Peru Hop – Honest Review of Peru’s Hop On/Off Bus Service

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Peru is the ideal South American country for backpackers of all ages to travel around. The varying landscape from mountains to jungle, to sea, and sand (dunes!) ensures that there is something of interest for everyone. However, the public transport system is notoriously not excellent, and like many other backpacking countries, tourists are often the target of crime. The solution? Peru hop – the safe hop on/off bus for travellers in Peru. Here’s our (Gemma and Craig) Peru Hop review taking your from Lima to Cusco with scenic stops along the way.

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Peru Hop Transport

Peru Hop – safe and fun travel in Peru

Why Choose Peru Hop?

Craig and I (Gemma) can’t believe how quickly we have progressed through Peru without feeling rushed.

After our fast-paced five-week trip through South East Asia in 2013 (SingaporeVietnamCambodia, and Thailand) we were adamant we would take our time.

We do have 18 months worth of career break after all (annoying, I know!) The reason?

Peru Hop’s well-organised itinerary which offers enough flexibility to avoid the feeling confined. Maybe the coca tea is partly to blame too.

Peru Hop is a hop-on/off bus company is similar to those in Australia and New Zealand. 

Their buses travel to/from six to ten stops along the Western coast of Peru from the capital, Lima then inland towards Cusco, where you acclimatise before your trek to Machu Picchu which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Thinking of hiking to Machu Picchu? Here our guide on the 14 ways to get there

We did the Lares Trek, a less saturated alternative to the Inca Trail. 

Peru Hop Bus Transport

Peru Hop Guides

Peru Hop is more than transportation.

Each bus ride has a guide (a local who can speak Spanish and English) and depending on where you are going, the guide may be getting off with you (the bus that is).

Big shout out to Carlos who we partied with in Huacachina! Is Peru Hop worth it? We think so for the local knowledge. 

Peru Hop Pisco Tour | PeruSalud from me (Gemma) & Craig – try the Peruvian pisco!

Peru Hop and Hostels

Peru Hop is a hostel booking service. Not booked your hostel?

No bother.

Most guides will call ahead and book you into their partner hostels at a discounted price.

For example, Kokopelli Backpackers in Paracas is 35 Peruvian soles 8-bed dorm normally but 30 Peruvian soles exclusively for Peru Hop customers. The company offers 20% off all dorms and 10% of private rooms.

Peru Hop attempts to suit everyone’s needs too by offering a ‘party’ hostel option for the Pisco-loving Hopsters and a ‘quiet’ option for… us (although we loved Kokopelli in Cusco).

Have your hostel booked already?

No problem!

We wanted to stay at Bananas in Huacachina but still met up with everyone that night and you can use the facilities at the Peru Hop partner hostels anyway. No pressure to book through Peru Hop. 

 Check out the 14 ways to Machu Picchu – hike, bus, trains

Peru Hop Tours

Peru Hop organises tours. We weren’t going to bother going to Paracas but Will (co-founder of Peru Hop) suggested we researched it online.

I’m glad we did because we would have missed out on the cute penguins on Islas Ballestas!

These tours are discounted, for example, this trip with Paracas Explorers is not even available on their website but $15 USD with Peru Hop.

The tours are not mandatory. The company has attempted to make your life easier on the road but they are not forceful.

We skipped the sandboarding tour and opted for a more professional experience with Sandboarding Peru because we wanted to sand-ski too. Some stops have free Peru tours to break up the journey.

We enjoyed the Pisco vineyard tour on the way to Arequipa.

If you’ve seen Peru on Instagram then you’ll know Rainbow Mountain. Peru Hop offers an additional tour there too. 

Isla Ballestas and Paracas I Three Weeks in Peru Itinerary
Isla Ballestas, can’t believe we nearly missed this!

Peru Tour Routes

Peru Hop has developed a variety of tours to suit all time frames and budgets starting from $70 USD (Canyon to Lake to La Paz) to $199 USD ‘The Full South’ Lima to Cusco which includes Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca, Arequipa and Puno (minimum 6 days).

The backpacker’s bus can start at Lima in Peru, La Paz in Bolivia or Copacabana on the border. Here’s an example of four Peru Hop itineraries.

Peru Hop Itineraries Tour Stops

Peru Hop Bus Facilities

Peru Hop is equipped for long-distance journeys.

The bus has a toilet which is only for ‘number ones’ though (the guides are very clear about this).

The guide will democratically let Hopsters choose a film from their collection. Meet The Millers is genuinely funny, who would have thought it?

The overnight bus from Huacachina to Arequipa was as comfortable as sleeping on a bus gets.

The guide gives you a blanket and the seats are semi-reclining.

For long-distance journeys, such as Arequipa to Cusco) the guide takes your food order and calls ahead to the stop point (such as a truck stop or restaurant) and puts in your order. You are paying for that convenience and communication. 

This meal was around ten Peruvian soles each (food options – chicken, rice and veg, chifa, vegetarian omelette etc).

Peru Hop Lima | Peru

Friends For Life

The bus is safe but most importantly you make friends!

Hello to Jess, Liam and Ryan who we met on our first Peru Hop journey and partied with on our last in Cusco!

Hester, gutted we missed you! I bought your sweatshirt by the way…

Hola to B, Ben and Simon who we trailed from Huacachina to Arequipa then on to Cusco with.

Us Two Scots (Gemma and Craig) are social creatures; we need a break from each other for our own sanity!

Can Peru Hop Save You Money?

Peru Hop is actually cost-effective, for what’s included.

I was pricing the individual journeys we wanted to do with Cruz del Sur, the bus company mostly used by tourists in Peru, and Peru Hop popped up in the search engine. I was pleasantly surprised to see the comparison between the two services. 

For example, ‘regular class’ seat prices with Cruz del Sur:

  • Lima to Paracas ($18 USD)
  • Paracas to Ica ($6)
  • Ica to Arequipa ($32)
  • Arequipa to Cusco ($42)
  • Total: $98

If you want VIP seating (160-degree reclining seats), add approximately $3-5 per trip, $110-118. 

Peru Hop’s price for this above itinerary is $179, which is the ‘To Cusco Without the Lake’ option as the Cruz del Sur route does not include a Lake Titicaca crossing. That was some experience!  

Cruz del Sur rides don’t include:

  • English and Spanish speaking guides
  • Convenience calls like booking food ahead on long-distance trips  
  • Local tours 
  • Discounted accommodation

Naturally, not everyone wants that. If this is your style of travel, go for the public buses. Tranquillo!

We measure how cost-effective something is by not just taking money into an account and also the time saved.

Peru Hop has saved a massive amount of time, and arguments, the main reason we fought in Asia was through planning.

Check out this post on South America bus travel for another comparison. 

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Peru Hop BusA Soft Warning – An Honest Peru Hop Review

The only warning – Peru Hop does not leave from every destination every day so you need to do a bit of forwarding thinking to ensure your itinerary is met.

However, this is probably the case with other forms of transport too.

Peru Hop has factored in how long they would recommend staying in each place so if you are taking a fast route through Peru you can do with missing the hot spots.

Oh and don’t forget to check out our Peru guide which details what not to miss, and all the other vital information required for your trip to Peru.

If you fancy heading to Chile from Arequipa it can be done independently, check out this article on how to take the bus from Arequipa to San Pedro Atacama.

Peru Hop Testimonial

Don’t believe our glorious review (they are partnering with Peru Hop so obviously they are raving about it…)?

Here is a testimonial from Simon, our Hopster amigo, explaining why this service is one of the best Peru tours –

The pickup service makes travelling in Peru very easy.

The guides made bus rides interesting with their explanations about local culture and Peruvian history. Every effort was made to ensure that arriving at your hostel was simple, no more stressing about finding a taxi and attempting to communicate an obscure address.

Included tours removed the hassle of trying to plan events ahead while remaining competitive in price.

Peru Hop On Hop Off Bus | PeruHopsters at the Red Beach

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a more ‘mature’ person, is Peru Hop for me?

Thanks to Marty for leaving a comment about his experience ‘I am a 61-year-old man and did the Peru Hop with my nephew and had a great time. There were other middle-aged people on the bus but most were the younger traveller types. Everyone got along fine and had a great time’.

Is Peru Hop really worth the money?

It really depends on what you are in Peru for. Do you want a safe, efficient trip where destinations are planned out for you with support in finding accommodation and the chance to make friends? Yes!

Are you on a very tight budget and willing to spend longer than necessary on public transport? Go for the alternative local route.

Is Peru Hop suitable for solo travel?

Peru Hop was made for solo travel. You have a ready-made family waiting for you four wheels.

Final Thoughts

A serious round of applause to Will and Connor (travellers themselves) aka Peru Hop.

The company is now well established in South America, working effectively in a ‘foreign’ country (the boys are Irish) they’re doing a great job keeping the rest of us safe and connected.

This is an honest review (as always) in exchange for two Hop passes. Well done lads and thanks for all of the advice. We look forward to our next trip with… Bolivia Hop!

  • Peru Hop Lima office address: Centro Comercial “Torre Larco” Office 206, Avenida Jose Larco 812, Miraflores, Peru
  • Contact:  [email protected]

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Peru Hop On Hop Off Bus

Are you going to hop on/off in Peru? Do let us know in the comments below.  Gracias!

» Read next: everything you need to know about travelling in Peru

Thanks to Peru Hop for partnering with us. An honest review as always. 

63 thoughts on “Peru Hop – Honest Review of Peru’s Hop On/Off Bus Service

  1. Jaime says:

    Nice review. I whizzed through South America on more of a party and world cup break last year but I am going back to do Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela (the ones I missed) and found your review extremely helpful.

    PS: I am a fellow Scot

    Enjoy your travels

    • TwoScotsAbroad says:

      Always lovely to hear from a fellow Scot! Did you do Colombia on your initial trip I assume? If not, you can’t miss it out. We will definitely be back to do Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Maybe when we retire so we can afford it! Just touched down in Canada. Very excited.

  2. Prakash says:

    My wife and I are planning to do Peru Hop Full South (seems like the best way). Did you the Colca Canyon TOUR or TREK? Based on the bus schedule difficult to do TREK unless we stay there 3 days (too much in our tight schedule). What was your experience doing the TOUR, if you did or know what the differences are in terms of experience.

    Great blog!

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      I did and I absolutely loved it. It was one of my Peru highlights, sorry to add planning stress on! Here’s my article on Colca Canyon.

      You’re going to have a great time, such a fun way to see the country.

  3. Nanna says:

    We’re 2 Danish girls looking at doing the Peru hop as well, but it seems much cheaper to just book Cruz del Sur buses. Do you really save money doing this option? Or is it even competitive with the prices?

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      It depends what you are looking for out of your trip. Peru Hop drops you off at your chosen hostel door (if an affiliate of theirs, which many are) so no taxi or walking from stations, you have the safety that no one is going to steal your stuff (our Aussie friends had their laptop taken on the Cruz del Sur bus from Huacachina), there are ‘free’ trips thrown in, they help you organise accommodation if you want help. I’ve just updated my Paracas post (definitely go see the penguins!) and Lima – Paracas with Cruz del Sur is $25, that’s only one part of the journey from Lima to Cusco. We travelled Lima to Paracas with an additional stop at a national heritage house which used to keep slaves and Paracas National Reserve (you’d have to organise these stops by yourself with Cruz del Sur) then to Huacachina for sandboarding/skiing this included a Pisco vineyard tour, then on to Arequipa. From there we ended the Peru Hop trip in Cusco. Any long journeys where we stopped for food they called ahead and ordered for us. Hope this helps! Have a blast, Peru is an awesome country to backpack around (check out my full guide here).

      PS Nazca Lines was also a stop, I didn’t stay there though, just climbed the viewing platform.

  4. André says:

    I have the same doubt as Nanna. I’m traveling solo within two weeks and haven’t decided if I am going with Peru hop or Cruz del Sur. I want to make my trip safely and comfortably but without sacrificing the freedom to do what I want when I want.

    Peru hop service is quite nice but more expensive and with less options in terms of service frequencies, i.e. , we only have one departure each day while Cruz del Sur may have several. Offcourse, we can stay longer and take the next day bus (if there’s one).

    By the way, Cruz del Sur website provides little information for those who want to do a trip similar to Peru hop full south to Cusco. I simply can’t find information for each leg of trip.

    Anyway….I think I will only decide in the last minute lol 🙂

  5. Dae Stafford says:

    Hola Gemma and Craig , just come around your blog abour Peru and is really helpful to me as I am planning to travel there. Can I ask you some little tips , do you think that it is worth to do Huacachina for two days and then drop off to machu picchu and stay there for three days ? As my main thing to do in Peru is Machu Picchu and I just come across and see that Huacachina seems to be really great 🙂 …thanks for your advise and I just want to know if Peru Hop is really really reliable and not a scam ? cause it seems to good to be real :-S

    Thanking you guys.

    Dae Stafford

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      I wouldn’t advertise any scams! We honestly travelled with them for our full trip and recommend them.

      I really loved Huacachina because the sandboarding/skiing was fun and the partying was a good laugh. It depends what you want out of your trip but if you like the idea of those two things go for it!

    • André says:

      I agree with you! it seems too good to be true!! 😀

      but I am sure it’s not a scam. lots of people talk about them on the web.

      I was feeling undecided too but booked through them yesterday and will go south to cusco next Monday!


      • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

        YAY! I hope you make lovely friends and drink lots of Pisco. Come back and let me know how you get on. Gracias!

  6. Benjamin Flewelling says:


    Your review on Peru Hop sounds quite reassuring.

    By what I’ve read and if you dont mind confirming this, there are multiple tours and accomodations included in the price, such as stops at heritage sites and other thibgs along the way? Or am I wrong in assuming the prices are included?

    Peru Hop seems to be quite a bit more expensive then if we were to use individual bus companies but if the accomodations exceed the services and experience than I think we may take the bite.


    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Peru Hop is predominantly a bus service. It offers some free tours such as the Pisco tour and others you can add on. Accommodation is not included but discounts are offered as described in the article.

  7. Katie says:

    Hi Gemma, really appreciate all the information in this post and your others on your Peru travels! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip through Peru in late August/ early September and Peru Hop seems like such an easy way to get to everything we want to do. How far in advance did you book your tickets with Peru Hop?
    I’m also trying to decide if we should stay overnight in Nazca in order to do a flight over the Nazca lines… I think it might be more worth it to have an extra day in Cusco though.

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Perfect Katie, Peru is such a great country to travel around with the other half! I think we were three weeks in advance, you might want to send them an email to see how much availability they have beforehand. Mention you read our guide please, appreciate it!

      It’s tough making these choices eh?!

      Check out our full Peru itinerary for even more (sorry!)

  8. Katherine says:

    Horribly disappointing experience!

    My experience with Peru Hop was absolutely awful. I took the “Lima WIthout the Canyon” trip from Cusco to Puno. On the first leg of the trip to Puno, 2 people had their bags taken at the designated stop in Puno. The Peru Hop guide had no idea what to do. On the second leg of the trip from Puno to Arequipa, the heater wasn’t working and the bus was absolutely frigid for the entire bus ride. We were not given a wristband until half way through the trip and the guides checked who we were, anyone can get on the buses.

    While in Nazca, I waited outside of the bus to ensure that my bag made it on. There is video footage from the Peru Hop pick up stop in Nazca showing that my bag was on the bus. When we arrived to Huacachina, my bag was already gone before getting off the bus to collect it. The drivers were throwing the bags off of the bus directly onto the sidewalk, unattended, at night, in a touristy town that is notorious for theft and robberies. Many of the passengers on the bus saw the drivers doing this. The next day, the cargo area of the bus was left unattended again in Huacachina after the bags were loaded on. Another bag could have easily been stolen at the time and the passengers complained.

    I spoke to the co-founder of Peru Hop, Peter Coates. After admitting negligence, he refused to pay me any type of reimbursement for the cost of my bag and it’s contents. I lost $2400 worth of gear due to their error, as each piece adds up ($200 backpack, $150 hiking shoes, and so on) when you are an international traveler going for a long period of time… far moreso than a typical Peruvian jumping on a bus for a weekend trip with a day pack. Peter Coates said he has been advised not to make any exceptions to help, as Peru Hop would therefore have to do that for everyone. Yet he has claimed several times that this is the first time this incident has happened… after 2 other bags had been taken just on my Peru Hop trip alone.

    Others who have previously taken Peru Hop said their drivers were throwing bags on the sidewalk during their trip as well. This is the first bus company I’ve seen that doesn’t have any sort of ticket system to ensure that the bags are safely given to their owners.

    Peru Hop is dishonest, extremely unprofessional, and have no care for any of their customers. The Peru Hop website boasts guarantees of the safety and security of their passengers and their belongings while on the bus… yet have no desire to stand behind their services and guarantees to help their customers in situations that occur on their negligence. I highly recommend seeking other tour, trains, and bus companies for traveling around Southern Peru.

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      I am really sorry to hear about your experience. I will pass your comment back to Peru Hop too. This was the complete opposite from our experience but thank you for sharing it.

    • Peru Hop says:

      Hi Katherine,

      First off, we would like to tell the readers that Huacachina is not notorious for theft and robberies and this is an insult to the people living there. Huacachina is a charming small city in the desert of Peru and the people living there contribute to it being one of the favorite destinations amongst tourists in Peru. They are proud Peruvians who appreciate tourists taking their time to come to this wonderful place and share it with them.

      In terms of the people being let on the bus, then our guides are always standing at the entrance of the bus, making sure that only people who booked get on the bus. We have never had people on the bus who were not supposed to be there.

      Next, the driver is never the one getting off the bus as the first person – the passengers are the first ones. Once our passengers are off the bus, the driver starts helping our passengers with the luggage and the driver gives you the luggage directly. Furthermore, you mention video evidence that the bag was on the bus, however, there is no CCTV in our baggage storage areas (same as all buses in Peru).

      You also mention that your luggage was gone even before getting off, but you also mention that the driver left luggage unattended on the street, so, unfortunately, there is no red line in what you say.

      As mentioned in our email correspondence, you were told that we would assist with a police complaint and give you a letter for insurance purposes, so you could claim back all of her losses on travel insurance for her lost/stolen bag. However, you refused as you did not have any travel insurance, despite every airline and travel agency (including Peru Hop) strongly recommended spending a little money on it.

      You did not want to make a formal police complaint or proceed through the formal and appropriate channels of a travel insurance claim, but you demanded $2,400 in cash from us, but we refused. When you were refused, you made various threats against our company and 1 of our founders, Peter Coates.

      Additionally, not only here on this blog did you write a bad review, but you also made your friends publish false reviews on our Google account as well as Trip Advisor. According to the guidelines of public forums, like Google and Trip Advisor, one can only publish a review if one actually took the service, so you invited your friends to not follow the guidelines. You and your friends were trying to cause issues for our company when it was your own negligence that lost your bag and your own decision to not pay for travel insurance.

      We have surpassed more than 150.000 passengers on our buses. We are not perfect but baggage handling is something we have massive experience in and we will not be blamed for your negligence or the fact you did not want to pay for travel insurance and proceed with a formal police complaint.

      Peru Hop

  9. Debbie Stewart says:

    Hi my sister and I are planning a trip to Peru with her 22 year old daughter and our 14 and 16 year old niece and nephew. We are in good shape, in our 60’s. We are considering the the hop on hop off bus to a travel agent and she said that it was geared to young people who like to party and the roads are rough. Most of the pictures I have seen are of young people. Any advice for us?

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      We had a young couple with a 6-month-old baby on the bus! It really wasn’t a party bus, you can party at the stops if you want but everyone goes to different accommodation types when they arrive at the destinations. I wouldn’t be sure about the 14 and 16-year-olds though, best ask Peru Hope themselves for advice. Peru is great by the way, you are all going to have a ball! Be sure to check out our itinerary and come back with any questions.

    • Marty Jervis says:

      I am a 61 year old man and did the peruhop with my nephew and had a great time. There were other middle aged people on the bus but most were the younger traveller types. Everyone got along fine and had a great time. We flew from Lima to Cusco and did the sacred valley and machu pichu then took the fancy train from cusco to puno then did the peru hop from Puno back to Lima.

      • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

        That’s really awesome Marty. Thank you for letting me know, I’ll add a FAQs section because the age question comes up a lot. Gracias!

  10. jeremy batchelor says:

    Great advice and useful information! One thing I am concerned about is not knowing (tried the site but could not see a list of pick up points) at Huacachina, Nazca, and Paracas? Any idea?

    I guess I kinda want to be at a good hostel, near good food, attractions and the Peru bus on my journey back to Lima where I have to catch a plan back to Bogota.

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Huacachina is really small, only one street that buses can use really – that was the pickup. Paracas pick up was the main street where all the hostels are. We didn’t stopover at Nazca, people who did just got off at the public viewpoint. Hope this helps. Have fun!

  11. Eloise says:

    Thanks for a lengthy and detailed review of Peruhop. I’m currently traveling around Peru solo. Have just got to Cusco from Puno (flew straight to Juliaca) and am doing the Salkantay Trek over Christmas and will be in Cusco for new years before leaving for Arequipa. I am thinking Peruhop to get from Cusco to Lima (minus the lake as I’ve done that already) is the way to go! Because stops at all the places I was thinking of going to, without the hassle of individual bus tickets/stress. But I am tossing up between just getting a public bus in the day from cusco to arequipa and then hoping peruhop from arequipa to lima (still includes all 4 of the ‘free’ tours), and getting peruhop all the way from cusco.
    The first option will save me $30 USD which is around $45AUD, which is a lot for me!
    Do you think it’s worth doing the whole trip from cusco, or joining in Arequipa will be as good?

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      I think you’d be sound going to Arequipa from Cusco via public transport and joining in the fun from there. You’ve got an exciting few weeks ahead!

  12. Seren says:

    Hi guys! thanks for the great review – and in fact your entire site 🙂
    We are just booking a couple of weeks backpacking around Peru for the Easter school holidays with our troop (2 adults plus 3 kids age 7, 6 and 4) and Peruhop looks exactly like the kind of thing we love. We’ve travelled extensively (and on a tight budget) through Asia and the Americas so our family is used to hostels and backpacking, and the kids are long haul pros but this will be the first hop-on-hop-off bus we’ve all done together. I’ll be sure to let you know afterwards how it rates for families with young kids…

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Please Seren, I’d really appreciate that! What lucky kids you have. Peru is a big adventure park, they’ll have heaps to be amazed at! Have an awesome one and do come back to me.

      • Seren says:

        Hi Gemma,
        As promised i just wanted to let you know that we just got back from our Peru adventure with PeruHop and had a FANTASTIC time. I honestly can’t rate the company higlhy enough. We were the only family on our buses but there was a variety of other travellers and the guides were brilliant at helping each person get the best out of their trip (be it party hostal or authentic homestay they would help you find it). Peru itself was amazing and we really had the best and easiest travel experience thanks to PeruHop.

        The only part of the whole trip that we would have done differently was Colca Canyon – we weren’t up to the 2 day trek with little ones and neither did we want to get up at 3am for a one day dash, so instead went for a 2 day tour. It turned out to be long days of bus travel with frequent jumps off to take photos but no real chance to experience and engage with the environment or people. Our kids enjoyed seeing llamas and condors but the endless photo stops for them was really dull. Its definitely somewhere worth visiting properly so if I did it again I’d brave a trek – you live and learn!

        We found PeruHop to be safe, easy, enjoyable and definitely worth the money. So much so that we are now looking at the newly launched partner company Ecuadorhop for another trip very soon.

        Have you done any other hop-on-hop off backpacker buses in other countries? We loved the format so would be excited to hear more recommendations – they seem to be common in Europe and New Zealand but I can’t find other countries with them.


        • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

          I’m smiling here as a type. I’m really happy that you guys had a great time and Peru Hop worked out for you. The only other hop on/off I’ve done is Peru Hop’s sister company, Bolivia Hop.

          I do have friends that have done the NZ and Aus versions and they were far more ‘party hard’ style.

          Great tip about the Colca tour. A reason to go back 😉

  13. Leni says:

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for putting this content up! I’m thinking of travelling with Peru Hop from Arequipa to Lima (I will fly to Arequipa from Cusco). How many days do you think I need (incl. Arequipa and Colca Canyon) for the whole journey to Lima to comfortably enjoy it?

    Thanks so much,

  14. Faustine says:

    Hi! Thank you for this great article, it has been really helpful! I just got to Loja Ecuador for a summer research study I’m doing, and I’ll have a few weeks off in August before I have to go back to school. So far PeruHop has been the highest rated and best option I have found. I have to fly into Lima and then out of Cuzco to make a flight out of Loja back to the states, so my travel itinerary is getting pretty complicated. From your experiences, how many days should I give myself to be in Cuzco before I fly out? And is it hard to get a permit to tour Machu Picchu? I’ve never done hostels or a big backpacking trip like this so I’m quite nervous about all of the logistics working out.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Peru is a great country to do your first type of backpacking trip, it’ll be fun! As long as you are not strict about doing the Inca Trail you’ll get a permit no bother. Here’s our guide on all the ways to get to Machu Picchu here. It might be worth buying your ticket first. You can hire a tour guide outside of the main gates now. Come back and let me know how you get on?

  15. Bogdan says:

    This is a very misleading and biased article. It is super-sad that people planning their trip get to read this and simply get misinformed. Have you used other services in Peru and can honestly stand behind Peru Hop???

    In 3 months in Bolivia and Peru, the company that you advertise for was the worst value and service we encountered.

    “However, the public transport system is notoriously not excellent, and like many developing (and developed) countries, tourists are often the target of crime.”
    This is the advertising card that PeruHop is playing in every blog-post or avenue they use for advertising, and it is simply unethical and a lie – the bus companies in Peru are excellent (we used Civa, Movil, Linea, Oltursa) and very safe.

    “Most guides will call ahead and book you into their partner hostels at a discounted price.”
    These “discounted” prices are usually 4 times more than what you can find by yourself with a little bit of homework – on the Puno-Copacabana bus, the “guide” booked a traveler on a 45$/night hostel room in Copacabana. We booked an entire apartment for 13$.

    “These tours are discounted”
    They are overpriced – waay overpriced, even after factoring in the discount.

    “Peru Hop is equipped for long-distance journeys.
    The bus has a toilet which is only for ‘number ones’ though (the guides are very clear about this).”
    Peru Hop bus from Copacabana to LaPaz did not have a toilet – for a 4hrs long trip. It was the only bus-service we used on a such distance to not have a toilet!!

    The experience we had with Peru/Bolivia Hop was pretty bad – their bus from Puno-Copacabana was overheating and we could not breath inside yet the ‘english speaking guide’ on board insisted to close the windows so that the A/C could ‘work properly’. The bus from Copacabana to LaPaz didn’t have a toilet for a 4hr ride; they left us in LaPaz at 10pm in a spooky area (talk about safety!!) and they offered to help us with getting a taxi; we ended up 6 people (3 different couples) in a taxi that costs us 4x the regular fare; on top of that, the taxi could not fit our luggage so they store it unsecured on the roof!! The reason we got 6 people in one taxi?? Because the ‘helpful english speaking guide’ could not bother to call ahead for enough taxis, and they didn’t want to wait nor did they want to leave us on the street .. so they shoved us all in one taxi.

    All this fabulous service for double the price of a luxury bus company that will drop you off in a Terminal Terrestre which is a much safer location than a random street with better taxi alternatives.

    I echo everything that Katherine commented above and I’m sorry but any blog-post like this “advertising” such a service is either ignorant or incentives to mislead and unethical.

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Thanks for your opinion. I am open that this is my experience about our time with Peru Hop. We had a great time. As did all the friends we met on the bus, including a couple with a baby. It is in no way ‘ignorant or incentives to mislead and unethical’. It is a review of our experience.

    • Peru Hop says:

      Hi Bogdan,

      We see that you have been quite unsatisfied with our service and we would like to address some of the points that you raised.

      First off, we would like to mention that we are not the ones writing the blogs where you read about us, but the bloggers themselves. Therefore, we do not understand how we can be unethical as this is an experience of another person who happened to travel on our buses – we are proud of being the safe option.

      Next, we do not understand how you can compare a hotel room to an Airbnb. We work with hotels who, throughout the years, have provided our passengers with excellent service at a fair price. We do not necessarily work with the cheapest options as oftentimes price reflects service and we do care for our passengers and therefore we only recommend certain hotels. Additionally, for your information the cheapest single room in Copacabana is between 18 USD to 21 USD. Not 45 USD.

      In regards to the tours, Peru Hop works with what we consider the best and safest tour operators. These tour operators do not claim to have the cheapest price, but they do have the best service, and that is why we work with them.

      As for the bus from Copacabana to La Paz, we try to give forewarning as detailed on our OUR BUSES page as to the legal restrictions in size and weight of all buses that operate the route from Copacabana to La Paz due to the natural lake barrier. This barrier requires the vehicle to be transported on a water-borne raft the few hundred metres across the lake. For safety reasons this means that the buses have to adhere to strict requirements to allow them to safely cross.

      There is NO company that floats a double decker bus across the lake, it is simply not safe and not allowed. From all the buses that run this route, believe it or not our bus is very well equipped versus rival companies, as we have air conditioning and on-board TVs which you will not find on other companies.

      Other companies also fit over 40 seats on the same model of bus as our own (we have reduced a row to accommodate just 37 seats in order to ensure passenger comfort).

      Additionally, the nature of the narrow streets of La Paz (and what we consider to be one of the key features of our service, the direct hotel drop off) requires the bus to be restricted considerably in size. We could simply not provide the drop off service if the bus was bigger due to tight corners and low hanging cables etc.

      Given the short journey time after the lake crossing towards La Paz and the raft limits for the lake crossing, these factors combined lend to us continuing with our current bus model.

      With regards to the drop off in La Paz, we drop off in the touristic center where 90% of our customers choose to stay (this is also specified online). If you choose accommodation located outside the drop off zone, then our guides will call a SAFE taxi for you to help.

      Safety is our priority and we are happy to know that you made it to your accommodation safe and sound due to the help of your guide. We do not ever recommend to take cheap taxis off the street, you can google ‘safety in Bolivia’ or even check the foreign office website for safety advice if you prefer not to trust our experience and it will tell you the same.

      Despite you being unsatisfied with the service, which is of course very unfortunate, then I hope you enjoyed your time in Peru and Bolivia.

  16. Neil says:

    I agree with Jean, so much hype re the hop bus, older buses and as the two Scots say you are restricted given their timetable on how long they think each destination requires. After 5months heading south from Colombia via Ecuador and Peru Cruz Del Sur are by far the best bus company for reaching destinations very comfortably and safely. New or close to new Mercedes buses. Perhaps if you have limited time the hop bus is the go. If on the other hand you prefer moving at your own pace and seeing what you want to see determining how long you spend at each destination Cruz Del Sir is the go. Given the number of travellers on the buses the word is spreading.

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Depends what kind of trip you want whether you prefer Peru Hop or public buses. Both offer different services. Thanks for commenting.

  17. Kim Rae says:

    I laughed out loud at “ the guide may be getting off with you (the bus that is)” I’m not sure anyone outside Scotland would get the meaning of that! I have loved your blog about Peruhop and Peru. We’re a couple of travelling oldies and It’s my 60th next year so we’re spending three weeks Peru and Bolivia hopping ???? hoping we have enough time to do the Uyuni salt flats tour as well. Thank you ????

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Pahahahaa, my getting off days are long gone. Oh I love Uyuni, I hope you squeeze it in. Happy birthday, what a braw trip!

  18. Cheryl Sweezey says:

    I’m very disappointed that we have to cancel our trip to Peru in June 2020 due to Covid 19 outbreak. I’m concerned that Peru Hop is not willing or unable to not extend a refund to myself and my husband because I will be 67 years in June and concerned that by the time a vaccine is found and implemented I may not be able to do the trip and certainly not without a doctors okay due to altitude issues. My family is very small and no one has interest in travelling to Peru. This is not acceptable that we loose money because of the virus. As of writing Peru Hop is not operational due to Covid 19. Would someone please respond to my request. Thank you.

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Hi Cheryl, I can’t speak for Peru Hop as I am in lockdown in Scotland myself. Many of the companies that we have worked with have been forced to furlough their staff and it is unknown whether they are going to survive this. I hope you hear from Peru Hop soon and I am sorry to read about your cancellations.

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