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Hi Kathy,
Can you tell me how the road conditions are from Cusco to Puno? Are the roads paved, are roads one lane in each way, or is it a shared lane? I get car sick. I may go by bus. or would you recommend train? Also can you tell me an area where roads might not be safe.
Thank you

Hi Tina,  The road has been improved and is in good shape.  I was on it a few years ago and it was all paved.  They even have tourist buses now doing the route.  They are two way lanes and just sit in the front of the bus.  Train is neat too but takes a lot longer, so I would do the bus.  If you can do the tourist bus (I do not think it is that expensive), I would do that since they stop at different
places.  I had taken a group so we had our own bus.

As to roads are unsafe.........the drive from Ayacucho to Cusco is a bit wild.....I would not do that again.

Enjoy your trip and I know you will love Peru.  Let me know if you have any other questions, I may help you with.


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Extensive travel to most areas of Peru.


Have traveled to Lima, Nazca, Cusco, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Iquitos, Huancayo, Ayacucho, Manu, Tambopata, Trujillo, Chiclayo and to some of these places, many times. Have experience travel by train and bus from Puno to Cusco. Gone from Huancayo to Ayacucho by bus(10 hours) and Chicalayo to Kuelup ruins (12 hrs) by bus. Have traveled by train to Machu Picchu and helicopter to Machu Picchu (which they do not do now) August 1998, I visited both Manu and Tambopata in Peru, went by land to Manu and plane out of Manu. traveled by car and local bus from Lima to Nazca and have done the over flight of the lines. Have traveled from Ecuador to Peru by land and from Peru to Bolivia by land and hydrofoil. My last trip to Peru was in 2008.

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