Bus travel may not sound sexy in today’s world of high-speed trains and budget airlines, but in my humble bus-loving opinion, travelers who discount it are missing out. While city buses are great, this article focuses strictly on the advantages of long-distance bus travel abroad.
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My Bus Background
Given the option to take long-distance public transportation via a plane, train or bus, I happily choose the bus when time, budget, and the scenery makes sense.
Bus hour tallying would’ve come in handy in a moment like this, but I’ve easily spent over 150 hours on long-distance buses.
Quito, Ecuador to Medellin, Colombia. It was more than a 30-hour ride. You read that right—THIRTY HOURS.
But before you call me crazy, consider this: that bus ride included a layover in Ipiales where I had enough time to run (literally) to see the famous Las Lajas Sanctuary. It also included a stop in the jungle where I had the best hot chocolate of my life and my “humorous” bus driver suggesting I cover my eyes with a towel.