Just a quick warning for those thinking of booking a tour company to see Machu Pichu in the future.
We went recently with Gecko (Peregrine) Travel and after promising in our itinerary that we would be get to spend all day at the Machu Pichu site and leave on a late afternoon train we arrived at Aguas Calientes to find we had return tickets booked to leave the village again at 10.30am the following morning.
As we had to be at the train 30 mins before it left, and the bus down from the site took 30 min and also required being there 10 min early, we therefore had to LEAVE the site at 9.20am in the morning!!!!
No Huayna Pichu, No Sun gate, Tour cut in half and no time to see the ruins by ourselves.
This the highlight of our South America tour ruined due to rubbish organisation and communication between staff and all we got was an apologetic sorry from our guide (not his fault as he had it sprung on him as well). We have had nothing from head office unless pushed to respond - and then they had the nerve to offer us a 20% discount on any further tour!! As if!!
I would therefore like to advise that if you are going to spend £1400 on a tour, plus $500 cash on local payment plus £1000 flights and Machu Pichu is going to be a highlight of your tour of which you get 1 HOUR to see it, that you think before using Gecko tours.
p.s. After this the atmosphere amongst all travelling was one of extreme disillusionment and annoyance which pretty much ruined the rest of the entire tour