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Despite being Peru's main tourist hub, Cusco (also known as Cuzco or Qusqu in local native language) still manages to retain its infamous grandeur and delicate beauty. Set against the backdrop of an all mighty cultural historical past, Cusco now serves as an excellent base for exploring one of the world's oldest empires and is a definite must see on any visit to Peru. As the former capital, Cusco was the absolute centre of the ancient Inca Empire in Peru, staging legendary battles, and housing some of the most important royal descendents. To this day the magnificent history of Inca warriors and Spanish conquistadors can still be seen from the original old Inca walls which line the city in tact. Set against breath taking mountain peaks, over 3,300 metres above sea level, Cusco really is breath taking. Cusco is a large city that has expanded a lot in recent years. It is nestled beautifully between the andean valleys and contains more than four different speaking languages.
The area around the Plaza de Armas contains the majority of tourist-related facilities such as hotels, restaurants, tour companies and equipment stores. This area also houses the most impressive churches buildings in the city.
Uphill from the Plaza de Armas is the neighborhood of San Blas, the art district of Cusco. There you´ll find many cafes and restaurants, as well as the Plaza San Blas with its Iglesia San Blas.
Note that for a number of sights you need a Boleto turistico (check the website for latest conditions and prices, as they tend to change frequently). It is required for access to some of the sights in and around Cuzco. It can be bought at the Oficina Ejecutiva del Comité (OFEC), Avenida Sol 103. There are three different kind of tickets:
The ticket gives access to the following sites in Cuzco: Santa Cataline Monastery, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Historico Regional, Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha, Museo de Arte Popular, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo Danzas Folklórico and Monumento Pachacuteq.
Around Cuzco the following ones are included: Sacsayhuamán, Qénqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, Chinchero and the ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Tipón and Pikillacta.
Most of the tour operators for the Inca Trail are based in Cusco, which makes the town a stepping stone on to the popular hike. The Inca Trail actually starts at 82 kilometres outside Cusco, and generally takes a 4-day hike to reach the Machu Picchu ruins.
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The Plaza de Armas houses the main cathedral and the main church in Cusco as well as a large open park with plenty of seats. Surrounding the Plaza are numerous balcony restaurants that allow you to enjoy a drink while watching the manic activity below. Sitting in the main square, you will be approached by many men, women and children selling art work, post cards and wrist bands. These are cheap and buying one or two helps the local economy and if anything at all, allows you to be left alone!
The Avenida Sol, leading away from the main Plaza has the tourist information office (i-Peru) as well as a small park in front of the Qoricancha museum, a monastery built on top of a partially demolished Inca sun temple. This is a lovely area just to wonder around or sit and take in the view. Away from the main plaza, it gives you the chance to take a break and breath. The sights up from here are absolutely breath taking and if you can make it to the highest peak, provide you with beautiful sun-set camera shots.
The Inca museum is located just off the Plaza de Armas, on a steep road leading to Plaza Nazarenas, this houses many significant artefacts but the descriptions can be a bit lacking so it is worth getting a guide at the desk, for the cost of a tip.
Heading out of town up the hill to Sacsayhuaman is well worth a visit, the sheer enormity of the site is dificult to comprehed without actually seeing it, it also offers spectacular views over Cusco. You can arrange horse rides from Cusco or the hawkers at the gates to Sachsayhuaman which can last from 2 hours to a whole day and will take you around the other sacred Inca sites that litter the plateau above Cusco, no horse riding experience is needed.
The Museo de Arte Precolombino is well worth a visit, the pieces are well displayed and lit even if the descriptions are rather pretentious and lacking in historical detail.
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The San Pedro market in Cusco is very large. It sells an array of things from clothes, to fruit, to meat, to pots and pans and more, and is fantastic to wander around to get a better insight into Peruvian life. Here you will get a better price than in the main square with regards to hats and clothes and get the buzz of a proper shopping trip, complete with the pushing and shoving and hussle and bussle! After you've walked up and down the aisles, gawped at the frozen pigs heads and stocked up on enough coco leaves, do go and try one of the many fruit shakes that are on offer. They are absolutely amazing!!! There are two aisles full of them and you can choose anything and everything. Dont be afraid to try something new or a fruit you've never seen, they all taste wonderful and the women are more than happy to help you and give you a very good price.
The market just outside the Machu Picchu train station is worth a visit, but the faint-hearted may wish to avoid the meat section. There is a wide range of locally produced fruit, coffee, chocolate and other foodstuffs on sale.
The handicraft market, a short way down Avenida Sol, is also worth a visit and the amount of competition means reasonable prices on the items.
The nearby town of Pisac has a large tourist market on Sunday with a smaller but still respectable tourist market all other days of the week. This is one of the cheaper places to buy souvenirs. You can easily get there by bus, taxi or even cycle it (about 20 kilometres).
The Sacred Valley encompasses everything between Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Many tour companies in Cusco offer day trips to the multitude of Inca sights in the valley. A combination ticket that includes many sights in the Sacred Valley and several museums in Cusco is 155 sols (see above under Boleto Turistico).
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One of the biggest events in Cusco is Inti Raymi. Inti Raymi is a celebration dedicated to the sun and takes place every year on the 24th of June. In the week leading up to Inti Raymi, there are daily parades and participants practicing dances/routines within the Plaza de Armas. Every year one man is nominated to lead the procession to the top of Sacsayhuamán and conduct the ceremony entirely in Quechua, the native language of the Incas. The festival lasts the entire day and is often celebrated with dance and the traditional alcoholic drink, chicha.
Tends to be dry/wet depending on the season. The driest time is from May to September when hardly any rain falls. From October onwards rainfall increases and December to February is the wettest time of year with well over 100mm a month. The altitude (3,300 metres above sea level) means that when the sun is not out it can get very cold, very quick.
Temperatures during the dry season are averaging around zero at night, while during the wet season it is more like 7 °C at night. Days are around 20-22 °C yearround. The absolute records high and low are 28 and -9 °C respectively.
|Avg Max||18.9 °C||18.8 °C||19.1 °C||19.7 °C||19.8 °C||19.5 °C||19.1 °C||19.8 °C||19.8 °C||20.9 °C||20.7 °C||19.4 °C|
|Avg Min||6.6 °C||6.5 °C||6.2 °C||4.9 °C||2.5 °C||0.3 °C||0.1 °C||1.6 °C||3.9 °C||5.5 °C||6.1 °C||6.4 °C|
|Rainfall||145.3 mm||133.7 mm||107 mm||43.2 mm||8.7 mm||1.5 mm||4 mm||8.6 mm||21.8 mm||39.4 mm||71.9 mm||122.7 mm|
The Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) is in the suburbs and is a 10-minute taxi ride to the Plaza de Armas. There are daily flights from Lima, Juliaca (Puno) and Arequipa among other places. LAN Peru offers these flights, including less frequent flights to Tacna and Puerto Maldonado (for Manu National Park). Star Peru flies to Lima and Puerto Maldonado as well and TACA Peru to Lima only. Aerosur flies to La Paz in Bolivia. Remember to save some cash (about US$ 5) for the airport tax when you leave Peru via Cusco airport.
The flights itself offers a great view of the valley as it comes into land. The airline offices are located along the Avenida Sol. Taxis from the airport cost approx S/7. Buses are available.
There are two train lines, one to Machu Picchu and the other (at a separate station) to Arequipa via Juliaca and Puno. Both offer a range of classes right up to the Orient Express luxury class. The local train to Machu Picchu, however, is not available to tourists.
Buses are probably the easiest way to travel in and out of Cusco and there are services (including overnight ones) to all the major cities in the area. Most of long distance buses leave from their respective companies offices located in the long-distance bus terminal, remember that there is a S/1.2 departure tax. From Lima, there are three possible routes:
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The roads in and around Cusco are largely of good quality. Traffic in the city itself is very heavy but once out into the countryside it quickly thins out.
There are small minibuses running all over the city and to nearby towns. These usually cost S/0.50. Taxis are to be found everywhere, but be sure to hail one with a current permit (large circular sticker on windscreen) and which has the number plate written on the side of the car at the rear. Any trip in the main part of the city will cost S/4-5.
The tourist area around the Plaza de Armas, Avenida Sol and Sachsayhuaman is easily accessible by foot.
Bicycles are available for hire and one day can allow you a visit to Pisac and along the Sacred Valley or just cycling around the plateau above Cusco visiting Sachsayhuaman. Be wary of vehicles however, they show little regard for cyclists.
At a number of the more expensive restaurants surround the Plaza de Armas, main courses range from S/20-60. Just off of the Plaza are cheaper restaurants of varying quality, some offering meals for as little as S/2.50. Many of the western theme restaurants down the alleyways will offer deals, such as free garlic bread or wine, in order to get more customers.
The majority of nightclubs are around the Plaza de Armas, including well known spots like Mama Afrika and Kamikazi. Don't panic if you can't find one, there are so many touts around the plaza at night you stand a good chance of being pushed into a nightclub without even asking!
As with most Peruvian cities the area around the Plaza de Armas contains a large portion of the city's accommodation. The San Blas area, between the Plaza de Armas and Sachsayhuaman, houses a large amount of budget accommodation and hostels.
|Antares Mystic Hotel||Calle Cascaparo 172||Hotel||80|
|Casa de la Gringa||Corner Tandapata and Pasnapacana 148, San Blas||Hostel||84|
|Pantastico Bed and Bakery||Carmen Bajo 226, San Blas, Cusco||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Familiar Ochoa||Av Garcilazo 703 Wuanchac||Hostel||88|
|D'amanda House||Av.Confraternidad Conjunto.Habitacional Los Alamos||Guesthouse||-|
|Eco Inn Cusco||Av. El Sol 1010||Hotel||-|
|El Mirador del Inka Bed and Breakfast||Calle Tandapata 160 San Blas||Guesthouse||-|
|Eureka Hostal||Calle Chihuanpata 591, San Blas||Guesthouse||-|
|Flying Dog Hostel Cusco||Choquechaca 469||Hostel||-|
|Home Sweet Home||Asociacion San Marcos A-3-San Blas||Guesthouse||83|
|Hospedaje Familiar LLipimpac||Limacpampa Chico Nro 400 - 2o Patio||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta||Jiron Pumacahua 160 Tahuantinsuyo, Cuzco||Hostel||89|
|Alfredo's Palace Hostal||Calle Triunfo 373||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Casa de Campo Urubamba||Ahuanmarca s/n comunidad de palccaraqui valle sagrado Urubamba||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Chaquillchaka||Callen Belen 418||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Cusi Wasi||Calle Fierro 584 Esq. Arcopata||Hotel||81|
|Hostal El Triunfo||Triunfo street # 379||Guesthouse||87|
|Hostal Inkas Peru||Confraternidad 426-B2 Wanchaq||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Siete Ventanas||Calle siete ventanas 207 cusco||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Rimacpampa||Limacpampa Chico 493||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal San Juan de Dios||Av. Manzanares 264 Urb. Manuel Prado||Hostel||86|
|Hostal Tika Wasi San Blas||Calle Tandapata 491, San Blas||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Wasichay||Calle Maruri No 312||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel & Mirador Los Apus||Atocsaycuchi 515 Corner with Choquechaca||HOTEL||90|
|Hotel Wayna Inn||Calle San Miguel # 246||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Casablanca||Calle Teqte Nro 218-A||Hotel||80|
|Hotel del Prado Inn||Calle Suecia 310||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Jose Antonio Cuzco||Av. Pardo 1080||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Midori||Calle Ataud 204||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Ruinas||Calle Ruinas 472||Hotel||-|
|Hotel San Agustin El Dorado||Av. El Sol 395||Hotel||-|
|Hotel San Agustin Internacional||Calle Maruri 390||Hotel||-|
|Incama Cusco Hostel||Calle Chaparro 121 San Pedro||Hostel||61|
|Incasita||Marcavalle 0-1 Cusco||Guesthouse||-|
|Inkas Inn||San Borja Baja Jiron Ica K-11||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Casa Escondida||Calle Pumacurco 635, San Cristobal||Hotel||-|
|Laramani Hotel Boutique||Calle Alfredo Yepez Miranda B-1-A Urb. Magisterial||Hotel||83|
|LOKI Backpacker Hostel||Cuesta Santa Ana #601||Hostel||83|
|Mabey Hotel Palacio Imperial||Av. Tacna 316||Hotel||-|
|Marlon's Hostel In Cusco||Calle Nueva baja 496||Hostel||83|
|Munay Wasi Inn Hotel||Av. Tullumayo 418||Hotel||-|
|Net House B&B||Calle Union 140 (In Front of Kusikay Theater)||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Orquidea Real Hostal||Calle Alabado 520 San Blas Cusco||Guesthouse||81|
|Piccola Locanda||Calle Resbalosa 520 - barrio San Cristobal||Guesthouse||88|
|Pirwa Backpackers Colonial||San Francisco Square 360||Hostel||84|
|Pirwa Backpackers Familiar||Calle Carmen Alto # 283||Hostel||81|
|Pirwa Bed and Breakfast||Suecia Street||Guesthouse||73|
|Pirwa Posada del Corregidor||Portal de Panes # 151 Plaza de Armas (Main Square)||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Piuray Lodge||Qori Calle 445||Guesthouse||-|
|Quechua Hostal||Chaparro 173 - D San Pedro||Guesthouse||85|
|Samay Hotel||Av. San Martin 206||Hotel||-|
|Samay Wasi Youth Hostels 2||Calle 7 Angelitos 675 San Blas||Hostel||-|
|Samay Wasi Youth Hostels-Cusco||Calle Atoqsaycuchi No.416 San Blas||Hostel||86|
|Southern Comfort||Av Ejercito 820||HOSTEL||-|
|Sumac Wasi||Procuradores 366||Guesthouse||-|
|Tambo Hotel||Av. Ayacucho 233||Hotel||-|
|Taypikala Hotel||Street Ahuacpinta 625||Hotel||-|
|Teatro Inka Andean Cultural Hostal||Calle Teatro 391||Guesthouse||75|
|Terra Andina Hotel||Calle Union No 184||HOTEL||-|
|The Point Cusco||Meson de la Estrella 172||Hostel||76|
|The WalkOn Inn Cusco||Calle Suecia 504||Hostel||85|
|Torre Dorada Residencial||Calle Los Cipreses N-5, Residencial Huancaro,||HOTEL||80|
|Hotel Warari||Av. Tullumayo 909, Wanchaq||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Koyllur Cusco||Pumapaccha 243 San Blas||Hotel||-|
|Dream Hostel||Urb. Lucrepata D - 8||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Kilombo||Calle vitoque 631||Hostel||-|
|QorichaskaPeru||Calle Nueva Alta 458||Guesthouse||85|
|El Tuco Hostel||Av. Grau 835 Santiago||Guesthouse||87|
|Pariwana Hostel Cusco||Mez�n de la estrella 136||HOSTEL||92|
|La Casa De Mi Abuelo||Nueva Alta 785 Cercado||Guesthouse||82|
|Apu Wasi Hostels||Calle Concepcion # 01 San Cristobal||Hostel||74|
|Hostal Iquique Cusco||Calle Recoleta 569||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Monte Horeb||Calle San Juan de Dios 260, 2nd floor Historical Center||Hostel||86|
|Hostel El Grial||Atoqsayk'uchi 594 San Blas||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Pascana||Calle Ahuacpinta 539||Guesthouse||85|
|Hostal San Blas||Cuesta San Blas 526||Guesthouse||85|
|Hospedaje Kuntur Wasi||Calle Tandapata 352-A San Blas||HOTEL||85|
|Emperador Plaza Hotel||Santa Catalina Ancha 377||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Casa de Campo||Calle Tandapata 298 San Blas||Hotel||86|
|Hostal Tahuantinsuyo||Calle Tupac Yupanqui 204 Urb. Tahuantinsuyo||Guesthouse||82|
|Hotel Colonial Palace||Qera 270||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Cáceres||Plateros 368 -||Hotel||74|
|Hotel El Anadariego||Calle San Andres 270||HOTEL||84|
|Hostal Intiwasi||Calle del medio 134 Plaza de Armas||Guesthouse||-|
|Cadim||365 Pampa del Castillo Street Apartment 205||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Koyllur||Carmen Bajo 186 - San Blas Cusco||Guesthouse||-|
|Second Home Cusco||Calle Atocsaycuchi 616||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel El Rosal||C. Casccaparo 116||Guesthouse||-|
|La Posada De Pardo||Avenida Pardo 689||Guesthouse||-|
|Inka Club Hostel||Calle Siete Cuartones # 284 IN||Hostel||-|
|Eco Quechua Lodge||Santa Teresa La Convencion||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Youth Hostel Apu Wasi||Calle Belen 592 Esquina Tres Cruces de Oro||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostal Señorio Real||Arcopunco Street 631||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ecopackers||Calle Santa Teresa, 375||HOSTEL||89|
|Kokopelli Hostel Cusco||Calle San Andres 260||Hostel||86|
|Llaqtayay Family House||Ramon Castilla street # 860 Wanchaq Behind Garcilaso Stadium||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Hospedaje Llaqtayay||Calle Ramon Castilla 860 Urb 4 Torres - Wanchaq (Behind Garcilaso Stadium)||Guesthouse||87|
|Jacaranda Inn Hostel||Calle Choquechaca 216 San Blas||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|CASA GRANDE LODGING||Santa Catalina Ancha street Nº||Guesthouse||-|
|Bright Hostel||Calle Ladrillos 436 Interior 2||HOSTEL||74|
|Wild Rover Backpackers Hostel||Calle Matara 261||Hostel||86|
|Sambleno Hostal||carmen alto 114 -san blas||Guesthouse||-|
|pukaventana hostel||San Cristobal 190||Hostel||-|
|Khipus Inn||Av.El Sol:Psje Grace,San Jorge building,1st floor Centro Historico||HOTEL||-|
|Quinua Villa Boutique||Pasaje Santa Rosa A-8 San Blas||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|La Posada Del Abuelo||Avenida Pardo 975||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Pension Alemana, B&B- Hotel||Calle Tandapata 260 Barrio San Blas||HOTEL||81|
|Pisko & Soul||Carmen Alto Nº 294- San Blas||HOSTEL||89|
|Cusco View Point Hostal||Pasapakana 133 San Blas||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Girasoles Cusco||Calle Recoleta angosta-pasaje pantaccalle 388||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Quinsapata Hostel Cusco||Pasaje Victoria 207 Santiago||Hostel||-|
|Golden Inca Hotel||Calle Retiro 435 Cusco||HOTEL||-|
|Chakana House Hostel||Nueva Baja 464||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|Che Lagarto Hostel Cusco||Calle Siete Cuartones 284||HOSTEL||-|
|Tullumayo Cusco||Av. Tullumayo 257||HOTEL||-|
|El Mirador de Santa Ana||Av. La Raza 887 Santa Ana||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Family Home 442||Cabracancha 442||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaje Kuntur Wasi||Tandapata 352-A, San Blas||Hostel||-|
|Mama Simona Hostel||Calle Ceniza 364 Barrio de San Pedro||HOSTEL||85|
|Pisko & Soul - Grill & Garden||Atocsaycuchi N� 281-A||HOSTEL||-|
|Misters Inkas II||Av. Manco Capac 420 Wanchaq||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Marani||Carmen Alto 194 San Blas - Cusco||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tu Hogar Hostal Cusco||Calle Chihuampata N°548 San Blas||Guesthouse||81|
|Inti Inn Hotel - Grupo Inti Machu Picchu||Av. Pachacutec s/n 4º cuadra -13.523971, -71.978152||Hotel||-|
|Wonders Hostel||Calle Recoleta Angosta 559||HOSTEL||-|
|Bright Hostels Cusco||Ubr. Lucrepata D - 8 Parque Lucrepata||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Magico||534 Callle Fierro||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Qorikilla||Calle Quillichapata C-1 Cuesta Santa Ana||GUESTHOUSE||87|
|Anden Inka Hotel||Saphy 767||Hotel||-|
|Hostal Qosqo||Portal Mantas Nº115||Guesthouse||-|
|Yawarmaki Hotel||Pantac Calle 131||HOTEL||84|
|Hostal San Blas Inn||Tandapata 670 San Blas||HOTEL||-|
|Musafiri Hotel||Av. Centenario 649||HOTEL||77|
|Hostal Inti Wasi Plaza Armas Cusco||Calle del Medio Nro 134||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel for Trippers||Quiscapata 666||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Don Bosco||Av. Don Bosco s/n, ( esquina del colegio salesiano)||HOTEL||-|
|Joma Guesthouse||Av. Pardo N° 891||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Killa Q'ente Cusco||Jr. Atahuallpa 454, Tahuantinsuyo||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bright Hostel Cusco||Calle Ladrillos 436 Plazoleta Nazarenas esquina con Calle Pumacurco||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Royal Qosqo||Calle Tecsecocha Nro. 2||HOTEL||-|
|Kukuli Lodge B||Avenida Tomasa Tito Condemayta 520||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaje Don Marcos||Avenida Regional 898||HOTEL||-|
|Casa de Mama 2||Avenida Infancia 548||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaje Cristo Blanco||APV. Toccocachi, Calle Cristo Blanco A-2, San Blas||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel||Calle Quera 270||HOSTEL||87|
|Hostal Qonicha Wasi||Av. Arcopata 335||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Incas Packers Youth Hostel||Pasaje Convento Recoleta 507 Tahuantinsuyo||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Kilombo||Nueva Alta 424||HOSTEL||81|
|Hotel Pachan||Av. de la Cultura 220 - Cusco||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal Girasoles Cusco||Calle Recoleta Angosta, pasaje Pantaccalle 388 Av. Infancia 548 Wanchaq Cusco Peru||HOTEL||-|
|Sanblas Backpacker Hostel||Sanblas Tandapata #160||Hostel||-|
|Spacious Apartment & Good Location||Urbanizacion Zarumilla Block 2A, Apartment 101||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Sumac Wasi||Suecia 343, Procuradores 366||APARTMENT||-|
|Studio Apartment Sumac Wasi||Suecia 343 apartment 401||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostal Intiquilla||Las Orquideas s/n Aymuraypa Tikan 109||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal El Arcano||Carmen Alto 288 San Blas||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Buena Vista||Pumacurco 490 Cusco||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Siete Angelitos||Siete Angelitos 675||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Backpaker Acostas Hostel||Calle Choquechaca 124 Barrio San Blas||HOSTEL||-|
|El Labrador Hostel||Cabrakancha street, Pampa de la Alianza 456 between San Agustin & Maruri st.||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Waynapicchu||Av. Garcilazo 216-A||HOTEL||-|
|Hitchhikers Backpackers Cusco Hostel||Calle Saphy 440||HOSTEL||84|
|Mallmanya Inn||Av. Ejercito, 1630 Centro Historico||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|Hostelling International Cusco||Avda.El Sol Cdra, 5 Pasaje Grace (Alt 3000) Edificio San Jorge||HOSTEL||85|
|Hostel Kokopelli Cusco||Calle San Andres 260||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Bar Duck||Calle Chaparro 279||HOSTEL||-|
|Thomas Grill & Garden||Atoqsaycuchi 281 a San Blas||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Gringo Wasi||Jr. Independencia F1 Lote 6 Huarocondo||Hostel||-|
|FamDreams||Calle Recoleta 574 Cercado||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaje Santa Beatriz||Urb. Santa Beatriz B6 Cusco||HOTEL||-|
|Cusco Holiday||Urbanizacion Kennedy B, F- 2, Wanchaq||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tanda Pata Boutique Hotel||Calle Tandapata 648 San Blas||HOTEL||-|
|Apu Huascaran Hostal||Calle Carmen Bajo 257||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Florida del Inca ***||Av. Los Cipreses M-21, La Florida Wanchaq||HOTEL||-|
|Hospedaje Sihuar||Calle Tanadapata 351 San Blas||Hotel||-|
|Hotel El Mariscal Cusco||Urb. Lucrepata F-6 - San Blas - Cusco||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostal Qolqampata||Avenida Don Bosco A7.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Inka Crazy Hostel||Calle San Agustin 212||HOSTEL||-|
|Anita's House||Conjunto Habitacional Los Almos b-10 Wanchaq||APARTMENT||-|
|Kukatrip Homestay Guest||Urb. Ttio S - 2 - 16 Wanchaq||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hospedaje Dream Enerxia||Urbanizacion Lucrepata D-8||GUESTHOUSE||81|
Cusco is an excellent place to stop and learn Spanish if you are travelling for a while, or simply need an excuse to stay. It has an array of Spanish schools spread out across the city, all offering classes and courses from one day, to 6 months and really are worth it. It is a great way to meet people, and excellent way to stop and stay somewhere a while. This allows you to get better acclimatised and also gives a totally different experience than just sight seeing. You get to know the area much more in depth, as well as the people.
More and more hotels, resorts, airports, cafes, and retailers are going Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity), becoming "hotspots" that offer free high-speed Wi-Fi access or charge a small fee for usage. In Peru, by far the easiest way to check your e-mail and surf the Web is to drop in at the Internet cabinas (booths) that can be found in virtually every city and even small towns. Connections are usually fast, and the service is as little as S/2 per hour.
Aside from formal cybercafes, most youth hostels and many hotels nowadays have at least one computer with Internet access.
See also International Telephone Calls
Peru's country code is +51. Emergency numbers include 105 (Police), 117 (Ambulance) and 116 (Fire).
In all towns and villages that are not too small, it is no problem to find public telephones for national and international calls. Many public phones can be expensive, and an attractive alternative is a Locutorio, or "call-center". Typical rates include .2 Nuevo Sol/minute for calls in the country, and .5 Nuevo Sol/minute for most international calls. Phone cards are cheap and easily available from shops or vendors who hang around pay phones. You'll often see people with a bundle of mobile phones who act as pay phones, they'll be shouting 'llamadas'. Telephone booths are primarily used for making local calls. Calling to other countries from Peru is expensive.
If you have an unlocked cell phone you can buy local SIM cards. Movistar and Claro are two of the phone companies in Peru. You can buy your sim card from these companies and buy a phone card also.
Your best, cheapest bet for making international calls from Peru is to head to any Internet cafe with an international calling option. These cafes have connections to Skype, Net2Phone, or some other VoIP service. International calls made this way can range anywhere from 5¢ to $1 per minute -- much cheaper than making direct international calls or using a phone card. If you have your own Skype or similar account, you just need to find an Internet cafe that provides a computer with a headset.
Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or companies like DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx, which are faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive.
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