Arequipa to Huacachina by Bus

Arequipa to Huacachina by Bus: 2018 updated information about Bus Schedules, Bus Safety, and the Best Bus Companies to take!

A bus from Arequipa to Huacachina takes around 11 hours. Below we have detailed information about bus safety, the best bus companies and what other benefits you should look out for when choosing the best bus from Arequipa to Huacachina.

Huacachina is the only oasis in South America known for being one of the best spots for sandboarding and dune buggy in Peru. There are no public buses going from Arequipa to Huacachina, they usually finish their trips in Ica as all the public terminals are there. However, private buses (Hop On / Hop Off buses) do go directly to the Oasis which turns out to work better especially if you don’t know your way around. There are no flights between Arequipa to Huacachina so bus travel is the only option. Below is some information you should consider when trying to choose the best bus company for this route.

Quick Tip:  If traveling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima  bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as Free WiFi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travelers.

To take a bus from Arequipa to Huacachina you have 2 main options:

1 – Public Bus (e.g. Cruz del Sur, Oltursa)

2 – Hop on hop off bus (e.g. Peru Hop, Green Toad Bus)

The schedule and departure times of buses from Nazca to Lima are as follows:

COMPANIES
SCHEDULEDEPARTURE TIMEDEPARTURE LOCATIONENGLISH SPEAKING ASSITANCETRIPADVISOR RATING
CRUZ DEL SUR DAILY19:00 and 21:30Public Bus Terminal NO82%
PERU HOP
DAILY05:45Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
YES98%
OLTURSA
DAILY 07:30 and 18:30Public Bus Terminal NO66%

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP CHOOSE WHAT BUS COMPANY TO TAKE:

  1. Do they collect you at your hotel or hostel?
    • Some bus companies, and all hop on hop off companies, do actually pick you up at your hotel, thus offering a much safer and secure service rather than taking local taxis
  2. How is their safety record?
    • Simply put the name of the bus company, and the word “accident” or “hijacking” into google and see which companies are the best.
  3. What onboard facilities do they have?
    • Tv´s, toilets (clean!!), semi-cama or cama seats…all of these things will help decide which is the best company
  4. What is hop on hop off?
    • A ticket for a hop on hop off bus covers all journeys that the bus company takes. Rather than paying for all bus journeys separately, hop on hop off tickets allow passengers to board as many buses as they want and stay in destinations for as long as they please. They have been described worldwide as the best way to experience all that a country has to offer, and such has been the feedback from those who boarded the Peruvian hop on hop off buses. For more information click here.
  5. Other benefits?
    • Some bus companies have loyalty points schemes (e.g. Cruz del Sur) and others have accommodation and other discounts (e.g. Peru Hop) so shop around and see what other benefits you get with each company

Arequipa to Huacachina by bus is usually a pleasant journey and most of the road is in good condition. Just choose the best bus company and enjoy the journey!

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