There are many reasons that make Peru one of the most attractive countries in the world. Some of them are related to tourism and culture, artistic manifestations and traditions that have transcended its borders. Others are linked to the economic and social sphere, where the growth of the last decades translates into better opportunities for development.​

Important information about Cusco

Universidad del Pacífico makes it possible to learn about business in Peru and Latin America and to have an unprecedented cultural experience. Students have the possibility of learning about the cultural heritage of Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire, and visiting Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.


Universidad del Pacífico provides exchange students with orientation in the search for ideal accommodation in Cuzco according to their needs.

Family houses

Living with families of the city is a cultural exchange experience. Therefore, Universidad del Pacífico has a family housing network specialized in exchange students. Prices vary according to the characteristics of the housing. In order to access this service, students must write to cuscoprograms@up.edu.pe.


Universidad del Pacífico recommends a series of hotels known for the quality of their services and their strategic location. One of them is Mama Simona, a tourist lodging highly demanded by international visitors, which is only four blocks away from the Main Square in the city center.

Other good options are Flying Dog, Net House B&B, El Mirador del Inca, and Hostal Pensión Alemana. All of these hotels are known for their professional attention, comfort, and accessibility. Also for being located near the main attractions of the city.​

Weather and Clothing

Cuzco has a dry and mild weather, with two defined seasons. However, it is necessary to pay attention to the weather forecast in order to dress appropriately.

Cuzco’s dry season starts in April and ends in October, and is characterized by an intense sun and occasional night frosts. July is the coldest month, with average temperatures of around 9.6°C. The rainy season is from November to March, with less common night frosts. Unlike what many people believe, the presence of snow is unusual.

Altitude in Cuzco exceeds 3000 m.a.s.l. Warm clothes, jackets, and sweaters are recommended.  Caps, scarves, gloves, ponchos, and chullos are also highly recommended. However, light clothes are comfortable, especially during sunny mornings. Rain is very common in Cuzco, so you need a light waterproof jacket.​

Cost of living in Cusco

Prices in Cuzco vary depending on the required service. For example, lodgings go from US$ 10 to US$ 40 a night. Tourist menus are usually in the city, with prices ranging from S/. 15 to S/. 25 (Peruvian currency).

There are many entertainment options in Cuzco. Visits to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Qoricancha, among others, have different costs. It is recommended to contact travel agencies offering package tours that include visits to those places.

Exchange students can access the ISIC card, which will allow them to have various discounts on tourist tickets in Cuzco and other cities in Peru.​

Safety recommendations

Cuzco is the most important tourist destination in the country and one of the places that guarantee the visitors’ safety the most. However, when you are there, it is recommended to carry only the money you will need for your daily visits.

Documents and valuable objects and should be kept in a safe place, preferably in the safe deposit boxes offered by hotels. Also, be careful with your baggage, travel bags and cameras.​