Renting a Car or Motorcycle
Renting a car does not usually make sense cost-wise in Peru because taking taxis or hiring a private car can be cheaper. Also, gas is expensive (about US$4–5 per gallon, depending on the grade), and distances between cities are considerable. Your best bet is to get to your destination and then rent a car to get around.
The phone book of any major Peruvian city is filled with rental car options, which are usually around US$70 per day once you factor in extra mileage, insurance, and other hidden costs. Four-wheel-drive cars are usually US$100–120 per day. Major rental companies include Hertz (www.inkasrac.com), Avis (www.avisperu.com), and Budget (www.budgetperu.com). All these companies have offices in Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Arequipa, and Cusco. Smaller companies operate in many other cities. To rent a car, drivers usually need to be at least 18 years of age, have a driver’s license from their country, and have a credit card.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition