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The Family Expedition

The Family Expedition

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With its extraordinary diversity of culture, colors, landscapes and wildlife, Peru is the perfect destination for an unforgettable family trip.

Our guides are experimented when it comes to understand what a family needs. How to please the curiosity of the parents, while the kids of all ages are having an amazing moment.

Your adventure starts in Lima. After a long flight, it always good to rest a little bit and have some amazing food. Visit the Capital City, drive to the Paracas national Park. A boat ride to the Paracas Islands also named the small Galapagos Islands. From there we will enjoy a buggy ride during sunset on the sand dunes of Huacachina. Lets fly into the Amazon Rainforest, an area of incredible beauty and one that is teeming with wildlife. You’ll stay in a luxury lodge and enjoy daily expeditions on the amazon river, walk into the largest rainforest in the world. Observe all kind of wild animals (Pink Dolphins,Sloths,Monkeys,caimans…). But also, a rescue center where the hurt animals are taken care of (Jaguars…).

Visit and learn from native communities, night walks in the jungle for the most courageous of you. You’ll then get to the Sacred Valley, an area that is not only spectacularly beautiful but rich in history as well. We will start our Cusco Region discovery from there, as it is the best to get altitude acclimated for your kids. Visit local markets, spend a day with a local family lost in the Andes Mountains (it will become one of your highlights).

You are your kids will love a visit to an Alpaca farm, where you will be able to observe and feed all the different kind of Lamas and Alpacas. And of course, your visit to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, which is every bit as magical as you expect it to be. Get there on a majestic train ride through the Sacred Valley. Explore the misty mountains with an expert private guide who will make the ruins come alive, then enjoy a morning to explore by yourself and soak up the atmosphere
of this very special place. The final stop on your epic adventure is Cusco, a colonial city whose cobbled streets are lined with beautiful buildings. This trip has been designed especially for families, but can be adapted however you like to cater to your family’s interests.

Highlights
  • Lima
  • Paracas
  • Huacachina
  • Iquitos ( Amazon Jungle )
  • Cusco
  • Machu Picchu
  • An exclusive moment with a Quechua Family.
Hotels

Together with our partners, we organize luxury accommodation throughout the entire expedition

Please check also our related blog article: 12 Best Luxury Hotels in Peru
Please check also our related blog article: 9 Best Restaurants in Lima
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  • Departure/Return Location
    Lima
  • What to wear
    Comfortable seasonal clothing & shoes
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Entrance Fees
    Guide
    Local Flights
    Lunch
    Meals
    Photo Assistance
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Extras
    Insurance

Tour Plan

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DAY 1
After you finally reach Lima, We will pick you up at the airport, and take you to your hotel in Miraflores.
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DAY 2
After breakfast, we will start our Lima Day Tour. This Tour will take you to the best places in Lima, get a chance to see the city as a local would do.
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DAY 3
Early in the morning we will take a 3h30 car ride to Paracas.
When settled in our hotel, and after a quick lunch, we’ll visit the unique Paracas national reserve. This area is known for beautiful desert beaches by the Pacific Ocean.
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DAY 4
After Breakfast it will be time to visit the Ballestas Islands. They are like a small sample of the famous Galapagos. Get on a comfy speed boat and expect to see Penguins, sea lions and lots of different birds. Upon return from this 2 hour tour, we will catch the next bus to get to Huacachina. (1h30 bus ride) The only sand desert oasis in South America. At 4pm we will start our private buggy tour in the Sand desert . Sunset pictures and sandboarding if wanted.
From there we will drive back to your hotel in Lima.
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DAY 5
We will fly to Iquitos in the Amazonian Jungle.
Once settles in the hotel, we will start the amazon discovery with a visit to a rescue center where you will able to see most of the animals living in the jungle ( Jaguar, tapir, monkeys…)
From there we will have a stop in a Native Yagua community where you will be taught how to use their hunt weapons and dances. On our way back to the city we will give a try and look for the pink dolphins.
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DAY 6
It will be a highlight for your family, the monkey Island. Monkeys everywhere, holding your hand, sitting on your shoulders. Unforgettable.
You will also have a nice walk in the jungle with a local guide that will explain all you have to know about the rainforest. In the evening we will look for caimans during a night boat trip.
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DAY 7
Spend your time relaxing and exploring the incredible scenery of the Sacred Valley. It's a great place to experience the culture of Peru and the landscape is breathtaking.
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DAY 8
Let’s explore the sacred Valley and its wonders.
Maras Salt Mines, Local Markets, Moray Ruins.
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DAY 9
Private tour to a beautiful community lost in the Andes. You will have an exclusive moment with some of the gentlest people you will meet during your holidays (apart of your guide).
It is a family of 7. They will welcome you with a cup of tea, show you around their village, school, lakes…) And our host Bernardiño will cook for you. Using products from his lands. This day tour includes a visit to a colorful local market.  
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DAY 10
Private Tour of Machu Picchu with overnight train ride to the Machu Picchu Pueble (Aguas calientes). Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch before an afternoon at your leisure. You can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.
Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.
 
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DAY 11
Board the train for the journey back from Machu Picchu with refreshments served on board. And private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Let’s have a stop in a Alpaca and Lama Farm.
Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.
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DAY 12
Cusco walking tour. Cusco is a beautiful and vibrant city and you’ll explore its many gems including the cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. The cathedral sits on the Plaza de Armas square, the nerve centre of the city - keep your eyes peeled for the two flags that usually fly here, the red and white Peruvian flag and the rainbow coloured flag that represents the four quarters of the Inca empire. You’ll also visit San Blas with its beautiful colonial church, housing an impressive pulpit and a filigree woodcarving celebrating the fruits of the region. Explore the beautiful city of Cusco at your own pace with a day at leisure.
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DAY 13
You can have another day in Cusco or fly back to Lima.

Tour Location

Discover Machu Picchu

More than 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru. A symbol of the Incan Empire and built around 1450AD, Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

10 Interesting Facts about Machu Picchu

10. In the Quechua Indian language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.”
9. Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries.
8. The compound contains more than 100 separate flights of stairs. Most of the individual staircases were carved from one slab of stone.
7. Although many of the stones that were used to build the city were more than 50 pounds, it is believed that no wheels were used to transport these rocks up the mountain. Rather, it is thought that hundreds of men pushed the heavy rocks up the steep mountain side.
6. Many different theories exist about Machu Picchu’s purpose—a royal estate and a secret ceremonial center among them.
5. The Incas were some of the best masons in the world. The structures were so well built with a technique called ashlar (stones that are cut to fit together without mortar) that not even a knife blade can fit in between stones.
4. Machu Picchu was only known locally until Yale Professor Hiram Bingham re-discovered the site in 1911. His book, The Lost City of the Incas, was based on his findings.
3. A long-standing dispute between Peru and Yale University has existed over the artifacts collected by Bingham during his exploration of the site. Yale maintains that they own the items while Peru insists they were given on loan.
2. Machu Picchu was an astronomical observatory, and its sacred Intihuatana stone accurately indicates the two equinoxes. Twice a year, the sun sits directly over the stone creating no shadow.
1. Unfortunately, most cities built by the Inca civilization were destroyed by the Spanish conquest. Machu Picchu was in a hidden location—invisible from below—and not found, making it one of the most well-preserved Inca cities and an archeological gem.

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