Peru is an ideal place for a family holiday with its wealth of cultural and adventurous activities. Start your journey in Lima for an introduction to the vibrant Peruvian culture, inherited from the mighty Spanish conquistadores. Fly over the Andes to the Sacred Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, for a chance to go mountain biking or horse riding. Explore some astounding ancient temples and fortresses, including the lost city of Machu Picchu, perched high in the mountains. Travel to Cuzco, the capital of the great Inca empire before finishing in the world's largest rainforest to see its extraordinary and exotic animal and plant life.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Lima direct with British Airways. Transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores for 2 nights. (N)
Half-day tour of Lima, once the capital of the Spanish empire in South America, and discover the San Francisco monastery, which has a warren of catacombs under the city. In the afternoon, take an optional bike tour of the city's bay with various stops for ice cream and Peruvian desserts. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a traditional Peruvian show of music and dance. (B, D)
Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley visiting the Pisac market and the Awana Kancha breeding centre en route (1 hour, excluding sightseeing). See llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, learn about the different fibres produced by these animals and the ancient weaving techniques before taking a wander around the colourful indigenous market. Stay for 3 nights at the flower-filled Sol y Luna (Family casita). (B)
In the morning you will have a chance to climb over the Ollantaytambo fortress, where the Inca King Manco held the Spanish army at bay in 1535. Enjoy lunch on a traditional ranch and a traditional Peruvian Paso horse show. In the afternoon, take part in a pottery workshop and create your own piece of ceramic art using pre-Columbian techniques. (B, L)
This morning you will have the chance to go mountain biking through beautiful scenery to the ancient Maras salt mine, used for salt extraction since the time of the Incas. Alternatively take a horseback ride or paddle on a kayak surrounded by snowy mountain peaks. Afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Today, board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes (journey time 1 hour 20 minutes) and take a tour of Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas', one of the most impressive ancient sites in the world. It sits high in the Andes mountains, with forts and ancient temples hanging precariously over the steep valley. In the evening, return by train to Cuzco (journey time of 3 hours 20 mins) for 2 nights at the characterful El Mercado hotel (twin room). (B, L)
Half-day tour of Cuzco with its remarkable Incan walls and beautiful colonial architecture. A visit to the chocolate museum is also included to try your hands at making chocolate in a workshop. Optional evening visit to Cuzco's planetarium to learn how the Incas interpreted the southern skies. (B)
Fly to Puerto Maldonado. After a 40-minute drive, board a motorised canoe for the 3-hour boat ride to the wild forests of the Tambopata where you will stay for 3 nights at the Refugio Amazonas (Traditional room). Glimpse your first sightings of caimans, macaws and capybaras. Spend your days exploring the rainforest by boat, mountain bike, kayak or stand-up paddle board. Search for caimans, spot giant river otters and monkeys, and discover colourful butterflies and macaws. Climb the jungle canopy tower or help researchers collect insects and data from camera traps set at the nearby mammal clay lick. (B, L, D)
Fly to Lima and on to London with British Airways, arriving the next day. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation in Standard rooms unless specified otherwise in the itinerary.
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FPE2018: 10 Nights
Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchantin...
Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...
Puerto Maldonado is an important starting point for visiting the Peruvian rainforest,...
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...