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.
    Minimum Age

    10

    Ideal Age

    12+

    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.

    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 Lima, Peru


    Days 2-3

    Machu Picchu

    Ollantaytambo Transfer

    Drive to the village and Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, an ancient city perched at 9,000 feet—the perfect locale to acclimatize to the region’s high altitude.

    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

    Watch in awe as you approach the main entrance of Machu Picchu, where you’ll get your first glimpse of the legendary, “in the clouds” view at 7,800 feet.

    Gate of the Sun Hike Option

    Experience this moderately strenuous but rewarding route following the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the Inti Punku, or “Gate of the Sun.”

    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.

    Twilight Walk Option

    For those interested, take an early evening walk to the Rocotal Observatory. Visit the enchanting waterfall, learn about medicinal plants and take advantage of amazing surroundings. The walk is a moderate level and led by the Inkaterra hotel staff interpreter.

    Excursions at Inkaterra

    While staying at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, there are a few included excursion options, such as birding, a guided nature walk or visiting an orchid garden, tea plantation or native farm. Talk to your guide or hotel reception for more information. Located just outside of the hotel is a wonderful local market with handicrafts, clothing and much more.


    Days 4-5

    Ollaytantambo

    Patakancha and Andean Weaving Demonstration

    You’ll take a 45-minute drive up the valley of the Patakancha River to the village of Patakancha, at an elevation of 12,560 feet. You’ll meet some local women there who will give us a demonstration in the traditional art of Andean back-strap weaving.

    Qachikata Quarry Trek

    Journey where few travelers venture on a five-hour trek toward a massive Inca quarry — the evening’s lofty campsite at 11,562 feet — exploring the amazing stonework of the ancient civilization.


    Days 6-7

    Cuzco

    Sacsayhuamán Ruins

    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.

    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.

    Lunch With a Local Family

    You’ll walk over to the San Pedro Market and up to the Santiago neighborhood to have an authentic lunch with a local family.

    Koricancha Temple

    Meaning “golden courtyard” in Quechua, Koricancha — the Temple of the Sun — once glittered in gold, with golden panels covering the walls and a giant golden sun disk.

    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!


    Day 8

    Depart Lima


  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    12/22-12/29

    Adult $4490
    Teen $4490
    Child $4340
    Internal Air $400


    2020 Dates


    06/20-06/27

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

    12/19-12/26

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

    Additional Info

    Triple Discount

    $300 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $990 for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount 

    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, 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.

  • Hotels

    Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel

    The Wyndham hotel is attached to the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima. Amenities include air conditioning, a hair dryer, heating, a safe deposit box and internet access. The hotel has 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 is located just outside Machu Picchu. 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 located in the hills of the Vallege Sagrado in the Andes Mountains. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a safety deposit box, TV, and hair dryer. The hotel has a sauna, spa, gym, restaurant and planetarium.

    Qachikata camping

    Camp is located next to the ancient Incan granite quarry of Qachikata, 11,562 feet above sea level. This quarry supplied the massive stones for the building of the Ollantaytambo Sun Temple. The site overlooks the valley, where Incan ruins and stone work remain.

    Palacio del Inka Hotel

    The Palacio del Inka Hotel is located in downtown Cuzco. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, TV and 24-hour room service. The hotel has a fitness center, sauna, jacuzzi, business center, currency exchange, restaurants and a gift shop. It’s located minutes from Cuzco’s main square and the Spanish Cathedral.

    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.

  • Extend Your Trip
    • Extension
    Starts at

    $895

    Duration

    4 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

    • Extension
    Starts at

    $625

    Duration

    3 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

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Starts at

$5090

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

$6890

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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