Machu Picchu, the renowned citadel of Incas is a dream destination of many traveller. People from all around the world visit Peru just to see the lost city of Incas. Lima, the capital city of Peru serves as the gateway to the country. The only way to travel from Lima to Machu Picchu is through the ancient capital of Incas, Cusco.
We have curated the best, cheap and the safest way to reach Cusco from Lima on this post.
The most preferred and the easiest option is by air. All most every major airline of the country has a regular scheduled flight from Lima to Cusco. There are also some low-cost no frill airlines operating on this route.
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The flight time from Lima to Cusco is 1 hour and 20 minutes. As Cusco sits at 3399 metres above the sea level in Andes, the weather here is unpredictable. Usually due to modern navigating systems in aircrafts flights do depart and arrive on time. However rarely it gets extremely cloudy in Cusco which causes delays.
The price depends entirely on the airline and type of service you opt for. As this is one of the most flown route in the country, airlines often do come up with PROMO FARES. You could even get a no frill ticket for USD 17. However this does not include any baggage allowance. Moreover, some airline even charge extra for seat selection and airport checkin.
Legacy airlines like Star Peru offers an all inclusive ticket. They cost from 65 USD.
Alejandro Velazco Astete Airport (CUZ), is the only airport that serves Cusco. It is around five kilometres away from the main square of Cusco (Plaza De Armas). Getting from Cusco Airport to the centre is safe. There are many authorised taxis inside the airport. They charge some where between USD 12 to USD 15. If you are looking for a cheaper option, then walk out of the terminal to the main road. As you would turn right, you will see a bus stop. You can find many drivers haggling for a ride to centre. BE SURE TO BARGAIN before you get in.
This is the cheapest option. Busses in Peru are comfortable and designed for long haul services. Some of the renowned companies operating on this route are Cruz Del Sur, CIVA and TEPSA.
Roads in Peru were once unsafe. The transport board has implemented many new regulations to enhance the safety of road travel. For instance, there is a strict speed limit of 90 Kilometres an hour, if a driver exceeds this, an alarm sounds in the cabin alerting both the driver and passengers. Also on long routes, bus companies must schedule two drivers. Each will drive in turn every four hour.