Hi, I need help to find out how to get to Lima from Cuzco - I will be travelling there in August and am wondering if I should fly or take a bus.
If by air, can I book the flight (one way) after I arrive Cuzco (I will be there for 3-4 days)?
If by bus, how safe it is going to be? I heard there are two bus routes, one takes ~20-24 hours and the other takes ~30+ hours but the roads are better and safer. Does anyone has experiences about it and can recommend what is the best way to get to Lima from there?
Thanks very much
There is a lot to be said against flying (consult my countless other posts), and busses are completely safe and much cheaper, and if you take the longer route it's even quite comfortable. I wouldn't recommend the 24 hour bumpy one, though...
As I remember, the long route takes you via Arequipa, which is a nice place, too. You may decide to break your journey for a day or two.
Re safety; when taking the usual precautions (mostly, no valuables on the bus; put them all with your luggage), buses are safe. They are an interesting mode of transport, too; chances are that you get in touch with some real locals :-)
The bus option is safe but not comfortable, too many hours and the nice sceneries are at night, so no chance to see much.
I will highly recommend to fly. I have done the bus ride and by experience I can tell you that it's too tiring, and I´m the kind of traveler who enjoys bus rides.
Regarding the flight, I suggest to buy an e-ticket in advance through www.taca.com, www.lan.com or www.starperu.com
I recommend Star Peru, they are cheaper and more flexible if you have to change your flight dates (no penalty). I recommend to book your flight as soon as possible too, because in Peru, the last minute tickets are usually the most expensive.
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Have a safe trip,
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Thanks very much for your responses, they are very helpful.
I flew- the most awesome amazing views Ive ever seen!!! A great way to enter such a wonderful city, very exciting!!!
Im sure the bus trip would be a real experience too but very different to flying. If u have the time fly in and bus out. I would never have missed that scenery from the air for anything.
PS Great idea to break up the bus trip at Arequipa if u do the bus option. At least 3- 4 days incl Colca Canyon.
I spent six months traveling through south america all by bus and the one from Lima to Cuzco was the worst. It was long, cold uncomfrotable and I felt sick. Not to mention there was no food and the bathroom didn't work. Personally I would take the flight, it really doesn't cost that much more and is worth every bit of it.
Fly. LanPeru is an awesome airline and in an hour your there, especially if time is ticking..
It's so interesting - and sad - to see how people just don't think about the environment, at all, while discussing things like this. You've got a right to do whatever you want to (as long as you're not harming anyone and as long as you can afford it), and I understand that some people choose to fly because of comfort reasons. But just a thought of the environment, please!
Also, even though flights might be more comfy, I'm not sure they are so much faster. You've got transfer times + the 2 hours after check-in when you just have to hang out on an airport.
You're right, Susanna, thanks. By the way, congrats on your 'promotion' to travel guru... our status difference shows how unpredictable (biased?) the ranking algorhitm is :-)
Well, someday I would like to travel to Sweden or the Netherlands from the US. They look like great places to visit. I guess maybe I should start planning on how to charter a rowboat...