Family Adventure in Peru

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Family Adventure in Peru information and booking

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    Adventure touring
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Schedule Details

  • 16 day trip
  • 12 nights hotel
  • 2 nights lodge
  • 1 night camping
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).


  • Ballestas Islands "Mini Galapagos"
  • Nazca Lines
  • Jungle Reserve – Wildlife Experience
  • Sacred Valley
  • Village of Ollantaytambo
  • Rail journey to Machu Picchu
  • Exploring Machu Picchu
  • Cusco the former capital of the vast Inca Empire
  • Cycling Tour
  • Rafting the Urubamba River
  • Camping near Veronica Visata

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This carefully designed itinerary will appeal to the whole family, taking in the many highlights of Peru through a range of activities from cycling to rafting, canoeing to walking. From Lima we travel along the coast and take a cruise to the Ballestas Islands, the mini 'Galapagos' of Peru, before continuing south to Nazca. We then fly across the Andes to the superb Amazonian rainforest, where from the comfort of our lodge we explore the jungle by foot and canoe whilst on the look out for monkeys, capybaras and hoatzin. In Cusco, the focus turns to history and culture as we enjoy day walks and cycling around the former Inca capital. Entering the Sacred Valley of the Incas we board our rafts for a day exploring the famous Urubamba River before walking to our secluded campsite. The highlight of our journey is our time spent viewing and learning about the fascinating history of the lost city of Machu Picchu.

What's included

  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunch , 4 dinners
  • Airport transfer on day 1 and day 16
  • Good quality mountain bikes, helmets
  • Support vehicle while cycling
  • All rafting equipment
  • Gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket and sleeping mat
  • Group camping equipment - including tents and cooking equipment
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Medical kit
  • Comfortable well located hotels
  • Private air conditioned transportation
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including machu picchu np entrance fee us$50)


Day 1 Arrive Lima
On arrival at the airport in Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel, which is located in the Miraflores area of the city. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Lima, the Pacific coast and Paracas
We drive down the coast of Peru to the small coastal resort of Paracas. On the way we visit the huge desert site of Pachacamac. Many believe this was one of the most important sites in the pre Hispanic world of the Andean peoples. It was home to the great oracle. Much of the site has been superbly reconstructed. From here we continue down the coast to the fishing port of Pisco and on towards the Paracas Peninsula where we spend a night in a small hotel.
Day 3 Ballestas Islands & drive to Nazca
We take small sturdy launches for a 3 hour cruise out to the Ballestas Islands described as Peru s mini-Galapagos a haven for marine wildlife. On the way we get a chance to see the huge 'candelabra' - a massive figure of what looks like a giant cactus etched in the huge sand dune. This can only be seen from the sea. We then drive onto the Paracas peninsula for a short walk to try and spot one of the colonies of sea lions that are found in this reserve. We'll have lunch in a small bay called Lagunillas and if the conditions are right perhaps have a swim before lunch. We then drive on to Nazca for overnight.
Day 4 Nazca Lines
The Nazca Lines are located in the coastal desert of Peru and are best described as remarkable and enigmatic. The huge designs etched into the desert by the people of the Paracas and Nazca cultures between perhaps 500BC and 900AD. There are several ways to see the lines and our leader will take us to a fantastic vantage point, a watch tower set high above the desert. Another option is to take an optional overflight. Previously, there were limited civil aviation controls at Nazca and no effective safety authority inspecting aircraft or pilots. The Peruvian airport authority has taken over the running of the small Nazca airport from where all aircraft take off for the overflights of the Nazca Lines which has resulted in much better control of the flight schedules and general flight safety at Nazca. World Expeditions cannot arrange these flights on your behalf and they are not included in the trip cost. We can assist you locally to arrange them however it is important you are aware that you take full personal responsibility for contracting and paying for your own over-flight. These flights take place in small single-engine high- winged aircraft, generally with 10 or 12 seats with their own window. The cost varies between US$50 and US$120 per person for a 30 minute flight (cost depends on demand on the day). Please discuss this with your leader locally should you like to arrange it. After lunch we will go to a viewing point to see the Nazca Lines from the land. We drive back to Lima where we will spend the evening.
Day 5 Fly (via Cusco) to Puerto Maldonado
After an early breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight across the snow covered Andes mountain chain to Puerto Maldonado. This provides an opportunity to experience a real jungle frontier town. A brief drive through the town takes us to the offices of the lodges we use where we leave our main bags to be stored for our return. We continue to the river wharf where we board a 30-40 foot open launch for a short river journey to one of our lodges. During this journey which can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours we can relax watching the river bank and jungle canopy for the particularly abundant bird life in this region. Among the birds we may expect to see (dependent on weather and river height) are horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. The lodges we use are jungle lodges that, apart from being our jungle home, also serve as a base for naturalists to work from. The rainforest (both pristine primary and secondary growth forest) surrounding the lodges are a naturalist's paradise. (The two lodges we use are Posadas Amazonas and Sandoval Lake Lodge. It is important to be aware that the lodges are comfortable but basic - only one of the lodges - Sandoval - has electricity or hot water for instance). During the remainder of the day we go for walks with our naturalist guide along forest trails. After dinner we get a chance to relax and discuss with resident naturalists the research projects taking place in the area. Serenaded by a chorus of jungle noises we drift off to sleep. Note: While staying at the Amazon jungle lodge you may be with other people from other operators worldwide in a group.
Day 6 At the rainforest lodge
The day is spent going on long jungle walks to find monkeys and capybaras and also to take canoes out on to some of the jungle lagoons in the area. On the shores of these lagoons there are often lots of hoatzin to be seen - a really remarkable bird. Before the evening meal we head out for a short river trip using torches to look for Cayman - this always proves to be exciting. PLEASE NOTE: it is important to be aware that the programs may vary according to flight schedules, weather, river height, group sizes, etc and participants should be aware there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds and in general you may not see much wildlife since the rainforest provides such good camouflage for its inhabitants - but you will have a good chance to experience true rainforest first hand.
Day 7 Fly to Cusco and drive to Sacred Valley
Early morning departure after breakfast for the downriver trip to Puerto Maldonado and the short flight back to Cusco 11,200' (3,400m), arriving there around midday. From Cusco we drive down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo. This village is famous for its monolithic granite blocks that had been hauled centuries before from the quarries more than 8 kilometres away to become part of an unfinished temple high above the village. The monumental ruins site you'll visit here is definitely the most impressive in the valley. We'll have plenty of time to explore this lovely village and have the opportunity to do some 'tourist shopping', selecting from a variety of expertly made craft work, including alpaca sweaters and hats, ceramics, weavings and traditional Andean instruments. The evening is spent at our hotel in the heart of the valley. Afternoon is at leisure.
Day 8 Ollantaytambo
Today we spend the day exploring the wonderful Inca village of Ollantaytambo much of it remains as it was more than 500 years ago before the Spanish conquistadors arrived. We also get to walk up the hundreds of steps to the great fortress built on a hill overlooking the village. From here we get terrific views along the valley to wards Machu Picchu and the great snow peaks of the Urubamba Range. Overnight is at Ollantaytambo.
Day 9 Walk down the Patacancha Valley
After an early breakfast we drive up the gorgeous Patacancha Valley to the tiny medieval hamlet of Marca Cocha. Here we'll have a chance to explore Inca ruins and watch a traditional weaving demonstration by the local women of this valley (and those who would like to try their hand at using the Andean backstrap loom are welcome!). The people of this valley are the Andean equivalent of the Himalayan Sherpa and are the traditional porters on the Inca Trail. After a picnic lunch at this spot including a traditional 'pachamanca' (meat, potatoes and broad beans baked under the ground) we trek (approximately 2 hours) back down the Patacancha valley to Ollantaytambo. Those who do not want to trek can take our private vehicle back down the valley. Overnight is at Ollantaytambo.
Day 10 Raft the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
The following morning we take a short drive up the Sacred Valley. After a briefing from our professional river rafting guides we board our rafts and set off downriver. The rafting is relatively gentle and would best be described as Class 2 rafting. After a stop for a picnic lunch we leave our rafts and head down the valley for a wonderful five hour afternoon walk to Veronica Vista, where we camp below the great snow ridges that run off the impressive flanks of Veronica - a huge snow and ice peak that dominates the campsite. Here we spend a night under the stars in comfortable tents and eat our meals below the stars of the clear Andean skies! Camp.
Day 11 Train to Machu Picchu
After breakfast we say goodbye to our camp staff and walk across the Urubamba River on a superb suspension bridge to the tiny railway station at Km82 where we take an early morning train to Machu Picchu. Today we start early to thoroughly explore these remarkable and truly enigmatic ruins. After a professionally led tour of the site we re free to wander around the rest of the amazing sights. We then take a late afternoon bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night.
Day 12 At Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
After breakfast those who wish to can travel by bus back to the ruins to spend another day exploring, and perhaps walking up the famous Inca Trail to the “Gateway of the Sun” (Inti Punku). Mid-afternoon we depart from Machu Picchu for the extremely pretty train ride back to Ollantaytambo, where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco and overnight.
Day 13 Walking Tour of Cusco
In the morning we take a walking tour of the city of Cusco. Every alleyway we enter or corner we turn brings another surprise or enigma in the form of the superbly constructed Inca walls or the more architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We also take a short drive to visit the huge ruins at Sacsayhuaman, spectacularly set above the city. After lunch we take an informal walking tour with our guide to other places of interest in the city. Perhaps to one of the large local markets near the city centre and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open air stalls and shops.
Day 14 Cusco cycle tour
Today we board our bus and head up to a high pass above the city where we mount our bikes for an exciting 3 hour ride back down to the city partly on open fields and dirt tracks (nothing extreme at all!) and then on a quiet road. We'll have plenty of time to stop and rest and look at some of the wonderful rock carvings we find above the city. We also have a lovely buffet lunch prepared by our cooks.
Day 15 Free Day in Cusco
One could spend weeks exploring this beautiful city and walking its ancient streets. Today will give you a chance to do some 'tourist shopping', selecting from a great variety of expertly made craft work - including alpaca sweaters and hats, ceramics, weavings and traditional Andean instruments. In the evening we go out for a farewell meal at one of the many restaurants in the centre of the city with a superb view of the main square.
Day 16 Fly to Lima where trip concludes
We transfer to the airport for our flight across the Andes to Lima airport where we are met and taken on a tour of the city. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, it features a superb combination of Spanish colonial and 19th-century European architecture. We then return to the airport for our flight home.