Hey : ) I have been reading & researching Peru for several months. Would like to be there Dec 19th - Jan 3rd or 9th. It would be myself, my husband & 10 yr. old daughter traveling. Looking to pretty much do the regular route; Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Cola, Puno/Lake Titicaca, Puerto M (for a few days), Cuzco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley (not necessarily in that order).
For some reason, I am having some anxiety about the ease of traveling within Peru (perhaps because we do not yet speak Spanish). Debating on whether to wing it ourselves (with a little help from SouthAmerican Explorers) or to pick a tour and let them worry about how to get us from here to there. I noticed some tours offered by Southfares.com which seem really reasonable. (Anyone have experience with them??) However, their tours include a lot of bus travel & we were leaning toward the LAN Pass to make the most of our time.
So, if you wouldn't mind, would you care to tell me your first hand thoughts regarding ease of transportation in Peru? If I find I am worried for nothing, I may conclude that doing the trip independantly is the way we will go. Otherwise I may further research Southfares.com & others.
Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide.
Hello TravelBug 😊
I got around Peru easily by bus. I also took an internal flight while I was there, which was also easy to get. As far as I remember I just went to the airport and bought the ticket there. Also, I never bought bus tickets in advance. I just went to the bus stations and got them there.
We traveled extensively by bus in Peru, it's very easy and straightforward. The only snafu we had was getting caught in a paro (strike or blockade) which wasn't the fault of the bus company. The best bus company is Cruz del Sur. Can't comment on plane travel.