Official Language: Spanish

Population: 30 million (a 2011 estimate)

Currency: Peru’s official currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.) yet, the US Dollar is accepted at some local businesses, restaurants and gas stations. If you hold Euro, it must be exchanged into Nuevos Soles or US Dollars.

Visa needed for Kuwaitis: Yes

Visas for Americas and Western Europe are not required.

If you are planning to travel to jungle: insect repellent is a must.

If you are planning to travel to the Andes: to avoid altitude sickness rest on the first day of your arrival and eat light foods and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Peruvian Embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait

    Al Arabiya Tower Bulding, 6th floor
    Ahmed Al Jaber Street
    Sharq
    Kuwait City
    Kuwait

FINALLY, FINALLY FINALLY!!!!!

I’m thankful, really really thankful for this experience. I’ve been thinking of visiting Machu Picchu for 4 years, and 2016 is THE YEAR.

My trip to Peru was on March, 2016.

VISA:

I live in Kuwait, so I’ve completed my visa process in the Peruvian Consulate in Kuwait. (Kuwaitis do require a visa to enter Peru)

The Embassy requirements were: متطلبات الفيزا لدولة البيرو

  • Application to be filled IN the consulate. تعبئة الاستماره في القنصليه
  • A fee of 30 USD to be paid in the bank after completing the application رسوم قيمتها 30 دولار تدفع بعد تقديم الاستماره
  • The usual requirements could be found online on their website (the below is as per the date I applied, you need to double check if there are any new requirements):
    • One picture, white background صوره واحده بخلفيه بيضاء
    • Reservations (Ticket & Hotel) حجوزات الفندق والطيران
    • Salary Certificate شهادة راتب
    • Bank statement of three months شهادة رصيد البنك لثلاث اشهر
    • Civil ID copy صورة البطاقه المدنيه
    • Passport & copy of your passport صورة الجواز والجواز

The embassy is located in Al Arabia Tower, Ahmad Al Jaber Street, Sharq (9AM-1PM)

Flights:
(Personal experience – you could always look for alternatives that you prefer)

Personally, I’ve hopped on many planes! Among which were: KLM, Avianca, and LAN.

My Hotels through out the trip:

  • Tambo Del Inca Luxury Collection in Valle Sagrado (11/10) LOVED IT. فندقي في ذا سيقريد فالي
  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu (6.5/10) Expensive, but very conveniently located for visiting Machu Picchu. فندقي في الماتشو بيتشو
  • JW Marriot in Cusco  (10/10) Great location, great hotel and great service. فندقي في كوسكو

Other famous sights and activities in Peru:

  • Inca Trail
  • Rainforest
  • Amazon River
  • Cloud Forests
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Canopy Walks
  • Giant Sand Dunes
  • Lamas

Food to try:

  • Ceviche
  • Cuy
  • Causa
  • Aji de Gallina

My route was the following: Cusco – Valle Sagrado – Machu Picchu – Cusco -Lima

We arrived via plane to Cusco – A car from the airport to Valle Sagrado, train to Machu Picchu, a train back from Machu Picchu and finally a plane back to Lima.

TRAIN:

On the way to Machu Picchu we’ve tried: Vistadome – Regular Train

On the way back from Machu Picchu we’ve tried: Hiram Bingham – Luxury Train

  • Valley Sagrado

    Sacred Valley or Valle Sagrado is one of Peru’s major destinations for tourists. The valley lies north of Cusco and is nearly 609 meters lower in altitude, so many visitors plan to tour it first, while still acclimatizing.

    From Cusco, it is less than an hour by car to Pisac or 90 minutes to Urubamba

    • Checkout the Pisac Market! (Pisac is popular for its huge and colorful Sunday market, a good place to shop for local handcrafts.)
    • Pisac Ruins
    • Ollantaytambot
  • Machu Picchu

    Aguas Calientes is the base of Machu Picchu. Usually, a train bring you here and takes you back. Train tickets could be booked on the spot at the station, or before hand which we did.

    For the train types I’ve explored, scroll up in this post!

    Hayunapicchu (Waynapicchu) Hike

    In Macchu Picchu there are two options, to hike the Waynapicchu, or just tour Machupicchu. In our case, we did the hike to Waynapicchu first. The Huayna Picchu trek leads to a view point overlooking the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu

    The trail loops around the very top of the mountain, with some narrow staircases tunnels and terraces can be found. The lower trail (often forgotten), follows the base of the Huayna Picchu to the Great Cavern where the secluded and mysterious Moon Temple is located.

    The trek is easy-moderate level I would say. We stayed at the Sanctuary Lodge at the top, to be able to do Wayunapicchu, shower, then do the Machupicchu tour.

    From the main entrance of Machu Picchu you take the lower circuit around the site. The trail head is located at the far north of the Machu Picchu citadel behind the Sacred Rock.

    The Trail

    After signing in at the warden’s hut (passport number and name required), the Huayna Picchu Trail follows an undulating path for 15 – 20 minutes until the trail splits. The upper path continues to the summit of Huayna Picchu (which we followed) and the lower trail continues around the base of the mountain to the Great Cavern and the Moon Temple  before climbing a steep incline to the summit.

    There are two type of Trails: Short, and Long. We took the short one.

    Short Trail

    You will see a wooden sign post clearly marking the direction to the summit of Huayna Picchu.  The trail has a set of steep and moderately challenging (and at some parts slippery) steps and paths. Once at the top the trail passes through a narrow rock tunnel where you may need to get down on your hands and knees to pass (I was almost stuck with my backpack haha). After just a few minutes you will arrive at the rocky summit, where you can appreciate panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains. When we did this, we appreciated the thousand clouds covering Machu Picchu. It was still beautiful and dreamy!   From the top the trail descends sharply following a set of very narrow and steep steps called the “Death Stairs), before meeting up with the original trail that ascended the mountain. It took us less time than expected to finish the whole thing.

    Difficulty

    The short Huayna Picchu trail is accessible to most people of all ages and requires that you have a reasonable level of fitness. The climb to the summit from the base of the mountain (about 40 mins) is more strenuous and you can expect to use your hands as well as your feet to navigate the trail. The full Huayna Picchu trail is a little more demanding due to the increased trekking time and steepness of the trail. From the summit to the Moon Temple (or vice-versa) there is a 1 story wooden ladder that you will also need to navigate.

    Short Trail Difficulty: moderate
    Full Trail Difficulty: moderate – challenging

  • Cusco

    Cusco in Peru was the most important city in the whole of the Inca Empire, and governed as far north as Quito in Ecuador and as far south as Santiago in Chile.

    • Sacsayhuaman

    • Plaza de Armas

    • Barrio de San Blas

    • San Pedro market