19 day tour
Peru Family Adventure
From € 1828,-
- An original tour through Peru
- Stay with locals
- Discover the famous Machu Picchu
This 19 day tour with children offers a lot of variety. You will meet the locals, the fascinating culture and the stunning landscapes. Your journey begins in the capital of Peru, Lima. From here you will travel through Huacachina to “the white city” Arequipa. Besides the many lama’s, alpaca’s and vicuña’s, you could also spot condors flying in the Colca Canyon. You will visit the Titicaca lake, stay with locals at their house, explore Cuzco and walk the coffee route. And of course you will visit the highlight of Peru: “the Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu.
19 day family tour of Peru:
Route: Lima – Paracas – Huacachina – Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Puno – Chifron – Cuzco – Coffee route – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cuzco – Lima
Day 1 – Arrival in Lima
After arriving in Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day/night to recover from your trip or to discover the city.
Day 2 – Lima: city tour
Today you will discover the historic city centre by public transport. Here you will start with a walk through the Miraflores district, towards the Surquillo market, where you will learn a lot about the wide variety of Peruvian fruits like cherimoya, lúcuma, aguaymanto en pacay. After this you will take the “Metropolitano” bus to the historic centre of Lima. You could eat lunch at the classic “cantina” named Cordano, one of the oldest restaurants in the city where all the known politics and intellects have been eating for the past 100 years. The remainder of the day can be freely spent.
Day 3 – Lima to Paracas
You will be picked up early in the morning and brought to the bus station for the bus to Paracas. The bus ride will take about 3.5 hours, going from Lima through the dessert and over the Panamerican Highway. Paracas is a nice, touristic fishing village. The boulevard with its many seafood restaurants, the fishing boats, the fresh sea air and the nice hotel with swimming pool will ensure that you will love it here. It is also possible to arrange a tour of the Paracas National Reserve (at the reception of your hotel) for the afternoon.
Day 4 – Paracas: Ballestas islands – to Huaccachina
Hopping on a speedboat, you will take a (group)tour to the Ballestas islands. There are many animals to be spotted in the wild like penguins, sea lions, pelicans and occasionally even dolphins. After the tour you will travel with other travellers to Huacachina, an oasis in the desert. It is also an option to do different desert activities, like sandboarding.
Day 5 – Huacachina to Arequipa
Today is your day off. Enjoy the swimming pool in the hotel or go playing in the sand again. At night you will take the night bus in Ica that will bring you to Arequipa.
Day 6 – Arequipa
Today you arrive in Arequipa, also called the ‘white city’, where you will be brought to your hotel. You can spend the day as you wish. For example by walking through city or by visiting the Santa Catalina monastery or the museum with the 500 year old mummy, Juanita.
Day 7 – Arequipa
You have all day today to explore Arequipa. You could book a “Reality Tour”, which brings you to the poorer parts of Arequipa to see how they use innovative projects to create better living conditions. The tour is fun and educational, and is not designed to be heavy but to celebrate the positive initiatives and successes.
Day 8 – Arequipa to Colca Canyon
You will travel to the Colca Canyon today. The Colca Canyon is about 70 kilometres in length and is the deepest canyon in the world. You will drive through a bare mountain landscape with a few active volcanos, while passing lama’s, alpaca’s and vicuña’s. Life in the Colca Valley is still very authentic; Indian farmers water their terraces of fertile volcanic soil just as their ancestors. Many residents of the valley are dressed traditionally. You will stay the night with a local family.
Day 9 – Colca Canyon: excursion Cruz del Condor – to Puno
Today you will visit the viewpoint, Cruz del Condor, where you can see the magnificent condor flying every morning. On the way to Cruz del Condor you will stop by different viewpoints and churches, which are characteristic for the Colca valley. By midday you will continue your journey in a (shared) bus to Puno.
Day 10 – Puno to Chifron
You will arrive in the village Chifron after 1.5 hour with the public transport. You will stay in the house of Walther: Inti Wasi (meaning: the sunhouse). The rooms are simple, but all your basic needs are met and it is clean. You will get to know your host family, their life and the village. But there is also time for a typical local lunch and a walk over the beaches near the village, where you will find a magnificent view of Lake Titicaca.
Day 11 – Chifron to Puno, by way of Tikonata
Ain the morning you will sail to Tikonata. Here you will learn about the life of the fisherman and you will have the chance to try and catch some fish yourself. After lunch you will say goodbye to your host family and travel back to your hotel in Puno.
Day 12 – Puno to Cuzco
You will travel by bus to Cuzco, making several stops on the way. You will begin in Pucará, a town famous for its Toritos de Pucará (artistic and colourfully decorated cows). Next you will visit Raqchi, better known as the Wiracocha temple. There is a big festival held here every year. The last stop is Andahuaylillas, an amazing place where time seems to have stopped. The old cathedral is also known as the Sistine Chapel of America, because of the beautiful (golden) decorations. You arrive in Cuzco at night, where you will also spend the night.
Day 13 – Cuzco: citytour
Today you will tour the city, beginning at Qenqo, a holy place covered in mysteries as to how it came to be. In Sacsayhuaman you will see that the huge stones used, proved to be resistant to earthquakes of the past centuries. They bear witness to the highly developed architecture of the Incas. Next you will visit the artistic district San Blas, where after a cup of coffee you will go to the end of the tour: the sun temple Qoricancha.
Day 14 – Cuzco: excursion Sacred Valley – to Ollantaytambo
Today you will discover the highlights of the Sacred Valley (the market, the ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytambo). After Ollantaytambo you will stay there for a bit to enjoy the village a bit more. Walk through the authentic streets, visit the chocolate museum and join a chocolate workshop. We recommend eating at Café La Esquina (for the carrot cake) or at the organic El Albergue restaurant.
Day 15 – Ollantaytambo: Coffee route, day 1
You will be picked up early today to be driven to the Abra Malaga pass (4300 metres high). From this point you will bike down the asphalt roads to 1500 metres altitude, arriving at Julia’s house. Along the way you will experience the different ecosystems and climates . From the high grass plains and glaciers to the high jungle and banana trees. In the afternoon Julia or her husband José will take you on a walk on their terrain to learn about all the kinds of coffee, fruit and cocoa they grow there. You will spend the night at Julia’s in the guest houses with mosquito nets.
Day 16 – Coffee route, day 2
After breakfast, you will take a taxi that will bring you to the beginning of the route. Starting with a 2 hour walk to Alejandro’s house, where this proud coffee farmer will welcome you with a small snack and some juice. Afterwards you will walk downhill to the road and on to the river for the beautiful shore route to Cocalmayo: the hot springs of Santa Teresa. You arrive at Enrique’s in the midday where you can choose to do a short orchids or hummingbird walk if you want.
Day 17 – Coffee route, day 3 – to Aguas Calientes
Today you will continue your way on the well-preserved Inca Path. This is the same route as the last day of the Salkantay trek. The forest here is a paradise for birdwatchers. You will descend from the top with a continuous view on the Machu Picchu. After lunch you will continue your journey to Aguas Calientes (also possible to do by train), where you will stay in a nice boutique lodge.
Day 18 – Aguas Calientes to Cuzco, by way of Machu Picchu
This is where you take the bus to visit the newest world wonder, the highlight of this trip, “The Lost City of the Incas” or better known as Machu Picchu. Discover her secrets, wander around, climb one of the surrounding peaks and enjoy the view. Enjoy as long as you can before returning to the Sacred Valley by train and then back to the ordinary world by bus.
Day 19 – Departure from Cuzco / Return home
Walk around one of the most beautiful squares in South America one last time, before heading back to Lima on the plane. This is where you say goodbye to Peru. And even though you are heading home, you do bring along a bag full of memories!
peru family adventure
Peru family adventure
|19 days/18 nights|
Peru family adventure
|Based on 4 persons travelling in low season|
|Including||Transfers, local transportation, local English speaking guide, accommodation, 14x breakfast, 10x snacks, 7x lunch, 4x dinner, the above mentioned excursions|
|Excluding||International & internal flights, entrance fees, guided tours/excursions, personal expenses, booking fee|
|Accommodation Peru||Overnight stay in a double room or a family room|
|Flights||At Better Places Travel, you book your own international flights. Your travel expert will gladly advise you on the best option. Read here for more information and tips.|
This information is based on the sample itinerary mentioned above. All our tours are 100% tailor-made, and costs will vary depending on availability, travel period, number and age of travellers, etc. Agnes would be happy to help you design your ideal travel experience.