Any time of the year is great for visiting Cusco. To go on hikes the most recommendable time is in the months of March to December, as in that time there is no rainfall, although the climate is somewhat unpredictable with temperatures around 30°F / 0° C. The rainy season is mostly in January and February and a little in March. In February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance of the camps. Homestay Journey offers these hikes with lodging, replacing tents with family houses, where you can spend the night most comfortably. In this way, your journey may be a more friendly and harmonious sharing of experiences with the Andean families of the region, and at the same time, a real support so they may have a better quality of life for their children.
Absolutely! Homestay Journey offers children to live together with the children of the Andes, to exchange their culture and recreational games, such as wooden spinning wheels, shooting, matacholas, llajes, bati songa, plicpac (flea game ) etc. And also, in each Andean village there are barns with guinea pigs, walks with the donkey, lama farms, alpacas and a zoo, so that your journey will be unforgettable. Just contact Homestay Journey to organize your trip and indicate the age of your children.
The majority of travelers once they arrive in Cusco, are worrying about how their body is going to react to the altitude. To have your body acclimatize a lot easier after arriving in Cusco, it is recommended to refrain from exercising or visiting places, and to drink a lot of liquid including coca tea, so that the body can take on a rhythm of acclimatization. If you are coming from a country that is much lower, it is recommendable to stay at least two nights in the Sacred Valley on a more moderate altitude of 9,420 feet (2,870 meters) compared to Cusco, which is at 11,154 feet (3,400 meters). The general symptoms of altitude sickness usually only occur in the first 24 hours and include: a headache, fatigue, sleeplessness, and being short of breath. Before coming you may wish to consult your doctor and if you are going on a hike, it is preferable to bring acetazolamide or Diamox. On our hikes we bring an oxygen tank and an emergency horse so we can offer assistance or evacuation.
The majority of hotels, restaurants, super markets and galeries accept credit cards, but it is necessary to have some cash to pay taxis and small shops. There are a lot of ATM’s and Money Exchange services that can exchange dollars for soles. Before visiting the archeological sites or starting on a hike, you may like to coordinate with your guide to only bring the necessary.
As it is one of the modern world’s wonders, and recognized by the Unesco as Cultural Heritage of Mankind, the entrance to Machu Picchu has many restrictions imposed upon it by the Ministry of Culture -the governing body that administrates all the archeological sites.
The visiting Schedule is realizes in two shifts:
The first shift is from 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In that time slot one may explore all the places indicated by signs. For those who have a ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain, the time to visit is limited to 2 hours, in which you need to ascend and return.
The second shift is from 13:00 p.m. to 17:00 p.m.