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PERU & INCA FAMILY DISCOVERY

10 days departing LIMA Jun-Aug from £1436

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This family holiday to Peru is the perfect way to explore this wonderful country with other like-minded families. Journey deep into the Amazonian Jungle, explore the enchanting city of Cusco and discover the secrets of the Sacred Valley before journeying to the world famous site of Machu Picchu. With a superb array of beautiful mountain views and diverse ecosystems this tour has it all. Each day you will discover scenic vistas, hidden archaeological sites and new friends on this amazing South American adventure.

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Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 1800 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1-2: Lima

Take your time to explore the capital of Peru which is famed for its extravagant colonial heritage, including colourful façades, illuminated cathedrals and over 1600 overhanging balconies. The food's not bad either and if you're hoping to garner your first taste of Peru then Lima provides the perfect place to do just that. Peru's capital city, Lima is awash with cultural things to do and boasts the country's largest collection of museums, featuring: natural history, European art and the stunning Gold Museum. You'll find most of the 'must see' options within Lima's UNESCO World Heritage Centre which holds some exquisite colonial architecture, with monasteries, cathedrals and plazas making up the lion's share of the places to visit. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

 

Day 3-4: Amazon Jungle

After getting acclimatised in Lima you'll be whisked away by air to Puerto Maldonado whereupon your Amazonian jungle adventure will start. Safely stow your bags before following your knowledgeable multi-lingual guide into the jungle by motorised canoe en route to your eco-friendly lodge accommodation deep within the Madre de Dios area. Make sure your smaller pack contains just the essentials that you'll require, such as insect repellent, waterproofs, wash-kit, water and torch. Whilst on tour you'll be accompanied by some excellent local guides who will be able assist in your understanding of the Amazon rainforest. For example the introduction to the medicinal properties of many of the indigenous plant life always proves to be a fascinating experience. Accommodation: Jungle lodge included | Meals: Breakfast included

 

Day 5: Across the Andes to Cusco

Return by boat to pick up your main baggage in Puerto Maldonado ahead of a short flight to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. As Cusco is the longest inhabited city in South America this is the perfect chance to compare and contrast Inca ruins with colonial architecture as you get used to the high altitude (11,150ft) and prepare to explore the fascinating citadels and temples surrounding the city. The best advice for getting used to the high altitude is take things easy and although the temptation to see as much as possible is often too much to bear, you will be returning to Cusco at the end of the tour so try to rest and relax while you have the chance. The city is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and Inca walls line the streets whilst colourful textile markets vie for our attention. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

 

Day 6: Pisac

Today's tour leads you away from Cusco and into the Sacred Valley where you'll discover the markets, farms and ancient Inca ruins that are to be found in and around the village of Pisac. The markets of Pisac are indeed well-worth a visit and spending the night will enable you to gain further insight into the village's dependence on both agriculture and tourism. Aside from the food and handicraft stalls which can be found each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, Pisac is overlooked by some excellent examples of Inca architecture which are thought to date back to around the same time as Machu Picchu. Your tour of local farmsteads and archaeological sites will no doubt fuel your fire for adventure which is all well and good as tomorrow you head ever deeper into the legendary realm of the Incas. Accommodation: Hotels included | Meals: Breakfasts included

 

Day 7: Aguas Calientes

Continue your journey through the Sacred Valley via the incredible Inca stronghold at Ollantaytambo before you board the midday train to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes. Ollantaytambo is one of the most important sites on the Inca Trail and often serves as a starting point for the trek to Machu Picchu. Once the steeped terraces and temples served as the royal grounds for the 9th ruler of the Inca Empire (Pachacutec) and after you explore the ruined citadel you'll be able to see a statue of the emperor near to the cathedral in Aguas Calientes. Accommodation: Basic hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

 

Day 8: Machu Picchu

No doubt one of the highlights of any Peruvian tour is catching your first glimpse of the fabled Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and this morning's early bus ride presents an excellent opportunity to do just that with a guided tour and free time thrown in for good measure. There's something extremely exhilarating about arriving at the sacred ruins so early in the morning and as the mist begins to part and you're able to catch your breath, you'll be treated to one of the most absorbing and fascinating sights on the planet. With over 200 separate structures, featuring houses, temples, alters and public spaces, it's a wonder that Machu Picchu remained hidden for so long however, thankfully for you Hiram Bingham's discovery in 1911 is now an accessible adventure that has lost none of its magical and mythical impact. It's thought that the city was the location of a royal palace and estate, home to the Inca emperors, or possibly a sacred religious and ceremonial site. Enjoy a guided tour and some free time, exploring some of the 200 buildings, from houses to temples. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

 

Day 9-10: Cusco

If you've booked in advance then you'll be returning to Machu Picchu for further exploration ahead of joining the rest of the group as they travel back to Aguas Calientes and jump on-board the train bound for Cusco. Now you're fully acclimatised it's time to explore the plazas, churches and artisan neighbourhoods as you search for souvenirs and savour your last moments in the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Highlights of Cusco include the Cathedral of Santa Domingo, Hatun Rumiyuq (the street which contains the famous 12-angled stone) and the vast Plaza de Armas. After your final night's sleep in Peru this tour ends after breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel included on day 9 | Meals: Breakfast included

Included Highlights

Visit to the ancient Inca city ruins of Machu Picchu

Explore Cusco & Sacred Valley

Return scenic train journey from Machu Picchu to Cusco

Cross the incredible landscapes of The Andes

Sample Peruvian cuisine in Lima

Internal flight Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco

Search for Caymans by night, climb a canopy tower & ride a boat on an oxbow lake in the Amazon

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  7 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 2 jungle lodge nights.

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle, plane & train

Meals:  9 breakfasts & 1 lunch included

Guided:  Services of a professional bilingual tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 20

Age range:  5+

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Cusco city tour US$10-$40

Visit local museums in Cusco US$5-10

Mountain biking (Sacred Valley) US$35

A 10% deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

 

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