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Peru Tours: Family Adventure

Highlights of this Tour: Lima • Cusco • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Amazon

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

Days of Departure: Set Departures on 03 August, 17 August, 23 December (Group Basis) • Daily, On Request (Private)

Peru is a fantastic country for children as there are so many activities to be enjoyed in the countryside, and best of all they will learn whilst having fun! This itinerary provides just some examples of what can be done for families. The itinerary is available in small groups on set dates in the summer holidays or can be on a private basis.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival in Lima
Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel. If you have time you could have a half day city tour.

Day 2 | Lima-Cusco
Transfer to the airport and fly to Cusco. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will take a short walking tour of the city and you will have a full briefing for the days ahead.

Day 3 | Cusco-Sacred Valley
From Cusco you will be driven to a section of the River Urubamba, the Sacred River of the Incas. This is where the rafts are inflated, or if feeling brave the inflatable canoes, for some fun grade I-II rafting. Full instruction and safety talk is given so no previous experience is necessary. After a picnic lunch continue down the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the quaint town of Pisac. The village is famous for its Sunday market and superb artisan stalls - a shopper’s dream. Old Pisac ruins have much to explore with a down-hill hike along a well-defined path through Royal buildings, tombs,look-outs, terraces, tunnels, irrigation channels and back down to Pisac Plaza. You may also visit a local bakery and learn about the guinea pigs of Peru.

Day 4 | Sacred Valley
Enjoy a lovely bike ride, it is very versatile to the all the family’s needs. Begin at Pisac and head to Taray for the start of the alternative Sacred Valley descent. This lovely dirt track undulates between local villages and haciendas. It shows the local farming methods and the beautiful views of glaciated mountains and Inca Ruins. When convenient you will stop for a picnic lunch. The support vehicle following at a safe distance means you can carry on through the villages of Qoya, Lamay and Calca. When tired you board the vehicle and continue on to the hotel in the charming village of Ollantaytambo site of the last battle between Incas and Spanish before the remaining Incas rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba.

Day 5 | Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Catch the early morning train from Ollantaytambo down the now raging Urubamba river to km 104. Here you start the hike along the Royal Inca Trail. Whilst walking all you need to carry is a daypack, your over-night luggage will be transferred to your hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo to await your arrival. An initial hot ascent is replaced by satisfaction as you reach Wiñay Wayna, a beautiful Inca ruin full of swallows and orchids. A contour path through the fascinating cloud forest leads to Inti Puncu, the gateway of the Sun and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to the hotel in the colourful town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 6 | Machu Picchu-Cusco
First thing in the morning head up the hill to the fabled "Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu" for a fully guided tour, of the residential, religious and agricultural sectors. There is time afterwards to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s hut or else just wander through the ruins, soaking up the atmosphere. (Please note Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain now require an extra, limited-availability permit. Please enquire at time of booking if you require one.) In the afternoon, board the train for an interesting ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here your waiting bus whisks you back to Cusco and the hotel.

Day 7 | Cusco
A free day in Cusco for some rest and recuperation. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting Colonial churches, bargain hunting in artisan markets, chocolate museums or just relaxing over a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Cusco has it all.

Day 8 | Cusco-Amazon
A short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado deep in the Amazon rainforest where you will be met by your expert resident guide and taken to the docks to board a motorized dugout canoe for the trip to your jungle lodge. You will be able to leave any excess luggage at their offices in Puerto Maldonado. On arrival at the lodge you can choose from a number of activities, from jungle hikes to canoe trips or simply take a siesta and enjoy the sounds of the jungle from your hammock.

Days 9-10 | Amazon
A variety of options to choose from, the jungle is usually alive very early in the morning so if you can get out pre-dawn and explore it is your best chance to see wildlife. Monkeys, birds, giant otters, ants galore and a chance to learn about the rainforest from your expert resident guides either on foot or by dugout canoe. There is plenty of time to have a siesta to avoid the hottest part of the day then take a canoe trip on a lake or explore more trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the Amazon basin. The evening can be free to relax or head out on foot in search of nocturnal mammals or by canoe in the hope of glimpsing the rare Black caimans that inhabit the nearby water.

Day 11 | Amazon-Lima
After a dawn breakfast we return to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight to Cusco or Lima and onto to your International connection.

No prices are mentioned here as there are many variations on hotels and excursions in each area. Contact our Peru Travel Specialists to discuss details or to request a quote for a custom private tour of Peru.

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