Cusco, Peru – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Located high up in the Andes Mountains of southeastern Peru. A very important destination for commodity travellers who want to take pictures with indigenous children and pose in front of Manchu Picchu, which is only a day trip away.

But jokes aside, Cusco is a charming town with friendly people and that, despite the hoards of tourists, has managed to maintain a sense of identity and authenticity.

Population: 360,000


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NIGHTLIFE IN CUSCO

7/10

Several bars to choose from in Cusco, and open every day of the week. Unfortunately you’ll have to share it with the worse examples of hippie gringo tourists. But least there’s still fun to be had. Plaza de Armas is where all the action is. There are pubs, salsa bars, discos, sports bars, hip-hop and rock spots. Quite a good selection, but not the greatest company.

I recommend: El Muki or BajoZero. Also check out Mama Africa, a truly foul place full of tourists and Cusco’s infamous bricheras.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN CUSCO

$400.00 is a good baseline for renting here. If you find a place with a couple roomies, you can shave this cost down considerably.

 

COST OF LIVING IN CUSCO

The following data is from Expatistan a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world.

*Figures are listed in USD

You will need a minimum of $766 USD/month to live in Cusco, Peru

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN CUSCO

Yes!…well kind of. Plenty of volunteer opportunities with NGOs helping out and teaching English and whatnot, but most are unpaid or will even cost you money to register. I met a couple people teaching English here. The gigs didn’t appear to pay well, but apparently they paid something.

 

IS CUSCO SAFE?

A lot of swindlers and pesky little pickpocketing kids in Cusco, but nothing too sinister. It’s very unlikely that you will be a victim of violent crime here, but you may very well “lose” your cellphone. Be mindful of your surroundings, particularly in crowded streets or markets.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you’d just had a breakup and need to get the poison out, come to Cusco. You’re a virgin? Come to Cusco. If you need to forget about life for awhile, come to Cusco. If you’re interested in the Inca Empire, come to Cusco. But, if you’re looking to get away from intolerably entitled white tourists who use “spiritual and cultural enlightenment” as a vale for doing cheap drugs and hooking up with other travellers in a developing country, don’t come to Cusco.

It’s a jumping off point to Machu Picchu. Two or three days is enough to see what you’ll want to see.

 

OVERALL RATING: 6.75/10

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