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Peru Express: Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima

Hike to the lost city of Machu Picchu, immerse yourself in Cusco’s Inca heritage and master the flavors of Andean cuisine

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Peru Express: Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima

8 Days | From $3049

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation

About your trip

From Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, uncover Peru’s most iconic sights in just over a week.

On this eight-day adventure, you’ll hike to Machu Picchu, immerse yourself in Cusco’s Inca heritage, mountain-bike the Sacred Valley and explore the coastal charms of Lima.

Not got much time on your hands? This Peru Express trip was curated for you. A short escape, but packed with adventure, we’ll show you the very best Peru has to offer. Let’s go.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Private airport transfers

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.


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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Buenos días, Lima

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    Welcome to Lima. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a private transfer, ready to take you to your hotel. Here, you’ll meet your fellow travelers and guide before heading out to explore the districts of Miraflores and Barranco by foot. From local handicrafts to stylish boutiques, you’ll find plenty to pique your interest on your first stroll through Lima. Spend the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow Flashpackers over a couple of Pisco Sours and piqueos.

  • Day 02 Lima sights & highland beauty

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    After filling up on a hotel breakfast, we’ll set off on our urban adventure through Lima’s vibrant downtown. We’ll slowly make our way to a museum in the city center, which houses a collection of precious pre-Colombian artefacts. Once you’ve marvelled at the artistic heritage of Peru’s past, we’ll tuck into lunch at a downtown restaurant, 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 acclimatize to the high altitude. Feel the fresh air revitalize you, against the stunning panorama of the snow-capped sierra.

  • Day 03 Mountain-biking in the Sacred Valley

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    Today’s activity? Mountain-biking the Sacred Valley. Once the heartlands of the Inca Empire, this is a landscape of winding rivers and deep valleys, crumbling ruins and snow-capped mountains. Your first stop: the archaeological site of Moray. One of the most mysterious sights of the Inca Empire, Moray is a large bowl-like compression with circular terraces descending deep into the earth. Next, you’re off to the Salineras de Maras, a town famous for its striking salt ponds – the remnants of an ancient system of salt cultivation dating back to pre-Inca times. After your historical mountain-biking expedition, a private bus will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Day 04 Hike from Chachabamba to the Sun Gate

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    This morning will see you take the train up to Kilometer 104 on the Inca Trail, where you’ll follow a hiking trail through the mountains. Your first stop is Chachabamba, whose ghostly ruins are believed to have been a religious site, and the gatehouse to Machu Picchu. You’ll continue the ascent to a mountain waterfall: the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch, with majestic views over the Andes. Then it’s onto Inti Puntu, the Sun Gate, which looks out onto Machu Picchu itself – and where today’s hike culminates. You’ll then catch a bus down to Aguas Calientes, a town renowned for its medicinal thermal waters. Lined with restaurants, boutiques and an artisanal craft market, this typical mountain pueblo brims with Andean charm.


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    Today, you’ll be experiencing Machu Picchu in its full splendor. Located at 2,430 meters above sea level, the lost Inca citadel looks out over the ridges of the Andes Mountains – you’ll see exactly why Machu Picchu tops most travellers’ bucket-lists. Your expert guide will talk you through the chapters of Inca history, then it’s over to you to explore the fortress at your own leisure. Enjoy lunch in the Lost City, then take the train down to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll have all afternoon to meander through this Inca town.

  • Day 06 Uncover Cusco’s Inca heritage

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    Start your morning the local way: in San Pedro Market, perusing stalls lined with fresh produce and traditional textiles. Then, you’ll dive straight into Cusco’s rich heritage. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this imperial city was the historic capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. Begin at Koricancha Temple, built in honor of the Sun God, before weaving through the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the Qenqo Temple. After lunch, it’s onto an exclusive chocolate-making class, where you’ll taste the entire process from bean to bar. You’ll learn how to roast and grind the cacao beans into a paste, before creating an indulgent Andean hot chocolate.

  • Day 07 Andean flavors & Pisco Sours

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    This morning, you’ll have the option to visit Cristo Blanco, where a formidable white statue of Christ rises over the Andes. Back in Cusco, you’ll learn how to master the Peruvian speciality of lomo saltado, under the guidance of a professional local chef. Follow this up with a session learning how to craft Peru’s national cocktail: the Pisco Sour. After lunch, the afternoon is all yours to explore Cusco at leisure.


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    Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel, then it’s time to make your own way onwards to the airport. Not quite done with South America? Take a look at our hugely popular Chile itinerary. Alternatively, if you’ve got more time on your hands, why not extend this adventure with a trip to Bolivia?

Our Favorite Hotels

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

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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 center, this hotel puts mind, body and spirit at the forefront of hospitality.

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El Mapi by Inkaterra, Aguas Calientes

Stylish boutique 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.

Important Notes

  • Fly into Lima Airport (LIM) and out of Cusco Airport (CUZ).

  • Please try to 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 8.

  • If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, an alternative activity will be planned.

  • The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will do an alternative hike

  • Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.

  • 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 – learn more here.


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