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Nazca to Chincha Alta, Peru - 4hrs 30mins To Travel 248kms By Bus

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2010   » View Photoset (37 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I left Nazca in the early afternoon up to Ica and at the bus terminal hopped on a bus to Chincha Alta arriving in the late afternoon.
Peru Photo - Crazy woman sell drinks and pork rolls in Palpa as we pass through.
Crazy woman sell drinks and pork rolls in Palpa as we pass through.
This was the next place I had decided to stay on my 4 day dash up the coast of Peru from south to north. From Nazca to Chincha Alta is 248kms and it takes 4hrs 30mins by bus. Before Nazca I had come from Moquegua during the night. I had already seen Ica and Pisco the year before and wanted to get close to Lima but not stay in Lima so I could pass through and head north the next day.

Out of Nazca

Out of Nazca in the bus and out onto the desert highway 25kms south of Palpa, 117kms south of Ica and 420kms south of Lima, we passed the museum Museo Maria Reiche, she is the woman who studied the Nazca Lines. The scenery along this stretch of highway is fairly uninteresting - lots of dust, rock and windswept shack houses on hills. We drove through dry land and farms and arrive in Palpa, there is not much there - a hostel, shops and restaurants. While
Peru Photo - Museo Maria Reiche near Nazca.
Museo Maria Reiche near Nazca.
the bus was stopped for a few minutes the locals sold the passengers pork rolls and drinks from outside the windows of the bus. After 5 minutes we were out on the highway again with about 90kms to go to get to Ica. 5 minutes from Palpa through the rugged terrain we came to a small village called Sacramento and pass through. We climbed up the hill a bit which opened up views into the valley between the rock hills that surround the area to see fields of crops growing in the green valley below. A gold monument looks like a man with a plow as I pass by in the bus. We travel along in
Peru Photo - Small truck carrying a lot of hay north of Palpa.
Small truck carrying a lot of hay north of Palpa.
the valley for a while and then wind up the road and hill through the rocky terrain which had now become very spectacular to see from the bus window. We pass a small yellow church or rather a large shrine with a blue cross at the top, it has colored ribbons attached to red poles outside. Locals sit in a bus shelter waiting for their bus, behind them the rock hills are becoming more of a darker color with black at the tops of them. On the side of the road on the sand and gravel is a shrine and a cemetery nearby with a little blue chapel called Virgen de Bendicemos. Shacks that people have made for themselves are built out on the desert highway roadsides in flat areas, which is where I now was. It's a wide open flat area of desert with shacks made of very light materials spread out on the sand, these things get hammered by the wind and destroyed by it also. I see a taxi parked
Peru Photo - Local people of Palpa sell pork rolls and drinks to people on the bus.
Local people of Palpa sell pork rolls and drinks to people on the bus.
outside one as we drive by. There's rubbish scattered around as we pass through a village, not much here apart from houses, farms, a tall yellow church, watertowers and livestock. We go past more desert shacks and a few minutes later go through another small settlement. There is a painting on a wall of Dr. Sebastian Barranca, he was a prominent scientist, naturalist and teacher. Next out onto the open road for the last part of the journey to Ica past fields of crops and mountains in the distance.

From Ica Heading Northward

15 minutes later the bus pulled into the center of Ica down the hectic main street where there are small yellow taxis and red mototaxis buzzing around everywhere. You can see the big cathedral on the right as you come down this road.
Peru Photo - Mounds of black sand in the distance between Ica and Chincha Alta.
Mounds of black sand in the distance between Ica and Chincha Alta.
The bus terminal in Ica is also right here on this road in view of the cathedral. I bought a ticket for another bus up to Chincha Alta and got some food from the places outside the terminal. After 20 minutes on the bus we came to a toll gate, the distances from here are Paracas 30kms, Pisco 44kms, Chincha Alta 79kms, Canete 133kms, Mala 191kms and Lima 276kms. Between this point and Pozo Santo and up to the turnoff for Paracas (5kms) there is not much of interest as far as the scenery goes. 10 minutes later is the turnoff for Pisco while to the right is Villa Tupac Amaru 4kms away. There are some old Inca ruins. Passing now through San Clemente village and seeing signs pointing to Humay, Huaytara and Ayacucho. For the next 30 minutes
Peru Photo - Sandy landscapes between Guadalupe and Pisco.
Sandy landscapes between Guadalupe and Pisco.
until arriving in Chincha Alta I saw a lot of random things in the desert terrain - shrines on the side of the road, windswept shacks, the turnoff to El Carmen, a soccer match, fields, farms, ramshackle, tyreshops and more shrines. We were now in the outskirts of Chincha, not terribly attractive at this stage, actually pretty rough and shambolic. Ouside the bus terminal is a strip of shops and stalls selling liquor, food, ceviche (fish), rice with chicken and soup. There is a bunch of hotels and hostels along here. I checked out a few and settled for one of the cheaper but good options a few doors from the busy bus terminal, it was late afternoon by this time. That evening I took a taxi ride around town and did a few things and had a nights sleep. In the morning I went to find some soup. I found some but it wasn't good. Across the road from the terminal I booked a bus with a company for a ride up to Lima leaving at around 12pm, where after I would continue straight on to the north through Chiclayo throughout the night and end up in Piura by the next day.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Nazca to Pisco (Peru) to:


Map location: Nazca to Pisco, Peru. Out of Nazca in the bus and out onto the desert highway 25kms south of Palpa, 117kms south of Ica and 420kms south of Lima. This is bus travel on the southern coast of Peru!
 A : Huacachina / Ica - Peru 29 kms 29 kms straight distance | 56mins 56mins by car (43 kms) | 1hr 7mins 1hr 7mins by bus (43 kms) (43 kms)
 B : Pisco, Islas Ballestas & Paracas - Peru 74 kms 74 kms straight distance | 1hr 31mins 1hr 31mins by car (90 kms) | 1hr 49mins 1hr 49mins by bus (90 kms) (90 kms)
 C : Chiclayo to Piura - Peru 101 kms 101 kms straight distance | 1hr 59mins 1hr 59mins by car (117 kms) | 2hrs 22mins 2hrs 22mins by bus (117 kms) (117 kms)
 D : Nazca - Peru 119 kms 119 kms straight distance | 3hrs 16mins 3hrs 16mins by car (188 kms) | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by bus (188 kms) (188 kms)
 E : Lima - Peru 280 kms 280 kms straight distance | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by car (319 kms) | 5hrs 38mins 5hrs 38mins by bus (319 kms) (319 kms)
 F : Ayacucho - Peru 221 kms 221 kms straight distance | 5hrs 51mins 5hrs 51mins by car (345 kms) | 7hrs 1min 7hrs 1min by bus (345 kms) (345 kms)
 G : Huancayo - Peru 262 kms 262 kms straight distance | 8hrs 15mins 8hrs 15mins by car (407 kms) | 9hrs 54mins 9hrs 54mins by bus (407 kms) (407 kms)
 H : Andahuaylas - Peru 282 kms 282 kms straight distance | 10hrs 23mins 10hrs 23mins by car (548 kms) | 12hrs 27mins 12hrs 27mins by bus (548 kms) (548 kms)
 I : Camana - Peru 427 kms 427 kms straight distance | 9hrs 7mins 9hrs 7mins by car (578 kms) | 10hrs 56mins 10hrs 56mins by bus (578 kms) (578 kms)
 J : Abancay - Peru 334 kms 334 kms straight distance | 11hrs 15mins 11hrs 15mins by car (652 kms) | 13hrs 30mins 13hrs 30mins by bus (652 kms) (652 kms)
 K : Huanuco - Peru 494 kms 494 kms straight distance | 11hrs 30mins 11hrs 30mins by car (704 kms) | 13hrs 48mins 13hrs 48mins by bus (704 kms) (704 kms)
 L : Arequipa - Peru 520 kms 520 kms straight distance | 11hrs 47mins 11hrs 47mins by car (747 kms) | 14hrs 8mins 14hrs 8mins by bus (747 kms) (747 kms)
 M : Tingo Maria - Peru 557 kms 557 kms straight distance | 14hrs 29mins 14hrs 29mins by car (817 kms) | 17hrs 22mins 17hrs 22mins by bus (817 kms) (817 kms)
 N : Cusco - Peru 430 kms 430 kms straight distance | 15hrs 12mins 15hrs 12mins by car (839 kms) | 18hrs 14mins 18hrs 14mins by bus (839 kms) (839 kms)
 O : Machu Picchu - Peru 386 kms 386 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Nazca to Chincha Alta, Peru:

Fred's Hostal, Chincha Alta, Peru - Large Photo
Fred's Hostal, Chincha Alta, Peru (May 2010 - 1 night, June 2012 - 1 night) - Quite a nice room on the 2nd floor with a big bathroom, the room was big and had a window out onto the main street, it is just a few doors from the bus terminal. The wifi worked at first but stopped working for the rest of the time. I stayed here again in 2012 and had better luck with the wifi, a good option. Recommended.

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