A fascinating and vibrant city, Cuzco offers a mix of ancient Inca temples and monuments, colonial architecture sitting side by side with modern life. Located high in the Andes in south-eastern Peru, take a few days to explore the vibrant city before heading to explore Machu Picchu. Enjoy some delicious Andean cuisine, soak in the local life at one of Cuzco’s many squares and browse the colourful boutiques. Be sure to visit Cuzco Cathedral, Qoricancha Temple, San Pedro market to sample fresh Peruvian produce, shop in San Blas district and wander its picturesque cobblestone streets. It's a charming Peruvian city to explore.
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Cuzco travel information
When to visit
Peru has two seasons, the wet season (summer) that runs from December to March and the dry season (winter) runs from May to September. The best time to visit Cuzco is June to mid-September with less rain during the winter months. Temperatures average around 20°C. It's the ideal time to visit the Sacred Valley just before the rain begins.
What is the main airport called?
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). It is an international airport located in the city of Cusco, in south-eastern Peru.
Arriving in Cuzco
The friendly staff at Cuzco Airport will greet you when you land and assist you with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Cuzco from Cuzco Airport
Getting into Cuzco from the airport is easy, thanks to the range of different transport options available. Choose from taxis, bus, hotel shuttle or car rental. Taxi is a comfortable option with both official airport taxis and un-official taxis. Official taxis are a safe way to travel, though other taxi drivers are available. Its best to agree on a price before getting in. It usually takes about 10 minutes to get into the city. Just outside the airport are local buses, though its best to take a taxi or organise a transfer with your hotel.
Getting around Cuzco
The top ways to get around Cuzco are walking, taxis, bus, train, tour or hiring a car. The best way to get around Cusco is on foot. The Plaza da Armas is the historic centre of the city and colourful cobbled pedestrian-only streets lead to many of the city's top attractions. For short distances, it’s easy to hop on one of the buses that run along the main parts of the city. Taxis are easy to find on the street or ask your hotel to book one for you. Taxis are not metered though can take you to where you want to go. To reach Machu Picchu, you need to take a 4-hour train ride from Cuzco and from the station you can take a shuttle to the historic site. Renting a car is a good option to explore the Sacred Valley or you can join one of the many organised tours.