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Peru Land of the Ancient Inca

Peru
,  Land of the Ancient Inca. Cuzco
,  Sacred Valley of the Inca. Machu Picchu hike., Peru, South America

from $3,590* per person 9 Days February-April, June, July, December
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Thomson Family Adventures 20 people max
  • Lima airport, lima, peru
  • Family & Friends trips
E xhilarating, magical, and ultimately memorable, Peru is one of the great family travel destinations in The Americas. In 1911 explorer and archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the astonishing ruins of a 400-year-old city hidden in the mists—Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas.” Our leisurely time at the site gives everyone the chance to release their inner explorer and wander in wonder among the amazing ruins. An optional guide-led hike to the sacred summit of Huayna Picchu rewards the hardy with phenomenal 360-degree views of the entire site below.

Lovely Cuzco, once the center of the Incan Empire, still reveals ancient architectural secrets and echoes an opulent, golden age of long ago. Our walking tour of this “Archaeological Capital of the Americas” brings its fascinating, and enigmatic, history to life. In the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, whitewater raft through dramatic scenery and enchanting pastoral scenes.

In the Chinchero market, brimming with brilliantly colored textiles, sharpen your bargaining skills or try your own hand on a local weaver’s back-strap loom. At Ollantaytambo, discover a site so superbly preserved it’s almost a replica of a typical Inca community. The military complex of Sacsayhuaman took 70 years and 20,000 men to complete—kids love exploring its massive, zigzagging walls. And at Pisaq, everyone marvels at the meticulous stone terrace, its aqueducts, and Sun Temple ruins, yet no one knows the original purpose of this exquisite site.

If you have a few more vacation days to take advantage of while you’re in South America, go on our Ecuador extension. A family adventure that includes Machu Picchu AND the Galapagos Islands can’t be beat.

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Peru , Land of the Ancient Inca. Cuzco , Sacred Valley of the Inca. Machu Picchu hike., Peru, South America

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart U.S. / Arrive Lima

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Peru family vacation begins.

Days 2 and 3 – Sacred Valley

Impressive ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes and quaint farming towns make the Sacred Valley a perfect stop. Children really love the rush of the rafting trip on the Urubamba River. Running right through the heart of the Sacred Valley, this excursion offers a fun glimpse at the Inca past and the surrounding natural environment.

Sacsayhuamán ruins
Pisaq Ruins
Whitewater rafting
Weaving lesson in Chinchero Village

Days 4 TO 6 – Machu Picchu

The magical “Lost City” that is Machu Picchu cannot be experienced by reading a book or looking through photos. Watch as your family passes through its main entrance and the panoramic view comes into site – their jaws will drop.

Ollantaytambo Ruins
Train ride to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu
Explore Machu Picchu
Gate of the Sun hike

Day 7 – Cuzco

This family vacation is not complete with out a full day to explore all the ins and outs of this unforgettable city. On your walking tour of Cuzco, your family will feel like they have entered a make-believe world where history comes alive with ruins, museums, churches and mansions.

Maras Salt Terraces
Koricancha
San Pedro Market
Free time to relax or explore on your own

Day 8 – Cuzco / Lima

Free morning to explore Cuzco
Free afternoon to relax in Lima
Dinner at Rosa Nautica

Day 9 – Depart Lima / Arrive U.S.

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