I have been reporting bus accidents on this forum for quite a long time, but we always have new readers, so its, I think, a good idea to bring this subject up again.
Its to prevent people boarding cheap buses and realize that in Peru its not safe to travel with cheap agencies and that if you happen to get in an accident up in the mountains, your possibilities of surviving an injury are slim to none.
Buses in Peru are not checked for technical performance, drivers drive for over 8 hours and are really careless, buses are loaded with more passengers than allowed ,roads are hazardous and it takes many hours to travel.On top of that, buses do unauthorized stops and robbers board and assault the passengers.Peru has the worst statistics for bus accidents in the region.
This has to be known by foreign travelers to Peru so they can make a right decision and travel by plane instead.The embassies suggest not to travel by bus in Peru on little known agencies and not at night.
Here a quote by the British Embassy in Peru :
"Bus crashes are commonplace, especially at night. Inter-city bus crashes have resulted in loss of life and serious injury. You should use only reputable transport companies, and where possible avoid overnight travel, especially in mountainous and remote regions. Cruz del Sur, Ormeno and Oltursa bus companies operate with two crews, but accidents still occur. You should always wear a seat belt when travelling by inter-city bus"
If you have seen my post before, why keep on fighting my opinion, I am just warning new comers about what I think of bus travel in Peru.
I really do not care if you agree or not, it my point of view and this is what this forum is all about.
News about bus accidents are on TV almost on a daily basis and it makes me worried about the safety of visitors to y country.
If you are injured on the road, your possibilities of receiving good medical care are very slim, which makes it even more dangerous.
Edited: 6:43 pm, November 23, 2011