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Driving in Peru

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Driving in Peru

Any concerns with driving in southern Peru in late April? I have 10 days in Peru. The plan was to land in Lima. After a few days there pick up a rental car and head to Ica for a couple days, then on to Cusco to see MP and then head back to Lima. Anyone know about road conditions in April along the route? Any concerns with driving in Peru that I should know about?

I don't mind a bus, it just seems kind of boring. I would prefer the freedom of having my own car, though I consider a nice train ride a good alternative.

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1. Re: Driving in Peru

Go on YouTube and watch some videos.

I, personally, won't be driving in Perú until after I have lived there a while and it is necessary. This is a very popular topic--use the search function and you will get lots of information. Good luck!

Oh, and while buses can be boring, the variety of individuals traveling can provide a great deal of entertainment!

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I've lived and worked in Peru plus several vacation trips. Driving is a bad idea. It's not a cool road trip. Public transport goes every where you are going. Better to sit in a comfortable bus free to watch the scenery then worried about road hazards. Driving in Lima is insane. Forget about trains.

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Go by bus: Cruz del Sur, Oltursa are one of the best. Driving in Peru can be hellish, avoid it if possible, You will understand when arriving in Lima..

It is so refreshing to be in a clean bus with a clean bathroom, instead of a car and stopping at some Gas Station with a shady bathroom. Buses are so more comfortable.

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For me, driving or going by bus are both dangerous and very time consuming.

Drive to Cusco takes 24 hours, flying only 1 hour.

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