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Family Holiday: Incas & Amazon

A family holiday in Peru offering a perfect blend of culture, history and activity. Paced for families with children under 12, this holiday allows you to see the cultural highlights of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu at a gentle pace. We then transport you to the jungle to stay at an eco-lodge where you will see parrots, toucans, caimans and learn all about the rainforest and the importance of conservation.

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

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Flights are typically an additional $1,030 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

This holiday has been designed to allow adults to see the absolute highlights that Peru has to offer, but going at a slightly slower pace – allowing time for acclimatisation and for the all-important café stops. Breaking your journey in Lima, your holiday begins in earnest when you reach Cusco, the ancient heart of the Incan Empire. Once you have all adjusted to the altitude, there is time to explore this vibrant city, taking in the Inca museum, cathedral and leaving plenty of time to people watch in the central square. You then head out to the Sacred Valley, where you will have a private tour of the markets and astounding ruins this valley has to offer. You will then move on to the absolute jewel in Peru’s crown; Machu Picchu. The children will love exploring the archaeological ruins and climbing the terraces and the history is fascinating to all ages. Early risers will have a chance to walk up to the sun gate to see the sun rising over this ancient citadel.

After this hearty dose of culture and history, you will then go to Peru’s jungle to experience the Rainforest first hand. Staying in an eco-lodge in the heart of the rainforest, you’ll get to view the unbroken forest stretching for miles from the high canopy tower, learn how to use native plants to tattoo your skin (temporarily) and have the opportunity to spot macaws and toucans in their natural habitat. You will also go on exciting and informative hikes into the nearby forest where the whole family will learn about ecology through games and puzzles. And, of course, you’ll be able to relax in the midst of this lush and vibrant world in the comfortable surroundings of the lodge itself.

Day-by-day

Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Upon arrival to Lima you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Lima day at leisure
Today is a day at leisure in Lima. Depending on how you are feeling after your flight, you may want to venture out sight-seeing, or you might choose to stay closer to your hotel, exploring the local cafes and trying some Peruvian cuisine at one of the local, lively restaurants.

Day 3: Fly to Cusco
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transffered to the airport in time to catch your flight to Cusco. You'll then be met the other end and transferred to you accommodation. We recommend taking the rest of the day easy to allow your body to acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 4: Sacred Valley tour
After a good nights sleep you will be met by your tour guide around 9am. You'll take a If you have suffered from the altitude in Cusco, you will be pleased to know that from here on, you will drop well below the 3,300m mark! The first stop is Awanacancha Cultural village where you will see a variety of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas) and women demonstrating traditional weaving techniques. The next stop is the market of Pisac where you can sample delicious fresh bread that this area is known for. The market has many colourful stalls selling a wide variety of locally produced handicrafts. From the market, you are driven up to the stunning Pisac Ruins, which offer an excellent insight into how the Incas cultivated and managed their crops. You will stay here for around 1 1/2 hours, whilst your guide takes you on a tour, explaining Incan farming techniques, as well as showing you the ceremonial centre at the top of the terracing, where mummification, the sacred rituals of preparing the higher classes for the after life, took place. Time for lunch and you head to Urubamba where you will stop at a tourist restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will head to the pretty Andean town of Ollantaytambo where you have a guided tour of the spectacular ruins. The terraces here were not for agriculture, but were part of a huge temple complex that was being built to honour the sun, an important Incan deity. The temple was never finished, as building was interrupted by the Spanish invasion.

Day 5: Cusco day at leisure
Today you will be starting to get used to the altitude and so you might want to explore the town. The central Plaza de Armas is a good place to start. We also recommend checking out the Museo Cacao or "chocolate Museum". Whether you take a cooking class or indulge in marshmallows and chocolate fondue in the cafe its a great way to gain an insight to the cocoa production in peru.

Day 6: Machu Picchu
Today see you rising early around 5.30am to catch a train and bus to the famous Machu Picchu site. You will be accompanied by a guide from Cusco who will then give you a private tour of the Machu Picchu site (approx 2 hours) The rest of the time here is your at leisure. You could hike up to the Sun Gate or Incan Bridge which offer superb views. both are less visited by tourists but involve climbing lots more steps. In the afternoon you'll check into your hotel for the night in Aguas Calientes where dinner is included. Your guide will also overnight in the hotel.

Day 7: Aguas Calientes
You wont be catching the train back until later today so feel free to explore the town of Aguas Calientes. Alterntively you could revisit Machu Picchu, many people like to return a second day to climb the Wayna Pichhu mountain. Please note: second day entrance fees and travel are not included but can be added on. Your train and bus back to Cusco

Day 8: Cusco
Today is a day of rest and leisure. No doubt your feet will need a break after all the walking at Machu Picchu.

Day 8: Fly to Puerto Maldonado
This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado.Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado you’ll be welcomed at the airport and driven to the headquarters where you’ll leave your heavier items and pack lightly for the next few days, then you’ll be transferred to the Tambopata Port. From there you will take a boat ride to Refugio Amazonas, past the Community of Infierno. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. You’ll then head out to the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the reflections from caiman eyes.

Day 10: Amazon lodge: Oxbow Lakes & Farm visit
This morning you will paddle around the lake on a canoe, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You'll also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.Following this a 30 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. You'll get to witness lots of wildlife here. Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by a farmer from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. After a relaxing dinner you will have the opportunity to attend the night lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas. They generally cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 11: Amazon lodge: Parrot clay lick
A 15 minute boat ride and 60 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a hide you will see parrots and parakeets descend to enjoy the clay on the bank. With luck you will also see Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. It's best to visit here early in the morning when the Parrots are most active. After watching these facsinating birds you will continue deeper into the rainforest to the Mammal clay lick, Wild rain forest pigs show up in herds to eat clay in the late morning. If you're lucky you might also see deer, guan and parakeets. After a relaxing dinner you have the option of experiencing the rainforest at its height of activity, at night. Whilst you will most certainly see frogs and smaller creatures you may be lucky enough to witness some of the bigger animals roaming around. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 12: Fly to Lima
You'll be transferred by boat back to Puerto Maldonado airport to catch your flight to Lima, you can fly straight home from Lima but we recommend having an extra night in Lima before flying home tomorrow

Day 13: Lima & Fly home
You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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6/10

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Price rating 3

- Birght & spacious rooms
- Central location

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8/10

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Price rating 4

- Boutique hotel
- Historical former market
- Family rooms
- Suites with free-standing baths

El Mapi

Machu Picchu & Inca Trail

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6/10

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Price rating 3

- Central location
- Panoramic windows in rooms
- Complimentary Pisco Sours

Refugio Amazonas

Amazon Basin

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Deep in the Amazon Rainforest
- Hammocks in rooms
- Family friendly

Details

Getting there

. You can't fly direct from the UK, so you will need to stop over along the way.

Internal flights are included in the price.

Price includes

This price INCLUDES internal flights, transfers, accommodation, meals (B&B in hotels and full board in the jungle), activities and tours as specified on the itinerary.

This price EXCLUDES international flights, travel insurance, tips and any incidental expenses in destination.

When is best?

The rainy season in both the jungle and the mountains is from November through April. In the mountains, the temperature is mild, but the days will be wet. If you choose to travel to the rainforest at this time, always be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 3000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.

May - October is a cooler, drier season in both the mountains and the jungle. In the mountains, expect sunny days with cold nights. In the jungle, general weather conditions are warm and humid. The average daytime high is between 78° and 93° F (24° and 31°C) and the average night-time low is between 66° and 78° F (20° and 24°C). Nevertheless between May and September, cold fronts from Argentina can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the night-time lows to 43° F (5° C).

Is it for me?

Cusco and the Sacred Valley are at altitude and you will almost certainly experience at least some of the symptoms of mild altitude sickness when you first arrive. Don’t let this put you off visiting, but do be aware that you will all feel breathless and tired for the first 24 hours after arrival. Your hotel will have access to extra oxygen if needed and they are very experienced at dealing with (and recognising) these symptoms. Usually, they wear off after the first day if you take it very easy.

Be aware that in the rainforest there are insects, wild animals and changeable weather patterns. Make sure you are vaccinated against any jungle diseases and that you are medically prepared for your trip - antimalarials are normally advised. Remember you will need waterproof clothing and good footwear. This trip is for people who respect the rainforest and will behave accordingly (leaving no rubbish, adhering to trails and listening to the safety advice of your guides).

Safety

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