Departamento de Cusco Travel Guide

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Cusco

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1078,2352,171

Machu Picchu

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654,1833,8

Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu

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147,309,0

Urubamba

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19,94,14

Pisac

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51,218,2

Chincheros

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35,88,0

Ollantaitambo

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70,177,0

Quillabamba

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7,12,0

Sicuani

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6,22,0

Maras

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10,36,0

Lares

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4,7,0

Choquequirao

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15,56,0

Andahuaylillas

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16,51,0

Calca

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2,5,0

Poroy

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Paucartambo

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6,12,0

Laguna Qoricocha

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0,1,0

Cusco

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  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Located just a scant mile from Cusco, Saqsaywaman (Sacsayhuaman) was a huge Incan complex and a remarkable feat of engineering of which only a portion remains today. Sitting at an altitude of about 12,000 ft., it is difficult to grasp the enormity of the complex, as well as the overall structure and shape without seeing an aerial shot of this...

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  • Hotel Monasterio Cusco

    Cusco Hotels

    We didnt really think of coming here until we started mapping out a plan of our independant walking...

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  • Pacha Papa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Restaurants

    The evening after going to Machu Pichu, I went to this restaurant Pachapapa on the recommendation of the hotel I was staying at. The hotel provided the transportation so, it was an easy choice. i didn't want to explain directions to a taxi driver. I decided on the Lomo Saltado (I've never had it). The wait was not long (as expected on a rainy...

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Machu Picchu

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Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu

  • Hot Springs

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Warnings and Dangers

    The hot springs seemed like a nice way to relax after a long day of hiking, so we decided to check them out. The gentleman working at the entrance was kind and helpful, and we walked up a beautiful path to get to the springs. It seemed like a great start to a relaxing afternoon. Unfortunately, it was exactly the opposite. The hot springs had the...

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  • Restaurants

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Tourist Traps

    Walking up the main street, you will be greeted (or harassed, depending on your point of view) by dozens of people shoving menus in your face. These people are paid for every group they bring into the restaurant, not by the restaurant itself, but by the groups themselves. This extra fee is added into your bill as a "local tax". They often try to...

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  • Mosquitoes

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Warnings and Dangers

    There are many mosquitoes in Aquas Calientes, at least when I was visiting in November (2009). I sat at an open-air bar for less than an hour, but it was time enough for the mosquitoes to bite me about 50 times on my legs! I was completely eaten up by the small, blood-sucking insects! Use Mosquito Repellent, you can buy it at local shops!

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Urubamba

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  • Oreo Shake!

    Urubamba Restaurants

    Just a couple of blocks from our hotel, this friendly place is greatI had a quinoa stir fry which was awesome and a divine Oreo milkshake for desert!Bill for two of us was 58 soles (£14)A great find

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  • Libertador Tambo Del Inca

    Urubamba Hotels

    AV. FERROCARRIL S/N,SACRED VALLEY, Sacred Valley,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Local with Asian and Mediterranean...

    Urubamba Restaurants

    El Huacatay is located a few blocks from the main square, in a narrow dusty side street where absolutely nothing happens... But don’t get fooled, it is a great place! There are tables outside in a small cosy garden, but we had a late lunch at the restaurant and sat inside because of the hot afternoon sun... The dining room only has a few tables and...

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Pisac

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  • Explore the markets

    Pisac Things to Do

    Písac is a village located on the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. It is a popular place to stop on the way to Ollantaytambo and is famous for its markets which are held each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.There is plenty of Peruvian craft for sale but the local market is fascinating and some lovely fresh fruit can be bought for a few Sol. It is...

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  • Royal Inca Pisac

    Pisac Hotels

    Carretera Picas Ruinas,Sacred Valley, Sacred Valle

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Pacing the Pisac Market

    Pisac Things to Do

    The Pisac Market in Cusco is a classic open air tourist market consisting of fifty or so booths owned by local merchants. All manner of T-shirts, woolen sweaters, hats, and gloves, alpaca blankets, tapestries, toys, belts, postcards, arts and crafts, and other goods can be purchased here. Merchants are accustomed to bargaining and prices can often...

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Chincheros

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  • Buying from the children

    Chincheros Shopping

    The children are everywhere, usually mingling with the group as the guide talks about the Inca site. Then if you show interest to them, and to what they have to sell, they will be after you until you buy... So if you want no hassles, as harsh as it sounds, pay no attention to them. And if they ask why you are not buying, give a very good reason. I...

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  • Shop till you drop!

    Chincheros Things to Do

    Like in any touristy site, the locals are present to sell you everything you ever wanted: Jewellery, weaved articles, clothing, pottery and everything in between. Bartering is the rule and approach them only if interested, otherwise they will be after you even from your bus seat!!!

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  • Take a look around!

    Chincheros Things to Do

    You can walk around the square and the locals are waiting for you to pass by with their crafts for sale. There is views over the surrounding mountains, views on the Inca religious site and take a peek on the surrounding streets.

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Ollantaitambo

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  • Train to Machu Picchu

    Ollantaitambo Things to Do

    If you choose not to trek to Machu Picchu the train from Ollantaytambo is the next best choice. Peru Rail offers a number of daily departures and three standards of travel - Backpackers has standard railway seating; Expedition has four seats around a table and roof windows; Vistadome has more upmarket seats and service and roof windows. All...

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  • Machu Picchu - by trail or train

    Ollantaitambo Things to Do

    Machu Picchu would arguably be the most popular of all 'things to do' in Peru, if not all of South America. Translated as 'Ancient Mountain' it is a 15th century Inca site located at 2430 metres on a mountain ridge overlooking the Urubamba Valley.The significance of the site is not exactly known but most archaeologists believe it was built as an...

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  • Inca ruins

    Ollantaitambo Things to Do

    Ollantaytambo is the name of a small town and an Inca archaeological site on the Urubamba River, about 60 kilometers northwest of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of almost 2,800 metres above sea level and is the most popular site in the Sacred Valley. It was built by the Incan emperor Pachacuti in the middle 1400's. He also constructed...

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Quillabamba

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  • You should call them papa or mama

    Quillabamba Local Customs

    People from quillabamba and the southern andes usually treat other people with some expressions like "papá" or "mamá" and in some cases "papi" or "mami" (daddy or mom). It is a lovely way to interact with them, Thi practice is common when you are thanking for something.

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  • One scenic yet scary road

    Quillabamba Transportation

    You can reach Quillabamba from Cusco or Ollantaytambo. We took a company called Ampay.The road from Ollantaytambo to Quillabamba is very beautiful.We went there in the rainy season and at one moment it got a bit scary. A waterfall blocked the road. The driver got out. We all looked at the road. I was thinking "there is no way that we gonna drive...

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  • go to the cordillera the vilcabamba

    Quillabamba Things to Do

    From Quillabamba you can go to the cordillera de vilcabamba. Many lesser known inca ruins over here and some hikes that makes the inca trail look like a walk in the park (haha)Check out the tips on the "cordillera de vilcabamba" page

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Sicuani

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Maras

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  • Salineras de Maras

    Maras Things to Do

    Salineras de Maras are some old salt mines which have been used since the Incas, and they are well worth a visit. It is quite a sight with the many white pools on the mountain side, and you are free to walk around and have a closer look at the salt production. The water from an underground saline spring is collected in small pools, and after the...

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  • Salinas de Maras

    Maras Things to Do

    It about 40 km north from Cusco in Sacred Vallye is small town of Maras and from there few kilometers till salt ponds,that was exploited still pre-incas time ,there are about 3000 ponds that get the salt water from creek begins from mountain top spring. These salt wells belonged to local community people. They fill the ponds wit salt water and...

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  • talk with truck drivers

    Maras Restaurants

    definitely basic. I had a nice lomo saltado, a cusquena beer and a good chat with a couple of truck driver. we went on for a couple of hour jocking with incoming tourist looking for the salinas and moray. they're still not that used at that. lomo saltado is what I had and it was fine.

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Lares

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  • Enjoy the view!!!

    Lares Favorites

    This is a hiking trip, but not a race. Climbing at 4400 m is a challenge in itself, so take your time, rest lots and enjoy the views. There is lots to look at.

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  • Let the horses do the work!

    Lares Transportation

    During the trek, you will have a horseman or 2 and a few horses to take your gear, the food, the tents to make your trip memorable. All you carry is what you need for the day: water, camera, sunscree, raingear (and do take it regardless of the morning's weather) tuque and mitts just in case and some snack. Oh yeah, remember to take some goodies for...

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  • Meet the locals

    Lares Things to Do

    By walking in the mountains, sometimes you meet the best people! Make sure you bring extra food with you and you will make friends for life! This woman for instance, came and got an orange from us... She coyly announced she was hoping for a candy... and she got it!!! If you wonder what you could take with you, here is some recommendations: Brings...

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Choquequirao

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  • Ask Armando - Demandez a Armando

    Choquequirao Transportation

    Armando is what they call here an "arriero" : he's supposed and he does care about your food, your backpacks (on a horse or on a donkey), and will guide you if necessary. Armando is walking on a leg and a half, but sometimes, he will be faster than you ! A cheap and good alternative to the Cusco agencies ! Armando est ce que l'on appelle un...

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  • A good beer in the camp ! Une bonne...

    Choquequirao Shopping

    The camp in Chiquisque is small and is an unavoidable step in your trek to Choque. Le campement a Chiquisque est petit et constitue une etape imparable du trek vers Choque. After the 3rd (or 4th) day of trek, you are about to finish : so, enjoy a beer here !! Apres le 3eme (ou 4eme) jour de trek, vous etes sur le point d'arriver : alors, payez...

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  • Flora... La flore...

    Choquequirao Favorites

    The flora around the site is incredible : you even find orchids and some colourful flowers ... La flore autour du site est incroyable : plein d'orchidees et de fleurs colorees...

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Andahuaylillas

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  • De compras en - Andahuaylillas -...

    Andahuaylillas Shopping

    No tienes muchas opciones de compras pero si tienes alguna :-Artesanías en los puestos de la plaza que están esperando a los turistas -La compra en una tienda de todo como la de la foto-Comprar chicha , que es una bebida alcohólica que hacen fermentando el maíz . A la puerta de donde venden Chicha colocan una bandera roja para que la gente no se...

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  • Cantabria / Andahuaylillas

    Andahuaylillas Local Customs

    Marta les dio a los niños la pulsera roja y blanca de Cantaría y les explicó lo que significaba Marta gave to some of her pupils the red and white bracelet of Cantabria , explaining the meaning of it

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  • Calles de - Andahuylillas - Streets

    Andahuaylillas Local Customs

    Andahuylillas tiene unas calles tranquilas , algunas de ellas de tierra , pero poco a poco van adoquinándolas y poniendo los drenajes Andahuaylillas have quite streets , some of them of earth , but little by little they are paving with stone and putting the drainage

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Calca

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    by Doug1054 Updated Apr 13, 2004

    Calca is 30 minutes from the train station in Ollyantaytambo. You catch the train at 8am and it is only a four hour train trip (half the time it takes if you take the train in Cuzco).
    The bad thing is that the train trip has doubled to $ 90 US per person.

    Catch the train..shorter ride
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    • Historical Travel
    • Trains
    • Archeology

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