Uncover the Inca heritage of Peru & Bolivia
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14
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1 Jun
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£200
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£2849 - £3199
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Trip highlights

Uyuni Salt Flats Uyuni Salt Flats
Behold the natural wonder of the Salt Flats

Absorb the vast ethereal landscape of the salt plains

 

Lake Titicaca Lake Titicaca
Revitalise on the shores of Lake Titicaca

Stay on a secluded island surrounded by the serene waters

 

Uncover the bucket-list sight of Machu Picchu Llama on Machu Picchu
Venture into the Andes to Machu Picchu

Cross of a major bucket-list moment as you discover the lost city

Moray y Maras, Sacred Valley, Peru Mountain bike the Sacred Valley
Navigate the Sacred Valley by mountain-bike

Embrace the call of adventure in the highlands

 

Cusco panorama Cusco cathedral by night
Absorb the city sights of Cusco

Explore the hidden secrets of Cusco’s cobbled streets

Andean cuisine: Ceviche Andean cook
Feast on the flavours of the Andes

Expand your horizons with local foodie secrets

What's included?

  • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 4 dinners

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in hotels, including a unique salt retreat

  • Activities including mountain biking and salt plain exploration, with local guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • 4 domestic flights

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, train travel, country travel in private minibus

About this trip

From Machu Picchu to the streets of La Paz, join us as we journey across Peru and Bolivia into the Inca heartlands.

This epic 14-day adventure will kick off in Lima, Peru’s vibrant coastal capital. We’ll encounter the foodie delights of this enchanting city, before heading into the highlands to uncover the mysteries of the Inca Empire.

Embrace the spirit of adventure in the Sacred Valley, gliding over the slopes by mountain-bike. Then prepare for a unique bucket-list moment as we seek out the lost city of Machu Picchu.

After soaking up Cusco’s urban treasures, we’re off to Lake Titicaca on the Peruvian-Bolivian border. Unwind in a landscape of profound serenity, discovering the ancient islands where the Sun God himself is said to have been born.

Nothing can prepare you for the otherworldly vision of the mesmerising Salt Flats, extending into the horizon for as far as the eye can see.

Brimming with epic dreamlike landscapes and Inca mysteries, this South American adventure will enthral you.

Where you'll be staying

Palacio de Sal, Uyuni

A unique retreat by Salar de Uyuni

This spectacular lodge perches on the edge of a plateau overlooking the world’s largest salt plain, and it’s made entirely from salt blocks.

Why we stay here

Feel the salt crunch beneath your feet in this one-of-a-kind hideaway, with roaring log fires, colourful Andean fabrics and a hot tub spa with the most incredible views.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Aranwa Hotel, Sacred Valley

Aranwa Hotel & Resort, Sacred Valley

Historical 4-star guest house in a reconverted hacienda

Surrounded by a vast mountainscape, this rustic retreat is nestled in the heart of the Andes and is rich with character.

Why we stay here

Equipped with a spa and wellness centre, this hotel puts mind, body and spirit at the forefront of hospitality.

Ecolodge La Estancia, Sun Island Ecolodge La Estancia, Sun Island

Ecolodge La Estancia, Sun Island

Breathtaking ecolodge looking out on Lake Titicaca

With majestic views of the surrounding landscape, this ecolodge is a deep breath of fresh air

Why we stay here

This secluded retreat is located at the wild heart of Sun Island, surrounded by Inca ruins and unspoilt nature. Feel revitalised by your stay here.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1

Explore the lively streets of Lima

Flashpackers, welcome to Lima! An airport transfer will be waiting to whisk you off to your hotel – then it’s time for the fun to begin. After meeting your fellow Flashpackers, we’ll head out to the romantic heart of Lima, as we explore the bohemian district of Barranco by foot. From local handicrafts to stylish boutiques, Barranco is laden with the vibrant textures of Peruvian culture. We’ll take a stroll through the streets, passing colonial buildings and lively plazas. As we cross the Bridge of Sighs into Old Lima, absorb the sights and sounds of the city as it lights up for the night. Then, prepare to toast to our upcoming adventures as we hit the bars for a true taste of Lima’s nightlife; get to know your fellow Flashpackers with a Pisco Sour in hand.

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Lima streets

Day 2

Seek out Lima’s foodie secrets

After filling up on a hotel breakfast, we’ll be seeking out the urban haunts of Lima by minibus: from local huariques (meaning ‘secret hideaway’, these family-run eating houses are a joy to hunt down) to the elegant districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, we’ll uncover a side of Lima that many tourists don’t get to see. We’ll pause along the way to indulge on local flavours and popular dishes, before exploring Lima’s nature trails and soaking up magnificent views of the city. Then we’re off to the highlands! After touch-down in Cusco, we’ll head straight for the Sacred Valley, just in time for a delicious Andean feast. Then it’s time to unwind to life in the mountains. The evening is yours, so settle into your new surroundings and acclimatise to the high altitude. Feel the fresh air revitalise you, against the stunning panorama of the snow-capped sierra.

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Local cuisine: ceviche

Day 3

Bike the gentle slopes of the Sacred Valley

Today we’ll be hitting the hills of the Sacred Valley in the Andean sierra. Once the heartlands of the Inca Empire, this is a landscape of winding rivers and deep valleys, crumbling ruins and snow-capped mountains – and a truly epic location to discover by mountain bike. Once you’re kitted out with your gear, our first stop is the archaeological site of Moray. One of the most beguiling sights of the Inca Empire, Moray is a large bowl-like compression with circular terraces descending deep into the earth. Next up, we’re heading to the Salineras de Maras, a town famed for its striking salt ponds. Prepare to be amazed by this ancient system of cultivating salt since pre-Inca times. After marvelling at the mystery of the Inca Empire, a private bus will be waiting to whisk us back to our hotel.

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Mountain biking in the Sacred Valley

Day 4

Follow in the footsteps of the Incas

We’ll kick-start today’s activities by taking a train up to Kilometer 104 on the Inca Trail. Then, we’ll follow a hiking trail up the mountain, pausing to explore the ghostly remains of Inca sites. Our first stop: the enigmatic ruins of Chachabamba. These crumbling remains are believed to have been a religious site, as well as a gate house to Machu Picchu. We’ll then make an ascent to a mountain waterfall: soak up majestic views of the Andes as you tuck into your packed lunch. After replenishing our energy, we’ll pick up the pace to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate), where you can enjoy sweeping views of Machu Picchu in its faded glory. Then we’ll hop on a bus to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes, renowned for its medicinal thermal waters. Scattered with restaurants, boutiques and an artisanal craft market, lose yourself in the streets of this little mountain pueblo.

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Inca pathways

Day 5

Discover the lost city of Machu Picchu

Flashpackers, prepare yourselves – today we’ll be experiencing Machu Picchu in its full magic. Located at 2,430 metres above sea level, the lost Inca citadel looks out over the ridges of the Andes Mountains. With crumbling ruins and deep valleys, this is a truly breathtaking backdrop. We’ll be joined by an expert guide, who will be at hand to take us through the chapters of Inca history. Then it’s over to you to explore the fortress at your own leisure. Feel the fresh mountain winds whip around you as you gaze down at the valleys below, with the condors soaring overhead. After lunch, we’ll hop on a train to Ollantaytambo. Take a stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets, marvelling at this fine example of Inca city planning in the shadow of the mountains.

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Discover Machu Picchu

Day 6

Encounter the urban charms of Cusco

After filling up on breakfast, it’s time to hit the streets of Cusco. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this imperial city was the historic capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. We’ll begin our urban voyage at the Koricancha Temple, an Inca palace built in honour of the Sun God. Journeying through a series of historical landmarks, from the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman to the deeply spiritual Qenqo Temple, we’ll take in the rich cultural traditions of Cusco. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. After an action-packed itinerary filled with hiking and mountain-biking, this is your time to unwind – you’ve earned it! We’ll then gather later in the evening for a twilight stroll, navigating the historical layers of the city as night falls.

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Roam the streets of Cusco

Day 7

Indulge in the flavours of the Andes

Foodies, listen up. Today we’ll be delving into the gastronomic traditions of the Andes, as we explore the vibrant possibilities that San Pedro Market has to offer. Feast your eyes on the rich abundance of local produce, from bursting fruit to hard cheeses, and lose yourself in the a maze of beautiful traditional textiles. After learning about the foodie products, turn your hand to transforming them into Peruvian specialities under the guidance of a professional local chef. You’ll also learn how to craft the perfect Pisco Sour – salud! After lunch, the afternoon is yours. Wander through the sepia streets and absorb the epic atmosphere of this highlands city. Or if culture is your thing, explore the city’s galleries and museums at leisure, absorbing Cusco’s vibrant artistic heritage and unique cultural identity.

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Learn Andean cuisine

Day 8

En route to Lake Titicaca

This morning, we’ll be moving onto our next destination – a good playlist or pack of cards will be indispensable for the long road ahead.  But not until we’ve uncovered the cultural treasures around Cusco. We’ll stop by San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, a gorgeous chapel with white-washed exteriors, glowing with intricate gilded features on the inside. We’ll also pass the crumbling walls of Raqch’i, an Inca temple that has been converted into an archaeological site. We’ll tuck into lunch at a local restaurant, fuelling up for the journey ahead. Then, we’ll continue our long journey towards the Bolivian border, touching down in the southeastern Peruvian city of Puno for one night. Located at the edge of Lake Titicaca, soak up mesmerising views of the vast blue waters bordered by mountains. After checking into your hotel, the evening is yours, so settle into your new environs and unwind to the rhythm of life at the water’s edge.

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Lake Titicaca

Day 9

Journey to the Sun Island

This morning, we’re off to an early start, heading across the Bolivian border to the lakeside town of Copacabana. After tucking into local specialities at a restaurant in town, we’ll hop on a boat and sail across the deep serene waters to the Sun Island. Absorb the rugged terrain of the island: think rocky hills and cracked earth threaded with eucalyptus trees. Soak up the breathtaking sight of snow-capped mountains on the horizon, as you acclimatise to this epic terrain. The Sun Island is home to many ancient landmarks and ruins, playing a leading role in Inca religion and mythology. In fact, it was believed that Inti – the Sun God – himself was born here. Settle into this legendary landscape and feel its hidden power, against the ebbing waters of Lake Titicaca. And don’t miss the spellbinding vision of the sunset illuminating the Cordillera Real mountains. Then unwind for the night in a unique ecolodge, nestled in the heart of tranquillity.  

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Island of the Sun, Lake Titicaca

Day 10

Inca ruins and blue lake waters 

Wake up early to catch a mesmerising sunrise, as day breaks over Lake Titicaca – while this is entirely optional, you won’t want to miss it. After breakfast at the ecolodge, we’ll traverse through this sacred island, making our way to the ancient Inca Steps. This stone stairway snakes uphill from the shores of the island, with 200 steps leading up to the village of Yumani. There, you’ll find a sacred fountain that is believed to hold the key to everlasting youth. We’ll then make our way to Chinkana, an eerie village of Inca ruins on the north of the island. ‘Chinkana’ is the Quechua word for ‘labyrinth’ – lose yourself in its ghostly pathways and crumbling walls. If that weren’t enough for Inca heritage, we’ll then head on to the Island of the Moon, where we’ll pause for lunch. According to mythology, this is where Viracocha – the creator god in the Inca pantheon – commanded the rising of the moon. Remote and secluded, this haven of tranquillity is brimming with ancient mysteries waiting to be unearthed. Come afternoon, we’ll journey onwards to La Paz. The afternoon is yours to unwind and absorb your new surroundings. Welcome to one of the world’s most high-altitude capitals!

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Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Day 11

The city sights of La Paz

This morning, we’ll hit downtown La Paz to soak up the sights of this sprawling mountain city. From the church of San Francisco to Murillo Square, catch a glimpse of daily life in Bolivia’s capital. We’ll delve into bustling street markets and winding cobbled alleys, seeking out the secrets of La Paz. For lotions and spiritual advice, pop by the mesmerising Witches Market, where ancient Aymaran beliefs are still practised. Look out for the Aymara Indian women of La Paz – known as cholitas paceñas – in their colourful skirts, shawls and bowler hats (on the right day, you may even be able to catch them wrestling). Then we’ll make our way to the Valley of the Moon, an otherworldly landscape of jagged clay and sandstone monoliths. Marvel at this surreal terrain of caverns and gorges – it will blow you away. After an action-packed morning, spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or exploring the nooks and crannies of La Paz. Get plenty of rest – we’ll need plenty of energy for our early start tomorrow morning.

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La Paz streets

Day 12

Behold the Salt Flats of Uyuni

Flashpackers, prepare for something truly epic today. We’ll catch an early flight to Uyuni, where we’ll come face to face with the largest salt flats in the world. Welcome to a breathtaking dreamlike landscape, where shimmering white plains stretch out to the horizon until land and sky become one. Bolivians once transported salt by steam train, and our first stop is at the train cemetery, where rusting engines and wagons litter the plains like gravestones. From here, we’ll pop over briefly to Colchani village and Los Ojos de Agua (the ‘Eyes of Water’), where we’ll hear an overview of modern-day salt processing and see how it’s manually extracted from the land. After our quick salt lesson, we’ll pause for lunch. But not just any old lunch – prepare for something special as we tuck into an epic picnic, spread out in the middle of the salt plains. How’s that for a unique foodie experience? After lunch, we’ll make our way to Incahuasi Island, located in the heart of the salt flats. This dry rocky land mass rises from the plains in the shape of a fish, lending it the epithet Isla del Pescado. Continuing our journey through this surreal landscape, we’ll check into a hotel made entirely of salt blocks, just in time for dinner. Settle in as darkness falls over the salt flats, kicking back with drink in hand.

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Uyuni Salt Flats

Day 13

Ancient delights and city sights

Wake up to magical views of sunrise flowing over the salt flats – a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. After breakfast at the salt lodge, we’ll kick-start the morning’s activities by catching an early flight back to La Paz, before heading on to the ancient UNESCO city of Tiwanaku. Built at 4,000 metres above sea level, this was one of the highest urban settlements ever constructed. Boasting an intricate architecture based on a complex system of religious and political beliefs, this ancient city was the thriving heart of Tiwanaku culture from 400 – 900 AD. Marvel at the ingenuity of Tiwanaku urban engineering as you immerse yourself in the legacy of the pre-Inca past. We’ll head back to La Paz for the afternoon, where you have the rest of the day to spend as you please. Take a stroll through the enchanting city streets as evening sets in, savouring the character and atmosphere of this epic location before our journey comes to an end.

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Sights of La Paz

Day 14

Until next time, Bolivia!

Flashpackers, our epic South American adventure has come to an end. What a journey it’s been. You’ve mountain-biked the slopes of the Sacred Valley, you’ve ticked off a major bucket-list moment in Machu Picchu, you’ve explored the islands of Lake Titicaca and you’ve absorbed the dreamlike panorama of the Salt Flats. But if South America has left you wanting more, why not head on to Chile? Wherever you go next, it’s been an incredible adventure.

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Uyuni Salt Flats

On the map

Important notes

Fly into Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima and out of El Alto International Airport, La Paz.

Please try and arrive by 5pm on Day 1 (although we will pick you up no matter what time you arrive) and feel free to depart anytime on Day 14.

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.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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