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Peru: Drive across the Andes

16 days from £2,980pp

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Peru: Drive across the Andes

 

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We present an adventurous and challenging way of exploring some of both Peru’s highlights and more remote areas - less visited but no less alluring.

An experienced and confident driver, you are excited by the idea of tackling sinuous, cliff-hugging, rock-and-dirt roads climbing and plunging through the tortured valleys of the ice-jacketed Andes, passing tumbling rivers and penetrating volcano-studded desert. You’ll love the freedom, the control, the ability to make ad hoc stops to investigate pocket-sized adobe villages, discover a secluded Inca ruin, gaze up at a condor or survey a flock of grazing vicuñas.

Here, on a pre-designed itinerary with pre-booked accommodation, you can drive a four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle yourself; accompanied by a support vehicle staffed by experts and carrying everything you might need to deal with an unforeseen eventuality.  

Travel to places away from the well-trodden tourist path. Your 4x4 vehicle allows access to authentic locations in remote areas. Visit top sights such as Cusco as well as emerging destinations with the colonial city Ayacucho. Maybe add a non-drive extension to wind down after your expedition, such as a visit to northern Peru, an Amazon cruise or even a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

If you wish to take a break from driving for a short while on any section of the route, support staff are available to drive for you. Safety is the number one priority. If you don’t want to do any driving you can travel as a passenger in your 4x4 vehicle with a local experienced driver. If you are travelling alone you can travel as a passenger in the support vehicle on any confirmed departure.

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Lima and transfer to hotel in Miraflores on the Pacific coast.

Day 2

Meet your guide and expedition vehicles and depart down the Panamerican Highway to Nazca.

Day 3

Drive up into the Andes on a paved road. Overnight at Chalhuanca gorge.

Day 4

Continue the ascent to Cachora, overnight overlooking the Apurimac canyon.

Day 5

Explore the area, continue to Cusco in the afternoon (4 nights).

Day 6

City tour of Cusco and the surrounding Inca ruins.

Day 7

Optional day trip to Machu Picchu with guided tour.

Day 8

At leisure to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 9

Drive to the highland town Andahuaylas, overnight.

Day 10

Drive to colonial city Ayacucho.

Day 11

Drive past the Mantaro gorge, overnight on a ranch near Huancavelica.

Day 12

Morning horse-ride, continue down to Tarma valley, flower producing region.

Day 13

Descend to the jungle, overnight in Pampa Hermosa Jungle Lodge.

Day 14

Re-ascend to Tarma for farewell dinner, overnight.

Day 15

Return to Lima, overnight.

Day 16

Transfer to airport in Lima for international flight.

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Included in this holiday

Lima Cathedral
Places visited

 
Walking Tour of Cusco
Things to do

 
Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
Accommodation

 

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Speak to an expert Travel Consultant or send us your enquiry today.

Our travel experts all have first-hand experience, which they are excited to share with you.

96% of our clients rated their experience with us as Good or Excellent.

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We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

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