Southern Ecuador to Cuzco Overland
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 23, 2012 9:21 PM Last Post By: rod_barolo
Jan 17, 2012 8:47 PM
I'm looking for any advice pertaining to creating a safe, enjoyable, adventure-filled ride to Machu Picchu. Ideally, I'd like to limit each bus ride to 8-10 hours.
Thank you kindly,
Edited by: anguyen1
Jan 18, 2012 1:31 AM
1Tumbes, the first Peruvian city of any significance, is 20 hours away from Lima while Cusco is another 20 hours away from Lima.
If I would have to do it by bus I would break the journey between Tumbes & Lima in Chiclayo or Trujillo for 2 days. These are two cities with interesting pre-Inca sites and Lambayeque near Chiclayo has one of the best museums in Peru, if not the best.
Between Lima & Cusco you could break the journey in Arequipa for a couple of days by visiting the city itself, the surroundings and the Colca Canyon.
There are Cruz del Sur & ExcluCiva buses from Guayaquil to Peru. The ExcluCiva one leaves Guayaquil at 9 PM allowing you to be in Piura the next morning.
Cheap flights aren't much more expensive than night buses and allow you to win a day. I would opt for one flight and one night bus.
Jan 30, 2012 6:13 PM
Feb 23, 2012 9:21 PM
3I was in Peru for a few months a few years back. I went from Pisco to Huancevlica to Ayacucho to Huancayo and then on to Pucallpa via a very remote way. For you I would go Lima to Huancayo to Ayacucho to Cusco. The northern highlands are not for everyone for sure. In many places there will be no other gringos to drink beer with, and you many be the tourist attraction in many places. One night we stayed in a small village at a place above the general store for 3 soles (that was for all 3 of us) ok so it did have an outhouse but I will remember this place fondly long after many Best Western/ Hyatt Regency stays are long forgotten.
I loved the hospitality of the Highland people and the general adventure so much. So much in fact that I did not go to Machu Pichu. This time I will be with my wife so have to go to MP.
Huancayo and the small villages and the hiking nearby was stellar. The Casa de la Aubela (Grandma's house) was an outstanding
hostal with an incredible guyide - Lucho and all very very cheap. Again I would not recommend this for someone that needs a certain standard of luxury. But, on the other hand it was one of the highliths of my trip to Peru.
(0 star Hotel)
From US$45.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$17.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$90.00 per night