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    Preguntas Frecuentes de Machu Picchu

    Hoy en día, hay tanta información en Internet sobre tours a Machu Picchu que es muy fácil confundirse. Esperamos  que este artículo de respuestas definitivas y aclare algunas dudas con respecto a “la ciudad perdida de los Incas” en Perú. 

    1. ¿Es necesario contratar una agencia de viajes para ir a Machu Picchu (MaPi)?
      No, no es necesario. Puedes ir sin agencia, por tu cuenta, pero las ventajas de ir con una agencia de viajes es que arreglan todo el traslado al mismo precio o a veces más barato de lo que puedes encontrar que en la calle,  esto debido a que las agencias reciben ciertos descuentos.

      Machu Picchu

      Si vas solo tendrías que comprar cada cosa en un lugar diferente,  varias oficinas y páginas web en todas partes de la ciudad. Los trenes, buses, boletos de entrada, guías y hoteles necesitan una reserva anticipada, y todo esto resulta ser un proceso que consume mucho tiempo. También, hay trámites burocráticos y problemas de comunicación que terminan siendo una pesadilla para los  turistas. Para evitar todo este  inconveniente y experiencias que puedan arruinar tus  vacaciones, es recomendable que se tomar los servicios de una agencia de viajes en Cusco. Y lo mejor es que tendrá a su disposición a un equipo de personas con muchos años de experiencia, las cuales podrán absolver cualquier duda que tengas sobre todo su viaje.

      Además, las agencias tienen algunos descuentos con algunas, en los trenes y hoteles, debido a la gran cantidad de pasajeros que manejan. Por eso, si hicieras todo sin agencia, posiblemente sería más caro.

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    En torno a 400 metros más abajo del parque arqueológico de Machu Picchu, la ciudad de Aguas Calientes es el inevitable punto de parada para todos los visitantes. Los que toman  la excursión de un día a Machu Picchu no podrán pasar  mucho tiempo allí, pero cualquiera que se quede durante la noche para evitar las multitudes en Machu Picchu antes de la salida del sol a la mañana siguiente, y / o escalar el Huayna Picchu  tendrá  algo de tiempo libre en la ciudad (recientemente rebautizada como Machu Picchu pueblo, sólo para confundir a todo el mundo).

    No vamos a tratar de andar con rodeos, Aguas Calientes es una trampa para turistas. En la  mayoría de  guías turísticas que hablan del lugar  se dice que es una ciudad irrefutablemente basada en el hecho de que muchos  turistas ricos pasan por allí.

    Por la noche, los bares pasan partidos de fútbol europeo o americano y afuera  hay una explosión musical a todo volumen. Los jaladores o ‘tiburones’ están a las afueras de los restaurantes prácticamente rogando a los turistas entrar a sus locales, en el mercado los precios suelen ser más caros que los de Cusco y sin duda el Valle Sagrado. A pesar de todo lo anterior, creemos que hay algo en Aguas Calientes que todas las guías turísticas han olvidado mencionar.

    Entonces, ¿Qué puedes hacer mientras estas a la espera del tren de la noche a Cusco, o en tu  tiempo libre alrededor de Aguas Calientes?, Aquí  te damos algunos consejos para sacar el máximo provecho de tu tiempo aquí:

    Aguas Calientes
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    Trenes! Trenes! ¡Trenes a Machu Picchu!

    Si no eres de los que se entusiasman con recorrer el  Camino Inca a Machu Picchu durante varios días y menos de los que disfrutan de tomar  largos viajes en mini-buses con bebés que lloran, productos locales, y un pequeño tren, entonces es mejor tomar el tren directo a Aguas Calientes desde Cusco. Desafortunadamente, este proceso se ha hecho demasiado complicado y bastante caro, debido a que es la ruta principal para ver Machu Picchu, la joya del Imperio Inca Peruano y el sitio turístico más importante del país.

    Con el fin de descifrar todo lo que rodea a estos trenes directos, he aquí una guía para ayudarte  a tomar una decisión acertada  acerca de tu excursión a Machu Picchu:

    1. Estaciones de Ferrocarril
    2. Cusco no tiene un servicio directo de trenes hacia Aguas Calientes. Debido a la diferencia de altura (Cusco a 3,400 msnm y Aguas Calientes a 2.000 msnm), los trenes no podrían ir  directamente a Cusco, y si esto fuera posible entonces el tiempo de viaje aumentaría su duración en una hora aproximadamente.

      Por lo tanto, en un tren desde Aguas Calientes llegas primero a Ollantaytambo, donde  paran el 90% de los trenes, o a Poroy, a unos 20 minutos de la ciudad del Cusco. Por supuesto, un tren hasta Poroy es mucho más cómodo, con menos complicaciones, pero sólo ofrece un horario de tiempo limitado y son a menudo más caros.

      Los trenes tardan aproximadamente 90 minutos en llegar de Ollantaytambo a Aguas Calientes, o 3 horas y media de Poroy. En ambas estaciones, un minibús o taxi lo llevará de regreso a Cusco.

      Trenes a Machu Picchu

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    Once you’ve attended some lessons at AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires you can go out on the street and give your newly developed language skills a try. Most people you meet will be friendly and patient while you are trying to order stuff, ask questions and make small talk. Porteños like it when you make the effort of trying to speak Castellano and they will help you any which way they can. Sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as you’d like. I have been trying to ask for paltas at several groceries but every time the vendor looked at me all funny, as if I am speaking Martian. Paltas are avocados and part of my daily Buenos Aires diet but they are, sometimes, hard to come by. How difficult can it be pronouncing ‘paltas’? Pretty darn hard, as it turns out!

    Improve your Spanish, while feeling at home and out of place at the same time
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    Before I left Amsterdam I asked the people around me to think up ways for me to connect with them while in Buenos Aires. I told them there would be days I’d be feeling somewhat blue and ‘wouldn’t it be great if I then could connect with you?’ I got 61 little assignments. Some are easy. ‘Make a self-portrait every day’ for example. But what about ‘Eat a complete Parilla. You may need some help.’ What??! I don’t even know what that means… One of my friends asked me to share with her the moment I heard a new Spanish word that ‘made my ears tingle’.

    Back  home in Amsterdam I imagined I would be hearing beautiful words everyday while strolling around the many lushes cosmopolitan avenues here, but as it seems I’m all into semantics at the moment. I hardly ever have time (or space in my head) to focus on aesthetics. Except, but of course, yesterday.


    What to Pack for the Inca Trail Trek: Our Eleven Essential Items

    We were in Spanish class and my mind wondered off when I first heard this ‘I am so pretty I should be wrapped around in cellophane with a ribbon on top’-word. Nubes. Nubes. Nubes. If you say it fast it makes me think of a string of little golden beads falling onto a wooden floor in a stately home somewhere in 1920’s Savannah. Stretched out, like my teacher Flavia says, it reminds me of thick white stripes of air dancing round oak trees in a deep and dark forest.

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    So. Learning has started here at AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires. It’s back to school all over again. Students, teachers, classrooms. Some things are quite different though. It’s funny how something mandatory in high school can be so much fun later in life. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires surrounded by bigger-then-big trees, and sweeter-then-sweet sweets* but new palabras and verbos (do go and search for them on Google Translate) are going round in my head like a 16-year old American girl going round her walk-in closet on a Friday night.


    In the beginning (about classmates,homework en fun teachers)

    I even like my homework because every new bit of integrated information makes it easier for me to connect with Buenos Aires and her lovely Porteños. Being able to order your own café con leche con tres medialunas without having to use your hands and feet is not only easier but much more fun.

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    A Canuck in Cusco: Weeks 5 & 6

    Vayamos a Museo de Chocolate!

    Only about 7 weeks left at AMAUTA! Time sure is flying while studying Spanish in Cusco! I think I finally became acclimatized, as walking up the hill from Plaza de Armas no longer makes me feel like I’m going to die from lack of oxygen. Of course, this may be helped by the fact that I found a gym in Cusco (wahoo!) and I have been working out three times a week. I’ve been told if I can work out here, I’ll be able to run for miles and miles when I return to Canada!

    A Canuck in Cusco: Weeks 5 & 6

    This past week I visited “el Museo de Chocolate” here in Cusco with my Spanish class. The museum is only about a ten minute walk from the AMAUTA school. (By the way, did you know AMAUTA means teacher in Quechua? Cool, huh?)  The museum is completely free to visit, and it’s full of really fun and interesting facts about Peruvian chocolate. Come on, who doesn’t like chocolate?! They offer you free chocolate tea upon entry as well as the option to try a piece of chocolate (you get to choose from over 15 different typesJ).

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    One Week in Tambopata: Part II

    Walking over rickety rope bridges and swimming with caimen sound like a typical day to you? Well, for Elke and Steffen Garden (Germany) it was. Here they describe their final days living and studying Spanish in the rainforest with AMAUTA Spanish School.

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  • One Week in Tambopata - Parte2In the morning, the rainforest lived up to his name. During class it was stormy and rainy. When we left around 11.30am by boat to another lodge close by, the rain had already stopped. We arrived at the other lodge and a parrot welcomed us. Afterwards, we walked half an hour through the forest and then to a higher canopy floor – we moved 24 meters over the floor by way of a slip-lane and rope bridge – Unforgettable!
    After lunch and a few hours of Spanish lessons, we went by boat to the sand bank.  Here we played volleyball and football with the locals, which was really funny! For our way back we could decide if we wanted to go by boat or if we want to swim. Once we were back at the lodge we enjoyed some time in the pool.

  • Thursday
  • One Week in Tambopata - Parte2 At 11.30am, after breakfast and Spanish lessons, we went by boat to the “Native-Peoples“. One man in an Indian dress welcomed us and offered a One-man-show, mostly in Indian language and in the Wild West style.  Afterwards he showed us how to make a fire with natural materials and he showed us different things, like a head of a boar and a bow and arrow.
    In the afternoon we walked through the rainforest and walked with the guide over overturned trees and coveys of mosquitoes.
    In the evening we went by boat to look for caimen, and with a floodlight we saw a lot – surprisingly. It was the highlight of the day! I have to admit, it was a bit scary thinking that we swam back from the sand bank to the lodge the day before…
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    One Week in Tambopata: Part I

    Elke and Steffen Garden (Germany) spent a week studying Spanish with AMAUTA in the Peruvian rainforest. Staying near the Tambopata National Reserve, the two students had a chance to live in one of the most species-rich natural habitats in the world! Here, the two describe their first few days living and studying in the Peruvian rainforest.

    Once you have survived the ten-hour bus ride to Puerto Maldonado, you’ll have a great and unforgettable experience studying Spanish in Tambopata with AMAUTA.

  • Sunday
  • One Week in Tambopata At the port, Justo alias Tuto, our guide for the next week, was waiting for us where we went downstream to the Nài-Meci-Lodge by boat. Because of the tropical temperature, we enjoyed the boat’s breeze, which cooled us down. We arrived at the lodge, which consists of two large buildings, a swimming pool, and a lot of small cabanas. The lodge is located right next to the river and is surrounded by jungle vegetation. The first day, we swam in the swimming pool followed by a drink of coconut milk out on the patio. In the afternoon, we had Spanish classes because our teacher, Libia, made an effort to schedule all the Spanish lessons next to the activities.
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