Planning a Peru quest? Want to visit the mystic Machu Picchu, the fabulous forests or travel back in time by exploring this Latin America country? Hiring a tour guide for some of your adventure will allow you time to rubber neck but pcik a few days to look around the city by yourself in a car rental. Peru driving can be an adventure all by itself but one you won’t want to leave without.
Regulations for Car Rental in Peru
Rules for car rental in Lima, Peru, the capital, as well as throughout the country are very similar to regulations in the US. For starters, to Peru & the car rental industry require that drivers be at least 25 years old and hold a valid driver’s license as well as passport.
Secondly, the company you choose for your car rental & Peru government require that you hold at least two credit cards and possibly deposit a cash guarantee. You will also be required to purchase insurance for a Peru rent a car.
Just as in the US, you will return the car with a full tank of gas. Car rental Peru companies usually charge per kilometer rather than offering unlimited mileage. If you are planning a lot of driving, ask around for the lowest per-kilometer charge.
Car Rental Peru
You’ll find a few familiar car rental names in Peru. Budget, Dollar and Economy all have car rental Peru locations. There is no Enterprise car rental in Peru, though. Other large rental companies that are based in Latin America are Aerovan, Inka’s and Servicios y Transportes Triny S.A.C
Tips for Car Rentals in Peru
You can find low cost car rentals in Peru at the airport if you are really adventurous, but it’s recommended you speak with your travel agent or book a car online before you go. It is not uncommon for the very small companies to try to take advantage of tourists, so be on your toes.
Before you set off to Lima Peru, research your Peru hotel, map, weather, picture of hotel, travel and car rental itineraries. It helps to print out all of these and pack them in an accessible pouch of your carry-on baggage.
Restrict driving to the day time hours, as most roads are in disrepair, busses travel very fast and most vehicles do not use headlights.
Drivers in Peru are somewhat aggressive. There are few signs and the signs that are in place are vague. In the cities, especially Lima, driving can be a difficult experience. In the country, though, it’s much calmer and even peaceful – if you aren’t in a hurry.