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transportation safety

Postby tgirl2010 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:04 pm

hi I just booked a Gap Adventure tour, yolo style from argentina to peru. After, I started to read about all the bus accidents that occur in South America. I am starting to freak out about this. I realize Gap uses public transportation, what I want to know is if they only book this "public" bus tranportation through the reliable companies?? I feel sick over this :(
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Re: transportation safety

Postby IncaTrail50 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:31 pm

Relax, that is why you book with a company like GAP! I don't know where you're from but accidents can happen anywhere. Having travelled in South America with GAP I feel you're in good hands. The headlines never say "8000 buses arrived safely at their destination" they only scream "One bus crashed this week". There is risk in everything we do, you can stay barricaded in your basement and hope for the best or you can seize life and ENJOY! I have rocketed down winding mountain roads in wet conditions, been trapped by centrifugal force in the back seat of a cab by a driver who thought he was invincible, rolled pitched and yawed in a plane landing in a gale, but I am alive to tell the AWESOME tales. My friends drink their lattes/martinis and shake their heads at my folly but I wouldn't trade the adrenalin for any of their "Gosh-I-did-nothing-this-week-at-the-cottage-vacations". I don't plan to go gracefully into old age, I plan charge into it with a camera in one hand and a world map in the other.

To fully appreciate this you need to stand on a mountain-top, raise your arms to the wind, and defiantly say "Bring it".

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Um, yes, I think the companies are reliable. :oops:
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Re: transportation safety

Postby desiree2 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:55 pm

Totally agree with IncaTrail50. Travelling is all about adventure and stepping out of your comfort zone. I've been in a bus that was overtaking a truck that was overtaking a car on a single lane - the driver was completely oblivious to anything coming our way but we survived and it makes a great story.
Apart from that, remember there are 'public buses' and 'public buses'. You won't always have to nurse a few chickens during the trip. My daughter travelled on some public buses in Peru that looked like something out of a business class plane.
I'm sure you'll have a fantastic trip and wonder what on earth you were worried about!
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Re: transportation safety

Postby TravelFun » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:11 am

IncaTrail50 and desiree2 are spot on...accidents can happen anywhere but we don't stop living! I've travelled through South America using alot of public transport and I'm here...and wouldn't change a thing. I've been on buses with air-conditioning blasting which freezes you to buses with local animals joining the ride to winding downhill routes but all with the locals and it was great. You should try sitting in the back of a taxi in Istanbul or Italy where the driver thinks he's the next Formula 1 champion....now that's more scary than a bus in SA. :wink:

Go and have fun without the worries...you will have an amazing experience and trust me you'd do it all again!

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