Peru Family Adventure
10 Days from £2830
Ten days from £2830pp
Educational, active and exciting for travellers of any age, this ten day Peru family adventure packs in the essential highlights of Peru as well as opening the door to its culture, history and people. From gazing up at the majestic peaks of the Andes to searching for Amazonian creatures on the forest floor and all the sights, smells and sounds in-between. This tour will keep you entertained and inspired from day one.
Situated on the arid Pacific coast Peru’s capital Lima is the second driest capital the world. Surrounding the well preserved colonial architecture of the city centre is a bustling cosmopolitian metropolis and one of Latin America’s busiest cities. Both sides of Lima make for a facinating couple of days in this city and your guide will certainly bring the magic to life during your time there.
Day 1 – Lima
On arrival at Jorge Chavez international airport in Lima, you will be met by an English speaking representative and transfered to your hotel by private transport.
Day 2 – Lima
You will start your guided tour of Lima after breakfast with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid” a magnificent ceremonial and archeological center built in the 4th century A.D. and considered a “sacred village” by the Incas.
The Viceroyalty of Perú was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital so a walking tour of the historical center of Lima is a must. There are over fifty monuments and colonial buildings to see, including the impressive Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace to name but a few.
You then visit the monumental San Francisco convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in america but the real highlight will be the underground vaults, known as “Catacumbas” or Catacombs.
Before heading back to your hotel you will see the traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar.
Set high in the Andean mountains the former capital of the Inca empire, Cusco, is a city of attractive colonial architecture surrounded by breathtaking scenery and mystical Inca sites and ruins. The gateway to Machu Picchu it is a centre for travellers across the world to either prepare or celebrate their visit to one of the world’s 7 wonders. The Incas believed that Cusco was the bellybutton of the world and built their capital city around the navel, today the city and surrounds offer great reward to any traveller.
Day 3 – Lima > Cusco
After breakfast you will be transferred to Lima’s Jorge Chavez Airport to catch your flight to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by an English speaking representative and transferred to your hotel by private transport.
Once checked into your hotel you will head out on a guided tour of Cusco. Included highlights are the Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas and the Koricancha, a Spanish church built on Inca stone foundations. The Cathedral, believed to be built on the foundations of the Palace of Viracocha and stands proudly in the main square. On display is a painting of the last supper where on the table Jesus and his disciples are about to tuck into a guinea pig, a Peruvian delicacy.
Then a scenic drive into the surrounding mountains Cusco to visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko. Sacsayhuaman is the largest and most impressive of the Inca ruins surrounding Cusco. A mighty fortress, built using massive stones some of which weigh over 100 tons, and somehow fitted together so perfectly that even now, after so many years and earthquakes, one can still not slip a knife blade between the pieces of this huge jigsaw puzzle.
Before heading back to your hotel you will also explore the Tambomachay ruins, which may have served as a military outpost or a spa resort for the Incan political elite; as well as the Puca Pucara site, a huge fortress built of red granite.
Day 4 – Cusco > Urubamba
After breakfast you will embark on a guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including Pisac Market and the Fortress of Ollantaytambo.
The Pisac Quechua market attracts thousands of visitors and people from remote communities, dressed in colourful traditional attire who sell their wares in the bustling market.
You then visit Ollantaytambo, named in honour of the chief Ollanta, who was famous for courting an Inca Princess daughter of Pachacutec. The ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress are the main attraction here as well as it being the starting point of the Inca Trail.
One of Ollantaytambo’s other highlights is Hanan Hucaypata which lies north of the main square and contains fifteen blocks of well preserved houses built with elegantly crafted stone walls and walk ways.
Lunch is included today.
High on a plateau in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and surrounded by snowy Andean peaks is Huaypo Lake. As well as being a base for excellent active adventures such as kayaking this mysterious lake is steeped in many local legends of extraterrestrial contact with past generations of Quechua people and even a UFO sighting! These stories are still told by the locals and your team at the lake will provide more commentary as you embark on to the waters on a family friendly kayak exploration.
Day 5 – Huaypo Lake
After breakfast you will head to Huaypo Lake for a half day guided kayak tour across the lake’s mysterious waters surrounded by breathtaking Andean scenery. All equipment and lunch will be provided.
Machu Picchu has to be the highpoint of any trip to Peru and deservedly so. This magnificent citadel set high in the Andes mountains above the Urubamba River valley was built in the mid 15th century using the traditional dry stone walls of Inca architecture. The secrets of this city were hidden from the Spanish conquistadors and was only revealed to the world when discovered again in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Today travellers from across the world come to marvel at the splendour of one of the seven modern wonders of the world.
Day 6 – Urubamba > Machu Picchu > Cusco
After breakfast you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo railway station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
It’s a spectacular rail journey through a dramatic and changing landscape aboard a comfortable train carriage with extra large windows and partially glazed roof allowing you to take in the fantastic view.
Then journey by bus from Aguas Calientas for around 20 minutes up the mountainside before you finally glimpse the magical site of Machu Picchu, so perfectly hidden it is no surprise that it took so long to discover. You will then have a privately guided tour with a English speaking expert and guide.
In the afternoon, take the Vistadome train back to Cusco and transfer back to your hotel.
The area of Amazon rainforest contained in Peru comprises 60% of the country’s land mass and the Tambopata jungle region around Puerto Maldanado is especially rich in biodiversity and density of fauna and flora. Your four day visit to this section includes options to meet native local communities, nighttime searches for Caiman crocodiles, jungle walks guided by an expert naturalist and a visit to a claylick to observe parrots in their natural habitat.
Day 7 – Cusco > Amazon Rainforest
After breakfast you will be transferred to Cusco airport and assisted with checking in for your flight to one of the gateways of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, Puerto Maldonado.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Tambopata River Port to take the approximately two and a half hours boat ride to your lodge in the Amazon rainforest. Lunch along the way.
When you reach the lodge, the manager will welcome you and brief you on your stay in the rainforest lodge and after dinner you will have the option to choose from one of the night time activities organised by the lodge team.
Day 8 & 9 – Amazon Rainforest
Your Amazon lodge organises over twenty different guided rainforest activities suitable for all the family. These vary from educational activities such as trying to identify a new species of insect found in light traps and time at a mammal or parrot clay lick. There are adventures on the river searching for caiman crocodiles at night and active experiences such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and canopy climbs.
The lodge team will help you choose the best program for your family and a detailed list of these activities will be given at time of enquiry.
Day 10 – Amazon Rainforest > Lima
After breakfast you will be transferred by boat and private transport to Puerto Maldonado airport to board a flight to Jorge Chavez International airport in Lima in time to catch your international flight home.
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