Travel Recommendations for Cusco

Travel Recommendations for Cusco

Travel Tips

Welcome to our travel recommendations blog for Cusco, the historical gem of the Peruvian Andes! Getting ready for an adventure in this city means immersing yourself in a rich blend of culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes. From the heights of Machu Picchu to the cobblestone streets of the city, Cusco offers a unique experience. In this space, we will guide you through practical tips, culinary suggestions, lesser-known but equally fascinating places, and everything you need to know to make your trip to Cusco an unforgettable experience. Join us on this journey full of discoveries!


Cusco is located at a high altitude of 3,399 m, so it's important to take some time to acclimate. Rest and drink plenty of water in the first few days to avoid altitude sickness.

Other altitudes in Cusco When visiting Cusco, you'll encounter altitudes such as Machu Picchu (2,430 m), Laguna Humantay (4,200 m), Valle Sagrado (2,800 m), Montaña de Colores (5,034 m), 7 Lagunas Ausangate (4,600 m). It's recommended to explore lower-altitude routes upon arriving in Cusco and acclimate before heading to higher-altitude destinations.

Appropriate Clothing

Bring comfortable and warm clothing, as temperatures can vary significantly throughout the day. A light jacket, sunscreen, and a hat are essential.


Use comfortable and sturdy walking shoes, especially if you plan to explore archaeological ruins or go hiking. You'll need trekking shoes for mountain hikes like Ausangate, Salkantay, and the Inca Trail. Also, bring shoes for resting in camps or for regular walks; you can use these for hiking in the Sacred Valley and city tours in Cusco.


The official currency is the Peruvian sol. Make sure to have some cash for small purchases, but most places accept credit or debit cards. In remote areas like distant routes from the city of Cusco, it's better to carry Peruvian soles, the amount depending on your anticipated expenses such as buying local crafts, personal expenses, tips, among others.


Avoid drinking tap water and opt for bottled water. Hydration is key due to the altitude.

Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

The sun's radiation is strong due to the altitude, so bring sunscreen. Also, have insect repellent for more tropical areas like visiting Machu Picchu, Salkantay trek, or Choquequirao trek, where there are many jungle mosquitoes.

Vaccinations and Travel Insurance

Consult with your doctor about necessary vaccinations. Consider getting travel insurance that covers any medical emergencies and evacuation.

Local Cuisine

Try the delicious local cuisine. Don't miss dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and, of course, traditional Andean food. You can find these foods in different restaurants around the city of Cusco. You can also visit the San Pedro market, just 5 minutes from Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Ruin Visits

Plan your visits to Machu Picchu and other ruins in advance. Tickets often sell out quickly, especially during the high season. To visit Machu Picchu, you should book your Machu Picchu ticket 2 to 3 months before your trip as they sell out quickly. You should also choose the circuit that you like. For other ruins, you can buy them in Cusco with the Cusco ticket that gives you access to different ruins in Cusco, available at the Central Counter of Tourist Galleries - Av. El Sol 103.

Festivals and Events

Research if there are any festivals or special events during your visit. Cusco is known for its colorful festivals and traditional celebrations. One of these important festivals is Inti Raymi in June, the Pilgrimage of Lord of Qoyllurit'i, Ausangate Raymi festival, among others.

Learn Some Basic Phrases in Spanish and Quechua

While many locals speak English, learning some phrases in Spanish can facilitate communication and be appreciated by residents. However, in remote routes like Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate, they speak Quechua, a native language of the Andes and the Inca; it's advisable to learn some words like greetings, thank you, among others.

Cultural Respect

Respect local traditions and culture. Ask before taking photographs of people and sacred places.

Explore Beyond Machu Picchu

While Machu Picchu is impressive, there are many other fascinating ruins and places around Cusco. Don't limit yourself to the most well-known sites.

Local Transportation

Use reliable taxis or transportation services recommended by your accommodation. Negotiate the price before getting in.

Travel Timing

The high season is from May to September. If you prefer to avoid crowds, consider visiting during the low season, but be prepared for some rain.

By following these recommendations, you'll be better prepared to enjoy your trip to Cusco and make the most of this unique experience. Safe travels!

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