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Travel by bus cama

Return to Palpa

sunny 12 °C

Arrived back in Palpa yesterday - 12th August after a 15 hour bus ride from Cusco. Sounds exhausting - but not for Rob and I. We travel bus cama. The word cama is spanish for bed. These buses are double deckers. The top deck has spacious comfortable seating which reclines more than any Australian bus or plane. For Eleanor and Alice the cost was $36. Downstairs is luxury class where the seats recline almost horizontal. Rob and I paid the exta $16 so that we could sleep comfortably. The seats are like large arm chairs - 2 on one side of the aisle and 1 on the other. There are usually only 3 or 4 rows of seats so you feel like a VIP. The driver has a huge cabin at the front with a bed for use by the second driver. The back is luggage storage.
Bus cama is more comfortable than international plane travel economy class. And it feels like a plane flight because during the trip the bus attendant comes round with meals - sometimes! (We have travelled on several of these buses now and never seem to get the food right. If we pack food they bring us meals and if we don't they don't feed us. Or as on the bus from La Paz we were served for breakfast a stale bread roll and about 100mls of very sweet tea and then for lunch - 1 small banana, 4 chocolate biscuits. 1 lollipop on a stick, and some fruit cordial in a plastic bag without a straw.) At some bus terminals while passengers are getting off, street food sellers will jump on with baskets of food and softdrinks for sale. Or they stand outside the bus shouting their wares and use buckets on poles to pass food up to the windows of the top deck. Sometimes passengers (locals who are in the know) will leap off the bus at a stop and grab a snack from a road side stall.
Bus Cama is also how we travelled from Santiago to Peru. We could happily have stayed on the bus all the way to Colombia. Rob is actually thinking of writing a book - "Around Peru by Bus''. Anyone interested in being a sponsor?
Many of the highways we have travelled are newly paved (within the last 10 years) and are in better condition than a lot of Australian highways. Very few Peruvians own a car so the vehicles on the highways are mainly buses and trucks. In the towns there are mini buses or vans (the local public transport), myriad taxis, and a few motorbikes. Some towns have mototaxis (very cute and fun to ride in) which are 3 wheeled motorbikes with a roof and walls (or not) which can take 3 passengers. Not that anyone in Peru worries about load limits in taxis. In Puno we were collected from the bus terminal by the hostel owner. Her husband is a taxi driver with a very small station wagon. Rob sat in the front and the 3 kids (actually adults now) and I were in the back seat. In the boot was all our luggage and the hostel owner! On very rare occasions a taxi driver has asked us to put a seat belt on in the front seat. That's not possible in the back with 4 people but ther usually aren't seatbelts in the back anyway.
Just realised that this is a slight digression from the topic. There's so much to tell. Hopefully over the next few weeks with a more leisurely travel itinerary and access to better internet at my sister's house, I'll be able to wite a few more blogs. And eventually we'll upload some photos.
Lachlan flies to Europe today for some travel before starting uni in Glasgow in September. So our Fleetwood family adventure has come to an end. It has been a truly amazing and very special few weeks. We will base ourselves in Palpa with my sister and her family for the next few weeks, taking short trips to other places. We hope to absorb some more Peruvian culture and learn some more spanish

Posted by Fleetwoods 14/08/2010 06:39 Archived in Peru Tagged family_travel

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Hi Rob and Rosamond,
Thanks for the travelogue. Great to be able to follow. As you say it will be a memorable time in the life of your family. Very pleased it could happen for you.
xxdavid w.

14/08/2010 by dwalters

Hola! Had heard it was so cold in Peru recently that the lamas were freezing!! Hope your staying warm?? A message from S.B have you got your homework done Ros? Deadline is approaching!! I say enjoy your holiday and stuff him but I shouldn't as he is probably reading this too ??!!

23/08/2010 by carol boom

Hi All
You make it hard for me to concentrate on work. All I want to do is get on the plane! Not long now...

23/08/2010 by Felicity C

Hi Eleanor
Feliz cumpleanos! We trust it is a memorable one.
Love from R,F,V,O & D.

25/08/2010 by Felicity C

Hello Ros! great to read all your stories -it must be an amazing experience -enjoy & be safe -looking forward to some photos!
love, Rose

28/08/2010 by Rosewise

Hi Ros & crew, love reading about your adventure. I feel like I'm a fly on the wall!! Hope Eleanor had a great 20th b'day. Enjoy every minute of Peru - you'll be back before we know it!! Take care - love to all.

29/08/2010 by Wendy x

Hi Alice
Feliz cumpleanos! What a great way to spend it.
Love from R,F,V,O & D

21/09/2010 by Felicity C

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