You can take an hour flight to many destinations across Peru, so why choose to take a bus instead?
Terminal Norte, also known as Gran Terminal Terrestre, services most cities that are north of Lima. It’s located in the Independencia district of Lima, a taxi ride away from the Jorge Chavez International Airport.
The terminals and bus companies located further south in the neighborhood of La Victoria, by contrast, require an hour-long trip from the airport.
There are a dozen companies that have routes to Tarapoto and Pucallpa, and they’re all located within a few blocks of each-other: near the cross-streets of 28 de Julio and Manco Capac, a few blocks away from Lima’s national stadium. To get to Pucallpa, Transmar is a good option, and the trip should take you 18-20 hours. To get to Tarapoto, Movil tours is recommended as well, and it should take you between 24 hours and 30 hours.
To get to these parts of the country, check out the various bus stations located in the vicinity of the national stadium.
When traveling by bus, choose your company wisely, and don’t always opt for the cheapest bus option. Most of the long routes in Peru include going up and down very high mountains. If you choose the cheapest buses, you risk ending up with only one driver for an 8+-hour long trip during the night! Moreover, the cheaper it is, the less comfortable you are going to be during the trip.
Also, leaving your luggage in the cargo hold is totally safe, but don’t leave any valuables such a computer or a camera.
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