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Peru, Sacred Valley Family Tour

8 days | 7 nights
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Tour Description

Thinking of traveling to Peru with your kids? With exciting landscapes and activities for everybody, Peru is probably the most family-friendly destination in all Latin America.

This 8-day Peru family tour does not compromise between great historical sites and stimulating activities for energetic kids. It shows that you can have a lot of fun while discovering the archaeological wealth left behind by the Inca Empire.

Starting with an exciting boat tour in Lima, this itinerary will take you to the famous archaeological site of Pisac for a true cultural experience.

After a mountain-bike ride around several Inca ruins in Cusco and a few interesting stops on the road to Puno you will sail the waters of Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

Back home, the fun will continue while your kids tell fascinating stories about how they swam with friendly sea lions and watched an amazing water show in the Limenian night, how much they have learned about Andean traditions and enjoyed petting llamas and alpacas in the Sacred Valley, or when they show how many treasures they have found at the Pisac market.

Remembering how much fun you all had mountain biking around Cusco and kayaking on Lake Titicaca. And there is no doubt that you will all join in telling how incredible your experience was at the Lost City of Machu Picchu.

Destinations

Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

LIMA: City Tour, Magic Waters Night Show, Palomino Islands Boat Excursion

SACRED VALLEY: Amaru Local Community, Pisac Ruins & Market

MACHU PICCHU

CUSCO: City-Tour, Mountain Bike Ruins Tour

LAKE TITICACA: Kayaking on Lake Titicaca, Sillustani Funeral Archeological Site

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Arrival at Jorge Chávez, Lima international airport. 

Welcome by our local English-speaking staff. 

Transfer to your hotel located in the residential and shopping district of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific ocean (1 hour). 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Lima. 

Day 2 PALOMINO ISLANDS, PANORAMIC CITY TOURS, MAGIC WATER PARK

Pack your sunscreen, sunglasses, towels, swimming suits, together with a change of clothes. 

Morning

Transfer to the port city of Callao, just west of Lima, one of the busiest ports in South America (50 min).

Board a cruise across the bay of Callao where you will pass the seaside resort of La Punta and El Camotal, the original port buildings of Callao that slipped into the sea after the 1746's earthquake.

Sail past San Lorenzo island (the largest in the country), Frontón island (a former penitentiary) before veering west to a marine reserve with seabird colonies.

Finally the boat will get to the Palomino Islands where seals, sea lions and many birds thrive in the waters and on land. 

The intrepid ones may venture out in the water to swim with the loud but harmless residents. Be warned though, the water of the Pacific Ocean is not as warm as you may think.

Afternoon

Sail back to Callao (45 min) and transfer to your hotel in Miraflores (50 min).

Free time to relax in Miraflores with its quiet green park and many seaside cafés.

Later in the afternoon,hop on a panoramic city tour of Lima to discover its historical center, passing through Plaza San Martin onto Plaza Mayor, by the giant colonial houses and the many historical and political buildings of the most ancient colonial city in South America (1 hour).

Evening

Afternoon pick up to go to the Park of the Reserve, to walk the Magic Water Circuit, a Guinness Book record for the largest fountain complex in the world, with 13 majestic fountains.

Transfer back to your hotel in Miraflores (30 min).

Overnight at your hotel in Lima.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 FLIGHT TO CUSCO, AMARU LOCAL COMMUNITY, PISAC RUINS AND MARKET

Morning

Morning transfer to Lima Airport (1 hour).

Domestic flight to Cusco (1 hour 15 min).

Meet and greet with your local guide and driver in Cusco.

Transfer to the Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas (1 hour 30 min).

Stop at the local Amaru community where you will be welcome with Andean music, learn about the customs, the belief systems and experience the daily life of a typical mountain community.

You will be shown how to weave Andean clothes, while your kids can play around the friendly llamas and alpagas.

Afternoon

Walk to the nearby archeological site of Pisac.

Visit Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. (1 hour 30 min). All 4 places are part of an Inca site on the nearby hill at an altitude of 10,980 feet (3345 m).

The Inca shaped the hill by carving the ingenious terraces that are still used for agriculture to this day.

With military, religious, and agricultural structures, the site was an important and busy place in Inca times.

Transfer to the town of Pisac (5 min drive) with its famous Sunday market where many indigenous Quechua communities meet to sell and trade their goods.

The rest of the week, the whole place is bustling with its handicraft and souvenir market. You will have time to search for jewellery, ponchos, hats, traditional music instruments, ceramics, alpaca products and many other typical Andean crafts  (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley (1 hour).

Check-in and settle in your room.

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Traditional lunch at Amaru Community

Day 4 MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Your passport is required to enter the Machu Picchu site. You have the option to get a 'Machu Picchu' stamp in your passport if you wish, the kids will love it. 

Morning

Today might be THE day you have been expecting since you landed on Peruvian soil as you will finally discover the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (45 min).

Board the comfortable train that will take you to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu (1 hour 30 min).

In Aguas Calientes, walk from the train to the bus station (5 min) and hop on a bus to the entrance of the archaeological site.

Afternoon

Enjoy the impressive 20-minute drive up the hill to the Machu Picchu site at 7,972 feet (2430 m). Rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, Macchu Picchu is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Learn about every secret this ancient Inca citadel holds and grab every opportunity to take photographs (3 to 4 hours).

Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (20 min) and board the train back to Ollantaytambo (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer from the Ollantaytambo station to your hotel in the Sacred Valley (40 min).

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 CUSCO: ARCHAEOLOGICAL MTB TOUR, FREE AFTERNOON

Morning

After breakfast, transfer to the hills of Cusco (1 hour 30 min).

You will be provided with all equipment to set out on your mountain bike tour of the 4 surrounding archaeological sites.

This easy MTB tour is ideal for families looking for a fun way to discover Cusco's stunning archeological sites at their own pace.

Unlike other tours, you will not have to ride the long road all the way to the sites. To avoid the unfriendly traffic and associated risks, you will be dropped right at the entrance of the sites from where you can ride on dedicated MTB trails.

Start with a visit of Saqsayhuaman and its impressive stone walls, from where you will get stunning views of the city's historical center.

A short drive up to the site of Qenqo, with a fun visit of rock buildings, tunnels and ceremonial chambers buried inside the hill.

The cultural part of the tour ends with the visit of the temple of Tambomachay and the military outpost of Puka Pukara.

Take your MTB off the road to the small town of Yuncaypata, with beautiful views over the old Inca capital.

After a quick safety reminder you can start riding downhill back to the city.

On the way down, stop at the Kusikallanca lake with its splendid views over Cusco and the valley climbing up to Puno.

For the last part of the descent, you have the option to ride down a large dirt track that goes to the outskirts of town or venture down a more technical route, with single tracks and jumps.

Your ride ends in the Kari Grande neighborhood where a vehicle will take you back to your hotel.

Afternoon

Afternoon at leisure to explore the Spanish colonial city known to the Inca as the 'belly button of the world'. 

Stroll around numerous plazas, shops selling incredible art and crafts or visit the great Pre-Columbian Museum MAP (not included). 

Evening

Free evening in Cusco. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 ROAD TO PUNO: ANDAHUAYLILLAS CHURCH, RAQCHI, LA RAYA PASS, PUKARA

Morning

Early morning transfer from your hotel to the bus station (10 min) where you will board a premium tour bus to Puno (10 hours).

Drinks and snacks are included for the trip.

You will visit 4 sites along the way.

First stop to visit the incredible church of San Pedro Apostol of Andahuaylillas known as the 'Andean Sistine Chapel' (30 min).

Second stop at Raqchi, a former Inca stronghold on the edge of the Empire that served administrative, economic and military purposes and hosted the unique Temple of Wiracocha (40 min). 

Afternoon

Third stop at La Raya pass, the highest point on the journey at 14,222 feet (4335 m), the border between the provinces of Puno and Cusco, and the transition between the Aymara and Quechua cultures (5 to 10 min). 

Final stop at the lithic museum of Pukara, a pre-Inca civilization that left behind considerable stone statues and a distinctive pottery art. 

Late in the afternoon, arrival in Puno (12,560 ft - 3828 m), a culturally-rich town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. 

 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Puno. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch in a local restaurant

Day 7 LAKE TITICACA: KAYAKING TO UROS FLOATING ISLANDS AND VISIT OF TAQUILE ISLAND

Morning

Today will be spent kayaking and sailing Lake Titicaca and discovering two of its islands.

With its 214 cubic miles (893 cubic km) of water and an altitude of 12,507 feet (3812 m), Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world.

According to Inca mythology, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, moon, stars and first human beings. Many myths and legends still inhabit those majestic dark-blue waters.

Transfer to the pier (10 min) from where you will get equipped for your kayaking outing to the Uros Islands.

After the security brief, you will paddle out for 45 minutes to the floating reed islands.

Gliding on the calm waters of the lake, you will see many of the birds hiding among the reeds. Greet some of the Uro residents going about their daily life as you paddle past their island.

The Uro floating islands are built from the totora reed that grows very well in the shallows of the lake.

Stop at one of the islands where you will be welcomed by a local family that will teach you about the versatility of the totora, used to build their houses, boats, crafts and as a source of food.

Leave your kayaks behind to board a boat to the island of Taquile (1 hour).

Discover Taquile island, famous for its knitting and weaving.

Afternoon

You will learn about the numerous traditions of the local Taquilenos who still live off the island's ressources working in their traditional clothes on the many man-made terraces.

Enjoy some free time to browse the high-quality handicrafts that are unique to the island and cannot be found anywhere else in Peru. The textile art is listed as a 'Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity' by the UNESCO.

End of the afternoon, sail back to Puno (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer from the pier to your hotel (10 min).

Evening

Free evening in Puno. 

Overnight at your hotel in Puno. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch in a local restaurant

Day 8 SILLUSTANI FUNERAL TOWERS, FLIGHT TO LIMA, DEPARTURE

Morning

Transfer to Sillustani burial site (50 min).

Towering over the beautiful Umayo Lagoon, lies the archeological site of Sillustani where the funeral stone towers known as 'ayawasis' or 'chullpas' were used by the Collas and later by the Incas to preserve the bodies of their deceased rulers and chiefs (1 hour).

Transfer to Juliaca airport (1 hour), flight to Lima (1 hour 30 min).

Afternoon

Arrival at Lima airport to pick-up your luggage.

Check-in assistance with your international flight.

Departure.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Customer reviews

Kimberly, California, USA

It was great to have Latin Discoveries plan our family travel to Peru. The email correspondence was timely and they try to tailor your itinerary to what you need. While in Peru, we felt taken care of by their staff.

We were in our own group with private transport and our own tour guide. My kids were 12 and 14 and they fully enjoyed the tour guide's explanation of all the different ruins.

Our favorite day was the day at Machu Picchu where we learned so much about the Inca civilization. We had a wonderful time and we would highly recommend Latin Discoveries' service!

 

Written on August 16, 2016
Tomoko, Kentucky, USA

Silvio from Latin Discoveries was the best advisor. We traveled with children. He listened carefully to our interests and wishes, and he provided the best advices to us. He was always available and he was very flexible. At the end, I felt that we built a really good bond getting to know each other! If you are spending the money to travel anyway, it's worth a little extra to get the best advice, because you end up spending your time more wisely, to see and do what you really want to do.

Written on August 13, 2019
Lynn, CANADA

We are so happy that we booked with Latin Discoveries! Our trip was a 5 star experience and completely exceeded our expectations. Daniel worked with me with to design the perfect trip for our family (kids 8 and 10), to balance time at archeological sites and the Amazon. The trip also accommodated both our budget and timeline. Daniel was so knowledgeable, patient and completely customized our trip to spend just the right amount of time in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon. When we arrived, we were greeted by our guide Joanna and driver Carlos. The tour in Lima was very informative and fun. We learned and saw so much more than we would have on our own or in a big group. The day was effortless because all of the entry tickets and transportation was taken care of, plus, would be dropped off in one location, walk along various sites and just when we thought we’d have to turn around and retrace our steps, our driver would be waiting for us! Very efficient! Once in the Sacred Valley area, our amazing guide Valentin and driver Carli took care of us for several days, which was great! Having a local guide allowed us to learn things we would have never had learned otherwise, which was especially fun for our kids! For example, Valentin showed my kids how to make mini tattoos on their skin using berries from a field! They loved it. We also made a few stops to play a few local games and to interact with kids. He also frequently asked for our camera to take the best family photos!! He knew the best locations and poses. We felt very safe the entire trip. Our guide in Machu Picchu, Hector was extremely (extremely) knowledgeable and respectful of the Inca culture, plus he would casually stop on the climb up to let us catch our breath, without making us feel like we were terribly out of shape! Phew. Unfortunately, our trip was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we didn’t make it to Puerto Maldonado/Amazon. That being said, the Latin Discoveries team got us on a chartered flight back to Lima when we didn’t think it was possible and Daniel arranged, to our immensely relief, transportation and accommodation in Lima while we waited to return to our home. While waiting in Lima to get back home, Daniel was extraordinarily supportive and helpful. When it came time to leave Peru, Latin Discoveries even arranged transportation for us to the Embassy, which was simply above and beyond what they had to do at that point. We absolutely loved our trip to Peru! The Peruvian people are kind, sincere and not ‘aggressive’ as is in the case in other tourist destinations. We highly recommend Latin Discoveries and cannot wait to book another trip with them!

Written on May 07, 2020

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
7 hotel nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
7 breakfasts + 3 lunches
Full board plan
7 breakfasts + 7 lunches + 7 dinners

Transportation

Train
Train trip to Machu Picchu in comfortable economy class: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo
Bus
Shuttle round trip Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes on day 4, Premium bus trip Puno To Cusco on day 6
Car
Private car and driver on day 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8
Cruise
Shared motor boat for the Lake Titicaca cruise on day 7
Bike
Specialized Camber Comp Mountain Bike ©, helmet, gloves, private English-speaking MTB certified guide

Orientation

Guide
Private local English-speaking guide everyday except on day 6 (shared guide)

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 
    • Lima to Cusco
    • Puno to Lima
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

People with heart conditions are strongly advised to seek medical advice before booking. 

This tour includes many visits at sites above 10,000 ft (3000 m). To avoid altitude sickness, we strongly advise against any strong physical effort or any alcohol consumption in high-altitude places. 

This trip is accessible for children aged 8 years and over.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Any person under 18 years of age traveling with an adult other than their parents (or with only one parent) will need to present a certified letter by their parents (or non-traveling parent), granting authorization to travel, including the dates of travel.

Accompanying adults are responsible for the safety of their children including providing any necessary safety or specific equipment. 

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