Don't be confused, it may be a ingredient of cocaine, but still Cocoa leaves is perfectly legal to buy in Peru. But it is illegal in most of the neighboring countries, so don't carry the cocoa bag with you while leaving Peru and entering another country.
Cusco Tourists Tickets -Boleto
Boleto (Boleto Turístico General, or BTG) is the admission tickets to some sites in around Cusco. If included sites matches with your plan, it is wise to purchase the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
How do they lift those 15 tons stones? How they place those stones so neatly?
If you are planning to visit most of the cities in short time, then the major problem you will face is to acclimatize. If you don't acclimatize, there is always a chance that you will be sick. Not all the person become sick due to the lack of acclimatization, but chance to be sick is more with less acclimatization. For more information on how to acclimatize, read my page on acclimatization. So before you plan your tout, you need to know the altitude of different cities of Peru.
Height of Cities in Peru
Are Peru cities really high in elevation !
You can see in the table above, Cusco and Puno are two cities ( lake Titicaca is at Puno) with more than 10,000 ft height. Other cities are not really that high. Many of the cities in USA are at above 5,000 ft elevation.
Here is a list of some US states with there average elevation and another list with cities and the highest elevation in the city.
Highest Point (ft)
Here is another list of European cities with highest town in each country. From all these table you can get some idea on how to rank Peru cities comparing to other cities in different countries.
Region / State
Town / City
Val Thorens (seasonal)
Samarina(Grevena) AND Seli(Imathia).
Primorje–Gorski Kotar County
Actually acclimatization (the process where body tries to adjust with the lower amount of oxygen available at high altitudes) is very important for mountaineers. Since they go really up, 10,000/ 12,000 ft do not mean much to them), they need acclimatization. For general people below 8000 / 7000 doesn't mean much.
That is why many people don't feel anything while visiting Peru. But if you are coming from a low elevation country, then you may try to acclimatize your body if you are planning to go to Cusco or Puno. Read my page on acclimatization for more information.
Cusco: one of the high altitude city in Peru
Planning your tour and elevation of the cities
Many tour agencies try to organize the tour looking
in such a way so that you can acclimatize while enjoying the tour. If you are planning a tour of longer time, 2/3 weeks, you must move from cities of lower elevation to cities of higher elevation. Like from Arequipa and at the end Lake Titicaca, Puno. But if you going Peru for a short visit, like for 2/3 days, acclimatization is not a practical option. Because if you are planning to go to Machu Picchu in that 2/3 days stays in Peru, you have to go to Cusco first, and now Cusco is one of the highest city in Peru. Before stepping on Cusco you should stay 2/3 days in Lima, by that time your whole tour period will be finished. Actually each day hundreds of people land Lima, and head for Cusco by plane, then next day the reach Machu Picchu and come back to Cusco, and finally Lima to leave Peru. So to reduce the effect of acclimatization you may take other measures, which I explained in my page on acclimatization.