- Prices between £2299 - £2499
- 11 days
10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, a Pisco Sour masterclass and a chocolate making lesson
10 nights’ accommodation in twin room boutique hotels
All activities, from Inca hiking to Amazon sailing, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver
Max 14 Flashpackers
2 internal flights to Puerto Maldonado and Cusco
Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private air-conditioned minibus
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.
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 is unbeatable, the food and service impeccable and you can even potter through the organic veg garden and select the ingredients for your evening meal.
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.
The Flash Pack Promise
Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.
Pisco Sours all round
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. Arrive by 3pm* where your adventure begins with a private transfer from the airport to your hotel. Then it’s time to ditch the bags and get ready to explore Lima’s lively blend of cultures. Meet your fellow Flashpackers and guide, before an evening of bar-hopping in the vibrant Bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco, one of the capital’s hippest domains. Dive head-first into the local party culture by learning how to make your own Pisco Sours, frothy egg white topping and all. After all, it’s only polite to salute the national drink of Peru… Strap yourselves in and prepare for an unforgettable Latin American adventure. Here’s to the Peruvian peaks!
*Don’t worry if your flight arrives late, we’ll pick you up from the airport whatever the time is!Read more
Foodie delights and ancient sights
Today kicks off in Lima’s grand main square, the Plaza de Armas, where you’ll find the decadent Presidential Palace and the beautiful cathedral. The fun continues as we wander around the upmarket district of San Isidro and admire the Huaca Huallamarca, a pre-Incan pyramid which looks even more striking against the contrasting modern buildings. Then we’ll ramble through the swanky neighbourhood of Miraflores, and explore Parque del Amor (Love’s Park) with stunning views across the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, we’ll take a pew at one of Lima’s most innovative restaurants and watch the chefs prepare a ream of Peruvian delights in this foodie capital. Then it’s over to you to cook a Peruvian dish yourself, before tucking into a typical Lima lunch. As the evening descends, the city changes gear and the nightlife kicks into action. There’s two bars worth checking out—an old, reputedly haunted, German lounge with live piano music, and a 1920s bar with some pretty potent Pisco Sours.Read more
The call of the Amazon
Today begins with a 90-minute flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, and the start of our jungle adventure. After meeting our rainforest guide and getting our official waterway permits, we’ll step aboard a typical Amazonian boat and cruise along the Madre de Dios River to our jungle lodge. There’s just time for a freshen up before we get right to the beating heart of this tropical wonderland with an immersive Amazon trek. Have your binoculars handy as we hike between a steamy variety of towering tropical trees, medicinal plants and exotic fluttering butterflies. Return to the lodge and kick back in your wilderness surroundings, before we hop aboard a thrilling night-time boat ride down the river. Listen to the calling wildlife and gaze up at the starlit sky, with the dark shadows of the forest all around. A delicious dinner awaits you back at base. This is jungle life at its finest!Read more
Swing amid the treetops
Wake up to a cacophony of jungle wildlife before we embark on a trek through the Tambopata Reserve to Lake Sandoval. This brilliant route will help you understand why the Madre de Dios is the biodiversity capital of Peru; have your cameras ready for a riot of wildlife, and exotic flora and fauna. After lunch at the lodge, we’ll hop aboard a motorised canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Centre, with its labyrinth of hanging bridges and observation decks towering 98 feet into the jungle canopy. Come and walk high in the Amazon treetops surrounded by toucans, sloths and squirrel monkeys. This evening, we’ll see what happens when the nocturnal animals come out to play. In the dark, your senses become heightened to the sounds of the rainforest, giving you an awesome insight into the behavioural patterns of jungle life by night. Then, after a full-on day of exploring, it’s time for a relaxing meal with your fellow Flashpackers.Read more
The gateway to the Andes
Today we’re leaving this jungle paradise and heading back to civilisation. It’s goodbye bugs and hello wifi. We’re boarding a 50-minute flight to the Peruvian Andes city of Cusco. Wreathed by mountains, charming Cusco was once capital of the Inca Empire. It’s the gateway to ancient citadels and ruins that spread across a vast region of valleys and wide open skies. Check into your boutique hotel and rest your jungle-weary soul, as you take stock of your new surroundings. Amble around the ancient stone streets framed by Inca architecture and Andean baroque buildings, as you root out a good restaurant for tonight. Cusco is brimming with world-class eateries, many of which have beautiful balconies looking out onto the city, so the foodies among you will be spoilt for choice.Read more
Inca heritage and a chocolate masterclass
Wake up in charismatic Cusco, Peru’s oldest city and the heartland of Inca heritage. Take it easy as you become acclimatised to the dizzying altitude; at 3450 metres above sea level, it’s not for the faint-hearted! After a lazy breakfast, we’ll gather for a walking tour of Cusco’s highlights, spread over a maze of Inca stonework and architecture. We’ll explore Koricancha Temple, the Main square and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, for breathtaking views across the city. Then it’s time to embrace Peru’s reputation as one of the finest cacao producers in the world. Anyone with a sweet tooth is in for a treat (literally) with a chocolate making class, where we’ll be tasting the entire process from bean to bar. Roast, peel and grind the cacao beans into a paste, forming an indulgent Andean hot chocolate. Leave with plenty of chocolate to take home, then hit up some of the many great bars and restaurants nearby.Read more
Mountain bike the Sacred Valley
This morning we’ll be picked up for an unforgettable day’s mountain biking in the Sacred Valley highlands. We’ll drive to Chequerek and be kitted out with bikes, along with a brief about our route. Then we’re free to pedal off into the horizon on an incredible off-radar trail that weaves between shimmering salt terraces and Inca rock dwellings, with magnificent Andean views as far as the eye can see. We’ll begin by cycling along a hilly track towards the agricultural terraces of Moray. After checking out this impressive amphitheatre, we’ll set off once more towards the town of Maras, with a downhill ride to its terraced salt mines. We’ll whiz past this remote, spectacular scenery to Pichingoto, where we’ll cross the gushing Urubamba River. Our private bus will be ready on the other side to whisk us to our hotel for the night. Put your feet up and relax, amid a canvas of emerald slopes.Read more
Hang loose in the Inca slopes
After a day of pedal power yesterday, you’ve worked up the right to a rest. Today is yours to spend doing whatever you please in your picturesque Sacred Valley surroundings. From vibrant street markets loaded with colourful textiles to craft beer breweries, there’s loads of amazing things to do in this epic location. Pop by terracotta-hued villages and wine caves in the region, or simply grab a coffee and a great book, and drink in the stirring valley scenery. There’s plenty of local hiking routes right on your doorstep, but remember not to overdo it, as we have a long trek ahead to Sun Gate tomorrow. Perhaps a local spa calls for a soothing post-cycle massage? If it were down to us, you’d find us on a sun-dappled terrace, drinking in that fresh Andean air over a chilled aperitif.Read more
Trekking the Inca trail
Fuel up on a hearty breakfast today, ahead of our 15-kilometre trek through jaw-dropping Inca scenery. From Ollanta station, we’ll take a train and begin our hike to the striking ruins of Chachabamba, the gatehouse to Machu Picchu set on the banks of the Urubamba River. Our adventure continues along the old Inca road to a waterfall, where we’ll stop for a scenic bite to eat in our archeological playground. After, we’ll hike onwards into a hazy landscape dotted with ancient and mysterious stonework, along with roaming llamas and alpacas. This walk of a lifetime reaches its finale at Sun Gate (Intipunku), the first place on the Inca trail where you can see the whole of Machu Picchu. Gaze across the maze of ancient steps and terraces, for a mind-blowing view of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. We’ll then return to our hotel in Aguas Calientes, for a well-earned drink or three…Read more
How Machu wanna climb this Picchu?
We’ll begin early today for the zigzag journey from Aguas Calientes up to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Up until 1911, this ancient Inca citadel was believed to have vanished forever more. Then explorer Hiram Bingham tracked it down with the help of local farmers, and it became the world-famous archaeological gem that you’ll see today. Spend a precious few hours making your way around the bucket-list landscape, as you take in sacred and spectacular sights that are steeped in age-old mythology. If you’ve got the stamina, there’s also a great three-hour round trek to Machu Picchu mountain that you can follow. Later, we’ll descend back down to Aguas Calientes and hop on the train to Cusco. For round two of this mesmerising city, we’ll hit the centre for a round of farewell Pisco Sours. It’s a pretty full-on day, but that’s what happens when you’re making lifelong memories…Read more
Alpaca your bags
After conquering mountain heights, ancient Inca cities and lush Amazonian jungles, your Peruvian adventure draws to a close today. Depending on what time your flight is, you can explore Cusco a little more, before making your own way to the airport for your journey home.
Wherever you go next, rest easy in the knowledge that you’ve lived an incredible adventure. You’ve hiked past jaw-dropping ruins on the old Inca road to Sun Gate, and cycled between salt mines in the depths of the Sacred Valley. You’ve conjured up Pisco Sours, learnt to make Peruvian chocolate and gaped at the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. You’ve sailed down a jungle river by twilight and swung your way across the Amazonian canopy. Can’t bear to leave? Why not spend a few extra nights in charming Cusco? We’ll leave the decision with you.Read more
- Fly into Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima and out of Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco.
- Try and arrive in Lima by 3pm on Day 1 of the trip if you can, although we will pick you up from the airport no matter what time you arrive. You are free to leave at whatever time you please from Cusco on Day 12 of the adventure.
- Please be aware that WE DO NOT CLIMB RAINBOW MOUNTAIN on this adventure. Instead, we tackle a tough and rewarding 15-kilometre trek up through the Inca trail to Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.
- 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. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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