Lima to Cusco travel today in Peru 2020; the 70% of our Machu Picchu travelers who come to visit One of the Seven Wonders of the World have to 2 important ways of arriving from Lima capital to Cusco. We highly recommend to pick out the safest and easiest chance of flying; or the more amazing, scenic and time-consuming alternative offered by Peru’s long bus companies Lima to Cuzco.
You can see our most seller tours from Lima to Cusco and Machu Picchu; when you travel and book this itinerary with us from Lima to Cusco city, you get to visit the most important icons from Peru.
Also; we have another option to visit MachuPicchu by foot, following the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The safest and easiest way to arrive from Lima to Cusco is by plane. The five biggets airlines in Peru, Latam, StarPerú, LcPeru, Peruvian Airlines and Faucett; all have regular flights from Lima to Cuzco and round trip. Also there are other important Peruvian cities that you can get by airplane too.
How long is the fly from Lima to Cusco? The flight from Lima city to Cusco imperial city is 1 hour and twenty minutes; sometimes more. According the weather condition and seasons of the year; basically the time to flight from Lima to Cusco is more during the mornings.
It is sometimes possible to turn up at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport; and jump on a flight straight to Cuzco – (Especially in the morning when most Lima – Cusco flights depart); but booking your flight in advance is always the best idea. You can reserve a ticket ahead of time through an airline’s website or with us; through Happy Gringo Travel directly with good prices as well.
Scheduled flights from Lima to Cuzco starts as early as 5 a.m.; so an early arrival in Cusco is a distinct possibility. There are fewer flights after 11 a.m.; with the number of departures decreasing dramatically after 2 p.m. on a typical day. When you book tours from Lima to Machu Picchu; we choose the best time, so that you do not have to wake up early in the morning; or arrive late to your destinations.
The flight time from Lima to Cusco depends a lot of the Andes weather (Lima is on the coast and Cusco is located in the middle of the mountains, therefore the airline always crosses the Andes). Ticket prices vary greatly depending on the airline; but expect to pay anywhere between US$100 and US$150 for a one-way ticket. Once getting to Cusco airport. You must have official taxi from Cusco Airport to the city center or plaza de armas; so you can reserve our taxi service for US$13 up to 3 persons (US$23 for 6 persons and also; we can organise according the size of groups). Renting our taxi from Cusco airport to downtown; you pay reasonable rate because other ilegal taxis overcharge.
Happy Gringo Travel; also offers taxi service Cusco airport to Ollantaytambo town. All taxi tours in the city of Cuzco is operated directly and with professional drivers.
Most travelers come mainly to see Machu Picchu; therefore, there is a direct bus from Lima to Cusco that offers a more economical and adventurous experience. Traveling in Peru by bus can be time-consuming, but Peru’s top-end bus companies (such as Cruz del Sur and Ormeño) are comfortable enough to make even the longest journey bearable.
Wether you want to travel directly from Lima to Cusco by bus, you have 2 ways from which to choose
▬ Lima → Nazca → Abancay → Cusco: This is the quickest route (about 22 to 23 hours), but it can be a rough ride and you might be delayed due to landslides (especially in the rainy season) and other potential natural hazards. As for human hazards, the route did and to a certain extent still does ▬ have a reputation for bus hijackings and robberies. In general, however, there are few reasons to avoid this route unless you hear a recent and reliable report to the contrary.
▬ Lima → Nazca → Arequipa → Cusco: Rather than cutting inland from Nazca, this route takes you further south to Arequipa before swinging back up north to Cusco. It’s a long (23 to 25 hours), but the ride is smoother and you’re less likely to get stuck behind a mudslide.
Prices vary depending on the bus company and the class of bus you choose, with average bus rates ranging from $40 to $90 per person.
If you have time, the Lima to Cusco trip can easily be broken up into stages. A week or more on the classic gringo trail from Lima will give you the opportunity to see some of Peru’s most famous attractions as you make your way to Cusco city.
From Lima, you can head south and stop off at Nazca town. The town itself is nothing special, but a flight over the Nazca Lines is a great experience. Arrive early in Nazca and you can fly over the Lines before jumping on the next bus trip to Arequipa and discover Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon of the world.
From Arequipa, you can either head straight up to Cusco or take a six-hour bus ride to Puno where The National Reserve of Titicaca is located on the continental waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, at an average altitude of 3,810 masl. Cusco is six hours northwest of Puno by bus, or you can travel on the train from Puno to Cusco, an luxury train tour but it’s worth.
There are, of course, plenty of alternative stops along the route, such as Pisco, Paracas, and Ica, or you can slowly work your way through highland towns and villages along the Nazca-Abancay route. Whatever you decide, you’ll soon master the art of bus trip (you’ll be buying separate tickets for every leg of your journey), as well as other forms of overland public transport in Peru.