Getting There & Away

There are no scheduled flights to Nazca as the small airport does not have the facilities to receive larger commercial operations.

Nazca is a major destination for buses on the Panamericana Sur and is easy to get to from Lima, Ica or Arequipa. Bus companies cluster at the west end of Calle Lima, near the óvalo (main roundabout). Buses to Arequipa often originate in Lima, and to get a reserved seat you may have to pay the Lima fare.

Most long-distance services leave in the late afternoon or evening. Cruz del Sur and Civa have a few luxury buses daily to Lima. Intermediate points such as Ica and Pisco are more speedily served by smaller, económico (cheap) bus companies, such as Flores and Soyuz, which run buses to Ica every half-hour from Av Los Incas. These buses will also drop you at Palpa (S3, one hour).

To go direct to Cuzco, several companies, including Cruz del Sur and Civa, take the paved road east via Abancay. This route climbs over 4000m and gets very cold, so wear your warmest clothes and bring your sleeping bag on board if you have one. Alternatively, some companies also offer direct buses to Cuzco via Arequipa.

For Ica, fast colectivos (S15, two hours) and slower minibuses leave when full from near the gas station on the óvalo (main roundabout). On the south side of the main roundabout, colectivos wait for enough passengers to make the run down to Chala (S15, 2½ hours).

A taxi from central Nazca to the airport, 4km away, costs about S6.