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To Lima Without The Lake

Departure Days
MON/TUE/WED/FRI/SUN

Time of Departure
19:00pm (meet at our terminal 18:30pm)

Pick up Location
Peru Hop Private Terminal just 10/15 minutes from hotels/hostels (address will be on booking confirmation).

Minimum Time Needed
6 Days / 5 Nights

Price
$169

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CUSCO – AREQUIPA – NAZCA – HUACACHINA – PARACAS – LIMA

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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:

  • Tour or trek the second deepest canyon in the world at the Colca Canyon. – Arequipa
  • Make a quick stop (1 hour) to see the Nazca Lines for free, or let us assist with a Nazca Lines flight. – Nazca
  • Dune Buggy up and Sandboard down the biggest sand dunes at the only desert oasis in South America. – Huacachina
  • Take a speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands to see penguins and sea lions in their natural habitat. – Paracas
  • 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 Natural 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.

Bus Timetable

HOW TO READ:
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise.
Example: Leave Cusco on a Monday and arrive to Lima on Saturday.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
 HOP STAGE 1
CUSCO TO AREQUIPA 
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
CUSCO (DEPART)19:0019:0019:0019:0019:00
TUEWEDTHUFRISATSUNMON
AREQUIPA (ARRIVE)05:3005:3005:3005:3005:30
DEPARTURE POINT IN CUSCO: Peru Hop Private Terminal.
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 2
AREQUIPA TO NAZCA TO HUACACHINA
THUFRISATSUNMONTUE*WED
AREQUIPA (DEPART)05:4505:4505:4505:4505:45
LUNCH STOP13:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
NAZCA (ARRIVE/DEPART)16:0016:0016:0016:0016:00
NAZCA VIEWING TOWER16:3016:3016:3016:3016:30
HUACACHINA (ARRIVE)18:4518:4518:4518:4518:45
AREQUIPA PICK-UPS: Between 05:15-05:45am. Be ready at reception at 05:15am.
*If you arrive to Arequipa on Monday and leave on Tuesday it is not possible to visit Colca Canyon. Taking the bus on Thursday could be better.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN HUACACHINA: Dune Buggy and Sandboarding – Tours at 16:00pm. Tours last 2 hours. 
HOP STAGE 3
HUACACHINA TO PARACAS
FRISATSUNMONTUEWEDTHU
PISCO VINEYARD TOUR13:1513:1513:1513:1513:1513:1513:15
HUACACHINA (DEPART)18:3018:3018:3018:3018:3018:3018:30
PARACAS (ARRIVE)20:0020:0020:0020:0020:0020:0020:00
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PARACAS: Ballestas Islands – 2 Hour Tours begin at 08:00am and 10:00am.
HOP STAGE 4
PARACAS TO LIMA
SATSUNMONTUEWEDTHUFRI
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE14:3011:0014:3011:0014:3014:3014:30
PARACAS (DEPART)17:3020:0017:3020:0017:3017:3017:30
CHINCHA SLAVE TUNNELS18:30N/A18:30N/A18:3018:3018:30<
LIMA (ARRIVE)23:4523:4523:4523:4523:4523:4523:45
LIMA HOTEL/HOSTEL DROP-OFFS: Miraflores and Barranco districts.
HOW TO READ:
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise.
Example: Leave Cusco on a Monday and arrive to Lima on Saturday.
2. Read ACROSS → for next bus if you want to stay longer (hop off).
 HOP STAGE 1
CUSCO TO AREQUIPA 
MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
CUSCO (DEPART)19:0019:0019:0019:0019:00
TUEWEDTHUFRISATSUNMON
AREQUIPA (ARRIVE)05:3005:3005:3005:3005:30
DEPARTURE POINT IN CUSCO: Peru Hop Private Terminal.
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 2
AREQUIPA TO NAZCA TO HUACACHINA
THUFRISATSUNMONTUE*WED
AREQUIPA (DEPART)05:4505:4505:4505:4505:45
LUNCH STOP13:0013:0013:0013:0013:00
NAZCA (ARRIVE/DEPART)16:0016:0016:0016:0016:00
NAZCA VIEWING TOWER16:3016:3016:3016:3016:30
HUACACHINA (ARRIVE)18:4518:4518:4518:4518:45
AREQUIPA PICK-UPS: Between 05:15-05:45am. Be ready at reception at 05:15am.
*If you arrive to Arequipa on Monday and leave on Tuesday it is not possible to visit Colca Canyon. Taking the bus on Thursday could be better.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN HUACACHINA: Dune Buggy and Sandboarding – Tours at 16:00pm. Tours last 2 hours. 
HOP STAGE 3
HUACACHINA TO PARACAS
FRISATSUNMONTUEWEDTHU
PISCO VINEYARD TOUR13:1513:1513:1513:1513:1513:1513:15
HUACACHINA (DEPART)18:3018:3018:3018:3018:3018:3018:30
PARACAS (ARRIVE)20:0020:0020:0020:0020:0020:0020:00
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PARACAS: Ballestas Islands – 2 Hour Tours begin at 08:00am and 10:00am.
HOP STAGE 4
PARACAS TO LIMA
SATSUNMONTUEWEDTHUFRI
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE14:3011:0014:3011:0014:3014:3014:30
PARACAS (DEPART)17:3020:0017:3020:0017:3017:3017:30
CHINCHA SLAVE TUNNELS18:30N/A18:30N/A18:3018:3018:30<
LIMA (ARRIVE)23:4523:4523:4523:4523:4523:4523:45
LIMA HOTEL/HOSTEL DROP-OFFS: Miraflores and Barranco districts.

Route by Route Information

HOPSTAGE 1: CUSCO TO AREQUIPA

DEPARTURES: MON/WED/FRI/SUN (extra departure on TUESDAY as of July 1st)
DEPARTURES FROM: Peru Hop Private terminal just 10/15 minutes from hotels (address will be provided on booking confirmation).
DEPARTURE TIME: 19:00pm (meet at our private terminal at 18:30pm)
ARRIVAL TIME: 05:30am (next day)
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • None – Direct bus.

 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying 2 nights in Arequipa. We can help you book your accommodation.
 
MUST-DO EXTRA ACTIVITY:

  • 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.

 
OTHER THINGS TO DO:

  • Colca Canyon Trek which requires more time to adjust to the altitude.
  • Go white water rafting.
  • Explore the snow-capped volcano, Misti Mountain.

 
EXTRA TIP:
Arequipa is probably Peru’s most beautiful city… Take time to explore this incredible place.
 
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

  • 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).
  • Treks begin at 03:00am (2 and 3 day treks available).

HOPSTAGE 2: AREQUIPA TO NAZCA TO HUACACHINA

DEPARTURES: MON/TUE/THU/SAT (extra departure on WEDNESDAYS as of July 1st)
DEPARTURES FROM: Any hotel/hostel in central Arequipa.
DEPARTURE TIME: 05:45am
ARRIVAL TIME: 18:45pm
 
FREE STOPS ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • 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 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.

 
NAZCA FLIGHTS INFORMATION:
If you want to do the Nazca Lines Flight, stay the night in Nazca, do the flight the next morning, and then take a public bus to catch-up in Huacachina. Or stay longer in Nazca and wait for the next Peru Hop bus (4 times per week).

HOPSTAGE 3: HUACACHINA TO PARACAS

 
DEPARTURES: MON/TUE/WED/THU/FRI/SAT/SUN
DEPARTURES FROM: Casa de Arenas (within close walking distance of most hotels/hostels in Huacachina).
DEPARTURE TIME: 18:30pm
ARRIVAL TIME: 20:00pm
 
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.

 
RECOMMENDED NIGHTS:
We recommend staying 1 night in Paracas. We can help you book your accommodation.
 
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.

 
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.

 
EXTRA TIP:
Enjoy Ceviche, the national dish of Peru, on the rooftop of Restaurant Paracas with the best views of the city – Exclusive price when you show your Peru Hop bracelet.

HOPSTAGE 4: PARACAS TO LIMA

DEPARTURES: MON/TUE/WED/THURS/FRI/SAT/SUN
DEPARTURES FROM: Residencial Los Frayles (within close walking distance of most hotels/hostels in Paracas).
DEPARTURE TIME: 17:30pm MON/WED/THU/FRI/SAT; 20:00pm TUE/SUN 
ARRIVAL TIME: 23:45pm MON/TUE/WED/THURS/FRI/SAT/SUN
 
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 14:30pm everyday before departing to Lima.
  • 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!

 
EXCEPTION
The tour of the secret slave tunnels is only available on the 17:30pm bus.

Important Notes

16 - 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

Perumin 33 Mining Convention. Due to the mining convention, all accommodation in Arequipa is unfortunately booked out. Please check bookings.com or hostelworld.com for availablity.

END OF 2017 BREAK

We will be taking a short break at the end of December for Christmas and New Year.

LAST BUS           DEPART CUSCO: SUNDAY 17 DEC *(ARRIVE LIMA: FRI 22 DEC)

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

NEXT BUS          DEPART CUSCO: 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 CUSCO: WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY *(ARRIVE LIMA: MON 29 JAN)

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

NEXT BUS           DEPART CUSCO: 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!

28 – 30 JULY 2017 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS (PERU)

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