Information

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Here are some quick bits of helpful information to help you get around Cusco, but please ask us if you need help with anything else!

Money

Always carry small bills and cash with you. The closest ATM is on Estrella street. Don’t take your coins for granted. Some are worth 1,2 and 5 soles.

 

When exchanging money, you can ask them to put their company stamp on each bill they give you, called their “sello”. This little stamp means if there is a problem with one of the bills, you can go back to the same exchange place and they have to exchange the bill.

 

If you use credit cards, you may be charged an extra 3-5% fee, so keep that in mind!

Water

Do not drink the tap water in Peru. Either boil first or buy bottled. However, it is safe to brush your teeth with. Cusco B&B gives each person a complimentary bottle of water in your mini-fridge!

 

If you stay in other parts of the city, water may shut off at certain times of the day and night…but NOT at the Cusco B&B!

Altitude Sickness

It’s natural for guests to feel “altitude sickness” – shortness of breath, light headedness and feeling nauseous when doing activities in Cusco. Drink plenty of water!

 

Our favorite remedy is a cup of coca tea which we provide for you in your room and will happily assist in making your first cup!

 

You can also get soroche pills from any pharmacy if you need something stronger.

Food

Do not eat street food. Be careful when eating raw vegetables that may have been washed with contaminated water.

 

Look for “Menu” during lunch for an excellent culinary experience. For a fixed price you acquire, entry and drink. Some also include a salad and dessert!

 

Ask reception for our recommendations of favorite restaurants!

Shopping

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You can bargain for a better price when you shop. The shopkeepers expect it. Shop around first so you have a general idea of what things cost.

 

If someone won’t give you the price you want, feel free to move on. There are tons of shops selling the same thing.

 

Always carry small bills in soles with you because most smaller shops will only accept cash or may not have change for bigger bills.