Read more about border crossing, road closures, driving, gas prices, hotels, and camping in Peru.
- Population: 29,180,900
- Capital: Lima
- Fun Fact: Peru is home to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Border Crossing Information
- Drivers License
- Vehicle Title/Registration
- 1 photocopy of each
- Vehicle Insurance
- S/.4 parking fee
- S/.3.10 fumigation
First head to migracion to have your passport stamped. You will need a photocopy of the stamped page and the face page of your passport for the importation of your car. Depending on the border, you may have to pay a parking fee outside of the aduana. At the aduana, present your passport photocopies and a copy of your car title/registration. Fill out the 2 parts of the SUNAT (superintendencia nacional de circulacion y salida) form. The aduana officials will stamp and date the back of the form - they keep one part and you keep the other. You will also get a big SUNAT sticker for your car's windshield. There shouldn't be a charge for the importation. Your car may be fumigated as well for minimal cost.
Peru requires some form of insurance, but it doesn't have to be SOAT - it just needs to have equal coverage. The relevant law is here: Articulo 30.1, Ley No. 27181: Todo vehículo automotor que circule en el territorio de la República debe contar con una póliza de seguros vigente del Seguro Obligatorio de Accidentes de Tránsito - SOAT o certificados contra accidentes de tránsito, que contengan términos equivalentes, condiciones semejantes o mayores coberturas ofertadas que el SOAT vigente You can buy SOAT at the Macara border crossing from Ecuador. It was $8 USD for a one month policy. The insurance office is the building on top of the hill, just south of Migracion and across the street from Aduana.
- Tourist permit
- Vehicle import permit
When you drive up to the border, you will be asked to surrender your vehicle import permit. They should give you one of the pieces of the permit as a receipt. At the aduana you will surrender your tourist permit and have your passport stamped stating that you have left the country. There should not be any costs.
People's experiences vary depending on crowds at the border, corrupt or honest border officials, and rules can also change. People's individual experiences are included in the Peru-Additional Border Crossing page.
Roads and Driving
July 2009: The road from Rio Marañón basin to Cajamarca is closed from 6 am till 6 pm every day for construction.
Gas in Peru comes in 84, 90, and 95 octane levels. Prices are in Peruvian Soles (S/.) per gallon. 84 octane is fairly low, so may cause your engine to 'knock.' In the Andes in small villages, the only gas available might be 84, however at high elevations you can get away with lower octane than at sea level. Also expect to pay 2 to 3 soles more per gallon than on the Pan American. And yes, gas is sold by the gallon, not the liter.
September 23, 2012
- 84: S/ 13.00
- 90: S/ 15.00
- 95: S/ 18.00
July 1, 2009
- 84: S/.8.00
- 90: S/.9.50
- 95: S/.11.50
- diesel: S/.9.80
Conversion: 1L=0.26 gallons
Renting a car in Cusco may be more expensive than other cities. Before driving into Chile or Bolivia, check with the rental agency to make you have proper documentation for the border crossings.
Recommended mechanic in Arequipa, Peru
- Lubricentro Pegasso, Av Socabaya N 304, San Martin de Socabaya
- Javier Quispe Farfan, administrador
- 250 904
Helped us with oil change, washed the car to the cleanest it's been in month, checked all fluids, recommended a place to get alignments done.
Camping and Hotels
Hosal La Posada, has parking and tent camping spots. GPS: 4° 6'32.85"S 81° 3'34.04"W We paid 10 soles per person. Has a kitchen, wifi, hot showers.
Hostal El Almirante, Calle Inca 480, (51) 073-335239. No Parking, but there is a big parking lot down the street for S/. 3 a night. Hotel is S/. 60 a night. Hot water, cable, internet in lobby. It's located downtown just off the rotaries with the Grau monument.
Hostal Silvana. Alfredo Lapoint N 1058 (cross street L Prado) S/. 70 a night, wireless internet. No parking, but they can give you directions to a lot 4 blocks away for S/. 5 a day. TV, clean, nice.
Near Lambayeque/ Chiclayo
Rancho Santana - http://cabalgatasperu.com/
Great little farm, has some rooms or camping. Cold shower, bathroom, kitchen. Very friendly family offers horseback rides of the surrounding ruins. Details and photos on our site.
If you get stuck here driving from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas, you can stay at the Hostal Casa Blanca. S/. 45 a night for 2 people, simple clean rooms, a little musty. Parking, TV with 2 channels, Hot Water. Recommended by two people on the way here. It's on the main street that runs through town.
If you've visiting the ruins of Kuelap, you can park in their lovely grassy parking lot for camping (free). There is no water or bathroom, but you can get meals in the homes of people who live near there.
Hostel Raymi Wasi. Jr. José Gálvez 420, 855374. About 2 blocks off Plaza de Armas. S/. 20 a night. Hot water (supposedly), TV, Parking (limited clearance and a cockfighting ring that they're turning in to a restaurant apparently.
Hostal Colonial. Independencia 618 (cross street Gamarra) about 1 block off Plaza de Armas. Hot water, nice courtyard, quiet, and Trujillo has loads of parking lots, so you'll have your pick.
Cordilleras (Northeast of Lima)
Caraz- Los Pinos Lodge
Has a nice grassy camping area for tents, or a parking lot in the back if you sleep in your car. 15 soles per person, plus 5 for parking. Has hot showers, internet, and electricity. Great place to stop if you are coming from Huanchaco via the Canyon del pato road. GPS and photos on our site.
East of Yungay- Llanganuco Lodge
Nice lodge, camping doesn't have much shade, but the views ae incredible. Book ahead if you want meals. Has kitchen, common area inside, hot showers. Great hiking in the area. ighly recommended. Photos here.
Huaraz- Jo's Place
A hostel in downtown Huaraz, small places to pitch tents, no parking, but there is a garage a half block away. Be very careful parking on the street, even for a few minutes.
Hostal Residencial El Faro Inn is located in the Miraflores neighborhood. $30-$35/night depending on the room. Very nice (but limited clearance) parking, cable TV, hot showers, wireless internet access, room service, very clean and nice. Close to restaurants, etc and one block from the ocean. Calle Francia N 857 (at intersection with Ave de La Aviacion and G Vigil). (511)-242-0339
Hitchhikers Hostel - Lima http://www.hhikersperu.com/
Has parkig! You can pitch a tent on the cement if you want, but the common area is in the parking lot too, so it can be very noisy at night. Has a kitchen, hot showers, wifi. Prices on their website. Make reservations if you want a room. GPS: 12° 7'21.07"S 77° 2'9.12"W
Nazca - La Maison Suisse
Hotel with camping. Nice big parking area and good grassy camping. Hot showers, wifi for a fee, electriity costs extra. Negotiate the price. Photos and more info on our site.
Located 3 hours south of Nazca along the Pan American highway, Puerto Inca is an old Inca fishing village, complete with ruins, old llama corrals, a pretty cove, and tombs with human bones. Hotel Puerto Inka is right next to the ruins, look for the sign on the Pan American highway at km 610, about 5 km north of Chala. Camping for $5/person, bathrooms with hot water. Has a somewhat expensive restaurant as well.
Cusco - Quinta Lala
Great overlander spot above the town. GPS: 13°30'20.56"S 71°59'7.87"W Getting there is a pain, your GPS will try to route you up stairs! Grassy camping, level places to park, hot showers, small kitchen, wifi for small fee. Photos and prices here.
Santa Teresa (Back side of Machu Pichu)
About 4 hours from Cusco. The jump off point to get to Aguas Calientes the cheap was. Owner is super nice and will watch your car for 5 soles a day. Camping is 10 soles per tent. Hot shower for 5 soles extra. Photos and more info on how to get from here to Machu Pichu on our site.