People in Peru are not afraid to flag down whatever transport happens to pass by, and drivers usually charge them a bit of money for gas. Instead of sticking a thumb up, Peruvians in the countryside swish a handkerchief up and down in front of them to attract drivers’ attention. We think hitchhiking is fairly safe on country roads where there are no other options. When near cities or large highways, though, always take buses. If you hitchhike, do it with a companion, and make sure your driver is sober before getting in.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition