Peru definitely surprised me through its beauty of landscapes. Situated in its majority at altitudes of over 2300 m, it is a completely different place. Different flora, different fauna. Different views. Isn’t it amazing how a slight change in heights and we are already on a different “planet”? 🙂
Besides the usual back in forth by bus in between trekking trails, we also did two long-distance travels. One from Arequipa to Puno, the other from Puno to Cusco, each around 6-7 hr drive.
For future reference, the long-distance transport company we used is Cruz del Sur. We were surprised how accommodating their buses were: waiting lounges, VIP seating section, reclining seats, movie screens, meals. They even check you and your baggage in like an airport (!).
More interesting facts about Peru
- they had a really bad transport infrastructure until they realized tourism was going to make them more money :). So, they started re-doing their road transport infrastructure. I was surprised how great their roads were and especially the heights and remote places one could easily reach by car. Going by train was – and still is – taking double the time than using the road infrastructure today.
- most of the cities look “unfinished” or poor because of the half-constructed houses. In the majority of cases that happens because people try to avoid paying taxes for their houses.
- the worst looking city to us was Juliaca – very close to Puno. Its “high-street” was not even asphalted. It was full of people selling food, electronics, and what-not in the middle of the street. Car traffic was hell. Apparently, it is the city used for the black market of products smuggled from Bolivia.