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Booking with us through our web page, we offer you the airport pick up or drop off, free of charge. We need at least 72hs previous notice (including arrival or departure information) to the e-mail address reservations@casasanblas.com

Cusco travel Tips

Peru offers travelers a rich combination of natural wonders and cultural treasures, making it one of the world’s greatest destinations. Visitors to Peru will need a sense of adventure and the drive to discover for themselves the smallest details as well as major attractions, and above all the ability to get the most out of every experience.

Please bear in mind the following advice when traveling in Peru:

Altitude

AltitudeAltitudes are a health challenge for all people and the city of Cusco is located almost 3,400 meters above sea level.

This change of environment implies a change in the body’s barometric pressure and in the concentration of oxygen you’re breathing. These changes have two different effects: on one hand, your body’s cells swell, making you feel uncomfortable, which you can fight by drinking plenty of fluids. One the other hand, since the oxygen is 15% less than at sea level, your body begins to produce more red blood cells.

Altitude sickness is characterized by small headaches, nausea or vomiting, or something more complex, including pulmonary or cerebral edema. This can be avoided. A period of normal altitude adaptation occurs on the second day, so at this time we recommend low physical activity, resting, eating lightly and drinking plenty of water. When you eat a lot during your first few days at high altitudes, your system requires a lot of oxygen to process the food, which is taken from your muscles; that’s why you feel fatigue and headache. If you don’t overwork your body, altitude sickness shouldn’t be a problem.

Follow the tips and your stay in our beautiful city won’t have any setbacks.

Internet

1Internet access is widely available in Peru in major cities and popular tourist destinations.

  • Most hotels offer a free internet service or internet-connected computers in their business center or internet corner. This is the case at Casa San Blas.

  • Most cafés and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi connections and in some cities free Wi-Fi access is available in parks and airports.

  • You will also find internet cafés on the streets, offering low cost services charged by the hour or quarter of an hour.

Electricity

ElectricityVoltage in Peru is 220/240v 60 cycles.

Many hotels are also equipped with 110/120v sockets. Most sockets are of the equidistant two-pin type. If your devices have a different type of plug, ask at the hotel reception for an adaptor.

Hairdryers are available at most hotels (from 3 stars upwards). Hairdryers are available for use in the Casa San Blas Boutique rooms.

Religion

ReligionMost Peruvians are Catholics; however freedom of worship is respected in Peru.

Many celebrations and rituals associated with the Catholic faith take place throughout the length and breadth of Peru. In addition, a number of mystical practices associated with Peru’s ancient pre-Hispanic cultures remain alive to this day, as the result of a unique and remarkable process of religious syncretism.

Peru’s churches house extremely valuable and interesting artworks. Take the time to visit these churches and admire their beauty.

Currency exchange

Currency exchangeThe market forces of supply and demand determine currency exchange rates. There are many currency exchange bureaus in major cities and popular tourist destinations. You can check the daily exchange rate in newspapers or other news outlets, or ask the reception staff at your hotel.

Use of travelers’ checks is becoming increasingly uncommon. Those travelers who choose to use travelers’ checks should expect to pay a commission of between 5% and 8%.

Water

WaterMains water is not recommended for drinking, although this is due to its mineral content rather than health concerns.

Mains water is fine for bathing and washing. Please stick to bottled water for drinking.

Remember that Casa San Blas Boutique provides its guests of purified water in the lobby and at the restaurant, and 8-liter purified water containers (in its suites), absolutely free of charge.

Transport

WaterThe distance from Casa San Blas Boutique, Hotel in Cusco to Cusco’s main square, or Plaza de Armas, is an enjoyable short walk, during which you can choose to stop and visit handcraft stores and galleries, or observe local life as residents go about their daily activities.

When returning to the hotel and depending on your physical condition, you might choose to take a taxi. We recommend that you use accredited taxis (these have a telephone number printed on the vehicle). Taxis in Cusco are not expensive (you should pay no more than one or two US dollars for each ride).

Clothing

ClothingIn Cusco, the temperature may vary considerably during the day.

At night and in the early hours of the morning it is often cold and can be windy. At these times visitors should use warm clothing (a rain jacket is recommended during the rainy season).

For excursions and during periods of sunshine, visitors are recommended to use long-sleeved cotton shirts or t-shirts that will also provide some protection should temperatures fall suddenly. It is a good idea to carry a light jacket as protection against winds.

Walking around Cusco and the San Blas neighborhood is a very enjoyable experience, and we recommend that you wear comfortable rubber-soled footwear.

It is very important to use sun block in all cities, particularly in high altitude cities like Cusco.

Travelers should use moisturizer for lips and hands, because the highland climate is dry. It is also a good idea to carry lemon-flavored candies to refresh the mouth.

Climate

ClimatePeru’s geographic location makes it one of the world’s most climatically diverse countries. A total of 84 of the planet’s 112 climate zones exist within Peru’s borders, making it one of the most agriculturally rich nations on Earth.

Peru has two clearly defined seasons: the rainy season (during the summer months from December to March); and the dry season (during the winter months from April to November).

Tipping

TippingIt is usual to leave a 10% tip for waiting staff in restaurants and cafés. In common with other parts of the world, tipping is subject to the customer’s discretion and the quality of service received.

We suggest that tips are given in cash, so they will not be reduced by banking or administrative commissions.

Tipping of taxi drivers is not expected.

Shopping

ShoppingPurchases can be made in local currency (Peruvian soles) or US dollars.

Check the exchange rate, which may vary from day-to-day, before making any transaction.

Credit cards and debit cards are accepted by most businesses (hotels, restaurants and stores).

Small stores and handcraft markets tend to only accept cash. Fortunately, there are ATMs in all major cities and at most popular attractions.

We do not recommend bargaining. We suggest you seek quality products while benefiting the local economy.

Travel documents

Travel DocumentsTravelers entering Peru must carry a valid passport.

Visas are not required for travelers from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and South American nations.

Citizens of Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, all African nations (with the exception of South Africa), most Asian countries (with the exception of Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Thailand) will need to apply for a visa to visit Peru for tourism or business.

Visa applications are received by the Peruvian consulate in the traveler’s country of origin. Travelers should allow plenty of time for the processing of their visa application.

Before arrival, make sure you pack a photocopy of your passport (the page containing your photograph and personal information), so you won’t have to carry your passport with you at all times. For your comfort and security, we can keep your passport in the hotel safe.

As soon as you enter Peru, you will be given an immigration form known as the Andean Immigration Card (TAM). This small sheet of paper may seem unimportant, but in fact it is extremely important because it will mean you will not be subject to payment of sales tax on your hotel accommodation. The TAM will be requested by all the hotels you stay at, so you can be exempted from this tax. If you lose your TAM, you will have to pay sales tax at every hotel, as well as a fine when leaving the country. Keep your TAM in your passport, and use a paperclip so you won’t lose it.

If you are planning to hire a vehicle, please don’t forget to bring a valid driving license. This is a requirement of all companies offering vehicles for hire.

Time Zone

Time ZonePeruvian time is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, sharing the same time zone as Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States.

 
Time in Peru Time zones around the world
12:00hs 10:00 in Mexico City (Mexico)
12:00 in New York (United States)
14:00 in Santiago (Chile) and Buenos Aires (Argentina)
18:00 in Madrid (Spain)
02:00 in Tokyo (Japan, the following day)
03:00 in Sydney (Australia, the following day)
 

A visit to Peru requires time, and you should plan your trip according to the destinations you really want to see.

We recommend that visitors allow at least 3 days to comfortably visit the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Please remember that during the rainy season (December to March) your visit may be affected by flight delays. For this reason, we recommend that you set aside a free day to allow you to reschedule if necessary.

Safety measures

Safety MeasuresCusco is a safe city; however, like anywhere else in the world, travelers are recommended to take normal precautions to avoid problems during their visit.

  • Only carry with you the cash you will need, together with your credit card.

  • Try not to exchange currency with street money changers; exchange bureaus can be found in all main tourist cities and are much more reliable.

  • Never lose sight of your credit or debit card when engaging in a transaction (most businesses have wireless terminals), and try to avoid using credit cards in small establishments (carry cash with you for smaller purchases).

  • When withdrawing cash from an ATM, use machines located inside banks, hotels or shopping malls. Avoid ATMs that are not protected by cabins. ATMs have language options. Do not accept help from strangers you may see around ATMs.

  • If you have valuable items with you, use them discreetly.

  • Please remember that it is not a good idea to wear jewelry in busy areas. It is best to leave valuable objects like jewelry, passports and other items in the hotel safe.

  • Carry your camera, documents and mobile devices in a bag positioned in front of you at all times.

  • Take taxis recommended by the hotel or use well-known taxi companies.

Addresses

Address Perú: Tocuyeros 556  Cuesta de San Blas
   Cusco - Peru
Phone. / Reception:  +51 84 237900
Phone. / Reservations:  +51 84 254852
USA / Canada Toll Free:  1 888 223 2806
USA / Canada:  +1 (720) 212 - 0761
   +1 (303) 578 - 1125

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