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Submitted on Apr 01, 2019 Useful Info

How to travel in Peru

Traveling around Peru is reasonably safe and easy.

From boats to buses and trains, here are the best ways to travel around the magnificent country of Peru.


By bus

Peru's buses are run by various private companies, all of which offer very low prices, making it possible to travel from one end of the country to the other for under 30Eu.

The shape of the buses varies from the luxurious Cruz del Sur fleet that runs by the coast to the crappy old school buses used on local neighboorhood through the country.

  • Another amazing backpacker option is Peru Hop bus company.

Peru Hop offers a multi-stop flexible ticket in both directions between Lima and Cusco and even Bolivia. It has several stops at Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca, Arequipa, and Puno.

You can visit the major cities and many hotspots easily and safely picked up and dropped off at your hostel, and you have the help of an onboard local guide who speaks English and Spanish.


By Taxi and Colectivos

When you hire a taxi in Peru, always negotiate the price in advance since few of them have meters.

  • In many country towns, you'll find motorcycle rickshaws, known as mototaxis, serving as taxis.

Colectivos (shared taxis) are a very useful way of getting around Peru. Usually, connect all the coastal towns and many of the larger towns in the mountains.

Most colectivo cars manage to squeeze in about six people and can be found in the center or main plaza of a town.


By train

The Southern Railway, starting on the south coast at Arequipa, heads inland to Lake Titicaca coast town Puno, before turning up North towards Cusco, from where a line heads out down the magnificent Valle Sagrada, passing Machu Picchu, and on into the Amazon forest.

  • The trains go slowlier than buses, depending on the level of track maintenance.

Trains, however, generally allow enjoying the scenery outside the window.


By Boat

There are no coastal boat services in Peru, but in many areas - on Lake Titicaca and especially in the jungle regions - water is the only way of traveling around.

From Puno, on Lake Titicaca, there are currently no regular services to Bolivia by ship

  • In the Amazonian jungle regions, motorized boats come in two primary forms: the ones with a large engine and those with a peque-peque engine. The large engine boats are faster and more maneuverable, but it costs a lot more to hire.

Of course, you can hitchhike a ride in one of these canoes for nothing, but this may involve waiting around for days or sometimes even a weeks. The other option is to hire a boat with its driver for a few days. It will work out cheaper than taking an organized tour, as well as your private guide.


By Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking in Peru usually means catching a ride with a truck driver, who will always expect to get some money.

  • You should always negotiate a price before getting in.

Trucks can be waved down anywhere but there is a bit of greater luck around markets or petrol stations on the suburbs of towns. Trucks tend to be the only form of public transport in some less accessible areas, traveling the roads that buses won't go and serving remote communities, so you may end up having to sit on top of a pile of potatoes or bananas.