Cusco may be known for its ancient ruins and charming local markets, but it’s also gaining traction among digital nomads as one of the best remote work spots in South America.
Whether you’re looking to get out of your home office or take advantage of some much-needed sunshine and outdoor activities during lunchtime, Cusco has a plethora of coworking spaces that offer everything from remote work cafes to high-end offices packed with amenities.
The best coworking spaces in Cusco are:
- Selina Cusco Saphi
- Selina Plaza de Armas Cusco
- Ayni Center
- Genba Coworking Cusco
- La Oficina Cusco Coworking (aka Coworking Cusco)
Let’s dive in and explore in more detail the best coworking spaces for digital nomads this Incan city has to offer—get ready, because Cusco is about to change your life!
The Criteria: What Makes a Good Coworking Space in Cusco?
As globe-trotting entrepreneurs, we devote at least nine hours on our laptops per day — even when outside the office! That’s why coworking spaces have become such an important part of our journey, helping turn every trip into an opportunity for work and play.
For these reviews, we took into consideration the following criteria:
- Fast, reliable Wi-Fi
- Comfortable seating and tables suitable for working
- A unique environment with a pleasant ambience
- Natural lighting
- Friendly staff
- Varied options for work locations including with private and shared workspaces
Note: Don’t let the high Wi-Fi ratings fool you: in this city, even a slow connection feels like lightning! All scores and ratings in this article are relative to other locations in the city, not worldwide. But as long as your messages can get through and you don’t mind waiting for videos to load — that’s all relative success.
Wi-Fi speeds were measured in each location and given a score according to this criteria:
Best Coworking Spaces in Cusco
- 1 = Unworkable (< 1 Mbps upload/download)
- 2 = Very slow (< 2 Mbps upload/download)
- 3 = Mediocre (3-5 Mbps upload/download)
- 4 = Good (> 5 Mbps upload/download)
- 5 = Fast (> 10 Mbps upload/download)
Have you been searching for a great coworking space to work from in Cusco? With Google ratings alone, it can be tricky. But don’t worry — we’ve done the hard work! After spending more than 6 weeks exploring what post-pandemic Cusco life had to offer, we put together an updated list of top spots where professionals and entrepreneurs alike could get their hustle on.
Without further ado, here are our picks for the best coworking spaces to set up shop in Cusco!
Selina Cusco Saphi
Selina Cusco Saphi is our top pick as the best coworking space for digital nomads in Cusco. It’s a few blocks away from all the hustle and bustle and offers a peaceful, well-lit atmosphere to get work done.
At Selina, you’ll find a bright communal work area, high-speed internet, and an opportunity to meet fellow travelers and entrepreneurs. There are private offices that you can access for the same cost, as well as a rest area to lay your head for an afternoon siesta! On-site, you’ll also find a library, kitchenette, and lounge area that you have access to.
Whether you’re looking to get some work done or just take a break from exploring the city, Selina Cusco Saphi is the perfect place to set up shop.
Cost per day: 30 soles
Google Rating: 4.1
Address: Calle Saphy 601, Cusco 08000
Selina Plaza de Armas Cusco
Selina Plaza de Armas coworking in Cusco is the perfect spot for digital nomads looking for a productive and inspiring work environment. The space is filled with beautiful artwork, and comfortable seating, making it easy to get lost in your work. Plus, the on-site cafe-meets-restaurant makes it easy to take a quick break without having to leave the building. And with plenty of room for collaboration, it’s easy to connect with other remote workers in Cusco.
The only thing we didn’t like was the lake of natural lighting — it felt a bit dark compared to its Selina Saphi counterpart a few blocks away.
Cost per day: 30 soles (shared), 40 soles (private), 120 soles (director’s room)
Google Rating: 4.3
Address: Plaza de Armas, Portal de Comercio 141, Cusco 08002
The Ayni Center coworking space in Cusco is a haven for digital nomads in a quiet yet central area away from the Plaza de Armas. It’s a beautifully renovated colonial building with high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The small shared space is furnished with comfortable couches, work tables, and charging stations, and there’s a kitchenette and dining area where you can take a break from work. There are also private work rooms available upon request.
The best part of the Ayni Center is the community. The word ayni itself means “reciprocity” in Kechua. There are always people around to chat or collaborate on projects, and the staff are incredibly welcoming and helpful. They even offer your first day free if you are staying in the city a week or more.
Cost per day: $10
Google Rating: 4.9
Address: Jr Jose Maria Arguedas, J 13, Urb. Santa Mónica
Genba Coworking Cusco
Genba Coworking is a clean space in the heart of Cusco, Peru. It’s the perfect place for digital nomads who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the center and enjoy a more relaxed, productive work environment.
The staff are incredibly welcoming and helpful, and they provide all the amenities you could possibly need, including high-speed wifi, comfortable workspaces, a communal kitchen, and a well-stocked library. They also offer a range of workshops and cultural events to help you get to know your surroundings and make the most of your stay in Cusco. Whether you’re looking for a place to get some serious work done or just want to take a break from exploring, this is not a bad option if you are staying in the area —otherwise it’s a little out of the way.
The major downside to this location is that it opens from 8 am to 1 pm, then closes until 3:30. It’s then open for another 4 hours until 7:30 pm. This is really not ideal for someone who wishes to work all day, though the nearby Real Plaza is not a bad option to kill time.
Cost per hour: 10 soles (shared)
Google Rating: 4.4
Address: Plazoleta de San Blas, 630, Cusco 08003
La Oficina Cusco Coworking (Coworking Cusco)
La Oficina Cusco Coworking is the last choice on our list as it’s currently only one office room which is available. Still, its not a bad place for digital nomads looking for a productive work environment in this area of town. This coworking space is located in the heart of Cusco, and it offers fast internet and comfortable seating. La Oficina Cusco Coworking is also very affordable, making it a great option for budget-conscious entrepreneurs.
However, it’s in an older building and doesn’t really have much of a community. We recommend you visit Ayni Center or Genba if you’re in the area.
Cost per hour: 10 soles (shared)
Google Rating: 5.0
Address: Calle Triunfo 393 Segundo Piso, Cusco 08002
Other Coworking Spots and Remote Work Options in Cusco
Not a bad option if you’re looking for a coworking space close to the airport, but when we visited it was closed. When we contacted them, they said they are undergoing renovations and plan to open again in February 2023.
Address: Urbanizacion Cachimayo F-14 Oficina 201. Segundo Piso, San Sebastián
Selina Plaza de Armas Restaurant
The restaurant at Selina Plaza de Armas is the perfect place to relax and take a break from work. Even if you opt not to visit the coworking area, it makes a great place to set up shop. The restaurant offers delicious Peruvian and Western food, and the atmosphere is bright, creative and intimate. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they’ll make sure you’re comfortable and have everything you need.
Address: Plaza de Armas, Portal de Comercio 141, Cusco 08002
Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel
One of our top picks for best cafe to work from in Cusco, Monasterio offers outdoor courtyard seating as well as the option to work indoors in the lobby restaurant when the cold kicks in.
Address: Calle Plazoleta Nazarenas 337, Cusco 08000
Maki Cafe Lounge
Based on our speed tests, Maki Cafe had the fastest Wi-Fi speeds for a cafe in the city and is located less than one block from Selina Plaza de Armas. Consider it a backup plan for a coworking space in the city!
Address: Calle Heladeros 167 Costado Museo Garcilazo, Cusco 08002
Permanently Closed Coworking Spaces in Cusco
The following are coworking spaces in Cusco that are now permanently closed:
- Nomad Hideout
Cusco is an amazing place to be a digital nomad and there are plenty of coworking spaces to help you get the most out of your experience. Each one offers something a little different, so it’s important to find the coworking space that best suits your needs.
They all offer different amenities and services that cater to the needs of remote workers. So take your pick and get started on your next adventure in one of these beautiful coworking spaces in Cusco! And if we missed any good ones, let us know so we can check them out.
Do you have any other suggestions for the best coworking spaces in Cusco? Drop the name in the comments so we know where to head next time!
Originally Published: January 3, 2023
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