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PLAN­NING driv­ing re­con­nais­sance mis­sions and then lead­ing Land Rover Ex­pe­ri­ence jour­neys means Marvin Ver­hey­den must have close to the best job in the world. Marvin has been in­volved with Land Rover Ex­pe­ri­ence for many years and been heav­ily in­volved in the des­ti­na­tion se­lec­tion process, a process that can take up to 18 months.

“Peru was al­ready in our mind some years ago,” he says. “We were very ex­cited when we recog­nised the va­ri­ety of the coun­try: desert, moun­tains, rain­for­est, and ev­ery­thing within hours by car.”

How­ever, Peru threw up plenty of chal­lenges be­cause of this va­ri­ety, with Marvin and the team re­quir­ing three recce trips due to heavy rains chang­ing tracks. Even this Leg Three we were at­tend­ing had to be al­tered due to the chang­ing con­di­tions.

Then there were the ve­hi­cles. The new Dis­cov­ery has just been re­leased, so it was the ob­vi­ous par­tic­i­pant ve­hi­cle. Im­pres­sively, it re­quired few mod­i­fi­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to Marvin.

“We drove more or less with stan­dard SE/HSE ve­hi­cles,” he says. “The only thing we changed was thicker un­der­body pro­tec­tion and the Goodyear Du­ra­tracs. Each ve­hi­cle also got an ARB fridge, Garmin GPS and a 220V in­verter, plus one spare tyre and two jerry cans up top.”

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