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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dates & Prices
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
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$300 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
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.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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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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