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Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Livin' Tranquilo

The South Pacific of Nicaragua is your haven for surf, beach parties and the island sanctuary of Ometepe. Add to that the low cost of living and you have yourself a perfect 10-day escape to Central America’s hottest destination! On top of having some of the best breaks and places to learn how to catch a wave, the funky surf town of San Juan del Sur is home to the infamous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl! You’ll also get to experience either Mag Rock, with its incredible cliff-top sunsets and huge choice of waves, or Free & Easy’s very own Casa Horizon Surf Retreat on the private beach haven that is Playa Escameca. You’ll then leave the sand behind for the peaceful jungle oasis on the volcano island of Ometepe. Visit the South Pacific of Nicaragua and you’ll be saying ‘Diacachimba Amigos!’ in no time!

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
San Juan del Sur

The stunning half-moon cove that San Juan del Sur is built around frames one of the coolest surf towns you're sure to ever experience. Old colonial buildings, a huge boardwalk of beachside bars and restaurants, and an all around laid-back surfer vibe are all part of the reason why being in San Juan is so awesome. The host town of our massive Nicaragua New Years trip each year and a staple on all of our Nicaragua trips, San Juan del Sur is the perfect place to have wicked beach days and wild party nights. The gateway to a huge score of amazing surf beaches all within a short drive from town makes San Juan an ideal destination for any surfer or beach lover and the town's ability to turn it up at night and host some of the best parties on the travel scene makes it so the fun never ends! Consistently good weather, endless cheap rum and very good waves… what more could you ask for?

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Escameca

Arguably one of the nicest beaches in Central America, you won't find Playa Escameca in any travel books…that's because this spot is uniquely Free & Easy! This incredible stretch of beach is hidden way south on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, almost in Costa Rica, and boasts not only gorgeous scenery but also some seriously gnarly surfing conditions that you can enjoy all to yourself. Because the best part about Playa Escameca is that there's nothing there - no hotels, no bars, no other people! There's just the gorgeous bungalow style Casa Horizon: our very own FnEZ-built retreat. Days in Escameca can be spent in so many amazing ways. Whether you're simply soaking in the serene beauty of the surroundings, grabbing a surfboard and catching some waves right in front of the lodge, practicing yoga, swaying lazily in a hammock, or kicking back with some cervezas next to a beach fire, you won't find anywhere more different from your everyday life. Here you can do as you like and experience the true freedom of getting away from it all.

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Mag Rock

Magnific Rock (or Mag Rock as it’s known to most) is home to some of the best surf break in all of Nicaragua. No joke, it’s incredible! When you wake up in the morning and look out over the ocean you can see four different breaks happening, and if that doesn’t get you itching to grab your board and dive in, we don’t know what will. Our accommodations are set up on a point that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, so not only are you guaranteed killer surf, but the awe-inspiring sunsets will blow your mind. Be prepared for a real-life watercolour sky of pinks and oranges every night as the sun meets the ocean. And after a full day of crushing out the best waves in Nicaragua, there’s nothing like chilling in the pool with an ice-cold Toña and the best view around. From yoga, to surfing, booze cruisin’ and having a grand old time down on the beach, we guarantee that you’ll be begging us not to leave Mag Rock.

 
Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Isla de Ometepe

Rising from the depths of the massive Lake Nicaragua is the majestic pyramid-like Concepción volcano and connected to it by a thin strip of land is the smaller but equally impressive Maderas volcano forming Isla de Ometepe, a twin-volcano island that is an amazing sight to behold and a delightfully relaxed place to visit. The island is filled with lush jungle vegetation and nice beaches that border the fresh water lake that stretches out like an ocean as far as the eye can see. The island's perfect soil makes it an ideal home for tons of small farms and plantations that grow about everything possible and make for some tasty and organic food options. Kayaking down rivers, hiking to waterfalls and relaxing in natural water springs only add to the beautiful experience of travelling to Isla de Ometepe.

 
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.

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Livin' Tranquilo
Nicaragua
Livin' Tranquilo

The South Pacific of Nicaragua is your haven for surf, beach parties and the island sanctuary of Ometepe. Add to that the low cost of living and you have yourself a perfect 10-day escape to Central America’s hottest destination! On top of having some of the best breaks and places to learn how to catch a wave, the funky surf town of San Juan del Sur is home to the infamous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl! You’ll also get to experience either Mag Rock, with its incredible cliff-top sunsets and huge choice of waves, or Free & Easy’s very own Casa Horizon Surf Retreat on the private beach haven that is Playa Escameca. You’ll then leave the sand behind for the peaceful jungle oasis on the volcano island of Ometepe. Visit the South Pacific of Nicaragua and you’ll be saying ‘Diacachimba Amigos!’ in no time!

Livin' Tranquilo (10 days)
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 (20 days)

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.

Livin' Tranquilo: 10 days in Nicaragua

Day 1-4 San Juan del Sur
Group flight arrives into Managua in the evening. Get to know your group over a couple of beers in our private A/C bus to the Pacific coast. Arrive late in the evening at the funky beach town San Juan del Sur. The following days will involve beach trips and surf lessons (incl), Jesus statue lookout hike (incl) and the infamous pool crawl party of Sunday Funday!
Day 5-6 Isla Ometepe
Take morning shuttle to San Jorge ferry terminal, board the ferry to the dual volcano island biosphere of Ometepe! Optional activities include volcano hike, horseback to a waterfall, take a dip in a lagoon, kayak the estuary or visit a local rodeo!
Day 7-9 Playa Escameca
Take a ferry back to the pier, then private A/C minibus to Escameca. Get off-the-beaten-track at this amazing beach. Activities include surfing, frisbee, beach bonfires and hammock time or seeing baby turtles hatch(seasonal) on a nearby beach reserve (incl). There will also be an optional Booze Cruise day with Snorkelling and lunch ***** NOTE Certain times of year we will go to Mag Rock beach instead of Escameca.
Day 10 Managua
On the last day take group transfer to Managua airport for departure.

Wander Through the Incan World: 20 days in Peru

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.

Hike The Cristo De la Misericordia Viewpoint

The Christ of Mercy, or Cristo De La Misericordia, is the iconic statue overlooking the San Juan del Sur bay. But it's way more than that...it offers an incredible 360 degree view of the entire town and south pacific! At sunset, it's one of the most incredible views you will come across. Not only that, but at over 26m high, this Jesus statue is the largest statue of Christ in all of Central America and one of the largest in the world. Grab your travel buddies, a water (and probably a beer too) and hit the slope. You might find yourself enjoying the best view of your life! *hike, admission fee included in price

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!

Swim Through Phosphorescence

Phosphorescence (or bioluminescence) is the emission of light created by a variety of tiny, almost microscopic creatures as a defence mechanism. Perhaps the most fascinating display of this phenomenon takes place in the ocean when thousands of bioluminescent plankton scintillate a beautiful blue-green glow that brightens as the plankton are agitated. They can be stimulated by anything from crashing waves to moving boats or from people playing in the water! This opportunity to feel like you're creating magic occurs at times in almost every country we travel to and sometimes the plankton arrive in a magnificent density, creating some of the most unforgettable nights on our trips – most notably in Lao Liang and Koh Ang Thong in Thailand, but also along the Pacific Coast of Central America. So just because the sun has set doesn’t always mean the fun in the water is over! Always be sure to take a few steps into shore and check if you may have the opportunity to swim through phosphorescence because it's one of the most fun and beautiful experiences you may ever have!

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!

Hike a Volcano in a Rare Island Biosphere

Ometepe is a two-volcano island in the middle of a freshwater lake–the only place in the world like it. The base of the smaller of the two volcanoes, Volcan Maderas, is right near our accommodations and can make for a great day trip. At 1394m above sea level, and through a combination of diverse rainforest and tropical environments, it isn’t for the faint of heart. But you will feel like Indiana Jones as you clamber up large rocks, through vines and spend the day in awe of the rare island biosphere! If long hikes aren’t your thing your Free & Easy trip leaders can also organize horseback riding up to a waterfall along the other side of the volcano, or a kayak tour through the river mouth between both volcanoes! Regardless of your choice of adventure, keep your eyes open for exotic birds, monkeys and wider than normal smiles!

See Baby Turtles Hatch

Seeing streams of baby sea turtles burst through the sand on a tropical beach and scramble for the ocean is an incredible sight and is only possible on a few beaches in the world. Sea turtles have an astounding sense of radar and always return to the same beach they were born on to lay their eggs and two of these beaches are located in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and we visit both of them on our Central American adventures. The best time to see baby sea turtles hatch is at night around a full moon as the light from the moon guides the near-blind babies to the shore to catch a wave out to sea and the darkness helps protect them from predators. And if you’re lucky you may also see a full-size sea turtle ride a wave into shore, dig a deep hole on the beach and lay her eggs! *NOTE: THIS ACTIVITY IS SEASONAL FROM JULY TO FEBRUARY

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 7 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & South Africa) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it. *** PLEASE NOTE surfing is dependent on the right conditions and not always possible

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!

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!

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!

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

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!

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

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. * * *

Pacific Coast Booze-Cruise!

Nicaragua's southwest coast is arguably Central America's nicest stretch of beaches. With one massive sprawling beach after another framed by rocky cliffs and fascinating fauna from cacti to palm trees, seeing as much of this coast as possible is must for any visitor to Nicaragua. Unfortunately, the coastal roads in Nicaragua are not very accessible to say the least and so really the best way to see all these beaches is by sailing the open sea! Boarding a catamaran sailboat stocked with ceviche, guacamole and as much beer and rum as possible is the way we like to do it to fully enjoy spending the day gawking at the stunning natural setting while at the same time, throwing down and having a party fit for such a glorious sailing experience. Oh and we almost forgot to mention the wicked surf breaks at almost all of these beaches, so there's always the option of tossing the board in and paddling into some gnarly sets before continuing on our way. Some crazy stuff tends to go down on this adventure as it's always a highlight of the trip, but you'll just have to experience it for yourself to see what's possible when you disembark into the Nicaragua's pacific coast with an arsenal of friends armed with all the makings for an epic good time!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

Have a Sunday Funday

Beers, babes, beats… tasty shots, infinite rum, super soakers full of booze… tropical weather, amazing views, and a pool crawl - together that spells Sunday Funday! Experience the best day of the week in proper Nica fashion with the legendary Sunday Funday pool crawl, taking you to the best party spots around the infamous surf town of San Juan del Sur all day. Each spot has the same thing in common, a nice refreshing pool to take a dip in and dance around, wicked music pumping, and tons of drinks flowing! With hundreds of rowdy young travellers attending each Sunday, this event has grown into one of the best parties in Central America and why not, because who doesn’t love to have fun on Sunday? Get weird, get freaky, get wet, get wasted, do whatever you want because this party starts early and goes as late as you want it to go!

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Accommodation (Central Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-6 person rooms throughout the trip

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

Activities: Nicaragua (10 Days - Tranquilo)

  • One surf lesson and 1 day board rental
  • See baby turtles hatch (seasonal)
  • History Tour of Fortress
  • Entrance to Ojo De Agua nature spring
  • Chill out around a beach fire after a day of surf

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

Meals: Peru (20 Days)

  • Meals during Desert Camping trip

Optional Activities: Nicaragua (10 Days - Tranquilo)

  • Experience the famous Sunday Funday
  • Hike up to the San Juan Jesus statue viewpoint
  • Yoga
  • Fishing
  • Climb a volcano
  • Horse Back Riding through the jungle to San Ramone Waterfall
  • Kayaking
  • Cruise the Pacific on a catamaran
  • Get a Massage over looking a private beach
  • Stand up Paddle Boarding

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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