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8-Day Family Adventure in Peru

8-Day Family Adventure in Peru

8 days

8-Day Family Adventure in Peru
from $1845 USD

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This tour is redesigned specifically to appeal to the interests of the modern adventurous family! With plenty of activities and enough time to relax too, this trip will be enjoyed by everyone from eight to eighty years old. Your family will have the opportunity to go paddle boarding, canoeing, mountain biking, and hiking the one day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

There are optional extensions for a 3-day Amazon rainforest excursion or a side trip to Lake Titicaca and its floating isles (with an overnight at a family lodge).

Set departures are every Saturday, April through November.

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Day 1: Arrive Cusco; welcome and drive to the Sacred Valley; Peruvian Paso horse show, overnight Sacred Valley.

On arrival at Cusco airport your guide will meet and accompany you on the 90 minute transfer to the your Sacred Valley hotel. You are sure to want to stop along the way for photos at the many fantastic viewpoints. After checking into your hotel you head to Wayra restaurant for a delicious buffet lunch and Caballo de Paso horse show. A visit to a local potter rounds off the day. You will have the chance to craft your own special souvenir under the watchful eye of master craftsmen. Finally your guide will take you back to your hotel where you can rest for the night and enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful rural area.  Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

(L)

Meals included: n/a

Day 2: Mountain biking along the Urubamba River, visit Pisac, overnight Sacred Valley.

Today you cycle out of your door and follow a beautiful dirt road alongside the River Urubamba. Travelling slowly is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of this traditional agricultural area. Vibrant fields of corn, kiwicha and quinoa line your route as cheery farm workers put down their tools to wave as you pass. After a few hours you cross the river and enter the small town of Pisac and enjoy a well earned lunch. Today is market day in Pisac. Most of the crowds will have left by now so you can wander amongst the many artisan stalls at your leisure. If you look carefully you may also see some of the elder locals, who have come down from remote hill villages to barter potatoes, carrots and onions in exchange for tropical fruits brought up from the jungle. A short drive takes you back to your hotel to relax. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

(BL)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Paddle boarding and a special Pachamanca meal; Maras salt pans; overnight Sacred Valley.

A day of variety awaits you today. A 40 minute drive takes you to the shores of Lake Huaypo. Set amongst fields of sunflowers with fantastic views across to the snow capped Urubamba mountains, this really is a special place. You will help prepare a Pachamanca, a very traditional Peruvian meal where meat and vegetables are cooked on hot stones in a hole in the ground. Once the food is cooking, you can enjoy some fun on the water with the world's highest fleet of stand up paddle boards. This fantastic new sport is spreading fast across the world and you will struggle to find a better backdrop to take your first steps. Under the careful instruction of your expert guides, you will soon pick up the skills needed to head out across the lake. Once off the water, it is time to uncover your earthen oven and enjoy the succulent food you prepared. Finally you drive 15 minutes to the spectacular Salt pans of Maras. Worked by hand for generations these are a photographers dream. An old mule track, used to take the salt down to the valley leads you back to your hotel.

(BL)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Train to km 104; hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Today is the day you reach Machu Picchu. Built over 500 years ago this is one of new seven wonders of the world. And rightly so. Words do not do it justice. There are two options:  train or trek.  For the trek: You take an early train to km 104 and start your hike along the Inca Trail. A few hours climbing brings you to the beautiful Inca terraces of Winay Wayna where you enjoy a box lunch lovingly prepared for you by Alex our cook. A further gentle two hours, a final set of steps, you pass through the old Incan gateway, turn to your left and there it is. Machu Picchu unfolds before your eyes. Tonight you spend the night in the town below, perhaps enjoy the medicinal waters of the hot springs, but above all dream about tomorrow and your chance to explore fully the ruins of Machu Picchu.  Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

(BL)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Tour of Machu Picchu, optional climb of Huayna Picchu, return to Cusco. Overnight.

A 20 minute shuttle bus ride brings you back to Machu Picchu. Arriving before the crowds your guide will show you around and explain just how the Incas managed to build with such precision and such beauty, on such a remote hilltop. There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. This is extra, and must be booked at least 60 days in advance of your arrival. After a fantastic day, in a fantastic place, you board the train to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on your journey to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Visit to Sacsayhuaman, chocolate experience, overnight Cusco.

A leisurely day today. A 15 minute drive to the old Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Standing guard above Cusco, the huge ramparts boast stones up to 28 feet high weighing 140 tonnes. Quite how the Incas moved them into place remains one of the world's great mysteries. After climbing to the top of the ramparts for a spectacular view of Cusco, it is time to play. Sacsayhuaman boasts an impressive system of tunnels and rock slides just waiting for you to explore. Finally a 20 minute walk brings you back down to Cusco where you are free to relax and enjoy some lunch. Late afternoon is chocolate time. You probably know you like it, but do you know how it is made? Your hosts will explain where it comes from and the story behind this most popular of foods before helping you make your very own bar of Peruvian chocolate. It's the perfect gift to take home for a loved one. That is, if you don't eat it first.  Overnight Cusco.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Canoeing the Urubamba River, tour alpaca farm, overnight Cusco.

Time to work off all that chocolate. A 40 minute drive takes you to the Pinipampa section of river where you can ride the rapids in your very own inflatable canoe. The safe but fun rapids are perfect for beginners and your expert guides will show you all you need to know. Whatever your age, you are sure to get off the water grinning from ear to ear. A tasty lunch at a local restaurant then it's time to meet the locals. The four legged variety. At Awana Kancha you can feed the llamas and alpacas as well as seeing how the traditional cloth is woven and dyed. Then across the road at Ccochahuasi animal sanctuary you will see first hand just how big a Condor's wingspan is as it swoops low over your head. Home to a variety of rescued animals, this is the ideal place to see native Peruvian animals such as condors, pumas, macaws and the Peruvian hairless dog.  Overnight Cusco.

(BL)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Free time (optional walking tour of historic Cusco); transfer to airport; depart.

Today you are free to wander around Cusco, explore the cobbled side streets of the San Blas artist district or stare in awe at the Inca treasures in the many museums. (You may have an optional walking tour of Cusco). This afternoon we will take you to the airport for your onward journey, perhaps to Lake Tititcaca, the Amazon jungle, or even just home.

(B)

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

8-Day Family Adventure in Peru
from $1845 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • 2015 prices are for the set departures; pricing for private groups available upon request
  • All airport transfers (Cusco) and transport in private vehicles
  • Accommodations in Cusco, Sacred Valley & Aguas Calientes
  • All meals indicated as B=breakfast at hotel, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • Bi-lingual guides
  • Tours and hikes listed in the itinerary
  • All canoeing equipment, professional bi-lingual guides, trained in first-aid, swift water rescue and C.P.R.
  • Extensive first-aid kit including oxygen
  • Peruvian Paso Horse Show
  • Mountain bikes, gloves and helmets
  • Paddle boarding equipment, instruction and guide
  • A guided tour in Machu Picchu by a registered guide
  • Entrances fees, including entrance to the historic sites, permits to the Inca Trail (based on availability) and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Train to km 104 and train return to Cusco (if hiking the Inca Trail), or train to/from Aguas Calientes (if permits are sold out).
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for your guides, transfer agents, drivers, hotel staff
  • Meals not listed
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Cycling shorts and mountain bike toe clips
  • Airport taxes, if applicable
  • Personal expenses (laundry, internet, insurance, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Side trips/extensions to the Amazon or Lake Titicaca

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