Road Wars

Not Wed or Dead


You have three main forms of transport in Cusco – take the bus, grab a taxi or walk – and all three comes with its own perils! I have never experienced road (non-existent) safety like it here.

Walking – Great for those on a budget, stretching your legs and soaking up the atmosphere on street level. Bad for your breathing and I’m not just talking about the altitude difference. Just a five minute stroll on the busy Avenida de Cultura (whilst shuffling past hordes of school children and eager sellers) leaves you with a mouth full of grit and dust in your eyes from the pollution.

There are traffic lights here which helpfully count down the seconds you have to race across the street but for a lot of drivers a red light is more of a hindrance than a legal stop! My dad has a theory when you are…

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