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Exhilarating, magical, and supremely memorable, Peru is one of the great family travel destinations in the Americas. In 1911 explorer and archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the astonishing ruins of a 400-year-old city hidden in the mists—Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas.” Our leisurely time at the site gives everyone the chance to release their inner explorer and wander in wonder among the amazing ruins. An optional guide-led hike to the sacred summit of Huayna Picchu rewards the hardy with phenomenal 360-degree views of the entire site below.
Lovely Cuzco, once the center of the Incan Empire, still reveals ancient architectural secrets and echoes an opulent, golden age of long ago. Our walking tour of this “Archaeological Capital of the Americas” brings its fascinating, and enigmatic, history to life. In the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, whitewater raft through dramatic scenery and enchanting pastoral scenes.
In the Chinchero market, brimming with brilliantly colored textiles, sharpen your bargaining skills or try your own hand on a local weaver’s back-strap loom. At Ollantaytambo, discover a site so superbly preserved it’s almost a replica of a typical Inca community. The military complex of Sacsayhuaman took 70 years and 20,000 men to complete—kids love exploring its massive, zigzagging walls. And at Pisaq, everyone marvels at the meticulous stone terrace, its aqueducts, and Sun Temple ruins, yet no one knows the original purpose of this exquisite site.
If you have a few more vacation days to take advantage of while you’re in South America, go on our Ecuador extension. A family adventure that includes Machu Picchu AND the Galapagos Islands can’t be beat.
* Guests on our April 19 departure will be accompanied by our friend Chris Gamel, a professional photographer. Throughout the trip, Chris will offer casual lectures, briefings, and workshops that are appropriate to each day’s activities. His flexible instruction topics suit photographers of any and all skill levels. Click here for an expert photo tip from Chris.
7 or more
2 to 6
|12/21 - 12/29||Sold Out|
|12/27 - 01/04||$3,790||$4,090||$400|
7 or more
2 to 6
|Internal Air||Special Features|
|02/15 - 02/23||$3,790||$4,090||$400|
|03/15 - 03/23||$3,790||$4,090||$400|
|04/19 - 04/27||$3,990||$4,290||$400|
|06/07 - 06/15||$3,790||$4,090||$400|
|06/21 - 06/29||$3,790||$4,090||$400|
|07/19 - 07/27||$3,790||$4,090||$400|
|12/20 - 12/28||$3,890||$4,190||$400|
|12/27 - 01/04||$3,890||$4,190||$400|
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Peru family vacation begins.
Impressive ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes and quaint farming towns make the Sacred Valley a perfect stop. Children really love the rush of the rafting trip on the Urubamba River. Running right through the heart of the Sacred Valley, this excursion offers a fun glimpse at the Inca past and the surrounding natural environment.
- Saqsayhuaman Inca Ruins
- Awanacancha Llama Center
- Pisaq Inca Ruins
- Whitewater rafting
- Weaving lesson in Chinchero Village
The magical “Lost City” that is Machu Picchu cannot be experienced by reading a book or looking through photos. Watch as your family passes through its main entrance and the panoramic view comes into site – their jaws will drop.
- Ollantaytambo Inca Ruins
- Train to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu
- Explore Machu Picchu
- Huayna Picchu hike option
- Gate of the Sun optional hike
- Maras Salt Terraces hike
This family vacation is not complete without a full day to explore all the ins and outs of this unforgettable city. On your walking tour of Cuzco, your family will feel like they have entered a make-believe world where history comes alive with ruins, museums, churches and mansions.
- Cuzco walking tour
- Koricancha Temple
- San Pedro Market and lunch with a local family
- Free time to relax or explore on your own
- Lima flight and check-in
- Lima bike tour
- Dinner on own
Hotel Costa del Sol is conveniently located in the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. The hotel features 130 clean, comfortable rooms, each with air-conditioning and internet access. Other highlights of the hotel include a business center, restaurant, and a gym. This hotel is chosen because of its proximity to the airport.
Casa Andina Private Collection-Valle Sagrado: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle. On more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels – most of which remain isolated in the valley, offering little for guests to do – it contains an extraordinary, full-service “Sacred Spa”, a domed Planetarium & Observatory for stargazing in the massive Southern Hemisphere sky, and gourmet restaurant and bar.
The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, surrounded by twelve acres of beautiful cloud forest, is conveniently located just minutes from the train station. It features tile-roofed casitas (bungalows), a tea plantation, more than 100 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies. The hotel has eighty-five large, comfortable, air-conditioned rooms – many with a fireplace and a balcony or terrace. Other highlights include an outdoor pool, hot tub, spa, jogging track, business center and high-speed internet access.
The Hotel Libertador, a historical site dating back several centuries, is surrounded by magnificent Inca and colonial buildings. It is conveniently located just minutes from Cuzco’s major attractions, like the main square and the Spanish Cathedral. The hotel features 240 elegant rooms, as well as a fitness center, sauna and Jacuzzi, business center, wireless internet, restaurants and a gift shop.
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