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Our new 17 to Infinity Peru Trek is the perfect active trip for families with young adults in search of adventure and excitement! Traveling with other families in the same age range, you'll see what sets this culturally and ecologically diverse land apart from everywhere else.
On this Peru family vacation, you'll trek through stunning Andean landscapes, exploring fascinating Inca ruins (including, of course, the mysterious and world-renowned Machu Picchu), and meet indigenous locals who still live roughly the same way they have for centuries.
Your older teen and 20-something kids will LOVE the personal challenge involved in tackling the daunting hike up the steep trail leading to Huayna Picchu, the sacred summit overlooking the entire site of Machu Picchu. The sense of perspective and accomplishment afforded by this view is totally unequaled.
And you and your family will camp out and hike at the site of Qachikata, an ancient Inca quarry that once supplied the granite for some magnificent works of engineering.
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, trail duffel, Thermarest sleeping pad, sleeping bag with sheet liner, all community camping gear; land transportation; private bi-lingual guide throughout & area specialists; all meals except 1 lunch, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, treated water while camping, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
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This trip is great in combination with one of our Galapagos adventures. International air to/from Lima and Quito not included.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Peru Family Trek begins.
After flying into Cuzco, we will transport you to the Sacred Valley. Cuzco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where temples and buildings once shimmered in gold. The Spanish may have stripped this city of its golden architectural trademark in the 16th century, but the ruins of the Sacred Valley are still in amazing condition, and people are often actually rendered speechless when seeing the stonework for the first time.
Machu Picchu was hidden so well in the Andes that it wasn’t rediscovered until 1911. As you look closely at how this “Lost City” was built, notice that the Incas used no mortar at all when putting together the large, heavy blocks of perfectly cut stone. That they are still standing is proof of the remarkable skill and engineering knowledge of this civilization.
Nestled in the northwestern end of the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the region. Here the mountainsides reveal an incredible series of Incan stone terraces—andenes—used for agriculture.
A closer exploration of Cuzco reveals how well the Peruvians preserve, with pride, their cultures and traditions. During your walking tour of the city, stop and stand in the middle of the spacious and handsome Plaza de Armas – you’ll be at the historic heart of the entire region.
Enjoy your last morning in Cuzco in leisure. This afternoon you'll fly back to Lima.
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.
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.
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.
Camp at 11,562 feet, next to the ancient Inca granite quarry of Qachikata. This quarry supplied the massive stones for the building of Ollantaytambo Sun Temple. The site overlooks a vast and rugged valley, providing views of all sorts of Inca ruins and remnants of their amazing stone work and engineering ingenuity.
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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