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“"Cuzco Rent A Car" - car renting company” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Machupicchu By Car

Machupicchu By Car
Portal panes 123 of 203 centro comercial los Ruisenores | plaza de armas Cusco, Peru, Cusco 084, Peru
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Owner description: Machu Picchu Travel. Tour Operator in Cuzco - Peru, specialist in National Packages.
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“"Cuzco Rent A Car" - car renting company”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Rented a minivan Hyundai H1 from this company and we dealt over the e-mail with Orlando and David.
We agreed on the price and they insisted to come and drop the car at our hostel. Time we requested: 07:15 - 07:30 in the morning (we were suppose to drive from Cuzco to Puno in the same day). We also specified that we will be 8 persons with luggage. And we made all the arrangements about 2 months before.
They showed up around 09:15 and the last row of seats was still on (the van can seat 11 but you'll see many of them with the removed seats in order to fit more baggage). And no baggage rack on the roof to compensate for the wasted space in the van. And, like this was not enough, they were asking about 200 US$ more than we agreed on! Didn't matter that he still had our e-mail correspondence on his phone! After long discussions and threatening that we will not take the car anymore, we "escaped" with only 80 US$ overcharge comparing to the price they told us over the e-mail.
We manage to take off eventually past 10:00 am after another big fight with the baggage to convince them to fit in.
The car: not very old, only about 30,000 km but the engine had no life left and the front tires were almost like in F1. Luckily, we made all the way to Arequipa with no incidents.
Bottom line: don't rent from these guys.
Why did I rate as high as "Poor"? I believe it could've been way worse!
Regards,
Coriolan.

Visited July 2014
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“Looking back: Go by your own rather than organized tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We booked a tour with one of the many agencies in Cusco to Machu Picchu (MP) because it was a cheaper and faster option since we did not have a lot of time nor money. We paid 125 dollars for the trip, which includes 1 night in Aguas Calientes, entrance fee to MP, train ride back from Aguas Calientes to hydroelectric station, and 1 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast.

The bus picked us up at the agency around 7:15. After 1.30 hours we arrived to Ollantaytambo where we had a rest and the bus driver picked up 5 more people who were not included in the tour. Since there were only 3 seats left 2 people had to sit on the floor. The ride continued for 5 more hours to the hydroelectric station where we would walk for 2 hours to Aguas Calientes. This is a winding ride through mountains and a few people got sick. The driver did not make the ride more comfortable.

We stop in a small village of which I don't remember the name for lunch. The lunch was very basic (pasta with tomato sauce or chicken burger) and we found out that it costs 5 soles! After lunch the car ride continued for another 40 minutes on dirt road before we finally arrived at hydroelectric station. From there 2 hours easy walk to Aguas Calientes where we would meet our guide at the main square.

At the main square we waited for 1.5 hours before the guide showed up! And then it took another 30min to find everybody on the list before we could check-in at the hostel. Everybody was very annoyed and tired. Two girls on the tour got a dirty, damp and moldy private room so they wanted to change. The guide couldn't find another room for the girls so they got 15soles each back! Fortunately, our room was Ok. Dinner that was included was very basic, cost around 15 soles. At the restaurant we saw many cockroaches.

Aguas Calientes is a small village pretty much built for tourism. There are only restaurants and hostels/hotels there. No cars allowed.

We got up at 04:00 to eat breakfast (bread and jam). The bridge opens at 05:00, there they check your ticket and ID. Be there early, the queue gets very long! Then we hiked in the dark to MP. The flashlights were annoying and blinding because you could see fine without. MP opens at 06:00. We were there around 05:45. The hike took around 1h 20min from our hostel. The hike uphill is very steep and sweaty so don't wear too much clothes!

MP is spectacular but very touristy. Around 10 a lot of people start showing up and it is crowded! I don't like the ways things are organized so going once to MP is enough for me. Because we were at MP so early we could take some photos without people in it.

As I have written before, train tickets back to hydroelectric station were included in our tickets but because our guide is incompetent he brought our tickets too late so we had to walk back to the hydroelectric station. Because of this we arrived late at the station and missed our ride. We waited for 30min before another ride was available. Very annoying since our guide promised to tell the driver to wait for us.

Overall, it is very easy to do MP on your own. The entrance fee costs 126soles and there are knowledgable guides waiting outside if you are interested in hiring one. If you don't want to hike you can take a bus up MP for 19 dollars return tickets. The train tickets are expensive, 26dollars one way to hydroelectric station. Don't take the organized tour. They are usually unreliable and you don't get what you paid for. Plus you are more flexible to choose your own hostel and food instead of feeling like you are on a school trip.

Visited July 2014
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“This is a wonder of the world not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This site has a certain spirituality that one needs to go and experience. The site is incredible and the Peruvians have done a fantastic job of maintaining the site. It is definitely worth climbing Machupicchu Mountain as well. Get to the site early, buses start around 5:15 am. Explore the ruins first before they get busy then start your climb up the mountain ( approx 1hour up for these two 60 year olds!). You need to start your trek up the mountain between 7:00 -10:00, and you have to be off the top of the mountain by 12:00-12:30. We stayed in Aquas Calientes the night before(arriving by train). We bused up early in the morning and we were off the site by 14:00 and on the train back to Cusco by 16:30.

Visited June 2014
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San Pedro, Belize
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“Confirmation as to why Machu Picchu is important to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Machu Picchu was added to the modern Wonders of the World and a visit confirms why.

It is a man made self contained city honed out of solid rock at a very difficult location.

In essence the university for the Incas set on a saddle in the Andes.

In addition to the way the city is set out there is always the sheer cliffs that fall away from the constructions.

No explanation is adequate; only a personal visit brings it home.

It is necessary to also visit Cusco to understand Machu Picchu's function.

AMAZING!

Visited April 2014
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“ADIOS ADVENTURE AND HERNAN HERMOZA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

My friend and I used hernan hermoza for our guide in the Cusco area and the hike on the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. I can honestly say that hernan was the most amazing tour guide I have ever worked with. The service was great, our guide extremely passionate and knowledgeable, supportive, and attended to everything we needed. We could not believe how well versed Hernan was on so many different subjects-- history, zoology, botany, astronomy, and he shared all of that with us. AN UNFORGETABLE TRIP

Visited June 2013
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