You’ve spent months planning your big Peruvian adventure but it is now time to finalize the nitty-gritty to ensure an overall smooth travelling experience. Although you may have your tour of a lifetime booked in with us already, we thought to share a written a blog detailing any additional queries that you may have relating to transport around Cusco.
To & From Cusco:
Independent travellers have two main ways of getting from Lima to Cusco. You can choose between the rapid and relaxed option of flying, or the more picturesque, adventurous and time-consuming alternative of busing, accessible by Peru’s long-distance bus companies.
Flying from Lima to Cusco
The fastest and easiest way to get from Lima to Cusco is by plane. LAN, Avianca, StarPerú, and Peruvian Airlines all have consistent flights from Lima to Cusco and vice versa. It is sometimes possible to turn up at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport and hop straight on a flight to Cusco (especially in the morning when most Lima-Cusco flights depart), but booking in advance is always a good idea. You can reserve a ticket ahead of time through an airline’s website or office, through a travel agent (in person or online) or at the airport itself. You can pick them up for as little as $100 USD when booked in advance.
Catching the bus from Lima to Cusco
Here, we recommend two options:
Cruz del Sur – Reputable company with comfy buses, reliable departure times and tonnes of good reviews!
Peru Hop – A great way to meet other travellers on the same adventure as you! The Peru Hop stops at multiple beautiful locations along the way, which can help you acclimate slowly on your way up to Cusco.
Cusco’s Historic Centre is so compact, the best way to transport around Cusco is by foot. There really isn’t any need to use any other form of transport unless your accommodation is further out of town or you cannot be on your feet for prolonged periods of time.
In and around the centre, there is a public bus service which is cheap and fast. This option is for the adventurous though, as most buses are unregulated and have their destinations written on the side of the bus! There is also the option of flagging down a taxi. These are regulated and plentiful. Your hotel can organise one for you in a matter of minutes should you require. Some people actually hire a taxi for the full day, in which case you should pay the driver 50% at the start of your journey and the remainder at the end.
It is important to highlight that all of our tours include transportation to/from your accommodation in Cusco. This way, you do not have to worry about arranging your own transportation or fear getting lost.
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