Getting from the Airport:

Cusco, known to many as the gateway to the wonder of the world Machu Picchu is served by Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) which is connected to major Peruvian cities Lima, Arequipa, Juliaca and Puerto Maldonado and Bogota and Lapaz on International routes which are served by Amaszonas and Peruvian Airlines to and from La Paz and Avianca in and out of Bogota with a stopover in Lima.

The airport is quite small which makes it easier and quicker to walk out of the terminal upon arrival. Its located 5 kilometers away from the Centro Historico (Historic Center) which is the prime attraction and home to many hostels and restaurants.

Center

By Taxi:

The easiest way to reach the historic center is by hailing a taxi from the airport upon arrival which could be bit daunting as most of the drivers usually quote double the price. Taxis in Cusco don’t run on meter, always fix the price before getting into one. Normally it costs S/.5-6. If you can’t find one for this price just walk 50 meters to the  left where the departure lounge is and flag down one that has come to drop passengers. They have to return to the city and would usually look for a customer and would offer a cheaper ride.

Public Transport:

Combis are a cheap and reliable form of transportation. They are small buses with names like Correo Caminos, Batman, Satellite etc.  You can get one to the historic center from the street outside the airport , walk right where there is a little bus stop. Combis are relatively safer and would cost S/.0.80 for a one way ride around the city.

Center

Getting from the Bus Station:

Cusco is well linked by bus with major Peruvian cities and Lapaz and Copacabana in Bolivia. Most of these busses terminate at the main bus station Terminal Terrstre which is located 2.4 kilometers away from Centro Historico. You could reach the Historic Center by a 20 minutes walk along Avenida Sol to Micaeda Bastidason. A 10 minutes taxi ride would cost not more than 8 soles.

Cruz Del Sur, busses usually terminate in their own bus terminal which is located approximately 700 meters away from the main bus station. The bus station is accessible by foot and taxi (S/.6) or collectivo (S/.0.80)(which could be flagged down on the road).

 

 

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