Luxury train to Machu Picchu

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train trips are always different and special even more if you decide to take the luxury service that takes you to the town of Aguas Calientes which is the closest to the Inca city of Machu Picchu, without a doubt the train ride to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most beautiful landscaping and culturally. to start, we ask you some questions that will help you solve your doubts before choosing this unique service in Latin America.

What is the Luxury Train Hiram Bingham?

Is a luxury service whose characteristic is a service with all-inclusive system, which will have a unique experience in your journey is the most elegant way to travel to Machu Picchu. It is a trip of approximately 3 1/2 hours leaving the station of Poroy 30 minutes from the city of Cusco, it is a service where you will find the hospitality of the Cusqueña people with a service on board of Music, drinks and the most delicious stews of the Peruvian gastronomy.

How is the route of Hiram Bingham?

The route that the train makes, is starting from the station of Poroy to the outskirts of the city and goes through small towns of the province of Anta, where you can go spotting fields, livestock and appreciate the common life of the local people of that areas. As the trip unfolds, the train will descend to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to reach the town of Ollantaytambo and gradually change geography to reach Aguas Calientes.
In general, this travel itinerary is maintained from May to November, which is when the Cusco region is not in a rainy season.
As for the months of December – April, the starting point is the private station of the Rio Sagrado Hotel, which is in Urubamba, so all passengers are taken from their respective Hotels in private vehicles to the station to start their journey.

How does the luxury Train look?

It is easy to realize the presence of the luxury train crossing the geography of Cusco, this train whose total capacity is to carry 84 passengers as maximum presents a blue color with golden lines that clearly shows its presence, being a Luxury Train, this is not presents many wagons, as maximum takes 4 that are two of dining room of passengers, 1 wagon of kitchen, 1 that the bar and observation like a species of viewpoint.

How is the service inside the Hiram Bingham Train?

As the phrase indicates, all end depends on the beginning, passengers before boarding this train are greeted with a sparkling wine and orange juice along with some appetizers such as canapes and dance show will start to relax and appreciate everything that It awaits you in the following hours of travel where the Maitre del Tren will place you in your table, usually the tables have capacity for 4 and 2 people with enough space from each other.
Once the train is heading, you will be invited to explore the train facilities and will obviously appreciate the variety of landscapes you are going through.
On the outward journey, a 3-course breakfast and lunch is served, while on the return trip, a Gourmet dinner prepared with the best ingredients of the Region, it should be noted that Peru, being an important culinary destination in the world, has many native ingredients such as Native Papas, Aguaymanto, asparagus and others.
If what you are looking for is a little more joy, the Hiram Bingham has a live show at the end of the train, They will be playing from well-known songs to more local themes, while the waiters will offer you drinks and you will be enjoying on board the best luxury train considered the year 2011 by the Condé Nast Traveler UK (2011).

Installation of security cameras in Machu Picchu and vulnerable areas of the Inca Trail

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The Peruvian Government, continuing with its plan of conservation of the most important archaeological monuments of the region of Cusco will install in the following months cameras of video surveillance in the most important areas of the Inca citadel as in enclosures along the Inca Trail, with this it will be to promote and provide greater security to the traveler as well as greater conservation of the Monument.
Tourism authorities in the Region mentioned that currently the Inca city already has a certain number of cameras, but over time these are no longer sufficient for security and conservation is so an agreement was signed to increase the number from existing cameras to the current one, achieving in the future not to have new cases of destruction of the patrimony because of some bad visitors that do not respect the place and that this takes with it many acts that are lacking in modesty.

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in regard to the magical Inca road, along its 43 km of travel, the cameras will be located in highly strategic points as is the case of the start and end and in turn in possibly more vulnerable places, giving to if in an eventual In case of emergency, a prompt and effective assistance to the traveler, since as it was reported, the cameras will be directly connected to the base of the tourism police and in case of accident or adverse climatic situations, the national police of Peru can act immediately since they have helicopters for a possible evacuation.

Machu Picchu and Cusco Traveling With iTerra Peru Aventuras

We are direct operators in all our programs that we offer, you can decide to make your trip by train or choosing one of our walks that will take you safely to one of the new wonders of the modern world.
If you do not have a lot of time or maybe you are not quite active in questions of exercises, we manage programs that include absolutely everything and the only thing you have to do is arrive and enjoy.
If you are looking for is to have a more natural experience in addition to doing some walk activity, our tours range from the short Inca trail of 2 days and the classic Inca trek of 4 days, to 5-day treks like the Salkantay trek and case look for something different we take you to the mountain of colors in a different way, doing a 5 day tour around the Apu Ausangate.

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As you can see we have countless routes and ways to get to the main tourist attractions in the region, just contact us and we will provide you with a quick advice on all your questions.

Turistas em Cusco aproveitarão a chicha de jora neste sábado

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As 13 picanterías mais antigas encantarão os visitantes com bebidas tradicionais.

O mês jubilar de Cusco acaba de começar e os turistas podem desfrutar da cultura e da atmosfera festiva de agora em diante. Uma das celebrações é chamado Ajha Raymi ou Festa de chicha, em que os representantes dos 13 picanterías mais antigos da Cidade Imperial estará partilhando com os turistas chicha de Jora, bebida dos Incas. Este evento terá lugar no sábado, na praça de San Pedro.

Além de convidar os visitantes mais de mil embarcações da bebida ancestral das 8 da manhã, os picanteras preparar pratos típicos de Cusco, como o chiriuchu, cusqueña lanche, rabada guisado, língua atomatada, churrasco ao suco com gelo Papa , entre outros.

Nancy Romero Ramos, o Picanteria Wali II, disse que ela e outros representantes desses estabelecimentos com mais de 20 anos, tomar a bebida tradicional feita de milho fermentado, farinha de trigo, farinha de quinoa e farinha de batata, macerado em três dias, no rachis, que é um recipiente feito de barro.

Cusco: os turistas não poderão mais entrar nas minas de sal de Maras a partir de 15 de junho

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A partir de 15 de junho, será proibida a entrada de turistas nacionais e estrangeiros nas famosas minas de sal de Maras, localizadas na província de Urubamba, em Cusco.
A empresa MaraSal S.A. disse em um comunicado às instituições e operadoras de turismo que a medida de restrição é por razões de saúde, pois o produto natural e medicinal é consumido no Peru e no mundo.

Ele explicou que a presença de agentes contaminantes, como escarro, cabelos, papéis, plásticos descartáveis, pontas de cigarro, entre outros, foi registrada.

Os visitantes que costumavam entrar nas piscinas de cristalização de sal de Maras agora não poderão fazê-lo e, a partir de 15 de junho, a excursão terminará no ponto de vista geral.

“Os acessos serão devidamente marcados para dar melhor fluidez à visita dos turistas”, conclui a declaração.

O distrito de Maras está localizado a uma hora e meia da cidade de Cusco; esta cidade faz parte do circuito turístico do Vale Sagrado dos Incas.

Em sua jurisdição estão as piscinas de sal mais impressionantes de Cusco, que são alcançadas por uma estrada. Todos os dias, centenas de turistas concordam em contemplar a produção de sal natural.

Cusco implements first night religious circuit for tourists

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More than 3,000 tourists and Cusco enjoyed the first night religious circuit, which included cultural and academic presentations, which was implemented in the Imperial City and included the imposing Cathedral Basilica and the Convention Center of the Municipality of Cusco.

The activities were developed in the last two weeks of May, considered as the Month of Museums, entire families and national and foreign visitors agreed to learn more about the culture, the identity of the people of Cusco.

The Archbishopric of Cusco, organizer of the tour, offered keynotes such as “Museums as Cultural Hubs, the Future of Tradition”, an academic event that brought together various specialists in cultural heritage, art, history and museums.

The cultural events were accompanied by a concert, with the participation of the Symphony Orchestra of Cusco, more than 600 attendees were delighted with melodies, symphonies, inside the Cathedral.

The theatrical presentations, by the “Qosqo University Experimental Theater”, were developed in the passages of the first religious site of Cusco.

Nearly 2,000 people met and learned about the life and contributions of the Inca Garcilaso de La Vega, the Miracle of Santiago and the Virgin in the Sunturwasi, the Chronicle of the 1650 earthquake and the beginning of the devotion to the Taytacha de los Temblores jury master of Cusco .

Stories of the young Selenque and the Virgin of Bethlehem were also offered, the popular Traditions around the Lord of Unupunku, and lastly popular stories about the tower of the gospel and bell Maria Angola.

Peru attracts more tourists from the Andean Community

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In view of the tourism promotion efforts deployed by the State, it is observed that more and more tourists arrive from Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia to Peru, countries that make up the Andean Community (CAN), according to the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and the Tourism (PromPerú).

According to information released this week by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), in the first four months of 2019, those who visited Peru from this block totaled 254,454, a figure that represented an increase of 15.37% compared to the 220,556 tourists registered in similar period of 2018.

Between January and April of this year, tourists who arrived in Peru from Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia increased 19.95%, 2.73% and 25.81%, respectively, in relation to the same period of 2018.

“We observed a positive response from the three issuing markets. We have a strategy – to promote tourism – for each of these countries; Colombia and Ecuador are priorities, “PromPerú Tourism Director, Marisol Acosta, told the Official Gazette El Peruano.

For example, Peru had a relevant presence with tour operators in a Colombian event and similarly the agents of that country participated in the Peru Travel Mart 2019, which was held recently in Lima, which was also attended by representatives of other countries, said .

“Colombians were impressed with the Peruvian tourism proposal and the diversity of options offered to visitors from that country, with which there is excellent connectivity from Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena and Medellín,” he said.

The official explained that the strategy with Ecuador is not only at the level of the main cities issuing tourists, but also the border cities, considering the proximity to the northern regions of Peru such as Tumbes and Piura.

For this Ecuadorian population of Guayaquil and Machala, among other cities, there is a strategy that privileges their dates of rest and vacations. “Tumbes and Piura benefit from this flow of Ecuadorian tourists,” he said.

Preferences and expenses

The activity of the Bolivian visitor is associated to the commercial movement that there is in the border zone with this country and the tourist displacements come from Puno towards Cusco and other zones of the south with diverse attractions, the director of PromPerú said.

He indicated that Ecuadorian tourists, to a greater extent, look for beaches and gastronomy, while Colombians prefer cultural attractions and gastronomy, as well as an urban journey.

The official also stressed that the expenses of Ecuadorian and Bolivian tourists are less than the disbursements of Colombian visitors, because the first arrive in Peru through the border area.

Regarding the supplementary credit, authorized by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), for 82 million 200,000 soles in the 2019 budget, to finance the promotion and development of tourism in the country in favor of Promperú, Acosta said that it will allow compliance with Planning in the field of promotion of the sector.

“The resources will be allocated to various activities already approved in the board of directors and which are linked to promotion and publicity, such as familiarization trips with commercial channels, participation in major international fairs, among others,” he explained.

The Ecuadorian tourist who enters through the Jorge Chávez airport spends 852 dollars and stays six nights, while the one that arrives through Tumbes spends 402 dollars in five nights.

The Colombian visitor spends 918 dollars in our country and stays 11 nights, according to information of the profile of the foreign tourist of 2017.

Seven out of 10 Bolivian tourists enter Peru through Puno; the Bolivian visitor spends 644 dollars and stays seven nights.

Block trade

On the other hand, between January and December of 2018, the movement of full containers in the CAN was 4 million 197,000 TEU (unit equivalent to a container of 20 feet), which represents an increase of 9% compared to similar period of the year previous.

Colombia registered an increase of 10.6%; while Ecuador, 9.8%, and Peru, 6.8%. The CAN specified that Bolivia does not have information on containers.

On the other hand, during 2018, the disembarkation or entry of containers with cargo in CAN ports was 2 million 284,000 TEU, a figure that represented a 5.1% growth compared to the same period of the previous year.

In Peru there was an increase in the unloading of containers filled with 5.8%; in Ecuador it was 5.7%, and in Colombia, the increase was 4.1%. According to the percentage share in 2018, Colombia landed 41% of full containers through its ports, followed by Peru, with 37%, and Ecuador, with 22%.

Know the new accesses to Machu Picchu that are enabled as of 2020

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From 2020, in the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, tourist icon of Peru, work will begin to enable two more access for tourists, which will favor the arrival of new tourist attractions.

One of the routes that will be implemented will be the so-called “Amazonian access” that will integrate the Intihuatana community with sludges from San Miguel, Inkarakay, Mandor, Puente Ruinas to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

The second corridor will connect the communities of Choquellusca, border with Piscacucho, district of Ollantaytambo, with San Antonio de Torontoy, up to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

The projects, which seek to enhance the cultural, natural and social heritage, decentralize tourism and boost the local economy, were approved in the last session of the municipal council.

The thousands of visitors who access the archaeological park can now enjoy much more in Machu Picchu.

The municipality of Machu Picchu also contemplates the improvement of pedestrian routes, with the extension of the surface, cleaning and clearing; tourist breaks and viewpoints will be built; there will be interpretation centers, report booths, hygienic services, and waste and organic waste bins will be installed.

In the sections there will be botanical gardens with native plants, in other places it will be reforested with native plants, the comuneros will be trained and sensitized on environmental issues, biodiversity will be evaluated based on climate changes, among others, all with a budget that will reach the four million suns.

The comuneros will assure a good service and the enjoyment with own experiences of the place and immaterial culture, along the floor of the valley as an alternative route to the traditional Inca Trail.

Law promulgated to connect Machu Picchu with Choquequirao

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Law No. 30950 provides for the design, construction, equipment, operation and maintenance of road rings, pedestrian paths and cable car system to facilitate access to archaeological monuments
The Congress promulgated on Wednesday a law that declares the development of regional plans of access and integration of the archaeological monuments of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, located in the Cusco region, of national interest and public necessity.
Law No. 30950, published today in the official newspaper El Peruano, provides for the “design, construction, equipment, operation and maintenance of the road rings, pedestrian paths and cableway system or cable cars that guarantee connectivity” to the aforementioned archaeological monuments , in accordance with Law No. 29899, ​​which declares the restoration and valorization of the Archaeological Park of Choquequirao and its access points in Cusco and Apurímac of national interest.

The aforementioned law also states that the Executive Power, the Regional Government of Cusco and the Regional Government of Apurímac will be responsible for supporting and contributing “with the actions undertaken by local governments for the realization of road rings and pedestrian paths and other works of access and connectivity to the Archaeological Park of Choquequirao “.

Likewise, the Executive Power and both regional governments will be responsible for reporting annually to the Committee on Culture and Cultural Heritage and the Commission on Foreign Trade and Tourism of the Congress on the actions they have carried out regarding the design, construction, equipment, operation and maintenance of the road rings, pedestrian paths, as well as the cable car system or cable cars for access to the Choquequirao Archaeological Park.

Law No. 30950 was endorsed by the president of the Congress, Daniel Salaverry.

Attention Cusco Lovers! Discover 4 new places in Cusco that will surprise you

If you have ever visited Cusco, you have been left wanting to return. Why does this happen? Cusco is a city with a unique energy and history that always has something new to show. Not in vain is the navel of the world, it is there where endless anecdotes are born and we breathe the desire to eat the world.

Whether we go with friends or as a couple, this region always finds an incredible way to surprise and embrace us. The question now is whether you really know everything you can offer. If you think that Cusco is only Machu Picchu, you are still in the basic traveler zone.

Apart from these wonders, there are 4 completely different and hidden destinations that only a true Cusco Lover could know. It is a select list of destinations that you will not find when searching for Google images or Facebook photos of your friends. Did you hear about them?
1. Viewpoint of Condors of Chonta

If your thing is to appreciate nature and enjoy hiking, this is your destiny. It is one of the newest alternatives that Cusco has. A trip to the Apurímac River Canyon to enjoy the majestic flight of the Andean condor from a viewpoint. It is located at 3 450 m s.n.m. and has a medium difficulty of travel.

A walk of 3.5 km is made crossing impressive landscapes until reaching the viewpoint: there are archaeological remains, fruit and snowy farms such as Humantay and Salkantay. It is advisable to visit the place between 1 and 4:30 pm. since there is a higher probability of sighting condors.

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2. Three Canyons of Suykutambo

If instead you love nature but also history, this is your ideal destination. On the route you can see archaeological remains that you probably did not know existed (Raqchi and Suykutambo) and enjoy the impressive geography with three perfect alleys and huge cliffs of volcanic earth, as well as 4 lagoons that are home to birds like the Parihuana.

It is a destination that very few have reached, a challenge to achieve it with friends or as a couple. The canyons are an enigmatic and unique place. You will need 2 days and 1 night, since it is located at 4 081 m s.n.m and has a high difficulty of travel.

3. Inca bridge of Q’eswachaka

If you are looking for a quiet but fun and adventurous destination at the same time, you will love this suspension bridge of vegetal fiber (ichu) that is located on the mighty Apurímac River in the district of Quehue.

It is located at 3 700 m s.n.m. and it has a low difficulty, so one day is enough to arrive and make the journey. It is a tribute to Inca wisdom and Andean engineering made by hand with huge forged ropes based on vegetable fiber. As you read it, a feat of historical engineering. Would you dare to cross?

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4. Palccoyo: Cordillera Arcoíris

Although all pay attention to the mountain of colors “Vinicunca”, there is a cousin of this sister who is more accessible and just as amazing. In a natural area of more than 9000 hectares is Palccoyo, a place surrounded by mountains that impact with their magnetism.

Also known as the “Cordillera Arcoíris”, it is located at 4 900 m s.n.m and has a low difficulty. Here you can see mountains that resemble the rainbow, red valleys and a forest of stones, ideal for nature lovers and outdoor walks.

Did you know these tourist destinations in the imperial city? One never finishes knowing Cusco and today it is the perfect opportunity to return to visit. Become a Cusco Lover and start discovering all these destinations that await you.

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The best season to visit the Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

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The already famous rainbow mountain or also known locally as Vinicunca which is located in the region of Cusco, every year has been receiving a large number of tourists of different nationalities, since its beauty and location make this place one of the few with such beauty natural without having been altered in all its magnitude.
Cusco being a region located in the Andes and presenting geographical varieties, it only has two well-defined weather stations, this being the rainy season and the drought season, obviously if what you are looking for is to have a day with a clear sky the best dates would be from the month of May to October approximately, but it should be noted that these months are also considered the coldest of the year, so if you decide to visit the mountain during that season try to take enough shelter so that it does not affect the intense cold of the area, it should be noted that this time is also considered as high season, so there will be many people trying to take the same photo you probably want, in this case our company iTerra Peru Adventures, leaves much earlier in their travel than the rest of operators, looking to be the first in the place to have more time to contemplate the landscape and take advantage of the unique moments to take the best photos with the least amount of people possible.

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If the rain is not a problem for you, you can travel in November, December and January, but make sure you wear good hiking shoes and a good raincoat since the rainy season makes the terrain a bit more resilient and there is a tendency for rain and as for the month of February we suggest not traveling because the rains intensify and in some cases we can have electric storms in the place. Contact us to provide a more detailed itinerary of our program in the following link. https://www.iterraperu.com/rainbow-mountain-hike-full-day.html