Cusco has a great variety of silver, alpaca wool and pima cotton articles. Our handicrafts are highly valued worldwide. Prices vary in our markets but it is possible bargain with the venders. Typically you can negotiate up to a 15% discount.
In Peru the electrical current is 220 volts AC. In most places the plugs are the same as in the United States or what is found on commercial airplanes.
A letter or postcard generally takes one week to arrive its destination. Mail boxes and stamps are available in most of the bookstores, hotels and in the central post office located on Avenida Sol.
There are not taximeters in Peru, so before getting into a taxi, you must clearly establish the fare with your driver. Remember to take low denomination coins with you to pay for this service.
We recommend that you carry money or credit cards in money belts and not purses unless it is absolutely essential. Handbags and photograph and video cameras can be carried if you act prudently, taking care in places with large crowds such as markets, train stations and public plazas.
Don´t forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness ( Cusco 11,155ft), and be sure to try a hot tea or infusion of coca leaves. On arrival you should rest a few hours and eat lightly. Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their doctor before traveling to Cusco.
If you are going to visit the jungle, do not forget that a yellow fever immunization is a prerequisite and it must be received at least 10 days before beginning your trip to this area.
Water And Food
To avoid health problems do not drink tap water. We recommend that you always drink bottled water. Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy ,we recommend that you take advantage of your visit to enjoy the local and international cuisine prepared in Cusco that is recognized around the world as one of the best.
Clothing And Weather
In Cusco the weather can vary considerably depending on the time of day. It can be cold in the early morning and at night, and quite warm at midday. Therefore, it is advisable to dress in layers of clothing that can be easily put on or taken off. Sweaters, jackets and long slacks are necessary.