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Peru
  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $4,298 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: From $3,868

Explore Machu Picchu with the Whole Family!

Immerse your family in culture. Let go of your worry and step into another world with your family. 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? Discover the ruins with your family and a private guide.

  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Mystical mountains, ancient ruins, Inca mummies, and silky-soft alpacas set the stage on this Peruvian family adventure sure to captivate the hearts and minds of travelers young and old.

•    Take in the Archbishop’s Palace, the Plaza de Armas, and a fascinating music, water, and light show in the historic center of Lima
•    Get to know the llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas at Awanacancha, watching traditional weavers and dyers at work
•    Sample a brick-oven empanada and peruse the ponchos and hand-woven tapestries at Pisac’s colorful street market
•    Paddle the rapids of the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, one of the last remaining Inca cities
•    Cycle amidst a sea of cactus plants in Cruzpata
•    Take in the awe-inspiring majesty of Machu Picchu on a guided tour
•    Marvel at the mummies inhabiting the Inca Museum and try your hand at making your own chocolate at the Choco Museum in Cusco

We had a fabulous trip! The family adventure exceeded out expectations.

Laura Chandler Dubuque, IA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

9 days/8 nights

Lima, Peru

Day 1: Lima
Lima
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
Lima
Meals Included:  B

Take the morning to rest and recover from your previous day’s travels • Enjoy lunch on your own (we recommend Mangos Restaurant) near your hotel • This afternoon, your guide will pick you up at Casa Andina to take you on a sightseeing tour of the fascinating city of Lima • First, drive into 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 • 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 • 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
Overnight: Sol y Luna

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, we’ll visit 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: Sacsayhuaman / Pisac / Indian Market
Sacsayhuaman / Pisac / Indian Market
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Sol y Luna

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
Moray / Maras Inca Salt Mine
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Sol y Luna

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 • 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
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Meals Included:  B, L,
Overnight: Hotel Monasterio

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
Overnight: Hotel Monasterio

This morning, visit San Pedro Market, just two blocks off the main square, one of the oldest and most traditional markets in Cusco • After this, walk around the Underground Museum of Koricancha, containing numerous interesting pieces, including mummies, textiles, and sacred idols from Koricancha (the most important temple of Inca time) • 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, visit the Choco Museum where you will get to make your own chocolate – yum! • Return to your hotel and enjoy your last evening in Cusco

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

On the 9th and final day, take a return flight to Lima. With guide assistance, connect with your international flight home. We hope you'll join us again soon! * Post trip extensions to Lake Titicaca are available. ** 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

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $4,298 / person
  • (Varying single supplement) Children: From $3,868

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • An Austin Adventures /Apumayo representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport.
  • Upon clearing customs, transportation to the Miraflores Park Hotel (1 hour transfer) will be provided.
  • On Day 9 you will be transferred from the Hotel Monasterio 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 – 15 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

•    Private transportation for the transfers
•    Private transportation for the tours
•    Professional bilingual guide.
•    Assistant guide from 10 clients
•    Top of the line rafting equipment (V river rafting gear) and self-bailing rafts
•    Safety kayak
•    Front-suspension mountain bike
•    Helmet and gloves
•    Meal described in the program
•    Entrance fee for the tours mentioned in the program
•    Entrance fee to Machupicchu ( 6th day)
•    Entrance fee to Machupicchu (7th day)
•    Vistadome train round trip
•    1st Bus up and down ( 6th day)
•    2nd Bus up and down (7th day)
•    Double accommodation at the hotels that the clients choose:
o    Lima: 02 nights
o    Sacred Valley: 03 nights
o    Machupicchu: 01night
o    Cusco: 02 nights

Not Included in Trip Price
  • Meal not described in the program
  • Flight tickets
  • Tips and extra expenses
  • Extra services not mentioned in the program
Photos

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 breakfast at the Hotel Monasterio: when have you ever dined to the distant soundtrack of chanting monks?
  • 4. The local Indian market in Pisac: it offers the region's most impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts.
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