Why Peru Hop IS worth it!

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Is Peru Hop worth it?

On my travels, I spent some time trying to decide whether Peru Hop would be worth the money or not. According to a lot of different online sources, the reviews had been quite mixed. While some people complained about it being overpriced, others said the many perks made up for the price difference by a mile. As I’m sure you can tell by the title, I came to the conclusion that; yes, Peru Hop is worth the money. So here’s why I chose Peru Hop and why I still think Peru Hop is worth it since my journey;

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P.s. My calculations are based on the journey ‘Lima – Cusco – La Paz’, you can find all the details of Peru Hop’s trip here!

Before I took Peru Hop

First I looked solely at means of transport from destination to destination regardless of extra tours & discounts etc.
Lima-Paracas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8
Paracas-Huacachina . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15
Nazca-Arequipa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25
Arequipa- Cusco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35
Cusco-Puno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30
Puno-Copacabana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10
Copacabana-La Paz . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7

TOTAL: $130

Then taking into account about $3.10 (S/.10) for each taxi from the bus stations to the hostels without the Peru Hop pick up/drop off (give or take 10c so we’ll say $3). With 7 legs of the journey that’s: 14 x $3 = $42

TOTAL: $ 172

Then I accounted for some of the free tours offered by Peru Hop:
Paracas National Reserve . . . . . . . . . .$5.50
Pisco Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$18
Nazca Lines Viewing Tower . . . . . . . . $1
Tiquina lake crossing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1

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TOTAL: $ 197.5

Peru Hop’s ‘Lima – Cusco – La paz’ costs $228. Considering the majority of negative reviews I’d read were people complaining about the price, I was surprised that it only averaged out at $30. I then did a bit of research to find what the internet said Peru Hop’s main pros and cons were to figure out the real value and whether Peru Hop was worth it.

Pro’s

More Convenient
Safer
Reliable
Extremely social

Con’s

More Expensive
Not super luxurious
Potentially not as good as claiming

With not a huge price difference and the many good online reviews, I decided Peru Hop would be worth it!

After I took Peru Hop

So I’d already weighed up the pro’s, con’s and price list before I took Peru Hop, but here’s a few things I felt like mentioning that made Peru Hop worth the money even more for me.

Worth it for closer friends than anywhere else

Worth it for friends

I’ve always been good at making friends so I wasn’t worried about that. However, the group activities, meals and games organized by Peru Hop really helped form a lot of the bonds I made. I also ended up going on a lot of the same tours and staying in the same accommodation with these amazing people I’d met along the way so I made friendships stronger than I ever would have travelling alone.

Worth it for guides who love their country

Worth it for the guides
I wanted to learn about Peru but explore the country without paying someone to walk me through a step by step tour. Peru Hop was the perfect balance. Our guide told us all about the fascinating places we stopped in but we also had enough space to do our own thing at all of the destinations. It was more than a book or lonely planet could have given, but also not overbearing!

Ultimately, worth it for safety.

Worth it for the safetyPhoto on Peru Hop busWearing the Hopster t-shirt on Machu Picchu

When I flew into Lima, I couldn’t get over the crazy state of the roads over here. There was loud, foggy traffic in every corner and then once out of Lima and on the open road, cars, buses and trucks all seemed to be throwing all speed limits out the window. I was also probably a little on edge from a few crashes I’d heard about while in Peru, however the whole time I was pretty glad I’d opted for the safer option! It gave me the freedom to sit back and take in the beauty of Peru knowing everything else was looked after!

Overall after my experience, I would definitely say Peru Hop is worth it! It was one of the best trips of my life and I’m glad I got to spend it with so many amazing people and at such ease! Thank you Peru Hop!

If you’re thinking of doing the same Peru Hop trip I did, you can find everything you need to know here! There are also several day trips and other passes to choose from if you want to take Peru Hop but not the same route as me!


ENTERTAINMENT TIP: If looking for fun at night, or to watch sports during the day, or even a taste of home, visit the Wild Rover Hostels Chain for great food, sports and beer! Entrance to their bars is free even for non-guests


  6 comments for “Why Peru Hop IS worth it!

  1. Donncha Tynan
    July 24, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I’ve just finished my trip through Peru with Peru Hop … absolutely delighted with how the whole thing turned out. I’ve been backpacking for the last 5 months and Peru Hop is definitely up there with the best company that I’ve traveled with. I hadn’t really done enough research on Peru by the time that I started travelling to know exactly how long I wanted to stay in each place, so the flexibility of the hop-on hop-off ticket worked wonders for me. I had only planned to stay about 3 or 4 days in Arequipa but I ended up falling in love with the city and everything in it, so I stayed for 2 months! Unfortunately my travel funds weren’t unlimited and I eventually had to continue onwards 🙁 I’ll definitely be back as soon as I’ve saved enough money again. Until next time, Peru!

    • Sarah Brown
      July 25, 2018 at 9:33 am

      I started my journey from Lima with Peru Hop two weeks ago, absolutely loving it! I’m currently in Arequipa and I can see how you fell in love with it. Constantly being surrounded by the volcanoes creates such a beautiful feeling throughout ‘The White City.’ Very different to what I’m used to back home in Florida, we’ve got practically no mountains :'( lol. I’m heading towards Cusco next, any recommendations on where to stay when I get there? I’m looking for a hostel, not too expensive with a bit of life and excitement! Thanks in advance 🙂 xo

      • Donncha Tynan
        July 25, 2018 at 9:45 am

        Hey, Sarah! I made friends with a group of Australian girls and guys on the Peru Hop bus and they had already booked The Wild Rover Hostel in Cusco so I decided to tag along with them. What a place – Definitely the craziest hostel that I encountered during my travels! There were parties every night but everything was very professionally run and not tacky like lots of other hostels I’ve been in. My room was perfect and the staff were great! If you want to make friends and enjoy a proper hostel party then I’d definitely recommend The Wild Rover. I hope you enjoy Cusco as much as I did, but be weary of the pisco sours, they go down far too easily!!!

        • Sarah Brown
          July 25, 2018 at 9:46 am

          I think I may have read a bit about Wild Rover hostels, that sounds great! Thanks a lot for the advice 🙂

  2. Una
    July 25, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Completely agree with Donncha! (Cool name btw) Flexibility of the hop on hop off bus took away so much unnecessary stress i had in previous South American Countries! Before beginning my trip i researched a lot about the best way to travel around South America, while a few people did say you would have a better Cultural experience on a public bus i don’t believe this is true at all! Safety is so important when travelling any South American country and Peru Hop provided a Cultural experience of a lifetime safely and in comfort! I will miss you Peru!!!

  3. Hailey Jensen
    July 26, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I couldn’t agree with this post and the comments more! As a solo female traveler, I found Peru Hop really suited all my needs. I had Huacachina as a must-visit on my Peru bucket list and Peru Hop has it as a destination which was fantastic. The security aspect was huge for me, I’d heard some bad things about other bus companies in terms of safety so Peru Hop really ticked that box, and finally, the social aspect of Peru Hop was perfect for me traveling alone. I got to meet so many cool people along the way making my advehture even more exciting than I thought possible. Really glad i chose Peru Hop!

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