Fun & Adventure on Holiday in Peru
14-day family holiday to Peru from £1995 for adults / £1995 for kids
If you're a family that loves getting out there and experiencing it all, and you're looking for a destination that offers a world of adventure alongside the chance to experience different cultures and explore some of the world's great historic sites, look no further! Family holidays to Peru give you all this and much, much more.
Whether it's the wildlife of the Ballestas Islands and the Amazon rainforest, or the living history of Machu Picchu and the Inca capital, Cusco, not to mention the chances for adventure activities like rafting, horse-riding and sand-boarding, you'll find that holidays in Peru really do offer something for everyone.
And please remember that all our holidays are 100% tailor-made, so you certainly don't have to stick to the itinerary below: let us know what you and your kids like to do, and we can come up with a plan to suit!
- Day One: Arrival in Lima
- Day Two: Travel to Paracas
- Day Three: Ballestas Islands boat trip
- Day Four: Huacachina Desert Oasis
- Day Five: Into the Sacred Valley
- Day Six: Tour of the Sacred Valley
- Day Seven: White-water Rafting
- Day Eight: Tour of Machu Picchu
- Day Nine: Cusco: the Inca capital
- Day Ten: Tour of Cusco
- Day Eleven: Free Day
- Day Twelve: Into the Jungle
- Day Thirteen: Exploring the Amazon
- Day Fourteen: Overnight flight back to the UK
Day One – Arrival in Lima
Your family holiday to Peru will begin today with your arrival in Lima. We will be waiting for you at the airport to meet you as soon as you land, and we'll take you by private transfer to your hotel in the family-friendly area of Miraflores. Our local representative will assist with your hotel check in and be there to answer any questions you might have or recommend a nearby restaurant for dinner, or if you prefer you can get a bite to eat in the hotel and just relax after your flight.
Day Two – Travel to Paracas
After some free time this morning to relax and recover from your flight, we will pick you up from your hotel in Lima and take you by private transfer a couple of hours south to your beachfront hotel overlooking the Pacific. You will arrive here in the early afternoon so you will have plenty of time for a swim, a game of tennis or just to relax by the pool before enjoying a delicious meal while you watch the sun set over the Pacific. (B)
Day Three – Tour of the Ballestas Islands
The Ballestas Islands, or the ‘baby Galapagos’ are waiting for you this morning. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the harbour for your boat trip where you’ll be able to see loads of birds and sealife including flamingos, sea-lions and dolphins so don’t forget your binoculars! In the afternoon you will have a short journey further down the Pan-American to Huacachina – a genuine desert oasis, surrounded by palm trees and towering sand dunes. Your hotel has a large and lovely pool and can also arrange mountain bikes for you if you want to have a go at cycling through the dunes! (B)
Day Four – Huacachina: the Desert Oasis
You will have the whole of today free to relax and enjoy the hotel pool and perhaps to take a dune buggy ride out into the sand dunes where the more adventurous of you can indulge in a spot of sandboarding (like snowboarding but on sand!) while the more sensible watch everybody else fall over! If you’d prefer something with a more cultural angle, the nearby Regional Museum in Ica is one of Peru’s best and has a large collection of pre-Inca mummies... This area was also where the first vines were planted anywhere in the Americas, so if the older members of the family would like to visit some of the local vineyards and wineries, that can easily be arranged. (B)
Day Five - Into the Sacred Valley
This morning we will pick you up and drive you back to the airport in Lima to catch a flight up to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. As Cusco is so much higher in altitude than the coast, to avoid any problems with altitude sickness we’ll take you straight from the airport down into the nearby Urubamba. Known as the Sacred Valley to the Incas, this is around a thousand metres lower than Cusco so acts as a good starting point to give you and your family the chance to acclimatise more gradually. Your hotel is in Yucay, right in the middle of the Sacred Valley and the large grounds make it a great place to unwind and explore. (B)
- If you’d like to consider a rather different way to enjoy the Sacred Valley, we can arrange for your stay to be with a local family in a nearby village. We can’t promise you all mod cons, but we can promise an immersive and fulfilling experience.
Day Six - Sacred Valley Tour
Today we’ll arrange a full day out to see all the important sights in the Valley. Your tour will be a private one with the guide all to yourselves so you can set your own pace and choose which sights you see depending on your interests. The impressive market at Pisac and the fascinating fortress of Ollantaytambo are just a couple of the many locations worth exploring before we take you back to your hotel. (B/L)
Day Seven - White-Water Rafting
Ready to rumble? Today we’ll take you on a full-day whitewater rafting trip on the Cusipata river. It’s a Grade III trip, which means there’s plenty of thrills (and perhaps a couple of spills!) but you don’t need to have had any prior experience. You’ll return to your hotel in the evening - possibly a little damp but definitely happy! (B/L)
Day Eight - Tour of Machu Picchu
Today’s the one you’ve been waiting for... We will pick you up in the morning and take you to the nearby train station in Ollyantaytambo for your Vistadome train up to Machu Picchu. We’ll give you a full private guided tour of the site and then leave you to explore the nooks and crannies yourself. Although you’ll never forget your day here or your first glimpse of the breathtaking lost Inca city make sure you remember your camera as we can guarantee you’ll be wanting to show these photos off! After a full day at Machu Picchu you will head back down the mountain to the small town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes) where you will stay tonight. (B)
Day Nine - Cusco: The Inca Capital
You will have a free morning today to either relax or, with an extra ticket, to head back up to revisit Machu Picchu. We can arrange for tickets to do the short hike up to the Inca guard tower on Huayna Picchu, or you could just visit the open air pools which are fed by the hot springs which give Aguas Calientes its name. Either way, this afternoon we will take you to the station to catch the train back through the Sacred Valley to Cusco, where you’ll based for the next three nights. You will arrive in the early evening and you should all be nicely acclimatized so you can take a short stroll to the main square and enjoy the spectacle that is Cusco by night. As in all the places you stay, you’ll be able to benefit from our information pack recommending family-friendly places to eat and if you’d like to spend the evening watching some traditional dancing and music then we can book that for you too. (B)
Day Ten – Tour of Cusco
A chance for a lie-in this morning or maybe you’d rather have a wander around this fascinating city. After lunch, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you on a private guided tour of Cusco, the surrounding hills and it’s ‘must see’ sights. The Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko’s temple complex and the water temple of Tambomachay are just some of the places you will visit today. And if you’d prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, we can arrange for this tour to be on horseback rather than by car. (B)
Day Eleven - Free Day in Cusco
Today is up to you! We can give you plenty of recommendations on things for you and your family to enjoy, from shopping in the colourful local markets to taking some lessons in traditional Andean instruments but our biggest recommendation is just to wander around and see what inspiration hits you. Cuzco is a beautiful medieval mix of Inca and colonial architecture, full of winding cobbled streets and the sound of people speaking Quechua – the language of the Incas. Around every corner there’s a new experience waiting to grab you so often it’s just best to go out and let it find you! (B/L)
- Of course, if you'd rather we organised something for you today, you just have to ask. Whether you'd like something active, like mountain-biking or hiking; or perhaps something more cultural, such as cookery lessons or a music class, you just have to ask.
Day Twelve - Into the Amazon
This morning we will pick you up and take you all to the airport in Cusco to catch a flight down into the jungle, to Puerto Maldonado. Our staff will be there to meet you and take you down to the quayside, where you’ll board a motorised canoe for the half-hour journey along the Madre de Dios River to the lovely Hacienda Concepción Lodge. You’ll arrive in time for lunch, and then in the afternoon you can enjoy some of the trails around the lodge or just relax in the hammocks or on your balcony before a twilight river excursion at dusk takes you out to experience your first sunset in the jungle, as many of the forest’s denizens are at their most active. (B/L/D)
Day Thirteen - Wildlife Galore
After breakfast we’ll take you through a short walk through the Reserve’s primary rainforest to Lake Sandoval. Here, a dugout canoe will transport you across the lake which is home to giant red otters, macaws, howler monkeys and black caimans. After a morning exploring the lake, we will head back for a leisurely lunch at the lodge, after which the quite literal highlight awaits – the canopy walkway. To really appreciate the views there are two 98 foot towers with hanging bridges connecting the treetops ready for you! For those keener on keeping their feet on the ground there is still plenty to see at the Interpretation Centre. (B/L/D)
Day Fourteen - Last Day on Holiday in Peru
After some time this morning for a last chance to see some of the reserve's wildlife, we will take you back down the Madre de Dios to Puerto Maldonado. During the river trip back downstream, families of Capybaras are often spotted on the banks of the river. On arrival in Puerto Maldonado we will take you to the airport for a flight back out of the jungle to Lima, where you’ll arrive in plenty of time to board your international flight back to the UK. (B)
The standard price for this Family Holiday to Peru is £1995 per adult, and £1995 per child which is based on a family of four sharing two double or twin rooms in our standard hotels.
That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and entrance fees. It also includes all your meals in the Amazon, lunches in the Sacred Valley, and breakfast every day.
We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2020.
So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.
We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.
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