Peru travel can provide the tourist a view of some of the most interesting and visually pleasing place in the world for a trip. The nation offers both manmade and natural attractions. Tourists have options that include snow capped mountains as well as the Amazon jungle and miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. There are many opportunities for making memories, but tourist need to decide how to get around the country before they arrive.
The size of this nation and its natural features can make navigation difficult. Traveling by train is limited and only provides access to the most popular routes. Ground transportation can require several days and is often uncomfortable. Flying offers a good option if one is limited on time. However, in certain places the intercity bus is the only real option.
There are airports in several major destinations within the country that can allow a traveler to see several locations within a couple of weeks. It is not always possible to reach Peruvian cities directly by air. However, some locations in the jungle require a flight followed by a long ride in a boat. Lima is a connecting point for many flights. Travelers should book their flights several days in advance and plan to be at the airport a minimum of 45 minutes early or risk being bumped from their plans.
PeruRail offers four passenger train routes along scenic and popular journeys. Traveling by train connects passengers with Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco. In addition to PeruRail, there are two newer tourist routes connecting the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Traveling within cities can be done by taxi or bus. Taxis are more convenient but also more expensive. Before getting into a taxi, it is important to know local customs. In Lima, taxis are not regulated and one may encounter both licensed options as well as unlicensed. There are no meters so passengers are expected to negotiate the cost before entering the cab. In Cusco, taxis must use the standard pricing code.
Buses provide a cheap option that is very popular among tourists and locals. Many locals only use buses for transportation. Tourists will find several lines that compete for business and operate their own private bus stations. Those unfamiliar with the system can easily become frustrated when trying to figure out this system. Luggage theft is an issue on many of the lines.
While renting a car can give a traveler more independence, it is not the best or easiest option for most. It is one of the most expensive options and distances are long with difficult terrain. To rent a vehicle, one must be at least 25 years of age and present a valid driver’s license and passport. A credit card is normally required for deposit.
Peru travel offers many fun and exciting options, but can also cause problems. As a part of the planning for this trip of a lifetime, take time to know how to move from one location to the next. The US State Department offers warnings to help ensure travelers safety.
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