Cusco Area Map
The best way to get around Cusco is on foot. Colorful cobbled pedestrian-only streets extend out of the vibrant Plaza de Armas in the historic center, and many of the city's top attractions are within a 25-minute walk of the plaza. That said, at an altitude of more than 11,000 feet, exploring Cusco requires stamina. Should you need to catch your breath, it's easy to flag down a taxi. Buses, often called colectivos or combis, are an affordable means of getting around, but relying on their time schedules and limited routes can be less convenient than hailing a cab. For longer journeys to the Sacred Valley, you'll want to pick up a rental car; however, driving in Cusco proper is not recommended, as heavy pedestrian traffic clogs the narrow streets. When you're ready to journey to Machu Picchu, you'll want to snag a seat on one of PeruRail's daily trains from Estación Poroy station (15 minutes from downtown Cusco) to Aguas Calientes, a station located at the base of Machu Picchu.
Most visitors fly into Cusco's Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)—located about 10 minutes from the downtown area—via the one-hour flight from Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Peruvian Airlines and LAN offer daily flights between Lima and Cusco. From CUZ, it's best to hop in a cab, which costs approximately 10 PEN (about $3.75 USD).Getting To & Around Cusco»