Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Visas

To find out about visas/ entry-requirements I always go to: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Note, lots of countries require you to have proof of onwards travel, often in the form of a return ticket. This happened to me in the Philippines and I had to book a flight at the airport back out before I was allowed in. This is also the case for Argentina for example.

Carry a copy of your passport all the time, and a few passport photos of yourself in case you need it for visas, or entries to historical sites etc.

This summer, I don't need a visa for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay or Paraguay.

However, I do need to look into the USA, I have to apply for an ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/.

Plan for Machu Picchu without the Inca Trail.

Although the Inca Trail looks phenomenal, it is way out of our price range due to limited spaces every year, so around £600. Machu Picchu itself has a limit of 2000 visitors a day too that often sell out and so you are advised to book in advance. Also means they too can hike up the prices! Boooo. 

Provisional date: Tuesday 21st July 2015
Perurail Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu: 
- $60, depart 6:10am, arrive 7:40am.
- $72 to get back, depart 4:22pm, arrive 6:10pm.
Overall: $132 = £90

Inca-rail: Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu:
- $60, depart 7:20am, arrive 8:48am
- $61, depart 4:12pm, arrive 5:50pm
Overall: $121 = £82

Note, Ollantaytambo has some ruins of its own, take a collectivo from Calle Pavitos in Cuzco, 15 soles (£3.20) each, stay there a night then get the train to Machu Picchu. So much cheaper then going straight from Cuzco!
Could stay here: http://www.hostelbookers.com/property/prp/48796/arr/2015-07-20/ngt/1/ppl/1/

Machu Picchu
£30 adult fare, or 50% off for students (only valid with ISIC Card) buy through:
  • Through authorized travel agency, the list you can find in our website www.machupicchu.gob.pe click on “QUERIES” and then click on “TRAVEL AGENCY”.
  • Through your hotel in Cusco, they need the copy of the student card or ISIC in order to purchase the tickets on our office.
  • In Cusco, in our authorized offices located on Av. De la Cultura Nº238 Condominio Huascar-Wanchaq. Hours availability from Monday to Saturday 07:00 – 18:30hrs.