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1. Where is Cusco located and how to get there – Compare transportation options.
2. Must do in Cusco– A list of the most popular activities for travellers.
3. Must see in Cusco– The sights you cannot miss.
4. Cusco safety tips– Safety issues to be aware of.
5. Photo Gallery– A few of the best photos of Cusco.
Cusco is located in the Andes of Peru and is accessible via land or by air. Below is a summary of the main options you have to get to Cusco.
Although Peru’s most touristic city, Cusco’s airport only receives international flights from La Paz and Bogota. From within Peru, the airport receives flights from Lima, Juliaca and Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival to the airport take a taxi for a 15 minute drive to Plaza de Armas where most hotels and hostels are located.
There are many public bus companies that go from all over Peru to Cusco. A bus ride from Lima to Cusco would approximately take 22 hours with no stops while going through windy roads. Accidents are frequent, however, the more expensive choices tend to be much safer.
Peru Hop offers bus passes to Cusco from Lima, La Paz and other cities in Peru and Bolivia. These hop on hop off bus passes include stops along the way with flexibility based on your desired travel plans. Peru Hop also includes on-board bilingual assistance on all passes.
Cusco is more than just Machu Picchu. Take a day tour and explore the Sacred Valley, which is full of Incan culture and ruins. Take a trip to Ollantaytambo, one of the last Incan towns to fall, with ruins worth seeing or to Tipon where you can see some of the fascinating agricultural terracing and Incan irrigation systems. Go whitewater rafting, canoeing, take a day out on a quad bike, go horse riding in the valley, go paragliding or even bungee jumping…Cusco really has it all!
The nightlife in Cusco is excellent and is renowned as the craziest place to party in Peru. There are bars, restaurants and clubs all situated within and around Plaza de Armas just a walk away from most hostels. Most clubs offer 1 free drink to entice entry, perfect for the traveller on a tight budget. In addition to the nightly fiestas, Cusco celebrates a number of festivals throughout the year with some of the biggest ones occurring in June, July and around New Year’s.
For a full day exploring you can head down to Pisac and see all the products being sold at the local market. Don’t forget to hassle for the prices as they tend to begin with a higher price.