Traveling in Cusco is very simple, since many of the most impressive attractions of the city are within walking distance of the historic center and the main square of Cusco. You can move to them walking, but it is not advisable, since it is necessary some time of acclimatization in the city, before making physical effort, otherwise you run the risk of getting ill from height. Taking a taxi will take less time and the price is not high.
If you are in the historic center of Cusco, it is definitely better to move on foot, as walking through this part of the city, will give you the feeling of touring a huge museum; However, due to the 3,400 meters of height of the city and the steep slopes, the walks are demanding, especially if it comes from cities near sea level. Take some time to explore the city on foot, you will not regret it, bring a bottle of water with you. You can walk to some of the most amazing places in Cusco, such as Sacsayhuaman or Q’enko, just 20 minutes from the Plaza de armas of Cusco.
Cusco is full of taxis and these are cheap, moving around the city center will cost between S / 4 and 5 soles, and are your best option to move at night. It is advisable to hire the services of a taxi company, if you are going to move at night, or from your hotel to the airport or vice versa.
- O’Qarina – tel. (084) 247-080
- Aló Cusco – tel. (084) 222-222
You can hire taxis to move to nearby archaeological sites or to tour the Sacred Valley; However, touring the Sacred Valley on a guided tour is one of the best experiences in South America. From the city center (where most of the hotels are located) to the airport, taxis will charge you around S / 10 soles, or S / 7 soles, up to the land terminal.
In panoramic buses and “trams”
The trams are modified buses, to resemble old trams pulled by horses and mules, which once circulated in the city of Cusco; these trams and panoramic buses make touristic journeys through the main streets of the city at a very comfortable price (S / 25 or S / 30 – $ 8 or $ 10); but there is no better experience than walking the city on foot, despite its hills.
You can take the tram or the panoramic buses at 10:00 and 11:30 am, and at 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00 pm., From the main square of Cusco. The tours last around 90 minutes, and offer discount for students.
If you want to go deeper into the customs of the people of the city, you can choose to travel by bus, also called buses, buses and buses, these run through all the streets of the city. It will cost you around an S / 1 sun, move from one end of the city to the other. It is unlikely that you need to travel by bus while you are in Cusco, but if you must, know that most transportation companies have bus stops on Ayacucho street in Cusco (very close to the Plaza de Armas), from here you can take a bus. bus to any part of the City; Getting around by taxi is much quicker and easier, but it will cost you some more money.
There are buses that go from Cusco to the cities of the Sacred Valley, such as Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, etc. These depart from small terminals, located in Puputi Street, in Grau Avenue and in Pavitos Street, in Cusco, these will cost between S / 5 and S / 10 soles.
Unless you are going to get to Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail, know that the train is the only way to get there, the station to take trains to Machu Picchu are located in the cities of Poroy and Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; from here you will travel the valley, to the town of Machu Picchu, also called Aguas Calientes; the small town below the entrance to the Machu Picchu National Park.
PeruRail and Inca Rail are the two companies authorized to transfer people who want to enter Machu Picchu. Reservations for train tickets, especially in high season (May-September), must be made weeks in advance; however, everything will depend on the date of your entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, check availability
In a rented car
If you are one of the people that feels most secure in your own hands, you can think about renting the vehicle of your preference, this will give you a lot of freedom when visiting the beautiful villages of the Sacred Valley. In Cusco you will find many agencies for the rental of vehicles, most of them located in El Sol Avenue in Cusco. Rates range from US $ 30 per day to more, depending on the type of vehicle you choose.
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