Ground transport of South America.

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So the people are moving on buses. Autocompany – mass, roads – good, schedule – for every taste, not to mention the presence of an international message. Here, of course, there are nuances depending on the country. For example, in the same Bolivian Tupise Tupise, you can easily buy a ticket to Argentine Huhaua (Ah, what names are peculiar to a Russian person!), then buses, really, there will be two and the border you will have to go to the pawn. But the ticket, bought in Uruguaya Montevideo to, for example, the Brazilian floraanapolis guarantees you a comfortable movement on one bus with check-in on all the necessary instances when crossing the border.

In general, the entire bus transport of South America can be divided into four class of comfort. From what, directly, depends on the cost of the ticket and convenience of movement (especially for long distances).

1. Kama (CAMA). Generally, this word means "bed, bed". Then you mean, buses class Kama is a stay, coffee bed, striptease on TV, good air conditioning and, of course, toilet with a washbasin. I exaggerate, of course, but only a little bit. As a rule – two-story. Well, tickets are the most expensive. There is Cama with an ejecutivo console – this is, in general, the highest class with a hot dinner and breakfast. We recommend riding on these at night in Argentina or Chile – Fifteen hours of the road will fly imperceptibly.

In Cama Ejecutivo, you can even comfortably sleep. The road from Tucuman to Buenos Aires. Argentina.

2. Semi-Cama. Clear case – half-sized, folding chairs. Coffee, toilet and air conditioning are also available. Also, usually two-storey. Tickets are cheaper than "Kame", at least one third.

Standard half-kama Ecuador. With milking on tv. Road from Colombian border to Quito.

3. Under-kama. Regular buses, such as our "Ekarusov" with soft folding chairs. Toilet at the end of the cabin, one or two TVs under the ceiling, reasonable prices. The price usually includes a snack (a ribbed of some) plus water and coffee (soluble nasty). This is a favorite type of transport from the local population, especially in Peru and Bolivia. Foreigners in such ride rarely and, because they cause genuine interest.

Suburban Bean-Kama in Brazilian Rio de Janeiro.

4. Nifiga-non-kama. Long time on the minibuses did not ride? I am at least twice a day. That’s just in South America, non-durable "Gazelles" ride, but quite decent Fords and folts by 12-18 places. Toilet, naturally, lives under the nearest bush on the side. This is a standard means of movement on dirt roads in low mountains, for example in Chilean Patagonia. The driver often works as a guide, stopping in any interesting places and telling spiritual bikes.

Chilean Nedo-Kama on Chiloe Island. The clock shows the departure time, the inscription above the clock – Company name.

Ground transport of South America.

Another nuance is, in fact, the search for the desired bus and buying a ticket for it. Buy a ticket from the driver is impossible! The driver, in general, has nothing to do with car companies (rubbing its own salary, of course). All tickets – at the box office. And if there are no such – at the conductor. It is the conductor (and not the driver) decides, where and for what time to stay by bus. And, since, private companies are engaged in bus communication – each company has its own terminal and its priority routes. However, it does not mean at all that the company has a competitor there are exactly the same routes. Therefore, if you report that there are no tickets for today in the city you need – this means that there are no tickets for the buses of this particular company! Go to the next terminal and ask again. Terminals are usually located nearby. In the event that hard to go on the desired ticket itself – on any terminal, usually, there are local "Certain help", able to get anything. Of course, not a task – but in some cases "helpler" works from a particular company (in this case it is more appropriate to call "Shipping") and such peppers pays the company.

The third nuance, directly arising from the features of private business, is a significant difference when buying a ticket only "there" regarding the ticket "Round and back". For example, if the ticket "There" costs 5000 pesos, then the ticket "There and back" will cost not ten, but, maximum, eight thousand pesos. Moreover, it does not matter when you’re traveling "back" – enough for several hours (ideally – before the day of departure) to call (or go) to the office of the company and warn about your departure. Moreover, even if you spend the return departure in your ticket – it’s easy to change it. Because you are a client of the company and it is imperative that you use the services of this particular company. So, do not be surprised if at the end of the way you will be asked to put ticks on the quality of service.

Colombian minibus on the bus terminal.

The fourth nuance touches baggage. Weight restrictions are, but no one looks at it. To each Baulu, you will definitely flip the tag, and when you return the luggage, it is necessary to take this tag. Little birch – so do not lose. True, it does not interfere with sometimes lucky thieves to pull your luggage right on the bus – it is famous for Argentina. And download and unload your Baula will be a conductor, and not you. However, if you help him, he will not mind. Normal practice is considered to be the storage of luggage until the bus landing at the office of the cash register where you sold a ticket. Money for it usually do not take. It is very convenient: I bought a ticket – left the luggage and, liking, ran around the district. In some cases, when landing on a bus, you will be asked to present documents (photocopies of the passport enough) or, in general, will be removed on the camera – for security purposes (usually the peruvian companies are done).

And the fifth, he is the last nuance. If the bus should leave, for example, in 12.00 – Be prepared for the fact that it will leave in 12.thirty. Also, it is not worth hoping that the duration of the path will be exactly as you were told at the checkout when buying a ticket – add half an hour, depending on the distance. Faster the bus will not come accurately – in many countries to transport the speed limiter in 100km / h. And go, masterfully fit into all turns at the speed of 99.0-99.8km / h. These tsifers can be viewed on the scoreboard under the ceiling of the cabin.

And finally: be sure to take a plaid or a warm jacket to the bus. Regardless of the class of comfort, it will be a terrible refrigerator in it: Drivers do not save on air conditioners.

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