- Drive your own expedition four-wheel drive vehicle around southern Peru
- Accompanied by expert guides on two way radio, travelling in a second vehicle
- Traverse the Andes and drive through the Amazon jungle
- Spend time in Cusco and visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
This Peru adventure tour encompasses the stunning scenery, rich culture, cuisine, and history of Peru. Drive your own expedition 4x4 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 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. Then, 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.
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.
The Amazon Jungle
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.
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 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.
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 will the accommodation be like in Peru?
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.
- 10th August 2019
- 17th September 2019
- 20th April 2020
- 15th June 2020
- 22nd July 2020
- 10th August 2020
- 17th September 2020
- 11th October 2020
- 15th November 2020
- 3rd December 2020
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.