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Useful things you should know before traveling to Cusco

Written by Wayki Trek, 17/09/2021 7:30 pm

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If you are planning traveling to Cusco, you should know some important information to live the best experiences. Here are some things that may be useful to you before your visit to this city.

Trasportation: 

Two ways to travel to Cusco from Lima:

By flight.-

There are 4 flight companies operating domestic routes from Lima to cusco. The flight time is around 1 hour without scales.

  • LATAM Perú
  • Avianca Perú
  • Viva Air Perú
  • Sky Airline.

By land.-

The journey takes 23 hours Lima to Cusco.

They have different prices and different services. The best are: Cruz del Sur, Peru Hope and Tepsa.

Weather in Cusco – Traveling to Cusco

An important point to keep in mind, whatever time of year you make your visit, is the weather.

Two remarked seasons:

Dry season (from April to September):

A season where the days are generally warm and the rains are not frequent.

Wet Season (from October to March):

During this time of the year is common to see the skys of Cusco city cloudy or rainy.

What to eat during your travel to Cusco

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We recommend:

  • 60 – 70% carbohydrates are: cereals such as barley, wheat (breads, noodles), oats, rice, Quinoa, Kiwicha. Tubers like potato, sweet potato, yucca.
  • 15 – 20% fat: Consume little amount of fats, which are found in butter, margarine, oils of all kinds, fried foods.
  • 15 – 20% proteins: They are found in meats, milk, eggs, cheeses (preferably consume them low in fat).

A diet rich in fat is not well tolerated in height, it produces fatigue, since fats require a greater amount of oxygen for their metabolism.

Anyway consult your doctor for a better orientation.

Cusco offers in its historic center, tipical beautiful markets, where you will be able find different kind of nutritious and varied products.

Places you should not miss out on your trip to Cusco

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We believe that a good point to start is the historic center, the famous Plaza de Armas and “City Tour”.

Walk on its tipical streets which still have remainings from its amazing past.

In addition: There are other full day tours that you can take like the Sacred valley, the Rainbow mountain, Humantay lake, and others.

 

Where to buy extra gear?

If you forgot to take with your some warm clothing, hiking gear or maby there is something extra you may need, closet o the main square there are place where you can purchase.

 

When is it more advisable to travel to Cusco?

Cusco is one of those touristic places where tourists arrive consistently throughout the year.

During the months from June to September, which is usually known as high season for these latitudes, the flow of tourists is much more noticeable.

Therefore, one of the most important things to consider is to book in advance, the plane tickets, accommodation and the Inka trail.

Being the time when more visitors arrive, it is common that some places are sold out and prices rise, therefore, we advise you to take the necessary precautions by planning your visits in advance in order to ensure a successful trip,

 

Can be ideal to travel between December and April in case want to ensure spots for the 4 day Inka Trail

In the period between December and April, known as ¨low season¨, it is a time when it will be easier to find available accommodation, as well as the different excursions, included the Inka trail, have less demand.

Regarding the climate, it is also a season that is characterized by warmer but more rainy days.

But do not forget that Cusco, as well as the different tourist places in Peru, are highly visited destinations throughout the year.

How much security does Cusco city offer?

Like any tourist city, Cusco is a city that receives many tourists every day, therefore, wherever you go, the streets are overcrowded and logically it is likely to find someone who takes advantage of the opportunity.

But in general, Cusco is a quiet city, where tourists can travel and enjoy its beautiful landscapes without having major problems.

It is common to find, mainly in the main tourist places, police officers, as well as people linked to tourist activities, taking care of the security of the place. In any case.

We always advise all visitors to take logical security measures, taking care of your belongings, to avoid bad moments.

In short, being responsible, you will enjoy a great city, which offers wonderful places and incredible attention from its inhabitants to everyone who comes to the country.

 

Gastronomic Offer of Peru 

It is an area where you can also find an important and varied gastronomic offer, due to the great concentration of restaurants and pubs, as it is a place that concentrates many tourists.

The majority of the city’s great hotel offer is also concentrated in its surroundings.

We also recommend you to visit this area within the first hours of arrival at the place, as a way to take advantage of it to acclimatize.

 

San Blas neighborhood – Traveling to Cusco

If what you are looking to know is something more artistic, or more bohemian, just 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas is the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas.

Those who walk the streets of Cusco cannot miss this emblematic area, characterized by its narrow and cobbled streets, surrounded by artists.

Walking the well-known Cuesta de San Blas, you will find incredible galleries and artistic workshops, where you can acquire and appreciate the talent of Peruvian artists.

At the end of the tour, rest from your walk in Plaza San Blas, where you can also visit the Temple that bears the same name.

 

What to do if you get altitude sickness?

In cities or higher places, the oxygen level is getting lower and lower. As our brain needs oxygen and is used to receiving more in the areas where we live, which are usually lower.

According to experts, altitude sickness or soroche can begin to affect from 2,400 meters above sea level, but that does not mean that every time you visit a place with this height or higher, your body will feel affected.

In case you feel affected by altitude sickness, here are some tips that will help you reduce the effects:

Staying hydrated by drinking water

Consume coca tea regularly during your stay.

Taking pills or medicines to avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness:

The best known in Cusco is the Soroche pils (it does not require a prescription) and is sold in almost all the pharmacies around the main square of Cusco.

Diamox or “acetazolamide” is a good alternative that should be ingested between 24 and 48 hours before the ascent (it is not very common to find it in pharmacies in Cusco).

In both cases we recommend that you visit your doctor for better guidance).

 

We hope this article helped you prepare for your trip!

Thanks for reading!

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