Peru With Kids: Family Adventure Tour – Summer 2017
Peru offers exactly what we look for in a family travel destination…a vibrant culture, fascinating history, exciting nature and a plethora of ways to interact with the local people! This year’s Travel With Kids Family Adventure Tour has us exploring the Amazon Rainforest, learning about the amazing history of the Incas at Machu Picchu and discovering the colorful crafts and traditional culture of Cusco. If you would like to accompany us on a family adventure this summer in Peru, complete this form.
THIS TRIP IS ALSO AVAILABLE AS A CUSTOMIZABLE INDIVIDUAL FAMILY TRIP LEAVING ON YOUR DESIRED DATES…ASK US HOW!
Fly Los Angeles to Lima.
Overnight Lima hotel.
Fly Lima to Puerto Maldonado, located at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre Dios rivers, tributaries of the Amazon River, where we will be picked up for transfer to our Amazon rainforest lodge. Rustic, yet comfortable, the lodge is located deep in the Amazon rainforest. Rooms have one wall open to the rainforest so guests can feel immersed in the jungle surrounds – yet safe and comfortable in their pampered space.
Spend time in the late afternoon and evening at your leisure getting to know the lodge and the jungle surrounds. After dinner, enjoy a night walk around the lodge where we hope to spot saddle-back tamarinds, brown capuchins, pacas, and other wildlife.
Overnight at Amazon Lodge. Dinner at lodge included.
Days 3 & 4:
Awake to the fabulous sounds of the birds and jungle coming to life. After breakfast, head out on hikes to observation platforms or a lake where we will board canoes to scout the banks and waters for wildlife. On the return, keep your eye out for howler monkeys and capybera.
On another day, visit a local farm or tribal group where you may get your face painted to show you are part of the tribe.
Return to the lodge for lunch and a free afternoon. Opt to sit on hammocks or take a dip in the cool swimming hole, visit the tree platforms for a bird’s eye view of the forest or a nearby working plantation. On another day visit Monkey Island…notorious for its…you guessed it, monkey population!
The night’s adventure will take place at river’s edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to
catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes or taking a night hike looking for the mysterious creepy crawlies that inhabit the Amazon.
Overnight at Amazon lodge. All meals at lodge included.
After breakfast, board a boat for transfer back to Puerto Maldonado to catch our flight to Cusco. Once settled in your hotel in Cusco, meet in the town square to explore on your own or opt to hop a trolley to tour the town. Pass by Santa Domingo Church where you can see the church built on old Incan stones, take in views over the town from the Statue of Christ and catch your first glimpse of ancient Incan civilization at Saqsaywaman.
Back in the town square, enjoy lunch and an afternoon strolling the square, visiting churches and museums and perusing Cusco’s colorful market at your leisure.
Overnight at hotel within walking distance of town square.
After breakfast, enjoy a half-day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we will see llama and explore the anicent Inca vistas. Take it all in from a bird’s eye view by zip line…sure to get the whole family’s heart pumping!
Return to Cusco and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore the markets and town.
After breakfast, we board a train for a ride through the lush valleys and mountains en route to Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountain which hid Machu Picchu from view for so many centuries. Enjoy lunch or snacks (not included) on the train as we travel along a bubbling river and pass by colorful towns with a backdrop of the Andes Mountains!
After unpacking, and relaxing in your hotel, enjoy the colorful markets and dramatic scenery around the town of Aguas Clientas.
Overnight at hotel in Aguas Calientas.
After breakfast, explore the ruins of the ancient civilization at Machu Picchu. A fifteen-minute bus ride will deliver us to the entry to the ruins where we will be met by our guide for a half-day tour of the ruins. Learn how the ancient Incans used the sun to predict celestial events and how the royals lived in the massive Incan Empire. If you would like, hike to the Sun Gate and the end of the infamous Inca Trail!
Board a train back to Cusco in the late afternoon.
Overnight at hotel near town square in Cusco.
Spend the morning at your leisure exploring the town of Cusco and perusing the markets. In the afternoon, visit a local school.
Spending time volunteering with your family offers a major bonding experience. Getting to know the less fortunate kids of Peru, many of whom start working at the ages of seven or eight, will be insightful to kids and by performing a volunteer project they will feel empowered to make a difference in the world. We will be running the Re-Pack Project: a project started by Nathan and Seamus to help deliver school supplies to kids in need.
Enjoy the evening at your leisure to explore the markets and town.
Overnight at hotel near town square in Cusco.
Enjoy the morning in Cusco before flying to Lima. Option for a traditional dinner.
After breakfast, board a flight to your onward destination.
*Prices and itinerary subject to change based on availability and currency fluctuation.
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