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Family Peru Adventure

12 days

This tailor-made Peru adventure holiday is aimed at families with teenage children. It is packed with activity - with mountain biking, walking and rafting. The highlight of the trip is sure to be trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a trip through beautiful scenery and fascinating ruins with three nights camping before reaching mighty Machu Picchu.

This holiday will see you hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You'll also go rafting in the Sacred Valley, mountain bike between archaeological sites and explore Lima by bike.

Throughout the holiday you will have your own local guides, meaning that you can take things at your own pace.

This Peruvian Adventure can be extended to include some time in the Amazon Basin with three nights in a jungle lodge, or you may want to visit Lake Titicaca which can be explored by kayak.

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the Inca Trail
  • Discover the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Raft the River Urubamba
  • Bike the Sacred Valley
  • Explore the Amazon jungle
  • Kayak Lake Titicaca

The Inca Trail is a fairly demanding trek which reaches an altitude of just over 4,000 metres. Given this, we recommend a minimum age for children of 13 years. If you are travelling with younger children, we can arrange many interesting alternatives to the Inca Trail, including day walks, biking trips and rafting as well as more gentle activities. Please enquire for details.

Day 1: Fly to Lima
Leaving the UK early morning, you'll fly to Lima, usually via Madrid, Paris or Amsterdam. Arrive Lima later the same day. You'll be met at Lima airport and taken to your holiday in the Miraflores district of the city for your first night.
Day 2: Cycling in Lima and fly to Cusco
In the morning, you'll have a three hour tour of the districts of Miraflores and Barranco by bicycle. Ride among beautiful houses that once were occupied by renowned writers, painters and musicians. Pass parks, shops, art galleries, workshops, local cafes and bars. Later in the day, you'll be taken back to Lima airport for an afternoon flight to Cusco. Spend three nights in Cusco.
Day 3. Cusco and around
Today you'll be taken on a guided tour of some of the main sites of Incan and Colonial Cusco. You'll travel into the hills outside the city too for a visit to Sacsayhuaman ruins and views over the city. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Cusco on your own.
Day 4. Biking in the Sacred Valley
Spend the day mountain biking in thr Sacred Valley. You'll start with a drive to Chinchero, where you begin the bike ride passing Huaypo Lagoon, towards the archaeological site of Moray. Continue the tour by the bridle path to the village of Maras, where you'll have a picnic lunch, from here the road is downhill. Continue to Maras salt pans which you'll explore before continuing to descend to Tarabamba, the end of the trip. Return to Cusco. Note - if you prefer, alternative activities can be included for the day such as a walk in the Sacred Valley, or a visit by car to villages, ruins and markets.
Day 5. Begin the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
One of the most famous treks in the world, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu passes through beautiful Andean scenery and numerous Inca ruins before reaching the most impressive Inca site of them all - Machu Picchu. A reasonable level of fitness is needed and we recommend a minimum age of 13 for this trek. Maximum altitude reached is just over 4,000 metres. Spending three days in Cusco before the trek will help you to acclimatise.

On your first day on the trek, you start at Chillca and follow the left bank of the Urubamba River, to Llactapata, the first archaeological remains along the Inca trail at 2,303 m. You'll continue walking via the terraces of Qenti to Huayllabamba where you camp for the night.

Day 6. Inca Trail
Today, the trail winds steeply cutting through dense vegetation reaching a meadow below a pass, giving breathtaking views of Mount Huayanay. After a 2 hour climb you reach the Warmiwana pass, the highest point of the journey at 4,050 m. The trail then descends to the Pacaymayo river where you camp.
Day 7. Inca Trail
Today starts with a climb up to a pass with more excellent views. Next, you'll descend to Chakicocha. On the way visiting the Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca ruins. Continue along a buttress and go through Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flagstone trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest reaching Wina Wayna ruins. Camp nearby.
Day 8. Inca Trail
A 2 hour hike leads to Intipunku (Sun Gate), which overlooks the awesome Machu Picchu. Visit the citadel and go through its temples, observatories, water systems, dwellings, watchtowers and gardens. In the afternoon, you take the short bus ride to your hotel in Aguas Calientes - the town at the base of Machu Picchu where you spend the night.
Day 9. Revisit Machu Picchu
You'll have further time today to explore Machu Picchu before taking an afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Spend two nights in the Sacred Valley, a nice area to relax following the trek.
Day 10. Rafting in the Sacred Valley
Spend about two hours rafting on the Urubamba River. Rapids range from class I to III. You have the remainder of the day to relax in the grounds of your hotel.
Day 11. Depart Peru
You'll travel by road from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Cusco airport for flights overnight via Lima and Europe back to the UK.
Day 12. Arrive UK
AMAZON EXTENSION
If you have a little more time, a trip into the Amazon Basin makes an excellent extension to this trip. We can arrange three night trips staying in a jungle lodge with activities included especially aimed at teens.
Day 11. Amazon Extension - Sacred Valley to the Amazon Basin
You'll travel by road from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado in Peru's Amazon Basin. From Puerto Maldonado airport, you'll be driven 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port where you transfer to a boat for the two and a half hour journey to Refugio Amazonas and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation zone. Following dinner, you'll go out for a night-time caiman search - scanning the shores with torches to catch the red gleams reflecting from caiman eyes. Overnight at your jungle lodge - Refugio Amazonas.
Day 12. Amazon Extension - Exploring the Amazon Basin
Activities today include: canoeing on an oxbow lake; canopy climbing - replicating the daily work of macaw researchers, climb a 30 meter tree with a rope, and harness; a night walk. Overnight at your jungle lodge.
Day 13. Amazon Extension - Exploring the Amazon Basin
Activities today include: visit to a canopy tower; kayaking on the Tambopata River; visit to a farm in the nearby commmunity of Condenado. Overnight at your jungle lodge.
Day 14. Amazon Extension - Depart Peru
Return to Puerto Maldonado airport by boat and road for your flights back to the UK.
Day 15. Amazon Extension - Arrive UK
Arrive UK
LAKE TITICACA EXTENSION
An alternative extension is to add a couple of nights visiting Lake Titicaca. The journey across the high plains - the altiplano from Cusco to Puno can be made by a spectacular train journey. Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake and home to indigenous communities. Should you wish to include both the Amazon and Lake Titicaca extensions, this can be done by inserting the Amazon trip between Lima and Cusco, then Lake Titicaca at the end.
Day 11. Lake Titicaca extension - Sacred Valley to Lake Titicaca
From your hotel in the Sacred Valley, you will be driven to the train station in Cusco where you take the Andean Explorer train to Puno. This 10 journey is made in a comfortable train with views across the altiplano on the way. The journey can also be made by tourist bus. On arrival in Puno you will be taken to your hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca where you spend the next two nights.
Day 12. Lake Titicaca extension - Kayaking on Lake Titicaca
Paddle 45 minutes to the floating islands of the Uro Indians, ancient inhabitants of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Afterwards, boat transfer to the community of Llachon an hour and a half away. Continue by kayak to Taquile (1.5 hours). Taquile Island, inhabited by 2,000 Quechua-speaking Indians, is famous for its hand weavings and an ancient communal way of life. Following lunch (included), return to Puno by motor boat and transfer to your hotel.
Day 13. Lake Titicaca extension - Visit Sillustani and depart Peru
Transfer from Puno to Juliaca airport with a stop at the interesting site of Sillustani. Fly back to Lima and connect onto your flights back to the UK.
Day 14. Lake Titicaca extension - Arrive UK
Arrive UK

12 days

The holiday is possible throughout the year with the exception of February when the Inca Trail is closed. Best weather can be expected from April-May through to October-November with UK summer months being particularly good (and as a result popular). This trip can be arranged for different sized families - or indeed as a holiday just for adults. The following are some sample prices, but please enquire for an exact quotation for your trip. This is based on mostly three star accommodation, that can be upgraded if you wish.

FAMILY OF FOUR: For a family of four staying in two hotel rooms (two tents on the Inca Trail) this holiday costs from £2,630 per person including flights from the UK. To add the Amazon extension adds approximately £600 per person. To add the Lake Titicaca extension costs approximately £490 per person. Exact prices will depend on your desired dates of travel and availability on flights.

FAMILY OF THREE: For a family of three staying in one hotel room (one tent on the Inca Trail) this holiday costs from £2,900 per person including flights from the UK. To add the Amazon extension adds approximately £600 per person. To add the Lake Titicaca extension costs approximately £450 per person. Exact prices will depend on your desired dates of travel and availability on flights.

FAMILY OF TWO: For a family of two staying in one hotel room (one tent on the Inca Trail) this holiday costs from £3,005 per person including flights from the UK. To add the Amazon extension adds approximately £600 per person. To add the Lake Titicaca extension costs approximately £525 per person. Exact prices will depend on your desired dates of travel and availability on flights.

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