Welcome to Los Apus Hotel & Mirador, a name synonymous with great Swiss hospitality and service for the past 14 years
Cusco is the most historically significant place in South America; it was then the Capital of the Incas. From here you will be able to visit such fantastic Inca’s archeological sites as Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Maras, Moray, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Or Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pukara and Tambo Machay at an almost walking distance from the Hotel. Also, heading south, you will discover Piquillacta, Tipon, Andahuaylillas and Raqchi.
Dating from the 17th century, the Hotel & Mirador Los Apus is a former Colonial-Indian residence which has been completely restored. Our facade foundation wall is attributed by the National Institute of Culture to a Pre-Incan culture. To step inside is to experience the fusion of both Spaniard (the colonial patio and its stone and wood columns) and Inca (ceramics, a ceremonial tomin, carved stones and four pre-inca walls) worlds.
We are nestled in the foothills of the unspoiled historical site of San Blas, located just three blocks away from the Plaza de Armas of Cuzco, its restaurants and souvenir shops. During the Inca time, this was an area of terraces used for cultivation and plants growing. You will still find four of those Inca terraces inside the hotel and rooms.
Here, as a cherished guest, you will be invited to experience Latin American hospitality combined with Swiss professionalism, and savour the superb cuisine of Cuzco at the Patio Restaurant or at the Mirador Restaurant & Bar’s terrace, located on the roof floor, from where you will enjoy unforgettable panoramic view of the city, especially at the sunset.
20 tastefully decorated rooms, some with balconies, wooden floors, German soundproof windows, extra-long beds (205cm), cable TV, in-room safe, smoke detectors, direct dial telephone, free in room Wi-Fi, private bath with tub or shower. Non-smoking and challenged guest rooms are available.
"El Mirador Restaurant & Bar" and its roof terrace for magnificent panoramic views, or the cosy "El Patio Restaurant", surrounded by stone columns and wooden balconies, both featuring international and regional cuisine. 24 hours room service.
Free transportation from the airport ONLY IF YOU SEND US BY MAIL YOUR FLIGHT NUMBER, AIR CARRIER AND TIME OF ARRIVAL IN CUSCO. Free Coca tea at "El Patio", our highly rated restaurant. Free Wi-Fi access in all rooms and internet cabin down at the patio. Mail service. Hair dryers, oxygen tank and doctor upon request. Laundry. Fax. Money exchange. Flight and train reservations service.
We will be glad to help with any travel arrangement, please check our home tailored tours in the “Tours” tab of this web page.
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You will need your passport (of course) valid 6 months after your departure date from Peru.
Within the country, for police identity controls, you will have to carry your passport around. NO OTHER IDENTITY DOCUMENT WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.
Peru has a very stable currency, the Nuevo Sol (New Sol), for the last five years. The approximate rate to the US$ is 2.75 for each American dollar. Please confirm the last rate available in order to avoid surprises.
The American dollar is accepted widely in medium and big businesses (hotels, restaurants, souvenirs shops). In small businesses you will need Peruvian soles.
The Euro currency is starting to be accepted, but only for currency exchange, not for paying for products or services.
Health And Altitude Sickness
As you are in Peru you should only drink bottleled water and soft drinks. Avoid raw products (vegetables, salads, etc...) if you feel the kitchen is not clean enough.
Do not eat at street vendors (ambulantes), as their food may not be clean enough for you.
Pick up nice restaurants, you will be happy as we do have a very good and variated gastronomy, the experience is worth the price.
If you get sick, please check ASAP with a doctor.
The day before your departure to Cuzco (3400 meters above the sea level), you should get a good night rest, avoiding excessive alcohol. Your body will need all its energy to compensate the lack of oxygen by pounding harder and adapting to the new situation.
As you arrive to Cuzco, you will experience a six hours delay until you will actually feel the effects of the altitude. Do not get confused, your breathing will be faster but this is not the effects I'm talking about. So do not get confident during those six hours and keep on with the recommendations: -Check in to the hotel and drink coca leaves tea (free at our central patio, just help yourself!). This helps.
-Take a nice nap. This give your body the chance to adapt.
-Eat light the first day. Again, your body needs all the energy to adapt. The digestion take a lot of energy, if heavier food to digest, less energy to adapt.
-Do walk like a marathoners during the whole day, this takes energy too. Just walk around the Plaza de Armas and do some shopping, leave the rest for the upcoming days
The following morning you should be all right.
IF you feel a strong a persistent headache, or feel like vomiting, call the front desk. We have an oxygen tank available for you as well as good doctors to call and check upon you. Don't wait and spoil your vacations in Cuzco!
Be sure to bring both light (it gets hot on sunny days) and warm clothes (cold at night, specially in June and July), sun glasses (you are coming to the Capital of the Empire of the Sun....!).
If going on the Inca Trail (second best choice), pack both warm and light clothes (you will walk from the Sacred Valley to 4200 mt. above the sea level-cold at night- and then down to the jungle-hot and humid-. Also pack good and used shoes (your toes will appreciate it). The trail is great but also hard, so pack chocolates for an extra amount of energy (trust me I did it!).
When reserving your seat on your flight from Lima to Cusco, ask for a window on the left side of the plane (great view of Cusco before the spectacular landing). On your return flight back to Lima, reserve a window on the right side of the plane.