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Transport: One Reason Peru's a Developing Country

By Naturegirl321 @SharonTEFLTips

Transport: One Reason Peru's a Developing Country


I wrote about the problems with transport before in think carefully before marrying a Peruvian. I said that transport is cheap in Peru, if you want to take combis. I did and they took forever, stopped at green lights, went at red, were driven by maniacs with dirty finger nails, had people crouching down in mini-vans, fighting over fares, bribing police officers, making me angry and stressed out. Many expats drive or take taxis due to this.
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Things are slowly changing. There's now the Lima Metro, the Metropolitano Bus, and the Huancayo Metro is in the works. That being said, a friend of mine recently told me that you can tell a country is a developed, first world country when everyone takes public transport. For that to happen, public transport should be:
  • Safe
  • Convenient
  • Reliable
  • Organised
  • Clean 
  • Affordable, with fixed prices

And most public transport in Peru isn't like that. At least not yet.

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