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Cuzco Peru Travel

Cuzco Peru Travel

Friendly and hospitable, the city of Cusco is a cosmopolitan city that has managed to wisely combine the impetus of modernity with its mystical millenary past, which has led it to offer the foreign visitor an energy aura rarely seen. It was the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo, sacred city and center of government of the four extensive regions of the vast Inca empire that came to cover great part of the current territories of Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. It holds the titles of "Archaeological Capital of America" ​​and "Cultural Heritage of Humanity", in addition to being the "Historical Capital of Peru". 

Cusco is a territory of meetings that served as a support for the development of important cultures such as the Inca. But, in addition, it is a kind of geographical hinge, a gate between the mountainous mountain range, the amazonian forest and the extensive Andean high plateau. Hence its ecological diversity and the contrast of its landscapes. Its great mountains are combined with high plateaus, undulating pampas, deep valleys and Amazonian plains. 

Although it has all the services to fully meet the demands of the huge flow of tourists who visit it, in the provinces and surroundings the supply decreases, so we recommend getting everything you need in the capital of the department.  

Cuzco continues to be an important regional center. But, not only is it great for its archaeological monuments, but for the great wealth of its land and its people.

Quick Itinerary 

Day 01: City Tour 

Day 02: Sacred Valley of the Incas 

Day 03: Humantay Lake Trek

 

Higlights of Cusco Peru Travel

  • Cathedral of Cusco. The Renaissance style dominates the façade and interior, with interior decoration very rich in cedar and alder carvings. The chorus and the pulpit stand out for their beauty. It conserves an important collection of paintings of the Cusco school and objects of embossed silver. 
  • Sacsayhuaman. The complex covers 33 archaeological sites, of which the best known is Sacsayhuaman. It would have been a construction of a religious nature, but due to its location and style it was considered by the Spaniards and chroniclers as a military building. 
  • Qenko. Qenko or "labyrinth" is considered a sacred place in which ceremonies may be held in honor of the Sun, the Moon and the stars. 
  • Puka Pukara. The complex has numerous enclosures, interior plazas, aqueducts, watchtowers and roads. It would have served as a tambo or place of rest and lodging. It is said that each time the Inca was about to visit Tambomachay, he was accompanied by a large delegation that was staying in Puka Pukara. For its fortified appearance they call it a fortress. 
  • Tambomachay. It would have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and to the regeneration of the earth. The place has an extension of approximately half a hectare and the material used for its construction was limestone with polygonal style rigging.

Day 01: City Tour

When you arrive in Cusco, one of our representatives will wait for you to take you to your hotel. Arriving at the hotel, after check-in, you will have the morning free to rest a little after the flight and drink a coca tea to prevent altitude sickness. 

Before starting the trip, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Our first stop will be in the cathedral of the city, where we can appreciate paintings of the famous school of Cuzco, precious pieces of gold and silver.  

Continuing with our tour, we will continue to one of the most popular places in Cusco, the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun, which was the religious center of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. We will see some of the original temples that have survived even though they have been integrated with architecture during the colonial period. 

Later, we will go to the upper part of Cusco with views of the city and visit the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, remains of an Inca sacred site and fortress. It is the place where the Inti Raymi takes place every year.  

Then, we will continue towards Qenqo, where we will be able to explore a semi-closed cave with figures carved on the stone. After the guided tour, we headed to Puca Pucara, the Red Fortress, it is believed that it served to control the entrance to the city of Cusco. Our last visit will be to the Inca baths of Tambomachay, with its different channels and small fountains. 

We will return to the city of Cusco at 6:30 pm.

Day 02: Sacred Valley Tour

The tour starts picking you up from your hotel at 8:00 a.m. approximately to tour the Sacred Valley. First we will visit the Pisac town famous for its crafts, where we will also visit its archaeological center. At noon we will have lunch in Urubamba, then we will visit Ollantaytambo and we will end up in the town of Chinchero, which is known for its textiles. Around 6:30 p.m. we return to Cusco.

Day 03: Humantay Lake Trek

This day begins with the pick up of your hotel between 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., we will board our mobility to travel to the north west of the city of Cusco, to the town of Mollepata. This trip shows the exuberant valley of the Apurímac River. 

In this small and picturesque town we will have a well-deserved breakfast to fill us with energy, then we will continue our trip to the starting point of the walk the town of Soraypampa which is at an altitude of 3,900 m.s.n.m. After a short break, we will start our journey to Lake Humantay located at an altitude of 4,180 meters above sea level or 13,779 feet, after the ascent of 1 hour 20 minutes we will be able to appreciate the wonderful landscape, after the explanation of our guide and take our photos of memory we will have a time to enjoy the place and return to our camp to have our lunch with beautiful panoramic views of the snowy peaks and later they will be transferred to the city of Cusco.

Included

 

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel 
  • Tourist transportation for all the tours 
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide 
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba Town the 2nd day 
  • Pre-trek briefing for Humantay Lake Trek (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing)
  • Meals: 01 x Breakfast, 01 x Lunch for Humantay Lake trek 
  • Oxigen bottle
  • First aid kit

 

Not Included

  • Tourist ticket to the Cusco City Tour U$ 22 
  • Entrance fee to the Cathedral U$ 8 
  • Entrance fee to the Qoricancha Church U$ 5 
  • Traveler's insurance 
  • Tips to local staff 
  • Extras not mentioned

Packing List

According to the season in which you want to visit Cusco, you must take with you clothes and articles that make your visit pleasant. We suggest that you consider the following items in your list: 

 

  • A pair of long pants. 
  • Boots for walking, shoes or tennis shoes. 
  • Light shirts. 
  • Long sleeve shirts. 
  • Sweaters and a jacket. 
  • Hat (also for the cold) 
  • Waterproof and / or umbrella. 
  • Camera (there are places to download and print your digital photos) 
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Medicine and / or articles for personal use. 

 

If you are missing something do not worry you will find everything in Cusco

Cusco Tourist Ticket

GENERAL TOURIST TICKET 

This ticket is not included on the tour, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 (U$ 41)or S/70 (U$22) for students with a valid ISIC card. The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the Inca sites such as Sacsayhuam, Quenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay (City Tour), 4 museums in Cusco, Inca Pachacutec monument's, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray (Sacred Valley of the Incas) and the Centro Qosqo (It's a theater where you can appreciate the tipical dance of the Cusco - 125 dances) This is a better option if you plan on also combining the City Tour, Sacred Valley and visit and explore the Cusco city. 

 

PARTIAL TOURIST TICKET 

This ticket is a partial tourist ticket, the price for this ticket is S/70 and it is valid for 1 day. Only you can visit City tour, Sacred Valley or Moray with this ticket. Not included the Cusco museums, Pachacuted Monument and the Centro Qosqo (It's a teatre where you can appreciate the tipical dance of the Cusco) 

 

Please Note: In this general tourist tickets. Not Include: Entrence to Qoricancha (15 soles) or the Cathedral of the Cusco (25 soles)

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Cusco Peru Travel

Could altitude sickness affect me? 

The city of Cusco is at 3300 s.n.m 25% of tourists usually have some problem related to altitude, but young people usually have fewer problems, usually headache, or a small dizziness; the body takes about 2 days to acclimatize, while this happens we recommend you drink a lot of coca tea with sugar, sleep with your feet up you can put pillows to raise them, this helps the blood go to your brain, because the pain of head is due to lack of oxygen.

It is also advisable to eat little because if you eat a lot the blood will go to the stomach and you will feel dizzy. In our hotel we have an oxygen tank, we advise you to breathe this oxygen for about 10 minutes, stop and then breathe again this oxygen for about 10 more minutes, the hotel staff will assist you to show you how to do it. 

 

How far is Cusco from Lima?  

It is fairly close, the flight lasts about 55 minutes; There are many good airlines local companies such as Lan Peru, Avianca, Star Peru and Peruvian airlines. 

 

Cusco when to visit?

We recommend visiting Cusco during the dry season from April to November, because it is easier to make your excursions and enjoy sunny days.  


Cusco Safety

Cusco is normally a quiet and relaxing city, but sometimes we also have some security problems, assaults with weapons are very rare, but if there are pickpockets who love cameras, mobile phones, tablets and wallets, 99% of the time they take something and they run. If you take some basic forecasts you can enjoy your days in the city of Cusco without problems. 

Tips: Do not carry a large amount of money with you, just what is necessary. Do not display your expensive electronic devices in public places. Do not walk alone through lonely streets. 

 

What would happen if I get sick in Cusco? 

Cusco is a tourist city, there are many clinics with bilingual staff, they also work with international medical insurance, we recommend buying health insurance in your country before coming to Peru. 

 

Cusco where to eat?

We know that you come from far with many dreams to spend a few days in Peru, so we recommend you be careful with food, as many around 10% of tourists get sick with stomach "traveler's diarrhea" or parasites . Both problems are easy to avoid. 

 

Where to buy Cusco tourist ticket? 

These are the places where you can buy the Tourist Ticket: 

 

  • Main office COSITUC: Tourist Galleries, Avenida Sol No. 103 (Monday to Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm). 
  • OFEC branch offices: Calle Garcilaso s / n (Monday to Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm).

 

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