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Jackie May 21st, 2011 06:28 PM

Has anyone taken the bus from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado?
I already have a plane ticket. However, my nephew, who is backpacking thru 3 continents, plans to meet me in PM. For financial reasons he is taking the bus. Is there any advice I can give him about the bus trip? What about last minute plane tix prices from Cusco to PM?

mlgb May 21st, 2011 06:55 PM

Star Peru flies that route.

Jeff_Costa_Rica May 21st, 2011 11:00 PM

I've read that the road between the two is finally completed and paved, but the bus trip still takes 9-12 hours. That's during the dry season. During the rainy season, landslides are frequent, and you might measure the trip in days rather than hours.

What time of year will this be?

qwovadis May 22nd, 2011 05:18 AM

Have done the bus years ago it was a nightmare.

PM is dodgy not great not on the amazon


TONNES better wildlife no flights required

save lots of money and puke on plane/bus rides for TRUE amazon is worth it best for in Peru flights LAN usually

twice as much due to ridiculous rip off tourist surcharges.

qwovadis May 22nd, 2011 05:26 AM

Actually come to think of it

I did it on the back of a truck

they called "a bus" was sick the whole time

perpertual curvy potholed downhills the whole way

few stops loos.. new bus might be a bit better but

gives you an idea of the route.

Buy him a ticket if you have 2 usually under $99 with

Jackie May 22nd, 2011 06:02 AM

Going 9/28-10/2.

I checked the star peru site, round trip is $212. We'd help him with plane ticket, but he has at least 2 friends joining him; that starts to get pricey. He tells me they will figure things out as they go. I just want him to be informed and then will step back from planning his trip.

The peruadventure bike tour looks amazing...for an avid biker. Their site say its a 12-hour bus ride and road completion is a few years away. The one picture (if current) shows a gravel road.

I will send him this link. Thanks for your help.

TRD May 23rd, 2011 01:04 PM

The road is paved and finished and goes all the way to Brasil

Jackie May 23rd, 2011 03:01 PM

Good to know TRD. Do you know if its still a 12 hour drive (in good weather)?

TRD May 23rd, 2011 03:56 PM

The bus ride is 11 hours.
By private car it should be around 6 to 7.

lzzry Jun 17th, 2011 02:02 PM

Hi TRD - this information is really helpful -- any info on the price / possibility of hiring a private car? Thanks!

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