la Compania de Jesus, Plaza de Armas
Boleto Turistico del Cusco
If you intend to visit a number of sites in the Cusco area, consider the Boleto Turistico del Cusco, sold by the government. Tickets can be easily obtained on location or by asking at hotels. If you plan to visit Sacsayhuamán and Ollantaytambo it’s worth it to buy the Boleto Turistico.
School Parade, Plaza de Armas
Cusco is located in the southern hemisphere, so seasons are reversed from North America and Europe. Cusco’s average highs are consistent year round at about 68 F (20 C). June is the best time to visit Cusco for clear, dry weather. Late June also has festivals and parades, like the Festival of the Sun which happens on June 24th each year in Cusco.
The downside to travel in June is that Cusco has freezing temperatures each night. Next, combine this with a little altitude sickness and steep slopes to climb. You will find that Cusco is physically demanding, but you will take amazing photos that make it all worthwhile.
Convent of Santo Domingo
Visit Cusco – Transportation
Tourists have only one option for accessing Cusco and that’s through Lima. From Lima, the options are to fly to Jalisco at Lake Titicaca and then take a full day bus ride to Cusco or fly directly to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco.
In town, taxis are the most practical way to get around. Quality cabs are waiting at the airport. They offer a standard price, which an elderly supervisor always assures you is a good deal. If you are good at bartering, they will finally bring around a cheaper, less luxurious cab, but they won’t be too happy to treat a tourist like a local.
Pachacuti Statue and La Merced Church
Visit Cusco – Hotel Recommendations
In winter months (June) hotel heating usually isn’t available until after 5 pm even in more expensive hotels.
El Virrey Boutique – located right on the Plaza de Armas, opposite the Cathedral. It’s a perfect location and a very nice hotel. If you don’t speak any Spanish, this hotel might be a bit of a challenge.
Tika Wasi Casa Boutique – This is typical good-value accommodation often used by Intrepid Travel. The roof top breakfast location has views over the city.
Waman Qorikancha – This is very inexpensive accommodation located directly across from Qoricancha. You can see the Inca stone walls out the front door while you have the breakfast buffet. It’s an easy walk to the Plaza from here.
Libertador Palacio del Inka – higher end accommodation for the more luxury oriented traveler.