To Cusco Without The Lake

Departure Days
EVERY DAY

Time of Departure
07:00am EVERY DAY
06:00am 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
5 Days / 4 Nights

Price
$179


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LIMA – PARACAS – HUACACHINA – NAZCA – AREQUIPA – CUSCO

IMPORTANT:

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

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
  • Tour or trek the second deepest canyon in the world at the Colca Canyon. – Arequipa
  • 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.

Route by Route Information

Follow the different ‘Hopstages’ of our route to see the different highlights at each of our destinations.

HOPSTAGE 1: Lima to Paracas

The hot relaxing beach town of Paracas is four hours from the loud busy city of Lima. If you want to travel directly from Lima to Paracas with us read more about our Express Route in Departure Details below. Alternatively, enjoy experiencing the fascinating, authentic Peruvian way of life on our Culture Route – packed with free stops and tours.

The Cultural Route

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!

Top Things to do in Paracas

bicycle-icon-20 Rent normal bikes or quad bikes and drive around the desert
paragliding Paraglide over Peru’s largest protected natural habitat
kitesurfing Practice kite surfing on the waves that crash against the desert
beach png Chill out by the pool or at the beach that stays sunny all year round

tickets 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.

restaurant 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.

40894-top-games-starTop 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.

Peru Hop Departure Details

Lima to Paracas – The Culture Route

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.

Lima to Paracas – Express Route

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.

Peru Hop Timetable Tips

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.

HOPSTAGE 2: Paracas to Huacachina

Huacachina is only a short one hour 15 min journey from Paracas but feels like travelling from one paradise to another. Leave the quaint cultural home of the National Reserve and arrive to the only desert oasis in all of South America.

Top Things to do in Huacachina

Binoculars Explore the only desert oasis in South America
Drink IconVisit a Pisco Vineyard and learn all about how the national drink of Peru is made
tent pngCamp overnight in the dunes and gaze at the stars
pool iconRelax by the pool and soak in the heat of the desert

tickets 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.

40894-top-games-starTop 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.

Peru Hop Departure Details

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
 
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.

HOPSTAGE 3: Huacachina to Nazca to Arequipa

After the incredibly hot and picturesque Huacachina it’s time for the next leg of the journey. Walk through an alluring Pisco Vineyard, and see the famous Nazca lines for yourself from the viewing tower. Finally arrive in the stunning volcano surrounded, white city of Arequipa.

The Culture Route

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.

Top Things to Do in Nazca & Arequipa

trek icon Colca Canyon Trek – requires more time to adjust to the altitude but is considered a must-do activity when staying in Arequipa
rafting icon Go white water rafting – a fun activity for people of all ages
mountain icon Explore the marvelous snow-capped volcano, Misti Mountain

40894-top-games-starTop 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.

40894-top-games-starTop 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.

Peru Hop Departure Details

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).

HOPSTAGE 4: Arequipa to Cusco

Machu Picchu
Cusco is our next stop after the beautiful white city of Arequipa. Only a few hours away, this enthralling city is famously known as the gateway to Machu Picchu. Full of culture and history, Cusco is a city not to be passed through quickly.

The Cultural Route

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.

Top Things to Do in Cusco

Binoculars Explore the historic city of Cusco
trek icon Venture to the Sacred Valley and walk through one of the many trails set out by the Incas long ago
rafting icon Go white water rafting (Urubamba/Apurimac rivers)
881432-200 Go quad biking by the fascinating Moray terraces and Maras salt flats
horseback Go horseback riding to local places such as Kenko, Temple of the Moon, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and more

40894-top-games-starTop 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).

Peru Hop Departure Details

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.

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Bus Timetable

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
LIMA (DEPART) 07:00
PACHACAMAC VIEWING 08:30
CHINCHA SLAVE TUNNELS 12:00
PARACAS (ARRIVE) 14:00

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
LIMA (DEPART) 06:00
PARACAS (ARRIVE) 10:00

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
PARACAS (DEPARTURE) 13:00
HUACACHINA (ARRIVE) 14:15

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
HUACACHINA (DEPART) 13:00
PISCO VINEYARD TOUR 13:15
NAZCA VIEWING TOWER 17:30
NAZCA DINNER STOP 18:00
NAZCA (ARRIVE/DEPART) 19:00
AREQUIPA (ARRIVE) 05:30

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
AREQUIPA (DEPARTURE) 05:45
BREAKFAST STOP 08:00
LAGUNILLAS VIEWPOINT 09:30
PUKARA LUNCH STOP 12:00
CUSCO (ARRIVE) 17:30

AREQUIPA PICK-UPS: Between 05:15-05:45am. Be ready at reception at 05:15am.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN CUSCO: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tours and Treks.

Important Notes

27, 28 & 29 JULY 2018 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS (PERU)

Biggest public holidays of the year.  Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!