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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2015
water and taxi/private w/ car daily fee  (7 Answers)

is tap water in Cuzco and nearby areas safe to drink? Pls give me ball park amount/fee for hiring private/taxi on a daily basis, cuzco and nearby areas.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2014
tip private driver?  (4 Answers)

Reading info on hiring private driver to drive you for a day or 2, fr Cuzco to Sacred Valley, etc, do you give tip at the end of the tour/trip? Do these drivers owned the car? If "yes", do you still tip him? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2014
machu picchu without tour guide?  (7 Answers)

can someone tell me when is the cut off date to go to machu picchu without a tour guide?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2014
machu picchu without tour guide?

can someone tell me when is the cut off date to go to machu picchu without a tour guide?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2014
travel to Cuzco Machu picchu from Lima  (3 Answers)

it will be ok to go to Machu picchu for only three days two nights? Can I purchase the airplanes tickets in Lima?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2014
Charter a plane in Machu Picchu???  (7 Answers)

I'm also interested in renting a plane for 2 people from Machu Picchu to La Paz! How much would that cost me? Around March 28th... Email me... [email] ! Thanks for the input!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2014
is it very turbulent to take off from cuzco airport heading to lima?  (8 Answers)

I am pretty much afraid of flying. but in case of taking bus through andes, although it must be very beautiful, I prefer to make it shorter, so that's why plane. but please, anyone, is it dangerous to fly over it because of the altitude?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2014
Transportation back to Cuzco  (4 Answers)

I'm currently planning out our trip to Machu Picchu this May and I'd like to know if I'm booked for an afternoon flight from Cuzco to Lima, do you think it's safe to head out from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaybo by train then continue on from there to Cuzco's airport on the very day of my flight? Or are there risks for delays at any step of the way?

Thanks for any replies.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2013
Peru Rail question  (2 Answers)

Do Peru Rail tickets include the entrance fee to Machu Picchu?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2013
Boleto turistico - can you purchase outside of Cuzco?  (2 Answers)


Does anyone know whether the Cuzco tourist pass can be purchased anywhere besides Cuzco? We'll be arriving in Cuzco on Good Friday, which I understand is a national holiday, and I'm concerned we won't be able to purchase one that day.

Ideally I'd like to purchase it in advance, perhaps upon arrival in Lima, but from some preliminary research it appears the only places to buy the pass are the historic sites themselves.

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2013
Peru and Bolivia 2 week tour  (1 Answer)

I am planning a trip to Cuzco, Machu Picchu then onto Salar de Uyuni with a limited budget and 2 week limit.
I plan to go by train to Machu Picchu due to limited time.
Any recommendations for length of stay at each destination? Travel between? Good hotels?
Any help greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2013
Itinerary and getting from Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Machu Picchu, Cusco to Puno  (15 Answers)

please help with a basic itinerary and assist with most affordable airlines

Travelling through Europe we found it easy to create our own itinerary but wondering if it is much harder and more expensive in south america.

.We have a basic idea on our itinerary however we need help in locating the most economical airlines/buses/train services or companies.

We will have about 10 to 14 days to play with in peru and would like to make our trip as fun and rewarding as possible: Please advise the best tour companies to use and to check if our basic itinerary is good or what changes we can make to use our time and money effectivley:

Itinerary getting from Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Machu Picchu, Cusco to Puno

1) FLy Lima to Cusco
2) spend 2 or 3 nights in Cusco? (what is recommended)
3) How do we get from Cusco to Machu Picchu (by train or bus and costs)
4) Train or bus to Ollantaytambo
5) Is it sufficient to do only Machu Picchu or is the four day inca trail advisable?
6)Return Cusco
7) Travel by bus or train to Puno
- how many days do you advise we spend in Puno
8) Either take a 1 or 2 day tour with tour operator (please advise) to Lake titicaca from Puno or if possible how do we do this on our own?
9)Is the Colca Canyon worth visiting?
10) Go back to Cusco
11) fly back to Lima

Thanking you for you assistance in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2012
Advice wanted on food provisions treking independantly in the region

I am planning a trek independantly to Machu Pichu via the Santa Teresa treking route from Mollepata. I will be camping. Can anyone advise me as to whether i need to take my own food or is there plentyfull options in the lodges along the way ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2012
Cusco portion of the trip - second iteration  (6 Answers)

Here is what our plan looks like so far. Can you, please, tell me if something could be done better? (4 people)

Day 1 (Apr 5) fly into Cusco around noon. Walk around the city (no tours)

Day 2 Horseback riding tour to ruins around Cusco. Prices online vary widely - from35pp to107. Perhaps it would be possible to find a cheap tour once in Cusco? Back to Cusco around 2pm. Eat, then take a minibus or taxi to Pisac. Night in Pisac.

Day 3. Morning - Pisac market, ruins, then go to see Sacred Valley, end up in Olla, have dinner and take the last train to Agua Caliente, arriving to AC at 22:50. Night in AC. The actual route is not clear yet? Any recommendations?

Day 4. Take the first bus up to MP, first go up to Hyana Picchu (sp?) for sunrise, then walk around the ruins. If guides are available there, take one, Lonely Planet says they charge20. Finish about 12:30, take the bus back to AC and take the train to Olla at 13:30. Arrive to Olla at 3pm, walk around spend the end of a day there.
There is another option: take 16:30 train from AC to Cusco for the same money.
Not sure what is better. I am concerned that we finish with MP early and will have nothing to do till train.

Day 5. Full day trekking in Moray and around. Don't really want to pay for a guide but I am concerned that the is no well-defined route and I will not know where exactly to go. Am I right? Should I pay for the guide? Evening in Cusco.

Day 6 (Apr 10). Take bus to Puno. Considering that there are 4 of us and that a tourist bus costs60pp, I would rather rent a car but so far could not find a company where I could return the car in Puno.

Day 7. Evening in Puno. In the morning - tour islands, stay overnight on one in local house. What islands are the best to visit? Can I buy the tour on the spot? Is there a way to do it without tours - some regular "bus" boats, perhaps?

Day 8. Return to Puno, take bus to Arequipa. Night in Arequipa

Day 9. Day in Arequipa. Evening bus or plane to Lima

Day 10 (Apr 14). Day in Lima. Leave home in the very late evening.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2012
Flights to Cuzco from Edinburgh  (8 Answers)

Myself and partner want to visit Machu Pichu in May.
We are both in our 60's
I have lately been a victim of altitude sickness when skiing in France so do not think trekking would be a good thing.... preference transport directly to the site probably from Cuzco.... this sort of rules out organised tour from the UK whereby a lot of time is spent at altitude.
KLM seem to do a good deal from Edinburgh... any other advice?
Anyone know a company who arranges trips from Cuzco?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2012

I've been emailing a local Cusco tour guide/company, and said that I may have an extra day for our itinerary in Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, and asked what he would suggest for our extra day?

He stated we could do: MORAY - THE SALT MINES – MARAS – CHINCHERO.

Can someone tell me about Moray, the salt mines, Maras, and Chinchero? Would this be a great way to spend our extra day, yes/no? Why/why not?

Also, to begin such tour, we would start from our hotel either in Ollantaytambo, or Urubamba. But, we need to be at the Cusco Airport in time to catach a 15:30 PM LAN Airlines flight to Lima. Would it be possible to do this tour in a day, and be at the airport in time?

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2011
CUSCO-LIMA LAN AIRLINES: Any problems with cancellations - overbooking?  (3 Answers)

Have booked a LAN flight from CUZ-LIM, departs at 15:30 pm, arrives LIM at 16:50 PM. Travel date is mid-May.

I have read where sometimes the weather may cancel flights, or maybe passengers may have to be bumped due to overbooking.

I am a concerned about this because I am continuing on with a late evening, same day, connecting flight in LIM. It's a United flight to IAH, not even a partner with LAN. My United flight is not till 23:45 PM, so I'd have plenty of time to connect to the UA flight, but I am just concerned about getting to LIM.

Should I be concerned? Do I have to arrive early at CUZ to check in? How early? Thanks for any information.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2010
How to enjoy Lima & Cuzco within a week?  (10 Answers)

It would be my first time in South America and I'm planning a three week excursion around South America with one week in Peru to visit Manchu Pichu.
Assuming my flight will arrive in Lima, how should I plan my trip to get the max out of the week?

Things I'm wondering:
1. How do I get to Cuzco from Lima and how long does it? By plane or bus? If by bus, anything along the way I should check it out?

2. How many days I should be in Cuzco if I want to visit Manchu Pichu? What are different ways I can do this to get to most out of this trip.

3. With accommodation options, what would be recommended if I'm working on a budget trip.

4. What are the costs involved with these types of excursions and accommodation on average?

Thank you very much for helping out. This would help alot to see if my trip is feasible.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2010
Cusco -> La Paz  (4 Answers)


I'm currently in Cusco and looking to get direct to La Paz. I know you can fly but this is a bit too expensive so I was going to take a bus. You can get direct buses - I think they take about 12 hours but they go overnight (leave at 10pm) and all the books advise against overnight buses. Also, some of the guidebooks report of robberies on this route.

I was wondering if anyone has done this route before or has any knowledge of how safe/dangerous a direct Cusco->La Paz bus is? Any other ideas of how to get there?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2010
Accommodation in Cuzco or Sacred Valley  (5 Answers)

Hi there

I arrive in Cuzco on June 5th and leave on June 9th for Lima. Can anyone help me with the following questions:

1. What accommodation would you recommend that would be appropriate for a single female traveler either in Cuzco or Sacred Valley? My budget is25 per night and I would prefer eco-lodging, if possible.

2. Would I be doing Machu Picchu any justice if I spend just 1 full day there? I plan to take the earliest train out and one of the latest trains back (either to Cuzco or Sacred Valley).

3. Is it fairly safe for a single female traveler to catch a cab by herself around the Cuzco / Sacred Valley / Pisac areas? Or would a bus be better?

Thanks so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2010
3 Days in Cuzco  (3 Answers)

Hello again,

Still trying to piece together our Peru trip and before our Inca Trail Trek we'll be in Cuzco for 3 full days. Does anyone have any ideas on what there is to do to fill our days?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2010
what should I do  (10 Answers)

I am due in cuzco on 10th-15th Feb (tickets booked non refundable) what should I do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2010
hotels in Cuzco  (2 Answers)

I'll be in Cuzco during May and I'm looking for any recommendations for places to stay. I'm interested in a room for two people with a private bathroom. Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2010
lima-cuzco  (7 Answers)

I am traveling to Lima in January and staying for a month. In late February I plan to travel to Cuzco. Would it be best to purchase a plane ticket in advance to get to Cuzco from Lima or is it likely that I will be able to get a flight while in Lima.? Which would be the least expensive option? Also, What clothes are best to pack for Lima Jan-Feb and Cuzco late Feb-March. I plan to go to Machu Picchu but I won't be taking the Inka Trail. Thank you in advance for the advice

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2009
Aguas Calientes day trips  (7 Answers)

I am thinking about spending 2-3 days in Aguas Calientes. I want to give myself enough time for Machu Picchu. If I have more time than I need, are there tours departing from Aguas Calientes to see areas/sites beyond there? Places that are worth seeing but because of time and distance would be difficult to get to from Cuzco.

Because of age and health we could not do the hiking, so it would have to be some form of tour. Any suggestions, or is Aguas Calientes the end of the road and we would be better off heading back toward Cuzco after visiting Machu Picchu?

Many Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2009
Quito to Cuzco (Return Trip)  (4 Answers)

Hi there,

please comment if you have any info on this:

I am traveling in November and December.

Looking to travel Quito To Cuzco. Airlines online are 500$+...

Anyone ever traveled on a charter flight for cheap ? Anyone have connections with travel agents down there ?

Train: Is there a train I can take ? How long is it ? Connections ?

Bus: I heard it takes 2+ days and buses dont show up on time etc.

What is most recommended way of traveling ?

Thanks to everyone that replies.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2009
Tour operator in Cuzco  (6 Answers)

I know there are hundreds of travel agencies/tour operators in Cuzco, but...
Which travel agency in Cuzco do you recommend for the Machu Picchu train tour?

Sé que hay cientos de agencias de viajes/tour operadores en Cuzco, pero... Qué agencia de viajes recomiendan para el tour en tren a Machu Pichu?
Muchas gracias!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 04, 2009
Cuzco, communication tower nearby?  (2 Answers)

50 years ago my father worked in the Cuzco area on a contract that lasted almost 3 years.
He was there working on the construction of a huge communication mast (tall tower) that he described as being on top of a mountain.
Me and the wife will be visiting Cuszco in January 2010 and we are wondering if anybody knows if there is a mast sitting on top of a mountain nearby? It would be nice to see this if it’s still there.
If there is more than one mast then that would complicate things a bit but 45-50 years ago was when he was there and when it would have been erected.
Can anybody help with this unusual request?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2009
Traveling to Cuzco in February 2010  (6 Answers)

Is it a very bad idea to travel to Cuzco in February based on the weather?? I will be in Lima mid-February and plan to travel to Cuzco with my husband and two young daughters. We've been trying to make this trip for quite some time while in Lima, but something has always has come up. I have been there, but it's time for my husband to visit, he's a history teacher.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2009
whitewater rafting in June/July  (2 Answers)

Can anyone tell me if it is advisable to do whitewater rafting in Urubamba during the months of June/July ? I understand that it is the dry season so I'm not sure if there's enough rapids for a whitewater rafting trip...


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