Machu Pichu trek options
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 13, 2013 10:06 AM Last Post By: hazzdawg
Jun 12, 2013 6:59 PM
Machu Pichu trek optionsHey guys,
A friend and I are booking a 4D/3N trek to Machu Picchu with Llama path and can't decide between the normal "comfort trek" and the "lares trek". We're leaning towards the "lares trek" because it seems you get a lot more out of it i.e:hot springs, all though we don't think we'ed get the full experience. Also they offer an additional hike up "Wayna Picchu" for 60$ is that worth it? Have any of you tried either of these? what did you think?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Edited by: jasonkillion
Jun 12, 2013 8:08 PM
1Depends when your doing it too. If your planning to go before October, then your only option is the Lares trek as the 'classic Inca trail' which the comfort service goes is sold out til then (up to mid october). They won't last long (there is only 200 permits per day).
As for the extra 60 bucks to climb Huayna Picchu - thats a rip off. Its only 12 dollars on the site (was last year might be different this year). Huayna Picchu is the peak behind that juts up. You get great views from here, but you also might like to try Machu Picchu Mountain.
Jun 12, 2013 9:14 PM
Jun 12, 2013 11:31 PM
3Never done the Lares Trek so can't comment on that..but as #1 says,that price to climb Huayna is ridiculous.You can do it on the spot (if you want) for much less.....
However I think you need to buy a combined ticket on arrival at MP to get that low price for Huayna...not sure how that works with groups.
When i did it,it was free ;-)
Jun 13, 2013 12:45 AM
4You cannot buy the ticket for Huayna Picchu on the spot; there are only 400 tickets available daily and they sell out weeks in advance.
Having said that, $60 is indeed a rip-off as the actual price of the HP ticket is much less. I would either try to negotiate that down to the actual price (check the official ticketing website for this, i think it's around $10), or skip HP and enjoy the view of Machu Picchu from the sun gate instead.
Jun 13, 2013 1:07 AM
5I guess you are right Devino..as i said,in the past it was free and there was no limit on how many people could go up.
Then there was a limit and you could buy a ticket at the bottom of the hill.
Now...seems you can't even do that anymore.......
The tour companies are cashing in then,as opposed to the government (this time).
Jun 13, 2013 1:08 AM
6You can do it on the spot (if you want) for much less...
You need to pre-purchase it these days. Ticketing changed a few years back and you are required to purchase a ticket for HP or MP Mountain alongside your entry into Machu Picchu.
Last year it was 12 dollars for the HP on top of entry.
Comfort trek? What's that?
Massages at every stop? 1000 threadcount sheets? Duvets instead of sleeping bags? Roast dinners every night? I have no idea....
Jun 13, 2013 10:06 AM
7Yep HP should only cost $12 more and mount MP about $8 more to climb. They must be bought in advance, not possible on site. HP sold out about 4 days in advance when I was there in April, though much earlier in high season. I did mount MP which was a good alternative.
The Peru government website only offers these tickets in combination with the MP entry ticket so I don't think one can buy it separately, though perhaps it's possible directly from their office in Cusco/Aguas Calientes. It seems your tour company is price gauging big time if they ask $60 extra for HP.
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