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Discover Inti Raymi: The Feast of the Sun in Cusco

Welcome, travelers and culture lovers! Today we want to invite you to a unique and vibrant experience that you can only live in the heart of the Peruvian Andes: The Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun. We are excited to share with you everything you need to know to enjoy this ancestral celebration to the fullest. 

What is Inti Raymi? 

The Inti Raymi is one of the most important festivities of the Andean calendar, celebrated every June 24 in the city of Cusco. This ceremony has its roots in the Inca Empire, when tribute was paid to the Sun God (Inti) to thank him for the harvests and ask for prosperity for the new agricultural cycle. Today, the Inti Raymi is a recreation of these ancient rituals, combining tradition and spectacle in an event that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Live the History in Sacsayhuaman 

The celebration of Inti Raymi takes place in several emblematic scenarios of Cusco, the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman is the main one. This impressive archaeological site, with its colossal carved stones and imposing presence, serves as the backdrop for the theatrical representation of the ceremony. Here, more than 500 actors dressed in traditional costumes recreate the ancient Inca ceremony, offering an unforgettable visual and cultural experience. 

Tips for your trip  

  1.  Comfortable and Warm Clothes: June in Cusco can be cold, especially at night. Wear layered clothing to adapt to temperature changes.  
  1. Sun Protection: Despite the cold, the sun in the Andes is strong. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat.  
  1. Hydrate: The altitude can affect some travelers, so drink plenty of water and take your time to acclimatize.  
  1. Camera: You don’t want to miss the opportunity to capture the incredible moments of this festival. 


Inti Raymi is not only a celebration, it is a journey through time that connects you with the rich cultural heritage of Peru. We invite you to be part of this unique experience and discover the majesty of the Inca Empire through this festival of the Sun. Customize your journey with our specialized team. We can’t wait to share the magic of Peru with you! 

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Cusco! 

For more information do not hesitate to call us at +17038225311 or email us at 


Photos by the Municipalidad of Cusco 

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What you need to know Before Visiting Machu Picchu in 2024


Here we tried to collect some of the main questions we received from people eager to visit Machu Picchu. 

First, let’s start from the question of question! What is the best time to go? Here there are divergent opinions that we can report. On one side, we can say that the best time is from July to August, which is the dry season, when you will not find rain and humidity. On the other hand, we can also say that the quietest moment to visit the citadel is the rainy season, where it is less crowded, and prices are generally lower. 

When is it convenient to buy tickets? We suggest you buy your entry tickets in long advance since there is a limited number of visitors allowed per day, at the moment 2500 for the citadel and less for the other options (see below). There are two slots per day: in the morning (6:00am-12:00pm) and in the afternoon (12:00-17:30pm). 

What are the ticket options? There are several kinds of entry tickets, the basic entry allows you to visit the citadel, but you can add the visit to Huayna Picchu, which allows you to explore the mountain throughout a 2–3-hour hike where you will enjoy stunning landscapes and a great view of Llaqta. The access to Huayna Picchu is allowed only in the morning. The other option is visit to the citadel and Machu Picchu Mountain, a high mountain from where you will enjoy charming views of the citadel. There are more tickets available for Machu Picchu Mountain than for Huayna Picchu daily. Finally, there are tickets available for those visitors who decide to do the Inca Trail. 

How do I reach Machu Picchu? This is another common question we often receive. Also, here you have several options: 

  • Train from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which is the little town located at the bottom of the valley below Machu Picchu. The town is also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. The journey lasts 3-4 hours. From here you can take the bus to the citadel. Buses start running from 5:00am in the morning. 
  • If you want to do the Inca Trail you will reach the citadel on your own, but you might need to book the Inca trail several months before due to the high demand and the few spots available.  

How do I need to dress? We suggest you wear comfortable shoes, also bring a raincoat, a hat, and sunglasses. It is mandatory to use sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Sun could be very strong over there. 

If you need more information, contact us: or call us (1) 703-822-5311. 



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Everything you need to know about the New Circuits of Machu Picchu 

Welcome to all travel enthusiasts! 

In preparation for your upcoming trip to Cusco, we want to keep you informed about the new changes made by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture regarding entrance tickets to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. 

Previously, when buying an entrance ticket, you could choose one of the three available circuits, which allowed you to tour Machu Picchu for 2.5 hours. Each circuit had a specific route, but in general terms, you could appreciate the entire citadel, both the upper and lower parts. 

Now, as of June 1, 2024, although three circuits will continue to exist, they are divided into 10 different routes to offer visitors a more diverse and personalized experience. Therefore, visitors who have purchased tickets before this date will have to adapt to these new circuits: 

  • Route 1-A: Machupicchu Mountain Route
  • Route 1-B: Upper Terrace Route
  • Route 1-C: Intipunku Gateway Route (available only in High Season)
  • Route 1-D: Inka Bridge Route (available only in High Season)
  • Route 2-A: Designed Route
  • Route 2-B: Lower Terrace Route
  • Route 3-A: Waynapicchu Mountain Route
  • Route 3-B: Designed route
  • Route 3-C: Great Cavern Route (available only in High Season)
  • Route 3-D: Huchuypicchu Route (available only in high season)

Schedules and Admission Capacity 

The maximum capacity in the high season is 5,600 visitors per day. For the low season, there are 4,500 daily visitors. 

Entrance Hours 

The entrance hours for each circuit will be specified on your admission ticket. There will be a 30-minute tolerance for entrance in low season and 45 minutes in high season. After this time, entry will not be allowed, except for duly justified reasons of force majeure. 

For those who already have their tickets, the equivalence for your access will be one of the three circuits (Panoramic, Machu Picchu Classic, and Machu Picchu Royalty). Please note that you will be able to choose according to the capacity at the time of entering Machu Picchu. There is no confirmation in advance of which circuit will be assigned, as this will be determined upon arrival at the entrance to Machu Picchu. However, any of the three circuits will offer a complete guided tour of 2.5 hours, allowing you to appreciate the Inca city and take traditional photos. 

Information about the circuits 

Route 1-A: Machupicchu Mountain Route: 

  • In this route you will only hike Machu Picchu Mountain. 

Route 1-B: Upper Terrace Route: 

  • With this route you will enjoy the classic view of Machu Picchu. 

Route 1-C: Intipunku Gateway Route (available only in High Season): 

  • With this route you will hike to Inti Punku. 

Route 1-D: Inka Bridge Route (available only in High Season): 

  • With this route you will hike to the Inka Bridge and have a classic view of Machu Picchu. 

Route 2-A: Designed Route: 

  • This route is one of the best because you will have a classic view of Machu Picchu from the Inca guard house. 

Route 2-B: Lower Terrace Route: 

  • With this route you will be able to walk through almost all the spaces of Machu Picchu and you will have a classic view from an Inca terrace a little below the Inca guard house. 

Route 3-A: Waynapicchu Mountain Route: 

  • On this route you will take a classic hike to get the best view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings from the summit of Waynapicchu. 

Route 3-B: Designed route: 

  • With this route you will not be able to access the top of Huayna Picchu mountain, but you will have access to the center and left side of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. 

Route 3-C: Great Cavern Route (available only in High Season): 

  • This route is only available in high season. You will be able to access the center and the right side of Machu Picchu without the classic view. You will also see the great cavern, known as the Temple of the Moon of Machu Picchu. 

Route 3-D: Huchuypicchu Route (available only in high season): 

  • With this route you will have a different photographic perspective of Machu Picchu from the viewpoint of Huchuy Picchu because you will enter through the center of the citadel. 

Tips and Recommendations  

We recommend Circuit 2 or Inka City Circuit (Route 2-A, Route 2-B). This circuit offers the classic view of Machu Picchu and allows you to explore the citadel in-depth, including iconic sites such as the Upper Platform, the Dry Moat and the Temple of the Sun.  

Since the changes go into effect on June 1, long lines and some confusions are possible, especially for those traveling alone. To ensure a smooth experience, ensure your guide is always with you. The Magical Cuzco Tours team is always monitoring any new information released by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture to keep our passengers informed. 

Have an unforgettable experience in Machu Picchu! 

Customize your journey with our specialized team. We can’t wait to share the magic of Peru with you! 

For more information do not hesitate to call us at +17038225311 or email us at 

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Discover Machu Picchu: A Journey to the Heart of the Inca Empire

Machu Picchu, an architectural wonder lost deep in the Peruvian Andes, is much more than just a tourist destination; it is a portal to the past, a window into the grandeur of the Inca Empire. In this blog, I invite you to discover the history, nature, and emotion of Machu Picchu, where every step is an adventure and every view is an unforgettable experience. 

Epic Hikes

Machu Picchu does not reveal itself easily. To reach this hidden wonder, one must embark on an epic adventure, either along the legendary Inca Trail or along less-traveled routes. These treks offer much more than simple trails; they are time travels that transport you through changing landscapes, from dense cloud forests to clear highlands, each step bringing you closer to the majesty of Machu Picchu. 

Special Moments 

Every corner of Machu Picchu breathes history and mystery, and exploring it is like unraveling an ancient enigma. Imagine stopping at the Sun Gate at dawn, while the first rays of sunlight illuminate the ancient Inca stones or sitting in silence at the Temple of the Condor, feeling the presence of those who built it centuries ago. It is these special moments that make Machu Picchu an unforgettable visit, leaving a lasting impression on the souls of those who experience it. 

Incredible Views 

From the moment you set foot in Machu Picchu, you are immersed in a world of breathtaking views. The towering mountains surrounding the citadel, such as Huayna Picchu and the imposing Machu Picchu, dominate the skyline, creating an imposing backdrop to this architectural wonder. As you walk through its terraces and plazas, each glance offers a new perspective, a new postcard-worthy of being captured to remember forever. 

An Unforgettable Adventure 

In short, Machu Picchu is much more than a tourist destination; it is an adventure that awakens the senses and nourishes the soul. Whether you embark on a challenging hike, pause to contemplate moments of awe, or marvel at the incomparable views, every moment at Machu Picchu is a unique and unforgettable experience. Are you ready to discover the heart of the Inca Empire? The journey awaits you, full of great adventures, epic treks, special moments, and incredible views. Customize your journey with our specialized team. We can’t wait to share the magic of Peru with you!

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Top 5 Movies to watch before your Peru Trip

Do you prefer to gather information on your next destination? Do you buy travel guides before your trip? Do you love watching documentary and learn more about your next travel destination? This article is for you then! We tried to make a list of movies and documentaries featuring Peru, where you can appreciate Peruvian landscapes and cultural idiosyncrasy before your trip here.

Peru: Hidden Treasure: that’s a documentary now available on Netflix, it was released on 2017 and it has been directed and written by Luis Ara. This documentary focused on Peruvian secretes from the culture of the ancestors to the contemporary days, showing beautiful landscapes from several regions of the country, tourist sites and places which are still unknown. Watching this documentary movie, you will get a sense of Peruvian culture, from the culinary to the artistic and historical sides of it. You will discover our delicious and unique food, the best archeological sites, our icons and stunning landscapes, from the desert of the Paracas area to the charming Amazon jungle and of course the Andes mountains chain.
Trailer here:

The Motorcycle Diaries: this is a movie released on 2004, directed by Walter Salles, with the famous actor Gael García Bernal. The script is mainly based on “Che” Guevara’s trip diary. The movie relates the introspective journey which brought Ernesto “Che” Guevara, a medical student, and Alberto Granado, a biochemist, to discover the real side of Latin American continent. They also visit Peru during the road trip and Machu Picchu. This is an extremely important moment in Guevara’s life, considering that he starts reflecting on how an indigenous civilization that built something so unique and marvelous as Machu Picchu could be destroyed by the modern civilization. In this movie you can enjoy some truly amazing Peruvian landscapes.
Trailer here:

Anaconda: If you are into adventure and you are planning a few days in the Amazon rainforest you got to watch this movie, which was a quite box-office success. The movie, directed by the Peruvian director Luis Llosa, was released in 1997. It is set in the Amazon jungle where a National Geographic crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter. In the movie you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and views of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon rainforest, especially during their boat trips.

When two worlds collide: This is a documentary on the constant clash between indigenous communities living in the Amazon region and Peruvian Government on the use of Amazon resources. It focuses on the Bagua massacre which took place in 2009 in that area reporting both points of views: indigenous communities and Peruvian ministers and other authorities. The documentary movie has been released in 2016 and it has been directed by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel.

Daughter of the Lake: this movie, directed by Ernesto Cabellos and released in 2015, also addresses the issue of the conflict between indigenous communities and corporations who wants to use local resources. It tells the story of a Peruvian woman who communicates with the spirits of the lake that provides water to her village. But a mining corporation discovered a treasure of a big value beneath the water of the lake and they are planning, with the government’s support, to drying out the lake.

As you can see Peru, its culture, its history and traditions, its beautiful landscapes have been a source of inspiration for directors, among others. 

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Mara Salt Mines: All you need to know before going there

Mara Salt Mines, known in Spanish language as “Las Salineras de Maras” are one of Peruvian’s main attractions for tourists going to the Sacred Valley. If you decide to head to the Sacred Valley on your way to Machu Picchu or on your way back to Cusco, you usually visit PisacOllantaytambo, Maras and Moray which are in the touristic circuit. You should definitely pay a visit to the famous Maras salt mines, located in the Urubamba province, approximately an hour and half from the popular city of Cusco. The salt mines have been fully operational from the pre-Incan times, it’s believed that they were constructed by the Wari civilization. Actually, we should call them salt pans since mines is not a proper word to describe them. They are thousands of pans filled with salt water which evaporates and leaves the crystallized salt in beautiful shapes. The members of the community in the area carefully scrape the salt crystals from the surface. Once all the crystals are scraped, the pans is once again filled with salt water. There are approximately 6000 pans in the area and they are managed by local families. 

As for June 15, 2019 Peruvian MaraSal S.A., which owns the salt mines, has issued a letter to tour operators and Peruvian tourism authorities, about the access restrictions for tourists, that can no longer reach the salty water pools for preservation and health reasons. Contaminants, such as disposable plastic, paper, hair, cigarette stubs have been found in the ponds due to the increasing number of visitors and this could be extremely dangerous since the salt from the mines is consumed and sold in Peru and abroad. So if you are planning to visit this charming site, your tour will end at the viewpoint where you can take beautiful pictures of the mines but you can no longer have a walk through the salty pools. 

Apart from the restrictions we can ensure that the visit is one of a kind, you will enjoy a charming scenery, you can stll see the salt ponds from the top and a have the opportunity to take stunning pictures. Before leaving, pay a visit to the souvenir shops where you can by Maras salt and bring it back home as souvenir, perhaps for your foodie friends. This salt is great for cooking, but it also has medical properties, it contains zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium and it is great to treat skin conditions and swelling.  

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Machu Picchu for Disabled People

Reaching Machu Picchu is not so challenging as it was in the past for disabled people, and this is something important and essential in the XXI century. Machu Picchu has been considered one of the less accessible place in the world for yearsWe all know that visiting this special archeological site is once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers and now this wonderful place is finally accessibile to people with reduced mobility. So if you are a person with motor disability you can now enjoy Machu Picchu like anyone else.

As for the beginning of 2018 most of the spots in the ancient ciutadel were accessibile to people with disabilities, obviously not all the areas are accessibile, due to Machu Picchu’s geography and mountainous nature. However, you will be able to visit the site, to feel Machu Picchu special Energy,  to take great pictures and to enjoy stunning views of this world’s wonder. 

But let’s start from the beginning. To reach Macchu Picchu you have to do several stopsalong the way. First of all you need to get to Cusco from Lima, we suggest you to fly into Cusco, it is faster and easier. Lima’s airport is fully equipped for people with disabilities, as well as Cusco’s. Once you get there you have two options: spend the night in Cusco or be transferred to the Sacred Valley. This is actually a recommended choice if you prefer to avoid altitude sickness, which could bea n issue. Sacred Valley is placed at a lower altitude compared to Cusco, so you might prefer to spend the night there and relax before doing any tour or experience. There are several bus companies equipped for disabled travelers, or you can just take a private taxi to reach the Sacred Valley. Once you are in Ollantaytambo, you need to take the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Inca Train’s personnel can assist you getting on and up the train. Once you are there you have to make the last leg of the trip: the bus ride to Machu Picchu ciutadel. The bus is equipped for people with reduced mobility.

It would be advisable to travel with a support group or a travel buddy. Also, there are travel agencies specialized in customized travel packages for disabled people, in case you prefer to travel on your own. They are able to ensure all the assistance you might need.

In any case we suggest you to book in advance your train ticket and your Macchu Picchu entry ticket, at least three months before your trip. Also, try to book in advance your accommodation, especially if you are planning to travel in high season. Thease are the reccommendations we usually give to all of our travellers.

We can say that Peru is becoming a more inclusive tourism destination, and we couldn’t be happier and more proud for it.