Uncover the Inca heritage of Peru and Bolivia
Discover the lost city of Machu Picchu, explore La Paz and encounter the celebrated Salt Flats on this bucket-list adventure
Uncover the Inca heritage of Peru and Bolivia
About this trip
Peru is an epic destination in its own right, but add Bolivia to the mix and you have a truly spectacular combination.
This 14-day adventure begins in Lima, home to a vibrant coastal culture and elegant colonial architecture. From here, you’ll venture into the highlands, where the legacy of the Incas prevails in the ruins of Machu Picchu and the streets of Cusco. Then you’ll cross the border into Bolivia, where the islands of Lake Titicaca are waiting to be explored.
And finally, the Uyuni Salt Flats – an experience every bit as breathtaking as you’ve heard.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- ATOL protected
- 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.
DAY BY DAY
Day 01 Buenos dias, Lima
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 travellers 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 Culinary sightseeing in Lima
Take breakfast at the hotel, then you’re off to explore downtown Lima. Pause along the way to indulge on local flavours at a winery, where you’ll get the chance to taste some pisco alongside quaint piqueos. You’ll then have a few hours to explore the city’s nature trails, with scenic views of the city to be savoured. Then, you’ll catch your transfer to Cusco, heading straight to the Sacred Valley in time for dinner. The evening is yours to acclimatise to the high altitude, with the mountains unfolding around you.
Day 03 Mountain-biking in the Sacred Valley
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 Hiking the Inca Trail
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.
Day 05 DISCOVER THE LOST CITY OF MACHU PICCHU
Today, you’ll be experiencing Machu Picchu in its full splendour. Located at 2,430 metres 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
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 honour 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 flavours and Pisco Sours
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.
Day 08 EN ROUTE TO LAKE TITICACA
This morning will see you make the journey towards Bolivia, with a stop at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. This beautiful chapel boasts white-washed exteriors, with intricate gilded features on the inside. From there, you’ll head onto Raqch’i, an Inca temple now converted into an archaeological site. Then, it’s onwards towards the Bolivian border, with a stopover in the Peruvian city of Puno for one night. Located at the edge of Lake Titicaca, savour the scenic views of the lake fringed by mountains as the sun goes down.
Day 09 JOURNEY TO THE SUN ISLAND
You’re off to an early start this morning, heading across the Bolivian border to the lakeside town of Copacabana. From the harbour, you’ll hop aboard a boat and sail across the deep lakewaters to the Sun Island. Here you’ll find a rugged island terrain surrounded by pristine wilderness. The landscape of the island plays a leading role in Inca mythology, with the Sun God believed to have been born here. The perfect place, then, to spend a night beneath the skies. Catch sunset shining over the Cordillera Real Mountains, before unwinding in your ecolodge, far from the lights of civilisation.
Day 10 From the Sun to the Moon
We suggest waking up early to witness sunrise over Lake Titicaca – while this is entirely optional, it’s so special an experience that you won’t want to miss it. Then, spend the rest of the morning exploring the island’s sacred sights, from the ancient Inca steps to the village of Yumani (home to a sacred fountain believed to hold the key to everlasting youth). You’ll then navigate your way to Chinkana, an Inca village now lying in ruins on the north of the island. ‘Chinkana’ is the Quechua word for ‘labyrinth’, and you’ll find yourself drawn into its eerie corridors and doorways. From there, you’ll continue to the Isla de la Luna – the Moon Island – a sacred site believed to be where the Creator commanded the rising of the moon. From wilderness to civilisation, the afternoon will see you make the journey onwards to La Paz, where the rest of the day is yours to acclimatise to the world’s most high-altitude capital.
Day 11 The city sights of La Paz
This morning is dedicated to exploring the sights of central La Paz. From San Francisco Church to the Witches’ Market, this is your chance to catch a glimpse of daily life in Bolivia’s capital. 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, it’s onto the Valley of the Moon, a landscape of jagged clay and sandstone monoliths (the word ‘otherworldly’ springs to mind). After an active morning, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy as you please.
Day 12 The beauty of Uyuni Salt Flats
This morning, you’ll catch an early flight to Uyuni, where you’ll come face-to-face with the largest salt flats in the world. Here, you’ll find yourself in a vast dreamlike landscape, with shimmering white plains stretching out to the horizon. After learning about the area’s history and modern salt extraction processes, you’ll head onto Incahuasi Island, a rocky land mass located in the heart of the salt flats. To round off what’s already been a surreal experience, tonight you’ll sleep in a hotel made entirely of salt blocks.
Day 13 BOLIVIAN COFFEE FLAVOURS
Start your morning with an early flight back to La Paz, in time for an exclusive coffee tasting at a local roastery. Combining traditional methods with a modern approach, you’ll gain an insight into Bolivia’s celebrated coffee culture. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please, before gathering with your fellow travellers for a final-night feast.
Day 14 UNTIL NEXT TIME, BOLIVIA
After a final breakfast at the hotel, it’s now over to you to arrange your own way to the airport. If you’re looking to extend your South American adventure, take a look at our hugely popular Argentina itinerary.
OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip
Palacio de Sal, 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.
Aranwa Hotel & Resort, Sacred Valley
Surrounded by a vast mountainscape, this rustic retreat is nestled in the heart of the Andes and is rich with character.
Ecolodge La Estancia, Sun Island
With uninterrupted views of the lake and island, this ecolodge is the ideal place to reconnect with the natural world.
Fly into Lima Airport (LIM) and out of La Paz Airport (LPB).
Please try and arrive by 4pm on Day 1 (although we will pick you up no matter what time you arrive) and feel free to depart anytime on Day 14.
We love Bolivia – a land of natural wonders and vibrant culture alike. However, please be aware that the infrastructure is basic. This means that traffics, delays, strikes can happen on your adventure at any time. The hotel are basic and some normal everyday luxuries such as WiFi or hot water cannot always be provided. This is a true back-to-basics adventure destination.
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. 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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