How to Visit Us in Cusco

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Cusco is a compelling place to spend a week or two (or in our case, four months). It’s the oldest city in South America, a UNESCO world heritage site, and has a lot of character: llamas roaming the streets, Andean artwork and wares for sale in local shops, and locals dressed colorfully create a charming ambience.

First, find a flight.

Sig n up for Daily Flight Deals and Secret Flying. Chile, Bolivia, and Lima are all pretty close to Cusco. If you have time you can take a bus here. Otherwise, there is an airport. Flights are only $100 from Lima, or you can take a luxury bus. I took the Hop On Hop Off Bus from Lima, stopping in Paracas, Huacachina, and Nazca along the way-recommended if you have time.

Second, choose a place to stay.

You can stay with us. We have a spare bedroom. Or, if you want your own place, I recommend a hostel. It will have the best chance of having internet.

Our apartment is very orange. Here it is:

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Third, pick your trek.

The reason people come to Cusco is for Macchu Picchu. Here are your choices for getting there:

Inca Trail-must be  booked six months in advance. Since you don’t have time for that, if you are reading this at this moment,
Salcantay is a good alternative. There are treks that go through Lares Valley, or the village of Santa Teresa. Lots of companies online to book these through, and they all end up at Macchu Picchu.

You can also get to Cusco by train, bus, and car. Here are some sample prices:

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Other things to do in Cusco:

If you come to visit, I can help you arrange to do any of the following (and no, I haven’t done all of these, ha):

Rafting

Ziplining

Parasailing

Paddleboarding

Mountain biking

Horseback riding

Chocolate spa

Chocolate museum/ chocolate making class

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History of Macchu Picchu museum

Museum of Coca

Various art museums

Cooking class

Tango lesson

Yoga class

Ayahuasca

Spanish class

Free walking tour of Cusco

Ruins of Qorikancha and Sacsaywaman

Pisac market

Ollantaytambo, quechua village

A small local zoo

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Things to prepare for:

Altitude

Try to be in shape before arriving. As my Spanish teacher pointed out to me, there are no overweight people here. The lack of oxygen is demonstrated by the fact that several hotels provide it. You don’t want to be sick for half your vacation. Jacob and I weren’t affected, except that we got out of breath more easily; Ryder threw up a bit. Now we are fine, but not everyone has a lot of time to acclimatize. No alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, upon arrival. There are local medicines in the pharmacy to try.

Crime
This city is the safest I’ve felt in Latin America.

Travel Insurance

Make sure you have health coverage in Peru. If you have an accident here, I’m not buying! Ha. Ha. You can buy additional coverage from a lot of travel insurance companies. World Nomads is popular. Jacob and I have IMG and Bupa, which is more expat style rather than short term insurance.

Food

Haven’t had any belly issues myself. The food here is quite good. We’ll take you to some of our favorite places. Please be ready to try new things. Like guinea pig. And alpaca. And raw fish with lime and onions-the best dish of Peru, ceviche.

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Climate

It gets dang cold here at night. And the ways the houses are built, it’s actually colder inside than outside. So: please bring items of clothing that will keep you warm in 30 degree weather, which is the temperature at night. It hits the 60s during the day. Boots are recommended. No dainty footwear: sidewalks won’t have it. Wear sunscreen and lotion, it’s dry here. We are leaving the first week of December. So you should definitely get here before that. But, December through February is the rainy season anyway.

Please bring:

One small dinosaur for Ryder. He will love you forever.

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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