Bus Travel in Peru,
South America

From leaving the pavement, find something as soon as possible to grab onto once setting foot on a local bus. The drivers hardly stop the bus for you to get on anyway so you have to time your entry well. The next challenge once the bus starts accelerating is to walk to a vacant seat, if there is one, without falling over. Once there, before sitting down, challenge number three involves taking your bag off your back, alternating arms to hold on for dear life then aiming your bum onto the seat as the bus continues at speed around corners, through potholes and over speed bumps. Unfortunately, shocks and graceful driving do not feature in Peru.

A further note to those who are brave enough to attempt a bus entrance is to avoid sitting at the back of the bus as every bump sends you flying into the air, no guaranteeing you will land back on the same seat. Many a bruise can be avoided if you follow this instruction.

And becasue I feel it is so important, here is a final tip for travel in Peru. If you are in a hurry and do not want to spend uneccesary time on public transport, just get a taxi. You will pay a bit more but will go directly to your destination instead of driving every street in the village, stopping every ten meters for someone to dis/embark. However, this is a great way to tour an area. You will definItly see the place, if you do not mind the bruises and potential people sitting on your lap as they pile in.