Best area to stay in Cusco

Best area to stay in Cusco

Although for many Cusco is simply the nearest town for visits to Machu Picchu, Cusco which the historic capital of Peru, deserves a visit in its own right due to its rich cultural heritage.


The best area to stay in Cusco is the historical centre, as near as you can to the Plaza de las Armas or Plaza Mayor, which is the heart and soul of all that happens in Cusco. To the north of the square you will find the San Blas area, which is home to the city´s many artisan workshops and shops and which still conserves all the charm of the old Cusco. It´s one of the most popular tourist areas, although its only pitfall is that you are constantly going up and down stairs which is a common problem in Peru. However, if you don´t have any mobility limitations then it’s a safe and charming neighbourhood which you are sure to fall in love with.


Aside from visiting the Plaza de las Armas and touring round the San Blas area, you really must visit the Sacsayhuman ruins, which aside from being a point of historical interest, offers amazing views over the city.

Hotel   Avg price
Milhouse Hostel Cusco
Quera 270
21€ - 21$
Nao Victoria Hostel
Procuradores 357
30€ - 29$
Hotel   Avg price
Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza
Calle Espinar 142
64€ - 63$
Loreto Boutique Hotel
Loreto 115
78€ - 76$
Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel
Santa Catalina Ancha 342
84€ - 82$
Hotel   Avg price
Antigua Casona San Blas
Calle Carmen Bajo 243
142€ - 139$
Hotel   Avg price
Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa
Calle Pumacurco 336
272€ - 267$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Cusco, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.


If you were interested in finding out where to stay in Cusco, you may also be interested in knowing where to stay in Lima or  where to stay in Bogota.

Where to stay to visit Machu Pichu


If we want to visit Machu Pichu staying in Cusco is your best option, but there are other alternatives. The first thing you should know is that the Cusco train station (Wanchaq station) is not the train station that will take us to Machu Pichu.


The closest train station to Cusco that will take us to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to the ruins of Machu Pichu, is located in Poroy, a half-hour drive from the center of Cusco if there is not much traffic. In Poroy there are no accommodations, only the train station, so if this is our option, the best thing to do is to stay in Cusco.


Another alternative to get to Machu Pichu is to take the train in the town of Ollantaytambo, halfway between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, about two hours by car from Cusco. Ollantaytambo has a decent offer of accommodation.


And finally, we can stay in Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Pichu from where the buses that take us to visit it leave. In Aguas Calientes there are more than 60 hotels and hostels where to stay. It is advisable to stay in Aguas Calientes if we want to spend the whole day visiting the ruins or if we want to increase the magic of the place by watching the sunrise.