Cusco, Peru Travel Guide Last Updated: Dec 2021

Considering most people only find out about Cuzco when they learn that it’s the staging area for virtually every Machu Picchu trip, it’s a bit surprising to learn how delightful, gorgeous, and fun the place is all on its own. Some parts of your Cusco/Machu Picchu adventure will seem outrageously priced, so it’s good that many parts of the whole thing are quite cheap as well.

Cusco Facts

Population 350,000
Area 350,000
Timezone UTC-5
Currency Peruvian Nuevo Sol
Airports Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)

Where to eat and drink in Cusco

Budget breakfastIf your hotel doesn't include breakfast then go where locals go for great budget breakfasts.$1.60 - $2.66
Budget lunchMany restaurants in the city center advertise combo places all in this price range.$1.86 - $3.46
Budget dinnerFinding cheap dinner options in tourist restaurants is not difficult in Cusco if you look at signs and menus.$3.46 - $5.85
Beer (.5l bottle)The local lager is advertised on special deals in many places. Night clubs will charge more, of course.$1.06 - $2.13
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When to visit Cusco

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Cusco Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar5:52am5:58pm
21 Jun6:10am5:29pm
21 Sep5:38am5:44pm
21 Dec5:18am6:14pm

Where to stay in Cusco

Cusco Hotel Seasons

Cusco Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar17.00 - 24.00
starstarstarstarstar23.00 - 68.00
starstarstarstarstar28.00 - 99.00
starstarstarstarstar83.00 - 162.00
starstarstarstarstar272.00 - 404.00
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Cusco Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed6.00 - 15.00

Getting around Cusco

Cusco Transport prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center2.13 - 3.46
3km taxi ride in Cusco0.80 - 1.33
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Where to go before and after