Hitching in Peru usually means catching a ride with a truck driver, who will almost always expect payment. With most trucks you won’t have to pay before setting off, but you should always agree a sum before getting in as there are stories of drivers stopping in the middle of nowhere and demanding unreasonably high sums (from foreigners and Peruvians alike) before going any further. Trucks can be flagged down anywhere but there is greater choice around markets, and at police controls or petrol stations on the outskirts of towns. Trucks tend to be the only form of public transport in some less accessible regions, travelling the roads that buses won’t touch and serving remote communities, so you may end up having to sit on top of a pile of potatoes or bananas.
Hitchhiking in private cars is not recommended, and, in any case, it’s very rare that one will stop to pick you up, though some travellers have had lifts of over 1000km this way.

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