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Family Amazon & Inca Adventure



11 Days

Prices Start from

£3,855pp(ex. flights)

This family-focused adventure journeys between the thrilling Amazon Rainforest, heaving with mysterious mammals and camouflaged creatures, and the dramatic Inca sites and cities of Machu Picchu and Cusco, considering everything from pizza nights to gentle acclimatisation.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Red eyed tree frog, Costa Rica 1

Canopy Walks

Play Tarzan in the Amazon, flanked by monkeys on treetop canopy walkways.

Quechua Peoplem, Inca Wall, Peru 2

Meet Locals

Learn new skills from the Sacred Valley communities and cook some Peruvian dishes.

Inca Doorway, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru 3

Machu Picchu

Ride the scenic train to the high altitude Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Cacao pod in Belize 4

Chocolate Making

Create chocolate bars from organic cocoa beans grown in the Amazon Rainforest.

Why we like it

From wandering the treetops on canopy walkways to playing amongst the Inca ruins of the majestic Machu Picchu citadel, Peru is a haven for adventurous children (and families are welcomed with open arms). This carefully curated adventure, ideally suited to family travel, has been designed to lessen the impact of the high altitude while maximising lifelong memories. Say “cheese!” while hugging a cuddly llama and canoe next to slumbering caiman in this memorable family trip, and allow us to take all the stress out of planning the niggling logistical details.

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  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Peruvian Amazon

  • Days 3-4

    Peruvian Amazon

  • Day 5

    Peruvian Amazon - Puerto Maldonado - Sacred Valley

  • Days 6-7

    Sacred Valley

  • Day 8

    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

  • Day 9

    Sacred Valley - Cusco

  • Days 10-11


Day 1


Day 2

Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Peruvian Amazon

Days 3-4

Peruvian Amazon

Squirrel Monkey, Amazon

Learn new skills from the Sacred Valley communities and cook some Peruvian dishes.

Day 5

Peruvian Amazon - Puerto Maldonado - Sacred Valley

Days 6-7

Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley, Peru

Learn new skills from the Sacred Valley communities and cook some Peruvian dishes.

Day 8

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru

Ride the scenic train to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Day 9

Sacred Valley - Cusco

Days 10-11


Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Curl Crested Aracari, Amazon Rainforest
Curl Crested Aracari, Amazon Rainforest

Creatures of the Amazon

Visit the Amazon Rainforest, explore on foot, by dug-out canoe or high up in the canopy looking out for snoozing sloths, playful monkeys, colourful toucans or the world’s largest snake, the anaconda.

Local woman weaving textiles, Peru
Local woman weaving textiles, Peru

Weave in the Sacred Valley

Visit the isolated weaving villages, local markets and Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley, trying your hand at Peruvian cooking or making a ceramic cup using local techniques and designs. Take a trip to a local children’s school, jump on an Andean horse, raft the mighty Urubamba River, head down the mountain on a bike or test your balance on a stand-up paddle board. In the evening, stay in a property that offers fun family pizza and movie nights (while the grown-ups sip on Pisco Sours).

Llama, Machu Picchu, Peru
Llama, Machu Picchu, Peru

Meet Llamas in Machu Picchu

A trip to Peru would not be complete without a visit to the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. Reachable by panoramic train, or even on foot on the world-renowned Inca Trail, children can play as emperors in the mountaintop citadel. This is also the ideal spot to take an updated (and, quite frankly, remarkable) family portrait in front of the most impressive urban creation of the Inca Empire.

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

Explore Cusco

Spend time in the Inca capital of Cusco, a lively colonial city set around a main plaza, to learn about the mysterious legends of the empire and experience the fun side of the city. Head to a hilltop artists’ studio to peruse delicately painted ceramics, hug a friendly alpaca, find the best wood-fired pizza place in all of Cusco, or try your hand at a family chocolate-making workshop (yes, you can eat your creations).

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Amazon, Peru, Peru
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Peru

Where to Stay?

Peru boasts many wonderful colonial hotels, some even built within Inca palaces or traditional homes, however these buildings do not usually have room for the swimming pools and large gardens that active children prefer. We know the properties that offer family-friendly facilities, story-telling guides, children’s menus and even explorer kits.

Snorkelling with sea lions
Snorkelling with sea lions

Suggestion: Galapagos Islands Extension

Consider flying out to the remote and remarkable Galapagos Islands, the pristine archipelago that can be explored during eye-opening sailing voyages or through carefully planned island-hopping trips. For up close and personal encounters with fearless sea lions, penguins, tortoises, sharks, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas (to name very few), these islands are unmissable and combine beautifully with an adventure in Peru.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Hacienda Concepcion £££££

  • Peru
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Hacienda Concepcion is located 20 minutes down river from Puerto Maldonado in an area of tropical rainforest that acts as a buffer zone between the Tambopata National Reserve and the banks of the vast Madre de Dios River. Its 15 rooms are divided between rooms and cabanas, with each cabana offering a private sitting area with a hammock.

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Inkaterra La Casona £££££

  • Peru
  • City

Built within a 16th-century manor house that is positioned atop the former training grounds of an elite Inca army, Inkaterra La Casona is a carefully restored property that reflects the traditions and cultures of centuries of Peruvian culture.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu £££££

  • Peru
  • Boutique

Tucked away in 12 acres of private Peruvian cloud forest, Inkaterra Machu Picchu is an estate built to replicate a traditional Andean village. Occupying a riverside location and set amongst stone pathways, terraced hills and waterfalls, the village accommodation is surrounded by a plethora of stunning bird species that includes the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock.

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El MaPi £££££

  • Peru

A contemporary property with lofty ceilings and panoramic windows, El MaPi is a down-to-earth accommodation nestled within the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo. Completely restored by a renowned Peruvian architect, El MaPi blends classic features with modern aesthetics and utilises restored furnishings and recycled materials as part of their sustainability practices.

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When to travel

Peru in January

January begins the rainy season in the Andes and the Amazon as they reach the summer months. Along the coast, this can be one of the best times to visit, although it is a hotspot for locals.

Peru in February

As the rains continue, February can be a good time to avoid crowds. While Machu Picchu remains open, trekking in this area is a challenge as the Inca Trail closes for the month. Heavy rains in the Amazon increase water levels on the river, making wildlife viewing slightly more challenging however it does allow you to adventure into areas otherwise not reachable by boat in other months of the year.

Peru in March

March can be a good time to visit Peru. As the rainy season draws to the end, the coast will still be experiencing summer weather while inland you can expect rains. This can be one of the least crowded months for Machu Picchu and the local tourism on the beaches has subsided as children go back to school.

Peru in April

April is considered one of the best times to travel to Peru with pleasant temperatures and avoiding the busiest period. As there is still some rain, the landscape is vibrant.

Peru in May

As the dry season begins and winter sets in, temperatures are comfortable and the countryside is green with life from the rainy season.

Peru in June

June marks the start of the peak season in Peru. Skies are clear, making for picturesque sightseeing. As this is officially the start of winter, cooler temperatures are expected especially in the evenings.

Peru in July

July begins the peak travel season as international holidays open. With warm, sunny days and cooler evenings, this is also the peak time for trekking the mountainous landscapes of the Andes.

Peru in August

August continues the peak season throughout the country. With cooler evening temperatures, brings a morning fog in the Sacred Valley, which clears to blue skies by the afternoon. Expect dry, sunny weather in the Amazon during this time.

Peru in September

As spring draws in during the month of September, expect cloudy mornings which clear to blue skies in the afternoon. Showers become more likely as this is considered the shoulder season before the green season begins.

Peru in October

Temperatures begin to increase in October as summer approaches. As the dry season comes to an end, the chance of precipitation increases along with clouds.

Peru in November

Temperatures rise in November with rain increasing from the middle of the month. As a shoulder season, this can be a good time to travel to avoid crowding in Machu Picchu.

Peru in December

Weather in December sees increased temperatures as summer begins, along with the start to the rainy season. Rising water levels in the Amazon makes wildlife viewing slightly more challenging along the shores.

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