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1. Posted by thefrank (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm planning a backpacking trip to South America, and I had a few questions about traveling between countries by bus. First off I am going to Ecaudor for a while to go to a language school. Anyway I'm taking a fly by the seat of my pants approach to traveling. I bought a oneway ticket to Ecuador knowing that I can only stay 90 days in the country. My airline requires me to show proof of an onward ticket to another country. I plan to go to Peru before the 90 days are up but i was planning to go by bus. Is it possible to book a bus ticket to Peru from the US? I hear the best way to cross a border is to take a bus to a boarder town and then cross from there. The other alternative is for me to just book a plane ticket to Peru. Also i could just book a cheap fully refundable ticket to another country and then cancel it once i get to Ecuador, and then go with a bus to Peru. The reason I bought a oneway ticket is so that I could decide the next place i want to go while i'm there. What are peoples' experiences with this type of travel? Should I attempt to book a bus ticket to peru now or go with a plane ticket? Thanks for the help.


2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm a little confused as to why your airline requires proof of an onward ticket; but I guess that's irrelevant. If you can find a refundable ticket as you mentioned, that would probably be the best bet. I can tell you that the quality of bus travel kind of varies in South America, but generally it's very good. Another thing to keep in mind in terms of the 90 days, is that I believe that by exiting a country, it automatically resets to another 90 days upon return. At least that is the case with Argentina and Chile, I would imagine it is the same with Equador and Peru. Also, I know that some of the major bus companies down there have websites with booking engines, so you might just want to try google if you really want to book ahead.

As for crossing borders by bus, this is pretty easy. The bus usually pulls up, everybody gets off goes through the exit procedure and then the bus rolls up to the entry procedure. In Bolivia, they make you walk like 100 yards across the border, which is kind of fun.

Sorry, kind of a convoluted answer.

3. Posted by thefrank (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah the thing with the airline is wierd. They want to see an onward ticket but I called the Ecuadorian consulate and she told that customs doesn't need to see any proof and that I just need to tell them my intetions with in the country and then leave after the 90 days. American Airlines won't even let me board the plane if i don't show proof. why the airline cares and not the government is beyond me. Does anyone know any bus company websites for ecuador and south america, so that i could try booking a ticket?

4. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You generally cannot book a bus ticket online in Central or South America as you need to appear in their offices with your physical passport in hand for any cross border trip, all countries from Mexico through Argentina. offer first class to luxury internal and international services, with wc, a/c, snacks and host/hostess on board, who often handle passports of passengers at customs, borders can be nasty places with hoards of money changers and truck traffic.

5. Posted by thefrank (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cool, thanks for the info

6. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your thank you...I was called a "twat" on another thread and told to apoligize...Never realized this was a "debating society", at any rate view the Central American International Bus Company "Tica Bus" Website one is unable to book online since the terminals are in Mexico and the rest of Central America and one has to physically present with his or her Passport to book onward travel. In the larger South American countries the same for International trips, if you pm me you are able to join our Peru and Latina America Unida groups, run by native South Americans on an Internet networking site, make friends before you depart.

7. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i thought you didnt know whot ia twat was????
you nwere rude thats all!!!!
please dont continue this.......
anyway its hardly debate but if you do correct someone else and then make the same mistake yourself you are in for at the very least a rebuttle

i love american comedy!!!

yes i do david!!!!!!!