I'm off to Peru in October and will be landing in Lima. Obviously, I'm very keen to do the Inca Trail and hope to be getting into it within my first 10-14 days there after spending a few days in Cuzco acclimatising to the conditions.
In my time in Peru the rough plan is to get to Puerto Maldonado and Arequipa as well and maybe some places in the north.
My question for those who have done similar things is how is the best to get around? All the places I would ideally like to get to are so far apart from each other that I will most likely be catching a lot of internal flights but was wondering what other peoples experience of getting about was, whether it by bus, train or car rental.
I think the best will be the following itinerary:
> Lima - Arequipa (by bus: 15 hours / plane: 1.5 hours)
> Arequipa - Cuzco (by bus: 10 hours / plane: 0.5 hours)
> Cuzco - Pto Maldonado (by plane: 0.5 hours)
> Pto Maldonado - Lima (by plane: 2 hours).
You can take night buses to save time and money to go to Arequipa and then Cuzco. Try Cruz del Sur bus company. They have double decker buses with almost flat seat on the ground floor (VIP). If you are tall, I totally suggest those seats. Another good bus company for the ride from Lima to Arequipa is Oltursa.
You can check out the bus schedules on:
For the rest (Puerto Maldonado and back to Lima), you don't have other option than flying.
I don't think you will have time to go to Northern Peru. 14 days is barely enough to do the itinerary above. If you will travel only for 10 days, skip Arequipa and fly from Lima to Cuzco and then Puerto Maldonado and back.
Have a safe trip,
Lovely, thanks for the tips. I had read a bit about Cruz del Sur being a good reputable company. Over night buses will definitely save my wallet more flexing. I will be there for the whole month but I have to agree with you that maybe the north might be a bit out of the question. I wanted to get to Cuzo early as I think it'll start to be getting into the wet season, but knowing that Puerto Maldonado is realistically only accessible by plane really allows me to create a better budget. I can certainly deal with long haul coach trips if I can catch some sleep.
Thank you once again!