Esmerelda Beach Peru

Advice for Tourists Driving in Peru

Traveling to Peru is a real adventure; this huge South American country, with its long, Pacific Ocean coastline, has some of the most stunning attractions and landscapes in the world. With Ecuador and Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south, the country has a rich and ancient history spanning some 5,000 years.

Getting around the country can be tricky; distances are long and commonly visitors opt to fly to specific destinations. That said, hiring a car is well worth the trouble when looking for travel options at an airport, and a hire car is often the best way to get to some of the smaller destinations that public transport will not reach.

Driving in Peru

As with any country there are pros and cons to driving in Peru. One major advantage is the freedom that it gives to decide where to go, when to go and what to do. For a group of four, for example, it would be worth checking a reputable company such as Ace rent a car to get a good choice of vehicle and prices. It should be noted that many roads in Peru are not of the highest standard, so it would be appropriate to hire a 4-wheel-drive vehicle if the budget allows.

Lima Peru Where to go

Outskirts of Lima

The main point of entry into Peru by air is the airport at the capital city Lima, and Ace Car Hire outlets are available there. Hiring a car in Lima is a good way to get to see various aspects of the city and its surroundings, but if travelers are planning to go to other destinations they should look at fly/drive options. It is certainly possible to drive from Lima to the southern city of Nazca where a flight can be taken to see the famous Nazca Lines. They were created between 200BC and 700AD and from the air amazing figures, such as spiders, fish and monkey shapes can be made out. Be warned though: it’s a long drive, close to 300 miles and Peruvian drivers, according to some reports, can be quite aggressive!

After Nazca it’s a long drive on the coastal road to reach Arequipa to the southeast. The city, the second most populous after Lima, has ancient roots and is architecturally fascinating. One of the highlights is the Santa Catalina Monastery, which was founded in 1580 and has a walled area containing streets, walkways and small squares.

Huanchaco Trujillo

Travelers arriving in Lima searching for good beaches should consider driving north to Colán, with a stopover at somewhere like Trujillo. At over 650 miles it’s quite a trek but driving all that way up the coast is a real adventure. The town itself is quite small and is just north of the major fishing center of Paita. Beaches at Palmeras and Esmerelda are ideal for soaking up the warm sun and a swim in the Pacific Ocean makes a welcome break from the heat of the day.

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