After Vilcabamba, we headed back to Loja, bought some water and bread, got to the bus terminus and went to sleep. At least, that was the theory. But it was a looooong boring and mostly uncomfortable ride to Piura in a standard bus for 8 hours. Stopping at the border was uneventful, but well handled by our bus company Loja international.
We were pretty happy with Cruz del Sur’s service to Lima, which has “sofa-beds” for the 16-hour drive. They are more like Laz-y-boy’s. Here’s Marc’s presentation of them: