Peru

Peru Family Trek

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $4190

    Duration

    8 days

    Activity Level

    Challenging

    Our challenging trips are the most active adventures that we have and require a high level of fitness. These trips generally involve over four hours of strenuous activity on multiple days. While these trips can be demanding, they are rewarding and gratifying at the end. These adventures are perfect for families to bond over unique experiences that will challenge and excite.
    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

    This Peru family vacation is an active cultural adventure like no other! Bring history to life as your family travels the country and discovers the remnants of ancient cities and fortifications. Trek in the Peruvian countryside, in the shadow of the Andes, spend a full day exploring Machu Picchu, and camp among ancient Inca foundations.

    Recommended Age: 10+

    Spend a Day Exploring Machu Picchu

    Hike the grounds of Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city shrouded in mystery that was discovered in 1911 when an archaeologist stumbled upon the 400 year old stone city. It’s use and purpose is still being investigated today.

    Discover the Ruins of Pisaq

    Explore the incredibly well preserved ruins of Pisaq, a place most travelers never get to, in the Sacred Valley and see its incredible stone terraces, aqueducts, and Sun Temple.

    Explore the Sacsayhuamán Ruins

    Venture through the old Incan military complex, designed and laid out in the shape of a puma head, and walk its zigzagging double layered walls— the teeth of the puma design.

    Camp Under the Stars in the Countryside

    Stop at an ancient rock quarry, the place where the Incas sourced their stone for building, and set up camp in the Andes with an uninterrupted night sky to gaze at.

    Trek through the Andes Mountains

    Trek through the gorgeous and calming mountain range making stops at remote villages, meeting locals and experiencing what few people get to: the path less traveled.


    Extension: Can’t Get Enough of Peru?

    Trek deep into the Amazon to look for caimans, monkeys and so much more.

    AMAZON EXTENSION

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Peru


    Days 2-3

    Machu Picchu

    Ollantaytambo Walking Tour

    Take an easy walking tour of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo; a site that’s so well preserved it serves as a veritable replica of a typical Incan community. It will feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time!

    Machu Picchu

    Your kids’ history books will come to life as we enter the main entrance of Machu Picchu; the spellbinding “Lost City” of the Incas perched in the clouds at 7,800 feet! We’ll have a guided tour through the citadel to learn all about what this amazing site has to offer.

    Gate of the Sun Hike Option

    Hike a rewarding route following the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Inti Punku or “Gate of the Sun,” for an incredible look over the Machu Picchu complex.

    Huayna Picchu Hike Option

    Intrepid adventurers will enjoy a guided hike to the sacred summit of Huayna Picchu, the rocky knoll overlooking the entire site of Machu Picchu.


    Days 4-5

    Ollantaytambo

    Patakancha and Andean Weaving Demonstration

    Visit the small Andean village of Patakancha; watching local women demonstrate the age-old craft of back-strap weaving, the oldest form of loom in the world.

    Qachikata Quarry Trek

    Venture out on a five-hour trek toward a massive Inca quarry—the evening’s lofty campsite at 11,562 feet sleeping under the stars—exploring the amazing stonework of the ancient civilization, a unique adventure that few of Peru’s visitors get to experience!


    Days 6-7

    Cuzco

    Quarry Camp Hiking and Exploration Option

    Early birds have the chance to hike up to the nearby ridge, which provides breathtaking views of the Inca ruin Huayraqpunku (Gate of the Wind – 12,923’) and Nevado Veronica (18,637’) across the vast valley.

    Koricancha Temple

    Tour Cuzco’s Koricancha Temple or “golden courtyard” in native Quechua, once the most revered temple in the Inca Empire dedicated primarily to the Sun God, Inti.

    Plaza de Armas and San Blas Walk

    Stroll through Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas, through the San Blas neighborhood toward Hatun Rumiyoq, named for the tightly fitting stones cut with impossible precision. We’ll also visit some artisan shops, so don’t forget your wallet!

    Sacsayhuamán Ruins

    Explore the best-known ruins outside Cuzco, the Sacsayhuamán military complex, comprising a zigzag double wall made of massive stones weighing up to 125 tons each, a masterpiece created by the Inca to show the world their great power and elegance.


    Day 8

    Depart


  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    12/23-12/30

    Adult $4590
    Teen $4590
    Child $4440
    Internal Air $400


    2019 Dates


    03/23-03/30

    Adult $4190
    Teen $4190
    Child $4040
    Internal Air $400

    06/29-07/06

    Adult $4190
    Teen $4190
    Child $4040
    Internal Air $400

    12/22-12/29

    Adult $4590
    Teen $4590
    Child $4440
    Internal Air $400

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection.

    Triple Discount

    $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Groups 

    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

  • Hotels

    Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel

    The Wyndham hotel is linked directly to the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima. The hotel features 130 clean, comfortable rooms, each with air conditioning, a hair dryer, heating, a safe deposit box, and internet access. Other highlights of the hotel include a business center, restaurant, and gym. This hotel is chosen because of its proximity to the airport.

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    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 amenities include a hot tub, spa, jogging track, hair dryer, business center, outdoor non-chlorinated pools, laundry service, and Internet access.

    Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

    Casa Andina is nestled in the hills of the astounding Andes Mountains. Every window you look out, walk you take, and balcony that you relax on will offer an incredible and refreshing view. There is plenty of open outdoor space for kids to run and play. The hotel is quaint and inviting with a rustic charm that encapsulates the Andes. The hotel has a planetarium where you can stargaze at night and see the Milky Way and Southern Cross. With Wi-Fi, a sauna, a spa, a gym, spacious clean rooms, and a friendly staff, your family’s time at Casa Andina will be wonderful!

    Qachikata camping

    Camp at 11,562 feet, next to the ancient Inca granite quarry of Qachikata. This quarry supplied the massive stones for the building of the 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.

    Palacio del Inka Hotel

    The Palacio del Inka Hotel, 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, a sauna and jacuzzi, a business center, currency exchange, wireless internet, restaurants, and a gift shop.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler; from Travel Protection to a brand new GoPro.

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

What Travelers are Saying

The sights and sounds we experienced were once in a lifetime opportunities.

Susan Connaughton

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Starts at

$4990

Duration

7 days

Activity Level

Challenging

Our challenging trips are the most active adventures that we have and require a high level of fitness. These trips generally involve over four hours of strenuous activity on multiple days. While these trips can be demanding, they are rewarding and gratifying at the end. These adventures are perfect for families to bond over unique experiences that will challenge and excite.
Starts at

$6690

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
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