Peru and Machu Picchu Family Tour
9 Days/8 Nights
From $3,899 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
Peru is one of the best family travel destinations in the world. It combines fascinating cultural heritage, awe-inspiring archaeological ruins, and world-class gastronomy. On this tour, you will visit an indigenous community in the Sacred Valley to experience their culture and traditions, including a weaving demonstration. You will explore the Inca ruins at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu, and then learn how to cook Peruvian food in Cusco from a local chef. We also include kid-friendly activities such as Pizza Night, adventure sports options, and a visit to the Choco Museum in Lima.
Lodging, Meals, and Airfare: This tour includes accommodations for 8 nights (2 nights in Lima, 3 nights in the Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu, and 2 nights in Cusco), 19 meals (8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners), and domestic airfare in Peru.
Best Time to Go: April-October.
Day 1: Lima.
Day 2: Lima-Cusco-Sacred Valley-Awanakancha-Pisac Ruins-Pizza Night.
Tonight, you will have “Pizza Night” at the hotel. A table is set up with all of the ingredients and utensils to knead the dough and prepare the pizza, including a chef’s hat and apron for everyone. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Sacred Valley-Amaru Textile Weaving Demonstration-Moray-Maras.
After lunch, you will visit the circular agricultural terraces of Moray and the Maras salt mines. Dinner at the Hotel. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Sacred Valley-Choice of Excursions-Ollantaytambo.
After lunch, you will visit the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins. Ollantaytambo served as both a fortress and ceremonial center, and is the site of a short-lived victory by the Incas over the Spanish. Dinner at your hotel. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu.
Day 6: Machu Picchu-Cusco.
Day 7: Cusco-Peruvian Cooking Class-City Tour.
In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of Cusco that includes a walk-through of the Cathedral, the Koricancha (‘site of gold’), typical streets, and the four ruins that surround the city: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tampumachay. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Cusco. (B,L)
Day 8: Cusco-Lima-Chocolate Museum-Folkloric Dinner Show.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Choco Museum, to learn about all of the steps involved in making chocolate, from harvest of the cacao to the making of a chocolate bar. Later that night, you will enjoy a folkloric dinner show at La Dama Juana Restaurant in Lima’s Barranco neighborhood. Overnight in Lima. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Lima.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Domestic airfare in economy class.
- Airport/hotel transfers including baggage handling.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Excursion to Machu Picchu including overnight stay and transportation via Vistadome train.
- Other excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Gratuities to tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
- Gifts and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of international airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.
Group Private: All transfers and tours are private, except for the optional excursions in the Sacred.
Elevations: The Sacred Valley of the Incas is 8,944 feet (above sea level), Machu Picchu is 7,900 feet, and Cusco is 10,912 feet.
Passport/Visa: U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Peruvian embassy in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Plan and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $900 per person plus the cost of the international airfare (if we make the arrangements for you). The balance of the trip cost is due 60 days prior to departure.
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