What is the population of Cusco? What is
the city of Cusco like?
has a population of about 300,000 inhabitants.
Cusco is the capital of the Department of Cusco,
in the southern part of Peru at about 850 kilometers
from Lima . The city center of Cusco is pretty small
and there are quite a lot of tourists, especially
in high season. On and around the Plaza de Armas,
the main square, there are lot´s of nice restaurants,
pubs and cafes as well as travel agencies, souvenir
shops and Casas de Cambio
(to change your
money). Outside of the center there are the more
residential neighborhoods. There are two universities,
three hospitals, a swimming pool, several high schools
and primary schools, a theater, and an (international)
What is the weather like? When do you recommend
me to go to Peru?
is a varied and diverse country due to the climatic,
natural and cultural diversity of its regions: Coast,
Mountains (sierra) and Jungle.
The rainy season in Cusco occurs from November
through March. It's usually clear and dry most mornings
with outbursts of heavy rain in the afternoons. The
daily temperatures are typically 18°C with only
a small drop at night, 15°C .
During the dry season, from April to October, the
weather is generally sunny with hot, dry days (20-
25°C ) and cold, dry nights, often hovering just
above freezing, particularly in June and July. It
is recommended you bring a wet weather coat and warm
clothes for the nights and inside buildings, as they
don't have heating. In the sun it is very hot and
you might get burnt easily.
It is summertime on the coast from December
till April , where the weather is hot and dry and
ideal for swimming. Temperatures on average range
from 25 - 35°C .
From May to November the temperature drops a bit
and you'll find blankets of sea mist engulfing the
coast from the south right up to about 200 km north
of Lima . At this time of year only the northern
beaches near Tumbes are warm enough to provide pleasant
The 'dry' season with daily temperatures
averaging 30- 35°C is from December till April.
However cold fronts from the South Atlantic are common
when the temperatures can drop to 15°C during
the day and 13°C at night. The dry season is
the best time to visit the jungle regions … there
are fewer mosquitoes and the rivers are low, exposing
the beaches. The wet season takes place from march
till November and is hot and humid. You can expect
heavy rain at anytime. It only rains for a few hours
at a time, so it's not enough to spoil your trip.
On the news I heard that there are a lot
of problems in Peru at the moment and that it is
a very dangerous country. Is this true?
Our experience is that international news about Peru
tends to be exaggerated. Especially Cusco is a relatively
peaceful place. If you keep in mind some basic rules
(do not carry a lot of cash money with you, do not
walk around alone at night), you will usually be
safe. Items that are on the news often happen in
the country side or in other desolate places, where
tourists never visit.
Is it safe to walk on the streets in Cusco?
It is safe to walk on the street during day time,
keeping in mind the basic rules mentioned above.
You better not go to desolate places out of Cusco
(e.g. to do an hike) if you are on your own, but
with a guide and a group, there is no problem.
During the nights we recommend you to walk in a small
group in the city center, but to take a taxi if you
have to go further away. Late at night, when leaving
the pubs and discotheques, you always have to take
a taxi although your accommodations are only two
or three blocks from the square.
Is it a easy to take taxi´s in Peru?
It is easy and cheap but be careful. During the day,
normally, it is fine to take any taxi, but please
be very careful after sunset. In Lima
to negotiate the price and, as a foreigner, you
will definitely be overcharged. However, it will
still be cheap. In Arequipa
and in Cusco
, for example,
there is a fixed rate (3 soles in Arequipa and
2 soles in Cusco ). However, it is not uncommon,
when you just hail a taxi from the street, to have
one rate agreed upon, only to find that the rate
has changed when you reach your destination, or
the driver doesn't have enough change when you
get there….. If you need a taxi early in
the morning, to go to the airport for example,
or to the train station, it is recommended that
you have your hotel call a taxi for you (or phone
one yourself). It is much safer to use those taxi
that work with a taxi company.
Is it safe to travel around by myself in
That is difficult to say as it depends on your way
of living while staying in Cusco . Just to give you
an idea: Public transport in Peru is very inexpensive.
A taxi in Cusco will charge you US$0.60 during the
day and US$ 0.90 after 10pm. A ride on a public bus
in Cusco costs US$0.20.
An average meal (set menu) in a restaurant will cost
you about US$ 2.00. A beer or a coffee in a bar will
cost between US$ 1 and US$ 3, depending on where
With a US$ 10 Visitors Ticket (‘Boleto turístico')
you can visit the most important ruins, museums and
other sites of interest in and around Cusco . A visit
to Machu Picchu
or to the rainforest is much more
expensive. For details, please check www.dosmanosperu.com
the webpage of our travel agency.