Roger, just curious.... what time was totality and when did you (and the throngs of others) depart Lima?
A good two hours beforehand for what was normally a 15-20 minute drive! I'd have to look up the precise time of totality.
cajun, has anyone actually predicted "millions of people stuck in traffic jams"?! I've seen two different types of reports -- millions will be observing it -- almost assuredly true -- and there could be traffic jams in many well-populated destinations (and some less populated, but popular ones) -- again, almost assuredly likely to be true. Even your original comment didn't put those two directly together!
I was responding to the notion that traffic jams for an eclipse aren't an issue! One European experience without them may or may not translate into a U.S. one, a society where there are more cars than families and people drive to the store, to the library, to school, or to the post office, even when they could walk. And, drive for vacations! As to Lima, getting to the hills was a piece of cake on a normal day, but this was unusual!
So, bottom line: People should be worried about traffic jams depending upon where they are going and not rely on staying at a hotel an hour away or 50 miles away from totality -- I certainly wouldn't risk it!
Still, let's hope for everyone's sake that most people will already be in place and that no jams materialize anywhere!