Overview Cusco

Visiting Cusco

Despite the local guinea pig specialty, Cusco proffers a surprisingly sophisticated restaurant scene up high in the Peruvian mountains, complemented by Pisco Sours and coca tea (the latter helps with the elevation). Be sure to explore the nearby Sacred Valley and head further afield to famous Machu Picchu.

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Despite the local guinea pig specialty, Cusco proffers a surprisingly sophisticated restaurant scene up high in the Peruvian mountains, complemented by Pisco Sours and coca tea (the latter helps with the elevation). Be sure to explore the nearby Sacred Valley and head further afield to famous Machu Picchu.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Cusco. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Cusco flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Cusco

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Extra Information for the hike

Written by BOKI on 24 Nov, 2000

Machu Picchu merits at least a two-day visit, so if you are hiking the Inka Trail consider staying the night in Aquas Calientes and returning to sightsee in the morning. First, you'll probably be too tired to fully enjoy Machu Picchu, second, you won't have…Read More


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Inca Trail: Hiking Route Options

Written by BOKI on 21 Nov, 2000

There are several different routes and starting points for the Inca trail, ranging in length from two to seven days of hiking. The most popular choice is the Classic Inca Trail route. It starts at kilometer 88 on the railway line that runs from Cusco…Read More


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What to take with you

Written by BOKI on 21 Nov, 2000

A lot of people come well prepared for the hike on the Inca Trail, but I have seen many examples of problems due to inadequate preparation getting in the way of complete enjoyment of the Inca Trail. The most important thing to do is acclimatize…Read More


Current Regulations Affecting Hikers

Written by BOKI on 21 Nov, 2000

The Inca Trail used to be open to individual hikers and organized tours alike for a nominal entrance fee. This policy enabled thousands and thousands of tourists to visit the trail each year, but as a consequence also led to its severe deterioration. To prevent…Read More


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Finding the tour that's right for you

Written by IWW639 on 25 Jul, 2000

Some people will like the security of having everything arranged before they leave home. That is great, no worries while on vacation. Unfortunatly, this will cost a lot more than arranging things from Cuzco. Don't worry too much…Read More


Cusco, Peru

Written by John Hollinger on 23 Apr, 2007

We flew to Cusco from Lima to begin the next leg of our Peru journey. Shortly after checking into our hotel, we joined another tourist’s guide to begin our Cusco City tour.We joined Connie, a blonde, single, fifty-something lady from Indiana. We were thrust on…Read More


Altitude Sickness

Written by Wasatch on 26 Mar, 2007

Altitude sickness comes in several forms, the most dangerous of which is life threatening pulmonary edema - your lungs fill up with fluid, effectively drowning you while on dry land. This is to be avoided. If you start wheezing and coughing and gasping for breath…Read More


Aldea Yanapay: Learning to Live Differently

Written by Sasha and Andrea on 01 Nov, 2006

Everyone talks about making a difference. It’s easy to become disillusioned into believing that talking is enough. The school of Aldea Yanapay is one of those rare exceptions, where words like love and peace are lived out every day.Upon arriving in Cusco, Peru, it’s difficult…Read More


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Best Guide in Cusco!

Written by Offthecouch on 02 Jul, 2005

If you are planning a trip to Peru and don't want to use a group or package tour, but you are worried about traveling 5,000 miles from home without some assurance that things will go okay, we'd like to recommend the services of David Choque.…Read More


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Patiti

Written by lashr1999 on 19 May, 2006

I encountered Patiti restaurant while walking along the Plaza de Armas after a long tour, hungry and looking for a good place to eat. The sound of music and of the people inside drew me in. The décor of the restaurant is elegant. The…Read More


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