Ancient Inca Splendor Meets Colonial Grandeur In The Capital Of The South
Peru's most stunning city, Cuzco, offers some of the best Inca ruins and colonial architecture in the country
Discover the Coricancha temple complex, home to one of the most important temples in Incan culture.
Try a pisco sour, Peru's national drink, and learn how to make your own under the instruction of a local chef
Explore the ancient streets by bicycle, as you take in cathedrals, markets, and intricate Incan stone work.
Learn about the rich history of this once great capital, and how it came to be ruled by European invaders
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From …
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From other Latin American countries, LATAM and Avianca offer good connections. Cusco is very well connected with Lima by air with ~40 daily flights operated by LATAM and Sky Airlines Peru. The flight takes ~90 minutes and is typically priced at USD ~60.
An Airport Express bus (typical fare USD ~8 one way) connects Lima city centre with Jorge Chávez Airport in regular intervals, from 06:00 to 22:00 hours. Taxis cost USD ~15 one way. From Cusco airport to city centre, taxis are the best option (typical fare USD 3.5 - 5). We recommend established cab companies only. Lima to Cusco by bus is not a good option as it’s a long (~1100km), mountainous route and takes ~24 hours. From Arequippa you can take a bus to Cusco which typically takes 10.5 hours to cover ~512km and the fare is in the range of USD 15-30.
Characterized by Incan archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture, this golden city provides fantastic access to Machu Picchu, Manu National Park, and of course, the Rainbow Mountain. The winding streets offer an abundance of high quality accommodation, foodie offerings, and historical attractions, making it the perfect base for those looking to explore the southern region of Peru.
At an altitude of 3,400 meters, it is common for people to experience mild altitude sickness when they arrive in Cusco. Drink plenty of water and ensure you take it slow the first couple of days. Although the city enjoys many modern amenities, you should not drink the water. Luckily bottled water is readily available, and relatively cheap. As with any built up area, be vigilant of your possessions and do not carry any more cash than needed.
At present Cusco is a safe city with limited or no criminal activities. Local population is generally friendly and police are cordial to deal with. It is however recommended that you keep your belongings safe. - Police: Tourist Police of Peru, known as DIRTUR (Directorate of Tourism and Ecology) is located in the Túpac Amaru square in the Wanchaq district of Cusco - Emergency Numbers: Emergency Central – 105, Fire Station – 116, Medical Emergencies – 117 - Hospitals (Attention for accidents and sickness, general practice intern and all emergencies) Antonio Lorena Hospital Address: Plazoleta Belén 1358. Emergency: Telephone: 22-6511. Telephones: 22-6511 / 22-9616 / 24-5218. Hospital Regional Del Cusco Address: Av. de la Cultura s/n. Emergency: Telephone: 22-3691 Telephones: 51-84-227661 / 23-1131 - Medical Clinics (for sickness, certain emergencies and accidents) Essalud Clinic - Add: Av. Anselmo Alvarez s/n, Ph: 51-84-234724 Clinic Centro Médico Pardo - Add: Av. de la Cultura 710, Ph: 62-4186 Clinic Cusco - Add: Av. Los Inkas 1012, Emergency: 65-0162 / 22-3190, Ph: 51-84-240645 Clinic Panamericana - Add: Av. de la Infancia 508 - Wanchaq, Emergency: 65-1888, Ph: 51-84-249494 Clinic Paredes - Add: Lechugal Street 405, Ph: 51-84-225265
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