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Wander Through the Incan World
Peru
Wander Through the Incan World

A true traveller's trip, this 20-day adventure through Peru provides an opportunity to see some of the world's most amazing sights, be exposed to a new way of living and learn about one of the most intriguing ancient cultures in the world. Beginning in the coastal capital of Lima, a hectic but charming metropolis, you will move through the legendary terrain of Peru; from the expansive desert dunes then up into the Andes Mountains to gaze upon the ancient Incan wonder of Machu Picchu. With a large emphasis on adventure, this trip is not for the beach bums but instead creates an experience of high exhilaration, enlightening cultural exposure and the stimulating feeling of a changing scenery. Be prepared to sport everything from bikinis on the coast to a sweater and pants in the mountains as you get a full travel experience on our unique adventure through one of the world's most fascinating countries!

 
Wander Through the Incan World
Peru
Lima

At first glance, Lima may seem much like many other unattractive major cities full of concrete buildings and crowded, noisy streets and worth not much more than a quick pass in and out when using its airport. But you’ll find that Lima is hiding a great deal of fun and wonderment within its city limits. When the fog lifts from this massive desert city and you take a closer look around, you’ll find ancient temples strewn amongst modern houses and old, well-preserved colonial mansions over-looking Lima’s coastline, which boasts some wicked surf! A thriving art scene, fascinating museums, some super fun nightclubs and some of the best and most diverse food options of any city in the world, Lima is a complete city that provides a great experience worth much more than just a quick pass through.

 
Wander Through the Incan World
Peru
Huacachina

A very cool destination situated around an oasis surrounded by looming sand dunes that sprawl out far into the distance, Huacachina is a traveler’s refuge. The town itself, positioned around a dream-like picturesque lagoon, has grown into an infamous party spot for travellers in Peru. The surrounding desert dunes offer a playground to Huacachina’s visitors who can bomb up and down the dunes at breakneck speeds in dune buggies or strap on a sand-board and carve down the faces of the sandy mountains. Wine lovers can venture to the nearby vineyards as well and sample the famous Pisco wines. Huacachina is also the jumping point to one of Peru’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries: the Ballestes Islands, known as ‘the mini Galapagos’ on account of the massive concentration of animals living there - including penguins, blue footed boobies, a plethora of different birds and thousands of sea lions!

 
Wander Through the Incan World
Peru
Arequipa

In the Andes Mountains, surrounded by active, snow-capped volcanoes, large salt lakes, expansive deserts, and the world’s deepest canyons, the city of Arequipa lies in one of the most extravagant natural places on Earth. A very fun and young-blooded city, Arequipa provides the perfect home-base for experiencing the wicked outdoor activities in the surrounding terrain by day and partying at one of the city’s many bars by night. But with amazing downhill mountain biking, white-water rafting and rock climbing opportunities nearby, keeping your days busy is a must here! Not to mention the phenomenal trek into Cañón del Colca, a canyon twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, where you can view the spectacular flight of the Andean condor. And if you do need a day of rest in Arequipa, there are several remarkable historical sights and worthwhile museums as well as some relaxing cafes to keep each moment in this gorgeous city enjoyable.

 
Wander Through the Incan World
Peru
Cusco

The historic capital of the great Inca Empire, the legendary city of Cusco should be on every traveller’s wish list. Situated at a breathtakingly high elevation of 3400m, the cobblestone streets and very well preserved colonial buildings still sit atop the ancient stone foundations laid by the Incas. Around the city, the Andean peaks soar in the backdrop as the lush Amazon jungle and cloud forests encroach closer on the stunning terrain surrounding Cusco. And it is within this nature that you find the Sacred Valley of the Río Urubama, the Inca’s mythical homeland where some of the world’s most fascinating ruins lie and one of the most awe-inspiring places to trek through. With a ton of incredible markets selling Peru’s best handmade clothes and goods, a tantalizing diversity in delicious food options, and a vibrant fiesta-loving atmosphere to the town, Cusco is much more than a place to stop en route to Machu Picchu.

 
Wander Through the Incan World
Peru
Machu Picchu

Perched high up in the Andes Mountains, surrounded by lush green peaks and misty clouds sits the great lost Incan city of Machu Picchu. 1 of the 7 Wonders of the World and the most renowned archaeological site in the western hemisphere, what more is there to say about Machu Picchu? It's incredible in every way, from its mysterious and elaborate temples to its out-of-this-world location, it's a sight that everyone should aim to see once in their life. The town of Machu Picchu, in the Urubamaba Valley, exists solely as a base camp for people to view the magnificent ruins by day and have a nice place to catch their breath by night. Despite being a town built around tourism, there is a mystical feel to the town appropriate of its location and it boasts one of the best night-markets you'll find in Peru.

20 days in Peru
Wander Through the Incan World

Wander Through the Incan World

A true traveller's trip, this 20-day adventure through Peru provides an opportunity to see some of the world's most amazing sights, be exposed to a new way of living and learn about one of the most intriguing ancient cultures in the world. Beginning in the coastal capital of Lima, a hectic but charming metropolis, you will move through the legendary terrain of Peru; from the expansive desert dunes then up into the Andes Mountains to gaze upon the ancient Incan wonder of Machu Picchu. With a large emphasis on adventure, this trip is not for the beach bums but instead creates an experience of high exhilaration, enlightening cultural exposure and the stimulating feeling of a changing scenery. Be prepared to sport everything from bikinis on the coast to a sweater and pants in the mountains as you get a full travel experience on our unique adventure through one of the world's most fascinating countries!

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Wander Through the Incan World
Peru
Wander Through the Incan World

A true traveller's trip, this 20-day adventure through Peru provides an opportunity to see some of the world's most amazing sights, be exposed to a new way of living and learn about one of the most intriguing ancient cultures in the world. Beginning in the coastal capital of Lima, a hectic but charming metropolis, you will move through the legendary terrain of Peru; from the expansive desert dunes then up into the Andes Mountains to gaze upon the ancient Incan wonder of Machu Picchu. With a large emphasis on adventure, this trip is not for the beach bums but instead creates an experience of high exhilaration, enlightening cultural exposure and the stimulating feeling of a changing scenery. Be prepared to sport everything from bikinis on the coast to a sweater and pants in the mountains as you get a full travel experience on our unique adventure through one of the world's most fascinating countries!

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Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Day 1 Lima
Group flight arrives late in the evening. Take group transfer from the airport to hotel in Miraflores district Lima. Get acquainted with your group and spend a day exploring Lima together, taking in breathtaking parks & views (including the "Cat park"), spanish architecture, delicious food and drinks!
Day 2-5 Huacachina
Hop on transport en route to the Ica desert, Huacachina. Enjoy a Pisco Winery for small tour/lunch, hike the sand dunes, lounge by the pool and have your mind blown on our epic sunset Free and Easy Dune Buggyin/ Sandboarding, overnight desert camping trip! Opportunity to visit nature reserves or enigma of the Nasca lines.
Day 6-9 Arequipa
Take night bus to the cultural hub of Arequipa. Explore traditional markets, enjoy amazing food and drink. Embark on the optional (2 day, 1 night) guided Colca Canyon Trek through a canyon twice as deep as the grand canyon, enjoy once in a life time views as condors hover above you in the sky, stay overnight/relax along the river and challenge yourself to conquer this 26 km feat!
Day 10-11 Cusco
Cusco bound on our private bus, road trippin' style. Stopping along the way for lunch and a few other points of interest that we have up our sleeve ;) 2 full days to explore Cusco with an introductory walking tour of the area. Down time and ability to explore more of the sacred valley. Get acquainted with Cusco and prepped for Machu Picchu.
Day 12-14 Machu Picchu
Take private bus then executive glass rooftop train through the Andes to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu town. Sunrise hike up Machu Picchu! Summit Machu Picchu mountain then explore the ruins of Machu Picchu site all with our hand picked guides for a unique experience.
Day 15-18 Cusco
Take executive train & private bus back to Cusco. Take this time to enjoy optional activities such as Bungy Jumping, Mountain biking, Incan hot stone massages, amazing shopping, White Water Rafting, Cooking Classes & of course the infamous nightlife. Optional activity to Rainbow mountain one of the newest and fastest growing expeditions done in Peru
Day 19-20 Lima
Take private transfer to airport and flight to Lima. Enjoy these last moments with your group with some great food, shopping, and perhaps even a bit of paragliding over Lima.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Explore Machu Picchu

Perched high up in the Andes Mountains, surrounded by lush green peaks and misty clouds, sits the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu. One of the 7 Wonders of the World and the most renowned archaeological site in the western hemisphere it's incredible in every way. From its mysterious and elaborate temples to its out-of-this-world location, it's a sight that everyone should aim to see once in their lifetime. Our local Incan guide will take us on a spiritual journey up the mountain, stopping for Coca Leaf and thankfulness ceremonies along the way. This is one experience that will leave your soul rejuvenated. The town of Machu Picchu, in the Urubamaba Valley, exists solely as a base camp for people to view the magnificent ruins by day and have a nice place to catch their breath by night. Despite being a town built around tourism, there is a mystical feel to the town appropriate to its location and it boasts one of the best night-markets you'll find in Peru.

Rip through a Desert in a Dune Buggy

When you first think of deserts you may think of huge expanses of nothingness, flat and dry with nothing to do for fun. But in some deserts the wind has blown the sand into a wonderful terrain of mountains, valleys and wide-open plains that are a hell of a lot of fun to rip up and down on in a little vehicle designed for just that: a dune buggy. Surrounding the oasis town of Huacachina in Peru there is a vast playground of sand dunes, big and small, that we’ve discovered are best explored with a couple travel buddies in a dune buggy at break-neck speeds! Best of all, if you need to catch your breath you can slow it down and enjoy the incredible views of a gorgeous, coastal desert terrain that few have the chance to see in such a free and fun way!

Camping in the Peruvian Desert

What is the most epic end to a day of ripping around rollercoaster-style in giant dune buggies and sand boarding multiple peaks of the ever-changing dunes of Huacachina? Spending a night together with your FNEZ family camping right in the desert dunes. This experience comes complete with a Peruvian fire-grilled dinner and all-you-can-drink Pisco sours, catered to us by our favourite local guides! Lay back, look up at the twinkling stars and vast nighttime sky, and revel in the marvels of our world. It is a party and experience for the books, and not only will you wake up in awe that you just spent a night in your own private desert oasis, but you’ll get to witness one of the most epic sunrises of your life! So wipe away that hangover fog, breathe in the fresh air, and take in this once in a lifetime view.

Go Sandboarding

One of the best and most exciting feelings is just after you strap on your board and you're standing at the edge of a nice, big slope and about to slide your board that extra inch forward so you can start ripping down the mountain. The sun is shining and the sky is blue, you're wearing hardly any clothes and it's nice and hot out - wait, what!? Yes, for all you snowboarders out there that think it's limited to the winter, think again, as sandboarding down huge mountain dunes in the desert offers its own spin on the sport. And in the southern deserts of Peru, you can experience boarding in a whole new way when you climb up the massive sand dunes and gaze out across the beautiful desert hills and then tip your board over the edge and carve soft sand instead of snow in this exhilarating experience that is a must-do for every boarder, skier or lover of fun activities! And if you're not into boarding, try out a sand-toboggan…they’re actually faster!

Hike the Colca Canyon

Following the winding Colca River in southern Peru, the Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world. Its depth of 10,724 ft, or 3,270 m, makes it more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. And we get to hike it! After 6 kms of tight switchbacks finally bring you to the bottom, you’ll enjoy a nice lunch with all your travel buddies before heading another 16 kms across the canyon to our overnight lodgings. Here you will most likely jump into the pool fully clothed and exhausted while feeling immensely proud of yourself for having survived the hike into the canyon. Spend the night playing cards with your friends and trying not to nod off before hitting the hay at an early hour. If you’ve agreed to hike back out, you’ll be up at the crack of dawn for the 5 km trek straight back up the canyon. If your legs have given up on you from the previous day’s exertions, you can hire a mule to take you up. With amazing views the entire time and some wicked condor sightings, the Colca Canyon trek will push you mentally and physically beyond your comfort zone, but the feeling of accomplishment is phenomenal indeed.

Tickle your Taste Buds with a Chocolate Workshop

With cacao trees being native to the Americas, and Peru being home to one of the rarest cocan bean species around, a chocolate tour is definitely in order when visiting the country. Hit up an amazing chocolate workshop in Arequipa that will blow your chocolate senses. The owner Javier will walk you through some of the history of the cacao bean, talk about cocoa butter and its uses, have you sort and hand-grind some beans, and try a little Xocolatl (the drink of the Aztec kings). You are then shown the whole chocolate making process and even get to make your batch to take home, choosing from ingredients like coconut, goji berries, coca powder, salt and so forth to make your chocolate bonbons extra tasty. All the beans used in the shop are sourced from local producers and are certified Organic and Fair Trade. Afterwards, you can hang out in the café and have some of the most amazing hot chocolate around, or try some of the local craft beers on tap, or even buy some chocolate liquor or body scrubs to take home with you. This is every chocolate lover’s dream!!!

Paragliding in Lima

Have you always wanted to fly like a bird? Then head out for an awesome paragliding session in Lima! Right on the edge of the Miraflores district (where we stay) and on a set of beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean, multiple Peruvian paragliding schools are available to take you out. Whether you take a one-day paragliding course or just fly tandem with a professional, there’s nothing like running off the cliff and feeling the wind grab the canopy as you soar away. From way up above Lima you’ll get an incredible ocean view, see how huge the city really is (10 million people!), and your instructor can point out beautiful sights and cool restaurants for you to check out later. This is definitely an amazing way to start or finish your trip to Peru!

Soak It Up at a Hot Spring

After finishing your Colca Canyon trek in the morning, the likelihood that your legs will be stiff as boards is rather high. So what better way to relax those muscles and give yourself a pat on the back for a hike well done than to soak in some luxurious Peruvian hot springs? Pop into your bikini or boardies, grab a beer, and soak up the warmth in a set of terraced stone pools located at the bottom of a river valley. With 5 different tiered pools containing water of varying temperatures, there’s something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and revel in the fact that you’re in Peru with an amazing group of people having the time of your life - and that the hike is over!

Rock Climb Peru

Most of us have tried rock climbing, but it's usually been in a sweaty gym with an artificial climbing wall that is trying to mimic the outdoor experience of rock climbing. When you climb a natural cliff face, your body seems to know it and you almost feel like you're tapping into a core part of your humanity that is telling you that somehow, someway you have to scale this cliff - and most people surprise themselves with their ability to do it. One of the best parts of outdoor rock climbing is that it's generally done in some of the most surreal places on this planet so when you get to the top of your climb you're rewarded with a breathtaking view. So get your climb on in Peru!

Extreme Activities in the Sacred Valley

No trip is complete without a day of adrenaline pumping action, and that’s exactly what you get on our day out in the Sacred Valley! If you really want to get out of your comfort zone, bungee jumping will be right up your alley. Considered the highest bungee jump in South America, you will get to experience a free fall from a platform set 122 meters (just over 400 ft) above the Sacred Valley. Not only will you get an epic view from above, but your adrenaline will be spiking extra hard! Want to make it extra exciting? You could soar over 100 meters high with the highest slingshot bungee in the world! If you’ve always wanted to be Superman, this is your chance. Need to calm your nerves after all this excitement? A little paintball should do the trick. With a variety of obstacles and structures to hunker down in, and probably some live sheep thrown into the mix as well, throw on your animal onesie, grab your paintball gun, and have an amazing time with your friends (animal onesie not included). This will be a day you won't forget!

Pisco Tasting Tour

Pisco. While you may have never heard of this magical liquid, it is the national liquor of Peru! A grape brandy that is most commonly found in the country’s national drink, the Pisco Sour, on this trip you will be lucky enough to get a pisco tasting tour! You will visit a small vineyard outside of Ica, be walked through the whole distillation process from start to finish, and then be led to the tasting room where you will sip a variety of pisco wines and liqueurs. And while many a morning will be spent wishing you had imbibed one (or three) less piscos the night before (a hangover at high altitude is no joke!), pisco will undoubtedly be part of some of your fondest memories from your time in Peru. Don’t forget to take a bottle home with you to continue the good times!

Adventure Sports in The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley, encompasses the heartland of what was once the Inca Empire. Dotted with everything from rocky hills and mountains, to lush grass-covered terraces, it makes a beautiful backdrop for an adrenaline packed day of adventure sports! With both mountain biking and white water rafting available as very affordable options, you’ll want to grab this chance to see the Sacred Valley from a whole new perspective. Spend 3 hours paddling down a winding river with a seasoned guide leading you through epic rapids. You will even have the chance to float alongside the boat for certain stretches or jump off large boulders into the water. Or, you could grab your mountain bike and peddle off for a day of adventures. Cycle through the picturesque valley and feel yourself be transported back to an ancient time. You’ll be physically and mentally challenged, and will come out at the end of the day with a big smile and no regrets!

Tour the ‘Backpacker’s Galapagos' Ballestas Islands

Hop on a boat and cruise out an hour or so into the Pacific Ocean off of Peru's southern coast to a group of small islands called the Ballestas Islands, an amazing sanctuary for a colourful variety of incredible animals. First, be greeted by the barks and howls of the thousands of sea lions that sound like a wolf-pack surrounding you on every side. The playful sea lions are a curious bunch and will often approach the boats looking for new playmates, but the spectacle of creatures only gets more exciting as there is a large density of penguins and the infamous blue-footed booby, a hilarious bird with bright blue feet. Often called the 'Mini Galapagos' because of the extraordinary display of wildlife, you'll have the chance to view over 1,500 different species of species when making the unforgettable trip out to the Ballestas Islands!

Yoga in Pisac

Wind down after some invigorating hikes and enjoy a tranquil yoga class in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas just outside of Cusco, also known as the Urubamba Valley. The quaint town of Pisac is surrounded by Incan Ruins and nestled along the same river that flows to Machu Picchu town known as the Urubamba River. Guided by an experienced and trained yoga teacher, we move through restorative poses and meditative postures to stretch out those sore legs post-Colca Canyon trek. Palo Santo and gentle music fill the room to create a serene environment for quieting the mind as we connect deeper within ourselves. The energy from the ancient ruins that lay in Peru is known to be felt by locals and tourists alike. Through this mindful yoga practice, we get the chance to receive the powerful energy that lies in the Sacred Valley. Leave this class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, with an improved balance between body and mind.

Cooking class in Cusco

After getting a taste of some of the local delicacies Peru has to offer, you’ll be itching to get in the kitchen and learn how to make some of these dishes on your own! In the culturally rich city of Cusco, we have the opportunity to throw on some colorful aprons and get to cooking alongside our very own Peruvian chef. With step by step instructions on how to prepare a popular drink and delicious main dish, we leave the class ready to show all our family and friends back home the tasty treats Peru has to offer! The chef instructing the class also gives some background to the drinks and dishes history and relevance in Peruvian culture. First up, the class chooses whether to prepare a Pisco Sour, the Peruvian national cocktail, or Chicha Morada, a non-alcoholic drink originally from the Andes of Peru. The main course options are between two traditional and equally delicious dishes, Aji de Gallina or Lomo Saltado. The kitchen is also able to make recipe modifications based on food restrictions or allergies the group may have. In typical Free & Easy fashion, we make sure the cooking class is not only informative but super fun!

Walk on a Rainbow

Live a real life Mario Kart dream on your very own Rainbow Road! Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is a ridiculously beautiful section of the Andes. It’s one of those hidden gems that few backpackers make it out to, and we couldn’t be more excited to offer it as an optional day trip on our FnEZ Peru trips! Imagine glacial mountain streams that form a tapestry as they weave their way through lush green fields and pastures home to thousands of grazing alpacas, tiny villages consisting of mud brick houses and locals in traditional outfits (along with the cutest wide-eyed children waiting to give you a high five), and finally, at the peak, an incredible mountain range lit up with spectrum of purples, greens, blues, yellows and reds. Don’t just take our word for it, though; this is something you NEED to experience for yourself. Once you get to the peak and your jaw hits the ground (erm…rainbow?), you’ll understand why we just keep going back. * * * NOTE: The optional Rainbow Mountain hike is our highest elevated hike. Because of the high altitude we only recommend this hike for the physically fit. * * *

Surf A Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 6 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & Colombia) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Meals: Peru (20 Days)

  • Meals during Desert Camping trip

Activities: Peru (20 Days)

  • Sunset Dune Buggy & Sand-boarding trip
  • Desert Camping trip underneath the stars (all camping equipment included)
  • Explore Cusco, the oldest city in South America
  • Entrance and professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu! (and time to explore at your own leisure)
  • Additional entrance to a Machu Pichu hike and viewpoint
  • Pisco Wine Tour and Tasting

Optional Activities: Peru (20 Days)

  • Hiking the dune of the Ica Desert
  • Surfing
  • Incan hot stone Massages
  • White water rafting
  • See the animals of the Ballestas Islands
  • Paragliding in Lima
  • Bungy jumping
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cooking Classes
  • Colca Canyon/Condor Crosspoint/Hot-springs Expedition
  • Mountain biking
  • Soak up the Hot Springs after hiking Colca Canyon
  • Rainbow Mountain hike In Cusco
  • Planetarium of the Incan Sky
  • Fly Over the Nazca Lines
  • Coca Leaf Reading
  • City Ruin Tour
  • Artisinal Chocolate Lessons

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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