Ultimate Trekking Cusco Travel Guide

Adapting in Cusco:

On touching down in Cusco (elevated at 3033 m or 11154ft), acclimatize to its altitude by initially limiting your activities. Before venturing on your Machu Picchu journey, explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley. If Rainbow Mountain or Humantay Lake are on your itinerary, schedule them post your Machu Picchu visit to mitigate altitude sickness.

Cusco’s Climate:

  • Seasons: Wet season spans November to March; Dry season from April to October.
  • Unpredictability: Andean weather is erratic. Always carry rain gear. Thanks to our all-weather equipment, we ensure a memorable experience, rain or shine.

Booking Flights and Accommodations in Cusco:

Cusco, South America's tourist hub, offers ample flights and lodging options. However, advance bookings are essential during peak season. For assistance, consult our travel representatives.

Pre-Travel Vaccination:

Four weeks prior to your Peru trip, consult your physician. Vaccination recommendations hinge on your planned activities. Common recommendations include Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A/B, Typhoid, and Rabies. Seek expert advice.

Trek Challenge Level:

Though our treks are moderately challenging, they’re conquerable with proper preparation. Regular exercise and early arrival in Cusco (preferably two days before the trek) will aid acclimatization.

Reserving with Ultimate Trekking:

Booking is a breeze! Provide the following details and a $200 deposit to secure your tickets:

  • Full name (as on passport)}
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality

Payment Options: 

Credit Card, PayPal. Final payment is due upon arrival in Cusco.

Altitude Sickness (Soroche):

At higher elevations, reduced oxygen can affect individuals differently. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, or nausea. To combat this:

  • Perform breathing exercises.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Consume coca tea, a traditional remedy.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Consider Diamox or similar medications.
  • Use supplementary oxygen, available on request.

Visitor Limitations:

Daily limits are set at 500 for the Inca trail and 2500 for Machu Picchu. It's wise to book in advance, particularly during the tourist season.

Passport Updates:

We can accommodate if your passport number changes, but your name remains the same. Please provide copies of both old and new passports.

Porters and Luggage:

A porter will be provided to carry your belongings (up to 7kg). Carry only essentials in a daypack.

Discount Eligibility:

Valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD holders and those under 17 qualify for a discount. Share a photocopy for verification.

Amenities on Trek:

On most treks, you'll find public restrooms. We also offer Alternative Porta-potty toilets for a comfortable experience.

Packing Recommendations:

Pack essential trekking gear well in advance. Need help? Reach out anytime!

Culinary Delights on the Trek:

Our talented chefs and porters cater to special diets, ensuring you're well-fed throughout: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Tea Time, Dinner, and a wake-up tea daily.


Stay hydrated with the pure water we provide throughout the trek, sourced from natural springs and properly treated. Bring a bottle or Camelbak to refill (minimum 2 liters per day).

Enjoy your trek with Ultimate Trekking Peru! Safe travels!