I am a first time visitor to South America and after a Galapagos tour I have 5 days to travel from Quito to Lima. I have been doing a good deal of reading and research but find myself no closer to deciding between overland travel via (many) buses, or a flight for this leg of the journey.
I don't want to miss a valuable part of the travel experience, and have no aversion to bus travel (36hrs+ of it, good lord!) if stops and adventures would be possible along the way, but if the timeframe is tight and I'd be spending all my time at bus stations then I would rather fly and enjoy the two cities. As it stands, I have 2 days in Quito and 1 day in Lima.
I'd be incredibly grateful for any advice or suggestions from those who've travelled the path before.