10 days

Meet me at Machu Picchu - Family Adventure

Meet me at Machu Picchu - Family Adventure

Puno - a town four kilometres above sea-level

UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre of the Peruvian capital Lima

The 'Lost City of the Incas' - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu

UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Inca capital of Cusco

The towering Inca citadel at Ollantaytambo

The floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca

Exceptional staff and cuisine

Trip rating
  • This unique testimony to the ancient Incan civilization was constructed in the 15th century, at the height of the Incas power, and then abandoned less than 100 years later. When Hiram Bingham stumbled across the site in 1911, it was still fairly intact and had possibly never been visited by Spanish conquistadors. In fact, the only reference that has been found in any Spanish documents is the word ‘Picchu’ from a 1568 text.

    Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Lima

    On arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport you are transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. In the evening you meet your tour leader and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing. Please check the noticeboard near the hotel reception for confirmation of the exact time and place of the meeting. This meeting is generally followed by an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant. Lima has some of the most superb cuisine in South America and is especially renowned for its exceptional seafood. During your time here, you may wish to try ceviche, Peru’s national dish, which is raw fish marinated in lime juice and often served with hot peppers. This culinary delight is a must for all seafood lovers!

    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Lima - Puno - Lake Titicaca

    This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Juliaca, the gateway for Lake Titicaca. When you land, you meet up with your tour leader before taking a relatively short drive to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca at 3800m. At this altitude the sun is very hot in the daytime but temperatures at night can drop below freezing in the winter months of June, July and August. The rest of the day has been left free to allow you the chance to take things easy. This is to help your body acclimatise as much as possible. For those that want there are a number of optional activities (additional charge) that you may like to do in the afternoon such as visit the Yavari iron ship, built in Scotland at the turn of the 19th Century, and carried in pieces to Lake Titicaca from the Pacific shores of Chile to be reassembled on the lake.

    The next day you take a boat to the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians and the island of Taquile.  The life of the Uros is based on the tortora reed which grows in the lake and is used to construct their houses and boats, and can still be viewed like this today. It is said that the Uros began their floating existence by constructing the islands to isolate themselves from the belligerent Colla and Inca tribes, and this unique existence continues like this to this day. On reaching the islands it’s clear that they are no longer as secluded as they once were, but they are still a unique sight. Continuing into the lake you arrive at Taquile Island covered in pre-Inca farming terraces and small villages. Life here has not changed in centuries - men dressed in 15th century attire sit in groups continually knitting intricate hats and belts, people toil in the fields using archaic, yet effective techniques and the views out across the lake to the snow-capped mountains on the horizon are stunning

    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Across the Andes to Cusco

    A long (7 hour) but classic journey across the expansive ‘altiplano’ offers panoramic vistas of this huge, high plateau dotted with llama, alpaca and the adobe dwellings of lonely herders. Your route takes you over the La Raya pass (4321m) to Racchi, site of the Inca Viracocha temple. The temple was one of the largest roofed structures built by the Inca, and Racchi remains an important centre for folklore and tradition, hosting an annual folklore festival in mid-June. Continuing your journey the scenery changes as you enter the lower fertile valleys still worked by beasts or groups of industrious villagers - their timeless agricultural methods prove the value of the knowledge of long ago. On arrival in Cusco you check into your hotel and enjoy a first evening in this fascinating city

    Breakfast

    Day 6-7 - Cusco

    The imperial capital was laid out in the rough shape of a puma. Today, its orderly streets bear witness to the extraordinary skill of Inca stone-masons - many are still lined with precisely interlocked stonework which serves as the foundation for later buildings from the colonial era, creating an atmospheric pastiche of contrasting architectural styles. You are free to explore the inner city on foot or visit the impressive Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman just outside the city. This fortress of giant carved stones, some of which weigh over 300 tonnes, fit together with a watchmaker’s precision – with no need for mortar to bind them. There are two days free to soak up the historic atmosphere, visit some of the museums, the famous market or wander through the artists’ district of San Blas

    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

    Early this morning you transfer to Ollanta station to board the train for the spectacular ride to Aguas Calientes – the jumping off point for the stunning ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu - the most dramatic and enchanting of Inca citadels, constructed from white granite in an extravagantly-terraced saddle between two towering peaks. No description of this mythical place can do it justice. It was rediscovered, covered in forest in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham. Bingham believed it to be the lost city of Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Inca. In the 1940s archaeologists decided that the city was conceived and built in the mid 15th century by Pachacuti, the first Inca emperor to expand beyond the Sacred Valley towards the forested gold-lands. Guided tour (2 hours) and free time to explore. Boarding an afternoon train to Ollanta and a bus to Cusco. 

    Breakfast

    Day 9 - Cusco

    Free day in Cusco. 

    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Cusco

    There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

    Breakfast
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    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader, local guides, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees.

    Not Included

    • International flights, internal/regional flights, airport departure taxes, visas where required, meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
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Group size 4 - 15
Start City: Lima
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