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Cusco, Peru Hotels and City Guide

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Cusco - Transportation

Getting around: Air


On the Cusco-Lima route there is a high possibility of cancelled flights during the wet season; tourists are sometimes stranded for several days. It is possible for planes to leave early if the weather is bad. Always give yourself an extra day between national and international flights to allow for any schedule changes. Flights are often overbooked so it is very important to reconfirm your tickets within 72 hours of your flight and in the high season make sure you arrive at the airport two hours before departure to avoid problems. By law, the clerk can start to sell reserved seats to stand-by travellers 30 minutes before the flight. To save time and hassle, travel with carry-on luggage only. This will guarantee that your luggage arrives at the airport when you do. Internal flight prices are given in US dollars but can be paid in soles and the price should include the 18% state tax. Tickets are not interchangeable between companies but sometimes exceptions will be made in the case of cancellations. Prices for tickets should be the same whether sold by the airline or an agent.

Getting Around: Road


Peru is no different from other Latin American countries in that travelling by road at night or in bad weather should be treated with great care. It is also true that there are many more unpaved than paved roads, so overland travel is not really an option if you only have a few weeks' holiday. In the Cusco area a number of roads in the Sacred Valley are paved, but in the main, mountain roads are of dirt, some good, some very bad. Each year they are affected by heavy rain and mud slides, especially those on the eastern slopes of the mountains. Repairs can be delayed because of a shortage of funds. This makes for slow travel and frequent breakdowns. some of these roads can be dangerous or impassable in the rainy season. Check beforehand with locals (not with bus companies, who only want to sell tickets) as accidents are common at these times.


Bus


It is best to try to arrive at your destination during the day; it is safer and easier to find accommodation. Services south of Lima and inland to Cusco are improving as the road gets better. Many bus companies have direct (ejecutivo) service and regular (local) service and the difference between the two is often great. There are several bus lines that run between Lima and the towns on the route to Cusco. Tickets for ejecutivo service buses can cost up to double those of the local service buses. For mountain routes, take a fleece and sleeping bag as the temperature at night can drop quite low. Night buses along the coast and into main highland areas are generally fine. Once you get off the beaten track, the quality of buses and roads deteriorates and you may want to stick to the day buses. Prices of tickets rise 60-100% during Semana Santa (Easter), Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day - July 28 and 29) and Navidad (Christmas). Prices will usually go up a few days before the holiday and possibly remain higher a few days after. Tickets also sell out during these times so if travelling then, buy your ticket as soon as you know what day you want to travel.


Car


The minimum age for renting a car is 25. If renting a car, your home driving licence will be accepted for up to six months. They do tend to be very expensive, reflecting the high costs and accident rates. Hotels and tourist agencies will tell you where to find cheaper rates, but you will need to check that you have such basics as spare wheel, toolkit and functioning lights etc. Check exactly what the hirer's insurance policy covers. In many cases it will only protect you against minor bumps and scrapes, not major accidents, nor 'natural' damage (eg flooding). Ask if extra cover is available. Also find out, if using a credit card, whether the card automatically includes insurance. Beware of being billed for scratches that were on the vehicle before you hired it.


Combis, colectivos and trucks

Combis operate between most small towns in the Andes on one- to two-hour journeys. This makes it possible, in many cases, just to turn up and travel within an hour or two. On rougher roads, combis are minibuses, while on better roads there are also slightly more expensive and much faster car colectivos. Both operate in the Sacred Valley area.





Hotels in Cusco, Peru

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Calle Palacio #140, Cusco, Peru

Built as a monastery in 1592, Hotel Monasterio retains the charm and ambience that has existed for centuries whilst boasting a reputation as one of the world's finest hotels




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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Perú

Offering luxury accommodation, simply composed Peruvian cuisine with delightful little touches




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Best Western Los Andes De America

Best Western Los Andes De America

CALLE GARCILASO 150, Cusco, 00000, Peru

The Best Western Los Andes de America is a unique combination of modern hotel infrastructure and colonial architecture. Located in the heart of the city of Cuzco, where the shadow of its ancestors roams its mysterious streets and monuments. We are in the center of the...




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Novotel Cusco

Novotel Cusco

San Augustin 239 -, Esquina Pasaje Santa Monica, 0 Cusco, Peru

Hotel IntroductionLocated in the heart of the city center, close to Plaza de Armas, cathedral and Inca museum. Near airport and starting point for the ruins of Machu Picchu. 99 rooms built around an early 16th century house, featuring one restaurant and...




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Sonesta Posada Del Inca Cusco

Sonesta Posada Del Inca Cusco

Portal Espinar 108, Cusco, Peru

Guest rooms are equipped with cable TV, heating, international phone access, desks and views of the city. Some have traditional Spanish colonial balconies. Hotel amenities include Business Center with Internet access| Room Service| Currency Exchange| Gift Shop| Sightseeing... more
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