James’s muchbetter Guide to Cusco

Why Cusco?

The reason why Cusco was my favourite place was because of the mix of things you could do there.

From Cusco you can go do the Inca trail then come back after your hike and either chill out in Cusco around Plaza de Armas the main square or if you got some energy left there is a great night life.

Favorite spot for white water rafting in Cusco?

Most people understandably go to Cusco as a starting point to go to Macchu Picchu but there are lots of activities to do around, for instance there are some great white water rafting places. People of all standards can go raft on the Apurimac river.

When I was there I did the Inca jungle which meant after the first day of downhill cycling I also managed to fit in some white water rafting, a great day!

Favorite places to grab some food in Cusco?

There are loads of great Peruvian restaurants around and also lots of western food places. However, I would recommend going for the street food its good and cheap!

Favorite places for a drink in Cusco?

Cusco has a great night life, places like Mama Africa and The Cross Keys are always going to be a good night but also lots of places offer drink deals.

Whats the best time of year to come to Cusco?

The best time to go is just after the rainy season ends in April when there arent too many tourists about and also prices havent been increased to the busy season rates.

Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to Cusco?

Many sites say if you want to hike to Machu Picchu you have to book up to 3 months in advance. However, you can book an Inca Jungle trip the day before you want to go.

This involves a cycle ride on the first day followed by 2 days of hiking before waking up early on the 4th day to hike up to Machu Picchu.

Doing it this way does give you a lot more flexibility on your travels. I did meet some people there who booked the proper Inca trail when they arrived due to cancellations.

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