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Amazon driving, Peru Safari, Peru

Andes to the Amazon 4x4 Self Drive

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Prices from
Single SupplementTour ExpertGroup SizeStatus
20/04/20 05/05/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides14 Max FULL
15/06/20 30/06/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL
22/07/20 06/08/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL

This Peru adventure tour encompasses the stunning scenery, rich culture, cuisine, and history of Peru. Drive your own expedition 4×4 vehicle on a 16-day adventure around southern Peru with routes spanning the most spectacular mountain ranges and roads that Peru has to offer.

Self-driving allows exploration way beyond the normal tourist path and makes for an unforgettable adventure. A guide vehicle will accompany throughout the trip providing communication services, local liaison and back up for driving if needed. The guide vehicle will always be at the head of the convoy, and in radio contact at all times. Guides are always available to take over if you feel tired or are not confident with any section of the route.

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). You will have picnic and coffee stops along the way. The roads are spectacular, and mainly tarmac, although you will be expected to do some off-road driving on some days. It is essential that you have full concentration while driving, and can stop for a break at any time if feeling tired.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Amazon driving, Peru Safari, Peru 1

Drive a 4x4

Drive your own expedition four-wheel drive vehicle around southern Peru.

Cloud Forest, Andes Mountains, Peru 2

Expert Guidance

Travel with expert guides travelling in a second vehicle and make use of a two-way radio.

Squirrel Monkey, Costa Rica 3

Amazon & Andes

Traverse the colossal Andean Mountains and drive through the Amazon Rainforest.

Machu Picchu, Peru 4

See Machu Picchu

Spend time in Cusco and visit the Sacred Valley and ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

Why we like it

Travelling in Toyota Hilux 4×4 expedition trucks, professionally prepared for this Peru overland adventure, you will be driving vehicles with smooth and powerful 3.0 turbo diesel engines and a host of special expedition accessories. As part of this tour, there will be three vehicles, plus the guide vehicle, with a maximum of four persons per vehicle. The incredible route takes in an eclectic mix of accommodation ranging from historic private haciendas to mountain lodges, some are luxurious, some are rustic, and some are simply unique. For those feeling supremely adventurous, this itinerary is also available on a tailor-made basis.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Lima - Nazca

  • Day 3

    Nazca - Chalhuanca

  • Day 4

    Chalhuanca - Cachora

  • Day 5

    Cachora - Cusco

  • Days 6


  • Day 7

    Machu Picchu

  • Day 8


  • Day 9

    Cusco - Andahuaylas

  • Day 10

    Andahuaylas - Ayacucho

  • Day 11

    Ayacucho - Rio Mantaro Gorge - Pampas

  • Day 12

    Pampas - Valley of Flowers at Tarma

  • Day 13

    Tarma - Oxapampa

  • Day 14

    Oxapampa - Tarma

  • Day 15

    Tarma - Lima

  • Day 16


Day 1


Day 2

Lima - Nazca

Candelabrum, Ballestas, Nazca, Peru

Day 3

Nazca - Chalhuanca

Day 4

Chalhuanca - Cachora

Day 5

Cachora - Cusco

Days 6


Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

Day 7

Machu Picchu

Day 8


Day 9

Cusco - Andahuaylas

Day 10

Andahuaylas - Ayacucho

Day 11

Ayacucho - Rio Mantaro Gorge - Pampas

Day 12

Pampas - Valley of Flowers at Tarma

Day 13

Tarma - Oxapampa

Day 14

Oxapampa - Tarma

Day 15

Tarma - Lima

Day 16


Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by an English speaking guide throughout
  • Accompanied by a guide vehicle throughout
  • Expedition Vehicle Hire
  • All non-alcoholic drinks (other than whilst in Cusco/Lima/Ayacucho)
  • Half day city tour in Cusco
  • Range of accommodation from private haciendas to mountain lodges

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Fuel (normal fuel cost is around £180 per vehicle for the trip)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
  • Additional meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
Desert, Coastline, Paracas, Peru
Paracas, Peru

The Peruvian Coast

Begin your journey around Peru in the capital city of Lima, a colonial city on the Pacific coast. Travel south into the desert, transiting the Paracas National Wildlife Reserve, a bird and seal sanctuary, before arriving in the oasis town of Haucachina. Here there is the opportunity to ride buggies or sand boards down the huge dunes and route of the Dakar rally. Make a sunset stop at the small desert town of Nazca to view the 2000-year-old mummies sitting out in the desert, and perhaps take the opportunity to fly in a small aircraft at dawn the following day to view the famous Nazca lines from 2000ft.

Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru
Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru

Into the Andes

Head away from the dry landscape of the coast and into the Andes. Once in the mountains visit the Pampa Galeras Wildlife Reserve, a conservation centre for vicuna and alpacas, with the chance to see eagles, pink flamingos and if lucky the majestic condor. Three days will be spent in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cusco allowing ample time to fully explore the former Inca capital city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley with its colourful markets and Inca ruins and the mighty Machu Picchu.

Quechua Peoplem, Inca Wall, Peru
Quechua Peoplem, Inca Wall, Peru

Traditional Peru

From Cusco head north and traverse the Andes ridge high above the Amazon jungle to the east and Pacific coast to the west. This is an area of subtropical forest and huge mountains, home to endangered species such as the spectacled bear and Andean condor. Travel through remote areas where local people still dress in traditional clothing and visit towns dating back several centuries with richly decorated churches.

Andean Cock of the Rock, Peru
Andean Cock of the Rock, Peru

The Amazon Rainforest

From the Andes descend steeply towards the Amazon Jungle and the Cloud Forests of Oxapampa, a wonderful place for birds. Here find the colourful Peruvian cock-of-the-rock bird, parrots, and nocturnal monkeys. Spend time hiking through the jungle with an option to zipline back to the secluded lodge. Head back over the Andes to finish your journey in Lima.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Casa Andina Premium Cusco £££££

  • Peru
  • City

A restored 18th-century colonial mansion, Casa Andina Premium Cusco is situated close to Plaza de Armas and the Temple of the Sun. In addition to offering a gourmet restaurant and drinks lounge with a roaring fireplace, the property benefits from three majestic colonial courtyards that allow guests an authentic Peruvian experience. Its 93 rooms and suites, some with private balconies and antiquated artworks, are arranged around the central courtyards and are decorated in a range of styles – rooms are simple and tidy, while suites are bright and contemporary with more flashes of colour.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Start dateEnd dateDays
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Single SupplementTour ExpertGroup SizeStatus
20/04/20 05/05/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides14 Max FULL
15/06/20 30/06/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL
22/07/20 06/08/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL
10/08/20 25/08/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL
17/09/20 02/10/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL
11/10/20 26/10/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL
15/11/20 30/11/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL
03/12/20 18/12/2016 days £4,145 ex. flights £1,920Local Guides13 Max FULL

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