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, we’ll take you to a unique beach hut bakery, just a bit outside of Lima, 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
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.
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
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 16:30pm and lasts 2 hours.
Peru Hop Departure Details
Departures: EVERY DAY 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. Wild Rover Hostel 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
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.
Peru Hop Departure Details
Departures: EVERY DAY Departures from: Wild Rover Hostel (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 Puno
Puno is the next stop after the beautiful white city of Arequipa. It is only a few hours away and is right by the highest lake in the world – Lake Titicaca, a must-visit for anyone in Peru. Note: Having gradually increased in altitude by bus will help with avoiding and adjusting to altitude sickness.
The Cultural Route
To break up this leg of the journey we’ve added a stop at Lagunillas Mirador Viewpoint. This photo stop is at the stunning Andean Altiplano with views down onto the Lagunillas Lake.
Top Things to Do in Puno
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.
Peru Hop Departure Details
Departures: EVERY DAY Departures From: Any hotel/hostel in central Arequipa. Departure Time: 05:45am Arrival Time: 13:00pm
Recommended Nights in Cusco:
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).
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.
1. Read DOWN ↓ for recommended bus plan based on our expertise. Example: Leave Lima on a Monday and arrive to Puno 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)
CHINCHA SLAVE TUNNELS
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)
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
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE
MAIN ACTIVITY IN HUACACHINA: Dune Buggy and Sandboarding – Tours at 16:30pm. Tours last 2 hours. It is possible to do it on the same day as arrival.
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE: not possible for those who want to do the Ballestas Islands at 10:00am and leave Paracas the same day.
HOP STAGE 3
HUACACHINA TO NAZCA TO AREQUIPA
PISCO VINEYARD TOUR
NAZCA VIEWING TOWER
NAZCA DINNER STOP
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 PUNO
JULIACA (COFFEE STOP)
AREQUIPA PICK UPS: Between 05:15-05:45am. Be ready at reception at 05:15am.
*If you arrive to Arequipa on Wednesday and leave on Thursday it is not possible to visit Colca Canyon. Taking the bus on Saturday could be better.
MAIN ACTIVITY IN PUNO: Lake Titicaca Tours. 2-Hour, Full Day or Homestays Tours (1 night) are available at Lake Titicaca.
END OF 2018 BREAK
We will be taking a short break at the end of December for Christmas and New Year.
Last bus DEPART LIMA: TUESDAY 18 DEC *(ARRIVE PUNO: SAT 22 DEC)
*MUST follow the minimum recommended schedule - hop offs to stay longer not permitted
Next bus DEPART LIMA: WEDNESDAY 2 JANUARY 2019
14 APRIL - 20 APRIL 2019 SEMANA SANTA
Easter weekend holidays. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. We will not be able to assist you booking any accommodations during this period. Please book in advance.
RAINY SEASON 2019 BREAK
JANUARY - buses restart JANUARY and run for several weeks before closing for rainy season.
LAST BUS DEPARTING LIMA: THURSDAY 27 JANUARY (ARRIVE PUNO: THU 31 JAN)
MUST follow the minimum recommended schedule - hop-offs to stay longer are not permitted
NEXT BUS DEPARTING LIMA: FRIDAY 01 MARCH
27, 28 & 29 JULY 2019 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS (PERU)
Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!