While researching my recent trip to Peru I couldn’t figure out how to get from place to place within the country. That’s when I came across the PeruHop bus. Keep reading for my review of the PeruHop bus, and my travel experience from Lima to La Paz!
What is PeruHop?
PeruHop is basically a hop on hop off bus service, with a ton of different routes that stop at different cities throughout Peru. You pick the route you want to buy your ticket for, and your pass is valid for 1 year. That means you can use your PeruHop pass for a whole year from the start of your journey — so, you can spend as much or as little time at each stop along your route that you want to! This offers awesome flexibility for your trip around Peru.
How does PeruHop work?
Before your trip, you’ll pick the pass that works for you, and plan to leave where your first bus is set to pick you up from. Most travelers start in Lima because that’s where Peru’s main airport is.
PeruHop Departs From:
- La Paz
When you want to leave the stop you’re at and head to the next one (example: Lima to Paracas), you log on to the PeruHop website and reserve a seat on the bus that leaves on the day you want, and there will be a spot waiting for you on that specific bus.
There are certain times that the bus leaves each day, so there isn’t much flexibility for the time you leave at.
What’s included in PeruHop?
There is always a staff member on the bus available to answer questions and give any recommendations you might need for the stop you’re arriving at.
The bus also picks you up and drops you off at the location you’re staying at that night. This is really helpful because you can just hop off the bus and not worry about navigating your way to your accommodation! It also provides an added element of safety and less anxiety about being in a new place at night.
PeruHop also provides accommodation suggestions, as well as how much time they recommend you stay at each stop. You don’t have to follow these recommendations and you don’t have to stay at their suggested accommodation, but it does provide a nice idea during the planning stages.
PeruHop also provides the option to book different tours while on the bus. They only accept cash if you are booking in person on the bus, so if you book while on the bus make sure you have cash on you!
There are certain stops where free tours are offered as well, including a vineyard tour, the Nazca lines viewing tower, and slave tunnels!
If you buy the pass starting or ending in Bolivia, PeruHop will help you cross the border between Bolivia and Peru! This is what I did and it gave me SO MUCH peace of mind when it came to crossing the border.
My Trip With PeruHop:
I knew that I wanted to fly into Lima, Peru, and I was hoping to fly out of Santiago, Chile. So my ideal route for my South America trip was Peru to Bolivia to Chile.
For the route I took with Peru Hop, I chose to start in Lima and buy a pass that would take me all the way to La Paz, Bolivia!
The stops along this route were Lima -> Paracas -> Huacachina -> Nazca -> Arequipa -> Cusco -> Puno -> Copacabana -> La Paz.
I wanted to take PeruHop all the way to La Paz mainly for convenience because they helped us cross the border from Peru into Bolivia. After reading reviews and researching PeruHop, it seemed like a great option and a comfortable ride!
Read more: Visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia
My Review of the PeruHop Bus:
The seats were pretty comfy, they reclined a lot and I felt like I always had enough room.
The free stops were also a nice addition, and a great way to get out and stretch your legs throughout the journey! I wouldn’t have been able to visit these places as easily if I didn’t take PeruHop.
I loved having the freedom to stay as long as I wanted to at each stop. It was so easy to book a seat on the bus. If you change your mind and want to stay longer, you can always change your reservation (as long as there is an available seat on the next bus). This was amazing because I knew I would want flexibility in case I LOVED a place and wanted to stay longer, or if I wanted to leave a place earlier.
I loved having the peace of mind of being able to change bookings around easily, but still know I had a reliable form of transportation when it came time to leave.
It was also amazing that the bus drops you off at your accommodation, especially when it’s dark outside. I always felt safe and it was so convenient getting to each place! It made getting to the destination so much less stressful, because I had someone there to help me when I needed it.
The people I met on the bus were also great. They are all travelers just like us, and it was great to talk to different people and make new friends who are traveling the same route as you! If someone we met on the bus was staying at a stop longer than we were, we had the flexibility to change our bus super easily!
There is also a washroom on the bus, which was okay. Nothing special and was never really very stinky.
I also loved that they help you cross the border from Peru into Bolivia. This made the crossing SO much easier and a lot less intimidating, because we were all crossing together!
Would I recommend PeruHop?
Yes! I don’t have any bad things to say about PeruHop and I would take it again if I went back to Peru!
PeruHop had stops everywhere that I wanted to visit while traveling in Peru as well (besides the amazon, however, I didn’t have enough time to go there anyway). My top priorities were Lima, Huacachina, and Cusco, so I didn’t have to sacrifice any places I was dying to see, which made it really easy to get to each place, and I got to see other places I hadn’t even considered!
PeruHop was also a GREAT way to experience South America for the first time. I was nervous about visiting a brand new continent and countries I hadn’t even done much research on. Taking PeruHop made my experience ten million times easier and I am so thankful I found them and my trip was incredible.
Hopefully, my PeruHop review was helpful in some way in planning your trip. Always feel free to contact me with questions or you can comment on this post and I would love to help!! Follow me on Instagram for more travel inspiration or to send me a message.
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