The trip from Cusco to Arequipa by bus takes around 11 hours. The highway that connects Cusco and Arequipa is very good and well kept, making for comfortable travel by bus between the two cities. Buses leave from Cusco every day at 20:00 and 20:30, and they arrive in Arequipa at the bus terminal located on Avenida Arturo Ibañez the next day, between 6:15 and 7:00 in the morning.
Arequipa is a city located at 481 km from Cusco, at an altitude of 2,335 m above sea level. It has a dry and sunny weather, and is the second most important city in Peru. Cusco, on the other hand, is known worldwide for its nearby tourist attractions, such as the Machu Picchu ruins.
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Cusco to Arequipa Bus Timetable
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TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM CUSCO TO AREQUIPA
Tickets Bolivia offers several bus travel options to make this journey:
Direct trip: You can travel directly from Cusco to Arequipa. Buses Cusco from the main terminal located on Via del Evitamiento. 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, where one can visit the famous floating islands and see Lake Titicaca.
Tourist bus: There are no direct tourist buses from Arequipa to Cusco but with 4PM Express you can stop in Chivay to see the breathtaking Colca Canyon. 4PM Express is a tourist bus company, they pick you up at your hotel in Cusco and make extra stops on the way to allow passengers to enjoy touristic spots and take photos.
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SOME TOURISTIC INFORMATION THAT CAN BE OF INTEREST
Walking Tour of the City: From the Plaza de Armas in the center of Arequipa, you can take a walking tour of the city with daily departures at 10:00am and 3:00pm. Tour is free but does not include tip.
Plaza de Armas: The Plaza is surrounded by classic colonial buildings making it part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. Cafes and restaurants are tucked away amongst the arches, perfect for an afternoon coffee.
Yanahuara: The Yanahuara view-point is one of the best places to have a good view of Arequipa. It is about a 30-minute walk from the center of town and gives you a lovely view of the city.
Alpaca World: Alpaca World is the place to go if you want to learn about this animal. Free entrance.
Santa Catalina Monastery: The beautiful Santa Catalina Monastery was built in the 16th century. Girls as young as 12 were sent here to be nuns by their families. And lived out the rest of their lives inside its walls.
Food: The food in Arequipa is some of the best in South America. You can find food from authentic Peruvian cuisine to burgers and locally brewed craft beers.
Accommodation: There are over 150 hotels in Arequipa ranging from $20-$180 and plenty of hostels for smaller budgets.