What do I need to know about visiting Machu Picchu?
See Area Activities.
What is the best way to get to Peru from abroad?
The best way is to first fly to Lima, as Cusco does not have an authorized international airport, thus nearly all of our guests go through Lima. Most flights arrive in the evening, requiring an overnight stay. There are a few flights with American Airlines from Miami that arrive in the afternoon.
We recommend staying the night in Miraflores and taking a late morning or early afternoon flight the next day into Cusco. (see FAQ #3). We can book for you a quality nights stay at one of the Miraflores hotels that we work with as well as airport pickup and return dropoff, to make the whole process seamless and stress free. Just email us for more information.
What is the best way to arrive to Cusco and Ollantaytambo?
To get to Cusco from Lima, it is only recommended the one hour flight and not the 22 hour bus ride. There are several airlines options to choose from: LAN Peru has the most flights per day (handy in case you accidentally miss yours) and depending on the international airline you are flying into Lima on you may be able to check bags directly to Cusco. They are also the most expensive airline. Another good option is StarPeru, they have modern jets and three or four flights a day from Lima to Cusco. TACA airlines has only one or two flights and they are both very early in the a.m. but they are worth checking if other airlines are sold out or if looking for a cheaper ticket. Finally, the new airline Peruvian Airlines has recently began offering flights from Lima to Cusco. They are the least expensive and also have modern planes.
What about health issues?
The first and best thing to do of course, is check with your doctor. For general advice, we can advise that generally speaking a visit to Machu Picchu does not require a malaria treatment. If you plan to go further down into the jungle, such as at Manu National Park, it may be necessary - check with your tour operator and doctor.
Regarding the altitude, we are pleased to report that very few people suffer effects of altitude sickness. The best way to acclimatize is to not stay in Cusco at the beginning of your trip, leave it for the end after you are acclimatized. The altitude in Cusco is nearly 12,000 feet (3500m) - combined with the rigors of international travel is a strong recipe for feeling poorly so take care to prevent this. The other advice we have regarding health is bring any medicines you might take, prescription or otherwise, from home as they may be difficult to obtain here. Finally, be careful what you eat or drink the first few days and try to eat in only reputable restaurants. Email us if you would like further assistance with this.
Do I need a visa?
Visitors from the US, Canada, and most countries in Europe and Asia do not need a pre-arranged visa, it will be issued at time of entry at Immigrations in the Lima airport and does not cost anything. 30 days is automatically granted, if you want more just ask (before they stamp your passport).
Is there internet in the hotel?
Yes, we have Wi-Fi throughout the common areas of the hotel and also in every room. We also have a complete Business Center onsite, with a few desks, computers, and workstations available to use free of charge.
What is there to do around Ollantaytambo?
Alot! There are many short walks around this historic town that offer insights into the local culture and way of life, as well as Incan archeological sites, mountain and river walks, or just ambling around. Check out our photos to the right where you can see some beautiful images of the attractions of Ollantaytambo. Also, be sure to go to our Area Activities section for more information on things to do in the area.
Can someone please help me plan an itinerary?
Yes, of course! Email us and let us know when you are arriving and how many days, approximately, you have available to travel. Also, please indicate which general type of itinerary you desire (Strictly Sightseeing, A Little Adventurous, or Full Throttle) as well as whether you just want some basic advice or if you would like us to make the arrangements for you. We can help you with hotels and airport pickup in Lima, as well as trips to the jungle and Lake Titicaca as well as questions about Machu Picchu, flights within Peru, etc. Just put "Itinerary request" in the subject line of your email to ensure speedier service.
What kind of electricity does the hotel have?
The hotel comes equipped with typical 220v Peruvian current; it is a modern system with fuse backup and causes no problems with most laptop computers. Our electric outlets fit all US type plug ins, bring an adaptor to fit US plugs if you are on another type of system. Heat producing appliances such as hair dryers may become damaged in use due to the type of draw they put out.
Is breakfast included, and is there a restaurant?
All rooms at Hotel Sol come with a free breakfast and there is a riverside cafe restaurant featuring food with a mix of flavors both local and Mediterranean.