Discover Ancient Mysteries And Exotic Wildlife In South Peru
Combine two of Peru's most impressive and unusual attractions: the ancient Nazca Lines, and secluded Ballestas Islands
Fly in a small plane over giant symbols, etched into the ground by the ancient Nazca people
Take a boat ride to the rocky Ballestas Islands, nicknamed the “little Galapagos Islands” for their diverse bird and marine life
Watch dolphins playing between the waves as you marvel at the magnitude of the Atlantic Ocean
Explore one of the rarest habitats in the world at the point where the coastal desert meets the vast ocean
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From …
If you are traveling to Cusco from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with major cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From other Latin American countries, LATAM and Avianca offer good connections. Cusco is very well connected with Lima by air with ~40 daily flights operated by LATAM and Sky Airlines Peru. The flight takes ~90 minutes and is typically priced at USD ~60.
An Airport Express bus (typical fare USD ~8 one way) connects Lima city centre with Jorge Chávez Airport in regular intervals, from 06:00 to 22:00 hours. Taxis cost USD ~15 one way. From Cusco airport to city centre, taxis are the best option (typical fare USD 3.5 - 5). We recommend established cab companies only. Lima to Cusco by bus is not a good option as it’s a long (~1100km), mountainous route and takes ~24 hours. From Arequippa you can take a bus to Cusco which typically takes 10.5 hours to cover ~512km and the fare is in the range of USD 15-30.
Nicknamed the Little Galapagos, the Ballestas Islands offer a huge diversity of bird and marine species, in a remote and tranquil setting. The rich and mysterious history of Southern Peru is encapsulated in the Nazca Lines, which make for stunning viewing from the land. These two attractions combine for an exciting and unique trip.
Be prepared to wake up early for your boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. Because most of the bird species are nocturnal, visiting early in the day gives you the best chance of seeing flocks resting in the open. Tours run year round, but the most pleasant time to visit is in the Peruvian summer, from November until February. This being said, the area enjoys a dry climate through all seasons. Make sure you bring a full passport for your flight over the Nazca Lines. Airlines will insist you show this before take off.
At present Cusco is a safe city with limited or no criminal activities. Local population is generally friendly and police are cordial to deal with. It is however recommended that you keep your belongings safe. - Police: Tourist Police of Peru, known as DIRTUR (Directorate of Tourism and Ecology) is located in the Túpac Amaru square in the Wanchaq district of Cusco - Emergency Numbers: Emergency Central – 105, Fire Station – 116, Medical Emergencies – 117 - Hospitals (Attention for accidents and sickness, general practice intern and all emergencies) Antonio Lorena Hospital Address: Plazoleta Belén 1358. Emergency: Telephone: 22-6511. Telephones: 22-6511 / 22-9616 / 24-5218. Hospital Regional Del Cusco Address: Av. de la Cultura s/n. Emergency: Telephone: 22-3691 Telephones: 51-84-227661 / 23-1131 - Medical Clinics (for sickness, certain emergencies and accidents) Essalud Clinic - Add: Av. Anselmo Alvarez s/n, Ph: 51-84-234724 Clinic Centro Médico Pardo - Add: Av. de la Cultura 710, Ph: 62-4186 Clinic Cusco - Add: Av. Los Inkas 1012, Emergency: 65-0162 / 22-3190, Ph: 51-84-240645 Clinic Panamericana - Add: Av. de la Infancia 508 - Wanchaq, Emergency: 65-1888, Ph: 51-84-249494 Clinic Paredes - Add: Lechugal Street 405, Ph: 51-84-225265
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