Peru Hop and bus companies like Cruz del Sur both offer safe ways of getting around Peru, however we feel that Peru Hop offers increased safety, more culture and better value than if you choose to take a public bus like Cruz del Sur or Civa around Peru.
Below is a comparison between Cruz del Sur, similar companies (like Civa) and our own Peru Hop.
Hostel or Hotel Pickup and Drop Off:
Peru Hop offers this, Cruz del Sur and Civa cannot. This means you avoid unsafe taxis who sometimes try to rip tourists off just because you do not know the real price.
Free Extra Stops:
This is a HUGE difference between Peru Hop and Cruz del Sur. If you travel on Cruz del Sur, it is a direct service, no stops to see things along the way. We make many awesome free stops to see things that are not even in the Lonely Planet, to give the tourist a real experience of Peru. Cruz del Sur focuses on the needs of local Peruvians…we focus on the needs of tourists.
Discounts on Hostels and Hotels:
Again, this is something that companies like Cruz del Sur cannot offer. We bring a lot of tourists around Peru, so that gives us the power to negotiate discounts on your behalf with restaurants, hostels and hotels!
Independent Travel and Freedom:
Both Peru Hop and Cruz del Sur can offer this. With Peru Hop, you have 1 ticket that covers all stops, so you don´t need to go to bus stations or deal with crappy online booking systems…we take the stress out of travelling so you have more time to enjoy your vacation!
Wi-Fi on Buses (THIS IS A LIE!!)
Civa and other bus companies claim to have Wi-Fi on board…this is not true!! Wi-Fi does not work outside of the bus terminal…we are in the desert!! Many tourists get on expecting Wi-Fi for their 10 hour bus journey, and after 10 minutes it does not work! We do not claim to have Wi-Fi because it would be simply false advertising.
24 hour GPS:
Both our bus, and the buses of Civa are monitored 24 hours by GPS. However, one major thing on our bus is that we take passport copies of every passenger. There have been numerous hijackings in the last year on various public buses, and it is believed that a member of the hijacking gang is often on the bus and calls his accomplices when the bus is close so the gang can put rocks on the road to stop the bus. Our bus is for tourists and we take great care as to who is allowed on our bus.
We have travelled on some of our competitors’ buses ourselves, and whilst they are comfortable buses, they definitely do not allow you to get to see the real Peru and are not 100% focused on the needs of tourists. They serve crappy food (we stop for fresh dinner), their assistants barely speak English (our guides are fluent) and they will never do anything to assist you if the bus breaks down or have some other problem (our guide is there by your side all the time in constant contact with our office).
Peru Hop is simply the best way to get around and it has been built with the needs and desires of tourists in mind to ensure you guys fall in love with Peru and have a stress-free and safe journey!