We chose Cruz del Sur for our bus trip from Lima to Nazca. The tickets were easily purchased on line, and the bus station (at Javier Prado) was modern, spick and span, with shops and places to eat before departure.
The journey was uneventful, though not spilling ones drink as the bus bounced around was tricky. We had chosen the upstairs, front of bus seats, which provided great viewing of the countryside, and were not as cramped as might have been feared. The airline style boxed dinner was a nice touch.
The trip passes the sandy barrios on Lima's outskirts, the shacks climbing up the steep hills and spreading on the flatlands. The sun showed within 20 minutes of leaving the city, and the whitewashed houses of the various Playa beach resorts to the south of Lima glowed in the sun, with glimpses of the blue Pacific beyond. As we tracked south, barren sans alternated with agricultural land.
The trip to Nazca took almost 7 hours, passing through Paracas, Ica and Pisco on the way.
Taking the bus from Lima to Nasca can be a little confusing, they don't offer round trip tickets. So if you must return to lima, make sure you buy both tickets at the same time. They may recommend you wait, but i wouldn't because the bus station in Nasca is like an old shed on the side of the road. There are cheaper fares than $60 round trip, I was with my boyfriends' mother and she wouldn't travel cheap or uncomfortable at all. Take the bus over night, the seat extend to 180 degrees for optimum comfort. The bus ride is about 6.5 hrs total.
Hi, You can easily organize this yourself. There are plenty of buses from Lima to Nazca, among others Cruz del Sur, Tepsa, Civa. http://www.sabuses.com/index.php?originCity=Lima&destinationCity=Nazca
In Nazca are a lot or tour operators that can organize your flight to see the nazca lines.
Bus from Nacza a Arequipa is about 8 hours and you can do that by night if you wana save time.
By bus Lima to Nasca is about 6 hours. There are a lot of companies that do this route. I would recommend Cruz Del Sur-they are a very nice bus company (some of the buses even have wireless internet access.) From Nasca to Arequipa is another 8 hours-you could do a night bus for this leg of the trip if you want. It's really easy to arrange the bus part of your trip at the bus station once you get here! Just came from Arequipa last night-I'm in Lima now-have a safe trip!
Cruz Del Sur buses are a great way to get to Nazca from Lima. Keep in mind that they only have two buses leaving per day. One early in the morning and one just after noon. The bus ride for my wife and I round trip was just about $100. The buses are comfortable and they play movies the whole way.
While a few of the Nazca Lines can be seen from a viewing tower located adjacent to the Panamerican Highway, the very best way to see the lines is from a plane. There are several operators based in Nazca offering similar, although not always equal, services. Some operators do an excellent job of showing you as many of the lines as possible, while others skimp and show you only a few. Similarly, some operators will circle back and make several passes, banking on each side so that everyone gets a good look at each figure, while other operators will make just one quick pass. Try to get out early in the morning, because the afternoon haze decreases visibility. Note also that all the planes are small – typically six seaters – and the wind gusts, circling, and banking can make for a harrowing ride. If you are prone to motion sickness, things could get ugly.
Not so much a mode of transport as a mode of better seeing the lines. There are several angencies and and ways of getting up in the air. I arrived late into Nazca (1am) and my hostel arranged for me to be on a plane that morning around 7am for very cheap (45soles).
The flight lasted roughly 30-40 minutes and flew over the main figures. If you are easily airsick, however, be warned the plane moves about quite a bit, and you may be sick.
My bus journey from Lime to Nazca was canceled owing to the Demostration at Southern Peru in June 1st.
So the Inka Wasi (Tour Agency) boss Mr. Michel offer me his company car and his private driver Mr. Antonio to drive me there.
We start from Lime at June 2nd 00:00am mid-night.
The Royal Class coach to Nasca from Lima was quite comfy. Clean restrooms, movies, good views, good lunch/snacks, and friendly staff.
It's about 7-8 hr ride to Nasca from Lima.
$20 one way or r/t... I forgot. Probably one way.
There is no better way to see the Nasca lines then through the window of a small aeroplane. You get to see the lines the way they were meant to be seen: through a bird's eye. The plane ride can be had by going to the local airport. Trust me, there is no way to miss it since every local knows were it is located :). The cost for a flight with Aero Condor Peru on a 4-passenger Cesna aeroplane to see the Nasca lines was $30 USD in 2001. It's more expensive if you arrange it on another city or through a tour. Tours offer the same aircraft.
There are plenty of buses that ply the roads of the coastal desert of Peru. Many of them stop and pick up people in Nasca. The bus fare is under $1 USD per hour travelled. Ideally, you could get there in the morning, see the Nasca lines, and then continue on your way with a night bus :).
the lines of Nasca are on both sides of the Panamerica. When this street was constructed, they didn´t care about the lines and passed through one of the signs in the middle.
You take a bus from e.g. Lima to Nasca and rent a taxi in Nasca to go back to the lines.
On the way back to Lima, do not fall asleep, look around the beautiful dessert scene is strongly recommended.
Moving around by charted Car at Nazca cost around US$25.
Negociate the price is the must. So you better to find out the price from few tour agencies there.
Nazca line viewing by Air is the best and the most popular way by traveller.
My flight start from Nazca City and it cost me US$45.