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Peru Family Adventure

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco

from $2,030
8 days

Trip Type

Private Journey

Land

Family Travel

When To Go

Year Round

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Truly a trip of a lifetime, and Lori's expertise made it all possible... at the last minute, she quickly organized a great Peru trip with all the highlights, plus some special outdoor activities. What a pleasure to work with!

Lynda Rudolph
Glen Ellyn, IL

Trip Summary

Designed for you and your kids, by us and our kids. This fun family package is the result of years exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley with our children and watching what makes their eyes sparkle. Start with arrival into Cusco and a private journey by car to the sites, culture and outdoor activities of the Sacred Valley including biking, stand up paddle boarding, easy hiking, pottery making and traditional Andean cooking. Spending 3 nights in the Sacred Valley, you are given ample time to acclimatize to the altitude you will encounter on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu. Next you'll do a day's hike along the Inca Trail via the Sun Gate, followed by a full day to explore the unforgettable enigma that is Machu Picchu. Finally you'll head back to the Cusco area by train to overnight and then some city and ruins touring followed by an exciting day of river rafting. With so much adventure woven around a once in a lifetime visit to one of the world's most famous ruins, this trip is sure to become one your family never forgets.

The land portion includes thoughtfully curated 3.5 to 5 star lodging throughout, customizable to you at two accommodation and rate levels, Classic or Deluxe. Activities can also be modified or added in to suit your family's preferences.

Activities
Child Friendly
Cycling
Paddle Boarding
Hiking
Culture
History

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Sacred Valley

On arrival at Cusco airport your guide will meet and accompany you on the ninety minute transfer to the your Sacred Valley hotel. We recommend your flight arrives by 10am. You are sure to want to stop along the way for photos at the many fantastic viewpoints. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way. After settling into your hotel you can visit a local potter and make your own souvenir under their expert guidance. 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. [L]

Accommodation Details

Hacienda Urubamba [Superior or Deluxe]

Villa Urubamba [Classic]

Day 2

Pisac & Urubamba River

Today we drive to the small town of Pisac to enjoy its market day. 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. We then head to Taray and unload the bikes (all equipment provided). We cycle out of the plaza 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. En-route we enjoy a picnic lunch. 
Those who wish can cycle all the way back to the hotel, or the support vehicle can take us back at any time. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Villa Urubamba [Classic]

Hacienda Urubamba [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 3

Lake Huaypo & Maras

A day of variety awaits you today. A forty minute drive takes you to the shores of Lake Huaypo. Set amongst fields of corn 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 paddleboards. 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 fifteen minutes to the spectacular Salt pans of Maras. Worked by hand for generations these are a photographers dream. You then hike an old mule track, used to carry salt down to the valley. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Villa Urubamba [Classic]

Hacienda Urubamba [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 4

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

You take an early train to start your hike along the Inca Trail. A few hours climbing brings you to the beautiful Inca terraces of Wiñay Wayna where you enjoy a box lunch. 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- the ancient Incan stronghold that is Machu Picchu.  It is a view that words fail to adequately describe.

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. Before settling in tonight, enjoy an included dinner in your hotel. [B/L/D]

Accommodation Details

El Mapi [Classic]

Inkaterra Pueblo Resort [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 5

Machu Picchu

A twenty minute bus ride brings you back up to Machu Picchu. 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. From altars used for human sacrifices, temples carved in the shape of condors through to stones used to tie the sun, this is a history lesson everyone will enjoy. If you are really lucky you may even see Paddington Bear.

After a fantastic day, in a fantastic place, you board the Vistadome train to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on your journey to Cusco. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 6

Cusco Ruins & City

A leisurely day today. A fifteen 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 just waiting for you to explore. Finally a twenty 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. [B]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 7

Cusco

Time to work off all that chocolate. A forty 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. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 8

Cusco & Departure

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.

This afternoon we will take you to the airport for your onward journey, perhaps to Lake Titicaca, the Amazon jungle, or even just home.

Dates & Rates

TOUR LEVEL2 GUESTS3 guests4 guests5 guests6 guestsSINGLE
2017 CLASSIC$2940 PP$2445 PP$2235 PP$2095 PP$2030 PPOn Request
2017 DELUXE$4000 PP$3515PP$3305 PP$3170 PP$3105 PPOn Request

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double or triple occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise. Single rate, sole occupancy supplements and small group rates (8+ guests) are on request.

Rate is based on one of two accommodation / tour levels: Classic or Deluxe.

Deposit: 25% of trip cost. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Airfare to/from Cusco
  • If hotels as stated are not available or another room type or hotel is requested, rates may vary
  • Sole room occupancy requires an additional single supplement, rate on request
  • Extra hotel nights and transfers during tour or before and/or after in Lima or beyond
  • Add-on tours or activities such as guided hikes, adventure sports or cultural excursions
  • Additional surcharge may apply for travel during select holidays including Easter, Inti Raymi, Christmas and New Year.

Included: Private excursions with local English speaking guide, except where otherwise indicated, All entrance fees to sites indicated in itinerary, Accommodations as noted, Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, roundtrip Vistadome train ticket to Machu Picchu, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu, all adventure activity equipment 

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), Meals not as described in itinerary, Personal expenses, Alcoholic beverages,Hotel extras, Extra activities, Early check-in or check-out, Tips & Gratuities 

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Private excursions with local English speaking guide, except where otherwise indicated, All entrance fees to sites indicated in itinerary, Accommodations as noted, Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, roundtrip Vistadome train ticket to Machu Picchu, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu, all adventure activity equipment 

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), Meals not as described in itinerary, Personal expenses, Alcoholic beverages,Hotel extras, Extra activities, Early check-in or check-out, Tips & Gratuities 

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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