Explore Machu Picchu with the whole family!
Unplug from the hustle and bustle and immerse your loved ones in the rich culture, stunning landscapes and wondrous mystery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This award-winning, family-friendly journey is packaged in an all-inclusive, custom itinerary that gets you and the kids up-close-and-personal with the sights, sounds and flavors of Peru. Join our expert guides as you explore the cobblestone streets of Cusco, delight in the traditional Peruvian dish of Pachamanca and take in the awesomeness of “The Lost City” of Machu Picchu. Hike, bike and paddle your way below the towering peaks of the Andes, all the while enjoying the best in regional lodgings and cuisine complemented with Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Pack the kids, your camera and sense of adventure, and see why this trip was voted the Travel Channel’s Best Family Adventure.
DAY 1: LIMA
Arrive in Lima, and the cultural hub of Peru. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred (one hour) to your hotel in Miraflores, Casa Andina. Dinner on your own.
DAY 2: LIMA
Morning tour of the historic center of Lima, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Visit the Paseo de la República, San Martín Square, the Main Square, Government Palace, Basilica Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, City Hall Palace and stroll streets lined with colonial mansions and Moorish-style balconies. After lunch at Mangos de Larcomar, check out a collection of pre-Colombian artifacts on a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Dinner perched over the Pacific at la Rosa Nautica, an unforgettable restaurant located on Pier 4 of the Lima Beach Circuit.
DAY 3: CUSCO
Morning flight to Cusco, the Inca Empire's capital and oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Transfer to the Sacred Valley. Visit Awanacancha, the llama project, where we will see different South American camelids. Shuttle to Pisac for a hike to the region’s mysterious mountainside ruins. Shop an impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts at a local Indian market. Visit a local school to get to know the kids/teachers and to deliver materials, including books, pencils and crayons. Lunch at Hacienda Huayocary where you will discover a vast collection of folk art dating back to the seventeenth century. Check into the tranquil Sol Y Luna, your home for the next three nights, and enjoy a traditional Peruvian.
DAY 4: CHINCHERO / MARAS / MORAY
Morning visit to the Chinchero Indian market where you will have the chance to participate in a textile workshop. Bike off-road to the Inca site of Moray. Picnic lunch. Shuttle to Maras and bike to the ancient salt pools and mines known as the “Salineras de Maras. ”Dinner at Wayra Restaurant, a unique space where nature, art, gastronomy, adventure and good living blend together.
DAY 5: URUBAMBA RIVER / OLLANTAYTAMBO
Upon reaching our private river put-in and listening to a safety orientation, raft the Class II & III whitewater rapids of the Urubamba River, conquering the adrenaline-inducing “train station” and “slider” rapids. Savor a traditional pachamanca lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, explore the fascinating archeological sites of Ollantaytambo with your guide and later, you may opt for a Peruvian Paso Fino horseback ride. Dinner in the colorful Huacatay Restaurant.
DAY 6: INCA TRAIL / MACHU PICCHU
Travel 1.5 hours by train to Kilometer 104 where we meet the Inca Trail and embark on a cloud forest and subtropical jungle hike to Machu Picchu. Visit the sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna and enjoy lunch at a waterfall before reaching Intipunku, the “Sun Gate” overlooking Machu Picchu. We’ll have time for a short visit before transferring to the upscale Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for lodging and dinner.
DAY 7: MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
Full morning to explore Machu Picchu’s mountaintop archeological sites with a private guide. You will have the option to hike up Huaynapicchu Mountain at 10:00 am if you desire. Lunch in Machu Picchu. Afternoon train ride back to Ollantaytambo and car transfer back to Cusco. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 8: CUSCO
Morning tour of Cusco’s nearby famous archeological ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Lunch in the city. Take a guided walking tour of the main square of Cusco, the Cathedral and the "Korikancha" temple of the sun. Farewell dinner at Map Café followed by some lively music.
DAY 9: CUSCO / LIMA
Return flight to Lima. With guide assistance, connect with your international flight home. * This trip is operated in partnership with Apumayo Expediciones. ** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Apumayo Expediciones.