Peru Family Adventure

Take your family on a rich exploration of some of the most fascinating aspects of Peru, and savor opportunities for river rafting through Class II and III rapids, ziplining, trekking, camping, and canoeing.

Country Information

Peru

 

Weather:

Peru experiences two very distinct seasons, wet and dry - terms that are more relevant than "summer" and "winter." Peru's high season for travel coincides with the driest months: May through September, with the most visitors in July and August. May and September are particularly fine months to visit much of Peru.

Time Zone:

Peru is in the same zone as U.S. EST (GMT -5 hours).

Flight Information:

flight injforamtion

 

Currency:

Nuevo Sol (S/), divided in 100 cents. Coins come in 5,10,20 and 50 cents. Banknotes are in denominations of 10 20 50 100 and 200. US dollars are welcome at most shops, restaurant and services stations at the current exchange rate.

Peru Family Adventure Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Peru


(Interest Type(s))

Romantic Getaways

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Adventure Travel

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Family Travel


(Tour Length)

17 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $8,900
  • New copyFly over Peru’s famous and still mysterious Nasca Lines, a landscape of vast drawings with figures such as a spider, a hummingbird and monkey
  • See the world’s deepest canyon, Colca Canyon, and possibly spot some of the rare Andean condors flying above the canyon
  • Trek between Lucmabamaba and Llatapata, where you get a glimpse of Machu Picchu from the back
  • Travel to Puno and the famed high altitude Lake Titicaca, and encounter the Uros Indians, who still live as their ancestors have for generations
  • Savor opportunities for river rafting through some Class II and III rapids, ziplining, trekking, camping, and canoeing

Day 1:  Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings," famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas," and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite to be found anywhere. Upon arrival, you are welcomed and transferred to the hotel. Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Day 2: Lima / Pachacamac / Lima
Drive along the Pan-American Highway with its views across the beautiful Pacific beaches to visit the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac, the most important archaeological site near Lima. Four centuries before the Incas, the Ishmay culture developed a major ceremonial center, featuring streets, dozens of temples fitted with ramps, and the Painted Temple.  Next on the menu is a delightful demonstration of the skills of the amazing Peruvian Paso horse, a unique member of the horse kingdom. “Caballo de Paso” known worldwide for their smooth gaited movements and unusual spirit. No other horse combines strength, intelligence and beauty so perfectly as the Peruvian Paso Horse. The particular characteristic of the Paso Horse is precisely the reason for its name: the sublime charm of its typical step. As it walks, its front legs step very high and forward while the hooves sway to the sides in a graceful and synchronized movement. This afternoon, you explore Lima, both its modern and colonial facets, including La Nacion Museum, the colonial Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace, home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro for a glimpse at Lima today. Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel (B,L)

Day 3: Lima / Ica /  Nazca Lines / Paracas
Travel along the Peruvian coast to Ica for a spectacular flight over the landscape of vast drawings –figures represented include a spider, a hummingbird and monkey. The Nazca Lines, discovered in 1927, are the most extraordinary legacy left by a culture that flourished in 300 BC. The lines are a series of complex designs, some up to 300 m/984 ft long, which can only be seen in their true dimension from an altitude of at least 457 m/1,500 ft. The Nazca culture is not believed to have been capable of manned flight. But many mysteries remain about just how this ancient culture carried out this feat, how they crafted the drawings, what technology they used, and what  purpose they served. Continue to your hotel in Paracas in one of the most arid deserts in the world.  Rain is quite infrequent and the winds blow from east to west.  The sand dunes create an incomparable image at evening or dawn. This region teems with history and culture. The landscape will take your breath away. Enjoy the adventure of crossing the desert in SUV’s driven by experts, who know the spectacular Paracas dunes. It all ends with a dinner under the stars. Hotel Paracas Luxury Collection (B,D)

Day 4: Paracas /Lima
Early this morning, you set out on a yacht cruise to the Ballestas Islands, passing the Candelabro, a geoglyph more than 394 feet long, better appreciated from the ocean. These islands, also known as the Guano Islands, constitute the habitat to large concentrations of sea birds and sea lions colonies in their natural environment. Late afternoon, you return to Lima. Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel (B)

Day 5: Lima / Arequipa  
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa at an elevation of 2225 m/7,300 ft. Upon arrival, you are greeted and transferred to the hotel.  Also known as the "White City" for many constructions built of white volcanic stone, Arequipa sits in the foothills of the Misti Volcano (the guardian of the city). This beautiful city, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, features baroque churches and mansions from the colonial period such as like the Monastery of Santa Catalina. The main square is bordered by arched walkways and the 17th century cathedral, which showcases a beautiful bronze fountain of three plates crowned by the figure of a 16th century soldier. Around the square, you see three granite portals with brick and lime bases. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.  The Santa Catalina Convent is a city within a city. A Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plaza, it is a masterpiece of colonial architecture. It houses some of the finest examples of Spanish American religious art. Since 1970, visitors have been able to stroll through the streets and cloisters that during colonial times were the refuge of female nobility, who chose to isolate themselves and dedicate their lives entirely to prayer.  This afternoon, you continue to discover the beautiful landscapes of Arequipa and its surrounding districts, including Yanahuara, known as the "balcony of Arequipa"; Caima with its colonial church; and Sabandia with its typical 18th century water mill.  Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa (B,L) 

Day 6: Arequipa / Colca Canyon
Departure towards the highlands passing through Yura-Pampa Cañahuas and La Pulpera with good possibility of observing groups of wild vicuñas. You are on your way to see the world’s deepest canyon, Colca Canyon.  The road reaches a high point of 3,962 m/13,000 ft before dropping down into the valley, an area of breathtaking landscapes surrounded by terracing and snow-capped peaks. Far below, at a depth of 3,084 meters/10,000 feet, the Colca River winds along the canyon floor, the world's deepest.  Las Casitas del Colca (B,L,D)

Day 7: Colca Canyon / Arequipa
Very early this morning you set out on an excursion to try to see some of the world’s highly endangered Andean condors. At a superb natural lookout, “Cross of the Condor,” you will likely see condors wheeling across the canyon, at an altitude of some 4572 m/15,000 ft. The valley is also the site of pre-Inca ruins, pre-Inca burial grounds and the archaeological remains left behind by the Collagua, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Drive further into the canyon to observe the life of residents in this remote land, and to admire their impressive irrigation system and the fertile mountains terraced for farming. You have the opportunity, if you wish, to visit one of the many artisan workshops scattered throughout the towns in the canyon. Nearly a thousand artisans, scattered throughout the towns in the canyon, who employ ancient techniques for sewing and weaving. Each village has its own impressively intricate and colorful embroidery and textiles. This afternoon, return to Arequipa.  Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa (B,L)
 
Day 8: Arequipa / Cusco/ Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas)
You have an early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for the short but spectacular flight over the snow-capped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 3487 m/11,440 ft. You are met on arrival and transferred to Pisaq in the fertile Urubamba Valley to visit the village of Pisaq, with its Indian Market, Peru’s most famous, colorful market. A typical lunch, “pachamanca,” features the technique of cooking in the earth.  While this is seen around the globe, each region has its own variations. One of the most unique approaches in Peru uses hot rocks in lieu of smoldering coals. As in other cultures, this style of cooking has become a communal affair for all to enjoy. After lunch, enjoy a tour to Ollantaytambo, a beautiful and tranquil village. Here, you find some spectacular and extensive Inca ruins, most of them enclosed with a Temple Fortress. The unfinished temple contains some of the largest stones ever used by the Inca builders. The village itself is constructed on top of Inca foundations - so you can see typical Inca stonework down almost any street. Sol y Luna Hotel – Casita (B,L)

Day 9: Sacred Valley / Cachiccata
After breakfast, you travel by road to the Urubamba River for a exhilarating day of river rafting. This section of the river is excellent for beginners. It includes both Class II and Class III, and finishes with the Class III + El Resbaladero (The Slide).  After rafting, stop for a picnic lunch in the countryside before heading to your camp site at the local community of Cachiccata, where you have time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Campsite in Cachiccata (B,L,D)

Day 10: Cachiccata / Santa Maria / Santa Teresa / Cola de Mono
After an early breakfast, you meet your guide for a private transport to the Malaga Pass. At 4,237 m/13,900 ft, the pass offers stunning views of snowy Wakaywillca Peak and the Verónica Glacier. Descend into the lush temperate rainforest on the east side of the Andes. You have the option to hike some portions in order to watch for search for notable birds such as crested quetzal, sword-billed hummingbird, scarlet-bellied tanagers, Inca wren and the impressive Andean condor, all of which are usually found in this area. At times, you can almost hear the ghosts of the Incas whispering in the rainforest canopy as you marvel at abandoned villages and ancient ruins. Lunch in Santa Maria village before another rafting adventure begins. Spend the next two hours rafting the Urubamba rapids, Class II and Class III. Later, transfer to your campsite in Cola de Mono. Campsite in Cola de Mono (B,L,D)

Day 11: Cola de Mono
This morning after breakfast, hike for 40 minutes to the first platform for your first zipline, which crosses six times over the native forest canopy in one of the highest South America ziplines. After this great adventure you have some time at leisure at the camp ground. After lunch, you walk through the village of Santa Teresa, savoring the scents of coffee, tea, and cacao growing in the nearby terraced fields along the way. You may spot some of the tropical bird species endemic to this lower elevation, including toucans, motmots and parakeets. Continue exploring the local villages and have the chance to have a soak at Santa Teresa hot springs before returning to Cola de Mono and your camp. Campsite in Cola de Mono (B,L,D)

Day 12: Cola de Mono / Lucmabamaba-Llatapata Trek  / Machu Picchu
After breakfast, set out on a half-hour drive to the Quechua community of Lucmabamba where you begin a hike to the Inca site of Llactapata, at the junction of three valleys. From here, you will get your first glimpse at Machu Picchu from the back.  After lunch, you continue walking down for about three more hours to the hydroelectric train station, which you get the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night. Tonight, you stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a unique boutique property surrounded by lush vegetation and rich biodiversity in the heart of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.  Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel  (B,L,D)

Day 13: Machu Picchu / Cusco 
Today visit to the magical "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched at 2,499 m/8,200 ft above the valley, this incredible mountain fortress was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Relish the You have lunch is at hotel before returning to Cusco. Belmond Monasterio del Cusco Hotel (B,L)

Day 14: Cusco / Juliaca / Puno
Today you have a private transfer through the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Puno, one of South America's most extraordinary overland trips that passes through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean villages. Savor a brief stop at the town of Andahuaylillas, a showcase of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called "the Sistine Chapel of America." Pause at Raqchi to see the remains of the remarkable temple of Viracocha, an important Inca construction. After lunch, take in the magic of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.  Libertador Lago Titicaca (B,L)

Day 15: Puno / Lake Titicaca
This morning, you explore the lake beginning with an early morning departure from the main pier at approximately 6:30 am.  The first stop is the remarkable floating reed island, built on layers of totora reeds, that is home to the Uros Indians, who still live as their ancestors have for generations, depending on the lake for their living. Then continue by boat to the island of Taquile, a remote island with a remarkable community where Quechua, the language of the Incas, is kept alive by the islanders. The outstanding highlight of its inhabitants is their handicraft derived from techniques developed over centuries.  Arrive this afternoon at your hotel on the small private island of Suasi. Enjoy a BBQ lunch.  The vastness of Lake Titicaca can be observed from every room, which lies on a mild and sheltered hill next to magnificent Andean terraces full of flowers. Later this afternoon, you can discover some of the endemic plants and animals, which includes three species of camelids and one of vizcachas. After dinner, you are in for a very special night.  First, tour Lake Titicaca at night and then see the Southern sky using a modern, computerized Bushnell 5-inch telescope. Learn about the cosmogony that Andean civilizations developed over time. Then relax by a bonfire and savor this experience. Casa Andina Private Collection Suasi (B,L,D)

Day 16: Lake Titicaca
This morning, canoe on the lake, slipping through the water around the island and through totoras reeds, where the diversity of the lake's bird species can be appreciated. After lunch visit Martha's Cultural Cabin to learn about the unique ecosystem of the high Andean Plateau and the Lake Titicaca region. The region's most comprehensive library is located here. Later, you can opt to visit the hotel’s spa or simply relax and enjoy your hotel.  Casa Andina Private Collection Suasi (B,L,D)

Day 17: Lake Titicaca / Puno / Juliaca / Depart
After a leisurely morning, you will be transferred overland to Juliaca Airport, about three hours, to connect with  your flight to Lima and onward. (B) 

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $8900

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