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Costa Rica / Panama to Peru, whats the best way on a budget

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1. Posted by Kaaaaaaren (Budding Member, 9 posts) 13 May '12 13:44

I am currently in Costa Rica. I will be working here until Mid July. At the beginning of August, I need to be in Peru for another job. I have limited money and my spanish speaking isn't that great (though I am of course learning all the time).

I've seen old threads about this journey and things seem to have changed dramatically since then. For example, I cant find a flight that's cheaper than $1000 and this is way too expensive for me. I've also seen threads that say the overland route (coach, boat, coach) is a nightmare.

I have about 3 weeks in which to complete the journey. I can get from Costa Rica to Panama, no bother. But what would be the best way to get to Peru within 3 weeks at a much more reasonable price than $1000 (from either CR or Panama)? The more detailed anyone could be the better... Many thanks for your help in advance.

2. Posted by Kaaaaaaren (Budding Member, 9 posts) 13 May '12 13:48

Ps. If anyone needs to do the same journey, I'd be happy to have a travel buddy.

3. Posted by ehuaman (Budding Member, 41 posts) 20 May '12 20:17

I have done that trip many times. The best option is travelling by bus to panama and catch a flight there. The flight price is 600$ (COPA AIRLINES). There are international busses from San Jose to Panama City. I recommend you TICABUS (50$). If you want to save some money, you could travel by local buses until the border, and catch local buses to panama city. Local buses in panama are old, however the route is not complicated.
Other option is waiting bargains of TACA and travel directly San Jose- Lima, but it is uncertain.

Good luck


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5. Posted by Kaaaaaaren (Budding Member, 9 posts) 30 May '12 12:47

Thanks, really helpful. Just checked out copa airlines and can get a return flight for around the price you mentioned and I think that's gonna be my best option so thanks muchly for your help.