enjoy a buffet style lunch before taking the train. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, you will be driven to your hotel in Cusco.


  • FREE in and out transfers to and from Cusco (Please provide us your flight information.)
  • 2 Walking Poles (Black Diamond)
  • Brief presentation of the Cultural Machu Picchu Tour at your hotel in Cusco the day before your departure date
  • Bilingual and professional tour guides
  • Private transportation from Cusco and to Cusco
  • Entrance ticket to the Ccochahuasi Sanctuary, the Potato National Park and Pisaq
  • Visit to the Andean Community of Paru Paru where you will be welcomed by the Quispe family
  • One night at the Quispe family cabin
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Four-hour guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu
  • Bus tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition round trip train ticket departing from Ollantaytambo and arriving in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town
  • Private transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (2B, 3L, 2D)
  • Vegetarian food available upon request for no extra charge
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes at a 3 star hotel (double room)
  • First aid equipment
  • Quality service


  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Dinner on Day 2
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance (Required)
  • Personal expenses


Price per person - USD

(2 people minimum to book)



  • 10% OFF per person for bookings of 4 to 6
  • 20% OFF per person for bookings of 7 to more
  • Students with an ISIC Card will receive a USD 30.00 gift card to eat at Uchu Peruvian Steakhouse of Marcelo Batata restaurant.

Departures 2018


We offer daily departures for the Cultural Machu Picchu experience all year long unless weather conditions prevent us from departing.

California Seller of Travel 2100509-40

US Phone Number: 001 661-204-2791


Peru Contact Details:

Urb. San Doria Lote A-9, Dpto. C-1

Distrito de Cayma, Arequipa, CP 04017.

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