Located at an altitude of 3,360m above sea level, Cusco was referred to as the 'Navel of the World'. Population 2007, the city had a population of 358,935 which was triple the figure of 20 years ago
Often referred to as the 'Archaeological Capital of the Americas' Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its rare beauty. Traveling through it is an invitation to approach to the roots of Peru and discover the ancient civilizations that developed over its territory.
When arriving in Cusco from the coast you'll immediately notice the thin clear mountain air, a result of the City's high altitude.
The primary cause of altitude illnesses is going too high too quickly. Given time, your body can adapt to the decrease in oxygen at specific altitudes. This is known as acclimatization and generally takes 1 to 2 days at a given altitude.
Preventive medications (require prescription)
* Diamox (Acetazolamide) allows you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen, thereby minimizing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation.
* Dexamethasone (a steroid) is a drug that decreases brain and other swelling, helping to reverse the effects
Cusco experiences two seasons: a wet season from November through March and a dry season from April through October.
The best time and most popular time to visit Cusco is between June and August. It's recommended to come in April or October, just after and/or before the rainy season and the tourist crowds.
The good thing during the rainy season is the warm weather at day time and not feeling cold at night. Even if it rains it will normally be a heavy shower and then the sun will come out again. In addition, the mountains will be lush green with potatoes and corn plantations. Full of flowers and many colors. The Dry season , It normally does not rain, but it will be chilly in the afternoons and quite cold during the night.
Cusco is safe town and we recognize that tourism plays an important part in its developing economy and has taken great steps in the last few years to change its poor security record. You'll find a lot more police, especially plain clothed officers, in the towns and cities most frequently visited by tourists.
Use your common-sense
Most visitors are keen to get to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days, or by 4 hours in the train, but Cusco itself has a lot to offer, the visitor and most travellers usually end up seduced with this vibrant city and stay longer than first planned.
This is an ideal opportunity to see the highlights Cusco has to offer such as a tour of the City, the nearby Inca Ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha, San Pedro market.
or Cycling, Quad bikes, Rafting,
Distance From Cusco to Pisaq : 30 Kilometros / Cusco to Ollantaytambo : 80 Kilometros
Cusco to Quillabamba : 230 kilometros/ Cusco to Puno : 389 kilometros
Cusco to Puerto Maldonado: 430 kilometros/ Cusco to Machu Picchu 112 Kilometros
It is a multi-pass for the main tourist attractions in Cusco.
Let say If you planning to do a tour in Cusco area like City tour or Sacred valley you will need this Ticket, It is not valid for Machu Picchu :
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