Lima to Nazca: Our Introduction to the Peruvian bus system
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September 11th, 2008 – by: genkeeper
Kristi and I arrived at the Cruz del Sur Lima bus compound bright and early to get on a bus for Nazca.
As the bus headed out of Lima, we traveled through numerous shanty towns. Nothing on the scale of sheer poverty, disease and famine that I saw in Cairo, just your typical poor, cardboard or partially finished mudbrick towns with trash piled everywhere. What's interesting about Peru, is that lining it's coast, at least south of Lima, is not fertile land but a true-blue desert. A desert like the Sahara with sand dunes so tall and massive they towered above villages like imposing mountains.
At Paracas, Kristi and I grabbed our bags and looked around a little lost, yet still determined, for some kind of bus office to see how in the world we could get to Nazca. One of the Cruz del Sur workers saw us and asked if they could help. We told them that we needed to get to Nazca, but were told the bus was full. To our great surprise they responded, "We have plenty of seats to Nazca!" We didn't quite believe it until they printed us two tickets for the rest of the way to Nazca. Estatic not to have to take a taxi, or a tiny, stinky, sketchy local bus or walk all, Kristi and I bounded back on the bus clutching our tickets tightly. It turns out that Cruz del Sur sells only a few tickets all the way to the final destination and leaves the bulk of the tickets to be sold on the day of at each stop!
After 3 movies and passing through countless tiny towns, we finally pulled into the Cruz del Sur's Nazca compound, elated to have made it to Nazca all in one go.
Next up - exploring! Nazca has one main strip which contains most of the jewelry and knicknack shops, in addition to the best cafes and restaurants. It's a cute little town with a touristy, yet down-to-earth vibe. We spent some time trying to book our flight for the next day. As good little travelers we shopped around and realized very quickly that everyone was selling the flights over the Nazca lines for $65. A few months prior, one of the flights had crashed due to the plane not being properly maintained. So, to keep the tourists coming back, the government had swooped in and regulated all the companies - requiring them to all charged $65.
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