Peru: Machu Picchu & Cuzco

  • Overview
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    8 days


    Level 2


    7 breakfast, 7 lunch, 5 dinner

    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.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Peru

    Days 2-4


    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

    Make friends with a llama at the Awanacancha weaving center, getting up close and personal with the animals whose wool is fundamental to ancient Peruvian textile arts.

    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 form of loom in the world.

    Maras Salt Terraces Hike

    Take a drive over to the Maras region and explore the fascinating salt-mine terraces. The mounds of salt we’ll find are strking and beautiful.

    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!

    Days 4-5

    Machu Picchu

    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 6-8


    Friends Across Borders: Chinchero

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

    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!

    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

    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.

    Hatun Rumiyoq

    We’ll explore Hatun Rumiyoq, an immense building named for the tightly fitting stones cut with impossible precision, which once may have been the palace of an Inca ruler!

    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


  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Adult $4340PP
    Teen $4340PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4340PP
    Teen $4340PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4340PP
    Teen $4340PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4340PP
    Teen $4340PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4340PP
    Teen $4340PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4340PP
    Teen $4340PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4340PP
    Teen $4340PP
    Child $4190PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4590PP
    Teen $4590PP
    Child $4390PP
    Internal Air $400


    Adult $4590PP
    Teen $4590PP
    Child $4390PP
    Internal Air $400

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $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

    Alumni Discount 

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

    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, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Hotel Costa del Sol Lima

    Hotel Costa del Sol is conveniently located in 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.

    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!

    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.

    Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka

    The Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka, 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 free flight insurance and trip cancellation 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.


    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.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.