What Other Travelers are Saying...
“The Delfin crew took great care of me. They had a paramedic that went on every walk with me and assisted me to make the trek. I am proud to say I participated in every outing and this was only possible because of the commitment of the staff. The cruise itself was beautiful and every staff member made our journey memorable. If you are considering this cruise, I would highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.”
“Our days on the Delphin III were the best vacation of our lives. The staff was exceptionally good across all the areas. The excursions were like stepping into a nature documentary. Truly amazing all around!”
Terry Mc Tigue
“I can’t say enough positive about the Delfin experience. All the staff were friendly, professional, and tried to learn everyone’s names. They made me feel special within just 3 days. The walking tour on land was amazing, with seeing lizards, birds, spiders, frogs, and even a beautiful large boa snake. Please bring school supplies to donate to the indigenous people in the villages. Visiting 1 of these villages was the highlight for me.”
YOUR PERUVIAN ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
Machu Picchu remained virtually forgotten until the beginning of the 20th century when American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to the attention of the international community. But even as a relatively recent discovery, Machu Picchu has been hailed over and over as one of the best places to visit in Peru, claiming the adoration of over a million visitors each year. While there are many ways to visit the ancient Inca citadel, knowing the best tips and tricks of the trade will ensure you have a flawless experience for an overall unforgettable Machu Picchu vacation. As the perfect prelude or follow-up destination to Machu Picchu, we at Delfin Amazon Cruises can help you make the most of your time at this majestic archeological site.
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When’s the best time of year to tour Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is one of the best places to visit in Peru from May to November, marking a typically dry season (though there is always a chance of rain). Months between June and August are the most popular with tourists. When planning a trip to Machu Picchu, aim to visit the ancient site either at the beginning or end of the dry season and on a weekday. This way you can skip the intense crowds and even enjoy warmer temperatures on Machu Picchu.
Do I need to purchase my Machu Picchu entrance ticket in advance?
While it is possible to purchase entrance tickets to Machu Picchu upon arrival to Cusco (from tourist agencies and the local Banco de la Nacion), it is not possible to buy tickets at the Machu Picchu site itself. We strongly advise purchasing in advance, especially during the high season (June-September) when entrance tickets to one of Peru’s best tourist attractions are likely to sell out.
What should I pack for my Machu Picchu tour?
Visitors to Machu Picchu are advised to prepare for all types of weather as it can vary drastically. It’s best to dress in layers that can be removed and placed back on throughout the day. Pack a few pairs each of light pants (comfortable for hiking and walking), thin long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts, as well as a warm jacket, beanie, a brimmed sun hat, a pair of sunglasses and hiking shoes. Bring a day pack to fill with water, snacks, insect repellent and of course sunscreen. Nearly all of these items will serve you for your trip to the Amazon as well.
How can I prevent altitude sickness?
The high altitude of Cusco city (3,400 m.a.s.l.) and Machu Picchu (2,430 m.a.s.l.) can be a shock to new arrivals, resulting in stomachaches, headaches, nausea, and other undesirable side effects. In order to prevent altitude sickness (or soroche, as it is referred to in Spanish) it’s advised to give yourself at least one full day to acclimate before any physical exertion. Take the time to walk at a leisurely pace around Cusco (or Aguas Calientes, if you take a train directly there upon arrival). Avoid eating heavy meals and alcohol, and drink plenty of water throughout your stay.
Where can I find safe drinking water?
Potable water is limited in remote areas of Peru, and it is advised to avoid drinking directly from the faucet even in the capital city of Lima. Bottled water is readily available from supermarkets and kiosks supported by the local municipalities that are commonly found on street corners.
Do I need a converter or adapter for my electronics?
On your Machu Picchu vacation, or in any city within Peru, the standard is 220V and 60Hz AC electricity so you’ll need a voltage converter for 120V devices. Electrical outlets typically use either the two-pronged style with flat, parallel blades or two round prongs.
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