The trip between Arequipa and Cusco by bus takes around 11 hours. The buses to Cusco leave from Arequipa from the bus terminal located on Avenida Arturo Ibañez Street at 8:00pm and 8:45pm every day, and the buses arrive in Cusco at the bus terminal located on Via Evitamiento Avenue early in the morning, between 6:00am and 7:00am.
Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, is one of the most popular tourist destination in South America. A beautiful colonial town with a rich history and various archeological sites, it is the gateway to Machu Picchu. Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, is located at 510 km from the city of Cusco.
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Arequipa to Cusco Bus Timetable
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TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM AREQUIPA TO CUSCO
Tickets Bolivia offers several bus travel options to make this journey:
Direct trip: You can travel directly from Arequipa to Cusco. Buses leave Arequipa at 8:00pm and 8:45pm. The bus companies offering this service are: Oltursa (semi lie-flat and lie-flat buses) and Transzela (lie-flat bus).
Trip with stopover: The other option is to break the journey to Cusco by stopping in Puno, on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, where one can visit the famous floating islands.
Tourist bus: There are no direct tourist buses from Arequipa to Cusco but one can stop in Puno and enjoy a touristic journey from Arequipa to Puno with 4PM Express, and/or from Puno to Cusco with Wonder Peru Expedition, Inka Express or PeruRail Titicaca (by train).
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SOME TOURISTIC INFORMATION THAT CAN BE OF INTEREST
Machu Picchu: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is one of the most visited destinations in South America. Tickets should be booked in advance as the entrance is limited to 2.500 visitors per day. You can take the train from Cusco but the four-day trek along the famous Inca Trail is another popular option.
Sacsayhuaman: This large fortress overlooking Cusco remains somewhat a mystery, it contains various temples and underground passages. Unfortunately only about 20% of the structure remains, but it is still worth a visit and easily accessible by foot, bus or taxi from the center of Cusco.
Tambomachay: This ceremonial Inca site is only a short drive or hike from Cusco and is included in your boleto turístico. The boleto turístico is a ticket which will allow you to visit all the ruins in and around Cusco.
Rainbow Mountain: Located about 3 hours away from Cusco in bus, Vinicunca – a colorful mountain 5,200 meters above sea level offers spectacular views. This trek is for acclimatized travelers and shouldn’t be attempted when it rains or snows.
Restaurants: Go to San Pedro market for empanadas and tamales and other Peruvian delicacies. The more adventurous traveler can try cuy (guinea pig), a regional specialty. Cusco is a popular tourist destination and there are many cafes and restaurants offering a diverse selection of local and international food.
Accommodation: There are plenty of options in Cusco to choose from depending on your budget. The neighborhood of San Blas is a favorite for travelers who want to stay in a quiet but beautiful area. It is recommended to spend a couple of nights in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude, especially if planning to do a trek.