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About Cusco

The city of Cuzco in the Andes Plateau in Peru is also the capital of the state of Cuzco. The city, which has also been the capital city of the Inca Kingdom in the past, attracts a great deal of interest by enthusiasts of history and nature-loving tourists.

In the city where the subtropical mountain climate is effective, heavy rainfalls are seen from December to March. The best time to visit the city in terms of weather conditions is June, July and August. Many festivals are held in the city during this period.

Keep in mind that if you want to take a picture of the local people in Cuzco, where you can see lamas during your visit, you may have to tip. For those who have the courage to try different flavors of the rich Peruvian cuisine, the most famous of local dishes, 'cuy', is suggested.

Machu Picchu, where the Inca ruins are located, is one of the places you should definitely see. Plaza de Armas, Qurikancha Temple, Iglesia del Triunfo, built in 1536, and Cuzco Cathedral, a restored Inca palace, are among the main attractions. If you have time, you can join in trekking tours in the Andes Mountains. Sacred Valley is another interesting destination. Here you can both observe local culture and visit the markets on a Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday where local products and fresh food are sold. If you are looking for something more special, you can go to the San Blas neighborhood. Here you will find shops where boutique products are sold and nice cafés where you can take a break.

The altitude of Cuzco is about 3400 meters. Because of this, you might experience health problems like diarrhea, nausea, headache and fatigue, as most of the tourists, until you get used to the altitude. It is recommended that you carry relevant medicine with you because of this reason. You should keep in mind to wear sunscreen during the day, and to take extra clothes such as coats and cardigans with you in the evenings during your stay.

Transportation to Cusco City Center from Airport


Alejandro Velasco Astete Intl. Airport

The city center is located Velasco only 3 kilometers to the west of Astete Airport. The transportation needs of the passengers at the airport are met with taxi, rental cars and minibuses.


The Llama taxi company is the only company at Velasco Astete Airport with the permission to carry passengers, and has a fixed transportation fare. Apart from this company, the local taxis that are waiting outside the airport can take you to the city center at more reasonable prices. Airport authorities recommend using vehicles under their control at the taxi stands, to avoid problems with local taxis.


It is not possible to find public transport within the airport. To get to the public transport you need to walk about 5 minutes to Pecsa Station opposite the airport. You must remember to exchange money from the exchange bureaus located at the airport because you need to pay for the shuttle minibuses with the Peru currency Nuevo Sol.

Car Rental

The Hertz car rental company works 24 hours a day for passengers who want to rent private cars at the airport. You can rent your car on a weekly or daily basis and deliver it either in the city center or at the airport.

Weather in Cusco

DayMin - Max
ThursdayMin -5ºC - Max 19ºC
FridayMin -5ºC - Max 18ºC
SaturdayMin -4ºC - Max 17ºC
SundayMin -2ºC - Max 17ºC
MondayMin -3ºC - Max 16ºC

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