Hanaq VIP Lounge is the only Priority Pass Lounge at Cusco’s airport. Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) is one of the busier airports in the country given the city’s notoriety as the jumping-off point for the Sacred Valley – specifically Machu Picchu. It’s Peru’s second busiest terminal, handling about 3.5 million passengers each year.
There are three airport lounges in Cusco, and the Hanaq VIP Lounge is the only lounge that accepts the Priority Pass membership.
Hanaq VIP Lounge is a tiny lounge, but it actually offers quite a bit inside the tiny space it occupies.
Hanaq VIP Lounge location
Because Cusco airport is quite small, the lounges here are very easy to find. To access the Hanaq VIP Lounge, turn right after security, go downstairs, and you will find the Hanaq Priority Pass lounge next to Gate #9.
Accessing Hanaq VIP Lounge
The Hanaq VIP Lounge in Cusco is part of the Priority Pass Lounge network. You can access the lounge using your Priority Pass membership.
When we fly, we always take our Priority Pass to get into over 1,200 lounges at airports around the world (and get discounts at several restaurants!) If you travel, consider getting a Priority Pass Membership and stop paying for drinks and food at the airport!
You can also purchase a day pass to this Priority Pass Lounge for $26 per person. If you want a pass, you may purchase it at the front desk.
Hanaq VIP Lounge layout
As stated previously, this is a very small lounge that can probably only accommodate fewer than 30 people – and that would be quite crowded with several people standing. The lounge is basically four walls with a small bar, a decently large food area, and seating throughout the center.
To give you an idea of how small the Hanaq lounge is – there is only one chair at the bar.
The 16 leather chairs in the lounge are quite comfortable and fine if you have to stay here for a couple of hours.
There are about 10-12 regular chairs in the lounge as well. They are all at small tables.
Food and Drink
Because the lounge is so small, you should not come here expecting a large selection of food. That said, the selection was impressive considering the amount of space in the lounge to accommodate it.
Food and snack options at Hanaq Lounge
We used the lounge at 8:00 in the morning on a Tuesday. Breakfast options included:
- banana bread and carrot cake (quite good)
- white and whole-wheat toast
- hard-boiled eggs
- bananas, apples, oranges
- ham and cheese slices
There was no hot food available for breakfast. Unless you count toast.
Hot and cold drinks
The Hanaq VIP Lounge in Cusco airport serves decent coffee from a machine that makes espresso-style drinks. It’s not the greatest stuff, but it’s decent, nonetheless. The lounge also has a machine that makes fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Halef tried it and said it was quite good – though the oranges were a bit too tart.
You’ll find bottled water and soft drinks like Inca Cola and Coca-Cola in the fridge below the food station.
Hanaq Lounge bar
The bar serves standard alcoholic drinks. It’s not self-serve. You’ll have to wait for a bartender to make herself available before you can get a drink. You can get pretty much any basic liquor. Martinis, rum, vodka, gin, etc.
If you’ve been in Cusco for more than a day, you’ll probably not be too surprised to discover that the bar serves Cusquena beer. They have Golden Ale, Wheat, and Negra.
It’s the only beer they serve. You won’t see it though. You’ll have to ask for it. It’s in a Coleman camp cooler under the sink.
Amenities at Hanaq VIP Lounge
Amenities are few and far between at Hanaq VIP Lounge in Cusco Airport. In fact, the lounge is so small that we found there was very little here except food and drinks (which, to be fair, is enough).
This was the one amenity at the Hanaq VIP Lounge.
Although calling it a business center is a bit of a stretch, Hanaq VIP Lounge does have a computer workstation. It’s one computer. It didn’t seem to be attached to anything resembling a printer, but we’re told print jobs go to the main desk.
We assume it was mainly used for Internet access for the one person on the planet who travels without a laptop or smartphone these days.
The toilet area here is very clean and spacious. There are several signs in the bathroom warning you not to flush paper (or anything that didn’t come out of you).
That’s pretty standard in South America. The sewage systems simply cannot handle it.
There are no showers at Hanaq VIP Lounge in Cusco.
Other things you’ll find here
- Air conditioning
- Fax services
- Flight Information display
- Internet / WiFi that is quite decent
- A selection of newspapers and magazines
- USB slots and European/American-style plugs
Further reading: The best way to get from Lima to Cusco.
Plus: Is the Cusco Tourist Ticket worth the price?
More on Airport Lounges
We have several memberships and airline statuses that allow us to access airport lounges all around the world.
If you want to learn more about airport lounges, start with our post, Is Airport Lounge Access Worth The Cost of a Priority Pass or Credit Card?
You can read more of our airport lounges reviews as well. And if you want to get a Priority Pass, click this link to find out more.
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Michael is originally from Canada but now resides in Atlanta, GA with his husband, Halef, who also writes here. He is a Couchsurfing expert. Michael has traveled to over 50 countries learning how to experience more for less as he travels.
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