Moving within the Andean countries of South America requires a certain adaptability. The rigors of travel are formed by both geography and culture, and distances are deceptively longer than they appear on a map. A person can pull out a map and measure the space between two towns and think, “Well, how far can that be?” and then take 24 hours to arrive at the destination.
A lonely mountain road in Peru
Transport in the high Andes tends to be slow. Along the Pacific coastal areas, depending on location, obstacles from blowing sand to mangrove swamps provide daunting challenges. Naturally, the Amazon basin region presents its own set of problems; getting around there is mostly done by boat, at least when one is away from the major population centers.
This of course, leads the savvy traveler to ask, “Well, where am I going to stay?” There are many, many methods for determining the right sort of lodging, depending again on geography. And of course budget. A lot of variables come to mind that may affect your decision. If you’re in a district that exudes tropical heat, do you want to splurge on air-conditioning?
Indeed, is air-con even available? Often the luxury cannot be procured at any cost. On the other hand, in cities from Cartagena on the Caribbean. to Guayaquil on the Pacific and Iquitos in the Amazon, the visitor can pony up big dollar amounts to be cocooned away from the local climate. Which works fine until the visitor has to walk out the establishment’s door.
Sometimes it’s easier to go with the flow
In the modern era many people choose to save both time and, in the end, money, by flying between destinations. This works very well for those with limited vacation days, who wish to see a country’s highlight without having to endure every pot-hole and sidewalk street vendor along the way.
Regardless of the path you choose, the most important thing to remember is to have fun!
Having a nice view from your room is always pleasant