Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru

Family Amazon & Inca Adventure

From rainforest canopies to cloud citadels…



11 Days

Prices Start from

£5,795pp (ex. flights)

This family-focused adventure combines 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.

From wandering the treetops on canopy walkways to exploring the Inca ruins of the majestic Machu Picchu citadel, Peru is a haven for adventurous families. This carefully curated family itinerary, has been designed to lessen the impact of high altitude while maximising lifelong memories. Encounter llama, and canoe next to slumbering caiman in this memorable family trip, allowing us to take the stress out of planning the niggling logistical details.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Amazon Canopy Tower, Refugio Amazonas, Peru 1

Amazon Adventures

Spend two days exploring the Amazon rainforest via boat tours, guided nature walks, nocturnal safaris, and canopy walks.

Skylodge, Sacred Valley 2

Ready for Adventure?

Go rafting and mountain biking before sleeping on a cliffside in the Sacred Valley!

Llama Trekking, Peru 3

Trek with llamas

Walk in the Sacred Valley with an Andean family and their llama pack, before cooking lunch in a huatia, a method used in Inca times.

Cacao pod in Belize 4

Chocolate Anyone?

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

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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

  • Day 10


  • Day 11


Day 1


Arrive into Lima and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2

Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Peruvian Amazon

Following a short plane trip to Puerto Maldonado, transfer to your accommodation the Peruvian Amazon.

Days 3-4

Peruvian Amazon

Spend two days exploring the Amazon rainforest via boat tours, guided nature walks, nocturnal safaris, and canopy walks.

Day 5

Peruvian Amazon - Puerto Maldonado - Sacred Valley

Return to Puerto Maldonado and onwards to the Sacred Valley.

Days 6-7

Sacred Valley

Spend two days exploring the Sacred Valley and enjoying a range of activities from white water rafting to mountain biking and paddle boarding as well as visiting local communities.

Day 8

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

Ride the scenic train towards the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu before joining the final leg of the Inca trail and completing your ascent on foot, a walk of around five hours.

Day 9

Sacred Valley - Cusco

Travel overland to Cusco, a journey of around 90 minutes.

Day 10


Explore Cusco – head to a hilltop artists’ studio, find the best wood-fired pizza place in all of Cusco and try your hand at a family chocolate-making workshop.

Day 11


Transfer to the airport for onward travel.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Frog, Amazon
Frog, Amazon
Macaws in clay lick in the peruvian Amazonian jungle at Madre de Dios, Amazon, Peru
Amazon, Peru, Peru

Wonders of the Amazon

Explore the Amazon Rainforest, 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. Kayak, fish for piranha, go on a jungle night walk or visit a local community, all within one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.

Mountain biking, Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacred Valley, Peru

Explore 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).

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. With years of experience travelling with our own children, we know the properties that offer family-friendly facilities, story-telling guides, children’s menus and even explorer kits that can make or break a holiday.


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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Sol y Luna Lodge £££££

  • Peru
  • Boutique

Encompassed by the majestic mountains and undulating landscapes of the Sacred Valley, Sol Y Luna is an authentic-feeling Andean retreat that is hidden on the outskirts of Urubamba. Aside from being ideally placed for train journeys to Macchu Picchu, the property also offers a number of thrilling excursions from paragliding to Peruvian Paso horseback riding. A traditional Peruvian restaurant serves superb dishes in front of an open fire and centres around time-honoured flavours.

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Galapagos Islands

Consider flying to the Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s playground and home to a delicate collection of fearless wildlife and idyllic landscapes. Stay in one of the many beautiful lodges, or take to the sea for a cruise with expert guides in tow.

5 days. Price on request

Galapagos Seaman Journey Boat, The Galapagos
Galapagos Seaman Journey

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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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