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I'm planning on spending a few months travelling through South America on my own later this year. I don't want to plan too much ahead but I know I'm starting in Ecuador and after making my way south to Cuenca I'd like to bus or fly down to Ica and/or Cusco. Has anyone done this? It's a very long bus trip to Lima - is it unbearable? Does anyone know of any airlines that fly between the two countries - if it wasn't too expensive I'd consider going back to Quito and flying to Lima (if poss). I'd really appreciate any advice you can give me.
Travel from Ecuadro to Lima by ORMEÑO BUS take 20 hrs via Tumbes easie is traveling form Cuenca to HUaquillas Tumbes from there take a Bus to Lima 16 hrs or by plane Tumbes / Lima 75.00$US 2hrs flight,Lima / Ica 4 hrs by bus to Cusco 20 hrs by plane 1h10' I hope this informatoin help You
Dear Fleece: You could go to Guayaquil from Cuenca and from there take a flight to Lima. (It is less expensive than from Quito) It depens on your budget. You need to consider the taxes from taking international planes. Maybe could be wise to go by bus to Tumbes and take a plane from there to Lima...
Once in Lima, you can take a bus to Ica, but I recommend you stop in Paracas first to enjoy the natural bay and then from Ica to Nazca to take a tour to see the Nazca lines that can be only seen from the air. Those lines were built by the ancient, pre-inca culture... It is an intringue fact that impresse everybody.
Ok. If you do not have any problem taking buses, how about going from Tumbes to Chiclayo (in the way to Lima). It is the capital of cheeerfulness. There it is a wonderful "Señor de Sipan" an archeological discovery that has stounding the whole world.
Thanks guys. This has been a great help!