travelling in peru/bolivia costs
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 2:38 PM Last Post By: hazzdawg
Feb 10, 2013 11:27 AM
travelling in peru/bolivia costsso im planning to go travelling in peru for a couple months and possibly travel onto bolivia
i've read that its best to not get a bus pass but book as you go,
how much are long distance bus passes?
any reccomended areas to visit / to stay clear of (girl travelling alone)
if not travelling by bus what is the cheapest mode of transport?
thank u i appreciate any advice
Feb 10, 2013 1:25 PM
1Lucky you. and traveling alone also. you are going to have a great time. well there are no bus passes so that pretty well ssettles that! there is really only bus air or private car. I have lived in El Peru for 9 years now....wow time does go by ...i dont't know what is allowed here any more. it has been a while. but if you send me a pm i will tell you about the best hostel in barranco which is the best part of lima. i usually spend most of the rainy season there!! i live above Huancayo. off the beaten path and just below one of the most beautiful mountains in el Peru even if it isn't the highest, Huaytapallana. you are welcome to come stay with us in Vilcacoto!!! you can find me on couch surfing...heck my email is firstname.lastname@example.org ....i get so much spam a little more won't hurt!!! lucky you...again... where where else to visit??? some people seem to be going to.... whats it called?? mucho pichi !!!a joke a joke. i never give advice where to go except Huancayo!!!! buen viaje!!
Feb 10, 2013 1:40 PM
2silly me, there ARE a couple of trains ..one of them coming to Huancayo. used to be the highest train in the world till those pesky chinese built a higher one in some place called tibet. never heard of it!! the train is VERY COOL> and you DO want to book any busses AFTER you get here. trust me on this. and only book your first night in lima. at the barranco backpacker inn. see how i snuck that in.... really i am not the owner. (i assume you are flying into lima. other than the so called inca trail you do not have to book anything in advance. the tourist industry is way overbuilt. there are a zillions of hostels and hotels in cusco arequipa puno etc.....) tell them vincent sent you....you will get an extra blob of mermalada with breakfast. some crazy brit runs the place....i think i should stop now. my add is kicking in)(*(*&&%@!!#~!!_& THESE ARE ONLY MY OPINIONS. these are not official tt or bbc opinions
Feb 10, 2013 2:04 PM
3The cheapest way of travelling around Peru is by (long distance) buses. This network of buses is established by a large number of private companies, without any perceptible coordination. That is why bus passes do not exist in Peru. One travels from A to B with one of the companies serving the route from A to B. A travel guidebook may come in handy. Some towns have a central bus station, others don't. So you may arrive in a certain town at the bus station of a certain company while you leave the town from another bus station (of a different company). I don't know how many bus companies are operating long distance buses in Peru. Let's say one hundred. It is best to stick, if you can, to the more reputable companies, such as Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, Movil Tours, CIAL, Tepsa, and others. For safety reasons (better maintenance of buses, better trained drivers who get sufficient rest, better general safety measures) do not economize on buses.
As for general safety, just use common sense like one does everywhere. Avoid deserted streets, parks, beaches, etc. Be especially prepared for petty theft, especially at bus stations.
Feb 10, 2013 2:17 PM
4i agree casaana. just one thing. if you are travelling along the panamericana you can safely travel on the chicken busses and meet another class of peruanos, my favorite people!!!! there is no abyss to aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!! but when travelling in the Sierra.....ya you prob want a decent buss and driver!!!!! oltursa is generally better and more economical than the bigger cruz del sur for what it is worth.
Feb 11, 2013 8:55 AM
5Agree with Casaana about the better bus companies, it's worth it.
I prefer Oltursa over the other companies but that's just my opinion. If you have a certain route in mind you could check the bus companies websites for rates.
Costs are very different form place to place. A non touristy town will of course be cheaper (and probably more rewarding) than let's say Cusco (where I spend a lot of time visiting local friends).
An example is a 1/4 chicken with chips & salad.
The last time I was in Huancayo it was exactly half the price of 1/4 chicken in Cusco.
A 62 cl beer at a touristy bar will cost you as much as 12 - 14 S/. while you can have the same beer in a nice bar catering to locals for half that price. 0,5 S/. coffee at market or a 6 S/. espresso @ Tupananchis.
You can find a ceviche on a street stall for 3 soles while you can also order a 40 S/. ceviche in a posh cevichería in Miraflores or San Isidro.
Feb 11, 2013 2:38 PM
6If you have a higher budget and strapped for time then flying and can reasonably priced in Peru. Avoid LAN though as they charge outrageous fares for foreigners.
It´s true that prices vary a lot on the region.
(0 star Hotel)
From US$45.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$17.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$170.00 per night