Cusco, Peru

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.

Places to exercise


Stand Up Paddling

Paddle board down Lake Piuray with SUP Cusco. Possibly the world's highest paddling tour in the world at 12,500 feet/3,800 meters.


Trail Biking

Cusco and neighbouring valleys offer some of the best mountain biking in the world. There are numerous bike tour operators in town.


The Yoga Room

Great quality of classes and teachers at the Yoga Room.