For some travelers, taking a long haul bus conjures up images of excruciating misery due to confined legs, lack of sleep or a sore neck. Many travelers don’t look forward to taking long haul bus trips. However, if you’re in South America, the distances between countries are rather sizeable. Sometimes the only way to get to some cities is by bus. It’s not like Europe or Southeast Asia where you can easily get between cities by train or cheap flights.

Contrary to what some may think, in South America the long haul buses in South America can be quite comfortable. Many have reclining seats, air conditioning, and some even include drinks, snacks and films to watch.

If you are traveling through South America, here are 10 tips to help you have enjoyable long haul bus experiences.

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#1 – Pick a Reputable Bus Company

The goal is to find a reputable company with a good safety record. Talking to locals is a good place to start. Ask around and ask several people. If the name of the same company keeps up over and over again, that is usually a good sign.

While the companies with poorer safety and security records are often cheaper, keep in mind that money will be made up somewhere. Don’t risk being a victim or putting yourself at risk. Don’t hesitate to pay the price for safety.

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