Many cities in Peru may lack a centralized public transit system with underground trains and covered bus stops, but to say that any city of size doesn’t have a public transit system at all would be a mistake.
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Say the word beach in Peru and immediately the name Mancora will fall. Mancora is known for its waves and gorgeous beaches and is located some 1200 kilometers north of capital Lima. A bus from Lima will take you around 16 hours and cost between 120-180 soles aprox.
Sitting in the north of the country not far from the border with Ecuador sits a beautiful beach town that every backpacker will eventually want to visit. Perhaps it’s because the chill of the mountains or the stiff heat of the jungle has pleased you plenty, and you want a relaxing break under a tropical sun with a breeze. So, it’s off to Mancora for you.
The price of food in Lima is much greater than elsewhere in the country because the city’s cost of living is much higher. Although the quaint markets of the Sierra villages offer the atmospheric prestige, Lima offers the same stuff. You can find most everything in the capital.
Tucked away against the slopes of volcano Misti, you find Arequipa – the white city – all the way in the south dessert of Peru. The area is especially known for its mountainous adventures and retained culture, as many of the surrounding volcanoes have been used for ancient Inca rituals with many possible gems still to uncover.
A bus ride into the Andes is always a pleasant experience if you can hold off the motion sickness. There are so many amazing routes that lead into the mountains that you’ll wish you could see them all. However, the highway to Cajamarca not only has beautiful vistas, but also a rewarding endpoint, the city.
Peru is a great country to backpack in as it is rough, cutting edge and still very unexplored. Add to this the wild life, wonderful people and untouched nature and you have a summary of all the great things that make Peru so unbelievably great to travel.
The backpacker is a backpacker not just for the culture of hostelling and backpacking, but also because he or she is likely on a tight budget. Hostels exist in the first place in order to accommodate the needs of the financially-strapped. Over the years the hostel has evolved into a fine-tuned machine that recognizes not only the need for affordability, but also the tendency for social interaction. It’s great, and that’s why you’re reading Pariwana’s blog: you love the place!
Peru is becoming increasingly popular as it has many great spots to visit. You see more and more hostel, camping grounds and other accommodations for travellers popping out of the ground in no-time. As a backpacker it is likely you will be staying in a range of different places to spend a night, usually with a lot of fellow travellers.
Are you looking for a trek with a difference to enjoy during a stay at Pariwana’s hostel in Cusco? If so, for an adventure you won’t forget, travel to the spectacular Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, also known as “Little Cusco“. This site is not accessible by road, so it is hard to get to, but definitely worth the effort.
Unless you came specifically and only to climb the Machu Picchu, chances are you will see a lot of bus travel in this country. Major roads are in very good condition and long-distance buses are much more comfortable than in the US or Canada, for example. Bus companies to choose from are legion, so here are some tips to make planning bus trips easier:
Peru is renowned for its gastronomic capacity to please backpackers and travellers alike. As a cheap traveller who likes to prepare, you’re interested in finding out about food quality in the country. It is true that sanitary standards are lower here than in the Western world, a reflection of not just lower education in certain areas, but mainly as a lack of resources to control it all.