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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions About Peru

Our FAQ section will answer many of your questions about coming to Ollantaytambo, Peru

  • Is it safe to drink the water?
    The water in Peru is not safe to drink however it is fine to brush your teeth with. Bottled water is available at every store as well as some hotels have filtration systems in the lobby where you can refill your bottle to cut down on plastic waste. You can also purchase water treatment drops in Cusco.
  • What’s the weather like?
    The weather in the winter months (May – October) is usually sunny and warm during the day and cold at night. In the summer months (November – March) it is warmer and rainy. Peru is a place of many micro climates and the temperature will vary depending on location and altitude.
  • What is the best way to exchanging money?
    We recommend bringing larger new bills to exchange because most business and money exchangers do not except even slightly torn bills, and most places do not exchange one dollar bills. Using debit cards to withdraw soles from an ATM is also a good option. They are available in most larger towns.
  • Will I have problems with altitude?
    Most people never have real problems with the altitude and will confuse feeling shortness of breath for altitude sickness. The biggest problem for most is dehydration, as long as you drink LOTS of water you will escape this. Machu Picchu is lower than Cusco so if you feel fine in Cusco you will continue to do so.
  • How easy is it to arrange travel around the Cusco region?
    Travel around the Cusco region is easily arranged through your hotel or even on the street as taxis are the most common form of transport.
  • What is safe to eat?
    It is safe to eat almost everything in tourist places but it is never a bad idea to ask how they wash and dry their vegetables, as the thing that gets most people sick is eating food that has been contaminated by dirty water. Street food while delicious is intestinal Russian roulette.
  • Where can i eat?
    Although there are many places to eat around town, we highly recommend The Albergue, a gourmet restaurant by the station, and Il Piccolo Forno, a charming Italian restaurant that serves delicious and authentic food and desserts. In these restaurants we can guarantee safe food and that you will be taken care of.
  • How do I purchase Machu Picchu Tickets?
    Machu Picchu tickets may be purchased online at www.machupicchu.gob.pe , or if you prefer, we can assist you by taking care of the purchase process and handing the tickets to you on arrival. Please contact us ( info@hostaliskay.com )
  • How do I purchase train tickets?
    Train tickets can be purchased online at www.perurail.com or at www.incarail.com , or if you prefer, we can assist you by taking care of the purchase process and handing the tickets to you on arrival. Please contact us ( info@hostaliskay.com )
  • Do I need vaccinations to travel to Peru?
    While you don’t need any vaccinations to enter the country, a yellow fever shot and malaria medication is recommended before traveling to the jungle regions of the country.
  • How far is it from Cusco to Ollantaytambo?
    It is roughly two hours from the Cusco airport to Ollantaytambo. Hostal Iskay will arrange a Worry Free Transportation: Cusco – Ollantaytambo / Ollantaytambo – Cusco