Peru

Peru: Machu Picchu & Cuzco

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $3990

    Duration

    8 days

    Activity Level

    Moderate

    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
    Minimum Age

    8

    Ideal Age

    10+

    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

    Discover Machu Picchu on this fun and exciting family vacation in Peru! Hike the amazing site and wander in wonder among the mysterious ruins. Also, discover the breathtaking sites of the superbly preserved Ollantaytambo, the military complex of Sacsayhuamán, the Sun Temple Ruins at Pisaq, and the fascinating city of Cuzco.

    Explore Famous and Mysterious Machu Picchu

    Walk and 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 thats use and purpose is still being investigated today.

    Hike to the Top of Huayna Picchu

    Venture through the grounds of Machu Picchu and hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, a rocky knoll overlooking the ancient complex. Itt’s one of the best views in the world.

    Meet the Kids of Chinchero for Friends Across Borders

    Watch as your kids meet local Peruvian kids in a Chinchero village. They will play with them, get to know one another, and kick around a soccer ball.

    Walking Exploration of Cuzco

    The city of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the capital of the ancient Incan Empire and many of its old buildings and structures are well preserved today for your family to discover.

    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.


    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

    Ollaytantambo

    Pisaq Ruins

    Journey to one of the best preserved and least visited ruins in the Sacred Valley, Pisaq, showcasing the Inca’s advanced masonry skills from stone terraces to aqueducts and the Sun Temple.

    Awanacancha Llama Center

    Become immersed in Peruvian culture at the Awanacancha weaving center, where families will learn about the country’s traditional weaving practices and meet llamas and alpacas up close!

    Chinchero Quechua Weaving Lesson

    Visit the small Andean village of Chinchero, to watch local Quechua women demonstrate the age-old craft of back-strap weaving, the oldest type of loom in the world.

    Maras Salt Terraces Hike

    A scenic drive takes you out to the Maras region for a hike among its fascinating salt mine terraces, operated since early Inca times. The saline waters from a local spring bubble up to the surface and flow through an intricately constructed series of channels to form shallow pools. When the sun evaporates the water, mounds of salt remain—the sight of the glittering white against the indigo skies is dazzling!


    Days 4-5

    Machu Picchu

    Ollantaytambo Ruins

    Take a step back in time with your family as you explore the fascinating archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, imagining life as an Incan family in this supremely-preserved setting!

    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 6-7

    Cuzco

    Free Time and Dinner with Your Family

    Explore and eat dinner on your own in enchanting Cuzco, a city founded in the 11th century that mixes both Inca and Spanish architecture.

    Friends Across Borders: Chinchero

    Kids will have the opportunity to meet their Peruvian pen pals in the village of Chinchero, where they’ll enjoy a soccer game together and spend some time getting to know one other.

    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.

    Cuzco Walking Tour

    Tour the temples and buildings of Cuzco, a city that revels in marrying ancient Inca artistry with the splendor of Spanish architecture.

    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.

    Hatun Rumiyoq

    A narrow street, lined with the ancient walls of a huge building and named for the tightly fitting stones cut with impossible precision (like those at Sacsayhuaman), works its way through the lively, modern San Blas neighborhood. The vast building may once have been the palace of the sixth Inca ruler, but no one knows for sure. Follow your guide to the most famous stone of all cut with 12 angles to fit the rest of the stones that surround it.


    Day 8

    Depart Lima

    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.


  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    12/21-12/28

    Call for Availability
    Adult $4290
    Teen $4290
    Child $4090
    Internal Air $400

    12/26-01/02

    Adult $4290
    Teen $4290
    Child $4090
    Internal Air $400


    2020 Dates


    03/14-03/21

    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790
    Internal Air $400

    04/08-04/16

    Sold Out
    Adult $5290
    Teen $5290
    Child $5490
    Internal Air $400

    04/11-04/18

    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790
    Internal Air $400

    06/27-07/04

    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790
    Internal Air $400

    07/25-08/01

    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790
    Internal Air $400

    08/08-08/15

    Adult $4090
    Teen $4090
    Child $3890
    Internal Air $400

    12/23-12/30

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $4190
    Internal Air $400

    12/26-01/02

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $4190
    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

What Travelers are Saying

“Sharing the magic of Peru with my granddaughter Maddie was the greatest gift I could have ever asked for. Thomson Family Adventures has a client for life!”

Jan Harding

3 trips with Thomson Family Adventures


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.
Starts at

$8990

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Moderate

Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
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