Transportation in   Peru
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The geography of Peru makes transportation a challenge in many of the areas. 

Walking on foot is the most common way for people to get around.  This is especially true in the high mountains where travel is difficult. Narrow rocky trails connect villages together. Horses and donkeys may be used if they can be afforded. Llamas may also be used as pack animals.

On the plains along the coast some highways are paved between major cities. Cars, trucks and buses make regular use of these. Most roads in Peru are not paved and are made of packed earth. Mountain roads are narrow and dangerous to drive.

Railroads also connect major cities. The highest railway line in the world is found in Peru. Tourists from many countries take this train to view beautiful mountain and valley scenery. Passengers must wear oxygen masks because of the lack of oxygen at these high altitudes. Travel by rail tends to be more expensive than other alternatives, although cheaper trains do connect some locations. The seating on these trains is crowded and without amenities.

Bus is the preferred way to travel for most Peruvians because it is not expensive. Buses are crowded and move slowly along the unpaved roads. 

Airports serve only the larger cities.

In the rainforest, the rivers serve as main highways. A variety of boats can be found on the rivers. Some are simple log dugouts, but other cargo barges, ferries and water taxis can be very large. Many tourists use boats to see places in the rainforest. People who are native to the rainforest usually rely on walking the trails that network through the forest.


 Transportation statistics for Peru at Nationmaster
 Peru Handbook Transportation
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This video is a detailed look at roads and road building

in rural Peru.