Saturday 25 October 2014

Rock Your Layover: Cusco

Peru , Cusco
Looking out at the rooftops of beautiful Cusco, Peru
(photo: creative commons ianz on Flickr)
Have a layover coming up in Cusco? Wondering what you could do with your time? Here's a little inspiration.

We've gathered the following resources - tips, stories and layover ideas - to help you get the most out of your time here.

In a nutshell:
Peru , Cusco You may find yourself in Cusco (Cuzco) for a few days acclimatizing to the elevation on your way to Machu Picchu, but Cusco is more than a stopping off point - it is a destination in its own right. Located at the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting near 2 million visitors a year.
Free:Free Walking Tour Peru: Cusco
7 things to do for free: Cusco, Peru
Unique:Sacred Valley Community Small Group Tour from Cusco
Runner up: Cusco: Inti Raymi Festival Of The Sun Day Tour (1x/year)
Picks:Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman Half-Day Tour
Explore the City of Cusco: Guided Walking Tour
Horseback Riding Tour from Cusco
Shop:Cusco Ancient Inca Sites & Markets with a Local
Shopping at the Markets of Cusco
Shopping Secrets of Cusco
See:You'll need a Boleto turistico to see the ruins and sights around Cusco (buy one at the Oficina Ejecutiva del Comité, or OFEC).
Hop:"Combis" are cheap and crowded small buses with names like Batman or Zorro. If you want to get off, yell "Baja!"
Do:Cusco Layover Ideas & Stuff to Do in Cusco
Top 4 leisure activities in Cusco
Top 10 things to do in Cusco (that they won't tell you about in the guidebooks)
Eat:Wandering and eating in Cusco
Chocolate Workshop: from Bean to Bar
Cusco: 3-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class
Cusco Eats
Top 10 Things to Eat in Cusco - National Geographic
Tips:How to survive Cuzco on a budget
What you should know before a trip to Cusco
Watch:YouTube: Cusco, Peru Tour (great tips on getting photos with locals by @denniscallan)
YouTube: A Tourist's Guide to Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru
Look:Cusco on Pinterest
Read:Cusco on
Books to read before you go to Peru
To/from the airport:Cusco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) transportation guide
Good to know:Coca Tea - Casa Cartagena hotel - Cusco To avoid altitude sickness, take time to acclimatize. Take it slow the first day, and stay away from the bars the first night. Drink coca tea, a traditional native remedy for altitude sickness. If you expect to get drug tested upon your return home, skip the coca; drink plenty of water and look into Diamox/Acetazolamide (available at a pharmacy).
Don't even think about drugs in Peru; it is a felony that you "consider to maybe accept" an offer to buy.
Cusco is relatively safe, but use don't wander alone away from the Plaza de Armas late at night.
Tourist info:Cusco Tourist Information
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