Where to Stay in Cusco Before and After your Trek to Machu Picchu

By Guadalupe Camañ

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Once you got the tickets to Peru and you have already decided which trek you are going to choose to reach Machu Picchu, the next step is to find a place to stay in Cusco. It doesn't matter if you choose the classic of classics, the Inca Trail, or if you go for a less known route, like the Salkantay or the Lares trek. If you are going to Machu Picchu, you need to get to Cusco first. Spending at least one night in Cusco before your trek to Machu Picchu is paramount to prevent altitude sickness during your trek.

Cusco is one of Peru's biggest cities and it has grown this much thanks, in part, to the tourism industry. Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, attracts thousands of tourists every year. Regardless of your budget, Cusco has plenty of options to suit everybody. In this blog, we will share with you some of the recommendations for accommodation options provided by our local trekking partners.

In which area of Cusco should I stay?

During your stay in Cusco, one part of the city will stand out from the rest and that is the Centro Histórico. This is an old part of town, full of historical buildings and the famous Cathedral that appears on all photos of Cusco. If you are looking for a good place to stay, this area is the most recommended. Try to find your accommodation close to the Plaza de Armas.

This area is busy both during the day and during the night, which means that you won't be walking to your hotel alone at night. This part of town is also tourist-oriented, full of cafés, bars, and restaurants. You can stay in other parts of Cusco as well, of course, but if you want to be in the city center, this is where you want to book your hotel.

In this article, we have gathered different hotels in Cusco, in different parts of the city, and for different budgets. Shall we begin?

MOAF Boutique Hotel

The MOAF Boutique Hotel is located right in the Centro Histórico, only one block away for the Plaza de Armas, where Cusco's main Cathedral is. The hotel was built in one of the contemporary buildings of the neighborhood and is an excellent choice if you want to stay in the city center but want to stay away from the busy streets. In a cozy and warm space, all of their rooms offer modern mattresses, elegant private bathrooms, heating, tea and coffee, wifi, and hot water every day.

La Posada del Viajero

La Posada del Viajero is located a block and a half away from Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cusco. The hotel can be found on Santa Catalina Ancha Street and is near popular restaurants, museums, and banks. La Posada del Viajero has comfortable and cozy rooms, all of them with private bathroom, WiFi access, safety box, feather covers, and flat screen TVs with cable. A delicious buffet breakfast will be the best way to start your mornings and get all the energy you need to discover the beautiful city of Cusco and all the wonders that surround it!

Askha Cusco Hotel

The Askha Cusco Hotel is located in the center of Cusco, only 800 meters away from the central market and 2 blocks away from Cusco's main square. The hotel offers a garden, hypoallergenic rooms and free WiFi in all facilities. The Askha Cusco Hotel is close to the church of La Merced, the church of the Sagrada Familia and the Inca Museum. All the rooms in the inn have a patio overlooking the garden and include a wardrobe. Eduardo and Iván are very friendly and willing to make your stay memorable!

Hostal Turístico San Blas

Also situated in the city center and only a couple of blocks away from Plaza de Armas, the Hostal Turístico San Blas is a great accommodation option in Cusco. This hotel is famous for its friendly staff, comfortable beds and a nice courtyard with a cozy fireplace where you can relax after a long day discovering the city. With clean and spacious rooms, a delicious breakfast, and great location, your time in Hostal San Blas will be one to remember!

Backpacker Accommodation in Cusco

Hostel Samay Wasi

If you are looking for a more affordable option, the Samay Wasi Hostel is one of the best options. Located at the top of a hill, this hostel offers its visitors unique views of the valley below. Only 10 minutes away from Plaza de Armas on foot, this youth hostel offers private and shared rooms with private bathroom, 24-hour hot water, breakfast, WiFi, kitchen, luggage storage, and laundry service. With great and friendly staff, you will feel at home during your stay at Samay Wasi!

Magicpacker Hostel

The Magicpacker Hostel is situated in an authentic and magical colonial house located in the historical center of the city in one of the main streets from where you can access some of the most important highlights of the city. The San Pedro market is located only 300 meters away from the hostel and it is only an 8-minute walk to the main square. The hostel has an exterior patio with a typical colonial-republican architectural style. They also have a second backyard which they call their "quiet area" where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets.

The Grasshopper Hostel

The Grasshopper Backpacker Hostel will make you feel the magic of the city. They are located only 10 blocks away from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco and 3 blocks from the market of San Pedro in the Calle Alta 410. This Hostel is also located within the historic center, where most attractions, restaurants, and museums are located. The Grasshopper Hostel offers shared and private bathrooms depending on the room chosen, and free wifi for all their visitors.

Independent of where you spend the night, Cusco is a beautiful city full of history and culture and you will have a great time discovering it. If you need any advice to arrange your accommodation in Cusco or would like to add accommodation to your Machu Picchu trek, you can get in touch with our trekking experts, they are always happy to help you out. There are several trekking adventures that you can enjoy from Cusco, like the Rainbow mountain or the famous Inca Trail.

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