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Self-Guided "Top 7 Highlights of Peru" - 4x4 Adventure Travel

Self-Guided "Top 7 Highlights of Peru" - 4x4 Adventure Travel

Self-Guided "Top 7 Highlights of Peru" - 4x4 Adventure Travel

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Want to take an amazing, unforgettable journey through Peru, using something other than a motorcycle?  Maybe you RIDE and your partner doesn't, or vice versa, and you still want to take an adventure trip together? We have the answer.

Reserve your "Top 7 Highlights of Peru" trip package with us, and we'll have a 4x4 pickup waiting for you (or upgrade to an SUV), all your hotels pre-reserved, and maps and notes that make your itinerary easy to follow.  

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 driving adventure through Peru!  


Day 1 - Arrive in Arequipa

After picking you up at 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 "White City" of southern Peru.

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

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)

nazca linesA 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 over the mountains to Chalhuanca, where you'll reach your hotel.

Day 5 - Chalhuanca to Ollantaytambo - 200 miles (320km)

Fill up with an early breakfast because you're back on the road today, driving through unforgettable scenery, arriving at the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Visit an impressive, ancient Incan fortress!

Day 6 - Machu Picchu 

Of 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, 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. If you can tear yourself away, you'll return to Ollantaytambo by train.

Day 7 and 8 - Ollantaytambo to Cusco - 50 miles (80km)

Leaving from Ollantaytambo offers you the choice of two different routes to one of the most beautiful cities of South America: Cusco, the ancient Incan capital. Both routes are worth every minute, so it's up to you. Take your pick!

Spend the next day exploring Cusco. Hike up and down the steep streets, browse around the Plaza de Armas, dip in and out of shops and local markets, take in the the cathedral, museums, ruins of Sacsayhuaman and anything else you're able to fit in. Experience tells us that one day in Cusco will never be enough!

Day 9 and 10 - Cusco to Puerto Maldonado - 290 miles (470km)

As if you hadn't been on an amazing adventure already, leave your rental vehicle behind at the hotel in Cusco and catch a ride to the airport where you'll take your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Forty-five minutes in the air will take you to the Amazon jungle. The Eco Lodge crew will pick you up and deliver you to the river docks, where you'll travel by longboat roughly 19 miles (30km) downstream. Your two-night stay begins with all meals and excursions included. 

Day 11 - Puerto Maldonado to Cusco - 290 miles (470km)

The morning of Day 11 finds you back on the boat, arriving in Puerto Maldonado for your flight back to Cusco. Once you arrive back in this remarkable city, this is your chance! The rest of the day is yours to explore anything you may have missed before.

Day 12 and 13 - Cusco to Puno - 250 miles (400km)

andes 4x4 adventureDay 12 offers a longer connection day, but the views of the Andes on this trip are outstanding! After you pass the highest point in this leg of the journey (14,100ft or 4300m), you'll reach the world's largest high plains of Altiplano. Crossing Altiplano finds you on your way to Puno, where you'll reach the shore of the highest navigable lake in the world: Lake Titicaca.

Rest up because the next day provides you with your choice of either a half-day or full-day boat cruise on Lake Titicaca, exploring the "Floating Islands of the Uros." Depending on your cruise choice and your available time, take the opportunity to explore the town and its interesting surroundings.

Day 14 - Puno to Colca Canyon - 200 miles (320km)

Ready to journey to the deepest canyon in the world? Colca Canyon, the home of the Andean Condor. This medium-length drive takes you across the highest point of your entire 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 journey, take some time to relax in one of the natural hot springs.

Day 15 - Colca Canyon to Arequipa - 160 miles (260km)

Andean Condor Flight Colca Canyon PeruBefore beginning the final leg of your trip, be sure to visit the "Cruz del Condor," one of the best locations to see the flight of the magnificent Andean Condor during their morning feeding sessions. While passing through this region on the way back to Arequipa, keep in mind that these northern edges of the Atacama Desert have been home to the Dakar Rally since the competition first arrived in South America in 2009. Barreling through wide open landscapes and rugged sand dunes, imagine all the racing cars, overland trucks, and motorcycles converging on the next bivouac!

Day 16 - Arequipa to Home

We'll be sad to see you go, but arrangements have been made to deliver you to the airport. You're heading home to share your favorite moments and memories with friends and family.


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


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