Why should you have to pack to visit Machu Picchu?

My wife and I love to travel and have made many trips to several countries. One of my favorite trips was when we went to France and Italy for three weeks, while one of my favorites, I think this was also one of the most exhausting trips, as we were constantly on the move.

Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Trevi Fountain in Rome.

One of the things that I hate to do on vacation is to have to pack and unpack, which during our Europe trip I think we must have done at least 6 or 8 times. This of course was necessary as we had a lot of ground to cover. If you are visiting Cusco and plan to visit Machu Picchu by train instead of doing a trek, you may be confronted with this same decision. While the most common option tends to be a one day tour, 2 day tours are also available. As there is a lot of ground to cover in Machu Picchu, we usually recommend taking the two day tour, if time permits.

Recently while helping a guest plan their Itinerary, I made the recommendation of a two day Machu Picchu tour and I realize that, here I am recommending something that I really dislike doing myself i.e. repacking their bags to be gone for one night. Typically for a guest to take the 2 day Machu Picchu tour they would usually have to choose between packing up their bags and leaving them with the property (most properties offer Bag Storage), or paying for a room they won’t be in so that they don’t have to pack.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Here at GringoWasi we have decided to make our guests vacation a little less stressful by eliminating the need to make this decision, and offering to hold their room without charge (for one night) so that they can visit Machu Picchu without worrying about what to do with their luggage. This service would be available, providing the guest notifies us in advance of the Machu Picchu trip, and they are planning to return for at least one night after.

We would appreciate any feedback from the travelers out there as to whether you see any value in this; additionally what would you call it? We have not added this to the website yet as we are unsure how best to describe the service. Do we simply call it a ‘Room Holding Service’? Any suggestions would be appreciated.


About Lyle

I love travel and currently own and operate a Bed and Breakfast called GringoWasi with my beautiful Peruvian wife, the property is located in the small town of Huarocondo, and about 30 minutes West of Cusco Peru.
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4 Responses to Why should you have to pack to visit Machu Picchu?

  1. Patti says:

    Wow! This is an incredibly generous offer for your guests! I remember when we were in Auckland, NZ and we had to pack up ALL of our bags and stuff because we went for an overnight road trip to Tongariro National Park. I even remember saying to my husband that I wished we could afford to just keep the hotel room even though we were gone for a night. The hotel did hold our bags in storage for us, but still, it was a pain. Since MP is such a destination for tourists, I would think your offer would be very enticing. Would you want to have guests pay in advance for the return night? Possible name: Machu Picchu Stay on Us!

    • mongo466 says:

      Thanks Patti, I remember that being a factor in us deciding to only do the one day tour on our first trip here, if our hotel had offered this I think we would have done the two day. Yes holding your bags is nice, but you still have to pack and un-pack, considering things are still slow here, we figured this would be easy to manage. We haven’t worked out all of the details yet but for now I think we will work on the Trust system, and thanks for the suggestion, ‘Machu Picchu Stay on Us’ does have kind of a ring to it.

  2. Hi Mongo, that’s a great idea. I wish we’d been able to just collapse into a room when we returned from Machu Picchu instead of having to hang around tired beyond belief waiting for the room to be vacated and prepared. As for packing, you soon learn to leave behind the non-essentials when you are constantly packing and re-packing! Best, Paul

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