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The Machu Picchu Express - Self-Guided 4x4 Adventure Travel

The Machu Picchu Express - Self-Guided 4x4 Adventures!

The Machu Picchu Express - Self-Guided 4x4 Adventures!

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If you're not a motorcycle Rider, or if you RIDE and your partner doesn't,  no need to feel left out! With our rugged 4x4 adventure travel packages, you can visit all of the incredible places on our Peru trips whether you do it on two wheels or four. 

4x4_travel_south_america.jpgReserve your "Fly & DRIVE" trip package with us, see the absolutely stunning sites of Peru from the safety and comfort of a 4x4 pickup or SUV. With our seamless rental processes, we'll have a vehicle waiting for you, all your hotels pre-reserved, along with GPS, maps, and notes that make your adventurous itinerary an easy one to follow. While this trip may be slightly shorter, which is perfect if you're pressed for time, you'll still be able to experience the beauty and wonder of South America.

The costs associated with guided tours aren't for everyone, and neither is the challenge of riding a motorcycle, so contact us to arrange your self-guided 4x4 adventure through Peru today!


Day 1 - Arrive in Arequipa

Welcome to PERU! After picking you up from the airport, your hotel room will be waiting for you, along with a detailed orientation about your trip and 4x4 rental; all part of having a safe and enjoyable adventure! Spend the remainder of the day enjoying the charming "White City" of southern Peru.

Day 2 - Arequipa to Puerto Inca - 255 miles (410km)

Once your rental vehicle is delivered to the hotel, you'll get an early start on this extended driving day that will take you along the Peruvian/Pacific Coast, all the way to Puerto Inca, passing villages and enjoying breathtaking views. Situated in an amazing location that was once the Incan harbor, your hotel is on a beautiful bay with ruins nearby that are free to visit.

Day 3 - Puerto Inca to Nazca - 112 miles (180km)

peruvian desert tripA short drive through the desert delivers you to  the town of Nazca, home of the famous Nazca Lines where you'll have the opportnity to see the historical remnants. Enjoy a flight over the mysterious lines, or visit the fascinating Chauchilla Cemetery nearby, and then take some time to relax by the pool.

Day 4 - Nazca to Chalhuanca - 225 miles (361km)

After Nazca, get ready to be humbled by the staggering sights of the Andes, where you'll reach an altitude of more than 13,700 feet (4,200m) and enjoy the company of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. This is one of the most beautiful roads in South America for a stunning sightseeing drive. Along the way, you'll pass the tourist-free town of Puquio, a beautiful village in the Andes. Your drive takes you high over the Andes to Chalhuanca, where you'll reach your hotel.

Day 5 and 6 - Chalhuanca to Cusco - 190 miles (300km)

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Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery as you travel the spectacular ascents and descents of this route into Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Feel free to catch up on some rest, or spend your time exploring the shops, marketplaces, cathedrals, and museums of one of the most wonderful cities in South America.

Day 7 - Cusco to Ollantaytambo - 50 miles (80km)

Your journey from Cusco takes you to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" where you can visit a myriad of Incan ruins. You may have heard of some, but not the others, and yet they're all extremely fascinating. The end of the day brings you to Ollantaytambo and a visit to an impressive, ancient Incan fortress.

Day 8 - Machu Picchu....FINALLY!

Condor backdrop Machu Picchu PeruOf all the major highlights on this trip, a visit to Machu Picchu is absolutely at the top of the list. With no main road to Machu Picchu, your only option is to take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes (all arranged as part of this package,) then another thirty minute bus ride to the citadel entrace. A visit to Peru would not be complete without an adventure to the world famous lost city of the Incas, where you'll be delighted by the stunning architecture, artifacts, and history. Those up to the physical challenge should plan on climbing the peak of Wayna Picchu, which makes the backdrop of this incredible site. If you can tear yourself away from this enchantment, the return to Ollantaytambo by train awaits you.

Day 9 - Ollantaytambo to Puno - 280 miles (450km)

Day 9 offers a longer connection day, but the views of the Andes on this trip are outstanding! Passing the highest point in this leg of the journey (14,100ft or 4300m), enjoy the grandeur of the Altiplano region. Now you're on your way to Puno, the highest navigable lake in the world is in your sites: Lake Titicaca.

Day 10 - Puno to Colca Canyon - 205 miles (330km)

After enjoying a morning cruise on Lake Titicaca to witness the Floating Islands of the Uros people up close (all included in this package) are you ready to journey to the deepest canyon in the world? The Colca Canyon, home of the Andean Condor, is a ripe opportunity for photography and a jaw-dropping visual experience. This medium-length drive takes you across the highest point of your entire Peruvian adventure, an incredible 16,100 feet (4910m) back up and over the Andes, where you'll enjoy the spectacular mountain views during your descent down to Chivay. After such an outstanding day of travel, take some time to relax in one of the local natural hot springs.

Day 11 - Colca Canyon to Arequipa - 160 miles (260km)

Andean Condor in Colca CanyonBefore beginning the final leg of your trip, take some time out to visit the "Cruz del Condor," one of the best locations to see the flight of the magnificent and enormous Andean Condors. After which, hit the road again through winding rural roads back to where this adventure began in Arequipa. 

Your drive through this area will also give insight as to the type of terrain that competitors of the Dakar Rally have been dealing with since 2009. On the northern edges of the Atacama desert, barreling over sand dunes and the like, overland truck, motorcycle, and ATV racers have been conquering the landscapes surrounding you!

Day 12 - Arequipa to Home

The people of Peru and our Staff will be sad to see you go, but arrangements will be made to deliver you to the airport. If you're heading home to share your favorite moments and memories with friends and family, great, but please keep in mind that other adventures like this one in the Andes Mountains await you!


Minimum Essential Gear for RIDE Training

If you're planning to jump on a guided tour or training with RIDE Adventures, it's essential that you have the right gear. This helps to ensure your safety and the safety of others while on the road.

Not being properly prepared can lead to injuires that could have been avoided. Our guides have created a Minimum Essential Gear Guide if you plan to book a RIDE Adventures. If you don't come minimally prepared there is a chance our guides will prevent you from hopping on a bike. Make sure you're prepared for the adventure. 

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Toyota HiLux Pickup


The Toyota HiLux provides all the safety, comfort, and rugged experience that you'll need on your 4x4 adventure travel in South America. 



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