Machu Picchu Family
This 7 Day Machu Picchu Family Tour has been carefully crafted with families in mind. You’ll start with an exploration of the Sacred Valley, home to countless llamas and guinea pigs (great for little ones) and the adrenaline opportunities older kids crave. From there your family will continue to the magical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, for a private tour that’s paced just right for your needs. Finally you’ll make your way to Cuzco, for a double dose of culture and chocolate.
Starting from $2,990 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- A day to acclimatize in the Sacred Valley, ancient heartland of the Incan civilization. You will get up close and personal with llamas, monkeys and guinea pigs at an animal rescue center before visiting the Incan ruins of Pisac, perched on a hillside above the valley.
- Visits to Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site, the Salinas salt pans (see how salt has been made the same way for centuries), and the massive ruins at Ollantaytambo.
- Feast on (and help to prepare) a traditional pachamanca (‘earth oven’) lunch where all the food is prepared underground.
- A spectacular train ride through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
- A private guided tour of breath-taking Machu Picchu that’s tailored to your family’s needs. Take in the most important and fascinating parts of the ruins and learn how and why they were constructed.
- A night at an exclusive hotel in Aguas Calientes, where adults can appreciate the finer things in life and the kids can swim and explore to their hearts’ content.
- An opportunity for the nimble among you to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, overlooking the Machu Picchu citadel, for a bird’s eye view of the ruins.
- A private half-day tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, including stops at the immense ruins of Sacsayhuaman (horseback riding optional) and a chocolate museum where you’ll get to make your own chocolate.
- The opportunity to take a private tour of Lima’s key sites, including museums, markets and historic squares. To dine in one of the city’s world class restaurants or even try your hand at paragliding or surfing.
Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day. After a long flight you and the kids are probably looking forward to a nice meal and some relaxation. Good thing, then, that the Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport. We think it’s the best choice for families headed for Cusco as it’s perfectly comfortable and will save you two fairly lengthy airport transfers. If, however, you arrive to Lima in the early afternoon, you will have the time to make your way to a hotel in the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores. If you go for this option, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
In the morning, you’ll board your flight to Cuzco. Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you on a journey through the spectacular scenery of the Sacred Valley, located at a significantly lower altitude than Cuzco. First stop will be the Awana Kancha Center where you’ll see a variety of rescued furry friends including monkeys, llamas and condors, and learn about camelids (can you tell the difference between a llama, an alpaca and a vicuña?) and local textiles. Next, visit the town of Pisac and the Inca ruins perched on the hillside above the valley before heading to your family country cottage to settle in. Parents can acclimatize to the altitude with the aid of a Pisco sours, while the curious cubs can explore the observatory.
Your guide will take you into the Sacred Valley, a land lost in time, to visit Moray, a circular terraced site that served as a laboratory for Inca agricultural scientists, and the fascinating Salinas salt pans where kids can see how the famous pink salt has been made for almost a thousand years. In the afternoon, you'll explore Ollantaytambo with its massive Inca ruins and charming town, before heading to lunch on the terraces of El Albergue. This unique outdoor dining experience introduces you to a traditional Pachamanca meal (‘earth oven’ in Quechua) where all the ingredients are cooked underground. Guests of all ages are encouraged to participate in preparing the pachamanca and to try local foods including alpaca, cuy (guinea pig) and chicha morada, a refreshing beverage made from purple corn.
This morning we will bring you to the Ollantaytambo train station for your journey to Aguas Calientes, a two-hour trip through spectacular scenery. After settling into your lush, child-friendly hotel, a bus will carry you to the gates of Machu Picchu. You will then have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu with a private guided tour of the Incan citadel that takes into account your family dynamics. Your guide will take you to the most important parts of the city, and reveal all that’s known about how the city was created. After the tour, you’ll have time to explore the ruins on your own – or to simply sit back and enjoy the magic and tranquility of Machu Picchu and the breath-taking scenery that stretches away from it. Spend the evening at your exclusive hotel, enjoying another opportunity to drink in the stunning views while the kids swim in the natural hot springs and waterfall plunge pools.
It’s no stone unturned today, as you return to Machu Picchu to explore its far reaches. The more energetic members of the group can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins sprawling beneath them. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. Alternatively spend the day at your hotel, taking advantage of the many activities on offer, including the opportunity to visit a spectacled bear research center. In the afternoon, return to Ollantaytambo on the Vistadome train. We will meet you at the station and bring you back to your hotel in Cuzco by private car.
During your tour of Cuzco, once the capital of the Incan Empire, you’ll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stones the size of cars, not to mention the opportunity to indulge in some horseback riding (optional upgrade). Back in town you’ll visit the Choco Museum to see who’s best at making Andean Chocolate (the proof of the pudding is in the eating) and Cuzco’s Cathedral where the competition is on to see who can find a guinea pig hidden in the paintings!
One of our representatives will collect you and your family from your hotel and drive you to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. Depending on the time of your international flight, you can take the opportunity to squeeze in a private tour of Lima's key sites. In a private vehicle where you can safely store your luggage, you will get the chance to visit some of the city’s museums, markets and historic squares and to dine in one of Lima’s many world class restaurants. In the picturesque waterfront districts of Miraflores and Barranco, the young and energetic among you can even indulge in a spot of paragliding or surfing.
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