From one capital city to another, Lima to Quito is a challenge that many travelers face. Yes, you could fly. Flying through South America has the reputation of being costly, and rightly so. An average flight from Lima to Quito will set you back upwards of $350. That’s expensive for anyone, and in particular a backpackers budget it is seemingly unfeasible. Being in South America there are also no trains, leaving your options limited to blowing your budget, or getting the bus.
The bus is not an option for the faint hearted especially at such a distance, and to those who choose it, we recommend that you break it up with stops along the way. The journey from Lima to Quito by bus is one that will take more than 40 hours. It is also not usually possible to get one bus all of the way from Lima to Quito, chances are high that you will need to change at least once. Luckily once you’re in Ecuador you have some great options of buses.
This change would typically be in Guayaquil, the biggest city in Ecuador. There are plenty of things to do while you’re visiting here so our advice is to spend a few days getting to know the city. It is an extra travel bonus on your journey to stop off at the beach town of Mancora in Northern Peru, where we advise you to stay in the party mad Wild Rover hostel. If you’re into something a little more off the beaten track than Huacachina, try Tumbes, sitting around 50 miles north nearer the border.
If you choose to rest here, you will be nice and fresh for passing through the Peruvian Ecuador border.
With this bus you can head all the way to Quito with occasional breaks to take in the breathtaking views at Cotopaxi, Quilotoa and the little known Toachi Canyon. There’s options to spend a few days in Baños, or even just an afternoon before arriving in Quito and getting dropped off right at your accommodation.
This service is unparalleled and unique, offering exclusive discounts and deals, and it’s not just saving money. The nature of the transport fosters a unique sense of community with all of those on board the bus as well as a spotless safety record and USB ports in every seat.
When it comes to the journey from Lima to Quito, the road is long. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be uncomfortable. Check out the different options available to you here.