Exploring the highlights of Peru including the enigmatic Nazca Lines and Machu Picchu, this is an original 4x4 adventure. We encompass the Desert, the Andes and the Amazon on a southern Peru loop, with 2,900km of some of the worlds most epic roads, taking in the rich culture, Inca history and wildlife of Peru. The incredible route takes in an eclectic mix of historic haciendas, hotels & lodges, with routes spanning the most spectacular mountain ranges, roads and rivers in Peru. Imagine traveling through 3 climate zones, where you will reach off the beaten track locations others can only dream of, driving your own 4x4 self-drive expedition vehicle.
Time at the wheel is variable dependent on road conditions and weather etc. However, for each day you should calculate around 6 hours (except Cusco), and we very strongly recommend you split the driving time to avoid fatigue. The whole trip is around 2,900-3000k of hugely varied roads and climates. We will also enjoy a picnic and coffee stops along the way each day. In Cusco (Jaguar and Inca Tracks Tours) or Cajamarca (Cloud Warrior Tour), you will park your vehicle and collect it 2-4 days later (this can vary according to seasons/weather/road conditions and tour specs). Here then, you will enjoy a good rest from the road and explore the cobbled colonial streets on foot. The roads are some of the most spectacular in the world, and mainly tarmac, although you will be expected to do some off-road driving on some days.
Previous 4x4 experience is not required. It is essential that you have full concentration while driving, and any time you feel tired, wish to stop, would like a 'brew break' (or just want to stretch your legs and take some photos), we would urge you to let us know via the in-car radio. We are happy to oblige. Note: Being overtired can compromise the group's safety and your full enjoyment of the trip. You also need to be aware of the effect of altitude (our route goes to 5000 meters). The areas we visit are extremely remote and have very limited medical facilities. Please ensure to have a good stock of any medications you need, as well as adequate travel insurance.
Peruvian driving standards are not those you would encounter in Europe or the USA/Canada, and anticipation is the best defence, along with following the instructions of our guides, who will be in front throughout, to spot any hazards. Landslides, rock falls, overflowing rivers, and fallen trees can all cause issues and delays, and are an integral part of the Peruvian driving experience. This comes from the breath-taking routes that some of these roads follow. Our guide vehicle will always be at the head of the convoy, and in radio contact at all times. Our guides are always available to take over if you feel tired or are not confident with any small section of the route.
This trip is completely customizable
The itinerary for this trip can be customized to suit your needs from your accomodations to what gear you need for the day.
This adventure is not instantly bookable at this time.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we recommend connecting directly to the operator via our messaging system, to create your ideal itinerary customized for your dates.