Peru: Touring - Driving holiday

Mountainous terrain, vast coastal deserts and steamy, tropical rainforests

Peru's exceptional mountain and jungle scenery and its exotic locations provide an excellent location for a touring or driving holiday. However, you need to be able to cope with the road conditions in Peru, which are far from ideal. Peruvian drivers can be very aggressive, the road surfaces are often poor, there are many unmarked hazards.

For this, and for reasons of personal safety in some areas, it is really not a good idea to drive at night. Many Peruvian drivers, and especially of larger lorries, do not obey the rules of the road. You should also be aware of the fact that many of the major Peruvian towns are situated a long way from Lima, meaning that you will be spending a lot of time driving. Hiring a car in Peru will usually cost upwards of £14 per day. There are both Peruvian and international car hire companies that visitors can use to hire saloon cars and four-wheel drive vehicles. Peru is not the best destination for a driving and touring holiday.