Inland route to Cusco from Lima
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 10, 2012 9:24 PM Last Post By: Cusco1
Sep 8, 2012 12:23 PM
Sep 8, 2012 12:50 PM
1I posted a similar question a few days ago. Before it was rudely disrupted by the resident troublemaker, I posted a link to a previous thread that discussed it. If you google thorn tree, there are a few threads describing how to do this. Unfortunately, they are at least 2 years old. I'm thinking about doing the same from Lima to Cusco.
Sep 8, 2012 11:47 PM
2Not many do this route and that may just be the attraction of it for you. Most visitors to Peru focus on Cusco / Machu Picchu and they either go from Lima by plane or they go by bus following the "Gringo Trail", accompanied by a cloud of other foreign tourists. The route Huancayo, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Andahuaylas, Abancay is more authentic and you will be more among the locals. So, your decision should be more based on the way you wish to travel than on whether the landscape and sights are more impressive. To really enjoy this internal route plan for a week or so and don't hurry.
Be aware that part of the area is somewhat less quiet, with an occasional skirmish between police/army and drug related groups, of which you probably will not notice anything. There is also the advice to take a day bus from Ayacucho to Andahualas, not a night bus.
Sep 9, 2012 8:15 AM
3Definately go for it seagull! it sounds like and awesome adventure trip! You will get to know a lot more about Peru. However be prepared to travel without the common tourist services... also I think that being able to communicate in spanish will be very important for your trip!
Sep 10, 2012 9:24 PM
4Hi! I did that last year and it was an awesome trip. Hopefully you can take the train to Huancayo (I missed the day it went, when I was there).
It is definitely different than what most people do in Peru and because of that more interesting. We took the local buses but then did take a night collectivo and would not suggest that one.
I am sure I am older than you, and I did it last year. Hopefully, you are traveling with a friend.....enjoy
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