In Peru we stayed at a couple of campsites but we mostly rough camped in the wilderness or in parking lots of ruins. We felt safe camping in Peru and greatly enjoyed it.
Although we met enough people along the way, we didn’t stay with them, nor did we use Couchsurfing as we have in other countries.
Let’s take a closer look:
Overland Camping in Peru
During our first 3 months in Peru we mostly traveled around Lake Titicaca and in the Cusco/Sacred Valley area, and finally did a run via Arequipa to the Chilean border to renew our visa.
Around Lake Titicaca we parked in the plaza of a village/town for the night and in Cusco is the basic but splendid Campsite of Quinta Lala where we met a lot of overlanders. To visit Machu Picchu we found a reliable place to park the Land Cruiser as well: Campsite Cola de Mono Ziplining (book here) in Santa Teresa.
We took the old road from Cusco to Arequipa (recommended) and enjoyed rough camps along the way.
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From Arequipa we drove to Lima, mostly along the coast. It offered a number of stunning campsites, most noticeably in Paracas National Park.
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After Lima we returned to the mountains, hit a number of impressive dirt roads and rough camps, and ended up in Chavin, where we stayed in a restaurant’s garden for a bit.
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The Cordillera Blanca was impressive to drive and offered good places to camp, but the weather was bad. We were happy to return to the sun, which we found at Huanchaco’s beach so camped there for quite a while. It’s a great place to chill out.
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GPS Waypoints of Campgrounds & Overland Camps in Peru
Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to these places. No, these are not by definition the best spots. After having traveled in South America for so long we realize that it’s no problem here to find your own beautiful spots for overland camping. We decided to continue the page anyway, for travelers who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical. Please note that this is always our personal experience.
You can also check out iOverlander, where you can see where other overlanders spent the night.
Drinking Water from the Tap
Note that sometimes we write ‘drinking water from the tap’. This means we drank that water because locals told us it was safe and we didn’t get sick from it. Things change, including quality (and safety) of water, so always ask local people if the water is still safe to drink.
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