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Family Peru Adventure

Peru - Trip code FPA Family
Days 11
Price from Call us
Flights not included

Why book this trip?

This family adventure takes in the footsteps of the Inca people and one of the world's most incredible sites - Machu Picchu. We raft, bike and walk with the emphasis also on exploring and understanding the country, we visit the ancient capital of Cusco, learn how to weave traditional clothing, make local dishes, experience colourful markets and stay in an Andean village where the Inca Trail porters are from.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 11

      Lunch: 4

      Dinner: 2

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader


      Local Guide(s)

    • Transport




      On Foot


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      1 nights simple guesthouse

      7 nights standard hotel

      2 nights simple village house

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      Group Size:

      10 - 16


    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Join tour Lima with afternoon city bike tour

    Our adventure begins in Peru's historic capital, the 'City of Kings' founded by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. At its heart lies a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with a dazzling collection of colonial mansions, opulent cathedrals and baroque convents that hide a labyrinthine network of underground passageways and catacombs.

    After a free morning to relax after the flight, this afternoon we'll take a short walk through to the Miraflores district to collect our bikes, before an absorbing gentle 3 hours cycling tour of Miraflores and San Isidro, two of Lima's most exclusive neighbourhoods. Please note participants are required to competently ride a bike in order to take part in this activity, bike helmets are provided. If you would like further time to recover from the international flight, you can relax at the hotel rather than undertake the bike ride.


    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 2 - Fly to Cusco; tour of the historic city

    Leaving Lima behind today we head next towards Cusco, high in the Andes at 3400M, the ancient heartland of the Incas. Arriving in the city later this morning we'll have time to settle into our hotel before a tour of historic Cusco. Believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America, Cusco is imbued with an atmosphere of mystery and grandeur. The archaeological capital of the America's, the Spanish-style city, with its tiled roofs and arcaded plazas, is built on the foundations of the old Inca ruins and today's tour will take in the Spanish elegance of the Plaza de Armas, as well as the Inca walls of Hatunrumiyoc and the ancient Sun Temple of Coricanche, one of the city's most revered monuments.


    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 3 - Explore the Inca ruins around Cusco including Sacsayhuaman. Visit the colourful Pisac markets and get to feed Llamas

    A guided walk through the ancient monuments that lie scattered around Cusco includes the sacrificial ruins at Qenko and the Inca baths at Tambomachay. We'll also visit the spectacular fortress of Saqsaywaman, whose huge zigzagging stone walls where constructed to defend the old Incan capital. Legend has it that it took 20,000 men 90 years to finish the citadel at Saqsaywaman and it became the site of one of the most fiercely fought battles of the Spanish conquest, when the Inca warriors made one last desperate stand in an attempt to drive the Spanish out. It was a battle that ultimately ended in defeat and death for thousands of the Incas. We also visit the town of Pisac which lies along the banks of the Urubamba River, at the entrance to the Sacred Valley. Famed for its bustling market, the town is dominated by the hilltop ruins of its ancient fortress, which once guarded the southern entrance to the valley. We travel to the site which boasts well-preserved temples, before walking down to the impressive agricultural terraces that curves around the hillside to visit the town's colourful market. The journey to Pisac also takes us by way of Awana Kancha, where we'll stop at a local farm to feed some llamas and alpacas, probably the friendliest and most endearing animals that you are ever likely to meet.


    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Morning cooking lesson with a local family with afternoon free to explore

    Today is a creative day in Cusco. We take a cooking lesson with a local family and learn how to make some traditional Peruvian dishes. Peruvian cuisine is some of the most varied in the world, with a long and multicultural heritage that includes Inca, European, Asian and West African influences. It is also considered by many to be an expression of Peruvian culture. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city further.


    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 5 - Exploring Misminay Village; village activities and overnight homestay

    Driving to Chequerec this morning, we then begin a 2 hour walk through the narrow lanes and fields that blanket this part of the Sacred Valley. Our destination is the village of Misminay, site of a unique community based project that offers us a fascinating glimpse of a way of life that can trace its origins back to the Incas. After being greeted by the villagers we'll enjoy lunch, before joining in this afternoon with a range of activities. We'll learn how to weave traditional cloth, finding out how to wash and colour the wool using time-honoured methods. We'll also visit some of the local farms to learn about the local agriculture, before settling down this evening to enjoy a night in a village house, beneath the same skies that the Inca's gazed up at centuries ago.


    Grade: Simple Village House

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6 - Meet and help a local community tree planting with an evening meal around a campfire

    Today allows for the opportunity to meet and spend some time with the local population as we help the community of Misminay with some tree planting. The villagers will great us with a display of traditional dancing and music before we learn how to work with the villagers digging, preparing the soil and planting trees using traditional techniques and tools that are still used today. We dine with the family with natural products from the area used for lunch with the knowledge that we have helped the village not only contribute to the protection of the environment but also retaining more water in the community through native trees being planted.

    Accompanied by your hosts, you will walk in the afternoon to the upper side of the community, called Mirador de Moray where you can enjoy views of the surrounding area and the archaeological complex of Moray, unique for its circular terraces which were used to grow crops. There is even the chance to participate in a ceremony to give thanks to the Pachamama (mother earth) and the Apus (Andean Mountains) to thank them for the food and asking them to protect you in your trip. This evening gives a real treat - we have an evening meal by a campfire allowing locals to tell Andean stories and play traditional music as well as explain the Inca constellation and how they use their knowledge of the stars to determine the agricultural calendar.


    Grade: Simple Village House

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7 - Rafting down the Sacred Valley of the Incas

    This morning we'll enjoy an exciting rafting trip down the Urubamba River, through the timeless landscapes of the Sacred Valley. Transferring to the river by bus, we'll then spend the next two hours enjoying the spectacular mountain views as we float and bounce our way through a mix of calm water and grade II and III rapids. No experience is necessary for this excursion and you'll be given all the equipment and safety instructions before you start. Please note, between January and March, when the river conditions prevent us from operating the rafting, this activity will be replaced by a horse riding excursion. There is an optional horse ride this afternoon towards Ollantaytambo and Pumamarca ruins (no previous experience necessary).


    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 8 - Train to Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu

    Travelling by train this morning we head toward the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City' of the Incas and one of the most spectacular ancient sites anywhere in the Americas. We take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes and then catch a local bus up to Machu Picchu where you will definitely have an experience you will never forget. We spend a few hours here with views of the surrounding Andes and a guided tour of the site before returning by bus back to Aguas Calientes.


    Grade: Simple Guesthouse

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 9 - Optional Hot Springs, and visit Aguas Calientes Market before returning to Cusco

    We have the option to visit the thermal baths in Aquas Calientes this morning before visiting the town's colourful market. We then board the train back to Ollantaytambo later this afternoon where, on arrival, our bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.


    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 10 - Learn about making chocolate and visit a chocolate museum

    Today is a creative day in Cusco. We visit the Cusco's Choco Museum, where you can learn everything that you ever wanted to know about chocolate. There is an interactive museum, chocolate workshops, a cafeteria selling chocolate drinks and desserts and a shop filled with chocolate goodies. What's not to like!


    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 11 - Trip ends

    The trip ends in Cusco after breakfast.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information



    There is a rainy season from Dec - Mar however on the coast it rarely rains. Jun-Oct is damp and misty, but temperatures never drop below 10°C. At high altitudes although there are sunny days temperatures can drop dramatically, and conditions can change suddenly.

    Time difference to GMT



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    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.

    Lima - Magic fountains US$ 45 with transport and guide US$ 45 (minimum of 2 people); Dinner show at Tunupa US$ 20
    Cuzco - Night city tour with Pisco Sour lessons US$ 38 (min 2 pers), Dinner show at Tunupa US$ 18.00 (Without transfers); Dinner show at Tunupa US$ 33.00 (With transfers)


    In the highlands, conditions are generally dry and sunny during the day. Nights can be very cold at altitude so it is essential to bring adequate warm clothing especially between May and August. It can drop as low as -10°C at night. Be prepared for rain. Take your swimming costume for the thermal baths at Aguas Calientes. A sunhat is essential.
    It is best to wear a pair of liner socks under a pair of fairly thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don't breathe well and can cause blisters.
    T-shirts We recommend polyester/polypropylene fabrics which keep you warm even when wet.
    Breathable waterproofs not only protect against rain and wind but also stop you from overheating. They breathe and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs.
    Thick jumper/fleece jacket
    A thick jumper or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be very cold at altitude, especially in July.
    Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece.
    Shorts can be very comfortable to walk in but you must carry long trousers with you in case you get either sunburned or cold.
    Please remember we shall be passing through the occasional remote areas and villages and short shorts (especially on ladies) can give offence to the local inhabitants. Longer, looser fitting shorts are, in any case, more comfortable to walk in.
    Gloves & Hat
    Especially useful around camp in the morning and in the evening at higher altitudes.


    Trainers or Trekking sandals
    Useful in towns and when travelling. Sandals are ideal for rafting as they protect the soles of your feet and also keep them cool.



    Luggage: On tour

    One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.


    You will need a good insect repellent, suncream, a small torch and a personal water bottle. Please note drones are prohibited in most tourist areas in Peru.
    Toiletries - Try to keep heavy cosmetics etc to a minimum. Essentials are toothbrush/paste, soap and a small towel. Wet Wipes are great for a quick clean up in your tent, so bring a pack of those.


    Explore leader
    Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline
    Local crew
    Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
    Accordingly, you should allow US$ 50, approx. 160 Peruvian Soles per family memebr for group tipping
    For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.


    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

    Breakfast price
    £4.00 - 7.00
    Dinner price
    £6.00 - 8.00
    Beer price
    £2.00 - 4.00
    Water price
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Nuevo Sol
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    Carry all your funds in US cash NOT Sterling or Travellers Cheques which are more difficult to exchange. We recommend to take a minimum of US$400-$500 of your total spending money in cash for your tour, in mixed denominations. Notes should be in good condition otherwise they might be difficult to exchange.
    Where To Exchange
    Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
    ATM Availability
    Available in Major towns. Always have some cash as back-up as they are not always reliable
    Credit Card Acceptance
    In major restaurants.In some establishments Master card is not accepted.
    Travellers Cheques
    Travellers Cheques are not always easy to exchange.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Bicycle, Flight, On Foot, Train

    Family swimming

    This tour does not lend itself to included swimming opportunities

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Peru: Visas are not required for UK, New Zealand, Australian, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their relevant consulate. All visa information is subject to change hence you should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.

    USA: (including those in transit) Citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and passport holders from several EU countries can enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - where you apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which applies if you enter the country by sea or by air. This must be done on line - no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely be refused boarding.

    You must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. UK passports which are biometric feature a small gold symbol (camera) at the bottom of the front cover.

    If you have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since 2011 or are dual nationals of these countries, you cannot travel with an ESTA and instead you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to provide a valid visa before boarding flights to the US, or entering via another method, you may not be permitted to travel.

    Please note for your ESTA application you will be required to supply Point of Contact information. Explore' s USA contact information will be listed on your final documentation which you will receive approximately 3-4 weeks before departure. If you are leaving for the USA before this, please call the Explore team to get this information.(Not necessary if in transit)

    For further information please check out the US embassy website. Visa applications -

    Canada: An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is required by British citizens transiting via Canada. For more information see the official Canadian government website:
    Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.


    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

    The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here


    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.

    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.


    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Altitude information

    As this tour reaches altitudes of 4200 meters, we strongly recommend that travellers with heart or lung conditions, anaemia, asthma, high blood pressure or on the pill should seek the advice of their GP.
    You must have adequate travel insurance for your trip. Please ensure that your insurance policy covers you to the maximum altitude indicated above. If you have Explore insurance you will be covered to this altitude.

    Ability to swim

    An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.



    Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. Please note many countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean require a yellow fever vaccination certificates if travelling from infected areas. A detailed list of these countries can be found on the NaTHNaC website - Also on the NaTHNaC site there is a list of Countries (and specific areas within a country) which are at risk of infection and a vaccination is therefore recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Family information
    Triple Rooms: This trip allows the option for triple rooms to be included within the booking on all nights of this trip. If you would like this option, please ask our Sales team for further information.
    Average Age: As a guide we have identified the actual average age of the children who have travelled on this trip over the last 5 years, to help you decide whether it's the right one for your family. The average age on this trip is 14 years old; this trip is suitable for children of all ages.
    Additional Information

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    Why book this trip

    This adventure has been specifically designed for families who want an active holiday around Peru but not necessarily the full throttle experience of trekking the Inca Trail. The tour combines cultural highlights such as Cusco and its Inca heritage with opportunities to meet the locals, visits to colourful markets and Inca villages as well as traditional cooking lessons. Activities such as rafting through the magnificent landscape of the Sacred Valley add an element of adventure.

    Dates, prices and booking

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