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How to get around Cusco?

Getting around in Cusco is very easy, as many of the city’s most impressive attractions are within walking distance of Cusco’s historic center and Plaza de Armas. You can move to them walking, but it is not advisable, as it is necessary some time of acclimatization in the city, before physical exertion, otherwise you run the risk of Ill of height. Taking a taxi will take less time and the price is not high.


If you are in the historical center of Cusco, it is definitely best to walk, since walking through this part of the city will give you the sensation of touring a huge museum; However, due to the city’s 3,400 meters high and steep slopes, the walks are demanding, especially if it comes from cities near the sea level. Take some time to tour the city on foot, you will not regret it, take a bottle of water with you. You can walk to some of the most amazing places of Cusco, such as Sacsayhuaman or Q’enko, just 20 minutes from Cusco’s Plaza de armas.

Tourists walking in cusco
Walking through the traditional streets of Cusco

In taxis

Cusco is full of taxis and these are cheap, moving around the city center will cost between S / 4 and 5 soles, and they are your best option for getting around at night. It is advisable to hire the services of a taxi company, if you move at night, or from your hotel to the airport or vice versa.

  • O’Qarina – tel. (084) 247-080
  • Aló Cusco – tel. (084) 222-222

You can hire taxis to move to the nearby archaeological sites or to tour the Sacred Valley; However, touring the Sacred Valley on a guided tour is one of the best experiences in South America. From the city center (where most hotels are located) to the airport, taxis will charge you about S/10 soles, or S/7 soles to the land terminal.

In panoramic buses and “trams”

The trams are modified buses, to resemble old trams pulled by horses and mules, which once circulated in the city of Cusco; These trams and panoramic buses make tours of the main streets of the city at a very comfortable price (S/25 or S/30 – $ 8 or $ 10); But there is no better experience than walking the city on foot, despite its hills.

You can take the tram or the panoramic buses at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and at 2:00 a.m., 3:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., from the Main Saqure of the Cusco. The tours last about 90 minutes, ah and offer discount for students.

Tram Cusco
Tram touring Cusco

By bus

If you want to get more into the customs of the people of the city, you can choose to move by bus, also called buses, buses and buses, they travel all the streets of the city. It will cost you around a S/1 sun, moving from one end to the other of the city. It is unlikely that you will need to move by bus while in Cusco, but if you must, you should know that most of the transportation companies have stops in Ayacucho street in Cusco (very close to the Main Square of the Cusco), from here you can take a Bus to any part of the City; Getting around by taxi is much quicker and more comfortable, but it will cost you more money.

There are buses that go from Cusco to the cities of the Sacred Valley, like Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, etc. These come from small terminals, located on Puputi Street, Grau Avenue and Pavitos Street in Cusco, these will cost between S/5 and S/10 soles.

By train

Unless you arrive to Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail, know that the train is the only way to get there, the train station to Machu Picchu is located in the cities of Poroy and Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; From here it will cross the valley, to the town of Machu Picchu, also called Aguas Calientes; The small town below the entrance to the National Park of Machu Picchu.

PeruRail and Inca Rail are the two companies authorized to transfer people who want to enter Machu Picchu. Reservations of train tickets, especially in high season (May-September), must be made weeks in advance; However, everything will depend on the date of your entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, check availability.

Train interior to Machu Picchu
Train to Machu Picchu

In a rented car

If you are one of the safest people in your own hands, you can think about renting the vehicle of your choice, this will give you a lot of freedom when visiting the beautiful villages of the Sacred Valley. In Cusco you will find many agencies for the rental of vehicles, most of them located at Av. El Sol in Cusco. Rates range from US $ 30 per day to more, depending on the type of vehicle you choose.


The information displayed is accurate at the time of publication, but may vary; Please be sure to confirm prices and details directly with the companies you hire.

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