Peru transportation, air travel, land travel and train travel in Peru

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Transportation

By Air 
There are flights and connections from Lima to all the main cities of Peru except for Huancayo, Huaraz and Ica, where you can go by road using inter-provincial buses. Always make reservations in advance. 

Travel re-confirmation: Re-confirm your trip ahead of time: For domestic flights: 48 hours in advance; for international flights: 72 hours in advance. 

Airport tax (T.U.U.A.) 
Domestic flights: S/. 12,00. 
International flights: US$ 25,00. 

Payment to be made in cash before boarding the flight. 

By Land 
Inter-provincial buses: The inter-provincial bus service covers all destinations in Peru, except for certain cities in the Jungle. Inquire into the comfort available depending on the fare paid; and whether or not the service is non-stop. 

Taxis and public transportation: It is recommended that taxis should be from taxi companies (which are requested by phone) or those authorized by the municipalities (in Lima they are painted yellow and some of them have a lighted sign over the roof). 

Taxi meters are not used in Peru, therefore the price must be negotiated before going into the taxi. Ask where you are staying about the average fares to your destination. No tips are normally given to taxi drivers. 

At airports, it is advisable to hire the services of taxis authorized by the management authority. 

Urban buses (the most economical alternative) are of the colors and numbers assigned for the specific route. Most of them travel long treks and they may turn out to be uncomfortable. Inquire before taking them; and do not take them too late at night. 

Trains: 
The tourist rail service covers three routes: 

Arequipa - Sumbay - Juliaca - Puno 
Puno - Cuzco 
Cuzco - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu 

Information: Peru Rail 

Tourism by Road 

Always carry with you your driver's license and a copy of your passport.. If the vehicle is rented, carry the car rental agreement. If you have an international driver's license, it is valid for one year. If you have your country's driver's license, it is good for 30 days. 

Abide by the speed limits posted on the road. 
Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you do so, you may be subject to criminal charges. 

If a traffic officer orders you to stop, do so. He or she must be in uniform and wearing an identification badge (the surname is printed on a plate fixed at his chest). Under no circumstance must the traffic officer enter your vehicle. 

Keep in mind that your documents and the vehicle's documents cannot be retained and that under no circumstances should you have to pay any money. In case of an accident or collision, call a traffic officer. If the vehicle is rented, also call the representative of the insurance company where you rented the vehicle. Wait there, do not move from the place. 

Do not stop if unknown persons make signs at you on the road. 

Do not park in dark places. Do not leave objects which can be seen by passers by. 

Travel Times: 
The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Lima to other major cities/towns in Peru. 

Road 
Arequipa 
Air 01:20 
Road 18:00 

Ayacucho 
Air 00:50 
Road 09:00 

Cajamarca 
Air 01:30 
Road 16:00 

Chachapoyas 
Air *01:20 
Road 24:00 

Chiclayo 
Air 01:00 
Road 10:00 

Cuzco 
Air 01:00 
Road 24:00 / 26:00 

Huancayo 
Road- 06:00 

Huánuco 
Air 00:50 
Road 08:00 

Huaraz 

Air *00:50 
Road 06:00 

Ica 
Road- 04:00 

Iquitos 
Air 01:30 - 

Nazca 
Road- 05:00 

Piura 
Air 01:05 
Road 16:00 

Pucalpa 
Air 01:00 
Road 20:00 

Puerto Maldonado 
Air **02:20 
Road 39:00 / 44:00 

Puno (Juliaca) 
Air **01:15 
Road 24:00 

Tacna 
Air 01:30 
Road 18:00 

Tarapoto 
Air 01:00 
Road 20:00 / 24:00 

Trujillo 
Air 01:00 
Road 08:00 

Tumbes 
Air 01:30 
Road 18:00 

Note: (a) Approximate travel times are given for travel by bus. (b)* Only charter flights available. (c)** Includes one stopover.