How To Get Around Peru
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 9:02 PM Last Post By: elrusomiami
Nov 1, 2012 9:58 PM
Nov 1, 2012 11:50 PM
1There is no best and cheapest way. Yo go cheap or you don't. Between mayor towns and destinations the normal thing to do is to travel by (long distance) buses or by plane. If you take one of the better bus companies buses are good, relatively cheap, but take a long time. For instance, from Lima to Cusco a bus takes about 21 hours while by plane it is about one hour. LAN and TACA are the more expensive airlines (at least for foreigners). Star Peru, Peruvian Airline and LC Peru are cheaper.
Apart from walking, the cheapest way of moving about towns is to take local buses. The snag is that there hardly exist good route maps of buses. So if you only stay one or two days in a town you don't really have the time to find out how the buses are going. Therefore the most practical way in that case is to take taxis. These are abundant in Peru and not expensive. One does not see many foreigners use local buses.
Nov 2, 2012 6:33 AM
2Buses are great for long distance travel--Cruz del Sur....But planes are not that expensive--at least not compared to short flights in the US.
Combis are the shuttle buses/vans and are cheaper than taxi but don't leave until full. Taxi from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was $40 US; Combi was $4.50 US. Easy to take buses around the Sacred Valley.
Generally everyone takes the train to Agua Calenties/MP....but on recent trip saw signs everywhere advertising MP by car or van. Did not meet anyone who took the car or van however.
In Lima Buses are everywhere and people are glad to help you discover which ones you use
Nov 7, 2012 9:02 PM
3Taxis in Peru don't have meters, but almost never tried to overstate fares - except the taxis that were waiting in front of museums and tourist attractions. And taxis are cheap.
For intercity travel try either Cruz del Sur or Oltursa buses - especially the latter. Buses used by these companies are new and comfortable.
Internal flights on LAN are very expensive. Try instead to get a ticket with Peruvian Airlines or Star Peru - very reasonable, and like three times cheaper than LAN.
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