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Peru Family Expedition
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7 days

from $7,687 AUD

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Spend an entire day at Machu Picchu exploring the mysterious ruins and hiking the surrounding slopes in search of stunning views.
  • Meet artisans, bakers, and more to experience ancient Andean traditions firsthand.
  • Join National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa for a hands-on demonstration of traditional Peruvian weaving techniques.
  • Alongside a local chef, enjoy a pachamanca, a traditional Andean meal baked in the earth.
Itinerary

Introduce your family to the mysteries of the Inca and the vibrant traditions of the Andes on this fascinating journey to Peru. Venture into Inca fortresses and towns built of giant boulders, and get immersed in the swirl of colors and crafts at a village market. Try your hand at traditional weaving and go hiking among salt terraces and ancient ruins. A spectacular train ride brings us high into the Andean peaks to amazing Machu Picchu for a full day of exploration in this lost citadel of the Inca.

Day 1: Lima, Peru

Welcome to Peru, land of the Inca! This evening is free to rest up for our adventure.

Day 2: Cusco/Sacred Valley

Meet the rest of the group and fly to the Inca capital of Cusco. Explore the Sacsayhuamán fortress, made with 100-ton stones that fit together so tightly that not even a sheet of paper can slide between. After lunch and a walk in the colorful market town of Pisac, enter the Sacred Valley of the Inca, our stomping ground for the next three days. Our welcome dinner features delicious Peruvian cuisine.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

In Peru, weaving is all about ritual and culture. National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa welcomes us to her Center for Traditional Textiles where you can dye wool, spin yarn, or set up a loom. Later, hike among glittering salt terraces in Maras or enjoy a llama trek through villages and learn about the important role they have played for centuries.

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Join a master chef and local farmers for a traditional Andean meal baked in the ground, known locally as a pachamanca. Explore Ollantaytambo, a classic Inca valley town, then hop the train toward Machu Picchu, passing breathtaking mountain vistas. Nestled below the legendary citadel is our stunning hotel—a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most amazing sights. Spend an entire day exploring the ruins, hiking the steep peaks and pondering the mysteries of this “lost” city of the Inca, forgotten at the Spanish conquest and only rediscovered to the West in 1911 by Hiram Bingham with funding from National Geographic.

Day 6: Sacred Valley/Cusco

Ride back up the valley by train to sample pan chuta, a sweet flat bread baked in traditional clay ovens. Then young explorers will meet new Peruvian friends as they play soccer, participate in an art project, and try out their Spanish. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner in the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Day 7: Cusco/Lima

Today, we explore the marvelous streets and plazas of Cusco, once lavishly adorned with Inca gold that was stolen by the Spanish during the conquest. This afternoon return to Lima for your overnight flight home.

EXTENSIONS

Day 1: Cusco

Delve deeper into the city’s historic center, and discover the architectural details of stately neighborhoods and secret courtyards. Shop for colorful textiles, alpaca wool sweaters, or silver jewelry in the crafts markets, and watch local artisans at work in their shops. This evening, dinner on your own and then prepare for the next leg of your journey.

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Day 2: Puerto Maldonado/Inkaterra Reserva

This morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Puerto Maldonado. Drive to a wharf along the Madre de Dios River, a headwater tributary of the mighty Amazon, and board a motorized canoe ride to the lodge, our base for exploring the magic of the rainforest and the Amazon basin. Settle into a private cabaña at this beautiful eco-property situated at the heart of a vast private ecological reserve, adjacent to Tambopata National Reserve. The lodge offers many opportunities to explore the incredible biodiversity of the area on foot and by boat. After lunch at the lodge, meet your local Inkaterra guide, who will accompany you throughout your adventure, sharing a wealth of knowledge about this natural wonderland. Get acquainted with the rainforest on a guided walk along the lodge’s extensive trail system. In the evening, return to the river by canoe to witness the jungle’s transformation at sunset. Listen to the cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals and birds calling out across the treetops, and keep an eye out for unusual insect species, which our guide will help to identify.

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Day 3: Tambopata National Reserve

After breakfast, journey to Sandoval Lake—a stunning, oxbow mirror lake located in Tambopata National Reserve. Explore the lake by dugout canoe, and watch for endangered river otters, along with side-neck turtles, anacondas, black caimans, and boisterous red howler monkeys—appropriately named for their distinctive cry. Keep a lookout in the trees along the shore for flashy, red-bellied macaws. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll take to the treetops along one of South America’s longest canopy walkways, an extraordinary network of hanging bridges, towers, and platforms stretching more than a quarter mile above the jungle. The walkway offers amazing views into a world that, until recently, only a few scientists had ever witnessed. During our expedition, keep an eye out for diverse wildlife including colorful toucans, woodpeckers, monkeys, and sloths. Learn about the flora and fauna of the forest, and pause with your cameras on the observation decks. Return to the lodge for a nature presentation to learn more about the species we’ve encountered, followed by dinner.

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Day 4: Inkaterra Reserva

This morning, travel upriver by motorized canoe to a winding, deep-water creek that is home to caimans, turtles, and an array of colorful birds. Get immersed in the sights and sounds of the jungle as we glide along the water. On our return, stop at a local farm to learn how fruits and vegetables are grown in the region. After lunch back at the lodge, take a walk through the lovely botanical gardens of Hacienda Concepción, home to more than 200 tropical species. Next, climb into a dugout canoe for an exploratory excursion to look for turtles, sun-grebes, nightjars, and exotic herons. Later this evening, head out on a guided adventure along the trails surrounding the lodge to experience the mystery of the rainforest after dark. Listen to the nocturnal serenade of the forest, and spot elusive species that only emerge at night.

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Day 5: Puerto Maldonado/Lima/U.S.

After breakfast, return by motorized canoe to Puerto Maldonado and stop at the Inkaterra Butterfly House near the airport, which showcases many of the estimated 3,800 butterfly species of Peru. Then fly to Lima, saying adiós to Peru as you connect with your overnight flight home.

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What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate; travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, navigating uneven terrain, and climbing stairs without handrails. Excursions include visits to archaeological sites and walking tours at high altitude. Cusco is at an elevation of 11,200 feet and Machu Picchu is at 8,000 feet.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located, family-friendly hotels with many amenities.

Expedition Team
Our dynamic Expedition Leaders enrich each experience with their insights, knowledge, and energy, and a Young Explorer Leader joins every group to facilitate fun activities that help kids get the most out of the places we go.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness - Sacred Valley, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is a 17th-century colonial hacienda, nestled in the picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas. The 115 rooms, surrounded by gardens and mountains, each feature wireless internet, LCD TV, jacuzzi tub, and other amenities.

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness - Sacred Valley, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is a 17th-century colonial hacienda, nestled in the picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas. The 115 rooms, surrounded by gardens and mountains, each feature wireless internet, LCD TV, jacuzzi tub, and other amenities.

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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness - Sacred Valley, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel is a 17th-century colonial hacienda, nestled in the picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas. The 115 rooms, surrounded by gardens and mountains, each feature wireless internet, LCD TV, jacuzzi tub, and other amenities.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - Aguas Calientes, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is surrounded by twelve acres of beautiful cloud forest and is conveniently located just minutes from the train station. It features tile-roofed casitas (bungalows), tea plantation, and an on site rain forest reserve harboring more than 100 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies. The hotel has eighty-five air-conditioned rooms—many with a fireplace and a balcony or terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, and spa.

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Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka - Cusco, Peru

The Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka, a historical site dating back several centuries, is surrounded by magnificent Inca and colonial buildings. It is conveniently located just minutes from Cuzco’s major attractions, like the main square and the Spanish Cathedral. The hotel features 240 elegant rooms, as well as a fitness center, a sauna and jacuzzi, a business center, wireless internet, restaurants, and a gift shop.

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Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka - Cusco, Peru

The Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka, a historical site dating back several centuries, is surrounded by magnificent Inca and colonial buildings. It is conveniently located just minutes from Cuzco’s major attractions, like the main square and the Spanish Cathedral. The hotel features 240 elegant rooms, as well as a fitness center, a sauna and jacuzzi, a business center, wireless internet, restaurants, and a gift shop.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Dec 26, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,687 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,153 AUD Per Person
  • CHILD(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $7,394 AUD Per Child

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 01 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2020

Double Occupancy from $7,687 AUD per person

Single Occupancy from $9,153 AUD per person

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are $500 per person in 2019. Internal flights for the optional extension are $500 per person in 2019. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages