Most Peruvians get around the country by bus, as
these go just about everywhere and are extremely good value. However, wherever
possible, visitors tend to use one of the country's trains - an experience in
itself - despite being considerably slower than the equivalent bus journey. With
the distances in Peru being so vast, many Peruvians and travelers are
increasingly flying to their destinations, as all Peruvian cities are within a
two-hour flight of Lima.
Driving around Peru is generally not a problem outside of Lima, and allows you
to see some out-of-the-way places that you might otherwise miss. However, the
traffic in Lima is abominable, both in terms of its recklessness and the sheer
volume. Traffic jams are ubiquitous between 8 and 10am and again between 4 and
6pm every weekday, while the pollution from too many old and poorly maintained
vehicles is a real health risk, particularly in Lima Centro and to a lesser
extent in Arequipa.
Peru's buses are run by a variety of private companies, all of which offer
remarkably low fares , making it possible to travel from one end of the country
to the other (over 2000km) for under $30. Long-distance bus journeys cost...
Taxis, mototaxis and colectivos
Taxis can be found anywhere at any time in almost every town. Any car can become
a taxi simply by sticking a taxi sign up in the front window; a lot of people,
especially in Lima, take advantage of this to supplement their income. Whenever
Peru's spectacular train journeys are in themselves a major attraction, and you
should aim to take at least one long-distance train during your trip, especially
as the trains connect some of Peru's major tourist sights. At the time of
Some places in the jungle can only sensibly be reached by plane and Peru is so
vast that the odd flight can save a lot of time. There are three major
companies; PERUVIAN AIRLINES, who fly to all of the main cities and many smaller
Cars can be very handy for reaching remote rural destinations or sites, but if
you are planning to explore by car , it's best to avoid Lima as far as possible.
Driving in the capital takes a bit of getting used to, even as a passenger. ...
There are no coastal boat services in Peru, but in many areas - on Lake Titicaca
and especially in the jungle regions - water is the obvious means of getting
around. From Puno, on Lake Titicaca, there are currently no...
Even if you've no intention of doing any serious hiking , there's a good deal of
walking involved in checking out many of the most enjoyable Peruvian
attractions. Climbing from Cusco up to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, for
Hitching in Peru usually means catching a ride with a truck driver, who will
almost always expect payment. With most trucks you won't have to pay before
setting off, but you should always agree a sum before getting in as there are..