Dine at Lima’s best restaurants, search for jaguar in the Amazon and scale Machu Picchu away from the tourists
About your trip
From Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, uncover Peru’s most iconic sights in just over a week.
Explore Peru’s magnificent jungle, highlands and capital city in this nine-day adventure that will lead you from Lima’s world famous restaurant scene to the canopies of the Amazon jungle and world-famous Machu Picchu.
Discover the country’s rich gastronomical heritage and learn to make a pisco sour the ‘proper way’. Dive deep into the jungle, catching sight of howler monkeys, sloths, jaguars and crocodiles, and explore by foot, boat and canoe with some of the best guides in the business. Get up close to Machu Picchu’s famous ruins and board a luxury Belmond train to Cusco, while dining on top-class food and listening to a live Peruvian band, all with a group of like-minded travellers by your side.
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
- Hand-picked 3-4 star hotels
- Two domestic flights
- Private minibus & luxury Belmond Train
- We offset your carbon emissions
- Tips for the guide & driver
- Arrival Airport transfer
- Accommodation in twin rooms
**UK customers can't currently book this trip** Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team
Day 01 Buenos días, gourmet Lima
Say Hola to Lima, the gastronomical capital of Peru and the first stop on your nine-day tour of this mesmerising country. After meeting your group at your hotel, you will be whisked off to the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco to hop your way through some of this enchanting suburb’s best restaurants. We’ll wander between several restaurants, sampling 8-12 dishes at each venue. This epicurean education will see you eating your way through the cultures and traditions that have shaped the country’s cuisine, from traditional criollo comfort foods, to Peruvian nikkei, and chiffa, which draws influence from China. We’ll stop at world-renowned Merito and Isolina, both ranked in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant list, and several others, revealed on the night.
Day 02 Master Peruvian cuisine
Begin your day with an early morning yoga class before returning to Barranco for a Peruvian cookery class on the rooftop of palatial Hotel B. You’ll enjoy glittering views of the Pacific Ocean while learning how to make a traditional national dish and a pisco sour, followed by a three-course lunch. In the afternoon you’ll meet with a local art buff for a tour of Barranco, the creative beating heart of Lima. Our expert guide will take you to all the sweet spots, including Museo Jade Rivera – a museum dedicated to the work Peruvian artist and muralist Jade Rivera – and through the district’s sweep of colonial architecture. End your day sipping fine Peruvian coffee at one of the city’s best cafes, Bodega Verde.
Day 03 Search for jaguar
It’s time to leave for your three-day, two-night adventure to the Amazon. After a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, board a riverboat for a magical 45-minute trip to your next hotel, the rustic Posada Amazonas Lodge. This collection of stilted cabanas on the edge of the Tambopata River, has hammocks and every turn and conservation at its heart. You’ll learn all about it after lunch, when you head out on a hike with one of Posada’s guides, learning about the importance of the Amazon, conservation, and the area’s plants and wildlife. Dusk brings an unbeatable experience: canoeing along the river to look for nocturnal animals such as jaguars and crocodiles and star gaze at the southern constellations.
Day 04 Paddle on Lake Sandoval
Today will be jam-packed with the kind of wildlife experiences only the Amazon can offer. After an early breakfast you’ll be taken over to the shores of flawless Lake Sandoval in the Tambopata National Reserve for a morning of canoeing. Floating through the pristine waters, catching sight of giant river otter, red howler monkeys and the yellow-spotted side neck turtle, is an experience like no other. Your afternoon will be back on land at the Inkaterra Canopy, a 29-metre high observation tower – eyes peeled for sloths and brightly coloured macaws – followed by the Anaconda Hike, a half-hour bridge walk searching for, you guessed it, anacondas. You’ll enjoy one last wildlife hike, this time under the cover of darkness.
Day 05 R&R in the Sacred Valley
After a 45-minute boat trip back along the Madre De Dios river, you’ll have a pit stop at a butterfly house, before boarding your plane to Cusco. The excitement of the jungle will mean a rest will be welcome and your next hotel, Aranwa Sacred Valley, is the perfect spot for it. Perched on the banks of the Vilcanota river, with sweeping views across The Sacred Valley, this restored 17th-century hacienda is your chance to kick back. You call the shots this afternoon: enjoy one of the many activities, soak in the spa or just drink up the new vista before we move to the higher altitudes of the uplands.
Day 06 Mountain bike to Incan ruins
There are few better ways to see Peru’s famous Sacred Valley than on a mountain bike. We’ll get you kitted out before whizzing along to the archeological site of Moray, famous for its architectural platforms and terraces, built by the Incas for agricultural research. You’ll walk down into the belly of the ruins and learn the history of this important site, before peddling onto the salt mines of Maras, where thousands of salt pans spill out across the hillside. On your descent back, you’ll stop at the pre-Incan ruins of Pichingoto, a collection of tiny stone houses forged into the cliff face, before crossing the Urubamba River and meeting your driver, who will deliver you safely back to Inkaterra for dinner.
Day 07 Climb Machu Picchu
It’s time for your pilgrimage to world-famous Machu Picchu. Your transport? A Vistadome train, with panoramic windows and glass ceilings that allow you to capture every glimpse of the phenomenal scenery. First stop, Aguas Calientes, where you’ll shake off the tourists and hike Machu Picchu mountain for a pinch-me moment high up in the Andes. Several photos later, you’ll head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch, before you embark on your next once-in-a-lifetime experience: the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train. After refreshments at Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge it’s train time. Hurtle through the Andes in a 1920-style carriage, with a live Peruvian band playing traditional music while you feast on a three-course meal and raise several drinks with your fellow travellers. This incredible day will end in Cusco, where you’ll check into your new hotel, the cosy Abittare, and exchange stories around the fire pit.
Day 08 Cocoa in Cusco
Enjoy a lazy morning before gathering for an exclusive chocolate making workshop in the heart of Cusco. This is a hands-on experience, roasting the cacao beans, peeling and grinding them, turning them into chocolate, and best of all, eating it. After a light lunch, your group will take a guided walking tour through the city, weaving your way through the cathedral, the ancient Inca Koricancha Temple, the artists’ district of San Blas, the Sacsayhuamán Fortress and ending at a surprise venue that will bring together breathtaking views and a drink – or two. For your group’s last dinner together, you’ll gather for a meal at JJonas and feast on Peruvian fusion food and raise a toast to all your incredible experiences and precious friendships.
Day 09 Farewell Peru
Your Flash Pack adventure ends today with a final breakfast at Abittare before your group catches their transfers to the airport or next destination. Speaking of which, if you want your Peru trip to continue, we can give you tips on where and how to extend your time in this dazzling country – just ask. Until next time, buen viaje!
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Posada Amazonas Lodge
Search for crocs, swing in hammocks and hike the jungle from these atmospheric huts in the heart of the Amazon.
Aranwa Sacred Valley
Beautiful spa hotel with smart, spacious rooms in a restored 17th century hacienda, nestled on the Vilcanota river.
A manor house in the centre of Cusco, Abittare is imbued with a cosy colonial feel thanks to its beautiful courtyards (perfect for relaxing in at the end of a long day) and contemporary yet classic-feeling rooms.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Fly into Lima Airport (LIM) and out of Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ).
- What time should my flight arrive? (to arrive in time for the welcome meeting)
Before 4 pm ideally. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 6 pm onwards starting at the hotel, which is located approximately 40 minutes away from the airport.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
There are no activities planned for the last day, so leave any time you wish. The airport is approximately 15 minutes away from the hotel, and your Pack leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.
- Are airport transfers included?
Yes. The arrival transfer is private to Flash Pack and will be in a group depending on flight times.
We don’t include the departure transfer however, the airport is approximately 15 minutes away from the hotel, with the cost in a taxi being around 55 PEN, the equivalent of less than £11.
If you and some other flashpackers are all getting the same flight, we recommend splitting the taxi journey.
- What fitness levels do I need for this trip?
We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.
Overall, Peru is one of our more active adventures with a long hike up Machu Picchu, a full day of mountain biking, and canoeing too. So, we recommend joining us on this one if you are fit enough to hike for 5+ hours, and like to challenge your fitness.
The hike to Machu Picchu Mountain is the most challenging, but the views along the way are totally worth it.
Canoeing is also a great, adventurous activity which those with a fear of water may not want to partake in.
- When's the best time to go? What is the weather like?
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and October, as the days are sunny, with bright blue skies in the Andes, and chilly nights.
It is considered the best time to go trekking, but being the peak season, early booking is crucial.
For an overview of the weather in the places you visit on our trip, please see below:
Lima: The summer is from December to March and winter from April to August. It does not rain very much as it is above sea level.
Amazon (Puerto Maldonado): It is hot and humid, but also sunny most of the time.
Highlands (Cusco): The weather is divided into the rainy season (from December to March) and the dry season (from April to August). Cusco is approximately 3,400 meters above sea level.
- Will the itinerary change?
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.
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