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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

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How do I get an international driving license in Peru?

Before this question is answered, it should be clarified that an International Driver’s License does not exist. What exists, however, as a document that will translate your home country driver’s license into 12 of the widely used languages worldwide would be an International Driving Permit IDP) while using a vehicle rented from car rental companies.

You can get yours by doing the following:

  1. Click on the “Start My Application” button, found in the upper right corner of the page.
  2. Next, fill out the application form.
  3. Attach a copy of your home country driving licence and your passport-sized photo.
  4. Pay for the IDP fee by filling out your credit card details.

Our International Driver’s Permit (IDP) enables you to drive vehicles in 165+ countries including the following:

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Japan
  • Slovenia
  • Ukraine
  • Romania
  • and more.

Is it mandatory to have international driving permit in Peru?

Whether your driver’s license is in English or not, it is not mandatory to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in the country. However, most travelers or road trippers would agree that it is highly recommended to have one to drive in another country. You will not be required to get a Peruvian drivers license from the Ministry of Transport, if you only intend to drive in a foreign country for three months or less with your valid driver’s license.

However, you must also note that you can’t drive or rent a car in the country if you have not reached the required minimum years of age to drive or rent.

Can I drive in Peru with a US driver license

Yes, you can drive in the country with your US Driver’s License. However, you will need to bring your International Driving Permit (IDP) with you, as a document that will translate your home country driver’s licence.

However, if you intend to drive in the country for more than three months, you will be required to get a Peruvian driver’s license, in which you will be required to get a written exam, medical exam, and driving test before you can get it.

Top Destinations of Peru

Peru is a country that has lots to offer and needs to be explored. With its land, history, colonial, and modern traditions, the country can provide many activities to satisfy every tourist and give you an unforgettable experience.


Lima is Peru's capital city, and it's also known as the City of Kings. The city symbolizes the Spanish colonial history, industry, and independence. Even though many have said that it is the most populated city, you can not deny that more things the city offers than meets the eye.

When is the best time to go?

Lima is best visited from December to April since it is located in the Southern Hemisphere. These months have the warmest summer weather throughout the year. If you prefer a more cooling temperature, you may want to visit Lima from May to November. By these months, you would likely see a thick misty sea fog hanging over the city together with the overcast skies; locals in Lima call it La Garua.


The city of Cusco was announced as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and was the initial seat of power for the Inca Empire. It is a city near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range, and it is the seventh most populated city in this country. But even with its population, the city's atmosphere remains a romantic vibe and European feel with its Inca and 16th-century architecture and narrow, winding street.

When is the best time to go?

June to mid-September are the best times to go to Cusco even though the temperatures hang in the mid to upper 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the year. And even with the temperatures during these months, it is still the city's peak tourist season, and you can expect fellow trekkers in most of the locations.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the 15th-century Inca citadels in the Eastern Cordillera in southern Peru, on a 2,430 meter (7970 feet) mountain ridge. Machu Picchu is a groundbreaking destination, and maybe the reason why visitors in Peru would like to visit the area. Machu Picchu will not let your hopes down, and it is part of the Seven Wonders of the World.

When is the best time to go?

Suppose you want to have a quieter and peaceful trek, the best time to go to Machu Picchu in October and September. Do take note that September is the end of the dry season, so be prepared for rain.

The Peruvian Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon is full of wildlife, and it is known as the home of the anaconda. It covers 60% of the country and is one of the world's biologically distinct areas. The culture and traditions inside the Amazon are eye-opening, and surely you would never get tired of seeing the wildlife.

When is the best time to go?

Travelers who want to spend the rest of your visit trekking and exploring, the best time would be from June to October, where these months are commonly the dry seasons. For others who want to travel the forest by boat, you can visit during the rainy season, from November to April. These months are best for boat rides because of the heavy rains that cause the rivers to rise. Do note that if you want to visit during the rainy season, make sure to join a tour or hire a guide since you can easily get lost and get exposed to dangerous animals.

Hangout with Monkeys

Amazon is a home for wildlife, and what better way to know some of them than to meet them, monkey's in particular. There is a guided tour around the area, and some of them offer retreats to hang out with some monkeys. But be warned, monkeys are known to take people's belongings (hats, cameras, and glasses, etc.), so be careful if you want to leave the area with your things.

What makes the Peruvian Amazon Famous?

The Peruvian Amazon is the fourth largest forest worldwide. It has exceptional biodiversity, and it is home to 700 types of ferns, more than 7300 different flowers, 180 reptiles, 262 amphibians, 293 mammals, 697 fish, 806 birds, and 2,500 butterflies. For the people that love nature and wildlife, the Peruvian Amazon will be the highlight of your vacation in Peru.

Most Important Driving Rules in Peru

Although you can take Peru domestic flights to get from one city to another, driving in Peru lets you see the country's subtle charm that could only be achieved when driving. However, driving in Peru, especially in the city, can be stressful and dangerous if you don't know any rules before getting behind the wheel. Because some local drivers in Peru don't abide by the law, knowing some essential guides when driving is highly recommended for you to drive around the country safely.

No Drunk Driving

Drivers in Peru can only have 50 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 milliliters of blood. If you got caught having more than 50 milligrams, you might get a massive amount on your ticket, or if anyone, passenger or pedestrian, got hurt, you may be sentenced to jail for 60 days to five years, depending on how critical the person is.

Driving at night

If you want to drive at night in Peru, reconsider it first before doing so. Some trucks are not correctly using headlights, and buses would speed faster than usual. If there is a reasonable explanation for you to drive at night, make sure to be extra careful on the road. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition before you start driving.

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