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1. Posted by Rach23 (Budding Member 55 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


i will be travelling to Peru in August/September and as part of the trip I want to Travel from Lima to Paracas do a boat tour of Islas ballestas and then travel to Nazca.

Time will be tight for my trip so I would like to get an early bus to paracas (looking at cruz del sur website there is one at 4am) do the boat tour and then get an afternoon bus to Nazca.

has anyone done this? Is it possible? How long does the boat tour and bus trips take? Is there anywhere to leave luggage while on the bus trip or are you allowed to take it on the boat (I will be travelling fairly light but will probably have a 50/60l backpack).

Also has anyone booked bus tickets via the cruz del sur website? it looks like you have to book a full journey from Lima to Nazca and cannot split it to just go to Paracas is this correct? Or can I book tickets when I arrive in Lima (I will only arrive 2 days before doing this trip so would prefer to book in advance if possible.)

Thank you for any help you can provide

2. Posted by gallegos (Full Member 72 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Yes, it is possible to do the the bus ride early in the morning to Paracas, hop on a boat to tour the Ballestas Islands and then take a bus to Nazca. Next day you will do the flight over the lines in the morning and take the bus back to Lima at noon. The ride from Lima to Paracas takes 4 hours, from there to Nazca, another 3 hours. So straight from Nazca to Lima will be 7 hours.

I highly recommend to buy your tickets once in Lima at the main bus station of Cruz del Sur (Av. Javier Prado) or you can make your hotel call to Cruz del Sur. They have a delivery service so they will bring your tickets to your hotel and pay at the hotel. The options on the web site are limited as you realized. Also they have special roundtrip tickets for the trip you want to do.

Have a safe trip,

3. Posted by Rach23 (Budding Member 55 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the reply Ivan.

Once I've been to Nazca and done the flight over the lines I am wanting to carry on my trip to Arequipa rather than return to Lima. Do you (or anyone else) know about this journey is it possible to do a Nazca lines flight in the morning and then get a bus in the afternoon to Arequipa, the cruz del sur website only shows a bus travelling at night is there another company that has a bus leaving in the afternoon if not is the night bus safe to travel on?

Thanks again for your help