8 daysActivity Level
ChallengingOur 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.
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.
Fly to Lima, Peru
Your kids’ history books will come to life as we approach 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.
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!
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 type 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!
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.
Explore the best-known ruins outside Cuzco, the Sacsayhuamán military complex, comprising of 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.
Lunch With a Local Family
Get a glimpse into Peruvian life and culture, eating an authentic lunch with a local family. We’ll eat incredible food and make some really great friends!
Tour Cuzco’s golden courtyard, or “Koricancha” 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!
Dates & Prices
03/23-03/30Adult $4090Teen $4090Child $3940Internal Air $400
06/29-07/06Adult $4090Teen $4090Child $3940Internal Air $400
12/22-12/29Adult $4490Teen $4490Child $4340Internal Air $400
06/20-06/27Adult $4190Teen $4190Child $4040Internal Air $400
12/19-12/26Adult $4590Teen $4590Child $4440Internal Air $400
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.
$300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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.
All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Machu Picchu entrance permits (subject to availability, entrance time not guaranteed until deposit and passport copies are confirmed).
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
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.
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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 DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.