The most famous archeological site in South America, Machu Picchu has won international acclaim for its immaculately preserved Inca ruins
Set within some of the most stunning scenery in Peru, surrounded by Andean peaks and valleys
Showcases the pinnacle of Inca engineering, with detailed stone work, irrigation systems, and temples
Gaze up at the giant terraces which hold the citadel in position on top of the mountain
Marvel at the enigmatic stone formations, which continue to puzzle historians today
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.
Machu Picchu is one of the world's most impressively preserved ancient sites, and showcases the pinnacle of Inca engineering. Set in a stunning Andean location and spanning more than 100 square miles, the site exceeds the hype.
In 2019 the Peruvian government bought in new, stricter regulations for visiting Machu Picchu. If you book independently then you must select an entry time – you will have four hours from then to explore the site. Even if you decide to travel without a tour agency, you are only able to enter the ruins with an official guide, who can be found at the gates. You must bring an official copy of your passport in order to be granted entry – copies and photographs will not be accepted! The altitude of Machu Picchu is very high, so we would recommend spending a few days in Cusco before your visit to acclimatize.
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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