Spectacular Peru: From Rainbow Mountain to Machu Picchu

Ascend Rainbow Mountain with an overnight camp at altitude, boat through Amazonia by twilight and cycle the Sacred Valley Inca ruins

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12 Days

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12 day trip from £2699 - £2799

April, 2020

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June, 2020

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July, 2020

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About your trip

Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest and Inca cities make Peru enduringly popular. But our hike up Rainbow Mountain is what makes this adventure unique.

Over 12 days, you’ll climb over 5,200 metres to the summit of Rainbow Mountain, sail through the Amazon Rainforest at twilight, scale the Sacred Valley by mountain bike and uncover the Lost City of Machu Picchu in its full splendour.

And as for Pisco Sours – we wouldn’t let you leave Peru without being a veritable connoisseur.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Atol protected
  • Private airport transfers

Remember, flights aren't included. We're happy to help you find the best ones for you.

Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Pisco Sours all round

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    Welcome to Lima. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel by a private transfer – then it’s time for the fun to begin. After meeting your group, head out together to explore the bohemian district of Barranco, the stomping ground of the city’s artists, musicians and makers. To kick things off in style, head out with your group to enjoy a round of Pisco Sours, the nation’s favourite cocktail. Salud.

  • Day 02 Foodie delights and ancient sights

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    Begin the day in the Plaza de Armas, Lima’s main square. Take a stroll through the elegant streets with your fellow travellers, admiring the city’s colonial cathedrals and Incan landmarks. In the afternoon, head to one of Lima’s most innovative restaurants, as the chefs prepare a ream of Peruvian dishes before your eyes. Then, roll your sleeves up and get stuck in as you learn the tricks to mastering a Peruvian meal – skills that’ll wow at your next dinner party.

  • Day 03 The call of the Amazon

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    Today you’ll all catch a 90-minute flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, then step aboard a traditional Amazonian boat to cruise your way to your jungle lodge. With just enough time to freshen up, prepare to sweat all over again with an immersive rainforest trek. Hike through the steamy foliage, following huge butterflies through this lush habitat. In the evening, explore the rainforest under the cover of darkness with an atmospheric night-time boat ride down the river.

  • Day 04 Swing amid the treetops

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    This morning will see you trek through the Tambopata Reserve to Lake Sandoval. Boasting a rich abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife, this route proves why this is regarded as the biodiverse capital of Peru. In the afternoon, take a canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway – a labyrinth of hanging bridges and observation decks towering 98 feet over the jungle canopy. Traverse the treetops from up high, with toucans, sloths and curious monkeys to accompany you on your strolls. As night falls, be ready to channel your inner Attenborough, observing how the jungle changes as nocturnal animals emerge from hidden corners.

  • Day 05 The gateway to the Andes

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    Today’s adventure will take you from the wild Amazon to the Andean city of Cusco. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, this beguiling city is the gateway to ancient citadels and ruins, scattered across a vast mountainscape. After checking into your new hotel, explore the picturesque stone streets lined with Inca architecture and baroque cathedrals, seeking out the perfect place to dine tonight. Easy in a foodie haven such as this.

  • Day 06 Inca heritage and Andean food

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    Today’s activities will take a chilled rhythm, allowing you to acclimatise to Cusco’s dizzying altitude (at 3450 metres above sea level). Immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage, starting at the Koricancha Temple and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. We’d highly recommend exploring Cusco’s art galleries and vibrant restaurants for a taste of local culture.

  • Day 07 Mountain bike the Sacred Valley

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    Prepare for an unforgettable day of mountain biking in the Sacred Valley. Between shimmering salt terraces and Inca ruins, soak up magnificent views of the Andes expanding into the horizon. Your biking adventure will take you past the agricultural terraces of Moray, before gliding downhill to the salt mines of Maras. The rest of the day is best spent relaxing and preparing for the hike that awaits you all on Rainbow Mountain…

  • Day 08 Hike to Rainbow Mountain base camp

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    You’ll spend this morning making the journey towards Rainbow Mountain base camp, located at a staggering 4,000 metres. On arrival in Quesiuno, you’ll be greeted by a herd of mountain mules and muleteers, and from here it’s about six kilometres of high-altitude trekking to base camp, with glaciers and snow-capped peaks rising in every direction. It’s not an easy hike by any standards, and you’ll require a good level of fitness to tackle this ascent, especially given the high-altitude air. The support of your group will be invaluable, too, as you each cheer one another on. Arrive at camp in time for dinner as the night sky comes to life with stars – a stark reminder of why this challenge is so worth it. Then, make the most of a short sleep in mountain tents, with thermal sleeping bags for added warmth.

  • Day 09 Chase the colours of Rainbow Mountain

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    You’re off to an early start this morning as together you begin your ascent. Admire the spectacular beauty of the mountains as you go, with streaks of turquoise, maroon and gold painting the landscape in rainbow hues. From Vinicunca Pass, located at 5,020 metres, it’s a short hike to the summit. At the top, savour a quiet moment of triumph with your group, surrounded by breathtaking views of the sierra. Then, begin the long descent to Pucapause, where a private bus will be waiting to take you back to the Sacred Valley in time for some well-earned drinks.

  • Day 10 Explore Aguas Calientes

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    Enjoy a relaxed morning as you recover from yesterday’s achievements. With a few hours to spare, we recommend exploring the picturesque Sacred Valley or paying a visit to the terracotta villages in the region. Come afternoon, catch a train to Aguas Calientes – your new home for the night.

  • Day 11 Hike to the Lost City of Machu Picchu

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    Today is yours to experience Machu Picchu in its full splendour. Located at 2,430 metres above sea level, the lost Inca citadel looks out over the ridges of the Andes Mountains. Led by an expert guide, uncover the legacy of the Incas as the condors soar overhead. After your hike, hop on a bus back to Aguas Calientes, before catching a train back to Cusco.

  • Day 12 Hasta la vista, Peru

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    After conquering Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu, your Peruvian adventure has come to an end. Depending on what time your flight is, you can explore Cusco a little more, before making your own way to your next destination. Or perhaps extend your adventure to neighbouring Bolivia. We’ll leave the decision with you.

Our Favourite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.

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El Mapi, Aguas Calientes

Stylish hotel with epic views of the surrounding landscape

Decked out with soft furnishings and minimalist decor, this trendy hotel is located at the foothills of the Andes.

Why we stay here

With comfortable rooms and a revitalising spa, El Mapi is the perfect place to unwind after a day spent exploring the mountains.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, Amazon Rainforest

Stunning historical lodgings nestled in the heart of the rainforest

Surrounded by vibrant flora and fauna, with epic walking routes and eco-friendly adventures at your doorstep.

Why we stay here

This beautiful colonial-style hotel is located on the grounds of a rubber plantation, with unparallelled access to the rainforest. Stay in thatched cabanas for a unique rustic experience.

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Arawi Lima Miraflores Hotel, Lima

Boutique hotel in the upmarket neighbourhood of Miraflores

Comfortable, contemporary rooms with thoughtful touches such as artisan toiletries in the bathrooms and soft furnishings made by female weavers in Cusco.

Why we stay here

One of the best locations to base yourself for exploring Lima. The colourful breakfast buffet will pep you up in the morning and the surprisingly good cocktail bar provides a welcome nightcap.

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Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley

Stunning mountain hotel nestled in the Sacred Valley

A grand colonial-style house backed by a cluster of casitas all set in 100 acres of gorgeous Urubamba countryside. Décor is impressive – think beamed ceilings, chandeliers and terracotta floors.

Why we stay here

The location and views are unbeatable, the food and service impeccable and you can even potter through the organic veg garden and select the ingredients for your evening meal.

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Abittare, Cusco

Courtyard hotel in the heart of Cusco

This colonial-era building hides an unexpected collection of stylish Scandinavian-inspired ensuite rooms, each stocked with eco-friendly toiletries, plus wifi and flat screen TVs.

Why we stay here

You’ll be just a short walk from Cusco’s historic sites and come evening, its best bars and restaurants. The courtyard seating area makes a nice spot for an aperitif.

Important Notes

  • Fly into Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima (LIM) and out of Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco (CUZ).

  • Please try to arrive by 3pm on day 1 (although we will pick you up no matter what time you arrive) and feel free to depart anytime on day 12. As it is such an active adventure, we do recommend spending an extra night in Cusco at the end if you have time.

  • Trekking Rainbow Mountain is a difficult and challenging feat due to the high altitude. Anyone who books this adventure must be confident that they have an adequate level of fitness. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • At certain times of the year Rainbow Mountain is too cold to climb, so during these months we run a slightly different itinerary. This alternative adventure sees us trek 15 kilometres up to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, and the whole trip is also a day shorter. If you have any questions about this, or would like the Flash Pack team to send you some more details of the itinerary, please do get in touch.

  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures – read more here..

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