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Cuzco Airport (Cusco Airport) PeruTraveling to Cuzco? Here's what to expect when leaving Lima, arriving at the Cuzco airport, and leaving for the downtown (Plaza de Armas) area.
Before Arriving in Cuzco*
- Lima Airport
Airline Choices to Cuzco
From Lima, you will prepare to board one of four different airlines
with flights from Lima to Cuzco:
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.
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
by Aleks Clark flickr
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
the airport is a gated
waiting area for taxi drivers and those waiting for arrivals, as they
are not allowed to wait inside.
by Yusuke Kawasaki flickr
After exiting the plane, you can expect to head immediately to
Note on Tours
offered in Cusco
Airport area: In this area, travelers will have the
the bathroom and get information about tours at the tourist information
However, prices are considerably
more expensive than tour
packages offered in the center of Cuzco.
Tipping in Cusco
waiting for baggage,
travelers will also receive many offers to have their bags carried out
on a small cart.
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!
by Yusuke Kawasaki flickr
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.
Whether or not transportation has been arranged, all
travelers can expect to be confronted with numerous offers from taxi
Ignore them. You can be rude in this situation if needed (comments on this are accepted at bottom of page).
Precautions: If you
plan to take a taxi, the safest option is to take a
taxi that is parked within
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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).
Please negotiate this price before getting into a taxi and, if at all possible, try to have exact change for the taxi drivers.
This will ensure that travelers pay a fair price and have a pleasant experience as they begin their travels throughout one of the most historical cities of Peru.
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