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Peru Family Holiday -Amazon, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Visit the Amazon Rainforest, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

12 days

from £3,325pp (excluding flights)

Visit the highlights of southern Peru including the Amazon, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Peru has so many amazing sites and activities on offer and like most of South America, is a country that will welcome families with open arms. 

  • Play Tarzan in the Amazon Rainforest. Wander the treetops on the canopy walkway
  • Learn new skills with the Sacred Valley communities and try cooking some Peruvian sweets
  • Ride the train to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and play amongst the mountain top buildings
  • Learn about the cocoa bean grown in the Amazon and taste the end product in a chocolate bar you’ve created

Amazon Rainforest

Visit the Amazon Rainforest, explore on foot, by dug-out canoe or high up in the canopy looking out for the snoozing sloth, playful monkeys or colourful toucan. If you are wanting big, look out for the anaconda - the world’s largest snake.

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is the place to go for isolated weaving villages, local markets and Inca ruins. During this trip you can try your hand at Peruvian cooking or making a ceramic cup using local techniques and designs. Further options include socialising with the local children during a school visit and enjoying ‘pizza & film’ nights at the hotel. If adventure sports is your family’s thing then jump on a horse, raft the mighty Urubamba River, head down the mountain on a bike or test your balance on a paddle board – don’t worry, no experience necessary, so no excuses.

Machu Picchu

Of course a trip to this area could not go without a visit to the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, where you can play Inca emperor at the hill top citadel in amongst the buildings and terraced walls.


End your trip in Cusco, the Inca capital and lively, beautiful colonial city set around the main plaza. As well as visiting the main sites, try your hand at chocolate making and create your own chocolate bar.

Where to stay during a family holiday in Peru

Peru offers many wonderful colonial hotels some built from Inca palaces or traditional homes, however these buildings don’t usually have room for swimming pools or large gardens which are good for children. If facilities are important, then choose one of the larger modern properties. The Amazon has many wonderful lodges, they are simple but tastefully built in keeping with the surroundings. Hacienda Concepcion is a brilliant option with family friendly guides, children’s menu and child explorer kits. If the kids are happy the parents can relax too.

Altitude can be a concern in Peru so choosing the order of your destinations is important. Begin in the Sacred Valley at the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, a great property with plenty of outdoor space and fun things for children to do, like hands-on cooking demonstrations, film nights and pizza evenings. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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£ 3325 £ 900
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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Lima

Lima, the 'City of Kings', is a vibrant and bustling metropolis worthy of exploration. Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is known as the 'Gateway to Peru' and combines colonial splendour, prestigious museums and beautiful parks with lively nightlife and ample opportunities for sampling its world-famous cuisine.

You will be staying at JW Marriott, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Fly Lima to Puerto Maldonado

Arrive at lodge
Arrive into Puerto Maldonado airport and met by the lodge staff. Transfer to the boarding wharf for the 30 minute boat transfer along the Madre de Dios River to the Lodge. After lunch go for a guided walk along one of the nature trails to discover and learn about primary and secondary Rainforest. At dusk travel by motorised canoe looking for nocturnal animals.

You will be staying at Hacienda Concepcion, Full board

Day 3

Exploring the Amazon
Day to explore the area with a guide. This morning navigate by dug out canoe on an oxbow lake which is home to giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey and black caiman.

After lunch ascend one of the two 30 metre towers and cross the seven hanging bridges that connect the treetops. Take in the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth.

After dark there is the opportunity for another night adventure.

You will be staying at Hacienda Concepcion, Full board

Day 4

Exploring the Amazon
Another day to explore the Amazon with a guide. After an early breakfast visit a local farm and learn techniques of cultivation as well as taste some of the produce. After lunch go for a dugout canoe ride. Try native fishing techniques and look out for the prehistoric looking hoatzins as well as fly catchers and gray-necked woodrails.

You will be staying at Hacienda Concepcion, Full board

Day 5

Depart the Lodge
After breakfast return by boat to the airport at Puerto Maldonado.

Fly Puerto Maldonado to Cusco

Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, was founded around 1100 AD. It is a beautiful city of Spanish and Inca influences with endless colonial sights to see including churches, monasteries and convents interspersed with Inca foundations, walls, doorways, and arches. Cusco is a major town, and is one of the cultural centres of Peru.

Half Day Pisac Market and Awanacancha tour
Travel from Cusco into the beautiful Sacred Valley, a fertile valley that follows the Urubamba river. On the way stop at Awanacancha, which in Quechua means knitting palace. From here admire the beauty of the Peruvian Andes, meet the South American camelids and learn about the traditional weaving techniques of this area.

Find weavers from over 12 southern Peruvian communities who alternate exhibitions of threading, tinting and weaving Andean textiles, keeping these traditions alive.

Travel onto explore the pretty town of Pisac, including the traditional market. There is a market everyday but the main markets take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is nurtured by Rio Urubamba, which carves a fertile chasm from Pisac in the east to Ollantaytambo in the west. To the Incas, Rio Urubamba symbolised the flow of life, and is guarded by the watchful gaze of numerous ancient citadels perched on the lofty mountain ridge above. As a result, fascinating insights await the intrepid traveller.

Cooking Demonstration for Children at the Aranwa Sacred Valley
Families can learn how to cook some Peruvian sweets during a cooking demonstration.

You will be staying at Aranwa Sacred Valley, Full board

Day 6

Half Day Horse Ride to Hacienda Huayoccari
Travel by horse today to Hacienda Huayoccari in the middle of the Sacred Valley, a ride that travels through quiet rural areas of the valley with breathtaking views. Start at the old Casa Hacienda heading towards the village of Huayllabamba. Along the way watch local farmers going about their daily activities, mainly focused on growing corn. Continue by horse to the village of Urquillos and see some of the famous Inca terraces and colonial houses. Ride the Huycho route back to the hacienda in Huayoccari.

Lunch at Wayra Restaurant with Paso Horse Show
Have lunch today at the Wayra restaurant in the Sacred Valley and watch a demonstration of the Peruvian Paso horse.

Half Day Ollantaytambo Visit
Visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a huge fortress. Discover the large archeological complex, climb to the top of the ruins for a great view and admire the intricate stone work and Inca canchas (blocks) where no mortar is used.

Pizza and Film Evening at the Aranwa Sacred Valley
Watch a film at the movie theatre at the hotel.

You will be staying at Aranwa Sacred Valley, Full board

Day 7

Half Day Visit to Maras and Moray
Today visit Maras, a town surrounded by huge snow capped peaks. It is famous for its salt mines and the hundreds of evaporation salt ponds.

From here travel on to the remote but beautiful Moray, an Inca agricultural experimental centre known for its elliptical irrigation terraces, each with its own microclimate. The scenery in this area is completely breathtaking.

Half Day Visit to Seminario Ceramic Studio
The Seminario Ceramic Studio uses the techniques and designs from ancient Peruvian cultures. Walk through the workshop, learn about the traditional styles and techniques. During the visit make a ceramic cup.

You will be staying at Aranwa Sacred Valley, Full board

Day 8

Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Travel by Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu, a journey of one hour 40 minutes. The vistadome has large picture windows to admire the dramatic scenery and enjoy views of the valley as it narrows alongside the Urubamba River.

Half Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes take a twenty minute bus ride up the mountainside to reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the ruins. Morning tickets allow entry between 6:00 and 12:00 and afternoon tickets between 12.00 and 17:30, for a maximum of four hours from time of entry.

Lunch is included (buffet style) and will be served at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Machu Picchu, the incredible Inca citadel perched high above the cloud forest is quite simply astonishing. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is incredibly well-preserved and intricate Inca stonework abounds.

Indisputably a wonder of the world it is an almost unfathomable achievement of human culture and architecture and the very definition of 'must see'. The site was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is perched at an altitude of 2,380 metres in beautiful tropical cloud forest.

Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Scared Valley

Return to the Sacred Valley on the Vistadome train, a journey of one hour 40 minutes.

You will be staying at Aranwa Sacred Valley, Full board

Day 9

Half Day Tour of Chinchero
Visit the village of Chincheros which is at an altitude of 3,762 metres and surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

A blend of Andean and Hispanic architecture and home to an Inca archaeological complex, with the remains of buildings, places of worship, and terraces. There is a beautiful colonial church with paintings by indigenous artist Chiwantito. There is also a colourful Sunday market where indigenous farmers from different communities come to trade, not only in money but also trading by barter. It is well-known for its woven handcraft of the region.

Visit a local school during the day.

Drive from Sacred Valley to Cusco

A journey of approximately one to one and a half hours.

You will be staying at Marriott Cusco, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Half Day Tour of Cusco
Today's city tour features a stroll through the Plaza de Armas and a visit to its cathedral, considered to be the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco School, the artistic tradition that originated in Cusco during the Colonial period, and which remained active between the 16th and 18th centuries. Continue on to Qoricancha, known as the "court of gold" and the "temple of the sun", the place that was the religious and political centre of Cusco during the Inca era. Walk around the huge Inca structure of Sacsayhuaman and take in beautiful views of Cusco from its high vantage point.

Half Day Choco Museum Workshop
Visit the Choco Museum today for a one and a half to two hour tour. The workshop is a presentation of cacao, how it grows and is harvested, with a presentation of the chocolate making process "from the beans to chocolate bar".

Learn all the steps of roasting the cacao beans, husk removal and grinding into a paste. Make a hot chocolate drink using the paste and create a chocolate bar to take home.

You will be staying at Marriott Cusco, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Fly Cusco to Lima

Fly Lima to London overnight


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Hacienda Concepcion

Hacienda Concepcion

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