ITEP Travel Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

ITEP Travel Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Outdoor Activities in Cusco

ITEP Travel Recognized Among Best in Cusco, Perú, Based on Outstanding 2019  Traveler Reviews

 

CUSCO, PERU – September, 2020 – ITEP Travel today announced it has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Outdoor Activities in Cusco. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

 

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers as the world begins to venture out again.”

To see traveler reviews and popular activities of ITEP Travel, visit https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294314-d1904909-Reviews-ITEP_Eco_Travel-Cusco_Cusco_Region.html.

 

2020 Traveleres' Choice Tripadvisor

Protocolo Sanitario Covid-19 para Agencias de Viajes

Protocolo Sanitario Sectorial ante el COVID-19 para Agencias de Viajes y Turismo

Atención al Cliente

  1. Utilizar correctamente la mascarilla
  2. Respetar en todo momento la distribución de los puestos de trabajo
  3. Saludar haciendo contacto visual, respetando la distancia de al menos un (01) metro.
  4. Usar medios digitales para informar y asesorar al cliente, así como para la emisión de documentación y comprobantes de pago.
  5. Consultar y registrar preexistencias y factores de riesgo relacionados al COVID-19 de los pasajeros
  6. Informar a los clientes sobre los protocolos de terceros programados en los servicios turísticos que tomará.
  7. Desinfectar todo material (informativo, promocional) o dispositivos (POS, tablet, otros) empleados durante la atención al cliente
  8. Usar bolsas desinfectadas para colocar todo documento u objeto que se entregue al cliente
  9. Asegurar la disponibilidad de solución desinfectante durante la atención al cliente.

Atención a terceros

  1. Utilizar correctamente la mascarilla
  2. Saludar haciendo contacto visual, respetando la distancia de al menos un (01) metro.
  3. Informar sobre los protocolos de atención a terceros durante su permanencia en las instalaciones de la agencia.
  4. Usar medios digitales preferentemente, para el intercambio de documentación o información requerida en la atención a terceros.
  5. Asegurar la disponibilidad de solución desinfectante durante la atención a terceros.
  6. Desinfectar todo material o dispositivo empleado y/o intercambiado durante la atención a terceros.
  7. Facilitar los documentos necesarios para la trazabilidad, en caso hubiera alguna incidencia de infección para el COVID-19.

Reservas y programación de proveedores

  1. Utilizar correctamente la mascarilla
  2. Respetar la distribución de puestos de trabajo y el distanciamiento físico de un (01) metro como mínimo
  3. Solicitar reservas a sus proveedores (guías, transportes, alojamiento, restaurantes, sitios turísticos, otros) cumpliendo con sus protocolos y usando medios digitales
  4. Informarles sobre condiciones de salud de los pasajeros que a meriten atención o cuidado particular.
  5. Usar medios digitales, preferentemente, para la entrega al guía de material, documentación y dinero relacionados al grupo de viaje. Para entregas presenciales, desinfectar previamente, guardar (por separado lo del guía, pasajero o encargado del grupo) y cerrar en sobre o bolsa

Operación y cierre de operación

  1. Utilizar correctamente la mascarilla
  2. Respetar la distribución de puestos de trabajo y el distanciamiento físico de un (01) metro como mínimo
  3. Solicitar al guía tomar y registrar la temperatura corporal de los pasajeros y conductor en cada embarque, y según protocolo de los servicios de transporte turístico programados.
  4. Monitorear la operación y registrar toda incidencia.
  5. Contar con los números de emergencia para reportar casos sospechosos del COVID-19 y brindar atención oportuna
  6. Evitar la manipulación o intercambio de objetos y el contacto físico en caso tenga que atender presencialmente una queja o reclamo de pasajeros durante la operación
  7. Solicitar al guía el registro de su temperatura corporal y su estado de salud de la ficha de evaluación
  8. Procesar liquidaciones e informes reportados por el guía por canales digitales
  9. Desinfectar y disponer del material, documentacitación y otros relacionados al grupo de viaje que hayan sido devueltos físicamente por el guía.

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Best Places Visit at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is simply spectacular, every space within it is fascinating, and no matter where you look, you will be amazed. But within the Inca city there are attractions that stand out from the rest, whether for their architectural beauty, for their natural beauty, or for the intense desire generated by wanting to be in them. The following is a list of the most spectacular attractions of Machu Picchu.

 

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Machu Picchu Tourist Attractions
Next, we present you the tourist places that you must visit when you are in the citadel of Machu Picchu. The unmissable places of your trip in the navel of the world!

  1. Huayna Picchu
    Huayna Picchu is located at 2,667 meters above sea level and is also known as the “new mountain”. The place offers a wonderful view of the Peruvian Andes and the archaeological remains of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The mountain is part of the Batolito de Vilcabamba, an important orographic formation of Peru. Also is undoubtedly the most desired and popular attraction of Machu Picchu, it is the singular mountain that is seen in all theclassic photos of Machu Picchu, climbing it is an incredible adventure.

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    Huayna Picchu, view from Machu Picchu
  2. Machu Picchu Mountain
    It is the mountain on which sits the citadel of Machu Picchu, make a walk through it will allow you to see unparalleled landscapes of the entire sanctuary, and once on top you can see in a unique way the Inca city and its environment. You will need the Machu Picchu + Mountain ticket to visit it. Although it is a somewhat exhausting walk, it can be done by everyone, since its trails are wide and not very steep. This mountain is the ideal alternative for those who do not dare to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu or for those who could not get a quota for it.

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    View from Machu Picchu Mountain
  3. The Intihuatana
    The Intihuatana is the best known lithic piece of Machu Picchu and undoubtedly the most enigmatic. It is a solar clock, it is sculpted in a single piece, and on its different faces it casts shadows in relation to the movement of the sun and the different seasons of the year. With this artifact the Incas made precise observations and measurements about the climate. Many of the visitors approach it to be filled with the energy that emanates from it.

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    “Reloj solar” o Intihuatana in Machu Pichu
  4. Temple of the Sun
    Temple of the Sun is built of granite and has a circular tower, which is based on a giant rock that houses a mini cave in which it is believed the mummy of the Inca leader Pachacutec was preserved. In addition, it has a ceremonial rock altar with 2 windows, which served to observe the sunrise during the solstices.

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    Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu
  5. The Sacred Square
    In this place you can find two of the most outstanding structures of Machu Picchu. The Main Temple, which is an enclosure framed with three walls with finely carved blocks and is thought to have been the most important temple in the city. And the temple of the Three Windows, a beautiful lithic structure that consists of three polygonal walls, built with enormous lithic pieces perfectly assembled with great art and mastery, include three beautiful trapezoidal windows and two niches, one on each side, the three windows would have been located there for a magical-religious reason.

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    The Main Square – Machu Picchu (The Sacred Square)
  6. Royal Palace and Acllahuasi
    In the residential sector of Machu Picchu you can see two enclosures that are built in a special way. The Royal Palace is a house made of fine masonry and is the largest of the place, in addition to having a preferential place. The Acllahuasi was probably a place where the virgins dedicated to the religiosity lived, it is an enclosure of several blocks constructed with much detail and with the particularity of having only one access to it, in one of the blocks of the place you can find the Room of the Mortars where they are carved two circular vessels also known as Mirrors of Water.

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    The Royal Palace and Acllahuasi
  7. Temple of the Condor
    The Temple of the Condor is one of the most striking and surprising in Machu Picchu, the Incas accommodated a natural rock formation that was carved in the form of wings along with another sculpted stone that form the head and neck of a condor. This construction is a three-dimensional representation of the sacred bird of the Incas, symbol of power and fertility, and is part of the Inca trilogy of the condor, puma and snake.

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    Temple of the Condor – Machu Picchu
  8. Terraces
    The terraces or platforms are representative structures of the Inca Empire, they were a very significant advance for the agriculture practiced by the Incas, with which they were able to generate microclimates in different levels of the slopes of the mountains where they were usually constructed. Machu Picchu had to be a self-sustainable city, so it was assigned an agricultural sector in the Inca city, here is where you can see the beautiful platforms next to some Colcas (warehouses).

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    Terraces view from the royal palace
  9. Fountain ladder
    It is the mountain on which sits the citadel of Machu Picchu, make a walk through it will allow you to see unparalleled landscapes of the entire sanctuary, and once on top you can see in a unique way the Inca city and its environment. You will need the Machu Picchu + Mountain ticket to visit it. Although it is a somewhat exhausting walk, it can be done by everyone, since its trails are wide and not very steep. This mountain is the ideal alternative for those who do not dare to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu or for those who could not get a quota for it.

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    System of water sources found in Machu Picchu
  10. Putucusi Mountain
    When you visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu, you can see a mountain that happily rises to the side of Machu Picchu, is the Putucusi mountain or happy mountain. This attraction is very little known by visitors, due to the difficulty involved in making the journey to its summit and the time it takes, but once there the views are incredible and you can see Machu Picchu from a different angle. Unlike the other mountains of Machu Picchu, no special ticket is needed to climb the Putucusi; yet. The climb is demanding so it is an adventure not suitable for everyone.

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    Putucusi Mountain or the happy mountain, is located next to the citadel of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu has many more things to offer you, it is a world that has been suspended in time, and that you should visit sometime in your life, because it will be a unique experience that will change your life.

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Top 10 Tips to Remember While Trekking in Salkantay!

SALKANTAY TREK  to Machu Picchu, this alternative Inca trail was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

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The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek)
  1. The best time to travel is March through October. Sure, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season. And for Sure, you not going to want to visit this site during rainy season! A day of this hike will be more hard and a night will be more cold.

  2. Make your reservations for this tour and Huayna Picchu Mountain hike, several months in advance 2, 3 to up to a year, if you’re going during peak season.

  3. You Must take your passport and a photocopy of it, but it is not sufficient, you have to keep it in a plastic bag in case of rain. If you are student is valid only the ISIC – International Student Identity Card (the green card).

  4. There are some biting mosquitos at Machu Picchu, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes, wear long light clothing and use plenty of strong insect repellent. Avoid open toed shoes!

  5. Be prepared with sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses and sun block. Some people even take in small umbrellas, feel free to look like a little daft, but don’t get burnt! Time is a little funny here in Cusco, one day can be hot and not another day.

  6. Take some Peruvian currency for buying bottled water and snacks along the way, as well as for tipping the guide, cook and porters.
    There is only 1 snack bar at Machu Picchu, be prepared with snacks and drinks to see you through the day and night.


  7. Waterproof, well worn-in walking boots – Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential, and a sleeping bag is neccesary too.

  8. Going Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu and do not want to have altitude sickness in day 1, day 2 or day 3, you should walk before travel long distances, this will help your body is prepared when it lacks oxygen, and so can know how you feel when you are in Cusco.

  9. Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain is limited to 400 people per day, 200 hundred at 7-8 a.m. and a further 200 from 10-11 a.m. Entrance tickets must be purchased in advance.

  10. If you have a fear of heights, it is not recommended to hike Huayna Picchu. At the top, the path is very narrow and very steep.

 

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INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL OF THE SUN

The Inti Raymi Festival of the Sun in Peru

It makes perfect sense to worship the sun, After all, what is the true source of life giving energy on this planet, but, the sun? It helps plants grow, like the hundreds of different types of nourishing Andean potatoes. Sun nourished green, leafy life forms give us air to breathe and feed grazing animals like llamas, which are perhaps the coolest creatures on the planet. That many cultures actively praise this life giving behemoth of scorching gas is a testament to the undiluted awe our ancestors felt upon seeing the sun. The Incans were sun masters as they built their temples ever closer to the sun, and their festivals are a lasting tribute to that fireball in the sky.

The name of this is from Quechua “Inti” “Sun”, “Raymi”  “Festival”, the Inti Raymi (festival of the sun) was a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire, dedicated to the divinity Sun, one of the most venerated gods in Inca religion. It was the festivity of the Winter Solstice and the Inca New Year.
During the Empire, the Inti Raymi was the most significant of four rites feasted in Cusco. The ceremony was also said to show the mythical descent of the Incas. It was crowded with colorific dances and processions, as well as animal sacrifices to thank Pachamama and to ensure a good cropping season.

In 1944, a historical reconstruction of the Intiraymi was directed by Faustino Espinoza Navarro and indigenous actors. The first reconstruction was largely based on the chronicles of Garcilaso de la Vega and only referred to the religious ceremony. Since 1944, a theatrical representation of this festivity has been taking place at Sacsayhuamán, two kilometers from its original celebration in central Cusco) on June 24 of each year, attracting thousands of tourists and local visitors.

A weeklong celebration begins prior to the new year festivities with concerts and street fairs. This part is less about tradition and more focused on fun. Lose yourself in song and dance at Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas while sampling local Peruvian cuisine and just generally absorbing the good times.

Read more about this special tour for you Inti Raymi Festival, this included visit machu picchu.