Bus travel is very common in South America. Most people do not have cars and buses are so much cheaper than flying. Consequently, 12 to 24 hour bus trips are not uncommon. I would never recommend taking a 24 hour bus trip to anyone. I will say that I have no problem taking them even though they are taxing on the mind, body and soul. However, you get to see a lot more from a bus window than an airplane window. Plus, there are some places where you just cannot fly. All that being said, the South Americans have buses that put buses in the United States to shame. Ormeno is one such company. I rode their bus from Guayaquil, Eduardo to Lima, Peru. It was supposed to take 27 hours. It took 30. The scenery was incredible.
Leaving Quito, heading for Guayaquill, there was some great scenery for the first hundred miles or so. Truly spectacular. Anyone that tells you there aren’t some incredible drives in the Andes Mountains either hasn’t been there or is trying to sell you a tour to somewhere else. The mountains are high and steep and covered in vegetation that we never see in the United States. I found that there are lots of things I like about Ecuador. The Andes Mountains are one of them. The range is over 4,000 miles long and has an average height of 13,000 feet. That’s impressive. For more information click here.