“Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” - Dr. Seuss

Discover Peru on this Family Adventure, touring the Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu, Cusco 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 vacation combines time in the fascinating historic cities of Lima and Cusco 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.

Connecting Googler Families with Local Communities

 

Throughout this trip you will have a chance to take your kids education beyond the classroom with a number of visits to local communities in both the Amazon Jungle and Pisac as well as a chance to visit the Manos Unidas Cafe in Cusco. The cafe is staffed by students from the Manos Unidas School, which specializes in educating and preparing children and young adults with mental disabilities for a more independent life. Manos Unidas is one of the latest projects to be supporting by The Intrepid Foundation.

 

 

Trip Details

Start and Finish Location

Start Lima & End Cusco, Peru

Travel Dates

01-10 August, 2019

Trip Length

10 Days

Price

$2,295 (Kids receive 10% discount)

Ages

Minimum 5

Group Size

Minimum 4, Maximum 16

Trip Style

Original

Physical Rating

2 out of 5

How to Book your family adventure 

Note: Please contact your googler@intrepidtravel.com to register. Full payment required 56 days prior to departure.  

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the best sights of Lima, from the colonial architecture and excellent museums to the mysterious catacombs and their ornate displays of human bones

  • Delve into the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Hike jungle trails in search of monkeys, parrots, otters and caymans and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps

  • Meet the local artisans, farmers and townsfolk of the Sacred Valley – not forgetting the cute alpacas and vincunas

  • Be mesmerised by the mother of all Incan cities, the mysterious Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the site plus an extra day of free time to explore

  • With ancient cultures, beautiful architecture and stunning mountains, Cusco has something for everyone, making it perfect for a family visit. A boleto touristico pass grants you access to the best sights in town​

Itinerary

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru’s capital and one of South America’s most charming colonial cities. If you and your family arrive early perhaps take a walk around the chic suburb of Miraflores or visit Central Park or Lovers' Park. You also might like to check out some of the many museums or take a short trip out of town to visit Pachacamac, an impressive archaeological site.

Your family adventure begins tonight with a welcome meeting at 5pm in the hotel. Look out for a note in the lobby for more information on where this will take place. It’s important that you attend, as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. Afterwards, get to know the other families and your tour leader over an optional dinner at a local restaurant nearby.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Casa Andina Select Miraflores or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Lima - Lima Discovery - Urban Adventures - USD34
  • Lima - Lima Home Cooked - Urban Adventures - USD74
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

This tour includes a complimentary airport transfer. Please provide your flight details at least 15 days prior to arrival for this service to be arranged. If you are going to be late, please let your travel agent or hotel reception know.

Enjoy some breakfast, then explore Lima with a local guide on a comphrehensive tour of the city (approx: 5 hours). Your tour takes you through the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History, the largest and oldest public museum in Peru. Check out some of its 100,000 pre-Incan artifacts – there are ceramics, textiles, tools and ruins from as far back as 1,000 BC. You will also visit the infamous catacombs underneath the San Francisco church. Here you'll find the bones of an estimated 75,000 bodies arranged in ornate patterns in stone pits. While it can get a little claustrophobic down there, it's a fascinating display. The church itself is also quite a sight, built in the Baroque style of the late 17th century.

In the evening, relax and unwind with an optional dinner and folklore show. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel Casa Andina Select Miraflores or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lima - Archaeological Museum
  • Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
  • Lima - Cathedral visit
  • Lima - City Tour
Optional Activities
  • Lima - Museum of the Inquisition - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Take a flight to Puerto Maldonado via Cusco this morning (approx. 2.5 hours) where the mighty Amazon Jungle awaits. Hop in a motorised canoe and head upriver (approx. 2 hours) to your jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area. Don't forget to look out for wildlife along the way!

After checking into your accommodation, join your local guide for a walk through the jungle (30 minutes) to your traditional Amazonian archery lesson where you'll discover how the local indigenous community craft and use their bow and arrow. You and your family can have a go at hitting the targets before heading back to the lodge for a hearty dinner. 

After dark we'll return to the river by boat in search of caimons and other nocturnal creatures.

Accommodation
  • Posada Amazonas or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Amazon Jungle - Jungle activities
  • Amazon Jungle - Caimon spotting
  • Amazon Jungle - Traditional Amazonian archery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

Please note that the order and schedules of the activities may be modified according to weather and the wellbeing of the group.

You will be given a small duffel bag to pack what you need for the next two nights, as your main luggage will not travel with you. It will be securely stored in the lodge's office in town.

Your lodge is eco-friendly, combining low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only) and mosquito nets.

Start the day with a big breakfast before embarking on a hike through the jungle to Tres Chimbadas Lake (1 hour). Look out for colourful macaws, hoazins, monkeys and black alligators. If you are lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an endangered river wolf (otter)! Head back to the lodge for a rest, play and some lunch. 

This afternoon you'll visit a traditional medicine garden where the Shaman of the community will introduce you to some plants used for healing. At the end of the tour you and your family will have the opportunity to go to the laboratory and observe how the medicines are prepared. 

After dinner tonight your guide will take you on a walking tour search of insects, amphibians, tarantulas, bats, birds and (the shy) armadillo. Listen out for the sounds of the jungle and notice the stars peeking through the trees.

Accommodation
  • Posada Amazonas or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Amazon Jungle - Hike to Tres Chimbadas Lake
  • Amazon Jungle - Medicinal garden tour
  • Amazon Jungle - Birdwatching
  • Amazon Jungle - Guided nature walk
  • Amazon Jungle - Local farm visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado this morning and collect your large bags. From here, take a flight to Cusco via Lima (approximately 4 hours) and arrive in the early evening. 

Tonight's plans are up to you. You might like to take a walk around this delightful old city, visiting the Inca walls of the Plaza de Armas or some of the many fine churches around town, or grab dinner and relax with your new friends. Whatever you choose, be sure to take it slow as you adjust to the city's high altitude (3,450 m).

Accommodation
  • Taypikala Cusco Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

 

Today we make our way by private vehicle into the beautiful Sacred Valley (1 hour). The first stop is Awanancancha, a South American farm, where you and your family can get to know some of Peru's famous furry locals: Llamas, alpacas and vicunas! Next up is the town of Pisac, a charming little village nestled at the base of an Inca fort. Start by exploring the colourful local market where hundreds of local artisans sell their wares. You might find anything from hand-knitted Alpaca jumpers to ornately decorated Andean ceramics here. 

Later you will visit a local community to have a delicious lunch and then learn about old techniques of dyeing, spinning and weaving the alpaca wool. After the weaving demonstration, it's off to explore the Inca ruins, which are spread out on the mountains above the town. They are roughly as old as those of Machu Picchu! Spend the evening in Pisac.

Accommodation
  • Royal Inka Pisac Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cusco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Pisac - Archaeological site of Pisac
  • Pisac - Awanancancha llama farm visit
  • Pisac - Weaving demonstration
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Venture deeper into the Sacred Valley and discover Ollantaytambo, which is a 1.5hr drive away. This awesome spot was built over an ancient Inca town, and it's a great 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 offer great photo opportunities of the square grid town below. 

Once you've done some exploring here, you'll take a midday train up to Aguas Calientes, taking in gorgeous Andean scenery along the way. In Aguas Calientes you can get an early night if you like, in preparation for tomorrow's visit to Machu Picchu.

Accommodation
  • Machu Picchu Hostal (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ollantaytambo - Archaelogical site entrance and guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Take the bus (30 minutes) up to the stunning 'lost city' of Machu Picchu, arriving at 6am. This is one of those genuinely magical places, and your first glimpse of these ruins in the mist is something to remember. The site is perched high in the Andes, surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urubamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it's no surprise it remained a secret for so many years (until 1911). 

Your ticket grants access to the site for 4 hours. Explore the upper terrace with your family first, making sure to get that family portrait! You will then take a guided tour of the ruins with a local guide, learning more about these 200 or so houses and temples. 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.

Catch the bus back into town and enjoy some spare time to have lunch and a look around. Take the train to Ollantaytambo (2 hours) and make the rest of the journey to Cusco by private vehicle (2 hours).

Accommodation
  • Taypikala Cusco Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information

According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. 

Due to Intrepid's internal safety policy, your leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.

Discover the Andes from a unique perspective: 3720m above sea level on a Stand Up Paddle Board on Piuray Lake.

Leaving Cusco after breakfast we take a scenic ride on the road to the Sacred Valley, reaching Piruary Lake. You will enjoy a leisurely paddle in mirror flat waters ideal for beginners and experts alike. An activity the kids will love.

Back on land we head back to Cusco city.

The rest of the day is yours to explore the city as you please. Armed with a full boleto turistico (tourist ticket), you'll have access to the premier museums and sights in town. Perhaps start your day at the local market – a great chance to mingle with the locals, sample some street food or some pastries, and perhaps browse for some strange items such as 'Dragon's Blood' (medicinal tree sap). Some great museums to visit are the Pisco Museum, the Museum of Inca Culture and the Museum of Popular Art. There are also many adventure activities on offer, from trekking and mountain biking to via-ferrata climbing and zip-lining. All are great ways to take in the gorgeous neighbouring hills.

Accommodation
  • Taypikala Cusco Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cusco - Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Optional Activities
  • Cusco - Totem painting workshop - USD59
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Domestic Flights, Private vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Hostel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Lima - Archaeological Museum
  • Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
  • Lima - Cathedral visit
  • Lima - City Tour
  • Amazon Jungle - Jungle activities
  • Amazon Jungle - Caimon spotting
  • Amazon Jungle - Traditional Amazonian archery
  • Amazon Jungle - Hike to Tres Chimbadas Lake
  • Amazon Jungle - Medicinal garden tour
  • Amazon Jungle - Birdwatching
  • Amazon Jungle - Guided nature walk
  • Amazon Jungle - Local farm visit
  • Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cusco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Pisac - Archaeological site of Pisac
  • Pisac - Awanancancha llama farm visit
  • Pisac - Weaving demonstration
  • Ollantaytambo - Archaelogical site entrance and guided tour
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour
  • Cusco - Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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 single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Days 3 & 4 (Jungle Lodge).

 

Check out the essential trip information here.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The traffic in Lima may seem a little chaotic at first. Rest assured you have a sensible, defensive driver who values safety over saving time.

  • Cusco is located at 3,450 metres above sea level, so it's important to be patient as your body adjusts. See the 'Health' section for information on altitude sickness.

  • Tradition runs deep in beautiful old Cusco, so a little homework will put you in good stead. Ask your leader about photography etiquette.

  • The Amazon Jungle can be very hot and humid, so it's important to drink plenty of water and wear light cotton clothing. Make sure you also bring tropical-strength insect repellant.

  • The weather can be unpredictable in the Andes. Be sure to bring warm clothes and prepare for all elements.

 

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If you like the sound of our style of travel but would rather vacation with just your family and friends, we can help. Most of our trips are also available as private departures and come with all the excitement and inclusions of a regular departure, but we can tweak and adjust the details until they fit just right.

Get in touch with our team, who will work with you to provide the best family travel experience for you and your family. 

 

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