Wild Peru: Family Adventure

Suggested Itinerary

9 Days From £3,625

Overview

Set against the dramatic backdrop of towering mountain landscapes and steeped in the historical legacy of the ancient Incas, this active Peruvian adventure is perfect for a family, taking you from the captivating streets of Cusco to the spectacular Andean ruins of Machu Picchu. Packed with colour and contrasts, cultural heritage and spectacular landscapes, here we take you off the beaten track, visiting some of those must-see sites but giving you a real sense of adventure and exploration at the ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike the famous Inca Trail and explore the stunning UNESCO ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Paddle the beautiful waters of Lake Huaypo and discover the magical salt pans of Maras
  • Jump on your electric-assist mountain bike and cycle through the timeless landscapes of the Sacred Valley
  • Enjoy a guided tour around Cusco’s stunning World Heritage Sites
  • Camp under the stars next to the remote ruins of Waqrapukara and exchange stories around the campfire
  • Escape the crowds and hike along remote trails home to hidden Inca ruins and spectacular views

Suggested Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY

DAY 1: ARRIVE CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY

The adventure begins as you head from Cusco into the timeless landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Start in Chinchero, renowned for the production of textiles done on backstrap looms. Here you can learn about the Andean weaving process with a visit to a family-run workshop, before beginning your trek into the Sacred Valley. Following a little used Inca trail through the vast valley landscapes, this route offers fantastic valley views and is a great introduction to the area as you gently make your way down to the town of Huayllabamba. Here you will be met by your vehicle and transferred on to your hotel for the evening.

La Casona De Yucay
Lunch

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY

Set off for the shores of Lake Huaypo this morning for a wonderful active morning. Set amongst cornfields with fantastic views to the snow-capped Vilcanota mountains, this relaxing rural setting is the perfect place to get away from the Sacred Valley’s tourist hotspots and just soak up classic Peruvian landscapes. You can choose between exploring the lake on stand-up paddleboards or ‘sit on top’ kayaks. Along with your expert guide, paddle across Lake Huaypo gliding past spectacular views of local farms in the distance and the Andes mountains further back still, hopefully catching glimpses of some of the birdlife that use the lake as a migration base, including the rare Andean Flamingo. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the shores of the lake, after which you continue by road to the ancient town of Maras, with its outstanding Spanish door arches, an impressive church, and many tales of espionage. Here you set off by foot and follow an old mule trail downhill to the wonderful Maras salt pans which cover the whole hillside. Enjoy some time exploring the area before returning to your hotel.

La Casona De Yucay
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY

DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY

Enjoy a gloriously scenic day today as you bike through the impressive Andean countryside on your state of the art, electric-assist, full suspension, mountain bikes. With an E-bike fleet of extra-small and extra-large bikes, this adventure is suited to all ages, abilities and sizes. Starting just outside Chinchero away from the hordes of tourist-bus bikes, you set off along a good dirt road along an undulating trail across the Anta plains. If you’re feeling energetic, you can cycle all the way to Moray, the site of spectacular circular Inca ruins thought to be an agricultural testing centre (or possibly a UFO landing site!). After a picnic lunch, continue down along a rarely-used road into the Sacred Valley, past Pacchar (where you can make a stop at the amazing craft brewery), before cruising past perfectly preserved Inca terraces all the way to the picturesque Inca town of Ollantaytambo, where you will check into your hotel.

El Albergue
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU

This is a very special day which takes you off the beaten track and up to view one of the most spectacular sites in the world - Machu Picchu - the "Lost City of the Incas". Beginning with an early train ride, the trek begins at the Km 104 checkpoint this morning. From here the trail leads up through the cloud forest towards the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba and the base of Wiñay Wayna. From here a steep Incan staircase leads you up, past beautiful terraces and various buildings and water features, flanked by lush vegetation and the scent of wild orchids throughout. Eventually you reach the famous Gateway of the Sun, beyond which stands the magnificent site of Machu Picchu, in all its iconic glory.  After admiring these spectacular views, you’ll then take a bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where you spend the evening.

El Mapi By Inkaterra
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

The pinnacle of your journey (quite literally), today you return to the ruins to enjoy a guided tour of one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological wonders. Lost for centuries amongst the towering Andean peaks, this awe-inspiring World Heritage Site was rediscovered in 1911 by the explorer, Hiram Bingham. There will be time to enjoy some free time during your visit, as well as a chance to climb Huayna Picchu, after which you retrace your journey by train and bus back down the Sacred Valley and on to the city of Cusco, considered by many to be the archaeological capital of the Americas.

Palacio Manco Capac
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: CUSCO

DAY 6: CUSCO

Enjoy a free morning in Cusco for some well-earned rest and recuperation. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting Colonial churches, bargain hunting in artisan markets, visiting the chocolate museum or just relaxing over a coffee on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Cusco has something for everyone. This afternoon you will be collected from your hotel for a hike in the hills above the city to wander around the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress, built to defend the ancient Inca capital and host to the annual Inti Raymi festival. As you make your way back down into Cusco, stop at San Cristobel church which offers wonderful views over the city. The final steps then bring you down through the streets of San Blas and into the Plaza de Armas where you can visit the fantastic cathedral. Discover other hidden gems such as Quoricancha for some very well-preserved Inca stonework, and the local market where you can pick up some souvenirs.

Palacio Manco Capac
Breakfast

DAY 7: CUSCO - WAQRAPUKARA

DAY 7: CUSCO - WAQRAPUKARA

Set off early this morning by road to the starting point of your trek. After meeting with the team, begin your 11km-hike to Waqrapukara, following an ancient Inca trail and passing small lakes with big views back to the Ausanagate mountains and even as far as the mountains above the Sacred Valley. A mainly flat trail takes around four hours, bringing you to your camp for the night, high above the Apurimac Canyon, located next to Waqrapukara itself. The name means "Horned Fortress", though it is thought to have been a ceremonial centre. Whilst camp is being set up, you can explore the impressive site, which although is partly Inca, its origins go back to the Chanca culture. After a hearty dinner, camp under the stars where there is virtually no light pollution, making it ideal for seeing the Andean Milky Way.

Waqrapukara Campsite
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: WAQRAPUKARA - CUSCO

DAY 8: WAQRAPUKARA - CUSCO

This morning, hike a mainly flat and downhill trail, of around 7km, to the small village of Campi. The path passes beneath huge rock walls with impressive views out across the mountains and takes around three hours. You’ll arrive at Campi to meet your vehicle in time for lunch, after which you can relax on the three-hour drive back to Cusco.

Palacio Manco Capac
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: DEPART CUSCO

DAY 9: DEPART CUSCO

You will be transferred to the airport today in time to catch your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

9 days from £3,625

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Flexible booking conditions regarding transfers and cancellations

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Book With Confidence

We understand that flexibility is now a key factor when booking a holiday, and we believe our Covid Promise and Covid Viable Test provide that.

We believe these terms and conditions for making a booking are amongst the most generous in the travel industry right now, and we hope they will give you the confidence, when you feel ready, to go ahead and book your next adventure.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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