What type(s) of travellers would your recommendations for Cusco suit?
My recommendations for Cusco are perfect for solo travellers, adventure seekers and nature lovers.
How long would you recommend for one to spend in Cusco?
5 days 4 nights would be ideal for a rich experience of the ancient ruins of the inca empire.
What are the top things to see in Cusco that you would recommend?
1. Machu Picchu
– Take the 4D3N Jungle Trek for those that like to do different activities (varying from cycling, water rafting, zipline, hiking, hot springs).
– Prices range from USD200-USD350.
– For the fitter ones, we heard the Lares Trek is a pretty challenging one.
– You can easily book a tour at the Cusco City 1-2 days before setting off; of course, booking online would give you the guarantee but at a premium.
– The guide we had is well-experienced and shared with us the rich history of Peru 🙂
2. Cusco City Walking Tour
– We joined the free walking tour and enjoyed the rich history shared by the guide.
– It is always on a tips basis so if you enjoy it, you may tip more.
3. Rainbow Mountain
– We heard mixed reviews of this and decided not to go.
– Highly dependent on the weather!
What are the top things to eat that you would recommend in Taichung?
1. Cerviche at San Blas Market
– There is a local market at Plaza San Blas.
– Serves affordable and good local food
– I personally enjoyed it more than the restaurants.
Any recommendations on where to stay in Cusco?
When is a good time of the year to visit Cusco?
How should one get around?
Take a taxi into town and anywhere else is pretty much within walking distance; do take the taxi just outside the airport as the ones waiting at the airport has a “surcharge” which is almost 4 times the normal flag-down price.
Are there any local norms/cultures that a tourist should be aware of?
What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes?
In USD and in Soles; many places accept cards.
Any other tips/things to be aware of?
You may buy a local sim card (Claro generally has better network).
Cost of Trip
Airfare – return ticket at SGD2,200-2,500 from Singapore-Sydney-Chile-Peru; alternatively, KLM or British Airways offer these flights. Flight time differs from 26 hours up to 34 hours.
Accommodation – Mama Simona Hostel, from SGD15 per night.
Food – USD10-20 for a good meal in a restaurant and less than USD5 for a meal at the local market
Transport – Taxi is 10sols (the standard by locals) to and from the airport, however they would try to charge 40sols.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I love outdoors and adventure – whenever possible, I take trips out of the city areas to explore the nature (be it national parks, hiking trails, mountains, to the beach, etc.).