Latin America Vacations
Peru | Machu Picchu | Family
A rich tapestry of history, mystery, culture, and natural beauty
9 days / 8 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Unplug 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 see why this trip was voted the Travel Channel’s Best Family Adventure.
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 recommend a minimum of 10 years of age for all children traveling on this trip.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The mystery: everywhere you go, there's a sense that the Inca culture still permeates every hilltop, village and valley.
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.
The local Indian market in Pisac: this colorful market offers the region's most impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts.
Lima, Peru LIM
Lima, Peru LIM
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.
About Hotel B
Hotel B sits in Lima’s most vibrant district: Barranco. Now home to many of Peru’s best-known artists, musicians, designers and photographers, you’ll find the intrigues and mysteries of Peruvian culture, geography and nature just a short walk from your hotel. The spacious rooms of the mansion feature charming views of the outside street or inner courtyard, plush sitting areas for relaxing after a day spent exploring Lima, and comfortable, luxurious beds. Surrounded by galleries and artists’ studios, Hotel B houses a unique art collection of its own and is linked directly to the Lucia de la Puente Gallery.
Morning tour of the historic center of Lima, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Visit the Paseo de la República, San Martín Square, the Main Square, Government Palace, Basilica Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall Palace and stroll streets lined with colonial mansions and Moorish-style balconies. After lunch at Mangos de Larcomar, check out a collection of pre-Colombian artifacts on a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Dinner perched over the Pacific at la Rosa Nautica, an unforgettable restaurant located on Pier 4 of the Lima Beach Circuit.
Cusco / Pisac / Sacred Valley
Morning flight to Cusco, the Inca Empire’s capital and oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Transfer to the Sacred Valley. Visit Awanacancha, the llama project, where we will see different South American camelids. Shuttle to Pisac for a hike to the region’s mysterious mountainside ruins. Shop an impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts at a local Indian market. Visit a local school to get to know the kids/teachers and to deliver materials, including books, pencils and crayons. Lunch at Hacienda Huayocary where you will discover a vast collection of folk art dating back to the seventeenth century. Check into the tranquil Sol Y Luna, your home for the next three nights, and enjoy a traditional Peruvian.
About Sol y Luna
Sol y Luna was born in 1996, when Franz and Petit – its founders – arrived in the Sacred Valley with the aim of settling there and sharing, with visitors and neighbors, what this land has to offer: beauty, culture and history, together with work and the joy of progress. Sol y Luna boasts over 100 collaborators, who share a common philosophy of respecting the natural environment and living in harmony with the local culture. The hotel is located in the province and district of Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at an altitude of 8,850 feet, one hour’s drive from Cusco city. Minutes away from the hotel, you can find important archaeological sites like Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Machu Picchu.
Chinchero / Maras / Moray
Morning visit to the Chinchero Indian market where you will have the chance to participate in a textile workshop. Bike off-road to the Inca site of Moray. Picnic lunch. Shuttle to Maras and bike to the ancient salt pools and mines known as the “Salinas de Maras. ”Dinner at Wayra Restaurant, a unique space where nature, art, gastronomy, adventure and good living blend together.
Urubamba River / Ollantaytambo
Upon reaching our private river put-in and listening to a safety orientation, raft the Class II & III whitewater rapids of the Urubamba River, conquering the adrenaline-inducing “train station” and “slider” rapids. Savor a traditional pachamanca lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, explore the fascinating ruins of Ollantaytambo with your guide and later, you may opt for a Peruvian Paso Fino horseback ride. Dinner in the colorful Huacatay Restaurant.
Inca Trail / Machu Picchu
Travel 1.5 hours by train to Kilometer 104 where we meet the Inca Trail and embark on a cloud forest and subtropical jungle hike to Machu Picchu. Visit the sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna and enjoy lunch at a waterfall before reaching Intipunku, the “Sun Gate” overlooking Machu Picchu. We’ll have time for a short visit before transferring to the upscale Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for lodging and dinner.
About Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
The Pueblo Hotel’s private 12-acre cloud forest inside the Machu Picchu Sanctuary offers a scattering of cottages, streams, gushing waterfalls, gardens and wild forest. Discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. What could be more enchanting than the vibrant Waqanki, and the legend of a lovesick Inca princess whose sadness was transformed into colorful teardrop petals?
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Full morning to explore Machu Picchu’s mountaintop ruins with a private guide. You will have the option to hike up Huaynapicchu Mountain at 10:00 am if you desire. Lunch in Machu Picchu. Afternoon train ride back to Ollantaytambo and car transfer back to Cusco. Dinner at your hotel.
About Palacio del Inka Hotel
A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cusco. Directly across from the Koricancha, it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets and restaurants. The rooms blend a rich Peruvian personality with the city’s enchanting history, all while providing the luxuries that a modern day traveler expects. The state-of-the-art amenities guarantee an enriching and memorable stay in Cusco.
Morning tour of Cusco’s nearby famous archeological ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Lunch in the city. Take a guided walking tour of the main square of Cusco, the Cathedral and the “Korikancha” temple of the sun. Farewell dinner at Map Café followed by some lively music.
Cusco / Lima
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.
Arrival & Departure
An Austin Adventures/Apumayo representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport. Upon clearing customs, transportation to Hotel B in Lima’s Barranco District (1 hour transfer) will be provided. On Day 9 you will be transferred from the Palacio del Inka 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.
Hiking: 1 to 2 mile city walks and ruins tours; 5-mile challenging hike on the Inca Trail (elevation gain of 2,000 feet).
Mountain Biking: 15 miles on dirt, moderately difficult.
Horseback riding: (Optional) no experience necessary.
Whitewater rafting: Class II and III rapids, no experience necessary.
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.
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 and breathtaking footpath over the Inca Trail. 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 <em>huatia</em>. 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!
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.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
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