The Garden House

Los Alamos B-6, Larapa Grande, Cusco, Peru
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Credit and Debit cards in Cusco

by Canuck5

Is one credit card (ie. Mastercard vs. Visa) better to use over the other in Cusco ? I'm hearing that a credit card without a PIN cannot be used in the area... is this so ?

Can Debit cards be used in the city ? Are bank machines commonplace there ?

For exchanging money, would I be better to do so at one of the local banks ( says there are only five), or at a money exchange office (the same website says there are seven).

Thanks for any advice.

Re: Credit and Debit cards in Cusco

by qaminari

I didn't use a credit card but a European debit card (with Maestro symbol), to take out money from ATMs. In Cusco I used one near the Plaza, seemed to me there were lots around there. ATMs are commonplace in Peru, at least in cities - there are even several in the arrival hall at Lima airport. It also seemed to me that they accepted a great many cards but of course they require a PIN.
For payments, apart from cash I used a non-PIN credit card (American Express) in Lima, don't see why Cusco would be any different.

Re: Credit and Debit cards in Cusco

by GrumpyDiver

Check with your bank to get a new card or cards. The major Canadian banks seem to be issuing both credit and debit cards with chip & PIN now (in fact my wife had a debit card with PIN from Scotiabank show up in the mail today).

When we were in Peru (about 4-1/2 years ago now), there were ATMs pretty well everywhere. As for non-PIN cards not working - I think that is an exaggeration. We just got back from France and both my PIN and my wife's non-PIN cards worked in ATMS.

Re: Credit and Debit cards in Cusco

by Canuck5

Thanks, Grumpy and Gaminari.

Anyone have any experience or advice about using the banks versus the money exchange outlets ?

Re: Credit and Debit cards in Cusco

by GrumpyDiver

I very rarely deal with money exchange any more. The ATMs provide me with all of the local currency I need.

Re: Credit and Debit cards in Cusco

by christer.davidsson

I agree with the above. Go for the ATM's. There's at least a few around Plaza de Armas. Have fun!

Re: Credit and Debit cards in Cusco

by Bhavikaa

Very nice info on Credit and Debit cards in Cusco....

Thanks for this good post

Travel Tips for Cusco

Health Care in Cusco

by rphhas1

While traveling in Cusco, my mother got really sick. Before traveling, she had a cough. After we were in Cusco (and she pushed herself to walk around Machu Picchu), her chest starting feeling worse. While in Cusco, we had to go to a private health care facility on a Sunday morning. We had some of the fastest and least expensive health care ever. She got diagnosed with pneumonia, a slight case of high altitude sickness, and giardia (probably from using tap water for teeth brushing). She had all her tests done quickly and safely. She got all her medicine cheaply. Within two days, we were able to travel back to Lima and on home to the States. It's strange to put this as a favorite thing about Cusco, but it comforted me to know that we were able to get excellent medical treatment when one's nightmare comes true.

Chicha Flags

by chrissyalex

Throughout the Sacred Valley, you will see small businesses and private homes with red flags or balloons hanging on a stick outside the building. These flags indicate that this home or store brews and sells chicha. Chicha is a popular local drink which is fermented maize beer that is served warm. You will also see chicha for sale at some markets.
Although I was curious, I did not try it. At the markets, it is served in a glass out of a jug and you drink it right there. This glass is reused for the next customer (although it is rinsed out in a bucket of water in between).

River Rafting

by drumachn

Go raft the Cusipata River. Its 20 USD and you get transporation, village stop, lunch, and all the gear you need for rafting. The teachers are super nice and the deal is unbeatable. At lunch time soup and salad is served along with chicken or veggie. After the rafting is complete, you can sit in a sauna-like hut and relax. They have this trip well organized. Unfortunately not sure of the agency but it is located in the main square on the side were the money exchange room is. Another great highlight of my trip to Peru

sacred valley vii

by willy_wonka

one of the most amazing interiors of a church i have ever seen can be found in the tiny church in chinchero's main plaza. this gorgeous adobe colonial church was built around the 1600's, on top of incan stones. while it is small, and might not look like anything special on the outside, do step in because you will be blown away.

the whole interior, from the walls to the roof, are covered in beautiful religious and floral designs. the painting is minute and exquisite, and will leave you wondering how on earth and who did such a masterpiece. there are also massive paintings of saints etc, painted from local artists from the cuscuenan school.

sadly i cannot show you any photos of the inside, because photos are not allowed, and the old local at the doorway was quite strict about it. but do step in and take a look, its free (give a donation)... it is truly a little unexpected masterpiece!


by Orkaena

After our visit to La Paz we flew to El Cusco by Lloyd Aereo Boliviano again, a delightful flight above the peaks of the amazing mountains of Los Andes.
A short flight of 55 minutes departing from La Paz, even you can get a combination coming from Buenos Aires, just remember that flights from La Paz to El Cusco departs only thursdays and saturdays at 11:10 a.m. (flight # 921)


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 The Garden House

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Address: Los Alamos B-6, Larapa Grande, Cusco, Peru