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Time of Departure
07:00am EVERY DAY06:00am EVERY DAY
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 select our central meeting point: MC DONALDS, PARQUE KENNEDY - MIRAFLORES as your pick-up location.
Minimum Time Needed
10 Days / 9 Nights (includes 4 days in Cusco)
LIMA – PARACAS – HUACACHINA – NAZCA – AREQUIPA – CUSCO – PUNO – COPACABANA – LA PAZ
2018 tickets selling out fast due to huge demand...book in advance where possible
Follow the different ‘Hopstages’ of our route to see the different highlights at each of our destinations.
The cultural route is the extended journey to Paracas and includes free local stops to experience authentic Peruvian culture. Departs at 07:00am. Nothing mentioned below is included in the Express Journey.
First stop, Pachacamac, the pre-Inca Temple considered Lima’s version of Machu Picchu. After that, once a bit outside Lima, we’ll take you to a unique beach hut bakery for some must-try Peruvian cuisine at prices as cheap as $1!
Finally, before arriving to Paracas, we’ll stop at the most fascinating, historical spot yet – the slave tunnels. Hacienda San Jose, Chincha is where we’ll show you the 17km of underground tunnels from the 17th century that were only discovered 100 years later!
Rent normal bikes or quad bikes and drive around the desert
Paraglide over Peru’s largest protected natural habitat
Practice kite surfing on the waves that crash against the desert
Chill out by the pool or at the beach that stays sunny all year round
Paracas National Reserve where the desert meets the sea. Check out our Instagram for some pics of this unbelievable spot. Note: Free with your Peru Hop wristband.
Enjoy Ceviche, the national dish of Peru, on the rooftop of Restaurant Paracas – with one of the best views of the city. Note: exclusive discounted price when you show your Peru Hop wristband.
Top Thing to Do in Paracas
Ballestas Islands: See Paracas wildlife such as penguins, sea lions, marine birds and sometimes even dolphins or whales. The tour of the ‘poor man’s Galapagos’ lasts about 2 hours and begins at 08:00am or 10:00am.
Departure: EVERY DAY
Departures From: Any hotel/hostel in Miraflores or Barranco. Selected points in downtown (old town) Lima.
Departure Time: 07:00am
Arrival Time: 14:00pm
Note: The Cultural Route is not more time on a bus. The free extra stops and tours on route are the reason for the later arrival time.
Departures: EVERY DAY
Departures from: Any hotel/hostel in Miraflores or Barranco. Selected points in downtown (old town) Lima.
Departure time: 06:00am
Arrival time: 10:00am
Note: The Express Route journey has no stops. It is four straight hours on a bus from Lima to Paracas. Ideal for those short on time.
Recommended Nights in Paracas:
We recommend staying at least 1 night in Paracas. This way you will have the chance to experience the Ballestas Islands boat tour, seeing the wild marine animals and visit the Paracas National Reserve, where the desert meets the sea. We can help you book your Paracas accommodation onboard.
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 (Cultural Route) to stop and see more along the way!
Drop off: Paracas is a small town, where the bus can only drive on one street. Hotel Frayles is our drop-off point – 1 minute walk from all popular hotels and hostels.
Explore the only desert oasis in South America
Visit a Pisco Vineyard and learn all about how the national drink of Peru is made
Camp overnight in the dunes and gaze at the stars
Relax by the pool and soak in the heat of the desert
Paracas National Reserve where the desert meets the sea. Check out our Instagram for some pics of this unbelievable spot. The bus to the reserve departs at 11:00am everyday before the bus to Huacachina. Note: Free with your Peru Hop wristband.
Top Thing to Do in Huacachina
Dunebuggy and Sandboarding in Huacachina: Guaranteed to be one of the biggest adrenalin rushes you will have in your life! Dune Buggy through the dunes of the desert, sandboard down and finish it all off by taking some stunning snaps of the desert sunset at the end. The tour begins at 16:00pm and lasts 2 hours.
Departures From: Residencial Los Frayles (within close walking distance of most hotels/hostels in Paracas).
Departure Time: 13:00pm
Arrival Time: 14:15pm
Recommended Nights in Huacachina:
We recommend staying 1 night in Huacachina. This way you can enjoy looking at the stars from the desert oasis during the night and also experience the fun day time activity of a dune buggy and sandboarding tour! We can help you book your accommodation.
Drop off:Huacachina is a small town, where the bus can only drive on one street. Casa de Arena is our drop-off point and is less than a 5 min walk from all other popular hostels and hotels.
Once departed from Huacachina, it can feel like a long journey ahead to Arequipa. However, we’ve found the perfect local destinations just off the beaten track where you can learn about and experience some of the most interesting parts of Peruvian culture.
First stop is the Pisco Vineyard, only 15 mins from Huacachina. 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! This tour lasts an hour long.
Approximately 3 hours after leaving Huacachina (including tours), it’s time for our next pitstop, the Nazca Lines Viewing Tower. The Nazca lines are an age-old mystery of giant etches left on the earth. No one knows who left them or how! We’ll spend an hour here where you can climb the Viewing Tower and see 3 of the biggest Nazca Lines free with your Peru Hop pass.
Finally you’ll arrive to Arequipa, probably Peru’s most beautiful city. It is surrounded by 3 volcanos and is known as ‘The White City’ because many of it’s buildings are constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. We highly recommend taking time to explore this incredible place.
Colca Canyon Trek – requires more time to adjust to the altitude but is considered a must-do activity when staying in Arequipa
Go white water rafting – a fun activity for people of all ages
Explore the marvelous snow-capped volcano, Misti Mountain
Top Thing to Do in Nazca
Nazca Flights Information: If you want to do the Nazca Lines Flight, you can take a public bus from Huacachina to Nazca at 08:00am, take the flight, and we will pick you up at 07:00pm in Nazca. Just ask your guide if you want more info. on booking.
Top Thing to Do in Arequipa
Colca Canyon Tour: A relaxed mix of bus rides and walking for those who cannot stay 4 or 5 days in Arequipa to do a difficult trek.
Extra Colca Canyon Tour Info:
Colca Canyon 2 day tour begins at 08:00am (can be done on the same day as arrival).
Full day tour begins at 03:00am (stay 1 night Arequipa, do this tour the next day).
2 and 3 day treks that begin at 03:00am are available also.
Departures: EVERY DAY
Departures from: Casa de Arenas (within close walking distance of most hotels/hostels in Huacachina).
Departure time: 13:00pm
Arrival time: 05:30am (next day)
Recommended Nights in Arequipa:
We recommend staying 2 nights in Arequipa. This way you can do a quick tour or trek of Colca Canyon and spend some time exploring the stunning city. We can help you book your accommodation.
Note: We do not recommend spending time in Nazca as there is not much to do, but your ticket does allow you to hop off in Nazca and get on the next bus if you so wish.
Drop offs: Any hostel/hotel in central Arequipa (within 1km of Plaza de Armas).
The journey to Cusco from Arequipa is broken up by our stop at Pukara. At this non-touristy town you’ll get to enjoy an authentic Peruvian lunch and local prices.
Explore the historic city of Cusco
Venture to the Sacred Valley and walk through one of the many trails set out by the Incas long ago
Go white water rafting (Urubamba/Apurimac rivers)
Go quad biking by the fascinating Moray terraces and Maras salt flats
Go horseback riding to local places such as Kenko, Temple of the Moon, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and more
Top Thing to Do in Cusco
Machu Picchu Tour – Do either a trek (Classic Inca Trail or Salkantay), or maybe a combined trek/biking tour (Inka Jungle Trek) or take the train in and back (can be done as a full day but 2 days staying the night before in Aguas Calientes is advised).
Departures: EVERY DAY
Departure From: Any hotel/hostel in central Arequipa.
Departure Time: 05:45am
Arrival Timee: 17:30pm
Recommended Nights in Cusco:
We recommend staying 3-4 nights in Cusco (not including nights allocated to touring/trekking Machu Picchu). There are many interesting, culture-based activities to do in and around Cusco. 3-4 nights is the perfect time to try a few of the different activities before moving on.
Drop-off: For legal reasons, big buses cannot drive in the historical centre of Cusco. Peru Hop Private Terminal is the drop off point. Click here to view map.
Upon arrival in Puno, we’ll enjoy a delicious yet cheap Peruvian breakfast to fuel up for the early morning boat ride out to the islands.
Night Stay on Isla Amantani at a local homestay. For more info. just ask your guide.
Visit the captivating Sillustani burial towers.
Kayak on the highest navigable lake in the world.
Top Thing to Do in Puno
Floating Islands Tour – See how locals build and live on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
Departures From: Peru Hop Private terminal just 10/15 minutes from hotels (address will be provided on booking confirmation).
Departure Time: 22:00pm
Arrival Time: 06:00am (next day)
Recommended Nights in Puno:
We recommend staying 1 night in Puno. 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. We can help you book your accommodation.
Drop-off: Any hostel/hotel in central Puno (within 1km of Plaza de Armas).
This scenic part of the route is arguably one of the most beautiful. It is also the only part of our journey where you’ll cross from one country to another! For the Peru/Bolivia border crossing, our guides will assist you with the necessary paperwork and immigration processes for crossing. Check with our office before departure for nationalities that may require additional VISA requirements. Please have your passport and immigration slips in order. Overstay fines should be paid before leaving.
Climb ‘El Calvario’ hill for amazing panoramic views of Lake Titicaca (sunset).
Visit the sacred church and pilgrimage centre of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Copacabana.
Hire a kayak or duck-shaped pedalow and head out onto the lake.
Relax lakeside with a cold beer and dine on the local speciality of freshly caught lake trout.
Top Thing to Do in Copacabana
Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun) – According to Inca legend this small island in the middle of Lake Titicaca was home to their most revered god, Inti, and was the mythical birthplace of the first Inca ancestors. A 4 hour round trip in our private boat takes you out to see the ancestral terracing and ruins of the southern part of the island as well as the existing island communities (includes a 1 hour walk from the original sun temple to the small island town of Yumani). Includes island entrance fee.
Departures From: Any hotel/hostel in central Puno.
Departure Time: 08:30am
Arrival Time: 13:30pm
Recommended Nights in Copacabana:
We recommend staying 1 night in Copacabana. There’s not too much to do here but one night is optimal for any tours or activities you might be interested in doing around Lake Titicaca. We can help you book your accommodation.
Drop-off: Copacabana is a small town, where the bus can only drive on one street. The White Anchor is our drop-off point.
Copacabana to La Paz is not a very long journey however it does include the Tiquina lake crossing. Here you’ll get a short break from the bus to enjoy a passenger ferry across the Strait of Tiquina where you can also get some stunning snaps form the water. Boat fare is included with your Peru Hop pass.
Take the newly constructed city Teleferico (cable car) for the most stunning views of the city.
Visit the infamous witch market and buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Learn the history of the coca leaf and its continued use in indigenous culture in the Coca Museum.
Feel on top of the world scaling the infamous peak of Huayna Potosi – 6000+m (3 days).
Top Thing to Do in La Paz
Bike the Infamous Death Road – One of Bolivia’s biggest attractions, this activity is not for the faint hearted. Death Road is perfect for any adrenaline-loving travellers and is among the most challenging activities you can do in South America.
Departures From: White Anchor in Copacabana port
Departure Time: 18:00pm
Arrival Time: 22:30pm
Recommended Nights in La Paz:
We recommend staying 2-3 nights in La Paz. This will give you the chance to fully explore the beautiful city and do any of the many activities available in La Paz.
Drop-off: Any hotel/hostel in central La Paz. Click here to view map.
Buses operate EVERYDAY in EVERY direction.
Follow our recommended plan or hop on and hop off as much as you like.
|HOP STAGE 1|
|A: LIMA TO PARACAS (FREE EXTRA STOPS)||EVERYDAY|
|CHINCHA SLAVE TUNNELS||12:00|
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)||EVERYDAY|
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||EVERYDAY|
|PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE||11:00|
MAIN ACTIVITY IN HUACACHINA: Dune Buggy and Sandboarding – Tours at 16:00pm. Tours last 2 hours.
|HOP STAGE 3|
|HUACACHINA TO NAZCA TO AREQUIPA||EVERYDAY|
|PISCO VINEYARD TOUR||13:15|
|NAZCA VIEWING TOWER||17:30|
|NAZCA DINNER STOP||18:00|
MAIN ACTIVITY IN AREQUIPA: Colca Canyon Tours and Treks. 2 Day Tours begin at 08:00am, and are possible to do on the same day as arrival. 1 Day Tours and Treks begin at 03:00am.
|HOP STAGE 4|
|AREQUIPA TO CUSCO||EVERYDAY|
|PUKARA LUNCH STOP||12:00|
AREQUIPA PICK-UPS: Between 05:15-05:45am. Be ready at reception at 05:15am.
|HOP STAGE 5|
|CUSCO TO PUNO||EVERYDAY|
DEPARTURE POINT IN CUSCO: Peru Hop Private Terminal.
|HOP STAGE 6|
|PUNO TO COPACABANA||EVERYDAY|
MAIN ACTIVITY IN COPACABANA: Isla del Sol boat trip (4hr round trip). Departs 14:00pm from the White Anchor. Returns in time for the bus to La Paz the same day. Or stay on the island and return the next day.
|HOP STAGE 7|
|COPACABANA TO LA PAZ||EVERYDAY|
|TIQUINA FERRY CROSSING||19:00|
|LA PAZ (ARRIVAL)||22:30|
DEPARTURE POINT FROM COPACABANA: WHITE ANCHOR – Please don’t be late or you will miss this bus!
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no buses from La Paz - Copacabana and Copacabana - La Paz on Saturday 26th May. 26th of May is the festival of El Gran Poder in La Paz, the biggest religious celebration of the year in La Paz. The entire city centre is completely closed off for 24 hours due to the enormous parade with thousands of costumed dancers accompanied by brass bands.
Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!