Although flying around Peru is by far the easiest means of getting around, travelling by land allows you to see so much more of the country, a country that has so much to offer. Normally, being the tight-fisted man that I am, I would choose the cheapest bus, taking the longest time, just to save a few dollars. Luckily, my girlfriend has shown me the importance and enjoyment of splashing out from time to time, and so on this occasion I decided to do so, choosing the bus company Cruz Del Sur to take me from Lima to Nasca.
I have often thought that bus rides in England could be comfortable, even on the National Express, but I have never been met with such luxury as with Cruz Del Sur. Each bus is a brand-spanking-new double-decker with only 49 seats, all of which are reclining and have safety belts and tray tables. Of these 49 seats, if you really want to splash out, you can upgrade to one of the nine VIP seats, which, from what I saw, virtually recline into beds. Nice if you have the extra money and a long bus adventure ahead of you! On board there are TV’s showing the later movie-release DVDs. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay too much attention to the on-board entertainment, as I was too busy enjoying the spectacular and varied scenery that was on offer.
Other than this, there is also the pleasure of music; an on-board stewardess serving breakfast, lunch, and drinks; two (yes two!) restrooms; and the novelty of bingo, where you can win a free one-way ticket.
Each journey is nonstop, and unlike most public transport, which is notorious at the best of times, Cruz Del Sur buses have two drivers who alternate every 4 hours. Each bus also has some sort of laser radar (I’m not electronically or technically gifted unfortunately!), which I was reliably informed detects objects 492 feet away. This can help settle the nerves I am sure if travelling at night!
Cruz Del Sur travel to a variety of destinations including Lima, Pisco, Paracas, Ica, Nasca (also spelt Nazca), Cusco, Arequipa, Puno and Tacna. The journey I took from Lima to Nasca took only 7 hours, departing at 7am.
More information on departures can be found at their website, which is www.cruzdelsur.com.pe or by phoning their offices in Lima on 311-5050. You can also buy tickets online as well. Although luxurious, expect to pay for it: compared to other public bus companies that ply the same routes, Cruz Del Sur works out to be virtually double the price. If you are on holiday, though, or fancy treating yourself, I think this extra money is definitely well worth it!