Peru Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving In Peru

You can drive for up to six months in Peru on a the photo driving licence of most countries and up to one year on an international driving licence. In either case, you should carry your passport with you to prove how long you have been in the country.

Peru has three main roads which run from north to south: the fully paved Panamericana (RN 1) which passes through the whole country; Further east is the Carretera de la Sierra (RN 3) (Highland Road), which is mostly paved and the Carretera Marginal de la Selva (RN 5) (Jungle Road). Some sections of these roads are toll roads. Joining the main North/South highways are 19 numbered East/West routes linking major urban areas.Many minor routes are unpaved and are prone to flooding in the rainy season of Nov to April. Landslides are also common and can block even major routes for lengthy periods.

Driving standards in Peru are poor, with stop signs and traffic lights often ignored. You should drive defensively and always expect the unexpected. Avoid driving at night if you can, as road hazards will be multiplied on poorly lit roads. Take care when passing or being overtaken by buses. Peruvian buses tend to be driven badly by tired drivers and the chance of errors is high. Also take care after rain on mountain roads which can deteriorate rapidly and may not have adequate guard rails. The coastal areas are prone to fog and you should drive ultra defensively if this is the case- other drivers may not. Local protests and street demonstration are common and often involve blocking roads . You should monitor local news and ask locals advice before attempting to pass a blockade.

This website provides useful route planning info for all countries in South America including Peru.

Peru Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, National,Avis, Budget,Dollar,  and Enterprise have outlets here often run by Peruvian companies such as Inka and Aerovan. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire

This is a local broker site

Peru Self Drive Rules-
None of the big companies allow cars to be taken out of Peru. Also there may be restrictions on certain types of vehicles being driven on unpaved roads in the Sierra Mountains and along the coast.

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