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Spirit of the Incas, Peru

Minimum age 5 years

Discover Peru on this Family Adventure, touring the Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lima.
Gaze up at Peru’s dazzling peaks and into picturesque valleys to understand why the Andean mountains were sacred for the Incas. This well-paced holiday combines time in the fascinating historic cities of Lima and Cuzco with time exploring some of Peru’s most amazing settings. Enjoy a memorable train journey through the heart of the sacred valley to Machu Picchu and breathe in the magical spirit of the Incas.

Peru Trip Highlights:

  • Discover the best sights of Lima, from the colonial architecture and excellent museums to the mysterious catacombs and their ornate displays of human bones
  • Delve into the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Hike jungle trails in search of monkeys, parrots, otters and caymans and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps
  • Meet the local artisans, farmers and townsfolk of the Sacred Valley – not forgetting the cute alpacas and vincunas
  • Be mesmerised by the mother of all Incan cities, the mysterious Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the site plus an extra day of free time to explore
  • With ancient cultures, beautiful architecture and stunning mountains, Cuzco has something for everyone, making it perfect for a family visit. A boleto touristico pass grants you access to the best sights in town

Useful Information:

  • Additional money required for meals, drinks, incidental expenditure etc. £200 per person (based on previous travellers on this trip).
  • The Amazon Jungle can be very hot and humid, so it’s important to drink plenty of water and wear light cotton clothing. Make sure you also bring tropical-strength insect repellant.
  • The weather can be unpredictable in the Andes. Be sure to bring warm clothes and prepare for all elements.

We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families.

 Included activities in Peru

  • Lima – Archaeological Museum
  • Lima – Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
  • Lima – Cathedral visit
  • Amazon Jungle – Jungle activities
  • Cusco – Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Pisac – Archaeological Site of Pisac
  • Machu Picchu – Entrance and Guided Tour

Peru – Spirit of the Incas 

Day 1 Lima – Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. There is an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Afterwards, enjoy an (optional) dinner with the rest of the group. If you arrive early, be sure to take a stroll and check out the city. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of its attraction now lies in the well-preserved historical centre. Alternatively, go to Parque del Amor (Love’s Park) and check out its mosaics and El Beso statue. Pachacamac, home to the Temple of the Sun, is also well worth the trip (approximately 30 km from downtown Lima). Limns (Lima’s residents) are friendly, and there are plenty of great restaurants and cafes at which to sample delicious ceviche, a local seafood speciality. Notes: This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Accommodation: NM Hotel or similar (1 night)

Day 2 Lima – Enjoy some breakfast, then explore Lima with a local guide on a comphrehensive tour of the city (approx: 5 hours). Your tour takes you through the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History, the largest and oldest public museum in Peru. Check out some of its 100,000 pre-Incan artifacts – there are ceramics, textiles, tools and ruins from as far back as 1,000 BC. You will also visit the infamous catacombs underneath the San Francisco church. Here you’ll find the bones of an estimated 75,000 bodies arranged in ornate patterns in stone pits. While it can get a little claustrophobic down there, it’s a fascinating display. The church itself is also quite a sight, built in the Baroque style of the late 17th century. In the evening, relax and unwind with an optional dinner and folklore show. Accommodation: NM Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3-4 Amazon Jungle – This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado (2.5 hours flight), the gateway to the Amazon. After you arrive, the lodge staff will take you to their office in town. Here you will leave most of your luggage in safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for your next two nights in the jungle. Take a motorised canoe upriver to your jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area. Once you’re settled in, head out into the jungle with your local, multilingual guides and encounter some magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. The guides can also teach you about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants. Your lodge is eco-friendly, combining low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only) and mosquito nets. Kerosene lamps are used for light. Accommodation: Posada Amazons or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast (2), Lunch (2) and Dinner (2)

Day 5 – Cuzco Transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado this morning. Here you will take a short flight to Cuzco (approximately 1 hour). On arrival in Cuzco, check into your hotel and enjoy your first evening in this delightful old city. It really does feel like the heart and soul of Peru. Perhaps explore the Inca walls of the Plaza de Armas or some of the many fine churches around town. Lots of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations, and indeed the city is a combination of both Spanish and Incan heritage. Be sure to take it slow as you adjust to the altitude (3,450 m). Check out some of the many outdoor activities on offer, which you can always take up later when you return to Cuzco towards the end of your trip. Accommodation: Taypikala Cusco Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 – Pisac Enter the beautiful Sacred Valley. Today you will head to Awanancancha to see Llamas, alpacas and vicunas. Your next port of call is Pisac, a charming little village nestled at the base of an Inca fort. Start by exploring the famous local market (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday). It’s a colourful bazaar with hundreds of local artisans selling their wares. You might find anything from hand-knitted Alpaca jumpers to ornately decorated Andean ceramics here. Next you will tour a local farm to gain some insight into another facet of daily life. Here you will earn about old techniques of dyeing, spinning and weaving the alpaca wool. After lunch, it’s off to explore the Inca ruins, which are spread out on the mountains above the town. They are roughly as old as those of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a night in at the Royal Inn in Pisac, which has a swimming pool. Accommodation: Royal Inka Pisa Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 – AguasCalientes Venture deeper into the Sacred Valley and discover Ollantaytambo, which is a 1.5hr drive away. This awesome spot was built over an ancient Inca town, and it’s a great example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Ollantaytambo’s archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces offer great photo opportunities of the square grid town below. Once you’ve done some exploring here, you’ll take a midday train up to Aguas Calientes, taking in gorgeous Andean scenery along the way. In Aguas Calientes you can get an early night if you like, in preparation for tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu. There are some beautiful local hot springs around here, hence the name of the town. Accommodation: Machu Picchu Hostal (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 – Machu Picchu – Cuzco Take an early bus up to the stunning ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu. This is one of those genuinely magical places, and your first glimpse of these ruins in the mist is something to remember. The site is perched high in the Andes, surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urubamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it’s no surprise it remained a secret for so many years (until 1911). You will explore the ruins with a local guide, learning more about these 200 or so houses and temples. It’s fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire. You will have a guided tour of the site for 2 hours then you can further explore on your own. We catch the bus back to the train station around lunchtime. After today’s excitement, we head back to Cuzco for the night. You will take the train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo (1 hour and 45mins) followed by a private transfer back to Cusco (2hours) Accommodation: Taypikala Cusco Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast Special Information: Due to safety policy, your leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.

Day 9 – Cuzco Discover the Andes from a unique perspective: 3720m above sea level on a Stand Up Paddle Board on Piuray Lake. Leaving Cusco after breakfast we take a scenic ride on the road to the Sacred Valley, reaching Piruary Lake. You will enjoy a leisurely paddle in mirror flat waters ideal for beginners and experts alike. An activity the kids will love. Back on land we head back to Cusco city. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city as you please. Armed with a full boleto turistico (tourist ticket), you’ll have access to the premier museums and sights in town. Perhaps start your day at the local market – a great chance to mingle with the locals, sample some street food or some pastries, and perhaps browse for some strange items such as ‘Dragon’s Blood’ (medicinal tree sap). Some great museums to visit are the Pisco Museum, the Museum of Inca Culture and the Museum of Popular Art. There are also many adventure activities on offer, from trekking and mountain biking to via-ferrata climbing and zip-lining. All are great ways to take in the gorgeous neighbouring hills. Accommodation: Taypikala Cusco Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 – Cuzco Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time. Meals Included: Breakfast


You will need vaccinations to travel; you should ask your doctor or Health clinic, but you can check them out on The Fit For Travel Website.


Please note that visas are the responsibility of the passenger. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it is important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant Consular or Embassy website of the country or countries you are visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

You can check visa requirements for British Citizens on the Foreign Office website. Other nationals should check with their relevant Consulate or Embassy.

What’s included in this holiday to Peru:

Hotel (4 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Boat, Plane, Private vehicle, Train

Activities in Peru

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Lima – Archaeological Museum
  • Lima – Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
  • Lima – Cathedral visit

Day 3 and 4 Included Activities

  • Amazon Jungle – Jungle activities

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Cusco – Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Pisac – Archaeological Site of Pisac

Day 8 Included Activities

  • Machu Picchu – Entrance and Guided Tour

Day 9 Optional Activities

  • Cusco – Art Trail workshop

Peru Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Sat 06 July – Mon 15 July 2019 9 £2045 £1840 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 13 July – Mon 22 July 2019 9 £2045 £1840 Fully Booked
Sat 20 July – Mon 29 July 2019 9 £2045 £1840 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 03 Aug – Mon 12 Aug 2019 9 £2045 £1840 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 10 Aug – Mon 19 Aug 2019 9 £2045 £1840 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 28 Sep – Mon 07 Oct 2019 9 £2045 £1840 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 21 Dec – Mon 30 Dec 2019 9 £2045 £1840 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 28 Dec 2019 – Mon 6 Jan 2020 9 £2045 £1840 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

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