|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 19% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||$1,193||Average for return flights in May 2022|
The fastest flights to Cuzco, Peru, depart from Auckland and arrive at their destination in about 17h 12min, stopping only once along the way. However, most flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have two or more layovers and take at least 23h 30min to reach Cuzco. No matter what city you’re flying out of, you can usually find several flights that reach their destination in under 50h.
Unfortunately, nonstop flights from New Zealand to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), Cuzco, are not currently available. There are a limited number of one-stop flights from Auckland Airport (AUK), most of which have a layover in Santiago, Chile. Most flights from Auckland and other New Zealand airports, including Wellington Airport (WLG) and Christchurch Airport (CHC), stop two or more times before arriving at CUZ. From WLG and CHC, your first stop will likely be in Auckland. Regardless of where you fly out of, the last layover of almost all Cuzco flight deals is either Santiago or Lima, Peru.
The best way to get from the Cuzco airport to the city centre is to take one of the taxis available at the taxi stands inside the airport, near the baggage claim area. It takes about 10min to reach the city centre by car (longer if there’s traffic), and the ride should cost about S/ 30 (NZ$ 10.75). You can also arrange a ride on a private airport shuttle bus, such as the Cuzco Airport Shuttle or Cuzco Shuttle, which will get you to the airport safely and comfortably. Although Uber is available in Cuzco, the cars are unregulated and are not as reliable as the taxis hailed inside the airport.
Cuzco is often the start of the journey for people visiting the famed citadel of Machu Picchu. However, it is more than just a town to pass through. Cuzco has plenty of attractions to keep any traveller entertained. Any trip to the city should include a visit to the Plaza de Armas, the main central square that is lined with shops, bars, restaurants and incredible mountain views. The cornerstone of the plaza is the Cuzco Cathedral. Explore the ancient Inca architecture in and around the city, including the Coricancha Sun Temple in the city and the Qenko Ruins and Sacsayhuaman fortress just outside of the city. You can learn more about the region’s art and history at the Inca Museum, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, and the Museum and Convent of San Francisco. There is plenty of shopping in Cuzco, from the local artisan markets to the ever-popular San Pedro Market, where you can buy fresh produce, souvenirs and street food. Before ending your trip, be sure to take in the views of the city from above; the Plaza San Cristobol or the Mirador de San Blas are great vantage points providing expansive views of the city and mountains beyond.
Citizens of New Zealand need only carry a valid passport to fly to Cuzco. A visa is not required for tourists who stay in the country for 183 days or less.
Cusco Velazco Astete (CUZ), located 2.7 km from the city centre, is the airport you fly into when you book flights to Cuzco.