Now that you’ve made the decision to visit the beautiful country of Peru, here are some things to note:

TRAINING

We encourage our guests to prepare by exercising regularly and having a healthy, balanced diet prior to the trip.

ALTITUDE & ACCLIMATIZATION

We recommend that our guests spend at least two nights in Cusco prior to departure. This helps with acclimating to the altitude and also provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco. Everyone’s tolerance to altitude differs and we encourage our guests to make exercise and a healthy diet a part of their training program before their trip.

BAGGAGE & PACKING FOR YOUR TRIP

We will send you complete information regarding packing and baggage upon booking.

WEATHER

Cusco has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March.  June to August are often the coldest, driest months.  Shoulder seasons can be more variable.  The weather in the mountains can change quickly and you should be prepared for 4 seasons in one day. It is recommended to bring winter clothing and rain gear at all times. Expect temperatures ranging from 23°F to 14°F (-5°C to -10°C) at night and up to 68°F (20°C) during the day.

LANGUAGE

Spanish and Quechua

CURRENCY

Nuevo Sol (S/.). Although US Dollars are widely accepted.

VOLTAGE

The official voltage in Peru is 220V. However in our lodges we do have 110V. compatible sockets.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

We would be happy to take care of any hotel reservations, transfers and can set up personalized tours during your stay in Peru. Our operation is highly focused on customer service and attention to detail. Our goal is to design superb travel experiences and create wonderful memories for our guests – on some occasions – even life-changing ones!

WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO

Mountain Lodges of Peru welcomes you to El Mercado and El Retablo, two boutique hotels in the city of Cusco.

EL MERCADO

The elegant El Mercado, an intimate property located a stone´s throw from the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cusco. Formerly part of the old farmers’ market, El Mercado has been designed to incorporate some of the elements of the market, both in its original decor, relaxed atmosphere and innovative cuisine. With only 32 rooms, provides the best of colonial and contemporary architecture, all the latest comforts and truly exceptional service.

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EL RETABLO

El Retablo is a two-story, 17-room Art Boutique B&B that celebrates vibrant Peruvian traditions and rich cultural heritage of Cusco. Mountain Lodges of Peru resurrected and converted the historic building into a stylish destination three blocks from Plaza de Armas. The innovative yet intimate El Retablo blends contemporary comfort with customs of Peruvian artisans, taking inspiration from retablos, which are a sophisticated form of Andean folk art with three-dimensional figurines in vibrantly colored portable boxes.

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Lima: Did you know that most international flights arrive at Lima Airport either late at night (11pm) or early in the morning (5am) and that connecting flights to Cusco start at 6am? Spending the night at a Lima hotel (even for a few hours) will allow you some rest so that you can better enjoy the rest of your trip. We can book a range of hotels (from 3 to 5 stars) for you at the airport or in the cosmopolitan districts of Lima.

Extension Programs: Do you feel like exploring more of Peru? Maybe explore the colorful island communities of Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world), or adventure into the rich wilderness of the Peruvian Amazon jungle, or visit Colca Canyon, with its incredible depths, Inca terraces, and soaring condors. There is plenty to do so please let us know if you would be interested in receiving any suggestions.

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