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Arequipa to Cusco Bus
Arequipa (known as the white city) and Cusco (the world’s umbilicus), the most tourism attraction cities fo Peru, are separeted by 299 mi (482 km) of travel on the highway. If you want to do the route Arequipa - Cusco you will find a varied offer of the transportation service by the companies Oltursa, Tepsa, Movil Tours and Civa. The cost of the bus tickets is s/. 40 to s/. 110. The average length of the route is 11 hours with any of the already mentioned companies. During the trip you will see from your comfortable seat, the diversity of the geography that offers the dry and sunny climate of the white city. If you are a traveller that prefers the daytime journeys you have the option of the buses leaving at 9:30 a.m. You can also choose the schedule from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm. The terminals in Arequipa can be found next to the international bus station. In Cusco the terminals are located close to the Vía Evitamiento.
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The name Arequipa comes from the quechua word “ari-que-pay”, that refers to a legend about the inca Mayta Cápac; in the legend his subjects, impressed by the beauty of the place, asked him to stay and the inca answered: “yes, stay” (ari-que-pay).In the inca period the incas left the Arequipa territory in search of new places to conquer. The official foundation of the city took place in 1540, by the Spanish who arrived there to take advantage of the mines of the area in the colonial period.The city prospered quickly due to its advisable location in the mining transit path, becoming the most important commercial city, and standing out for its loyalty to the Spanish crown.During the republic, Arequipa was the place where concentrated most of the uprisings and social and political conflicts, what (later on time) would deserve its title of “Hero city of the free people of Arequipa”. Nowadays the city of Arequipa is one of the metropolis of higher economic, cultural and touristic importance inside the country.
Cusco or Cuzco (both graphical symbols are acceptable according to the RAE, Real Academy of the Spanish language) is the main destination that you can get to know on your trips through Peru. Learn more about it in this section.The legend tells that Cusco was founded by 2 ancestral patriarchs, who, due to the design of the deity Sun, emerged from the Titicaca lake with the mission of putting in order the Andean men’s life. They would be the beginning of the vast Incan Empire, which as time goes by would reach its maximum glory consolidating as a powerful State. In 1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham would refind the incan citadel to the world’s eyes with the discovery of Machu Picchu. From that day the growth of Cusco has been exponential, turning to be one of the most visited worldwide tourist destinations and favourite place for national and foreign tourists to “discover” the beauty of the Machu Picchu citadel on its travel to Cusco.