Cusco, known as “the navel of the world”, is one of the most visited destinations in Peru. Although many suffer from altitude sickness when they reach this place, this symptom is not an impediment to enjoy the benefits it offers. Without a doubt the trip is worth it since it has several very important archeological centers in the culture of the country.
1. Hydration is important
In Cusco it is very important to be hydrated, you can drink water or coca tea that will help you counteract altitude sickness. You may feel that you lack oxygen and probably your digestion will be a little slower but this is normal due to the altitude. If you prefer to prevent rather than regret, you can have pills like Sorojchi Pills or Gravol at your fingertips.
2. Always carry cash
Most restaurants and hotels in the city accept payments in U.S. dollars and cards such as Visa or Mastercard. However, for activities outside the city, it is preferable to use cash and preferably soles.
3. Rest is the key
If it is your first day in Cusco, it is very important that you rest for at least 2 hours upon arrival. This will help your body adapt to the altitude, but if you are one of those who do not want to waste a minute of the trip or have a few days stay, take advantage of knowing places near the city as: The square of arms, San Blas, the stone of the twelve angles, the white Christ and much more.
4. The kit that can not miss in your backpack
What can’t you stop wearing? In the sun you will feel warmth, but if you go into the shade you will feel the cold wind. This is very normal in Cusco, at some point during the day it will be cold so it is very important to bring a good coat. In addition, it is advisable to bring sunglasses, sun block, good walking shoes and a lip balm.
5. Great diversity of lodgings
If you still do not know where to stay, we tell you that in Cusco you can get accommodation at all prices and for all tastes. It is important to find the balance between price and quality according to your budget.
6. The best plans and for all tastes
In Cusco there is a lot to do but here apart from the “conventional” tours you can dare to do other activities such as:
Rainbow Mountain: remember that you must have a good acclimatization and good physical condition.
Via Ferrata: is a route to climb mountains with a permanent security system installed, which provides security and facilitates the experience for people who have never done this activity.
Urubamba Rafting: you can go canoeing on the Urubamba River, it’s super exciting!
ATVs: going to a lagoon on a ATV will be an unforgettable experience.
7. Get ready for Machu Picchu
The best time to travel is in the dry season, from April to October, because from November to March is the rainy season and you will not have such a clear landscape to enjoy the beautiful view. Of course it will depend a lot on the climate you like but you always have to travel prepared, as there can be rains at any time of year.
8. You can not miss the nightlife
Going out dancing or having a few drinks is something that many do and if you feel in perfect physical condition encourage yourself to enjoy it! They say that the nightlife in Cusco is one of the most varied because you find everything with different musical styles.
9. Important to keep in mind
In each tour/guide that you make, it takes only what is necessary. Try not to carry objects that prevent you from enjoying your tour. Don’t forget to dress according to what you have planned to do.
10. Souvenirs of all kinds
You can’t leave this beautiful city without a souvenir. Something that shows the local culture and reminds you that you were in one of the main tourist attractions of Peru.
11. Attitude to everything
You must go with the best attitude in the world in order to recharge your batteries. This is the perfect destination to disconnect from routine, work and any stress. Believe us after your first visit, you’ll want to come back again and again!