I’m so excited to tell you about Cusco, I’m feeling lightheaded! Or, that may be the altitude – at over 11,000 feet above sea level, it may take you a few days to get acclimated, but it’s totally worth it! Cusco is one of the cultural centers of Peru, with historic churches, squares and restaurants. It’s also a great starting point for your trip if you’re planning on hiking the Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain, or one of the many other Incan ruins in the area. When travelling to Peru, this city is a must see!
See some of our suggestive highlighted and top-rated tours below. Having spent time in Cusco myself, I can personally say these are must do activities. If you’re looking for something specific, Contact me and I’ll will work with our partners to find you what you’re looking for free of charge! Member of the Purple Hood Adventurers Club? Get access to unlimited destination resource pages and guides like this one along with other exclusive travel perks!!
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Accommodations -Cusco has a ton accommodations options, with plenty of hotels, hostels, and apartments available for rent. While in the city itself, you may want to check Hostel Bayoneta, which is close to the city center with a lot of different room options
Food & Drink – Cusco, and Peru in general, has an incredible array of food and drink options. Whether you have a more conservative palette, or are up for something exotic, you’ll find it here! One of the more popular dishes you’ll find is Aji de Gallina, a creamy chicken dish. It’s often paired with potatoes, such as Papas a la Huancaína, which are potatoes in a spicy cheese sauce. Thinking about being more adventurous? Try some guinea pig (Cuy), considered a delicacy in Peru! Of course, all of this is enhanced with a great pisco sour – a mixed drink made with pisco, egg white, and lime.
Transportation – One of the great things about Cusco is it’s a very walkable city. The city center, and most major attractions are either within walking distance or a short cab ride away. There are also plenty of options for shuttles to both the airport and attractions. Some options are below! If you need help with transportation, contact me and I will help you get set up!
Suggested daily budget – Depending on your personal choices and spending limits, budget travelers have reported that they spend around S/85 (Peruvian Soles) a day for food and drink. If you’re a more of a mid range traveler, you can expect to spend about S/120 per day.
As far as accommodations go, basic hotels start at S/150, and can go over S/1,000 for more luxurious stays. How much you want to spend is ultimately up to you! No matter what your budget, there will be a wide array of options for you to choose from
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