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17 Apr The Best Way to Travel Peru & Bolivia Hands Down

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw a poster of Peru Hop. It was a map of the south of Peru showing the destinations I had planned to explore. It was the perfect route for me, as I was traveling from the north and had just arrived in Lima. The route travels south from Lima, reaches across Bolivia and ends in Cusco. Plus there seemed to be a few interesting stops in between.
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It was exactly what I needed, tired and bored from traveling mostly on my own taking public buses and taxis across Central and South America for the past 10 months. While I’ve enjoyed watching movies dubbed in Spanish on long 8-12 hour bus journeys, I missed the company of my fellow backpackers.
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Thankfully, I had enough time to do the full hop-on hop-off experience so without hesitation, I signed up for it! I took advantage of my time in this warm coastal city, stayed in the lovely Miraflores district and took a week of Spanish classes before hitching a ride with Peru Hop.
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Here’s how the Peru Hop journey goes:

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LIMA
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Start your Peru experience in Miraflores and Barranco. Take as much time as you need. The Peru Hop pass is valid for ONE year!
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 The big red bus will pick you up right from your hostel! No need to take a taxi to the bus station! This saved me loads of money because I usually don’t have anyone to share the taxi ride with.
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Visit Cristo overlooking the beautiful coastline of Lima, the slums and upscale district of Barranco.
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CHINCHA
Explore a gorgeous colonial mansion with a deep dark secret. You’ll never guess what’s hidden underneath Hacienda San Jose or what happened on this staircase!
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PARACAS
Explore the vastness of Reserva Nacional de Paracas and sink your feet onto some red sand at Playa Rojo, the result of an ancient volcano erruption.
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ICA
Find out where was Pisco Sour was really invented. Was it Peru or Chile? Ask your guide! Tour a vineyard and get to taste every version of Pisco sour. My favorite was the chocolate flavored one.
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Go sandboarding, ride a dune buggy driven by the craziest driver in the world. You can also take it easy and chill by your hostel’s pool or discover an oasis in the middle of the desert. Ask the locals about the fable of the town’s mermaid.
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NAZCA
Stop on the Panamerican Highway to interpret symbols from another time and place. Climb up the tower to see a few or take a flight to see more. There are about 300 recorded geoglyphs etched on desert sand.
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AREQUIPA
Take a full day tour or spend a few days hiking the second deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon. Probably the most impressive landscape I’ve witnessed in this part of Latin America.
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PUNO
Hop on a boat to visit the floating islands on the highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Don’t forget to bring your passport so you can have it stamped.
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CUSCO
Walk around this gorgeous colonial town for days before your pilgrimage to Machu Picchu
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Check out 1-10 day itineraries with Peru Hop through their website www.peruhop.com

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