PERU FAMILY ADVENTURE​

La Familia Adventura:
A Peru
Family Adventure

8 Days $2950 ex Cusco

Accommodation

7 Nights Hotel

Transportation

Mostly by foot.
Train, bicycle, canoe & vehicle transfers

Included Meals

7 Breakfasts,
5 Lunches

Trip Grade

Category 2
Balanced Break

We were stood on the fringe of what may have been a rocky field, although, if it were a field, it certainly had no boundary fence.

Metres away, all fluffy-haired and chewing on cud, was the cutest Llama (or was it an Alpaca?) we’d ever seen.

My hubby, ever the fool, thought it a great idea to get a little closer and pull some faces, all for a few laughs.

Suddenly, clearly unhappy with his antics, his woolly victim spat fully in his face (talk about swift vengeance)!

I’ll never forget the stunned look on his face and our kids in absolute hysterics!

He’d certainly gotten a few laughs for us all… just not the way he’d expected!

“The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories

Og Mandino, Author

With families of our own, they are something very close to all of our hearts.

Travel, being one of the great educators, and knowing full well the value of memories and experiences over simple possessions, being able to pair the two is, for us, a pure joy.

Being able to expose kids, at such a young age to the wonders of Peru, to see them learn of such an ancient people, and the sheer joy in such experiences is what this trip is all about, and when you pause, take in where you are and what you’re doing, as a family, it’s truly satisfying.

Tasting exotic foods, seeing such wonderful structures, of course not forgetting the stunning landscapes as well!

It might feel a bit daunting at first, so why not let us make it all, just that little bit easier?

“In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no other place in the weld which can compare with it.”

Hiram Bingham, (re)Discoverer of Machu Picchu

Huayhuash Shadow

The Journey

Welcome to Cusco!

On arrival at Cusco airport our guide will meet and accompany you on the 90 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. You can have lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

After settling into your hotel, there’s time to visit a local potter and make your very own souvenir under their expert guidance.

Finally, it’s back to hotel where you can rest for the night and enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful rural setting.

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. 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. 

The fit can cycle all the way back to the hotel, or the support vehicle can take us back at any time. (B,L)

A day of opportunity awaits, and a 40 minute drive takes you to the shores of Lake Piuray. 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. 

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. You then hike an old mule track, used to carry salt down to the valley. (B,L)

For many, today is the highlight of the trip.

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 simply do not do it justice.

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 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. (B,L)

A 20 minute 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.

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 train to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on your ride to Cusco. (B)

A leisurely day today.

After a 15 minute drive, you’ll reach the old Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Standing guard like a sentinel 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 and enjoying the spectacular views of Cusco, it is time to play.

Sacsayhuaman boasts an impressive system of tunnels just waiting for you to explore.

Once done, 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 of course, assuming you don’t eat it first! (B)

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 some locals of 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)

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 (unless you’ve chosen to extend your stay in Cusco of course), perhaps to Lake Titicaca, the Amazon jungle, or even just home. (B)

Season

April through to October

Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • Inca Trail Permits
  • Cusco walking tour
  • Professional Adventure Guides
  • Top grade equipment
  • Transport to and from the trail in private vehicle
  • All camping and cooking equipment including Thermarests, spacious two person tents, dining, cook and toilet tent
  • Extensive First-aid kit 
  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guides trained in first-aid and C.P.R.
  • 3 Star hotels in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary (Breakfast – B, Lunch – L and Dinner – D)

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Connection to Cusco
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent at $10 a night)
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for General Guides
  • Any meals not listed as included

Journey Extensions

Check out our Journey Extensions for those that want to stay a little longer or try something different along the way.

Arequipa, the beautiful “White City” and the nearby Colca Canyon is the perfect place to start or finish a trip to Peru and is ideal for both acclimatising to the rarefied air of the Andes, or for relaxing in its hot springs.

(4 Days/3 Nights) 

Per person is $1200 (twin share)

Includes: 2 nights in Colca Canyon, 3 Star Hotel in Arequipa, English speaking guide, tours of Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor, Entrance to Santa Catalina and Colca National Park, Silustani tour and entrance fees

Lake Titicaca offers a great way to relax and explore the fascinating culture of the Aymara Indians who dwell upom the lake. Take a boat cruise to the amazing floating islands of Uros and Taquile Island, overnight with a local family on Amantani or watch a sunset at the pre-Inca Ruins of Silustani.

(3 Days/2 Nights) 

Per person is $1000 (twin share)

Includes: 3 Star Hotel in Puno, English speaking guide, Lake Titicaca tour, Luxury Train

A visit to our well appointed jungle lodge in the excellent lowland rain forest of the Tambopata National Reserve is one of the best ways to see some of the world’s best rain forest wildlife that is available in a short, economical stay.

The reserve and the adjacent Bahuaje-Sonene National Park, is home to over 20,000 plant species, over 900 species of birds (more species than in all of continental USA), 91 mammals, 1230 butterflies, 127 amphibians and reptiles, and much more. It’s a haven for the Amazon’s largest, most spectacular and most endangered predators – the Jaguar, the Giant Otter, the Harpy Eagle and the Black Caiman.

(4 Days/3 Nights) 

Per person is $846 (twin share)

Includes: Two or Three nights full-board at Jungle lodge and full guided service throughout, All transfers to and from Puerto. Maldonado airport to Jungle lodge by bus, boat and canoe

Visit some of the delights in Cusco’s surrounds!

The famed Incan ruins of Tambo Machay (known as the Incan baths), Puca Pucara, Pisac and its delightful terraced slopes, Q’enko and the vast ruin above Cusco itself, Sacsayhuaman.

(Half Day) 

Per person is $277 (down to $120 per person for a group of 4)

Includes: All entrance fees, English speaking guide, Transportation, Snacks & water

This lovely half day bike riding trip is a superb introduction to the Inca heritage of Peru, as well as being suitably flexible to suit everyone, from the beginner to the experienced.

At 3,650 – 3,250m, this is also a perfect acclimatisation ride to prepare you for your onward travels at altitude.

(Half Day) 

Per person is $162 (down to $66 per person for a group of 4)

Includes: English speaking guide, Transportation

Your Guides and Safety

Your guide can make the difference between a good holiday and an exceptional holiday.

Efrain Valles, who has worked with us for over ten years, was even voted Wanderlust World Guide of the Year 2014!

All our guides come to us as recommendations from our current guides, and they are very careful who they recommend.

We consider training a vital investment to ensure the security and safety of all our trips. We also believe that trained guides are confident guides which help them to relax and enjoy the trip which we firmly believe will massively enhance your own personal enjoyment.

All our guides are qualified in first aid, with instructors brought in from the UK to run these courses.

On the ground, we have an extensive local contact network, which ensures that we are able to organize visits by the Doctors (when needed) and treatments as quickly and as comfortably as possible.

Accommodation

We appreciate that the patience of children can be both tested, and testing, so this entire itinerary is built around hotel stays.

This provides enough amenities and mod-cons to satisfy the younger folk, and comfort enough to allow the parents a chance to relax at the end of each busy day.

“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion”

Leight Hunt, Poet

“Peruvian food is so simple yet amazingly flavored with their traditional spices.”

L’Wren Scott, Model & Designer

Food in Peru

Versions of most of the most common foods from home can be found, with hopefully something to suit even the fussiest of eaters (be they child or adult).

Furthermore, many Peruvian staples are now fairly commonplace in western grocers, especially the ubiquitous Quinoa.

For those wanting to be a little adventurous, we can rarely go past recommending Cuy (Guinea Pig).

Perhaps better known as household pets, in the Incan world, they have long been raised as a food source (you’ll even see evidence of this among the ruins as you explore).

Of course, if you’ve anyone with any dietary requirements, please reach out, as most can be accommodated.

These trips might also interest you...

5 Day Galapagos Adventure

Darwin hit the nail on the head when he said "Galapogas is the bomb!" Okay, so he didn't actually use those words, but this place is simply incredible, an animal and nature lovers delight...

Great Creatures Orangutans & Dragons

Two of the worlds most incredible animals (the Orangutan and the Komodo Dragon), the chance to paddle between islands within the incredible Komodo National Park, sailing up jungle rivers aboard a Klotok, this one is epic...

5 Day Komodo Kayaking

Where the modern world meets the Jurassic, Komodo National Park is in short, one of the most amazing natural places on this planet. There's no more intimate way to see it, than on the water...