Discover Peru on this Family Adventure, touring the Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lima.

Gaze up at Peru’s dazzling peaks and into picturesque valleys to understand why the Andean mountains were sacred for the Incas. This well-paced holiday combines time in the fascinating historic cities of Lima and Cuzco with time exploring some of Peru’s most amazing settings. Enjoy a memorable train journey through the heart of the sacred valley to Machu Picchu and breathe in the magical spirit of the Incas.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Cusco, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Family
Code
GGFB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 3 Max 16
Carbon offset
543kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Stroll through Lima’s historic streets
  • Step back in time in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire
  • Enjoy an unforgettable train ride through the Andes
  • Be humbled by the incredible beauty of Machu Picchu
  • Relax in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes

Itinerary

Your trip starts in Lima with a welcome meeting at 6pm followed by an optional dinner.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
While Peru's capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city's attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical centre.
While we are here there are many museums we can visit such as the Museo de la Nacion and the Gold Museum, which showcase the finest artefacts from the country's many ancient civilisations. We can also visit the finely preserved catacombs at the Church of San Francisco, and take in a bit of local culture at an evening folklore show.
This morning after breakfast we embark on a city tour of this fabulous place, key highlights include the eerie catacombs of San Francisco and the Basilica Cathedral. A great day to get you acclimatised to Peru.
This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway for the Amazon. Upon arrival, the lodge staff will take us to their office in town where we will leave most of our luggage in a safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for our next two nights in the jungle. Then take a motorised canoe up river to our jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area.

Head into the jungle with our local, multilingual guides and encounter magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. The guides can also teach us about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants.

The lodge is eco-friendly and combines low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps for light.
We transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado this morning and board a short flight to Cuzco. On arrival in Cuzco we check into our hotel and enjoy a first evening in this fascinating city.
The Cuzco region truly is the heart and soul of Peru. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cuzco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Inca-built walls line the central streets and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for explorations into the Inca world or to enjoy a range of outdoor activities.

Take the time to acclimatise to the city's 3,450 m (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city.
We start our tour of the Sacred Valley this morning with a visit to Pisac.
Part of the Sacred Valley, Pisac is a small town famous for its market (Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday). There are also some Incan ruins spread out on the mountains above the town, dating from about the same time as Machu Picchu.
We will start with a tour to a local farm, and then visit the archaeological ruins before heading onto Awanacancha to see llamas, alpacas and vicnuas and learn about the old techniques of dyeing, spinning and weaving the Alpaca's wool. We spend the night in Pisac.
The Royal Inn in Pisac has a swimming pool
We continue through the Sacred Valley this morning and onto Ollantaytambo
The town of Ollantaytambo has been built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.
We then take a midday train up to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night, in preparation for our visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow.
Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, Aguas Calientes takes its name from the numerous hot springs that are dotted throughout the area.
Early this morning we catch the bus up to the stunning 'lost city' of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is one of those genuinely magical places, and catching your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget.

The ruins of this forgotten city are stunningly located, perched high in the Andes surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urambamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge between the mountains, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it's no surprise it's ruins remained a secret for so many years. Historians believe the city was probably completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed all it's inhabitants and watered by natural springs. It's thought that the city was the location of a royal palace and estate, home to the Inca emperors, or possibly a sacred religious and ceremonial sight.

Discovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, although the ruins were heavily covered by dense jungle foliage, many of the buildings were well preserved and in excellent condition. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public spaces. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire.

WAYNA PICCHU: Please note, due to Intrepid's internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.
We will have a guided tour of the site, as well as some free time, before catching an afternoon train to Ollanta - then a bus to Cuzco.
Free day in Cuzco.
Cuzco is a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner. A World Heritage site set among red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Plane, Private vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Hostel (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Transport
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Catacombs - Lima
  • Cathedral
  • Coca Museum
  • Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)

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Important notes

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 15 years of age at time of travel.

Trip notes

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Reviews

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Peru Family Adventure , July 2015

Peru Family Adventure , July 2015

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