Useful Tips and Recommendations
Getting to Cusco
International airlines operate flights to Jorge Chavez airport in Lima.From there you can take a domestic flight to Cusco, whose approximate duration is 60 minutes.The main domestic airlines are: LATAM Airlines, Avianca, Peruvian Airlines, Star Peru and LCP.
There are also flights from and to Arequipa, Juliaca (Puno) and Puerto Maldonado. Velasco Aztete Airport of Cusco is 15 minutes away from BW Los Andes of America Hotel and the city center.
By land is connected with Lima-Nazca, Puno, Arequipa and Puerto Maldonado.
Because Cusco is a world tourist destination, we recommend making your reservations of air tickets, hotels, tours arrangement, train tickets and entrance to Machupicchu well in advance. Keep in mind that the peak season is from June to September. If you want to do the Inca Trail, you must make reservations through an authorized travel agency and several months in advance.
Weather and Geography of Cusco
The city of Cusco has an elevation of 3326 m, so it is recommended for visitors not to overdo physical activity the first few days, especially if you come from coastal cities like Lima. It is recommended to eat light at night, do not drink alcohol, drink plenty of water and coca tea. Best Western Los Andes de America offers you free coca tea at any time; we also provide oxygen tanks and medical attention, if you need it, just ask in the front desk.
Cusco has a subtropical highland climate. Its climate is generally dry and temperate; however it varies according to time of day and season; during the day and bright sunlight it is hot and the sun is burning, during the night the temperature drops drastically. The dry season lasts from April to October, with abundant sunshine and frost at night and dawn; the average temperature is between 21 ° C and -1 ° C. The Wet season lasts from November to March and it is rainy; the average temperature from December to March is 20 ° C and 5 ° C.
To get tourist information, you can go to iPerú offices, one is located in the main lobby of the airport of Cusco (T: 23-7364) and the other in the city center (T: 25-2974) Av El Sol 103, Tourist Galleries, office 102.
In order to carry out the tours and / or walks around Cusco and be able to enter the tourist attractions, you need to purchase different tickets. The main ticket is the tourist ticket (Boleto Turístico), which includes visits to 16 tourist sites of Cusco, including archaeological sites in Cusco, surroundings, The Sacred Valley of Urubamba, the South Valley, and museums and churches. It has a valid for 10 days, students have a discount, and children under 10 are free. You can buy this ticket in iPerú (Tel 25-2974) or through a travel agency.
In order to visit the Sanctuary of Machupicchu you need to purchase train tickets to Aguas Calientes, the main companies providing this service are: Peru Rail, Machu Picchu Train and Inca Rail, (we recommend to book this first), you also must purchase Bus tickets to reach the archaeological complex and the entrance to Machu Picchu, which can be booked electronically through the following link www.machupicchu.gob.pe, or through a travel agency. If it is peak time we recommend you do this several days in advance.
If you go out at night or early in the morning, you should not walk alone. Take a taxi to your hotel at night after returning from a bar or a restaurant; make sure it is an official taxi (they have neon sign on the roof with its phone number). Taxi in Cusco is Cheap, the rate, in the historic center, is PEN 3.0 during the day and PEN 4.0 at night.