The Perfect Peruvian Adventure for the Whole Family
The Perfect Peruvian Adventure for the Whole Family
PERU, SOUTH AMERICA
No matter how your family enjoys Peru you’ll come home with at least one epic selfie in front of Machu Picchu with smiles all around.
from $5,715 pp 13 Days/12 Nights $440/Day
THE PERFECT PERUVIAN ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
LIMA | SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS | AGUAS CALIENTES | CUSCO | AMAZON
Peru is a whirlwind of sweeping orchid gardens, misty mountain vistas covering ancient citadels, and orange and pink textiles. It's also one of our favorite places to take the whole family on an adventure of a lifetime.
Similar to our Best Base Camps on the Inca Trail trip, this 13-day itinerary offers a few unique differences that make it the perfect fit for travelers of all ages. Bring along all the generations in your family to enjoy a fully customized itinerary that lets Dad hit the mountain bike trails in Cusco while Mom checks the local markets or vis versa. Even the kids will get a kick out of paddling an authentic canoe down the Madre de Dios River in the Amazon, pointing out the creepy crawly bugs that buzz by intermittently. At the end of each day you’ll come together for decadent meals in the finest base camps in South America to tell stories of the jacunda you caught using a native fishing technique that morning, or the scarlet macaw you spotted on a hike in the afternoon. One thing’s for certain—no matter how your family enjoys Peru you’ll come home with at least one epic selfie in front of Machu Picchu with smiles all around.
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Days 1, 2
GET SETTLED IN LIMA
Before you set your sights on the rugged peaks of southern Peru enjoy your time exploring the exciting corners of Lima. Hotel B, your lodging for your first two nights in Peru, is set in the bohemian district of Barranco. Barranco is often advertised as the SoHo of Lima, and its prolific art galleries, quaint coffee shops, and boutique shops on every street prove the worth of that title. A private city tour highlights Lima's most famous attractions, and a stop at Larco Museum lets you peruse galleries of pre-Columbian art, a window into the culture you'll be sharing in for the rest of your trip. Enjoy your nights in the posh luxury of Hotel B, soaking up the urban comforts before heading into the rural alpine world of the Andes.
Days 3, 4, 5
SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
INKATERRA HACIENDA URUBAMBA
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, carved out by the Urubamba river, is a lush, fertile region filled with cities of both colonial and Inca heritage. Set on 100 acres and ringed in by striking green mountains, your next lodge is Hacienda Urubamba. The decor gets its inspiration from the medley of Spanish and Native cultures and glass fronted rooms and casitas ensure you're never kept from the incredible views of the valley. In the Sacred Valley the juxtaposition of ancient Inca ruins and modern mountain life is what makes a journey here so fascinating, and we've made sure you get the best of it all. Your days will be spent exploring the lauded market at Pisac and the famous weaving villages of Chinchero and Awanacanha. These towns paint a picture of what 21st century life looks like high in remote villages. Your visits to the Maras Salt Mines and mysterious agricultural terraces of Moray are a window into the lives of people who called this land their home hundreds of years ago.
Days 6, 7
MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO
Your next destination is the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu. You'll board the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to embark on a spectacular journey through the changing landscapes of Peru. Mountain vistas are complemented by the Urubamba River running below on the floor of the Sacred Valley. Once you arrive, get checked into Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (your home for the next two nights) before taking off on any number of mini-adventures that are perfect for the whole family. Walk through an orchid garden of 372 species, hike through any number of trails that take you to pre-Inca pictographs and to an enchanting waterfall, or visit an organic tea. The next day you'll have a full Machu Picchu experience at the citadel with a guide who will make sure you don't miss a thing.
Days 8, 9
INKATERRA LA CASONA
Though Machu Picchu may be the Inca Empire's most recognizable landmark, Cusco, the capital of the empire, has its own story to tell. You'll leave Aguas Calientes aboard the striking Vistadome train where you'll be treated to unbroken views of the Andean landscape through oversized windows along the walls and ceiling of the train cars. Upon arrival in Cusco you'll be shown to Inkaterra La Casona. Once a manor house, originally built in the 16th century, this building has played host to Spanish Conquistador Diego de Almagro and the famous 'Libertador' Simón Bolívar, while the surrounding land once served as training grounds for Inca armies. This fusion of native and colonial cultures is seen in the hotel decor as well as across the rest of the city. A private tour of Cusco and the Inca ruins nearby showcase that melding exquisitely. Only two cities in all of the Americas have been inhabited longer than Cusco, and we couldn't think of a better place to end your journey than in a city which highlights so many of the cultures and people which have shaped Peru into the fascinating country that it is. Outdoors adventures are available here too, including downhill mountain biking and hiking opportunities. All you have to do is ask!
Days 10, 11, 12, 13
GRAND FINALE IN THE UNCHARTED AMAZON
From Cusco, depart for a grand finale to the Amazon. You'll fly into Puerto Maldonado and immediately hop aboard a canoe that will motor you along the Madre de Dios River to Hacienda Concepcion, where thatched-roof jungle cabanas with decadent decor and amenities await. Enjoy an organic and locally sourced lunch then head off for a hike. The property has plenty of nature trails that can be explored with a guide to learn about this entirely foreign ecosystem and all it’s sights and sounds. That evening, enjoy paddling along the river at dusk as the rainforest comes alive with the chirping of creatures who call this area home. Don’t forget to look to the stars, which are so different in the southern hemisphere from what we’re used to in the states. The last few days of your trip will be spent in a similar manner, tucking into scrumptious fare and experiencing the river and treetops via an intricate system of towers and hanging bridges that let you see the area from a bird’s-eye-view. You’ll also get to check out a native farm to learn how products are cultivated locally, and see a nearby botanical garden to discover the immense variety of medicinal plants that grow here. Try your hand at native fishing techniques that afternoon before winding down with a little more local history and birding. Needless to say the Amazon has something to offer for everyone who comes to visit!
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- Take part in urban exploration with a start in Lima
- Visit local markets for handicrafts that far surpass any souvenir expectations
- Meet the people who make their home in remote mountain villages
- Watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu from the heights of the Sun Gate
- Experience the blend of Spanish and Andean cultures in the city of Cusco
- Top it all off with a visit to the Amazon where everyone in your family will find an activity to enjoy
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