What to pack in your travel suitcase to Cusco

Cusco is one of the best tourist destinations in South America. Every year it is visited by more than 2 million people. Machu Picchu is your main destination. However, the capital of the Incas offers more: natural mountainous landscapes, treks, adventures, cold nights, parties, experiential tourism and more. For your climate, geography and experiences, it is essential to carry a suitcase with the appropriate clothing and utensils. Know what to bring on your trip to Cusco!

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What should you pack in your travel suitcase to Cusco?

Are you planning to visit Cusco? These are the items that you should carry in your travel suitcase:

  • Valid passport (or identity document).
  • Cash (preferably in American dollars or Peruvian soles).
  • Bank cards (credit or debit).
  • Rain poncho.
  • Coat type clothing (for cold nights).
  • Light clothing (for sunny days).

What type of clothing to bring on the trip to Cusco?

If you travel to Cusco, this is the type of clothing you should bring in your suitcase:

  • Windproof jackets.
  • Thick cotton socks.
  • Polo shirts (preferably cotton).
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports pants (leggings for women).
  • Shawls or scarves.
  • Cap or hat.
  • Extra clothing that the person believes is necessary.

Utensils that you should bring or buy in Cusco itself

If you travel to Cusco these are the utensils you should carry in your suitcase:

  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Pills against altitude sickness.
  • Medical alcohol.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Photo camera.
  • Sports Backpack.

Optional utensils on the trip to Cusco

If you travel to Cusco you can optionally take these objects with you (or buy them in the city of Cusco itself):

  • Bottled oxygen (oxishot).
  • Coca leaf candies.
  • Alpaca sweaters (ideal to combat the intense cold of the nights).
  • Selfie sticks.
  • Tents and sleeping bags (in case of hiking routes with camping).

Questions and answers about the travel suitcase to Cusco

Is a VISA necessary to enter Peru?

The vast majority of countries in the world do not need a VISA to enter Peru. Only a passport or identification document is required to enter Peruvian soil.


Can I pay with a credit card in Cusco?

Yes, the main businesses in Cusco accept payment with credit or debit cards. However, others do not. For this reason, it is recommended to also bring cash (in American dollars or Peruvian soles).


Is it necessary to bring coats in Cusco?

Yes. The nights in Cusco are cold with temperatures that can drop to 0ºC. Therefore, it is recommended to wear warm clothing at night.


Should I use pills for altitude sickness in Cusco?

Yes. Altitude sickness or mountain sickness is a natural illness if the person abruptly ascends to geographies above 3,000 meters above sea level (Cusco is at 3,399 meters above sea level). Symptoms are nausea, fatigue and headache. Altitude sickness pills relieve these symptoms. They can be purchased in pharmacies in Cusco.


Is it necessary to use sunscreen in Cusco?

Yes. Cusco has high solar radiation, which is harmful to the skin. Therefore, it is recommended to use sunscreen, at least if you are exposed to the sun.


Should I bring a sleeping bag to Cusco if I trek?

If you go on a hiking route in Cusco, it is recommended to bring a sleeping bag with you. Most tourism agencies do not include this equipment in hiking tours.


Should I buy my ticket to Machu Picchu and take it to Cusco?

Yes, it is highly recommended because the availability of tickets to Machu Picchu has limited availability. If you buy your tickets at the last minute, you run the risk of finding an entry to Machu Picchu available.


What type of clothes to bring to Cusco?

In Cusco it is recommended to wear light clothing for the day and warm clothing for the night. They are essential: hat, polo shirt, cotton socks, gloves, scarves or scarves.


Is it necessary to bring a rain poncho in Cusco?

The rain poncho is highly recommended in Cusco. However, this can be purchased at any market in the city of Cusco.


What implements should I bring in my suitcase to Cusco?

In your suitcase to Cusco you should not forget: sunscreen, trekking poles, hat, sunglasses, selfie sticks (recommended), passport (or ID card) and a camera. Travel well informed!

Cusco, su clima, geografía y atractivos turísticos

Cusco es uno de los mejores atractivos turísticos de Sudamérica. Se ubica en plena Cordillera de los Andes, al sur del Perú.

Posee una geografía de montaña pues se encuentra a una altitud de 3,399 msnm aproximadamente. Esto influye en su clima templado y frío, por las noches. La temperatura promedio en el día es de 17ºC. La temperatura promedio en las noches es de 4ºC. Las lluvias son frecuentes desde noviembre hasta marzo mientras que desde abril hasta octubre son infrecuentes.

Los principales atractivos turísticos del Cusco son:

  • Machu Picchu.
  • La Montaña 7 Colores.
  • El Valle Sagrado de los Incas (Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Chinchero, Maras y Moray).
  • La laguna Humantay.
  • La ciudad del Cusco (Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha, Qenqo, Pucapucara y Tambomachay).
  • El Valle Sur del Cusco (Tipón, Piquillacta y Andahuaylillas).
  • Aguas Calientes.
  • Los baños termales de Cocalmayo.
  • El Puente Queswachaka.
  • La Morada de los Dioses.

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