Peru Hop is all about discovering the REAL Peru through the eyes of a Peruvian. Imagine a tourist came to your city with a Lonely Planet Book. Who can show them your city better… you, the local expert, or a guide book probably written by a foreign tourist? That is exactly what Peru Hop does!
Peru Hop is all about discovering the REAL Peru through the eyes of a local Peruvian in a safe, fun and cheap way. Machu Picchu is of course the highlight in Peru, but there are plenty more things to see and do (Secret Slave Tunnels, a Desert Oasis, a Rainbow Mountain, Canyons, Lakes and more) as well as so much culture, history and food to be discovered.
We, the founders, “traveled” Peru in 2010, but it was only upon 1 of us (Will) meeting a local Peruvian girl that he actually realized this country had so much to offer. (You can read about how and why we set up Peru Hop here)
Peru Hop offers hop-on, hop-off bus travel through the whole South of Peru (connecting Lima to Cusco and Machu Picchu and vice versa). This concept puts YOU in full control of your trip… you decide where to go, what to do, where to stay, and how long for. We give you a chance to see the stops between the stops giving you a unique local experience in a safe, flexible and fun way.
Want to know what makes us different? Or how the hop-on, hop-off concept works? Continue reading below.
Unique and exclusive local stops
We make short stops between the main stops to visit things such as the secret slave tunnels in Chincha or a traditional Peruvian horse dance (yes, horse dance) show. These stops are FREE and are located in places that are virtually impossible to get to by yourself. Less than 5% of tourists visit these places per year, ensuring you have a unique and 100% authentic Peruvian experience.
Comfortable, luxurious buses
Our buses allow you to get to places (hidden gems) that are impossible to get to on public transport, but also give you the safety and comfort your holiday deserves with English speaking guides and European Safety standards, as well as offering hotel pickup and drop off at each stop. All our buses are modern, no older than 3 years old, with regular maintenance checks to keep our service safe and secure.
Perfect pass for everyone
Whether you want a fully planned trip in advance, or just hop on and decide as you go, Peru Hop is perfect for every type of traveler. It offers all the benefits of being in full control combined with the benefits of a tour (meeting other people and discovering places not accessible on public buses)
Local, Peruvian guides
Our Peruvian guides know this country much better than any guidebook. For example, the Lonely Planet is released every 2/3 years, and is written by foreign tourists. Our guides are locals who have lived here all their life and spend everyday traveling this incredible country.
Firstly, let us explain how public buses in Peru work and then explain how Peru Hop works so you can understand a little about the difference. It’s best to always compare your different options to find the best one!
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Want more details on how Peru Hop works?
Below is our simple guide to help you understand how our service works in 5 simple steps.
Choose from our variety of passes, depending on where you want to start, where you want to go and how much time you have. Check our passes section for more information.
Our passes are perfect for everyone, whether you want to squeeze it all into a few days or stay somewhere for a longer period of time.
Get picked up from your hotel or hostel and start your trip! At every destination, we will pick you up and drop you off wherever you are staying.
You decide how long to stay at each stop. Stay one night or one month, it’s up to you! Your pass will be valid for one whole year. Simply log into your HOP LOGIN account and change your itinerary on the go.
Finish your trip and pick up a FREE T-shirt at our offices.
This is a question we often get asked via email so we thought we would help explain it here…
If you google “10 day tour of Peru”, you will see tours (not flexible…but with fixed itineraries) costing $1,500 – $4,500 USD. These tours often don’t even include everything… read the small print!!
Peru Hop’s most popular ticket is $179 USD for a pass that is valid for one whole year.
If you add to our price the extra activities in each destination, and the accommodation (check online or check our exclusive accommodation discounts), you will see that the overall price will still come out MUCH MUCH cheaper.
Well Peru Hop, unlike most tour companies, is LOCALLY based. We have a local Peruvian team and pay local taxes. For extra activities, we work with local tour operators and we get the best possible prices from them, and pass these directly to our customers. Other companies make 200% and 300% profit… they tell you a 2 day Colca Canyon Tour costs $90 USD when it really costs around $27 USD.
In terms of accommodation, hotels and hostels work with travel agencies on a confidential rate basis. They tell an agency “We don’t care what price you charge the customer, you need to pay us $30 USD”. ALL agencies then mark up these prices, and charge you, the customer, $80-$100 USD… easy money for them!
What we do differently is we pass on the confidential price DIRECTLY to our customer. Check our exclusive prices on accommodation… we 100% guarantee these rates CANNOT be beaten on any website (booking.com or anyone else) or with any travel agency.
Well it’s quite simple. We make our money through volumes of people on our buses. The more people that come to Peru the better for this whole country, including Peru Hop. So if we can make Peru more affordable for travellers, they will then recommend this country to more people, who will bring more visitors etc etc. As a local company, we want this country to grow and tourism is a massive driver of growth for this country where over 35% of people live below the poverty line.
Travel agencies and tour companies that charge $2,000 USD+ are NOT local companies. They do not employee local people. They don’t really care if the economy grows here or not. They are simply interested in making as much money as possible. They prey on tourists lack of knowledge about Peru, and tell tourists that it is such a dangerous country, and that $2,000 USD is actually quite cheap for a tour as it is less than 1 months wages in most western countries. Tourists fall for it and end up paying way too much for a fixed tour, with no flexibility, which does not even take them to REAL local destinations.
Peru Hop is a proud Peruvian company and our whole team is proud of the fact that we are different from these huge travel agencies and tour companies that rip tourists off. Keeping our prices as low as possible is something we always aim to achieve so more and more people can come visit this amazing country.
We hope this helps explain why we are a lot cheaper than normal travel companies but our quality is MUCH better (according to TripAdvisor reviews online) and we hope to see you on board a Peru Hop trip in the very near future!
We offer a safe, comfortable and stress free trip!
Meet our local Peruvian guides (now famous on Tripadvisor haha!) as well as fellow passengers from across the world. Pay local prices with local Peruvian companies paying Peruvian taxes. Lose an ATM card or your passport? Need to call home for an emergency? Peru Hop is always there to help, and our on-board assistants are famous for their care and attention, while also leaving travelers enough space and freedom to explore at their own pace.
As we like to say: “Travel independently, but never alone.”