Cusco

Do you need a car in Cusco?

Should you rent a car in Cusco Peru > Cusco

Cusco is the main access point for Machu Picchu.

The most iconic way to visit Machu Picchu is to take the train from Cusco. Buses are also available. This is absolutely not somewhere that you can or should try to approach by car.

However, there is so much more to Cusco than just Machu Picchu, including some of the most daring roads you will find anywhere in the world!

Cusco Introduction

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Why should you rent a car in Cusco?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Cusco?

Cusco Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

70%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€160

 #229/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total EST - of which EST have free parking. [full notes - parking]

10%

#278/300

 

Do you need a car in Cusco?

To follow.

Why not? Visiting Cusco without a car

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Cusco public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

70%

Overall public transport score

10%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

40%

To follow.

Ratings

Car rental in - Cusco Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Cusco?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Cusco?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Cusco?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Cusco if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Cusco if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Cusco if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

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Verdict

Do you need a car in Cusco? No, there’s absolutely need. However, if you can get hold of a car locally, there are certainly some great driving roads for those who love taking the risk!

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Lima

Should you rent a car in Lima?

Should you rent a car in Lima Peru > Lima

Any mention of visiting Peru is naturally first going to bring up the country’s jewel in the crown that is Machu Picchu, but any visit to this undoubted wonder of the Americas really needs to start in the city of Cuzco, rather than Lima.

You might want to start a Peruvian road trip in Lima and then head towards Machu Picchu as the highlight, but you are looking at a full day of driving, or perhaps a very long overnight bus trip. It’s no wonder that most people with the means to get to Peru in the first place will travel on to Cuzco by internal flight.

Lima Introduction

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Needless to say, Lima isn’t the sort of city where there’s any point in getting a hire car just to drive around, and there is certainly no point if you are only stopping here briefly before continuing on elsewhere. However, Lima also sits as a major gateway to the Andes mountains, and as such, the city provides access to some of the most breathtaking roads anywhere in the world.

Why should you rent a car in Lima?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Lima?

Lima Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€135

 #157/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 388 - of which 200 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

52%

#118/300

 

Now we do need to be very clear about what these roads entail – hugging to the sides of steep cliff faces, with sheer, unforgiving, drops that aren’t for those of a nervous disposition, whether they are doing the driving or not.

Why not? Visiting Lima without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Lima public transport quick facts

Train score

 

30%

Water travel score

90%

Overall public transport score

60%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

60%

To follow.

Ratings

Car rental in - Lima Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Lima?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Lima?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Lima?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Lima if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Lima if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Lima if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

2

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So maybe Lima isn’t somewhere where you want to rent a car and drive it yourself, but it is certainly a city from where you will want to start a road trip of some sort, and for this reason, and with this caveat, our recommendation is a yes, quite possibly as a hired car with driver or private tour.

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