My boyfriend and I leave for our South American adventure in a short 8 days, we fly into Cuzco and make our way to Bagota (our departure city) over 5.5 weeks, all over land. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with these boarder crossings by bus. our last destination in Peru is Mancora, so we need to get from Mancora to preferably Cuenca in Ecuador.
After that we need to get from Quito to Colombia.
If anyone has any experience with these routes and can post the route that they took and bus companies I would be incredibly greatful! Its the only part of the trip I am worried about.
All these border crossings are straight forward and without any hassle, especially if you are travelling by bus. Wikitravel or other guide books will give you a perfect description on all these border crossings.
I recommend taking the road from Peru to Ecuador through the Andes and not at the Pacific side. It is more scenic and certainly more secure.
Ecuador - Colombia has only one border crossing.
In any case, you will just need to get to the nearest sizable town and take bus to cross border to next town on the other side. International bus companies usually run along these routes, but again locals and guidebooks will give you plenty of information.
Try to get rid of all Peruvian Pesos before Ecuador as they will be worthless later on, in Ecuador they use US$, in Colombia only big/border towns exchange/accept US$ it is easier to withdraw money from ATM.
When you reach Colombia - try to stay in Las Lajas for one night. The cathedral is very impressive and the place is lovely.
Enjoy your travels!