If you would like to discover Peru, a rental car is highly recommended. Traveling with a rental car is an ideal way of discovering places and points of interest that are hard to reach with public transportation. 

Three main roads run through Peru, from north to south, some of which are still under construction. These are the well known, fully paved, Panamericana (Ruta Nacional = RN 1), which run from the border of Chile to the border of Ecuador. Furthermore, the partially paved Carretera de Sierra (RN 3) as well as the Carretera Maginal de la Selva (RN 5). 

The main streets are connected to each other by 20 connecting streets. These are the most important connections with official street numbers. The majority of the main roads from north to south are toll roads.

The traffic regulations generally meet the international standard. They are however often freely interpreted by the locals. People honk before reaching unclear locations, curves and at crossings to indicate the right of way. On single lane roads in the mountains, the one driving up hill has the right of way and the others must wait. An international driver's license is required to be able to drive in the country.

At higher elevations, the gasoline consumption also often increases to over 20 liters / 100 km. Be sure to fill your tank regularly and possibly take along a reserve canister.

Which rental car is the right one?

Not all rental cars are suitable for all routes in Peru. Many roads are in good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads for which we recommend an off-road vehicle. This is especially true during the rainy season (November/December to April/May). For this reason, you will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps from If an off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, this is clearly indicated on the section of the map. Use this information when planning your trip in Latin America.