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Meet me at Machu Picchu - Family Adventure

Trip Length

Trip Code

10 days PTPB

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Peru

Start City

End City

Lima Lima
Meet me at Machu Picchu - Family Adventure

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. 

Meet me at Machu Picchu - Family Adventure


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Lima

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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!

Day 3-4: Lima - Puno - Lake Titicaca

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

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

Day 5: Across the Andes to Cusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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

Day 6-7: Cusco

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

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

Day 8: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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. 

Day 9: Cusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Free day in Cusco. 

Day 10: Cusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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


Your Trip

What's Included

• The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour throughout the tour, and professional local guides at some sites.

• Local flights from Lima to Iquitos return and Lima to Cusco.

•  Jungle Excusions

• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Lima; Cusco; La Paz; ancient ceremonial ruins of Sacsayhuaman; the Sacred Valley (full day) including Qenko and Inca citadel at Ollantaytambo; rarely-visited Pumamarca ruins; burial towers at Sillustani; and the 8th Century AD ceremonial complex at Tiahuanaco.

• Cultural visits to the market town of Pisac, and to the small town of Sicuani for lunch.

• Visit to Awana Kancha tourist centre to encounter llama, alpaca, vicuna and guanaco.

• Train and bus to Machu Picchu (non-trekking trip) with a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

• Visit to Peru's Challenge Community Project to spend time with local children.

• Boat cruise on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca including the floating reed islands of the Uros people.

• Arrival transfer.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

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.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Peru
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Peru. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Peru

Cut Stones and Crossroads - R Wright Exploring Cusco - P Frost The Incas and Their Ancestors - M Moseley


Important Information

On this trip you may link up with travellers on another of our tours.

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, quite a few museums are closed on Mondays.

Partner organisations on the ground: Peregrine works with partner organisations in each country we visit. This ensures we provide employment opportunities within local communities, including our experienced local leaders. We minimise the negative impacts of travel and maximise the benefits to the regions we travel, through working with our ethical services providers. For assistance whilst you are travelling, please contact the local numbers listed on your travel itinerary, as your call will be received in the same time zone. Alternatively, if you have already joined your tour, please direct your enquiries to your local tour leader. For any assistance prior to travel, please contact your travel agent.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

7 May 2014


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