Peru travel guide


Peru Travel Guide

Getting around Peru

Inside the cities, there is usually no problem getting around on city taxis or buses. Buses cost between 0.70 and 1.50 Soles ( US$ 0.20 - 0.40) on city, taxis between 7 and 8 soles (US$ 2.00 - 2.40) in Lima, normally less in other cities. "Taxi" does not necessarily mean a car; the term also refers to bicycles, motor rickshaws, and motor bikes for hire.

Several Peruvians get around the country by bus. 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 travellers are increasingly flying to their destinations, as all Peruvian cities are within a two-hour flight of Lima.

Peru by Train

Even when going by train, it's best to buy the ticket in advance. Buy 1st class or buffet class (still higher), or you risk getting completely covered by luggage. People will put their luggage under your seat, in front of your feet, beside you and everywhere where some little place is left.
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Peru by boat

There are no coastal boat services in Peru, but in many areas - on Lake Titicaca and too in the jungle regions - water is the obvious means of getting around. From Puno (Lake Titicaca), there are currently no regular services to Bolivia by ship or hydrofoil (though check with the tour agencies in Puno), but there are plenty of smaller boats that will take visitors out to the various islands in the lake. These aren't expensive and a price can usually be negotiated down at the port.
In the jungle areas motorized canoes come in two basic forms: those with a large outboard motor and those with a Briggs and Stratton peque-peque engine.

Peru by bus

In contrast to colectivos, buses, and of course trains, start from fixed points, either the central bus terminal or the court of the appropriate bus company (Cruz del sur, Civa, Ormeņo and many more.). It's a good idea to buy your ticket one day before so that you can be relatively sure of finding a seat. If you come directly before the bus leaves, you risk finding that there are no more seats available. In most bus terminals you need to buy a seperate departure tax of 1 or 1,5 soles.

Peru by plane

Some places in the jungle can only visit via plane; TANS, the commercial arm of Peruvian Air Force; and Lan Peru, that it has alliance with Lan Chile. A couple of smaller companies - Aero Condor and Aero Santander - are currently gearing up their operations. Tickets can be bought from travel agents or airline offices in all major towns. The most popular routes, Lima-Cusco cost about $60 and usually need to be booked at least a few days in advance (more during the run-up to and including major fiestas). Other less busy routes tend to be less expensive.

Driving schools

Driving schools in Peru

Driving schools teach driving, and road safety. In the driving schools directory you will find information about road safety, driving knowledge, vechicles and equipment. A driver training course, or hight-school driver education program approved by the provincial government can teach you the skills, and attitudes you need to be a safe, and responsible driver.

Traffic schools

Traffic schools in Peru

Improve your driving skills and possibly get a ticket dismissed or your insurance premium reduced. Taking a traffic schools course can also earn you a discount on your car insurance premiums. And, of course, if your driving skills just need a tune up, you can sign up to improve your driving techniques.

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