Peru and Machu Picchu | Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Machu Picchu?
What is the climate like?
From June to October, the mornings are warm with brilliant sunshine, though it can get quite cool in the shade. At night temperatures can drop to 10° C. From from December to April, showers and downpours are common, followed by bright, intense sunshine. We recommend to take a raincoat or umbrella to protect yourself from the rain.
When is the best time to travel to Machu Picchu?
The ideal months for visiting Machu Picchu are from June to October as the weather is mild during this time of the year although cold in the morning. November is also a nice month with everything green and although considered the beginning of the rainy season the weather can be very clear and less crowded.
What about clothing?
Casual attire, comfortable clothes and shoes. Light rain jacket is essential. Layer the clothing as the temperatures can vary significantly even in a 24 hour period. Nothing fancy is required during the day or at night. See also, our page on clothing.
Are there any immunizations required/recommended?
There are no immunizations either required or recommended for the visiting Machu Picchu. However, if you intend to spend more time in Peru, especially in the jungle, some immunizations are highly recommended. In the jungle areas, the mosquitoes can carry Malaria so an anti-Malarial drug is recommended. For the areas you will visit to see Machu Picchu although there are mosquitoes but they do not carry the malaria parasite. As this changes from time to time, please check with your local health office, Centers for Disease Control or Prevention , or Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases, a few weeks in advance of your trip.
How do we get there?
From North America, there are daily flights to Lima, Peru via Miami, Houston, or Dallas, as well as many other US gateways. From there, you take a flight to Cusco and then a train to Machu Picchu. See also, our page on getting to Machu Picchu.
Can you arrange our air to Lima?
Yes, our tour operator can handle these requests for our clients.
How do we get to Machu Picchu from Lima?
Flights to Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, depart frequently from Lima. We will arrange the Cusco flight for you. The flights are on regular Airbus 320 jet aircraft. After an overnight stay in either Cusco or the nearby Sacred Valley, you take a train to Machu Picchu.
Are all your prices in US dollars?
All of our rates are quoted in US dollars.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Payment may also be made check.
What is included in the package?
The package rates includes accommodations and meals as set out in your itinerary, all guide and lecture services, transfers between the airport, hotels, train as set out in your itinerary.
What is not included?
Tips (it is customary to tip the guide and driver), soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any other extras not specifically mentioned. There is also a $5 departure tax from Lima to Cusco and from Cusco to Lima.
Is there a departure tax from Lima?
Since October 2010, the departure tax is included in the price of your airline ticket for both national and international flights.
Can you make hotel and other tour reservations for us in Peru?
We are able to assist you with hotels and tours throughout Peru. We can also help you to plan an efficient itinerary that will make the most of the time you have available.
Can we purchase trip cancellation and travel insurance for this?
We offer CSA trip cancellation, or travel and medical insurance or travel insurance through our operator, Ker & Downey. It should be purchased at the time of the first deposit. Please ask for more information.
How do we receive our vouchers and tickets for the trip?
We will mail you a package of information and your airline tickets (if air was purchased through us). The hotel tickets and vouchers are given to you upon arrival in Peru by your local Peru guide.
What level of Guide will be provided, and do they speak English?
The tour operator we use employs highly experienced and qualified guides who are fluent in English (and often other languages as well).
How much should we tip?
Tipping is always a courtesy. However, if service is pleasing, the following are general guidelines:
- Restaurants and coffee shops: 10% of the bill
- Hotel/airport porterage: $1 per suitcase
- Guides in Peru: $5-10 per day / per person
- Drivers in Peru: $2.50-$5 per day / per person
Will we have to exchange any money before we travel to Peru or once in the country?
Most places accept US dollars. It is helpful to have the local currency for small purchases. The currency is Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) and you can exchange at hotels, airports and money changes once you arrive. See also, XE Currency Converter