Preparing for your trip to Cusco: What to pack and what to expect

Trip to Cusco

Preparing for your trip to Cusco is the first step towards an unforgettable experience in the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. At Saska Hotel Boutique, we want to ensure that you arrive ready to enjoy everything this magical city has to offer. From the diverse climate to the rich cultural history, here is a comprehensive guide on what to pack and what to expect during your visit.

What to pack for your trip

Appropriate Clothing

  • Layers, layers, layers: The weather in Cusco can change rapidly, so it’s best to dress in layers. Bring T-shirts, sweaters, and a lightweight jacket.
  • Rain gear: No matter the time of year, a waterproof jacket is essential.
  • Comfortable shoes: Be prepared to do a lot of walking, especially if you plan to visit the ruins of Machu Picchu or stroll through the cobblestone streets of Cusco.

Health and Safety

  • Sunscreen: Cusco’s high altitude means the sun is stronger, even on cloudy days.
  • Altitude sickness medication: Many people experience altitude sickness. Consult your doctor about preventive medication.
  • Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated and help protect the environment.

Other Essentials

  • Camera or smartphone: Cusco is incredibly photogenic, so you’ll want to capture every moment.
  • Plug adapters: Peru uses type A and C plugs, so make sure to bring an adapter if you need one.
  • Cash: While many places accept cards, having some cash (Peruvian soles) on hand is useful for small purchases.

What to expect in Cusco

Acclimating to the Altitude

  • Upon arrival, take a day or two to acclimate. Drink plenty of water and coca tea, which is traditional in the region to help with altitude sickness.

Explore the Cultural Riches

  • Cusco is a treasure trove of archaeological sites, museums, and markets. From Saska Hotel Boutique, you’ll be perfectly situated to explore them all.

Local Cuisine

  • Food in Cusco is a delicious blend of Incan and Spanish traditions. Be sure to try ceviche, quinoa, and if you’re feeling adventurous, guinea pig (cuy).

Respect for the Culture

  • Cusco is a place of great cultural significance. Show respect for local traditions and follow instructions at historic sites.

How Saska Hotel Boutique can enhance your experience

At Saska Hotel Boutique, we are committed to making your stay in Cusco as comfortable and memorable as possible. From personalized tips to comfortable rooms that reflect the spirit of the city, we are your home away from home. We are here to assist you in planning your trip, from tours to culinary recommendations.

Your journey to Cusco is destined to be an adventure full of discoveries and unforgettable experiences. With the right preparation, you’ll be ready to immerse yourself in everything this historic city has to offer. Pack wisely, prepare for the altitude, and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of Cusco. At Saska Hotel Boutique, we are excited to be part of your journey and are here to ensure that every moment is perfect. See you soon in Cusco!



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Saska Hotel Boutique is located in Cusco, 200 meters from Coricancha, and offers concierge service, hypoallergenic rooms, free Wi-Fi throughout and garden. All rooms at this 3-star hotel have city, garden or internal views. The front desk is available 24 hours a day and has an elevator.


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