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      Questions, questions....

      Cusco Mar 28, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      1) Which gives a better exchange rate in Cusco, banks or money changers?
      2) What are the areas is Cusco that tourists should stay clear of?
      3) If we need to catch the 11 am train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, what time should we leave Cusco if we take a cab? How much is the current taxi fare between Cusco and Ollantaytambo, one-way? Or is there an alternative to a taxi, like maybe an express bus (same route)?
      4) I understand that food cannot be brought inside Machu Picchu but what about water? Could someone verify that it is allowed provided that it's in refillable containers but not in plastic disposable bottles?
      5) Finally, is it possible for Machu Picchu visitors to enter the Inca Trail in the reverse direction in order to view Winay Wayna? If yes, how much is the cost if any and is a guide still required for this?

      Thanks for any responses!

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    • fast early morning/midday/evening buses Cusco/puno

      Cusco Mar 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      We have found some buses that do Cusco to Puno arriving at 2 pm earliest. Are there any that arrive earlier in the day? We don't really care what sort of bus so long as its cheap and fast. (Local bus...?)

      And wed also like to find a bus from Puno to Cusco that leaves in the afternoon, so arriving around 9 or 10. Just as long as this one doesnt leave in the morning and doesn't drive during the sleepiest hours, we want it.

      Why do the bus companies only have early morning or overnight service?

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    • Suitable trekking boots?

      Machu Picchu Mar 18, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      This will be my first trek, however I will be doing training and light treks prior to wear in my boots.
      I don't deal with the cold too well and need the extra ankle support so have been looking at these UGG Adirondack boots but am unsure if they're fit for the trek?
      zappos.com/ugg-adirondack-bo...

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      Travelling to Machu Picchu from 2th May to 6th May (4 nights)

      Cusco Mar 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Hi everyone,

      I will be staying in Cusco for 4 nights and will hope to visit Machu Picchu but i can only book my tickets 2 weeks before i travel so i am wondering is there sufficient time for me to book the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu ?

      Joseph Ng

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    • arriving in cusco

      Cusco Mar 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      I am heading to Cusco this April 11-28th. I was told to head straight to Sacred Valley after arriving into Cusco to help avoid altitude sickness I arrive at approx. 10:30am on Saturday and need to return to Cusco sometime Sunday afternoon. Is it worth spending the travel time? I will be doing volunteer work during the work, but have weekends off. Must go to Machu Picchu, do I need to purchase entrance/ train tickets this far in advance. I'll have a couple of weekends free which is when I plan to go to Machu Picchu and probably the Sacred Valley. Do you think I need to book entrance and train tickets in advance or can I organize it when I get to Cusco? Ideally would prefer to wait till I get there in case I want to change things around. Thanks!

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    • photographic gear

      Machu Picchu Mar 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      I am wondering if a tripod is permitted inside the ruins and if it is necessary. We intend going first thing in the morning. Thank you in anticipation.

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    • stamporama's Profile Photo

      Questions, questions....

      Cusco Mar 28, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      1) Which gives a better exchange rate in Cusco, banks or money changers?
      2) What are the areas is Cusco that tourists should stay clear of?
      3) If we need to catch the 11 am train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, what time should we leave Cusco if we take a cab? How much is the current taxi fare between Cusco and Ollantaytambo, one-way? Or is there an alternative to a taxi, like maybe an express bus (same route)?
      4) I understand that food cannot be brought inside Machu Picchu but what about water? Could someone verify that it is allowed provided that it's in refillable containers but not in plastic disposable bottles?
      5) Finally, is it possible for Machu Picchu visitors to enter the Inca Trail in the reverse direction in order to view Winay Wayna? If yes, how much is the cost if any and is a guide still required for this?

      Thanks for any responses!

      1 Answer Mar 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM
    • photographic gear

      Machu Picchu Mar 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      I am wondering if a tripod is permitted inside the ruins and if it is necessary. We intend going first thing in the morning. Thank you in anticipation.

      6 Answers Mar 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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      Travelling to Machu Picchu from 2th May to 6th May (4 nights)

      Cusco Mar 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Hi everyone,

      I will be staying in Cusco for 4 nights and will hope to visit Machu Picchu but i can only book my tickets 2 weeks before i travel so i am wondering is there sufficient time for me to book the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu ?

      Joseph Ng

      3 Answers Mar 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM
    • fast early morning/midday/evening buses Cusco/puno

      Cusco Mar 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      We have found some buses that do Cusco to Puno arriving at 2 pm earliest. Are there any that arrive earlier in the day? We don't really care what sort of bus so long as its cheap and fast. (Local bus...?)

      And wed also like to find a bus from Puno to Cusco that leaves in the afternoon, so arriving around 9 or 10. Just as long as this one doesnt leave in the morning and doesn't drive during the sleepiest hours, we want it.

      Why do the bus companies only have early morning or overnight service?

      1 Answer Mar 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM
    • arriving in cusco

      Cusco Mar 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      I am heading to Cusco this April 11-28th. I was told to head straight to Sacred Valley after arriving into Cusco to help avoid altitude sickness I arrive at approx. 10:30am on Saturday and need to return to Cusco sometime Sunday afternoon. Is it worth spending the travel time? I will be doing volunteer work during the work, but have weekends off. Must go to Machu Picchu, do I need to purchase entrance/ train tickets this far in advance. I'll have a couple of weekends free which is when I plan to go to Machu Picchu and probably the Sacred Valley. Do you think I need to book entrance and train tickets in advance or can I organize it when I get to Cusco? Ideally would prefer to wait till I get there in case I want to change things around. Thanks!

      4 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 5:08 AM
    • Suitable trekking boots?

      Machu Picchu Mar 18, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      This will be my first trek, however I will be doing training and light treks prior to wear in my boots.
      I don't deal with the cold too well and need the extra ankle support so have been looking at these UGG Adirondack boots but am unsure if they're fit for the trek?
      zappos.com/ugg-adirondack-bo...

      2 Answers Mar 18, 2014 at 7:44 AM
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      Ticket purchase

      Machu Picchu Feb 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Has anybody purchased admission e-tickets from the http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ website? I've already tried several times to purchase but after typing my personal info and then clicking the last button ("step 3"), my info goes blank and nothing happens even if I refresh. Is there a way around this or should it be easy enough to buy tickets when I get to Cuzco?

      Thanks for any replies.

      5 Answers Mar 1, 2014 at 1:37 AM
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      Lima how many nights do you recommend

      Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Feb 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Hi all looking for a little info please , booking trip is so hard unsure if time line we are looking at works hate to leave one place early if there is more to see or being stuck in a town with nothing to see , Trip so far we fly from LA to Lima on the 6th March arriving 7th March early morning ( 3am) Friday -Sunday leave Lima fly to Puno - Wednesday leave take train to Cusco from here we would like to do Muchupicchu , Sacred Valley, lake Titicaca . Can you help with how long you recommend to spend at each place we would like to spend the whole day at Muchupicchu but my husband is looking at 3 nights at the Lake Titicaca thinking this is to long !!!! Then we r looking at flying back to Lima and flying down to Buenos Aires . We have 5 weeks in South America places we are looking at are Galapagos Island , Amazon , Argentina , Rio , Iguassu Falls , looking forward to feed back if you think of must see places and for how long we need to stay there and best transport advise!! Confused this is my 50th Birthday trip want to make the best of it . Shaz

      5 Answers Feb 25, 2014 at 4:01 AM
    • Walking conditions inside the park

      Machu Picchu Feb 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Hi, my friend with knee issues is staying at the Sanctuary Lodge which I understand is right across from the entrance to the park. My question is what should she expect once she is inside the park and actually exploring the ruins. How much walking and stairs should she expect. We are trying to determine what kind of support she should try to bring for the knee. Thanks! Claire

      3 Answers Feb 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM
    • What is better - 2 or 4 days Inka Trail?

      Cusco Feb 14, 2014 at 6:08 AM

      1. Has anyone done 2 and 4 days Inka Trail to compare what is better to do.
      2. Also concerning tickets, is it true one should book 6 months tickets in advance for it? If so, where. Is it possible to book the tickets on spot?
      3. What one has to have for the trekking - is a tent, food, tickets to ruins, water, guide... included in price?
      Thanks sooooo much in advance!! :))

      5 Answers Mar 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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      Trip planning

      Cusco Jan 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      A group of us is planning a trip to Peru in July. We are 10 people. I'm concerned about ground transportation for this many people and thought the hotels that we go with could arrange our day trips? Or maybe I should check out local guides for hire before we arrive? Anyone have any thoughts? Our plan is Lima-Colca Canyon-Arequipa-Cusco-sacred valley-machu picchu-Puno-Lima.
      Appreciate any suggestions.

      14 Answers Feb 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM
    • Ship Tour Machu Picchu

      Machu Picchu Dec 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      I am on a ships cruise August 2014. The cruise line is offering a shore excursion departing from Quito (Manta)Ecuador on August 3rd and arriving Lima (Callao) Peru August 6th so passengers can visit Machu Picchu. I know the excursion will involve travel by bus/plane/train. I am a senior (late 60's) traveller of average fitness for my age and wondered if this might be too rushed considering my age with the expected altitude changes (not really time to rest and get used to altitude). I am sure the ships tour will be well organised but expensive. It would be really disappointing to not actually get to Machu Picchu - this will probably be my only opportunity. Anyone got any thoughts or suggestions, is it just a wishful thought on my part that I could join the excursion? Any advice on altitude sickness or precautions. Thanks

      12 Answers Dec 18, 2013 at 6:38 PM
    • Peru and Macchu Picchu weather and altitude sickness

      Machu Picchu Nov 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Before going to Macchu Picchu, where should I start my tour or spend a few days so as to try and avoid altitude sickness? Is January an ok time to visit Peru, Macchu Picchu and do a short Amazon cruise, or is it just too wet? (I'm from Australia).

      6 Answers Nov 12, 2013 at 6:18 AM
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      corpus cristi 2014

      Cusco Nov 10, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      Does anybody know for sure when corpus cristi is celebrated in Cusco in 2014? On the internet we read 19 or 6 june. We want to see this celebration and plan our trip around it so that is why it is important to know exactly when it is.

      Thanks.

      3 Answers Nov 10, 2013 at 4:25 AM
    • Huayna Picchu

      Machu Picchu Nov 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      We will be at Machu Picchu in January and are planning to do the hke up Huayna Picchu. My husband thinks we would be better off doing the later hike as the fog may have lifted. I think it would be better to do the early hike as there will be less people.

      We are staying at the Sanctuary so it would not be a problem to be on time for the early hike.

      I would appreciate your thoughts on doing the trail with first group out, or with the later group.
      Thank you.

      4 Answers Nov 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM
    • rain in January

      Machu Picchu Nov 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      How is the weather in January?

      4 Answers Nov 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM
    • Bugs in Jan/February?

      Cusco Oct 29, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      do we need bug repellant in Cusco in January or Mancora in early February?

      2 Answers Oct 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM
    • Volunteering in conservation

      Cusco Oct 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      can i get cheaper volunteer work in rainforest conservation in cusco when i get there, instead of booking before i go

      1 Answer Oct 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM
    • looking for a friend, taxi driver

      Cusco Sep 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      can someone tell me if william santander is on email or facebook, l want to send some photos and a promised gift

      geoff wilde
      fossil8853@gmail.com

    • Is it better to book a tour in Peru or should I do it in advance?

      Cusco Sep 19, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Hello Travel Experts!

      We are planning to go to Lima in the beggining of April for approx. 2 weeks.
      We want to see: Lima, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Uros, sandboarding in the dunes of H., Nazca, Ballestas Islands,Arequipa, Colca Canyon,Cusco, Machu Pichu.

      We are on budget , so my question is is it cheaper to pay tours in Peru, for example in LIma? Or can you do it on your own by bus, train, plane..? Or should I book online- if so can you tell me some really good price Peru offers?
      Is it better the book the whole tour or cheaper to book one by one when you get to the place?

      Also, how do you suggest to go from Puno back to Lima?And how can I get from Puno /Cusco to Iguazu Falls?

      Many many Thanks for your help!

      Gaby

      4 Answers Sep 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM
    • Weather at the moment.

      Cusco Sep 10, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      I arrive in Lima on the 22nd of Sept. I go to Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Puno. I've read about extreme weather and states of emergency recently and wonderd if any places I am visiting with be affected by this?
      Any advice on clothing to bring would also be appreciated

      3 Answers Mar 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM
    • Where can I buy furniture and appliances in Cusco

      Cusco Sep 2, 2013 at 5:37 AM

      Where can I buy mattresses and appliances such as microwave oven, refrigerator, stove etc?

      4 Answers Sep 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM
    • Driving from Cusco to Puno

      Cusco Aug 8, 2013 at 4:06 AM

      It looks like most people take the train from Cusco to Puno. We are thinking of renting a car and driving so that we can spend more time discovering along the way. Is it safe? Are their must see places and are their places we should be careful to avoid?

      9 Answers Apr 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM
    • booking a tour to Machu Picchu from Cuzco

      Machu Picchu Aug 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Thank you for your answers so far. I still have a question though:

      I'd like to do the inca-trail or at least an alternative route in about one month an dwanted to book it in Cuzco (since its too late and too expansive from here). Now I read that you have to book the tours very early an advance, because the path is limited to 500 visitor per day.
      Do you know if there is a chance to book a tour in Cuzco short-term? Any suggestions for an alternative route and /or an agency in Cuzco?

      Thanks!!

      4 Answers Aug 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM
    • travel

      Cusco Jul 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      How can you get to the Sacred Valley and how much will it cost? Also how much is the bus to Action Valley?

      2 Answers Jul 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM
    • transportation from Cusco to Santa Maria

      Machu Picchu Jul 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Will be getting into Cusco at 1030 am. How can myself and four others get to Santa Maria that day?

      2 Answers Aug 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM
    • best weather

      Machu Picchu Jul 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      What are the best months of the year to tour Peru and Machu Piicchu, considering both weather and crowds?

      5 Answers Aug 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM
    • booking a tour

      Machu Picchu Jul 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Hi.

      Is it possible to book a tour at Cuzco or near? I heard it is a lot cheaper than booking it from here (Germany). You have to book a tour to go to Machu Picchu, right? Or can you go on your own?

      Thanks a lot!

      Anna

      8 Answers Oct 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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      Transportation to Cuzco from Argentine

      Machu Picchu Jun 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      I'll be staying in Argentine in January 2014 (probably Buenos Aires). Anybody who know the best way to get to Cuzco for further transportation to Machu Picchu? Is it possible going by bus? If so, how long time would it take?

      2 Answers Jul 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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      going there

      Machu Picchu Jun 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      How do I travel from Buenos Aires to Machu Picchu?

      5 Answers Jun 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM