Hitchhiking through Peru's central highlands
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Feb 14, 2012 1:10 PM Last Post By: mamani5904
Feb 7, 2012 7:25 AM
Hitchhiking through Peru's central highlandsIm keen to do a route from Cusco to Lima, via Abancay, Ayacucho and Huancayo. Where is a good place to go to hitchhike out of Cusco? Preferably I'd want to do this with fellow travellers - there's heaps to see in between these places too.
Anyone have any info? Or is anyone interested on taking up the offer? Keen to be out of Cusco in a week or so.
Feb 8, 2012 11:38 AM
1Hey Tim, right on with the thumbing! I've done quite a bit of it myself, and recommend that you carry a cardboard destination sign reading "mas alla' " -basically, "a little further". Take a bus to the outskirts of town to begin your trek, and take caramelos-hard candies-to share with any kids.Or coca for the driver if he's so inclined. Be aware that many Peruvians aren't familiar with the concept, and might expect a little $.
It's always cool, when you're about to get out, to offer to share the cost of a few liters of gas. A pittance for you, maybe not for them.
Also, in the highlands (especially Bolivia) many peasants travel in the back of stake bed trucks, either as the sole cargo or on top of other cargo the driver may be hauling. Payment is expectedfor this, about half of what the bus might charge, and it's a great way to meet/bond/laugh with the natives. If you ask around, you might be directed to a certain place of departure. Be sure to ask the locals what they pay instead of the driver.
It's also a great gesture, if you can afford it, to offer to pay for meals at rest stops. A little goodwill can go a long way! Lastly, be hip to the possibility that whoever stops to pick you up may be drunk or hungover.
Happy trails Jon
Feb 8, 2012 3:36 PM
Feb 10, 2012 1:27 PM
3honestly, hitching is a risk anywhere. it really depends on who picks you up. i know some people that have done it with no problems. i didn't do it personally when i was in peru, but i had a friend who did it before i went and ended up getting a gun shoved in her face by some ruffian in the back of the pickup. ended up losing money and passports before being "dropped off". you never know what's going to happen so be alert.
Feb 14, 2012 1:10 PM
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