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 Car Hire Peru Car Useful Information

For exploring Peru's diverse landscapes, consider renting a sturdy SUV or 4x4 vehicle, especially if you plan to visit the Andes or the Amazon rainforest. In urban areas, smaller cars are more practical due to traffic and limited parking. Always adhere to local traffic rules, and keep in mind that road conditions can change quickly, so it's wise to check the weather and road conditions before embarking on your journey.
 

Driving in a foreign country always comes with its own set of challenges and nuances. Here's a guide to help you navigate driving in Peru with a hire car and some essential travel recommendations:

Driving in Peru:

  1. Documentation: You'll need both your home country's valid driving license and an International Driving Permit (IDP). Some rental agencies may require the IDP.

  2. Drive on the Right: Peru follows right-hand driving.

  3. Speed Limits:

    • Urban areas: 30-60 km/h
    • Outside urban areas: 80-100 km/h
    • Highways: Up to 100 km/h
  4. Seat Belts: Mandatory for all passengers.

  5. Mobile Phones: Using a mobile phone while driving, without a hands-free system, is illegal.

  6. Road Conditions: While main roads and highways (like the Pan-American Highway) are in good condition, secondary and mountain roads can be challenging, especially during the rainy season.

  7. Altitude: Some areas, especially in the Andes (like Cusco or Puno), are at high altitudes. Altitude sickness can affect some travelers. Take time to acclimate before engaging in strenuous activities.

  8. Parking: In cities, it's recommended to use guarded parking lots. Street parking might be limited.

  9. Fuel: Gas stations are widely available in urban areas and along main highways. However, in remote areas, they can be sparse.

Airports in Peru:

  1. Jorge Chávez International Airport: Located in Lima, it's the primary international gateway to Peru.
  2. Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport: Located in Cusco, it's the main airport for visitors heading to Machu Picchu.
  3. Rodríguez Ballón International Airport: Located in Arequipa.
  4. Capitán FAP Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport: Located in Trujillo.
  5. FAP Captain Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport: Located in Piura.
  6. Francisco Carle Airport: Located in Jauja, serving the central Andes region.

Main Places to Visit:

  1. Machu Picchu: The iconic Inca citadel located near Cusco. 

  2. Cusco: The historic heart of the Inca Empire with beautiful colonial architecture and numerous archaeological sites.

  3. The Sacred Valley: A region near Cusco filled with traditional villages and Inca ruins.

  4. Lima: The capital city, with its historic center, modern districts, and coastal views.

  5. Arequipa: Known as the "White City" due to its buildings made from white volcanic stone. Nearby is the Colca Canyon.

  6. Lake Titicaca: Located in Puno, it's the world's highest navigable lake, with floating Uros islands.

  7. Nazca Lines: Mysterious geoglyphs carved into the desert, best viewed from a light aircraft.

  8. Iquitos & Amazon Rainforest: Access the Peruvian Amazon from Iquitos. It's a unique ecological destination.

  9. Paracas National Reserve & Ballestas Islands: Coastal region with unique biodiversity.

Tips:

  1. Driving at Night: Avoid driving at night, especially in mountainous areas.
  2. Insurance: Ensure your rental vehicle has comprehensive insurance.
  3. Navigational Aids: Use GPS or navigation apps to help you find your way.

Remember, driving in Peru, especially in the Andean region, can be challenging due to the terrain, altitude, and weather conditions. It's essential to be well-prepared, drive carefully, and take your time to enjoy the diverse landscapes and rich cultural experiences Peru has to offer. Safe travels!


Cheapest car hire in Peru

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.81 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 152.70 EUR from 18/10/2021

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.81 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 152.70 EUR from 18/10/2021

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.89 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 286.24 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.90 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 286.32 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.90 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 286.32 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.65 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 172.61 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.64 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 179.49 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.47 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 213.31 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.48 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4

7 Days rental at 514.38 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Avensis

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 78.47 EUR/day
Toyota Avensis

7 Days rental at 549.30 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 89.44 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4

7 Days rental at 626.13 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Peru

  • Drive on the right-hand side of Peru, just like all South American countries
  • There are toll roads in Peru, you can pay by credit / debit card but it's wise to carry small amounts of cash anyway
  • The minimum age to rent a car in Peru is 23, under 25's will pay a young driver surcharge
  • The Toyota Yaris is the most rented car in Peru with over 32 variations available
 

Popular car hire destinations in Peru

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Peru

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    PEN  4.93/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    PEN

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    23

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Car rental agent statistics in Peru

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    7.1/10
    Highest rated agent:
    SIXT
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    7.1/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    SIXT
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    30
    Total number of reviews in
    Peru
  • Most Locations Icon
    5
    Most Locations in Peru:
    SIXT
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    33
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    7
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Peru

ItemPercent
January€ 49
February€ 53
March€ 47
April€ 50
May€ 48
June€ 49
July€ 53
August€ 50
September€ 47
October€ 48
November€ 47
December€ 48
ItemPercent
January€ 35
February€ 35
March€ 33
April€ 35
May€ 35
June€ 35
July€ 39
August€ 35
September€ 33
October€ 33
November€ 33
December€ 34
ItemPercent
January€ 111
February€ 105
March€ 77
April€ 79
May€ 75
June€ 76
July€ 77
August€ 116
September€ 104
October€ 99
November€ 104
December€ 101
ItemPercent
January€ 26
February€ 25
March€ 26
April€ 21
May€ 23
June€ 25
July€ 30
August€ 26
September€ 22
October€ 22
November€ 22
December€ 30
ItemPercent
January
February
March
April€ 78
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
ItemPercent
January€ 113
February€ 107
March€ 78
April€ 79
May€ 75
June€ 76
July€ 77
August€ 119
September€ 105
October€ 100
November€ 106
December€ 102
ItemPercent
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Peru

DieselUnleaded
Feb , 2023

€ 1.22

€ 1.25

Mar , 2023

€ 1.23

€ 1.30

Apr , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.16

May , 2023

€ 1.11

€ 1.18

Jun , 2023

€ 1.06

€ 1.14

Jul , 2023

€ 1.05

€ 1.12

Aug , 2023

€ 1.03

€ 1.11

Sep , 2023

€ 0.98

€ 1.46

Oct , 2023

€ 1.03

€ 1.46

Nov , 2023

€ 1.05

€ 1.29

Dec , 2023

€ 1.00

€ 1.29

Jan , 2024

€ 0.95

€ 1.24

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2024 0.95 1.24
Dec , 2023 1.00 1.29
Nov , 2023 1.05 1.29
Oct , 2023 1.03 1.46
Sep , 2023 0.98 1.46
Aug , 2023 1.03 1.11
Jul , 2023 1.05 1.12
Jun , 2023 1.06 1.14
May , 2023 1.11 1.18
Apr , 2023 1.15 1.16
Mar , 2023 1.23 1.30
Feb , 2023 1.22 1.25

Car rental price statistics in Peru

  • Average Price Icon
    € 172.55
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 118.33
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Hilux
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    138
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    26
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Yaris
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    43
    Location with most cars:
    Lima - Jorge Chavez Intl. Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 24.7 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    SIXT - Lima - Miraflores
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