Top 10 Things to do Peru

10.  Eat Cuy Picante.  Try the woodsmoked spicy classic of Peru.

9. Visit the Natural Springs of Curawasi in the Apurimac Valley.  Float the Apurimac River via Canoe or Kayak.

8.  Visit the Cebicherias and Disco Tech’s of the Lima Metro area or catch a soccer game.

7.  Visit

Saksaywaman

Located Just a 5 minute taxi ride from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru.  This National Historic site represents the remaining Inca City which was not destroyed by the Spanish invasion.  There are tours and a ticket counter is at the entrance.  Be wary of locals selling fake passes near the ticket building.  Horse stables are nearby and locals are known for vending fine alpaca hats scarves and blankets off the road past the ticket booth. About $20 Admission estimate take nuevo soles.

6.  Visit

Plaza De Armas, Lima Peru.

Here you will find the main Cathedral which is very exquisite but I have only seen it open once during serveral weddings held at once.  It is the finest in the country although I do believe the cusco ones are older.  The Pizza place is a great place for food as is the Chabuca Market just to the South West of the Presidential Palace.  The square had lots of food and Jiron is full of shops, from plaza vea to tipitop.  There are  2 movie theaters a norky’s, although Campestra is close by and the best in Peru.  Plaza St. Martin is good for travel agencies with airline deals as well as a great place to change your dough.

5.  Visit the beaches of the SUR or El Norte.

4. Visit Cusco and all Inca Heritage Museaums.

3.  See the Nazca Line Ancient Unknown Peruvian Archeological landmarks.

2.  See the RainForest.

1.  Visit Machu Picchu.

Don’t forget to get souvenirs of alpaca hats and other artisan gifts in markets around lima and cusco.  Email for Direct Sales.  We Currently have gift items available on ebay as well.

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Peru Guides

Beginning Spring 2012 we will begin offering guided tours throughout Peru. Travel to Peru and explore with the help of a private guided tour with a bilingual guide. Day tours of Lima and Lima night life beginning soon.

Want to go on a Surf Safari ? Or maybe just a surfing lesson? Maybe explore the markets, shop for souvenirs, sample the local food, head out to the disco or night club and see Lima’s Hot nightlife, or simply enjoy a tour of one of the many historic points of interest in and around Lima.

Tours will be custom designed to meet the needs of all clients. If you have a special interest in Peru travel or tours in and around the city of Lima please inquire with us at mochilerostours@gmail.com

Cruz del sur VS. Excluciva CIVA

Exclusiva Civa wins this one hands down folks and fellow travellers.  All I have to say is you can take the bus between Lima and Mancora 16hrs. 2 ways.

Exclusiva aka Civa bus lines is my top rated means of travel in Peru.  They offer brand new mercedes motor coaches with plush leather seats with private area and 3 times the room of any other bus line in peru.  The tickets are only $10 usd more for this service compared to the nasty economy seating provided by cruz del sur aka curse del sur.  Civa gets my only 5 star bus line rating.

Cruz del Sur is the worst bus line I have ever taken and let me just say that the even tried to rip me off at the ticket counter.  I tried them once and will never go back.  I wouldnt have even tried had the Civa bus been booked solid.  I took the terrible ride from Mancora back to Lima a few months ago which you can read about in a previous post here at mochileros peru.  Cruz del sur gets a rating of Zero.  Terrible exprience I wish I could forget.

Cruz del Sur Sucks

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Cruz del Sur aka Curz del Sur Not Recommended!

I want to start off with saying I am completely disgusted with my entire experience with Cruz del Sur. Unless trouble is what you want on your journey I suggest that you try another bus line. While traveling through Peru with my Peruvian wife and our 3 kids we have taken many bus trips. Normally we try to get the best deal for the best service.

After a fun filled week in Vichayito Beac, Mancora, Peru we had to get home. We were unable to get seats on Civa Exclusiva and decided to try Cruz del Sur for the first and last time.

I have always compared the rates for Cruz del Sur and until now always chosen to take a more affordable bus line. They charge 12 soles that most of the other bus lines, and from the english website you get a feeling that it is a decent company. However, please do not be fooled with their advertising or shiney black buses.

Upon purchasing our tickets we were given a discount of 5 soles per ticket which was kind of strange. We chose 160 degree seating as they assured us that it was the best seating for the price. I am 6 feet tall and 220 lbs. Not chubby but athletic and the lady at the counter smiled and assured me that I would be happy with the accomidations.

The first problem we encountered was that the lady at the counter in Mancora said she did not have change. As we sat and waited for the bus to arrive several other would be passengers paid and we returned to the counter twice and were told that she still did not have change. I got the feeling that she was trying to steal 5 soles. As 2 other Cruz del Sur employees showed up for work I double checked my ticket which said 105 soles and then made certain the lady hear me tell my wife that if she didnt want to give us our change that I would be calling their corporate offices and filing a formal complaint.

Not the way you want to start a journey to say the least. The Cruz del Sur bus arrived 25 minutes late and we were rushed onto the bus. Once on the second floor I was utterly appalled to find that we were going to spend the next 23 hours smashed into tiny seats with little to no leg room. The Civa bus had already gone by 30 minutes before or I would have demanded a refund.

We had to get back to Lima for work and decided I would try to make the best of the ride as I spend 8 weeks living in the back of my compact Jeep Wrangler car camping in the Rocky Mountains and figured I could deal with not having ample room.

The 3rd problem we encountered was when the bus departed from the station and then we knew we were in for a long bumpy and very uncomfortable ride home. The bus looked brand new on the outside but had to be over 10 years old judging from the seat padding and overall condition of the inside. The ride was rough and so bumpy that 2 of our children and my Wife vomited from the constant shaking from side to side. I liked the experience to being lashed to the main sail of a small sail boat during a category 5 hurricane.

We kindly asked the attendant for some rubbing alcohol and motion sickness pills at the first stop to which he laughed and said there was no pharmacy. Then he moved on down the cabin to chat with the gringas onboard. A little while later we were served and the jerk attendant laughed and asked if I wanted all 5 of our meals as our kids were too sick to eat. The food was cold and mine looked like someone had chewed up some chicken and spit it out right on my plate. I did not eat this as I brought plenty of snacks on board.

Following a few old movies in english with spanish subtitles we tried to go to sleep. The seats are not full 160 degree seats and there is no foot room. The seats themselves are also a little smaller than most coach airline seats and very uncomfortable. I was very tired and fell asleap for 51 minutes until I was awakend by the bus swaying from side to side. For the next 4 hours I sat there with my eyes closed and half awake. I got up and went to the bathroom and it smelled like a chicken farm and there was urine all over the place.

We were served a muffin and a small sandwich for breakfast. We neared Lima and were stuck behind an traffic accident for about 45 minutes in the steep hills of Pasamayo where a truck had overturned. We got back on our way and passed the mega plaza in Comas before we hit grid locked traffic on the expressway. For the next 3 hours the driver sat in traffic moving less than 3 km. I undrestand traffic jams as I have encountered gridlock in NYC and LA but have no explanation for why the driver did not exit the expressway and get us moving. Instead he got into the far left hand land and just sat there.

We arrived 4 hours late and encountered another lazy employee at the baggage claim. One of my bags was the last one off the bus and I stood patiently awaiting the bag handler who was too busy staring at the wall to get my bag for me. I asked for it 8 times in spanish before another employee handed it to me. On the way out a Cruz del Sur employee bumped into my oldest step daughter knocking her to the ground and did not appologize or offer her a hand getting to her feet.

I have never before experiences such horror as this bus journey and I will never take Curz del Sur anywhere ever again. I plan to make it a point to inform all tourists visiting Peru about my terrible experience so that they will not make the same choose. Stay away from Cruz del Sur as you will regret it! I give them a rating of 0 Stars.

If you wish to debate my ratings I welcome you to post in comments.

Peru Top Rated Bus Tour – Civa Exclusiva 5 stars

Traveling cheap in Peru is easy and Civa bus lines is awarded my 5 star imperial ranking following my recent trip from Lima to Mancora Peru.  I set out to find the best deal on the best bus and took Civa Exclusiva line to Mancora because they had the best price and the newest buses.  I compared prices and accomidation for Civa, Cial, Flores and Cruz del Sur.

Civa Exclusiva’s rates are probably the best deal on the planet for the service provided.  The Price 150 soles about $52 USD for 180 degree realmente is more than 180 it should have said Luxury Rockstar Motor Coach.  Upon entering the brand new bus I was utterly amazed!  Brand new and you would not believe how much space you get!  Each 180 seat was in its own suite complete with personal 16″ LCD TV display, Plush super pluffy leather seat that reclined back way further than any other I have experienced and First Class service. .

Civa’s rate was 12 soles cheaper than all of the other bus lines 180 degree service.  They also have 1st piso 160 degree which was also very nice, just not as much room.  The 180 2nd piso is like none other that I have experienced.  You get 3 times the room and dont feel cramped at all.  I likend it to a private Leir Jet with atleast twice as much room as any other 180 cama bus line available.

The bus left on time and departed promptly heading north we enjoyed the typical bus food although it was a little better quality.  The ride was like being in the clouds with a super soft experience the entire way.  The Movies shown were currently in the movie theaters and dubbed in spanish with english sound.  The bathrooms were clean.  Even though we were on the second level the bus did not shake from side to side at all.  We arrived a little ahead of schedule the following morning.

After trying countless bus services throughout Peru I will only travel long distances on Civa Exclusiva from now on.  The price is better than the rest and the service in unmatched.  (*****) 5 Star Rating!

Thank you Civa for an amazing journey.