Touring multi-countries on Bus - Am I Crazy?

Jan 22nd, 2014, 06:22 PM
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I think I suggested Footprint as a guidebook. They generally have an overview of how to get in and out.

There is a general schedule of bus routes for Ecuador at

In Peru I tried to use Cruz del Sur for long distance travel, or tourist services such as 4-M or Inka Express. For the north in Peru I used Linea or Movil. Most front desks can advise you of the best/safest bus companies in a region (they definitely are not the same).

In Bolivia I flew when it was an option, there are tourist services between cities as well. Another vote for Kanoo Tours in La Paz, if you need local advice.
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Jan 22nd, 2014, 06:27 PM
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Re not being fluent, you can always pop in to a tourist agency or upmarket hotel (as well as backpacker hostels) and someone will be able to help translate.
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 09:38 AM
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Intercity buses in Peru are good and luxurious. One I rode years ago even had a stewardess who organized games and singing and handed out lunches. You haven't had a good time until you've taken a long bus ride with Latinos, particularly if you speak Spanish.

One exception to taking the bus everywhere is Cusco. I would think about flying there from Lima as a flight takes an hour but a bus takes around 22. OTOH, if you take the bus, it may help you avoid altitude sickness as you have time to get used to the changes in altitude.
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