Peru
  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 18, 2016
  • From $4,998 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: From $3,328

Explore Machu Picchu with the Whole Family!

Travel Channel AwardUnplug from the hustle and bustle and immerse your loved ones in the rich culture, stunning landscapes and wondrous mystery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This award-winning, family-friendly journey is packaged in an all-inclusive, custom itinerary that gets you and the kids up-close-and-personal with the sights, sounds and flavors of Peru. Join our expert guides as you explore the cobblestone streets of Cusco, delight in the traditional Peruvian dish of Pachamanca and take in the awesomeness of “The Lost City” of Machu Picchu. Hike, bike and paddle your way below the towering peaks of the Andes, all the while enjoying the best in regional lodgings and cuisine complemented with Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Pack the kids, your camera and sense of adventure, and come see why this trip is featured in the Travel Channel’s Best Family Adventures for 2015 and on the list of every traveler’s bucket list.

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  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Machu Picchu: the mere name evokes a sense of mystery, wonder and adventure for the most curious of travelers. This nine-day, exclusive itinerary takes you on an unforgettable journey from the bustling streets of Lima to the markets of Cusco and onto the awe-inspiring, world-renowned Inca Trail for a fascinating trip of a lifetime that's sure to send you home revived and inspired by the enigmatic fortitude of the Inca civilization.

  • Stroll the cobblestone plazas of Cusco, the Inca Empire's capital and one of the the oldest, continuously-inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere
  • Hike the Inca Trail, a mystical mix of ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud forest and rich subtropical jungle
  • Watch the day break over Machu Picchu
  • Ride Paso Finos to the remote Andean community of Cachiccata
  • Raft Class II & III rapids of the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley
  • Shop vibrant Inca markets for hand-woven tapestries and blankets
  • Savor a plate of fine Peruvian cuisine and unwind in the comfort of the exquisite Hotel Sol y Luna over a chilled Pisco Sour

We knew the trip would be well organized, with new and unexpected experiences. AA staff facilitated a wonderful trip in an extraordinary country. It was what we hoped for and expected.

Joan S Chicago, IL

This was a life changing experience. Our guide helped us 'see' things we never understood on our own.

Einar S Paradise Valley, AZ

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Lima
Machu Picchu Adventure Vacations
Meals Included:  No meals

Arrive in Lima, the “City of Kings,” and the cultural hub of Peru • You’ll be met at the airport and transferred
(one hour) to your hotel in Miraflores, Casa Andina • Dinner on your own

Day 2: Lima
Machu Picchu hiking vacations
Meals Included:  B, L

Take the morning to rest and recover from your previous day’s travels • Early afternoon, your guide will pick you up at Casa Andina to take you to lunch at Mangos Restaurant • Then, you will head out on a sightseeing tour of the fascinating city of Lima • First, drive through the exclusive areas of San Isidro and the tourist district of Miraflores where you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and its beaches • After, take a look at the Historic Center of Lima to visit San Martin Square and the Main Square or “Plaza de Armas” where the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Town Hall are located • Proceed to San Francisco Church, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture preserving the best examples of Colonial religious art in America • This evening, we’ll visit Lima’s “Magic Water Circuit,” a wonderful collection of thirteen ornamental, cybernetic and interactive fountains, music, light, images and laser effects combined in perfect union and harmony to present us with an incredible and unique show full of magic, excitement and fantasy

Day 3: Lima / Cusco / Awanacancha / Pisac
Lima / Cusco / Awanacancha / Pisac
Meals Included:  B, L

In the morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco • After your hour-long flight, you’ll be picked up and transferred to the Sacred Valley • First, visit Awanacancha, the llama project where you’ll see the South American camelids: llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas and have the chance to witness the traditional weaving and dying techniques which have been practiced by the locals for centuries • Then, continue to the town of Pisac and visit the market where you can look at and purchase unique, authentic souvenirs • After you get your fill of shopping, you can choose to take an optional visit to Pisac’s archaeological center: a mystery to most, Pisac settlement appears to have been a settlement along a vital Inca road • With the Amazon rainforest to the east of the mountains, it is generally understood that Pisac provided a connecting point of sorts between the highlands and the jungle •  Enjoy a late lunch and after, transfer to your hotel for some downtime

Day 4: Urubamba River / Ollantaytambo / Sacred Valley
Urubamba River / Ollantaytambo / Sacred Valley
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning, we head to our private river put-in located in Pachar • Begin your rafting excursion down the Urubamba on flat, easy-going waters, while we admire the spectacular mountain views and archaeological remains surrounding us • As we continue towards Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces, we will enter the fun class II to III rapids, eventually ending with “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a strong class III rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools • Eat lunch in a traditional restaurant located riverside and owned by the local community, and then proceed to Ollantaytambo, one of the last Inca cities intact today • Discover the ruins that crown the town with a knowledgeable guide and then return to your hotel

Day 5: Moray / Maras Inca Salt Mine
Biking in Peru
Meals Included:  B, L

Transfer to Cruzpata on Mara’s plateau, where you’ll begin your mountain biking adventure complete with views of impressive Andean peaks, cactus plants, and Andean villagers going about their daily lives • Optional visit of the Inca experimental agricultural terraces of Moray • Picnic lunch • Proceed to Maras via dirt road and stop to visit the ancient salt pools and mines known as the “Salinas de Maras” where the locals collect salt in an artisanal way

Day 6: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Early morning pickup and transfer to Ollantaytambo train station, where you’ll jump on a train en route to Machu Picchu • Arrive to Aguas Calientes where a bus will take you up the final stretch to the main entrance of the site of Machu Picchu • Take a fascinating guided tour of “The Lost City of the Incas” and learn more about Inca culture and traditions • Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and head back down to Aguas Calientes for a well-deserved rest in your hotel • Dinner this evening with your guide

Day 7: Machu Picchu / Cusco
Group on the Inca Trail
Meals Included:  B, L,

What you decide to do with your guide this morning is up to you! • If you’d like, head back up to Machu Picchu to take in any remaining sites that you may not have had the time to cover yesterday • Or, remain at your hotel and take on one of the guided excursions there (birds, nature, orchid, tea or twilight) • Lunch at Café Inkaterra • This afternoon, take the vistadome train to Ollantaytambo and then a car transfer to your hotel in Cusco

Day 8: Cusco
Cusco
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning, visit San Pedro Market, just two blocks off the main square, one of the oldest and most traditional markets in Cusco • Next, visit the Choco Museum where you will get to make your own chocolate – yum! • After lunch, continue to the Inca museum, with its collection of Inca mummies, ceramics, textiles, vases, jewelry, architectural models, and an interesting collection (reputed to be the world's largest) of Inca drinking vessels (Keros) carved out of wood • Last stop of the day – Sacsayhuaman Ruins – we’ll head up to Rodadero Hill where the children can play around on the smooth rocks • Return to your hotel and enjoy your last evening in Cusco

Day 9: Cusco / Lima
Cusco / Lima
Meals Included:  B

Return flight to Lima • With guide assistance, connect with your international flight home

* This trip is operated in partnership with Apumayo Expediciones.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Apumayo Expediciones.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 18, 2016
  • From $4,998 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: From $3,328

Confirmed Departures

  • Dec 18, 2016
  • Jun 24, 2017
  • Jul 22, 2017
  • Aug 5, 2017

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • An Austin Adventures /Apumayo representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport.
  • Upon clearing customs, transportation to the

    Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel (1 hour transfer) will be provided.

  • On Day 9 you will be transferred from the

    Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco to the Cusco airport according to your morning or afternoon flight schedule.

  • You will be met upon your arrival in Lima and assistance will be provided to the international departures terminal of the Lima airport.
  • Please confirm with your airline provider if the Peruvian airport departure and tourist tax is included in your ticket. If not, this departure tax must be paid in U.S. dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles, as credit cards are not accepted.
Activities
  • Hiking - 1 to 2 mile city walks and ruins tours
  • Mountain Biking - 19 miles on dirt, moderately difficult.
  • Whitewater rafting - Class II and III rapids, no experience necessary.
  • Discovery - Crowned by the towering Andes and tucked between the Amazon and the Pacific, Peru offers a captivating mix of adventure, nature and history. Embedded in every active traveler's Top Ten List is the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu. Our route takes us there from bustling Lima, to the cobblestone streets of Cusco, from ruin to ruin across the Sacred Valley, and by train via the fascinating city of Ollantaytambo. Catch a glimpse of the Andean Condor, a vulture with the largest wingspan of any land bird - 10.5 feet! Discover the colorful street markets, friendly people, and strong local culture of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca empire. Photograph the myriad of salt pans in Maras as the sun reflects off the water's surface, slowly evaporating and leaving salt in its wake. Delight in the traditional Peruvian dish of Pachamanca: lamb, mutton, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices and baked with the aid of hot stones in an earthen oven known as a huatia. Did you know that Machu Picchu is called "The Lost City" because when it was "rediscovered" by Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III in 1911, the jungle had literally swallowed the complex ruins? Even a knife blade can't be inserted between the precise mortarless joints of the stones used in the building of Machu Picchu, and many of these stones weighed more than 50 tons! Come explore Peru with the experts in adventure travel!
    Your guides will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that's right for you.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions ”“ except one dinner on your own - are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Our Partner - Apumayo Expediciones

Austin Adventures is proudly offering this trip in conjunction with Apumayo Expediciones. Apumayo, a local Peruvian company based in the City of Cusco, was established in 1995. Specializing in adventure travel and non-conventional tourism, the company combines tourism with cultural, educational and natural history. Apumayo Expediciones describes itself as a commercial venture with a strong environmental and social agenda, developing and supporting many projects such as river clean ups and supporting Andean community projects. Apumayo looks to host many of their adventure trips with help from the local communities of Peru and relates them with Inca culture and the daily life of the Andean people. Austin Adventures and Apumayo look forward to providing you with top notch customer service in some of Peru's most beautiful and inspiring places.

Included in Trip Price

• Double occupancy rooms with private baths.

• All meals as listed in detailed daily itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

• Fully trained, bilingual, professional guide(s) and knowledgeable local partners.

• Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.

• Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.

• Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.

• Pre-departure and packing information.

• Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, & local partner and expert gratuities.

• Entrance fees to attractions in Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.

Not Included in the Trip Price

• Flights from Lima-Cusco-Lima (approximately $500 per person, depending on availability).

• Guide gratuities.

• Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.

• Meals as not designated in daily itinerary.

• Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.

• Air and land transportation to/from host cities.

• All types of personal insurance.

• Personal expenses.

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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Loved the experience - not only the activity - but a chance to see the real Peru - Guides were great at ensuring we experienced the culture & people

Timothy L, Kirkwood, MO

Great trip- guides were knowledgeable and informative and took care of everything! Truly an amazing guy!

Nancy G, North Brook, IL

Far exceeded our expectations. Austin took care of every detail from the time we arrived at our destination to the moment we left, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the country & culture. It was a magical journey!

Robin F, Highlands Ranch, CO

Excellent value for an amazing trip! First class all the way.

Amy J, Denver, CO

Very pleased with food, accommodations and Guide. Exceptional Trip with great company

Robin D, Kelowna, BC
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The mystery: everywhere you go, there's a sense that the Inca culture still permeates every hilltop, village and valley.
  • 2. The Sun Gate: nothing prepares you for the feeling of awe as you step through Intipunku and gaze upon the ruins of Machu Picchu for the very first time.
  • 3. The local Indian market in Pisac: this colorful market offers the region's most impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts.
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: from getting your kids stoked on nature and the local culture to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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