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'Peru Family Adventures'

What makes this trip special?

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley was heaven on Earth for the Incas. You can easily see why. A lush steep-sided valley wih a wide floor brought alive by the Urubamba river tumbling through its fields and pastures. Great for country walks, striding out on the highlands above, exploring some very very fine Incan ruins, and shopping in local markets. Hearty food, sparklingly clean air - it's the kind of place you might feel you could live in some day.

Intipunku

Intipunku

The Sun Gate

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Absolutely unmissable. One of the most world's evocative sites, an Incan sanctuary beautifully set among seemingly impenetrable mountains, lost for centuries. Approach it by the Inca Trail, or by rail. Truly wonderful.

A lodge in the Amazon rainforest

A lodge in the Amazon rainforest

Southern Amazon

Stay in a lodge in the Amazon rainforest reachable only by river. Once at the lodge guides take you on trips deep into the forest on foot or by boat, with so much to see and learn about its wildlife and how this complex ecosystem works.

Itinerary map for Peru 'Peru Family Adventures' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Lima
  • 2 Sacred Valley
  • 3 Sacred Valley
  • 4 Sacred Valley
  • 5 Inca Trail
  • 6 Machu Picchu
  • 7 Cusco
  • 8 Cusco
  • 9 Cusco
  • 10 Refugio Amazonas Lodge
  • 10 Puerto Maldonado
  • 11 Refugio Amazonas Lodge
  • 12 Refugio Amazonas Lodge
  • 13 Lima
  • 13 Puerto Maldonado
  • 14 Lima
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Peru Family Adventures'

DAY 1

Lima

You are met on your arrival at Lima airport and taken to a nearby airport hotel (you will see the city on your return), ready for your early flight to Cusco next morning.

DAY 2
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Adventures in the Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, where you are met by your guide and driven to your hotel in the lovely Sacred Valley (90min, lots to see on the way). After lunch at the excellent Wayra restaurant, your guide takes you to a pottery studio where, under the watchful eye of a local craftsman, your family can try their hands at creating their own ‘masterpieces’. Your evening is free to relax at the hotel.

DAY 3
BL

Bike like an Inca

After breakfast you set off with your guide on sturdy mountain bikes on a country track beside the Urubamba river, a perfect way to soak up the beauty of the Incas’ Sacred Valley. A patchwork of small fields growing corn, kiwicha, and quinoa lines your route, the smallholders take a break to nod or wave. After an hour or two you cross the river into the market town of Pisac for a well-earned lunch. The market’s morning bustle is over, so you wander easily among the stalls of artisan crafts, herbs and spices, or fruit and vegetables. Look for farmers from remote mountain villages with potatoes to barter for tropical fruits brought up from the jungle: a scene that has not changed in centuries. Your bikes are stowed and a short drive takes you back to your hotel.

DAY 4
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SUP splashabout, ‘pachamanca’ lunch and a hike

This morning you are driven to Lake Huaypo, among fields of sunflowers with fantastic views to the snow-capped Urubamba mountains. You help prepare a ‘pachamanca’, a traditional meal of meat and vegetables baked with hot stones set in the earth and covered over. Then it’s time to try SUP–stand-up paddle-boarding–under the instruction of expert guides. This fantastic new sport has spread fast around the world and this is a spectacular place to try it out against a fabulous backdrop, with expert safety-first training. With lots of splashing about everyone should soon pick up the skills, wobbling at first but growing in confidence as you venture on to the lake. Once off the water, it is time to uncover your earthen oven and enjoy the succulent pachamanca lunch you prepared earlier. In the afternoon you drive (15min or so) to the spectacular salt pans of Maras: a hillside terraced with pools of salt that has been worked by hand for generations. Glistening under the sun, they are a photographer’s dream. A mule track, used to ferry the dry salt to the valley, leads back to your hotel after another memorable day.

DAY 5
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Machu Picchu and the 1 day ‘Royal’ Inca Trail

Assuming you were able to book far enough in advance for us to obtain the necessary permits in your name, this morning catch a train from Ollantaytambo to Km104 for the start of the ‘Royal’ Inca Trail. You only need to carry a day pack on the hike, as your main luggage goes directly to your hotel. You arrive at Machu Picchu in the peace of the late afternoon with time to explore the ruins. You hop on a bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo, to stay the night at a local hotel. If no Inca Trail permits were available by the time you booked, you would continue with your guide by train beyond Km104 to Machu Picchu Pueblo itself, where there are some interesting options you can choose. One is the pretty hiking trail to Mandor waterfall (the site of Hiram Bingham’s base camp), where there is an orchid garden that is also a good place for butterflies and cloud forest birds. Another option is to explore the market and shops of Machu Picchu Pueblo, and relax in the hot springs. Or choose an extra visit to Machu Picchu itself; buying the bus and entrance tickets direct. Day 6 BL Starting at a time you decide with your guide, you head up by bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu (p$$), the Lost City of the Incas. You explore key parts of the ruins with a guide, then there is time to explore, to walk to the Inca Bridge or the Watchman’s Hut, or just soak up the atmosphere. In the late afternoon you board the train back to Cusco, where a waiting bus takes you to your hotel.

DAY 6
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Machu Picchu Pueblo, and relax in the hot springs. Or choose an extra visit to Machu Picchu itself; buying the bus and entrance tickets direct.

Starting at a time you decide with your guide, you head up by bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. You explore key parts of the ruins with a guide, then there is time to explore, to walk to the Inca Bridge or the Watchman’s Hut, or just soak up the atmosphere. In the late afternoon you board the train back to Cusco, where a waiting bus takes you to your hotel.

DAY 7
BL

Cusco: Incan fortress and Incan chocolate

Your guide collects you to see the magnificent Incan fortress of Saqsawaman that stands guard over the city, with spectacular views from the top of its mighty ramparts and a system of tunnels just waiting to be explored. A 20min walk brings you back down to Cusco, with free time for lunch and to explore the city on foot. In the late afternoon it is time for chocolate: the Incas liked it and so do you, but how is it made? Your chocolatier host recounts the story and helps you make your very own bar of Peruvian chocolate.

DAY 8
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Whitewater rapids, llamas and condors

This morning you are driven to rapids in the Urubamba river at Pinipampa, where conditions are excellent for beginners. Your expert guides show you all you need to know to ride the rapids safely in your trusty inflatable canoe. 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. Get close to llamas and alpacas, and see how the traditional cloth is woven and dyed. Nearby Cochahuasi sanctuary is home to rescued animals, often with macaws, the Peruvian hairless dog, and even pumas and condors in residence.

DAY 9
B

Cusco

A free day to explore Cusco, or just relax.

DAY 10
BLD

Adventures in the Amazon

You are collected from your hotel for your flight to Puerto Maldonado on the Madre de Dios river in Peru’s southern Amazon. You are met by staff from your jungle lodge and transferred with others to their HQ in town for a briefing. A 30min drive on a dirt road brings you to a small dock and a covered river boat that speeds you to Refugio Lodge. The journey varies with river level and boat, but is typically 3½h. From the lodge’s dock it is a 10min walk on a cleared forest trail to the lodge itself. Your luggage is carried by the staff.

DAY 11
BLD

Refugio Lodge has excellent programmes of activities led by its resident naturalist guides, shared with other guests. Boat trips around an oxbow lake look for wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers. At a small clay lick parrots and parakeets can be seen from a special blind. There are great nature walks on good trails through varied forest. A 30m (155-step) metal canopy tower gives great views across the forest canopy. Refugio Lodge is run in partnership with the local Infierno community. Activities with the community include an ethno-botanical trail, a working jungle farm, and a real Brazil nut concession. Optional local extras include kayaking, biking, canopy climbing, a children’s trail, and a wellness centre.

DAY 12
BLD

Refugio Lodge has excellent programmes of activities led by its resident naturalist guides, shared with other guests. Boat trips around an oxbow lake look for wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers. At a small clay lick parrots and parakeets can be seen from a special blind. There are great nature walks on good trails through varied forest. A 30m (155-step) metal canopy tower gives great views across the forest canopy. Refugio Lodge is run in partnership with the local Infierno community. Activities with the community include an ethno-botanical trail, a working jungle farm, and a real Brazil nut concession. Optional local extras include kayaking, biking, canopy climbing, a children’s trail, and a wellness centre.

DAY 13
B

Lima

Returning by river to Puerto Maldonado (a shorter journey travelling with the current) you fly via Cusco back to Lima where you are met and transferred to your hotel in the Miraflores district. Later your Lima guide collects you for an evening visit to the Parque de la Reserva, unless a restaurant tempts you.

DAY 14
BL

With most flights to Europe leaving in the early evening, there is time to visit the splendid Larco Museum in the morning. You are later transferred to Lima airport in time for your international flight home.

Guide prices for 'Peru Family Adventures'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Private, family of 3 whole family price for a family of 3 sharing 1 room £11,585
Private, family of 4 whole family price for a family of 4 sharing 2 rooms £14,520
Guide price for a family of 4 sharing 2 rooms £18,000
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Customer reviews for 'Peru Family Adventures'

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Seasonal information for 'Peru Family Adventures'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
2 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
3 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
4 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
5 Inca Trail 19°C rainfall 164mm
6 Machu Picchu 22°C rainfall 187mm
7 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
8 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
9 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
10 Refugio Amazonas Lodge 31°C rainfall 401mm
10 Puerto Maldonado 31°C rainfall 347mm
11 Refugio Amazonas Lodge 31°C rainfall 401mm
12 Refugio Amazonas Lodge 31°C rainfall 401mm
13 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
13 Puerto Maldonado 31°C rainfall 347mm
14 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Peru Family Adventures'

Day 1

Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

Lima

A good quality, funtional international style 130 room hotel at the airport. Very convenient for positioning nights in Lima the Costa del Sol saves the hassle of facing Lima's traffic, and is located directly opposite the terminal building. Rooms have cable TV, A/C or heating, safety deposit box, mini-bar and hair drier. Further facilities include a small indoor swimming pool and free Wi-FI, whilst it also has a restaurant open 05.00-10.00 and 12.00-23.00h, a gym, business centre and spa.

Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport
Hotel exterior
Days 2 - 4

Pakaritampu

Sacred Valley
rating

Average rating 4.6 (7 ratings)

Hotel Pakaritampu has a great location just 5 minutes walk from the train station in Ollantaytambo. This characterful mid-range small hotel has 37 en suite rooms and 1 suite spread across blocks around the hotel grounds. It has a lovely garden filled with native plants and flowers which attract hummingbirds. There are llamas grazing on the lawn and a telescope for star gazing at night. There is a bar and restaurant serving Peruvian and international cuisine, and the town of Ollantaytambo is a short distance away.

Pakaritampu
Hotel gardens
Day 5

El Mapi

Machu Picchu Pueblo
rating

Average rating 4.8 (8 ratings)

El Mapi is Inkaterra's new, 48-room, functional,  contemporary style hotel located in the centre of Machu Picchu Pueblo - the village at the base of Machu Picchu's mountain. Bedrooms are small but well appointed each with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32" flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights. There is a cafeteria offering organic salads, fresh sandwiches, homemade soups and pastries which is open until 11pm and a bar with free Wi-Fi. Oxygen is available upon request.

El Mapi
Superior room
Days 6 - 9

Casa Andina Standard Koricancha

Cusco

Removed from the hustle and bustle of the centre but still just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel has 53 traditional rooms built around 2 interior colonial courtyards which are brightly decorated with traditional textiles from Cusco. Rooms feature: heating, cable TV, down comforters, free high-speed internet access, direct-dial telephone, safety deposit box, hair dryer.

Casa Andina Standard Koricancha
Inner courtyardh4gh
Days 10 - 12

Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata

Tambopata

Refugio Amazonas has 24 classic rooms and 8 superior rooms in four wings connected by raised boardwalks to a central, two storey common area which serves as lobby, dining room, bar, shop and lounge. A generator is turned on three times a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. Note that the power outlets for recharging are in the public areas and must be shared with other guests.  

 

Each room has a private bathroom with hot water, bio degradable soap and shampoo, beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables and hammocks or lounge chairs, safe, umbrella. Standard rooms have no mains electricity and light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. Superior and Premium rooms meanwhile have their own individual power points and electric lighting from 12.00h to 13.00h and 17.00h to 22.00h. At night though we recommend you bring good torches. There is compliementary Wi-Fi access in the communal areas and wellington boots are supplied. Guests must remove their outer footwear before walking along the polished wood raised walkways around the lodge. We suggest you pack some easy/on easy off slipper type footwear for wearing in the lodge.

 

In addition to the regular nature focused excursions which are included in the package it is also possible to book at extra cost: massages, kayaking, canopy climbing 40m ropes and harness (8 years+), jungle mountain biking (12 years +), catch and release fishing. There is also a children's play area and anda  Canopy tower with 155 steps and access to views of the treetops.

 

Important Note: The four bedroom wings are  sheltered under shared, high, thatched roofs. The bedrooms do not have their own individual ceilings. The walls dividing each room are built using cane, and extend from the floor to about 2.5 meters in height. The side that looks out to the forest does not have a wall or screening of any kind and it acts as a large open window facing the forest (Amazingly this does not seem to necessarily mean you get bitten here). A second small window on the opposite side, set up very high, helps ventilate the room.

 

 

 

Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata
lounge area
Day 13

Double Tree Pardo

Lima
rating

Average rating 5.0 (1 ratings)

Located in the heart of Miraflores, the most cosmopolitan neighbourhood in Lima.

Double Tree Prado Hotel has modern and comfortable rooms fully equipped with complimentary WiFi.

Other features include a modern fitness centre, a heated, indoor pool and sun deck.

On-site Junius Restaurant and Zuma Grill often have Peruvian folklore shows and entertainment.

 

 

 

Double Tree Pardo
Outsite