There is nowhere in the world quite like Peru. Bustling cities give way to some of the most incredible scenery and wildlife, with everything from wide-open desert to statuesque mountains, passing through thick, spooky jungles on the way! And what could be better than discovering this beautiful country’s mysterious archaeological treasures by driving a 4x4 off the beaten track – all with the safety of backup from an experienced guide and back-to-base support!
If you didn’t know it was real, Peru would sound like something out of a children’s adventure story. Mysterious Incan ruins buried deep in the heart of the jungle, the brooding peaks of the Andes, lost cities, quaint traditional towns in perfect contrast to the modern capital, and festivals that celebrate Catholic saints and ancient Incan rites together!
Instead of joining a bus full of people on a boring tour, jump into your own 4x4 exploration vehicle and get off the beaten track. With our experienced guide leading the way, you can see the undiscovered side of this stunning country on an unforgettable adventure in complete security.
Your guide is always there to handle local liaison, communications, back-up, and even back-to-base support, so you’re always totally safe. If you’re not comfortable driving, we can even provide an experienced private chauffeur for the entire adventure, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy the buzz of excitement as you uncover hidden Peru!
Everything on your 4x4 trek is ready and waiting for you to arrive. You’ll stay in a mix of 3-star and 4-star mountain lodges and hotels, where all the food and non-alcoholic drinks are on us. We’ll organize all transfers, including meeting you at Lima airport with a private transfer service to your first night’s hotel, and organizing your Machu Picchu train journey.
Best of all, your own exploration vehicle means you can go way off the normal tourist routes and see parts of this beautiful country that other visitors completely miss. A truly unforgettable experience!
- Cost is $6,995 per person, based on 2 persons sharing one guided self-drive vehicle.
- Cost is $5,125 per person for each additional passenger, up to 4 per vehicle.
- Single traveler supplement of $1,450.
- If you do not wish to drive your own vehicle, we can provide an experienced private driver for an additional $1,450 (with maximum 3 passengers).
- Purpose-built 4x4 self drive vehicle, 2014 model
- All fuel
- All hotels
- All food
- All entrance fees
- All transfers
- All rail travel
- All associated tour costs except options (see following list)
What’s Not Included & Optional Extras
- Evening Meals Cusco, 3 nights (guests like to explore this wonderful city and its cuisine)
- Day 7 - lunch at Machu Picchu
- Optional - Nazca Flight ($105)
- Optional - Sand Buggy Dune Surf Tour ($75)
- Optional - White Water Rafting / Zipline Trip ($75)
- Optional - Quechua Culture Center, hand-made Andean crafts, and Pisac Andean market town tour ($75)
- Optional - Moray & Maras: sacred valley, Inca salt mines, and Inca Experimental Agricultural Site tour ($75)
- Optional - Pampa Hermosa Jungle Hike: waterfalls and giant cedars, 4-hour trip ($18)
- Final Day - lunch at Larcomar (various options)
* Please note that prices are per person
- All travelers must be at least 12 years old.
- A liability release waiver must be completed. A parent or guardian must sign if the participant is under 18 years old.
- All drivers must between 25 and 70 years of age and have held a full US or European Community driving license for at least 2 years.
- Drivers aged below 25 or over 70 may still be able to drive, but there will be an insurance surcharge.
- A security deposit of $2,000 is required (cash or credit card).
Your once-in-a-lifetime experience starts when you arrive at Lima airport. From the family’s historical hacienda base in the mountains above the capital, you will set out on an incredible 15-day adventure to discover the amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, rich culture, wonderful cuisine, and fascinating history of Peru.
- Day 1 – Lima
- Day 2 – Lima to Paracas to Nazca
- Day 3 – Nazca to Chalhuanca
- Day 4 – Chalhuanca to Cachora
- Day 5 – Cachora to Cusco
- Day 6 – Cusco
- Day 7 – Machu Picchu
- Day 8 – Cusco Options Day
- Day 9 – Cusco to Andahuaylas
- Day 10 – Andahuaylas to Ayacucho
- Day 11 – Ayacucho to Pampas
- Day 12 – Pampas to Tarma
- Day 13 – Tarma to Pampa Hermosa Jungle Reserve
- Day 14 – Pachamanca Tarma
- Day 15 – Tarma to Lima
- Day 16 – Lima Farewell
* The above itinerary is subject to change. You will receive a detailed itinerary with all relevant details 12 weeks prior to your departure date, along with any travel updates and advisories.
Upcoming Expedition Dates
- 17 September - 1 October 2015 ( 14 night, one vehicle available)
- 1 January - 15 January 2016
- 19 April - 3 May 2016
- 18 September- 2 October 2016
- 5 October - 19 October 2016
Your 15-day adventure starts and ends in Lima, the capital of Peru.
15 days of exciting discovery and adventure!
This experience voucher is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
- Please note cancellations/reschedule requests require a minimum of 12 weeks notice prior to departure date.
- There is a strict no show / no refund policy – you’re advised to arrive earlier than the departure time, the experience provider will attempt to reach you, if you’re not at the meeting point - you’ll be charged 100% of the expedition cost (no refund will be provided).
Numbers per expedition
- Expeditions operate with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 people per expedition.
- Please make sure the phone number provided is contactable prior to departure as the supplier will contact you at least 8 weeks in advance if the trip has been postponed.
This trip may be delayed in the event of bad weather, or other unforeseen dangers. In this case, the supplier will reschedule your experience (refunds will not be given).
Frequently asked questions:
- How many guests per vehicle?
- Each vehicle can hold 4 people. If you decide not to drive for yourself, your private chauffeur takes up one of those seats, leaving room for 3 people.
Is the tour guided?
- Yes, our experienced guide will meet you at the airport in Lima, and will escort the small convoy throughout the trip in our lead vehicle. We also have local guides who will help you discover the mysterious land of the Incas!
- Does our guide speak English? And Spanish?
- Yes to both! Our team only has experienced guides who are fluent in both English and Spanish.
Do they speak English in Peru?
The official language of Peru is Spanish. More than two thirds of the population speaks Spanish and many people are bilingual. The other main languages are Quechua and Aymara.
Who organizes the flights to Lima?
- You are responsible for booking your own flight to Lima (LIM) airport. Flights to and from Peru are not included in the cost of the expedition. We will meet you at the airport, provided you arrive on the starting date of the trip.
- If you arrive before the starting date of the trip, you will also be responsible for your own taxi transfer, hotel accommodation before the trip starts, and transportation to wherever the group is meeting.
What are the expedition vehicles like?
- 4 wheel drive Toyota 3.0 Diesel
- Hi-Lux underbody steel protection
- Uprated OME heavy duty lifted suspension
- Safari snorkel
- Rear canopy enclosure
- ARB front sahara bumper
- ARB rear bumper & step
- Side steps
- Heavy duty all-terrain tyres
- LED lazer light bars front + LED foglamps
- LED work lights rear
- LED floodlights side
- USB charger 2
- 12v sockets 2
- Inverter to power laptops, etc. (using 240v and UK-style plugs)
- 2 rear seat mounted iPad holders
- Satellite navigation
- Field kitchen kit
- Camping Gaz burner
- Water tanks
- Solar shower
- 2 way radio
- Camp table and 4 chairs
Am I insured for the vehicle?
Fully comprehensive vehicle hire insurance is included in the expedition price. You need to organize your own valid travel insurance.
What is it like driving in Lima?
- In Lima, the answer is “awful”! That’s why we do free transfers from the airport to rendezvous with our vehicles outside the city.
- Once we’re off on expedition, the roads range from mildly challenging off road (about 20% of the journey), to dirt tracks (20%), to tarmac highways (60%).
- Peruvians drive on the right (the same as the US and most of Europe). Some of the roads are very high, and incredibly spectacular. If you are nervous driving in the States, then you should seriously consider a private chauffeur.
What clothes should I bring?
Peru experiences 28 separate climates, so be prepared for cold nights in the Andes, hot days in the desert, and heavy tropical rain in the jungle! We will send you an “essentials list” with your booking confirmation, 12 weeks before your trip.
Can we cook for ourselves?
Yes. All our vehicles carry the essentials – a cooker, gas, and water supply, as well as basic field kitchen kit – so a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of toast are never far away!
Can you pick us up from the airport in Lima?
As long as you arrive on the tour starting day, we will happily pick you up at the airport and drive you safely through the horrible Lima traffic! Private airport transfers are included in the expedition price.
Do we need a visa?
- No tourist visa is needed for citizens from most countries in the EC, the Americas, or Western Europe.
- Upon entering Peru you will receive your visa. It is a small piece of paper, which you can keep inside your passport. Please be careful to SAVE this paper as you will need it when you exit the country. Lost immigration forms carry a penalty of US $90.
- A valid passport is required for entry into Peru, and a ninety-day visa is given to US citizens automatically upon entry. If your passport needs renewing, please make sure you do so well before the expedition start date.
All participants should carry a second form of photo ID, such as a driver’s license, as well as a photocopy of the personal data page of your passport. A copy of your passport is the easiest way to prove your identity if you happen to lose the original. You might also wish to scan your documents and put them into secure online storage, so that you can retrieve copies quickly and easily if the worst happens.
If you are traveling with a passport from a different country than the USA, please call the Peruvian Consulate nearest to you and find out if there are any visa requirements. In the USA, their number is 1-202-833-9860. You can also check the requirements for each country by logging on to www.peru.embassyhomepage.com.
What currency do I need?
- The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.) but the US Dollar is accepted in many locations.
- It’s possible to exchange foreign currency (USD and Euros) at hotels, banks, and authorized exchange offices. ATM machines can be found in most major cities in Peru (but be careful of bank and card charges).
How safe is Peru?
Just take the same basic precautions for personal safety as you would in any tourist destinations anywhere in the world. Don’t leave personal items unattended in public areas, don’t display large amounts of money or valuable jewelry, and keep your wallet securely in an inside pocket.
How’s the food?
Most gastronomes agree that Peru is fast becoming a leader amongst the highest echelons of world cuisine. Peruvian cuisine is characterized by its wide variety of traditional dishes using the freshest ingredients, particularly seafood. You can find all kind of restaurants to discover this mixture of flavors: from sophisticated in the cities to very simple in the countryside.
What about communications?
Most hotels we use have wifi. We have two-way radios in all the vehicles. We also have a satellite phone on board the guide vehicle for emergencies, and voice and data usage can be rented (see your guide for current rates). Our on-board GPS also sends a signal to our back-to-base support team and website so that family and friends can follow your progress on our South America map!
Any health concerns?
Don’t drink tap water and take care in more rural/rustic locations with uncooked vegetables/salads. Purify water or buy it bottled. Consult your doctor for the latest advice regarding regional health risks and immunizations. Consult our guides for further information and on measures to prevent altitude-related health issues.
Do I need to pay a security deposit to drive the expedition vehicle?
Yes, there is a refundable $2,000 security deposit to ensure the vehicle is returned free from negligent damage and to cover loss of equipment (vehicle or on-board gear). If losses or damage occur, the security deposit is retained at the end of the tour while estimates for repair/replacement are obtained. Once these have been obtained and notified, then the security deposit is returned, minus any loss/damage charge.
Do I need travel insurance?
It is always best to have adequate travel insurance in place to cover late cancellations of hire booking. It is also advisable to choose a policy to protect you against theft of personal belongings, emergency health costs, loss of funds, and all the usual things that good travel insurance covers!
What if I have more questions?
That’s why we’re here! Please just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be more than happy to assist with any questions or concerns. We provide prompt expert support and advice throughout. You can also contact us via telephone on 1 (888) 210-8802
Please talk to us if you have special needs. We cannot guarantee the suitability of this experience for individuals with disabilities.
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