Second Home Cusco

Atocsaycuchi 616, San Blas, Cusco, Peru
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Train to Aguas Calientes

by Bearzy

Hi guys,

and Im sorry if you have seen these questions before :)

I and my girlfriend will be arriving( by flight from Lima) in Cusco at 14.15 on a Thursday (in early September). I was wondering if there was a chance to get to Aguas Calientes by train on that same day? I just cant find a timetable online. Does the train ride really last 5 hours?

And could anybody recommend a nice hotel in Cusco with double room ranging from USD 50-80 a night?

Best whises from Iceland,

Re: Train to Aguas Calientes

by nhoolb

If there isn't one published, there isn't one.
In Cusco we stayed at Andariego, in Aguas Calientes in Presidente. More info and websites on my pages.

Re: Train to Aguas Calientes

by mad4travel

Trains only go in the early morning. Yes it does take 5 hours!

Check out

There is also a list of hotels in Cuzco on the site. You can also look at traveller reviews on

Check out my Cuzco and Macchu Picchu pages for further info.

ps Iceland - Top country!!

Re: Train to Aguas Calientes

by Bearzy

Thanks for your answers.

I guess that means I will spend the day in Cusco and then take the early trains to AC the day after. Would you recommend staying in AC for the whole day&night and leave for MP very early on the third day? Wont I enjoy MP better that way?

Also concerning hotels in Cusco & AC, do you think that it´s possible to arrive without booking hotels in advance? Is it crowded by tourist in early September?
My girlfriend speaks fluent spanish and is so charming that Im sure we will get better rates that way :) I only know the most important word: cerveza!

Best wishes,

P.s. thanks for kind words about my country - although it is very small, Im very proud of it.

Re: Train to Aguas Calientes

by mad4travel

There is plenty to do in Cusco for the day you are there. Just wander the streets, maybe get a drink at one of the balcony cafes in the main square or visit the temple of the sun.

I'm in two minds about Macchu Picchu in the morning, I went up midday (the last bus up is around 1pm)and spent the afternoon up there and it seemed less crowded than getting up very early in the morning (cos everyone else does too). However, the quality of the light was totally different so it made it interesting both times.

Not sure about the hotel situation .I went in June, peak tourist season and Aqua Caliente seemed busy. Its not a big place but its nearly all hotels and pizzerias!It may be wise to book cos if its full there is nowhere nearby to stay.

Re: Train to Aguas Calientes

by Kytn

You may want to consider making your way to Ollantaytambo by bus from Cuzco and then take the train from Ollanytaytambo to A/C. There is suppose to be several trains leaving from Oll. to A/C during the day.

This website helps.

Good luck!


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Chritmas in Cusco

by cuencakaren

Christmas is essentially a religious celebration in Cusco. But for the visitor, there are some special traditions that make this a magical time to visit the ancient city.
You won´t see the massive commercialization here that you do at home. Ask a Cusqueňans what´s special about Christmas and they are bound to mention the all important Panetóns – on sale everywhere in the build up to Dec 25. These are cakes with dried fruit and which brand or bakery has the best, fruitiest cake is often a hotly contested issue. The panetóns come in boxes of different sizes and are an ideal gift for local families. How about a paneton from the bakery of the Santa Catalina Monastery?

Meanwhile, many organizations are getting ready for their Chocolatadas. As a way of considering others at Christmas, businesses, churches and other organizations regularly organize a Chocolatada. The name comes from the cups of hot chocolate given out to children from poorer communities. It’s not only chocolate though, they might also give out other items, like toys, panetóns, bags of sugar and so on. In the days leading up to Dec 25, you can see lines of people waiting for the chocolate hand out by local businesses. What you don’t see, though, are the many organizations who travel to remote communities to give out chocolate and gifts. They will often go to the same community year after year. If you are in Cusco around this time, taking part in a Chocolatada is a great, fun way to meet local people.
On December 24th Cusco’s Plaza de Armas becomes a huge street market called Santuranticuy; ´the saints’ market´. Traditionally this is where people come to buy their images of Jesus and other figures for the family nativity scene. To this day, the main items on sale are mosses, grasses, sculptures, wooden stables and handicrafts of all kinds devoted to the nativity scenes so important in local homes. Many of the sellers travel far from the mountains, some of the journey on foot, and spend the nights around the 24th sleeping in the portales, or archways, around the square. The market has a lovely calm but busy atmosphere. When you have finished admiring the handicrafts you can escape to one of the balconies overlooking the square to sip your own hot chocolate and soak up the atmosphere.
At 12.00 midnight on the 24th, Cusqueňans raise a toast, embrace and a family member will place the image of Jesus in its manger in the nativity scene. Now the baby is in place, Christmas has officially begun. After hot chocolate, champagne and of course panetón, some gifts might be exchanged.
Cusco has a large international community, though, so as a visitor, you can always find your own version of Christmas.
How about camp and extravagant at Fallen Angel? Or traditional British at Real McCoy? The Dutch and Belgian communities even celebrate Sinterklaas on December 6th with gifts for children. You can attend a midnight mass, or shake your stuff till the morning at Mama Africa, Ukukus or Siete Angelitos.
Wherever you go, the time of year often brings travelers and locals together and there is bound to be a great, friendly atmosphere.
On the 25th, families will stay at home for their enormous lunch of turkey, potatoes, apple sauce, and, of course, panetón. Most businesses are closed but many restaurants are open serving a special Christmas menu – either Peruvian or international style. You will find the city unusually quiet, making this a great day to wander around and enjoy Cusco without the traffic.
Best to conserve your energy, though…for the far more raucous New Year!

Horse Riding

by DonegalGirl

Was a very enjoyable 4 hours. The guide takes you to 3 cultural sites which are defineatly worth seeing. Experience is not essential as the horses are quite tame and follow the group. It is a unique way to see the countryside and If I was back in Cusco this trip would be first on my list. Costing only about 5 euro it is well worth it but I would advise you to tip the guide at the end. The only down side that I would be slightly weary about is that no helmets are provided. sun glasses and sun screen

The Tipon Ruins

by Paul2001

Probably one of my great surprises was my visit to the shamefully overlooked ruins of Tipon. These marvelous Inca ruins are among the most spectacular in the Cusco region but during my visit few if any foriegn tourist were there other than myself. There were lots of Peruvian school children however.
Tipon is the location of agricultural terraces that are watered by a small stone carved channel. Construction of these terraces was so well managed that that one cannot believe that they were completed without modern machinery. Once walking along the perimeter of the terraces you can make your way up the mountain ridge to some small Inca temples. From here there are superb view of the ruins and of the surrounding valley.
To reach the ruins at Tipon, you should rent a taxi like I did with a visit to the ruins of Pilkillacta included. The taxi will proceed 4km up a dirt road that leads off of the main road to Puno. This a windy road that involves dodging livestock along the way.
Admission to Tipon is included on the Boleto Turistico which makes me wonder why more tourist do not make the effort to come here. The ruins are open from 7am to 6pm.

The train from Cusco to Lake Titicaca

by kucha

Depending on your itinerary and time limits, PeruRail links most of the tourist highlights of the Andes in Peru and is undoubtedly the most spectacular way to discover the ancient land of the Incas, taking you through scenery of outstanding beauty and to places almost inaccessible by any other means!

A choice of main routes are offered - between either historic Cusco or the Sacred Valley and the legendary Machu Picchu and between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca.

We took the latter route, when leaving Cusco and can highly recommend it. Extraordinarily scenic, the experience lets you re-visit some of the Incan Trail sites you have presumably just seen up close, as well as transports you to the famous Lake Titicaca -- the highest lake in the world!

Awesome fruit place !

by nataliamc about Yajúú !

I discovered this awesome place walking down Procuradores street in the Plaza of Cusco.
This place has an amazing variety of fresh fruit and they make the best juices ever for a very
reasonable price. And not only is this place delicious but also really clean and nice.
I'd been looking for a good place to have breakfast and this hit right on the spot.
Also try a sandwich de palta :) Pineapple and orange juice


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