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To Cusco Without the Canyon

Departure Days
MON/TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT/SUN

Time of Departure
07:00am MON/WED/FRI/SAT/SUN
06:00am DAILY

Pick up Location
Any hotel/hostel in Miraflores or Barranco. Selected points in downtown (old town) Lima.


Note: If staying outside of these areas or at a residential address then please consult by email at info@peruhop.com

Minimum Time Needed
4 Days / 3 Nights

Price
$189

to cusco without the canyon

LIMA – PARACAS – HUACACHINA – NAZCA – PUNO – CUSCO

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1. Plan your Itinerary – Choose a date and see our recommended schedule.
2. Trip Highlights – A summary of the main attractions covered under this pass.
3. Bus Timetable – All bus times for each stage of this pass.
4. Route by Route Information – Detailed descriptions of each stage of the pass.
5. Important Notes – Up to date information regarding holiday periods or anything else which may affect our service.

Plan your Itinerary

Simply choose your preferred departure date and get your personal timetable within a second. Follow that recommended schedule to see and do it all at the perfect pace or hop off and stay anywhere longer! Feel free to download, print and share it with your friends!

NOTE: The itinerary planner does not factor in any break periods we have (e.g. around Christmas and the fact that we do not operate buses in February). Please check the important notes section under each pass for more information about this.

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Trip Highlights

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Take a speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands to see penguins and sea lions in their natural habitat. – Paracas
  • Dune Buggy up and Sandboard down the biggest sand dunes at the only desert oasis in South America. – Huacachina
  • Make a quick stop (1 hour) to see the Nazca Lines for free, or let us assist with a Nazca Lines flight. – Nazca
  • Take a boat to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and visit families living on the floating islands. – Puno
  • Visit the Sacred Valley and tour/trek to the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu. – Cusco
  • Free hotel/hostel pickups and dropoffs at every stop. Avoid ripoffs and unsafe taxis.

FREE EXTRA STOPS AND TOURS WITH THIS TICKET:

  • Exclusive tour of underground secret slave tunnels in Chincha. 17km of tunnels used to traffic slaves in 17th Century. – UNIQUE STOP
  • Pisco Vineyard Tour – Discover how Pisco is made from grape to bottle and taste free samples of Peru’s national liquor.
  • Paracas National Reserve – One of the biggest protected deserts in the Americas – incredible views of desert meeting the ocean.
  • Nazca Lines Viewing Tower – Climb the tower and see 3 of the Nazca Lines for free.
  • Pachacamac Panoramic Views – Bus stops briefly to see this pre-Inca citadel… Lima’s poor version of Machu Picchu.
  • Cristo del Pacifico – A quick stop full of history, with the best view of Lima’s coast.

Bus Timetable

HOW TO READ:
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise.
Example: Leave Lima on a Monday and arrive to Cusco on Saturday.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
 HOP STAGE 1
A: LIMA TO PARACAS (FREE EXTRA STOPS)
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
LIMA (DEPART)07:0007:0007:0007:0007:00
CRISTO PACIFICO08:0008:0008:0008:0008:00
PACHACAMAC VIEWING08:3008:3008:3008:3008:30
CHINCHA SLAVE TUNNELS12:0012:0012:0012:0012:00
PARACAS (ARRIVE)14:0014:0014:0014:0014:00
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PARACAS: Ballestas Islands – Stay 1 night in Paracas and take the Ballestas tour the next day at 08:00am. Tours last 2 hours. Possible to then do the trip into the National Reserve (FREE) at 11am before departing to Huacachina.
B: LIMA TO PARACAS (EXPRESS NON-STOP)
 MONTUEWEDTHUFRISAT
SUN
LIMA (DEPART)06:0006:0006:0006:0006:0006:0006:00
PARACAS (ARRIVE)10:0010:0010:0010:0010:0010:0010:00
EXPRESS: Taking the direct 06:00am bus from Lima it is possible to arrive to Paracas at 10:00am and leave again at 13:00pm on the SAME day for Huacachina. Allows time to visit the National Reserve (FREE) OR the Ballestas Islands (EXTRA). This may suit people very short on time although we do recommend the 07:00am bus where possible.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PARACAS: Ballestas Islands – Tours at 10:00am. Arrive into Paracas and go straight out to the Ballestas Tour. Tours last 2 hours.
HOP STAGE 2
PARACAS TO HUACACHINA
TUEWEDTHUFRISATSUNMON
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE11:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:00
PARACAS (DEPART)13:0013:0013:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
HUACACHINA (ARRIVE)14:1514:1514:1514:1514:1514:1514:15
MAIN ACTIVITY IN HUACACHINA: Dune Buggy and Sandboarding – Tours at 16:00pm. Tours last 2 hours. It is possible to do it on the same day as arrival.
HOP STAGE 3
HUACACHINA TO NAZCA TO PUNO
WEDTHUFRISATSUNMONTUE
HUACACHINA (DEPART)13:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
PISCO VINEYARD TOUR13:1513:1513:1513:1513:15
NAZCA VIEWING TOWER17:3017:3017:3017:3017:30
NAZCA DINNER STOP18:0018:0018:0018:0018:00
NAZCA (ARRIVE/DEPART)19:0019:0019:0019:0019:00
THUFRISATSUNMONTUEWED
BREAKFAST STOP08:0008:0008:0008:0008:00
LAGUNILLAS MIRADOR VIEWPOINT09:3009:3009:3009:3009:30
JULIACA (COFFEE STOP)11:0011:0011:0011:0011:00
PUNO (ARRIVE) 13:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PUNO: 2-Hour, Full Day or Homestays Tours (1 night) are available at Lake Titicaca.
HOP STAGE 4
PUNO TO CUSCO
FRISATSUNMONTUEWEDTHU
PUNO (DEPART)21:3010:0021:3021:3010:0021:3010:0021:3010:0021:3010:0021:30
PUKARA LUNCH STOPN/A12:00N/AN/A12:00N/A12:00N/A12:00N/A12:00N/A
SATSUNMONTUEWEDTHUFRI
CUSCO (ARRIVE)06:0017:3006:0006:0017:3006:0017:3006:0017:3006:0017:3006:00
PUNO PICK-UPS: Start 30 minutes before departure time.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN CUSCO: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tours and Treks.
HOW TO READ:
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise.
Example: Leave Lima on a Monday and arrive to Cusco on Saturday.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
 HOP STAGE 1
A: LIMA TO PARACAS (FREE EXTRA STOPS)
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
LIMA (DEPART)07:0007:0007:0007:0007:00
CRISTO PACIFICO08:0008:0008:0008:0008:00
PACHACAMAC VIEWING08:3008:3008:3008:3008:30
CHINCHA SLAVE TUNNELS12:0012:0012:0012:0012:00
PARACAS (ARRIVE)14:0014:0014:0014:0014:00
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PARACAS: Ballestas Islands – Stay 1 night in Paracas and take the Ballestas tour the next day at 08:00am. Tours last 2 hours. Possible to then do the trip into the National Reserve (FREE) at 11am before departing to Huacachina.
B: LIMA TO PARACAS (EXPRESS NON-STOP)
 MONTUEWEDTHUFRISAT
SUN
LIMA (DEPART)06:0006:0006:0006:0006:0006:0006:00
PARACAS (ARRIVE)10:0010:0010:0010:0010:0010:0010:00
EXPRESS: Taking the direct 06:00am bus from Lima it is possible to arrive to Paracas at 10:00am and leave again at 13:00pm on the SAME day for Huacachina. Allows time to visit the National Reserve (FREE) OR the Ballestas Islands (EXTRA). This may suit people very short on time although we do recommend the 07:00am bus where possible.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PARACAS: Ballestas Islands – Tours at 10:00am. Arrive into Paracas and go straight out to the Ballestas Tour. Tours last 2 hours.
HOP STAGE 2
PARACAS TO HUACACHINA
TUEWEDTHUFRISATSUNMON
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE11:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:0011:00
PARACAS (DEPART)13:0013:0013:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
HUACACHINA (ARRIVE)14:1514:1514:1514:1514:1514:1514:15
MAIN ACTIVITY IN HUACACHINA: Dune Buggy and Sandboarding – Tours at 16:00pm. Tours last 2 hours. It is possible to do it on the same day as arrival.
HOP STAGE 3
HUACACHINA TO NAZCA TO PUNO
WEDTHUFRISATSUNMONTUE
HUACACHINA (DEPART)13:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
PISCO VINEYARD TOUR13:1513:1513:1513:1513:15
NAZCA VIEWING TOWER17:3017:3017:3017:3017:30
NAZCA DINNER STOP18:0018:0018:0018:0018:00
NAZCA (ARRIVE/DEPART)19:0019:0019:0019:0019:00
THUFRISATSUNMONTUEWED
BREAKFAST STOP08:0008:0008:0008:0008:00
LAGUNILLAS MIRADOR VIEWPOINT09:3009:3009:3009:3009:30
JULIACA (COFFEE STOP)11:0011:0011:0011:0011:00
PUNO (ARRIVE) 13:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PUNO: 2-Hour, Full Day or Homestays Tours (1 night) are available at Lake Titicaca.
HOP STAGE 4
PUNO TO CUSCO
FRISATSUNMONTUEWEDTHU
PUNO (DEPART)21:3010:0021:3021:3010:0021:3010:0021:3010:0021:3010:0021:30
PUKARA LUNCH STOPN/A12:00N/AN/A12:00N/A12:00N/A12:00N/A12:00N/A
SATSUNMONTUEWEDTHUFRI
CUSCO (ARRIVE)06:0017:3006:0006:0017:3006:0017:3006:0017:3006:0017:3006:00
PUNO PICK-UPS: Start 30 minutes before departure time.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN CUSCO: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tours and Treks.

Route by Route Information

HOPSTAGE 1: LIMA TO PARACAS

A: RECOMMENDED DEPARTURE WITH EXTRA STOPS

 
DEPARTURES: MON/WED/FRI/SAT/SUN
DEPARTURES FROM: Any hotel/hostel in Miraflores or Barranco. Selected points in downtown (old town) Lima.
DEPARTURE TIME: 07:00am
ARRIVAL TIME: 14:00pm
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • Cristo del Pacifico, Lima – Get the best views of Lima and learn all about the war between Peru and Chile at this stunning location.
  • Pachacamac, Lima – Enjoy a FREE panoramic view of this pre-Inca Temple – Lima’s version of Machu Picchu.
  • Bread Oven Breakfast – We take a unique stop to taste Peru’s freshest bread for around $1!
  • Hacienda San Jose, Chincha – Discover secret slave tunnels from the 17th Century. These tunnels stretch over 17km underground and were only discovered 100 years later!

B: EXPRESS SERVICE – direct bus to Paracas (no stops)

 
DEPARTURES: DAILY
DEPARTURES FROM: Any hotel/hostel in Miraflores or Barranco. Selected points in downtown (old town) Lima.
DEPARTURE TIME: 06:00am
ARRIVAL TIME: 10:00am
 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying at least 1 night in Paracas. We can help you book your accommodation onboard.
 
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:

  • Ballestas Islands – Take a 2 hour speed boat tour of the islands where you will see penguins, sea lions, marine birds and maybe dolphins, all living in their natural habitat. Ballestas Islands are known as “poor man’s” Galapagos. Boat tours begin at 08:00am or 10:00am and last 2 hours.

 
SHORT ON TIME?
If you take the express 06:00am bus it is not necessary to spend the night in Paracas. You can arrive at 10am and have 3 hours in Paracas before leaving for Huacacina at 1pm. Enjoy a visit to the Paracas National Reserve (included free stop) OR a boat tour to Ballestas Islands (optional extra) and continue to Huacachina the same day. Note – there is NOT time to do both the Reserva and the Ballestas. However, we strongly recommend the 07:00am bus to stop and see more along the way!
 
OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • Rent quad bikes and drive around the desert.
  • Rent bicycles.
  • Practice kitesurfing.
  • Chill out by the pool or at the beach.

HOPSTAGE 2: PARACAS TO HUACACHINA

DEPARTURES: DAILY
DEPARTURES FROM: Residencial Los Frayles (within close walking distance of most hotels/hostels in Paracas).
DEPARTURE TIME: 13:00pm
ARRIVAL TIME: 14:15pm
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • Paracas National Reserve – Experience one of the largest protected desert reserves in South America. The bus to the reserve departs at 11:00am on MON/TUE/THU/SAT before the bus to Huacachina.

 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying 1 night in Huacachina. We can help you book your accommodation.
 
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:

  • Dune Buggy and Sandboarding – Guaranteed to be one of the biggest adrenalin rushes you will have in your life! Dune Buggy up and sandboard down…what can go wrong?! Tours begin at 16:00pm and last 2 hours.

 
OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • Explore the only desert oasis in South America.
  • Visit a Pisco Vineyard.
  • Camp overnight in the dunes.
  • Relax by the pool.

HOPSTAGE 3: HUACACHINA TO NAZCA TO PUNO

DEPARTURES: MON/TUE/WED/FRI/SUN
DEPARTURES FROM: Casa de Arenas (within close walking distance of most hotels/hostels in Huacachina).
DEPARTURE TIME: 13:00pm
ARRIVAL TIME: 13:00pm (next day)
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • Pisco Vineyard – Take a tour of a boutique vineyard to discover how Pisco, the national drink of Peru, is made. Best of all, get lots of free samples of pure pisco, sweet wine, and Pisco baileys! The tour begins at 13:15pm.
  • Nazca Lines Viewing Tower – Climb the tower and see 3 of the biggest Nazca Lines for free!

 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying 1 night in Puno. We can help you book your accommodation.
 
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:

  • Floating Islands Tour – See how locals build and live on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

 
OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • For those who might want to experience more, take a full day tour and even stay 1 night on Isla Amantani at a local homestay. We can help organize these extra activities!
  • Visit the Sillustani burial towers.
  • Kayak on the highest navigable lake in the world.

EXTRA TIP:
Puno is a small place with not much to do apart from visiting the Uros floating islands, Isla Taquile, and Isla Amantani on Lake Titicaca. Overnight stays on Isla Amantani are possible for those who want to explore more of the islands.

HOPSTAGE 4: PUNO TO CUSCO

DEPARTURES: Day bus: MON/TUE/WED/THU/SAT | Night bus: MON/TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT/SUN
DEPARTURES FROM: Any hotel/hostel in central Puno.
DEPARTURE TIME: Day bus: 10:00am MON/TUE/WED/THU/SAT | Night bus: 21:30pm MON/TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT/SUN
ARRIVAL TIME: Day bus: 17:30pm MON/TUE/WED/THU/SAT | Night bus: 06:00am TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT/SUN/MON
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • None – Direct bus.

 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying 3-4 nights in Cusco.
 
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:

  • Machu Picchu Tour – Do either a trek (Classic Inca Trail or Salkantay), or maybe a combined trek/biking tour (Inka Jungle Trek) or train in and back (can be done as a full day but 2 days staying the night before in Aguas Calientes advised).

 
OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • Explore the historic city of Cusco.
  • Venture to the Sacred Valley.
  • Go white water rafting (Urubamba/Apurimac rivers).
  • Quad biking.
  • Horseriding.

 
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL
We drop you off at your hostel in Cusco and you get lots of tips and advice at our office in Cusco and maybe even a free tshirt if they are in stock!

Important Notes

END OF 2017 BREAK

We will be taking a short break at the end of December for Christmas and New Year.LAST BUS          DEPART LIMA: TUESDAY 19 DEC *(ARRIVE CUSCO: FRI 22 DEC)*MUST follow the minimum recommended schedule - hop offs to stay longer not permitted                                     NEXT BUS          DEPART LIMA: WEDNESDAY 3 JANUARY 2018

RAINY SEASON 2018 BREAK

JANUARY – buses restart WEDNESDAY 3 JANUARY and run for several weeks before closing for rainy season.

LAST BUS          DEPART LIMA: SATURDAY 27 JANUARY *(ARRIVE CUSCO: TUE 30 JAN)

*MUST follow the minimum recommended schedule - hop offs to stay longer not permitted

NEXT BUS          DEPART LIMA: WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY

13 - 16 APRIL 2017 SEMANA SANTA

Easter weekend holidays.  Hostel and tour prices increase during this period.  MUST book accommodation in advance!