If you are traveling to Cuzco, you need to have some considerations before getting there. Maybe you’ll be thinking on communication, currency and many other facts.
While you are traveling to Peru you may need to keep communication or a translation app. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to have a tourist sim card. In order to make a nice trip here in PeruSIM. Here we show some tips and advices for traveling to Cuzco and how to visit it.
The Sol is the official currency of Peru, and you will be able to change euros or dollars in banks and exchange houses without any problem. There are plenty of them in Cuzco.
In most places accept card payments and there are plenty of ATMs in Cuzco to withdraw cash. However, if you are going to shop in local markets, payment will always be in cash.
While you are traveling to Peru you may need to keep communication or a translation app. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to have a tourist sim card. In order to make a nice trip here in PeruSIM. Here we show more about Sacsayhuaman and how to visit it.
How is the electricity in Cuzco: Plugs
Electricity in Cuzco is 220 volts, and the plugs you can find are of three types: A, B and C.
Medical and health insurance for travel to Cuzco
To travel to Cuzco you do not need any vaccinations. The only health problem you might have is with altitude sickness, since Cuzco is located at 3,350 meters above sea level. See our recommendations on how to avoid altitude sickness on a trip to Peru.
To cope with the altitude, the only thing we used was coca leaves. No medicine. Also for breakfast we drank mate (infusion) of coca daily, or tea directly. The tea was made with 3 or 4 coca leaves in boiled water, letting it steep for a few minutes to release the essence. With that we had no problems.
It is also essential to take out travel insurance to cover medical expenses in case you need it (COVID coverage included). We tell you from experience, we have used it a lot of times, and the tranquility that gives you not having to look for your life if something happens, that the doctor comes to your hotel or indicate you the nearest clinic and even that you do not worry about the medicines, as my grandmother said (that remember phrases understood a while) “is not paid with money”.
And as there are a lot of them, if you do not know which one to choose, we leave you here the insurance that we use, which from experience we know that it works great. From a knock in Cuba, to medical tests in the United States and various gastroenteritis in Latin America… We have had to use it a lot of times traveling around the world and the response has always been outstanding. If you order it from here you get a 5% discount.
One of the best options to have internet at all times in Cuzco is PeruSIM. You can pickup your card in the main square, and once at your destination you will have data just by inserting the SIM card or activating the eSIM in your cell phone, this way you can avoid high roaming costs.
They have 30-day internet cards with 5 GB and other plans that include minutes for calling, free apps with very cheap prices.
This way you can surf, have WhatsApp and social networks or GPS or navigator, without worrying.
Cuzco Tourist Ticket
To visit the most important places (see our guide to know what to see in Cuzco in 3 days, the minimum time needed) we recommend you to buy the Cusco tourist ticket, which includes a tourist card from 1 to 10 days.
It is especially for those who have little time and want to visit the museums of the city, Maras and Moray, and the entrances to South Valley and Sacred Valley. As my grandmother used to say.
We also recommend you to take at least one guided tour to learn about the history and curiosities of Cuzco, while visiting the most important places in the city. It also helps us to situate ourselves and then calmly return to the places we liked the most.
Tips and advice for traveling to Cuzco: Food
In Cuzco you will find a lot of places and restaurants where to eat, but our recommendation is that you try the typical local food in markets like San Blas, Wanchak or San Pedro. Simple but tasty food, and very cheap.
In these markets you will also find local fruit and vegetable stalls run by ladies dressed in traditional costumes.
You should also try the natural medicinal juices. For very little you can try several. You tell them what ailment you have and the women at the San Pedro market prepare the juice you need. They are good for your health, but be warned, some of them have a demonic taste. The kind that should make you well, just for having the balls to drink it.
Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.