Peru and transport around Lima

The motor tri-cycle is death on three wheels as they swerve in and out of the traffic with their passengers (2) on a bench seat in the back. The covering saves you from the dust of the road, though many drivers also wear a dust mask. These are very popular in the poorer districts.

There are parts of Lima where it looks like the Wild West and yet a few miles away there are all the facilities of a modern city.  The town is well laid out, with wide boulevards running through and dividing up the different districts, but in some places these boulevards are just plans. In some places one side will have been tarred, in others there will be no tar at all. Add to this the building materials which are regularly dumped at the side of the road and spill onto it and there is aparent chaos.  Yet it all works!

You can catch a taxi, or a bus from any point just by sticking your hand out.  The taxi’s range from small motor tri-cycles with a bench seat for two at the back, to standard saloon cars.  The buses range from independant minibuses to coaches and the municipal buses.  Drivers of the mini-buses emply conductors who not only collect fares but also encourage potential passengers to come on board. As they approach those waiting at the side of the road they hang out of the side door and anounce the route the bus is taking hoping you will find your destination included. If so, they will find room inside.

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16 thoughts on “Peru and transport around Lima

  1. Hello Mr.Sudlow I like your transport blog. Have you been on a motor tri-cycle?
    What special things have you done today?

    Andreas and Nathasha

    • I have not been on the motor tri-cycle, far too dangerous for me!
      Today I went out to San Bonito, a poor Barrio (town / village) in the hills to the north of Lima. We had to travel along the Pan-american Highway, which is the road that goes from the South of Chile, through Peru, through Equador and then through central America to the USA. It is a fast road with lots of trucks and heavy traffic, but the motor Tri-cycles are not allowed on it. Instread you see them at every junction waiting for people who get off the buses that do travel up and down the Highway. I’ll be writing about this trip in my next Blog.

  2. i like the motor tri cycles there quite funny as we dont use motor tri-cycles but we do use motor cycles though as you know

    • They really are very dusty. Your car does not get dirty like in England, but it gets dusty very qyuickly. You have to wipe the dust off your car before every journey.
      Very few of the roads have tarmac, most are just dirt roads, and even the tarmac roads have lots of dust.

    • I’ve been in a taxi – the drivers here are very fast even in the crouded traffic, so I always put on my seat belt.
      I’ve also been in a mini-bus, a bit safer!
      I’ve not even thought of trying the motor tri-cycles, they look far too dangerous.
      I have been lucky in that Fr Ed has been happy to drive me around in his car for most of the time.

    • There is a whole mix of transport. I think more people here use taxi’s than you would find in England outside of London, and fewer private cars, but there are still lots of buses from the standard publicly owned buses to the small private bus companies, which in some cases run little more than a mini-buss service. You can get about 20 people in a standard Ford Transit with the conductor shouting out the route as the bus approaches each stop.
      When I spoke to some of the students they all caught buses.

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