Experience The Real Cusco With A Walking Tour Of The City, Led By A Local Guide
Get under the skin of Cusco, the Colonial and Inca capital of Peru with a walking tour of the city
See intricate Inca stone work up close, and learn about how and why it was created
Gaze up at grandiose colonial architecture, including the Cusco Cathedral, Saint Claire Arch, and Plaza de Armas
Learn about the history, culture, and heritage of the city directly from a local guide
“Pay what you can” option on more than 20 walking tours, which leave three times a day Monday to Saturday
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.
Walking tours are the best way to experience the city of Cusco, with its ancient cobbled streets, Inca stonework, and Colonial cathedrals. With the added benefit of a local guide, visitors will learn about the city's vast history, and what the future holds for the broader community.
Although many tours are listed as free, guides expect to be tipped. A standard tip is around $10 for 1 – 2 hours, but some people give up to $50. 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. The city is mostly flat, but there are some hilly areas, so you should ensure your shoes are suitable for gentle climbs. Unfortunately walking tours are not suitable for those with mobility issues. 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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