Visas: Citizens of many countries – including the USA, European Union, Australia, Japan and New Zealand – receive a visa upon arrival for up to 183 days.
When those 183 days are up and you would like to stay for longer, you can either cross the border to a neighbouring country (Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia or Chile) and return the next day and obtain another 183 days or simply overstay and pay the fine when you exit. The overstay fine is only USD1 per day overage, so if you stay 30 days longer it's USD30. Many people do this, since it's much cheaper than leaving the country and returning.
Local transportation: The center of Cuzco is small enough to walk around, although you will probably need to catch a bus or taxi to the bus station, Sacsayhuamán or airport.
Taxis are very common in Cuzco. Officially they cost 2-4 soles depending on distance.
Where to buy a SIM card: Claro and Movistar are the dominant communication providers in Peru. You can buy a SIM card at a Claro store. Recharge your SIM card's credit at any of the shops that say "Claro Recharga".
Popular areas: San Pedro Market, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Sacsayhuaman, San Blas neighborhood
Popular food: Try an alcapa steak. Traditional Peruvian food include lomo saltado, aji de gallina and papa rellena.
Things not to do: Don't forget that Cusco is at 3,400m above sea level, and altitude sickness can be a problem. Take it easy on the first day and avoid alcohol.
For many travelers exploring South America, Cusco is a must-visit destination as it is the gateway to Machu Picchu. Thousands descent on the city every year before they embark on a trip of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Cusco is situated at an elevation of 3,400m, which your body may take a few days to adjust to. The city is very compact; the center being Plaza de Armas where you will most likely be based. Plaza de Armas is where most of the nightlife happens and has two of the city's main attraction. View ancient buildings with old Inca foundations next to buildings built by the Spanish conquistadors. Travel to the outskirts of the city and spend a day exploring old ruins.
Women digital nomads should use common sense and be street smart in Cusco. Don't walk around alone at night especially outside of the main areas. If you decide to go out exercising, you may get a few cat calls, as this is common in much of Latin America.
Cusco isn't know for being a digital nomad base, as most travelers don't hang around Cusco for long (many just hang around long enough to acclimatise to the altitude). Cusco can also be considered as expensive by some travelers, especially after paying for hikes or treks. However, there are budget eats if you shop around the city. The internet is not the fastest, but is decent and reliable.
The best time to visit Cusco is from June to mid-September. Though temperatures hover in the mid- to upper 60s throughout the year, the city sees fewer rain showers during its winter months. Avoid visiting between late November and April, when heavy downpours delay and dampen exploration.
Cafes with wifi
Need a place to work? Check out these cafes with wifi.