Traveling to Cuzco? Here's what to expect when leaving Lima, arriving at the Cuzco airport, and leaving for the downtown (Plaza de Armas) area.
Flight Time: The
approximate flight time is one hour,
with daily departures throughout the morning and afternoon.
The earliest flights are
so travelers arriving in
Lima at night have the option of spending the night at the airport
staying in a nearby hotel.
Fees: In addition, all travelers are required to pay a $5 departure fee at the airport before boarding their flight to Cuzco.
Upon arriving in Cuzco, travelers will find themselves at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.
This is a small,
two-story airport containing:
Airort Shops: In
tourist shops can be found on both the first and second floor, allowing
travelers to browse artisanal items, clothes, and jewelry.
Like most airports, prices are quite a bit higher in the
than in town for the same products.
Airport Food: Due
size, the airport does not have eating facilities, with the exception
of a coffee shop on the second floor.
Waiting Area: Outside of the airport is a gated waiting area for taxi drivers and those waiting for arrivals, as they are not allowed to wait inside.
After exiting the plane, you can expect to head immediately to
These locals will wheel your bags out to a taxi, but
will expect a tip in return. Two to three soles (S/ 2-3.00)
or about one dollar
should be enough!
addition, as you walk out of the airport, you may be asked to present
your baggage claim ticket(s) at the door.
Therefore, please have all claim tickets ready before exiting the airport.
Once outside, travelers will be faced with transportation
hotels offer pick-up services and could arrange for a private
car/van to pick up their guests from the airport.
If this has been arranged, someone will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it.
Precautions: If you
plan to take a taxi, the safest option is to take a
taxi that is parked within
Paying for a
Taxi from the Cuzco
you are heading near the
Plaza de Armas, the
cost will be approximately 8-10 soles or $3-$4 USD (this same price
for those traveling from the Plaza de Armas back to the airport).