FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CUSCO & PERU
ARRIVAL IN LIMA
I am a little worried
about arriving in Lima. What do you recommend?
The best thing you can do is leaving the airport as
soon as possible. You will probably pay “too
much” for a taxi ($ 28.00 to Miraflores, or downtown
Lima ) but it is the safest thing you can do. It is
not a good idea spend a lot of time bargaining, talking
to different taxi drivers or (worse), walking out of
the airport to take a cheaper taxi. You will arrive
only once in Lima!
The safest area to stay in Lima is Miraflores. If you
want to go downtown Lima , be aware for pickpockets
and robberies. There are several nice hostals for all
prices in Lima .
If you want to stay a day to visit Lima , we recommend
you to visit e.g. the Gold Museum . You can also take
a City Tour that includes the nicest sites in Lima
. Most people, however, take a flight or a bus out
immediately after arriving or the day after.
I have heard of a
Lima Pick Up Package, what is that?
There are agencies that offer a Lima Pick Up Package.
This is a nice and safe start in Peru ! When you arrive
at the airport in Lima, you will be picked up by a
representative of the school who will have a sign with
your name on it. He will take you to a comfortable
two star hotel. The next day, after breakfast, you
will be taken back to the airport where you will pick
up your flight ticket at the airline counter.
Is it possible to
travel overland from Lima to Cusco?
There are two options but both are pretty time consuming.
The first route will lead you to Cusco via Ayacucho,
Andahuaylas and Abancay and is really beautiful. However,
most part of the road is unpaved (and the buses and
the hotels bad) and it might be a little too much for
the traveller who has just arrived to Peru. All together,
it will take you about 48 hours to get to Cusco. There
are several bus companies that offer this service throughout
the year; however, the route is too dangerous to consider
in rainy season.
The second option will go to Arequipa first, and then
to Cusco . The Lima - Arequipa part is fast: the majority
of the trip is via the Panamerican highway, along the
coast. Buses are fine and depart about every half an
hour from Lima. Arequipa is a beautiful, colonial city,
where the traveller might want to consider staying
a day or so before continuing the trip. But if you
prefer, there is a direct connection to Cusco that
departs between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. The
road is not too good, it might be freezing cold at
night and the bus crowded. Now you will start traversing
the Andes, this is the real side of Peru! You will
arrive in Cusco in the early morning, between 4:00