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The city of Cusco is located at 3300 m.a.s.l., which makes around 25% of the tourists feel some problems related to the altitude. Normally young people have less problems, a little headache or dizziness. The body takes about 2 days to acclimatize, in this time we recommend to drink a lot of coca tea with sugar, sleep with the feet layed on pillows because this helps the blood to bring more oxygen to the brain (the reason for the headache is a lack of oxygen). Eating a lot will make the headache worse, since the blood goes to the stomach while the brain lacks it.
At the hotel a bottle of oxygen is availaible. The best way to get rid of the issues is to breathe in oxygen for around 10 minutes, take a break and later use the oxygen for another 10 minutes.
A flight from Lima to Cusco takes around 55 minutes. There are a lot of good local airlines like LAN Peru, Avianca, Star Peru, Peruvian airlines, etc. that offer those flights.
We recommend to visit Cusco during the dry season from April to November, because walking during your excursions will be more easy and enjoyable without having to deal with a lot of rain.
It is possible in every country to catch a bad moment or have some bad luck. In Peru, we advise to take care in Lima because it is a big city. Cusco usually is calm and relaxing, but sometimes there are some problems with pickpockets. Their targets are cameras, phones, tablets and wallets. In 99% of the cases they grab it and run away; this does not happen a lot in the center because there are many police men and cameras, but in the less touristic areas you should keep an open eye.
If you take some foresights you will enjoy your days in Cusco without having problems.
Cusco is a verytouristic city, there are many clinics with english speaking staff. They also work with international medical insurances, hence we recommend to settle a medical insurance in your country before your visit in Peru.
It is clear that you come from far away with a lot of dreams and wishes to fulfill in Peru, so please take care about the food. Around 10% of the tourists have problems with their stomach ("Traveler's diarrhea") or with parasites. Both can easily be avoided.
The Golden Inca Hotel offers a free transfer from Cusco airport to our hotel for all our guests. We only need you to send us your flight number and time of arrival in Cusco.
After your stay in Cusco we can arrange a safe taxi for you, that will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to the airport for around S/12, which is US$ 4.
All our staff receives courses of quality customer service.