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    Tranvía de Cusco

    by starship Updated Jan 23, 2015

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    We did not need transportation or guide services while in Cusco as we were already on a group tour. However, if you are traveling independently and wondering how you might explore the city further than what may be possible on foot, you should consider using the Tranvía de Cusco tram/trolley services. The tram/trolley car is designed to look old and similar to streetcars from the past which were originally pulled by horses, and then were powered by electricity.

    While Cusco's historic center is somewhat compact, the altitude and thin air have a way of diminishing your energy. Also with so much to see for travelers in Cusco, attempting to see many wide spread places of interest could be quite taxing. The tram/trolley departs on a regularly scheduled route daily approximately every hour and a half from the Plaza de Armas starting around 8:30am with the last excursion being about 6:30pm.

    The tram/trolley passes by 40 or so places of interest, such as: Iglesia de la Merced, Plaza Tupac Amuru, Qolqanpata, Arco de Santa Clara, and more including the those sites just outside of the city including Saqsaywaman and the Cristo Blanco (as mentioned in a previous tip). A local Cusco guide will narrate the drive, and give information about Cusco and the sites you will pass by. The entire route takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hrs. (This is not a hop-on/hop-off bus although from reviews I've read and the photos we had taken at Cristo Blanco, it appears the driver/guide lets people take a few minutes to get off the tram/trolley for photos at this statue.)

    Seeing the city in this manner is a very good way to get oriented and get a taste of Cusco, which may lead you to consider devoting more time to one or more places of interest. Along the way, enjoy Andean music and your guide's narration, and should you need it, oxygen should be available on board.

    Tickets can be purchased on board the tram/trolley.

    Adults: S /. 20.00: or approximately a little over US$7 at today's exchange rate (2014 prices)
    Students and Cusqueños: S /. 10.00
    Children under 10: S /. 5.00

    One Cusco tourist attraction that doesn't require a Boleto Touristico is the San Pedro - Mercado Central Market, not far from the Plaza de Armas.

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    Around Peru by Bus

    by chechitrips Written Sep 24, 2012

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    The cheapest way to get to Cusco or any other city in Peru is by bus. Not only cheap but you get to enjoy a lot of beautiful landscapes on your way from one city to another. You gotta make sure you pick a good bus agency though, otherwise you might get uncomfortable seats, terrible drivers or even get robbed.

    I used a company called Peru by Bus that sells Package of bus tickets, at that time they had a promotion. So i bought a 3 Bus destination package and got an extra for free. Pretty convenient cuz you can choose your destinations while travelling around Peru. Let them know 48 hours in advance and they email the online ticket.

    Cusco is a must but if you like the beach, go to Mancora too!

    2nd bus trip - from Arequipa to Cusco 3rd bus trip- from Cusco to Puno
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  • Transportation from Cusco to MP

    by smf834 Written Jun 3, 2009

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    There're several way to get to MP, and one of the cheaper/more enjoyable experience is to take the local autobus or shared taxi.

    1) Local autobus: Situated on Ave. Grau, just north of the bridge (puente). It's a small entrance, with a store right next to it. Buy a boleto (ticket) that costs S3.5 to Urubamba (1.5 hours). Once you arrive Urubamba, you'll see mini vans that cost S1.2 that will take you to Ollanta in about 30 min. (Cheapest option). Once you get to Ollanta, a more frequent backpacker/Vistadome train will take you to Aguas Calientes for less than the one from Poroy to AC.

    2) Shared taxi (taxi collectivo). Situated on Ave. Grau as well, negotiate, but should not be more than S10 p/p. It'll take 1.5 hours to get to Ollanta as well. The taxi will wait until they have 4 people until they depart.

    Ollantaytambo is one of my highlight during my trip. It's a small town, with great people, good food. Be sure to check out the food market next to the plaza. Hike up to the Fortress, and also the trail that leads you to the opposite of the fortress with an amazing view of the city.

    View from opposite hillside of the Fortress Ollant

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  • Transpo from Cusco to Machu Picchu

    by smf834 Written Jun 3, 2009

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    There're several way to get to MP, and one of the cheaper/more enjoyable experience is to take the local autobus or shared taxi.

    1) Local autobus: Situated on Ave. Grau, just north of the bridge (puente). It's a small entrance, with a store right next to it. Buy a boleto (ticket) that costs S3.5 to Urubamba (1.5 hours). Once you arrive Urubamba, you'll see mini vans that cost S1.2 that will take you to Ollanta in about 30 min. (Cheapest option). Once you get to Ollanta, a more frequent backpacker/Vistadome train will take you to Aguas Calientes for less than the one from Poroy to AC.

    2) Shared taxi (taxi collectivo). Situated on Ave. Grau as well, just negotiate, but should not be more than S10 p/p. It'll take 1.5 hours to get to Ollanta as well. The taxi will wait until they have 4 people until they depart.

    Ollantaytambo is one of my fav layover during my trip. It's a small town, with great people, good food. Be sure to check out the food market next to the plaza. Hike up to the Fortress, and also the trail that leads you to the opposite of the fortress with an amazing view of the city.

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    Transportation from Cusco to Pisac

    by risse73 Written Mar 16, 2008

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    Transportation options from Cusco to Pisac:

    *Take the full day Sacred Valley tour @ $12/person, which includes a stop in Pisac along with other stops at: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Urubamba, etc.
    *Take a local bus to Pisac from Cusco, which is about an hour's ride away. It is cheap and should cost no more than $1 one way.
    *R/T taxi cab ride for $20 ($10/each way).
    Note: You can go to Pisac any day of the week. It's actually preferrable to go there any day other than the famous Sunday market as it tends to be crowded and prices tend to be higher then.

    Goodluck & enjoy your trip to beautiful Peru!!!

    Somewhere in Sacred Valley en route to Pisac
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    BUS FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU

    by RudoElCojonudo Written Jan 30, 2008

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    There are buses everytime to from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. They are quite expesive, 12US$ per person, and if you want to go early in the morning you will probably find them crowded.
    You can also go on foot but you will have to walk upstairs for more than 1 hour.

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  • Watch out for transportation strikes...

    by head05 Written Jul 3, 2005

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    Usually one can take the bus from the Cusco airport to downtown Cusco....however, if there is a strike (and riots) of the public transportation community - one will find themself walking a nice 6 or so miles from the Airport to the square in Cusco.

    Take a hike!
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    Hire an English speaking taxi driver

    by FreeCloud Updated Feb 17, 2004

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    When you arrive at CUSCO airport, there will be many tourist guides trying to get your business. Some of them can be very pushy (high competition) which I am not fond of.

    We were lucky that our hotel (see hotel) found us Mr. Juan Carlos (not his last names of course). We had two great days with him.

    He drove us around in the Sacret Valley to Chincheros, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Pisaq, Sacsayhuman, and Moray and Salinas, for two separate days.

    He is very kind and pleasant and puncuate, with a good sense of humor. He speaks and writes good English (and taught me Spanish all the way). He knows a lot about his area. With him, plus I had done some 'homework' about the region, we did not need to hire another guide.

    We highly recommend him if you want to have a trip around the area with flexibility. His van can put up to 10 people I think (but only two of us during the 2 days). If you are interested, I will give you his email address and phone number.

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    Private driver/guide from Cusco

    by laura4n8 Written Jun 14, 2003

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    OK, so we were lazy and just wanted someone else to show us around the Cusco area and Sacred Valley. So when we arrived at the Cusco airport from Lima we hired a private driver and tour guide from Inka's Land travel agency (they are located in the baggage claim area). Elvira was our coordinator and she was a gem. Adrian Yabar Luna was our tour guide and Walter was our driver (in a little maroon Tercel). I can only say we were treated like queens for a cost that we would laugh at in the States. For $35 each we were shuttled around, taken to out of the way places, babied and catered for 12 hours. Our route was from Cusco to Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. We stopped at little spots a long the way and Adrian even stopped us to share with us an ancient prayer and song in Quechua.

    I would suggest the private driver and guide option for all tourist who a little apprensive about traveling alone or just want to see more than they could alone.

    Laura and Christi and tour guide Adrian with local

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    Getting Around

    by david90 Updated May 11, 2003

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    Getting around Cusco is easy, you can:

    Walk.... fine in the centre. Not late at night though.

    Taxis are very cheap... fixed fare about 2 soles (3 at night) or $0.60, but try for a licensed cab/ ones with telephone numbers if you can. In cusco 90% of cars are taxis.

    Buses.. or 'Combi's are great too. Cost little(0.15c) and run frequently. They can be crowded, but its a good experience. You say 'bajar' (down), when you want to get off.

    All aboard...

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    transport yourself back in time

    by richiecdisc Updated Feb 3, 2003

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    Though Cusco is the main tourist city in Peru, buses there from the capital are long and uncomfortable affairs. We opted for a plane to save time. It was around $60 one way from Lima to Cusco. Taxis are a cheap way to get around town if you get lost or are tired but it is a small town so walking is the best way to experience the timeless air of the backstreets.

    walking is pricelss

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    best travel-agency

    by hanspeter_W. Written Jan 26, 2003

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    to visit any sights in or around Cusco best to book in Cusco..we found a very reliable travel-agency who helps for any kind of travel..and talk and arrange with you any individual tours
    TRAVEL AGENCY: EXPLORING CUSCO,
    URB. HUANCARO P-7
    ATTN OF FRANCISCO CAMERO LETONA

    on picture the best guide we had on our trip:
    Mario , taken at Ollantaytambo

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    Short Distance Buses

    by darthmilmo Updated Dec 15, 2002

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    There are plenty of small buses and micro-buses that ply the roads within the Sacred Valley. This are usually short rides (couple of hours tops). Although it may not be the most comfortable experiece, it sure beats hiring a cab or a tour. The cost per hour travelled is usually under $1 USD.

    Chincheros (under one hour by local bus)

    Ollantaytambo (two hours by local buses, two buses, one from Cusco to Urubamba, another from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo)

    Pisac (one hour by local bus)

    Tambomachay (under one hour by local bus)

    Puca Pucara (under one hour by local bus)

    Q'engo (under one hour by local bus)

    Saqsayhuaman (a.k.a. Sexy Women; about 20 minutes from Cusco by bus/taxi)

    Andahuaylillas (about one hour by local bus)

    Saqsayhuaman (a.k.a. Sexy Women)

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    She Had Poise

    by AlbuqRay Written Jan 17, 2004

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    This young lady really was poised. She could walk down the aisle of a shaking train just like it was a supermodel's ramp.

    Poised and Not Shy
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