- Drive your own expedition four-wheel drive vehicle around northern Peru
- Be accompanied by expert guides on two-way radio, travelling in a second vehicle
- Travel to a more off the beaten track region of Peru.
- Spend time in Huaraz, Leymebamba, Chiclay and Trujillo.
This Peru adventure holiday encompasses the stunning scenery, rich culture, cuisine, and history of Peru. Drive your own expedition 4 x4 vehicle on a 17-day adventure around northern 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.
Explore the fascinating yet little visited pre-Inca archaeological sites of northern Peru combined with the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.
Chiquian, Chavin and the Cordillera Blanca
The first part of this trip is based in central Peru around the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. Begin your adventure in Lima, and then head north through the coastal desert to Chiquian. Continue to the UNESCO archaeological site at Chavin which dates back to 1200BC. It is a special site with a large central ceremonial square and a system of underground caves and tunnels. From Chavin, head 'off the beaten track', travelling further north to Huascaran National Park, with time at leisure to explore on foot.
Canyon del Pato and CAJAMARCA
Continue onto the Canyon del Pato, the road here is not for the faint-hearted, as it snakes along a path hewn out of sheer rock, over a precipitous gorge and passing through 54 tunnels. Next morning, leave for Cajamarca, a charming Andean town with colonial churches and architecture.
Leymebamba and Kuelap
Journey into the Amazonas region, exploring the citadel of Kuelap, the largest ancient stone structure in South America, built in the 6th century AD. It is a fascinating site with over 400 buildings encircled by huge stone walls. It is a keen contender to rival Machu Picchu in stature but not in visitor numbers, it is quite likely no-one else will be there. Visit the colourful adobe tombs at Revash that look like mini houses built into the side of the cliff along with the museum at Leymebamba home to over 200 mummies.
What happens on a typical day?
Time at the wheel is variable dependent on road conditions and weather etc. However, for each day you should calculate around six hours, there are some rest days and shorter days too. 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.
Will I be accompanied by a guide vehicle throughout?
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.
What are the vehicles like?
The vehicles are Toyota Hilux 4x4 expedition trucks, professionally prepared for this Peru overland adventure. With smooth and powerful 3.0 turbo diesel engines, and a host of special expedition accessories.
This tour is also available on a tailormade basis, please contact the Steppes Travel team to discuss further options and for a detailed itinerary.
How many people per vehicle?
As part of this tour, there will be three vehicles, plus the guide vehicle, with a maximum of four persons per vehicle.
What is the accommodation like in Peru?
The accommodation is generally small and simple, often family run.
What will the weather be like in Peru in June?
Generally, the days will be warm and sunny, average temperatures are likely to be between 15oC and 22oC. Evenings will be cooler, especially when in the mountains so a fleece or jacket will be needed.
What will the altitude be like in northern Peru?
In northern Peru, Chachapoyas and Leymebamba, the altitude is around 2,300 metres, this will rise to just over 3,000 metres on the road to Cajamarca. In central Peru, Huaraz is at 3,100 metres, whilst during the treks reach altitudes of between 3,800 and 4,600 metres.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.