Peru: Land of the Ancient Inca

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Our Peru family vacations are exhilarating, magical, and supremely memorable; Peru is one of the top family travel destinations in South America. In 1911 an explorer and archaeologist stumbled upon the astonishing ruins of a 400-year-old city hidden in the mists—Machu Picchu. Hike the amazing site and wander in wonder among the mysterious ruins. Also discover the mysterious and breathtaking sites of the superbly preserved Ollantaytambo, the military complex of Sacsayhuaman, and the Sun Temple Ruins at Pisaq. 

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.

2016 Dates
Dates 2 to 5
travelers
in your party
6 to 9
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in your party
10 or more
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in your party
Internal Air
07/30 - 08/07 $4,490 $4,290 $3,990 $400
12/26 - 01/03 $4,790 $4,540 $4,290 $400
2017 Dates
Dates 2 to 5
travelers
in your party
6 to 9
travelers
in your party
10 or more
travelers
in your party
Internal Air
03/18 - 03/25 $4,590 $4,340 $4,090 $400
04/15 - 04/22 $4,590 $4,340 $4,090 $400
06/24 - 07/01 $4,590 $4,340 $4,090 $400
07/29 - 08/05 $4,590 $4,340 $4,090 $400
12/23 - 12/30 $4,890 $4,640 $4,390 $400
12/26 - 01/02 $4,890 $4,640 $4,390 $400

Internal Air: $400 Adult/$350 Child (subject to change)

Child Discount:$200 per child under 12

Triple Discount: $200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults; $300 for 2017 trips

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

Price includes: All entrance and park fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation; private bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists, all meals except 2 dinners, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Prices are per person and based on the number of people in your party.

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Extensions

This trip is great in combination with one of our Galapagos adventures. International air to/from Lima and Quito not included.

Day 1: Depart Home / Arrive Lima

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Peru family vacation begins.

Days 2-3: See the Pisaq Ruins / Chinchero Weaving Lesson / Salt Terraces Hike 

Impressive ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes, and quaint farming towns make the Sacred Valley a perfect stop.  

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Visit the Awanacancha Llama Center to see some of these friendly and adorable animals that help to keep the traditional art of textile weaving alive in the Peruvian countryside.

Days 4-6: Explore Machu Picchu / Hike Huayna Picchu / Friends Across Borders Meeting

The magical “Lost City” that is Machu Picchu cannot be experienced by reading a book or looking through photos. 

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Watch as your family passes through its main entrance and the panoramic view comes into site – their jaws will drop. Hiking through the different parts of Machu Picchu is an experience that kids will always remember. Exploring the different attractions from Huayna Picchu to the Gate of the Sun. The most fulfilling part of this trip though is the Friends Across Borders meeting. Watching your kids having fun with their pen pals will be a memory you cherish forever!

Day 7: Walking Tour of Cuzco / See Koricancha Temple / Peruse San Pedro Market

This family vacation is not complete without a full day to explore all the ins and outs of this unforgettable city. 

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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. The quaint city is the home of countless Inca ruins, some shrouded in mystery, and others beautiful and intricate.

Days 8-9: Depart Lima

Transfer from Cuzco to Lima and travel back home where you can share memories of your trip with friends and family! 

Hotel Costa del Sol

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

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.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

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 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.

Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka

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.

Why Peru?

See Machu Picchu, new wonder of the world
The “lost city” of Machu Picchu was so remote and so well hidden that it wasn’t rediscovered until 1911, when Hiram Bingham stumbled onto the astonishing ruins hidden in the mists and perched on a rocky ridge in the sky. No longer “lost,” your family will discover first-hand why Machu Picchu was recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Rich history and culture
Five hundred years ago, Peru lay at the heart of a vast empire that stretched over 400,000 square miles from northwest Argentina to southern Columbia. A legendary kingdom, this Land of the Inca came to an end when conquering Spaniards swept across South America. Today, Peruvians preserve, with pride, their rich and diverse culture and traditions.
Explore the charms of colonial Cuzco
Founded in the 11th century and capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century through the arrival of the Spanish in the mid 16th century, Cuzco is a delightful mix of Inca and Spanish architecture. Around the city you can still see the remains of Inca buildings and foundations – many of which have proven to be stronger than buildings constructed in the present day!
Inca Trails
The roads from the Inca Empire once stretched from present-day Quito, Ecuador in the north all the way down to Santiago, Chile in the south. The extensive network of roads and trails covered roughly 14,000 miles and crossed mountain passes over 16,000 feet. To top it off, the Inca did not use the wheel or horses until the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, so these roads were used almost exclusively by people on foot and pack animals such as llamas. These roads – some of which were paved – wind through the stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes of the Andes.
Sizable indigenous population
Throughout the history of the Americas, there have been thousands of distinct indigenous groups, tribes, and nations. Sadly, European colonizers decimated and, in some cases, eliminated the native populations of many areas and their beautiful cultures have been lost or almost lost in time. Peru, however, still has a substantial population of indigenous peoples with fascinating cultures to share and a lot to teach us. After Bolivia, Peru has the highest percentage of indigenous people of any country in South America. From the Quechua, to the Aymara, to the many different native groups in the Amazon, there is a refreshingly high diversity of languages and cultures within Peru.

Why Peru with Thomson?

Pisaq Ruins
These ruins are some of the largest and well-kept in all the Sacred Valley, but surprisingly little is known about the site’s actual purpose. It could have been a royal estate, a military complex or even a small city. Impressive ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes and quaint farming towns make the Sacred Valley a perfect stop.
Whitewater Rafting
This exciting rafting trip on the Urubamba River is fun and great for first-timers. Children really love the rush of rafting on the 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. You’ll see local Peruvians working in their fields beneath the soaring valley walls that rise up to snow-covered peaks.
Train to Machu Picchu
This one and a half hour train journey follows along the Urubamba River, providing you and your children with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyons of the Urubamba Valley on your way to Machu Picchu.
Weaving lesson in Chinchero Village
Quechuan women demonstrate the age-old Andean craft of back strap weaving that has been passed down for generations. You’ll even get the chance to try your hand at it!