Peru Bus travel

Old Nov 25th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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Peru Bus travel

We will be traveling all over Peru by bus in March. Do you think we will have a problem buying tickets as we go or should we reserve in advance? I would think that since it is not the tourist season we would not have a problem.
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Old Nov 25th, 2009, 04:51 PM
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I'm not even sure you CAN reserve in advance from overseas...
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Old Nov 25th, 2009, 06:59 PM
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Many of the bus companies have websites and it appears you can make reservations. I don't speak Spanish but my travel friend does and I thought we could figure it out if Fodorites suggested it. mlgb, from your response are you implying that you traveled in Peru and didn't have a problem making reservations as you went along? Let me know.
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Old Nov 25th, 2009, 08:59 PM
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No, I just took a local bus. But I took long distance busses in Chile and could not manage any reservations.

Hope someone else can chime in on this..
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We were in Peru for 2 months in August and September and really didn't have a problem with booking any of the buses. We used a variety of services long distance, local and tour buses. We speak a little Spoanish which helped but a decent phrasebok would get you by. (Collins Latin American Spanish is excellent).
The exception was the Tour Bus (forget the name) fom Cusco to Puno which we booked a day or two in advance (we could have got tickets from the ordinary bus on the spot.
Go for it! It will very quickly become second nature.
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Old Nov 26th, 2009, 07:56 AM
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Yes, even the high demand long distance busses that I took in Chile were available within 2 days. My hotel was able to help with reserving, but I still had to go down in person to complete the process.
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I can not speak for Peru but I have traveled 1,000's of miles on Buses in Mexico never having a problem getting tickets a hour or so ahead of departure. The only exception was during major holiday time.
PS My Spanish is limited but even before I knew a word I took buses in Mexico with few problems.
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