Peru Family Hike, Bike Kayak

Starting From

$2,359/person

Number of days

11

Start Location

Peru

Group Size

6-16

Operated by

World Expeditions

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An action packed family adventure to discover acient Macchu Pichu and the Peruvian rainforest

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Arrive Cusco, drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Upon your arrival at the Cusco airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure, you are welcome to rest at the hotel or explore Ollantaymbo’s main square which is situated close to the hotel. Overnight Tikawasi Valley Hotel or similar.

Full day in Ollantaytambo

We have a full day in this beautiful place. The valley actually follows the course of the famous Urubamba River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. During our time here we visit some of the enthralling citadels, fortresses and temple ruins that are found along the valley including the site at Ollantaytambo. Much of the wonderful Inca village of Ollantaytambo remains as it was more than 500 years ago before the Spanish conquistadors arrived. The village itself is a fascinating mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture and the village is famous for its monolithic granite blocks that had been hauled centuries before from the quarries more than 8 kilometres away to become part of an unfinished temple high above the village. If the weather is good and we have time we can enjoy some short walks in the valley. Overnight Tikawasi Valley Hotel or similar.

Cycling in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today we board our bus and head up to a high pass above the city where we mount our bikes for an exciting 3 hour ride back down to the city partly on open fields and dirt tracks (nothing extreme at all!) and then on a quiet road. We’ll have plenty of time to stop and rest and look at some of the wonderful rock carvings we find above the city. We will also enjoy a lovely picnic lunch prepared by our cooks. Overnight Tikawasi Valley Hotel or similar.

Huilloc and Pumamarca

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel to transfer you to the Sacred Valley, arriving at the Huilloc community, where you will have a chance to take a short walk through this traditional Andean village that has maintained its original way of life. Here, the inhabitants wear authentic clothing, live in traditional houses and maintain ancient customs. You will have the opportunity to attend a weaving demonstration to learn the techniques used in the preparation of their fabrics, the raw materials used, and the use of natural dyes. After the visit, we will drive to Pumamarca, the starting point of today´s hike. Pumamarca is an Inca site where you will have time to explore the area and see ancient Inca terraces, water canals and the amazing architecture from Inca times, all surrounded by beautiful views of the Sacred Valley. After this short visit, you have time to enjoy a box lunch, breathing in the pure air of the Andes. From here we return to your hotel. Overnight Tikawasi Valley Hotel or similar.

Inca Trail hike, from km 104 to Machu Picchu

We pick you up early in the morning from your hotel and drive you to the train station to board the train that will take us to km 104 (the starting point of the hike). After crossing the suspension bridge over the Urubamba River we visit the archaeological site of Chachabamba (2,150m / 7,052ft). From here, we will hike upwards for about 8km (approximately 4 hours) and get to the magnificent archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna (2,700m), an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector as well as an urban sector. On the way we will appreciate the vegetation of the forest. After having a boxed picnic lunch we will continue for about one hour further onto 'Inti Punku' (The 'Sun gate') at 2,730m (8,792ft), from where you will have your first dramatic and impressive view of Machu Picchu (2,430m / 7,972ft). As we are going down, we will take a side path off the trail to take a bus that transports us to Aguas Calientes where you will check into your accommodation. Overnight: "El Mapi" Hotel Machu Picchu or similar. *Important: Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. As of January 2018 there are two time slots (morning and afternoon) in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a limited number of hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Additionally, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavour to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions.

Visit Machu Picchu and travel to Cusco

This morning we get up early to savour the views and atmosphere of the mystical morning light over Machu Picchu. After an early breakfast we will take the bus back up to Machu Picchu, where we are treated to a unique second visit. A walking tour is given by a guide through the different sectors of this great Inca legacy, considered Cultural Heritage. In the afternoon, we will take a bus to Aguas Calientes and then board the train back to Ollantaytambo train station. From there you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco city. Overnight Casa Andina Standard Cusco Catedral or similar. NB - depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night. OPTIONAL HUAYNA PICCHU CLIMB OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN CLIMB - For the more adventurous, you can purchase an additional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain permit (ask us for costs), and forego the guided tour of Machu Picchu which is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please be aware that this is NOT a guided climb, and it takes a minimum of 3 hours return. Both climbs are very steep (including many small and narrow steps) and can be slippery and are very exposed with vertiginous drops. Before purchasing the permit on your behalf (non-refundable and non-transferable), we require any passengers to sign a waiver form. Note - there are limited Huayna Picchu permits and they sell out fast, if you are interested in this option, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.

Half day Cusco city tour and make your own Andean Flute

Today you will be picked up from your hotel to explore this beautiful city and walk its ancient streets. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We start with the local market, which has a lot of stalls selling local products such as different varieties of potatoes, traditional Andean food, flowers, among many others. Then you will be transferred to Choco Museum, located two blocks from the main square, an ideal place to relax with a delicious hot chocolate and enjoy the chocolate workshop. After that visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, stunning masterpiece of Inca architecture, where the Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun), is done every June 24th of each year. Finally, you will return to your hotel in Cusco. This afternoon, you will head towards the picturesque neighbourhood of San Blas, specifically to the house of Sabino, a talented Andean musician. He will welcome you and explain the history of the typical Andean instruments. You will be able to learn and play the drums, ¨quenas¨ (Andean flutes), among others. Also, not only will you play the most representative Andean instrument, the zampoña (pan flute), but you will make one. Finally, you will play together like the local bands. In the evening enjoy dinner out at one of the many restaurants in the centre of the city (own expense). You may also like to do some shopping, selecting from a great variety of expertly made craft work - including alpaca sweaters and hats, ceramics, weavings and traditional Andean instruments. Overnight Casa Andina Standard Cusco Catedral or similar.

Morning kayak on Lake Piuray

Today we enjoy a relaxing experience in the Piuray lagoon. Everyone will participate in the briefing and then we begin a 15-minute yoga session, after which the equipment, according to the chosen activity (paddle or kayak), is delivered. We enter the lagoon and paddle for an hour to an hour and a half through the gentle waters. Bicycles are available for a ride around the lake after the water activities. Later we enjoy a delicious Andean buffet based on native potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken, vegetables and other local ingredients that are cooked in a clay oven, giving them a unique touch. At the end of the tour you will return to Cusco City. Overnight Casa Andina Standard Cusco Catedral or similar. NOTE: This evening, please be sure to re-pack your luggage for the jungle. Dependent on your accommodation in the jungle the luggage policy differs. Please see pre-departure information (under 'luggage') for more details. You will also be advised on arrival in Lima on the applicable luggage regulations.

Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to Jungle Lodge

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. This provides an opportunity to experience a real jungle frontier town. On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to the office of the lodge to leave our main bags to be stored for our return. We continue to the river wharf where we board a 30-40 foot open launch for a short river journey to one of our lodges. During this journey which can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours (depending upon the lodge and availability) we can relax and watch the river bank and jungle canopy for the particularly abundant bird life in this region. Among the birds we may expect to see (dependent on weather and river height) are horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. Depending on the lodge you are staying at, you may walk for approximately 1 hour to Lake Sandoval and take a canoe for a 25 minute journey on the lake before you arrive at your lodge in the middle of the jungle. The lodges we use are beautifully positioned and apart from being our jungle home, they also serve as a base for naturalists to work from. The rainforest (both pristine primary and secondary growth forest) surrounding the lodges are a naturalist's paradise. During the remainder of the day we go for walks with our naturalist guide along forest trails. After dinner we get a chance to relax and discuss with resident naturalists the research projects taking place in the area. Serenaded by a chorus of jungle noises we go to sleep in our comfortable bedroom. NOTE: It is important to be aware that the lodges are comfortable but basic - only some of the lodges have electricity or hot water for a few hours a day. Please note that due to demand it is sometimes necessary to use an alternative lodge in this area. While staying at the jungle lodge you may be with other people from other operators worldwide in a group.

At Jungle Lodge

The day is spent enjoying jungle walks to find monkeys and capybaras and also taking canoes out on to some of the jungle lagoons in the area. There is a particularly abundant bird life - including anhinga, hoatzin, horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. We can almost guarantee we will see lots of monkey including troops of capuchin, dusky titi, spider howler, plus possibility of seeing large caymans and giant river otter. Before the evening meal we head out for a short river trip using torches to look for caymans - this always proves to be exciting. PLEASE NOTE: The program may vary according to flight schedules, weather, river height, group sizes, etc and participants should be aware there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds and in general you may not see much wildlife since the rainforest provides such good camouflage for its inhabitants - but you will have a good chance to experience true Amazon rainforest first hand.

Puerto Maldonado to airport, trip concludes

After breakfast, a motor boat will take you to Puerto Maldonado airport and the employees of the lodge will assist you with your check-in to catch your onward flight to Cusco or Lima. Our trip concludes on arrival at Puerto Maldonado airport.

Additional Information

This carefully designed itinerary will appeal to the whole family, taking in the many highlights of Peru through a range of activities from cycling, to kayaking, to walking and learn about Inca culture and traditions. Entering the Sacred Valley of the Incas we visit some of the enthralling citadels, fortresses and temple ruins that are found along the valley including the site at the wonderful Inca village of Ollantaytambo. We will explore the Sacred Valley by bike and on foot and will even visit a traditional Andean village where all inhabitants still wear their traditional and authentic clothing every day, not just for tourists. The highlight of our journey is the last section of the famous Classic Inca Trail and our time spent viewing and learning about the fascinating history of the lost city of Machu Picchu. In Cusco, the focus turns to history and culture as we enjoy day walks around the former Inca capital and we will even have to chance to make your own Andean flute and learn how to play it. We then fly across the Andes to the superb Amazonian rainforest, where we explore the jungle by foot and canoe from our lodge, whilst on the look out for monkeys, capybaras, caimans, hoatzin and many other exotic animals.

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