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Is Cusco Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Cusco?

We don't have enough information to make a specific recommendation about the safety of drinking tap water in Cusco, Peru.

However, based on information from nearby locations, the average water score in Peru is a out of 100.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Cusco.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Peru, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.

Click here to check out the water quality for Peru

Are you one of the thousands of travelers visiting Cusco, Peru in search of a once in a lifetime experience? If so, one of the first things you should do is to ensure that your water source in Cusco is safe and clean. Tap Water in Cusco, Peru is extremely susceptible to bacterial contamination and other harmful contaminants. As a traveler you are required to carry all the necessary water purification devices with you to ensure clean and safe drinking water.

Tap Water in Cusco can be contaminated by different elements such as chlorine, lead, bacteria, etc. It can also be contaminated with human feces or urine. One way to test the quality of the water is by boiling it for a few minutes prior to drinking. You should however be wary about doing this, as it can harm your health. Do not use aluminum containers to boil water as it can also lead to problems. Be careful to avoid boiling the water beyond the point of boiling vinegar, which can also damage your health.

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.3 in USD (1.5-liter)


Cusco tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 61% High
  • Water Pollution 80% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 39% Low
  • Water Quality 20% Low

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Cusco, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

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Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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