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Top Cusco Tips - Your Insider Tips for Cusco

  • From unforgettable treks to tasty delicacies, any visit to beautiful Cusco is a once-in-a lifetime journey.
    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Cusco tips. Here's what you told us...



    Pick the right transport to Machu Picchu

    ??? says:

    Climb Machu Picchu mountain, not Huayna Picchu mountain...you can say you have really been to Machu Picchu, which is the mountain, not the village...oh, it's much more difficult than Huayna Picchu to walk up so good luck.

    Or Maringer says:

    Do the four-day Inca Jungle trek! It's the best way to get to the Machu Picchu - a mixture of biking and hiking, with the option to do rafting and zip lines. Really fun.

    Matthew Barnes says:

    Ride on the Vistadome train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It has large windows that make it easy to take great pictures along the way.

    Krassi Hristova says:

    Take a mini-bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo so you can catch a night train from there to Aguas Calientes. Have a good night's rest and wake up early to go to Machu Picchu. Don't line up for the first bus - you will have to wake up at 4am and stand from 4:30-5:30am in line. Instead, head out of your hotel around 5:45am and line up around 6am. You should be able to get a ticket and be on a bus on your way up in under 15 minutes. You can also walk to the top, but the road is narrow and buses speed up and down it. They don't really watch out for hikers, so have that in mind.



    Stay safe on the trail...

    Jennifer Penwell says:

    Take plenty of insect repellent.

    Philippe Crusoe says:

    Drink the awesome tea for altitude headaches. Climb Huayna Picchu and buy the climbing pole, you'll be glad you did both!



    ...And bring plenty of water

    Miles Partridge says:

    Take some water.

    Andy Johnson says:

    Bring bottles of water from Cusco; they are very expensive in Aguas Calientes.



    Get the most from the ruins

    Laura Jones says:

    Do the less-famous stuff on the visitor ticket as well as the famous stuff... There's some amazing Incan ruins out there that most people totally miss.

    Sandrissima Cardoso says:

    Use the toilets and snack bar (packed with tourists and service exasperating slowness) at the entrance of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Before you enter. Once you have entered, it's hopeless.

    Vivre le Voyage, Voyager la Vie says:

    Enter there from the upper part (Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun) in the early morning after a four-day-long Inca trail experience. And moreover... just enjoy the place and the moment.



    Sample some delicious local food

    Terry Pitra says:

    Enjoy the many delicious restaurants surrounding the Plaza de Armes. Wonderful balconies for people watching.

    Julio Gomez Paredes says:

    Sandwich de Lechon in San Pedro market is a must!

    Joss Paddick says:

    Have a slap-up brunch at Jack's Cafe - unbelievable!

    Geoffrey Michael Donohoe says:

    Drink a pint in O'Flaherty's, the highest Irish Bar in the world by altitude.

    Zach Mumford says:

    Go to Cafe Chocolate, a little hole-in-the-wall place off Calle Choquechaca. USD$1.50 for the best (huge!) mug of hot chocolate you will ever have.

    Tabatha Baker says:

    Go for food away from the town square; much cheaper and more authentic! A must is the alpaca meat!



    Go off the beaten track in Cusco

    Sebastian Pisoni says:

    Do not buy anything in advance...just book the plane ticket, and get the tours and accommodation at the airport or the city centre.

    Marissa Segura says:

    The planetarium and the chocolate museum were great. Both interactive and slightly off the usual tourist traps.

    Helvecio Cunha Barboza Junior says:

    Visit the market of artesanias Incas - beautiful and small prices.

    Lycia Perini Pinto says:

    Take a tour if you have a day off at Tranvia de Cuzco. Its a little train that passes around all city; the Inca Museum is also a good idea.



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Cusco.


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  • From unforgettable treks to tasty delicacies, any visit to beautiful Cusco is a once-in-a lifetime journey.
    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Cusco tips. Here's what you told us...



    Pick the right transport to Machu Picchu

    ??? says:

    Climb Machu Picchu mountain, not Huayna Picchu mountain...you can say you have really been to Machu Picchu, which is the mountain, not the village...oh, it's much more difficult than Huayna Picchu to walk up so good luck.

    Or Maringer says:

    Do the four-day Inca Jungle trek! It's the best way to get to the Machu Picchu - a mixture of biking and hiking, with the option to do rafting and zip lines. Really fun.

    Matthew Barnes says:

    Ride on the Vistadome train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It has large windows that make it easy to take great pictures along the way.

    Krassi Hristova says:

    Take a mini-bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo so you can catch a night train from there to Aguas Calientes. Have a good night's rest and wake up early to go to Machu Picchu. Don't line up for the first bus - you will have to wake up at 4am and stand from 4:30-5:30am in line. Instead, head out of your hotel around 5:45am and line up around 6am. You should be able to get a ticket and be on a bus on your way up in under 15 minutes. You can also walk to the top, but the road is narrow and buses speed up and down it. They don't really watch out for hikers, so have that in mind.



    Stay safe on the trail...

    Jennifer Penwell says:

    Take plenty of insect repellent.

    Philippe Crusoe says:

    Drink the awesome tea for altitude headaches. Climb Huayna Picchu and buy the climbing pole, you'll be glad you did both!



    ...And bring plenty of water

    Miles Partridge says:

    Take some water.

    Andy Johnson says:

    Bring bottles of water from Cusco; they are very expensive in Aguas Calientes.



    Get the most from the ruins

    Laura Jones says:

    Do the less-famous stuff on the visitor ticket as well as the famous stuff... There's some amazing Incan ruins out there that most people totally miss.

    Sandrissima Cardoso says:

    Use the toilets and snack bar (packed with tourists and service exasperating slowness) at the entrance of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Before you enter. Once you have entered, it's hopeless.

    Vivre le Voyage, Voyager la Vie says:

    Enter there from the upper part (Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun) in the early morning after a four-day-long Inca trail experience. And moreover... just enjoy the place and the moment.



    Sample some delicious local food

    Terry Pitra says:

    Enjoy the many delicious restaurants surrounding the Plaza de Armes. Wonderful balconies for people watching.

    Julio Gomez Paredes says:

    Sandwich de Lechon in San Pedro market is a must!

    Joss Paddick says:

    Have a slap-up brunch at Jack's Cafe - unbelievable!

    Geoffrey Michael Donohoe says:

    Drink a pint in O'Flaherty's, the highest Irish Bar in the world by altitude.

    Zach Mumford says:

    Go to Cafe Chocolate, a little hole-in-the-wall place off Calle Choquechaca. USD$1.50 for the best (huge!) mug of hot chocolate you will ever have.

    Tabatha Baker says:

    Go for food away from the town square; much cheaper and more authentic! A must is the alpaca meat!



    Go off the beaten track in Cusco

    Sebastian Pisoni says:

    Do not buy anything in advance...just book the plane ticket, and get the tours and accommodation at the airport or the city centre.

    Marissa Segura says:

    The planetarium and the chocolate museum were great. Both interactive and slightly off the usual tourist traps.

    Helvecio Cunha Barboza Junior says:

    Visit the market of artesanias Incas - beautiful and small prices.

    Lycia Perini Pinto says:

    Take a tour if you have a day off at Tranvia de Cuzco. Its a little train that passes around all city; the Inca Museum is also a good idea.



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Cusco.


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