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Location: Located in South America in the western Andes of Peru at 13º 30 south latitude and 72º 00 west of the Greenwich meridian. It is the actual capital of the department of Cusco.

Surface: Cusco as a department has an extension of 76,225 Km² and Cusco as a province extends to 523 Km². Altitude: 3,360.00 meters above sea level.

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Weather in Cusco: The difference in the year seasons is not big, but it has two times well defined: Rainy Season, from November to March and Dry Season from April to October; in Cusco the annual average of temperature fluctuates between  11ºC and 13ºC. In sunny days the temperature reaches 20ºC.

We Recommend you to:
- Wear boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
- Drink lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during the Inca Trail
- Always carry an umbrella or rain gear.

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What to bring
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Several T-shirts
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain gear (you never know when it will rain, even if it’s the dry season).
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent and sun block (sun is always stronger in such altitude).
- Personal toilet items.
- Personal first Aid kit.
- Flashlight.
- Wash kit, a water bottle or a canteen and water purifying tablets.
- A light backpack.
- Personal clothing like underwear.
- Gloves, scarf, wool socks and a hat or cap.
- A towel.

-VERY IMPORTANT: In order to have access to the Inca trail, bring your passport which will be shown at the entrance of the trail.

The tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend that you always drink bottled water.

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Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness if you are prone to it. Be sure to try a hot tea or an infusion of coca leaves on arrival at altitude. During your first day move slowly and eat light, resting the first couple of hours is also advisable.

Cusco City: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2,850 m.a.s.l.
Inca Trail highest point: 4,200 m.a.s.l.

Some facts about park regulations
The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected area of 32,592 hectares, managed by the National Institute of Natural Resources, INRENA. Every visitor must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites can be used).

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