Venture into the soul of Peru
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8
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25 May
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£200
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£1849 - £2149
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Trip highlights

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

Follow the old Inca Trail to tick off a major bucket-list moment

 

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

Embrace the call of adventure in the highlands

Old Lima Lima local women
Settle into the bohemian rhythms of Old Lima

Delve into the vibrant colors of Barranco’s streets

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

Explore the hidden secrets of Cusco’s cobbled streets

Inca ruins in the mountains Inca ruins
Uncover the ruins of the Sun God

Encounter the ghosts of the past in the Inca ruins

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

Learn all about local cuisine in a sophisticated downtown restaurant

What's included?

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners including a local Andean feast

  • 7 nights’ accomodation in hotels

  • All activities covered, including mountain biking and a cooking class

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • Airport transfers, train travel and 1 domestic flight included

About this trip

From the crumbling ruins of the Inca Empire to the bohemian streets of Lima, past meets present in a land of enchanting contrasts.

On this 8-day adventure, we’ll explore the urban sights of Lima, hunting down local huariques for a true taste of culture. Then we’ll head for the highlands, seeking out the secrets of Cusco’s Inca heritage.

Embrace the spirit of adventure in the Sacred Valley, gliding over the slopes by mountain-bike. Then prepare for a truly unique bucket-list moment as we seek out the lost city of Machu Picchu. Behold the ghostly remnants of a lost empire, amid the soaring condors and rugged mountains.

After returning from the mountains, we’ll delve into the flavors of contemporary Andean cuisine, against the breathtaking backdrop of the sierra.

Mountain-lover or culture-vulture, this 8-day whistle-stop adventure will dazzle you.

Where you'll be staying

Libre Hotel Lima

Libre Hotel, Lima

Modern, comfortable hotel located in downtown Lima

With a plethora of restaurants and bars at a stone’s throw, this central hotel is well placed for city sightseeing.

Why we stay here

Boasting spacious rooms and a private bar, restaurant and market place, this is a great place to recharge after your urban wanderings.

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.

Palacio Manco Capac

Palacio Manco Capac

Sumptuous hotel in a 19th century republican mansion

Secluded from the bustle of the city, this lovely mansion-turned-hotel is the perfect place to kick back.

Why we stay here

With elegant, spacious rooms and a gorgeous private garden, this hotel offers comfort and refinement in equal measure.

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 flavors 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. After our mountain-bike romp, 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.

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Local cuisine: ceviche

Day 3

Scale the 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 honor 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 flavors 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. Then we’ll reconvene in the evening for a final farewell feast. We’ll toast to an epic adventure, sharing stories and memories as the sun goes down.

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Learn Andean cuisine

Day 8

Hasta luego, Peru!

Flashpackers, it’s time to say goodbye. After filling up on breakfast, it’s over to you to make your own way home. What a trip it’s been: from the epic bucket-list experience of Machu Picchu to the contemporary flavors of Cusco, we’ve travelled through the legacy of the past, right up to the present. We’ve wandered through the cobbled streets of Old Lima and soared through the Sacred Valley by mountain bike – and made sweet new friendships and precious memories on the way. Not quite done with South America? Check out our mind-blowing trip to Chile. And for those of you heading home: hasta la proxima! Until next time.

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Hike the Inca Trail in Peru

On the map

Important Notes
  • Fly into Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima and out of Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Trip dates

7 Nights
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£200
Total £2099
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7 Nights
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7 Nights
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£200
Total £2099
£2049
On Sale
7 Nights
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£200
Total £2099
£2049
On Sale
7 Nights
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£200
Total £2099
£2049
On Sale
7 Nights
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£200
Total £2199
£2149
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