Travel bus in South America
Travel bus in South America is one of the options to discover this continent. In spite of the enormous distances between countries, travel by bus is the best option. Two important reasons are travel by flight is really expensive and trains are almost non-existent, Argentina or Bolivia still have working some trains.
Sometimes when we think in travelling by bus in South America, three adjectives come through to our mind: uncomfortable, unsecure and complicate. Here we have done a list with pros and cons:
Pros of travel bus in South America:
- Cheap in almost all countries of South America
- Well connected.
- Real Life. You can move as local.
- Pleasant. Yo can enjoy the colorful and different landscapes.
Cons of travel bus in South America:
- Inaccurate timetables.
- You need time to travel because the distance are huge.
- Uncomfortable. Some buses have not all the facilities but you can find some companies for the same travel. Choose the best one even you can pay a little bit more.
- Unsecure. In some areas with secure troubles is highly recommended to pay more for a reliable bus company. Always try to travel by day.
When we have chosen bus as our transport in South America, although it is cheap in money and expensive in time. We have numberless routes to watch and discover through this continent from your bus seat. Besides you discover incredible landscapes as jungles, desert, falls, cities…Here are six bus routes recommended by Bootsnall:
Bus Routes Bus in South America:
- Ciudad Bolívar a Santa Elena de Uairén, Venezuela. We will start this11-hour journey through Venezuelan landscapes and incredibles cities as Caracas, Ciudad Bolivar o Santa Elena. Parque Nacional de Canaima (Canaima National Park) is one of their remarkable places to visit and their Salto del Angel (Angel falls), the highest waterfalls in the world.
- Salta a Iruya, Argentina. In this route we will find unimaginable mountains with lively colors, as well, deserts, canyons and small-steep walking trails. Salta is the most cosmopolitan town in this route, from here we will arrive at calm town of Quebrada de Humahuaca, whose backdrop is the multi-hued Cierro de Siete Colores (The Hill of Seven Colors) and is home to a daily native craft fair. We will finish with the remote town of Iruya, sitting more of 2500 meters above the valley of the Iruyu River, which offers steep cobblestoned streets traversed and the slower-paced life of this remote mountain village. Cierro de Siete Colores (The Hill of Seven Colors) was declared UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 2003.
- Salvador de Bahia a Recife, Brasil. One of the most beautiful coastal bus routes in South America. Towns are close from each other, so travelling by bus is truly entertained. We will highlight Salvador de Bahia because of his strong cultural influence of Africa and his gastronomy, after that we will continue with Maceio due to tropical climate, gorgeous white sand beaches and we will finish with Recife as lively and popular city where we can drink Caipirinhas, the national cocktail of Brazil made with cachaça, sugar and lime.
- Lima a Cusco, Peru. From Lima, capital of Peru to Cusco we will travel between incredible heights and narrow trails. But this route has two unmissed stops: Abancay, Andean city called the Eternal Springtime Valley because of their friendly weather and where we will find Inca city of Choquequirao y Cusco, historic capital of Inca Empire and where we cannot forget to visit Machu Picchu.
- Valparaiso a Puerto Varas, Chile. This route is full of different landscapes from the north to the south. Valparaiso will be our start point, where we will explore the colorful cityscapes and the system of funiculars. Santiago will be our next stop as cosmopolitan capital of the country and from here by bus, we will reach Patagonian Chile to visit Conguillio National Park and to the Llaima Volcano, one of the largest and most active in Chile.
- Bogota a Cartegena, Colombia. With this bus route, we will travel their capital, Bogota, the well-known Medellin until arriving at Cartegena de Indias. This colonial beach resort city of Cartagena and their fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
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Sources: Wikipedia, Bootsnall