Canopies, Chocolate & Citadels

12 days from £2,795pp

Take your family on an active adventure through Peru, where you’ll witness the magic of Machu Picchu but also discover the unexpected! There’s plenty of free time as well, so you can build your own memories, or just take some time out.

On this trip you’ll see the capital city of Lima, take a canoe ride at twilight on the Madre de Dios River and ascend to 98 metres to see the rainforest from above in the Peruvian Amazon. Stand in awe before the mighty Machu Picchu, then head to Cuzco to visit the Inca Ruins and enjoy traditional hot chocolate.

Highlights

  • Tour the capital city of Lima

  • See the Magical Water Circuit show, a series of fountains choreographed to light and music

  • Trek through the Tambopata National Reserve

  • Bike through the Sacred Valley

  • Explore Machu Picchu

  • See Inca ruins and drink excellent hot chocolate in Cuzco

James
Travel Designer
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I’m a landscape buff, so love Peru for its combination of deserts, snow-capped Andes and Amazon jungle. I’ll never forget experiencing sunrise at Machu Picchu – I climbed 3,000 steps in the dark to get there in time, but the colours of the morning light were definitely worth it!

Canopies, Chocolate & Citadels

12 days from £2,795pp

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Peru includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-2

Lima

Capital City

It’s time for your family adventure to Peru! Pack any last minute items – think extra memory cards and favourite teddies! – before you head for the airport. You’ll touch down in the capital city of Lima where you’ll be met by an English-speaking driver and taken to your hotel to settle in. While you’re in the capital you’ll visit the Main Square and see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and Lima Cathedral. You’ll head on to Aliaga House, home to many interesting Peruvian artefacts, including the sword Jerónimo de Aliaga used in the conquest of Peru. After checking out the catacombs at Saint Francis’ Church you’ll visit the Larco Museum where you’ll look at some of the best presented displays of ceramics in the city. In the evening you’ll enjoy a guided trip to the Magical Water Circuit where more than a dozen fountains send water up into the air choreographed to light and music. It’s quite a sight and kids will love it.

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Things to do

3-5

Puerto Maldonado

Wildlife

Today you’re off to Puerto Maldonado, known as the gateway to the southern Amazon jungle. You’ll be staying at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, a gorgeous resort surrounded by lush rainforest and accessed by boat. Upon arrival you’ll enjoy an organic lunch before heading off to explore the property’s nature trails. As dusk falls you hop aboard a motorised canoe for a twilight river trip down the Madre de Dios River where you’ll learn about its ecosystem, nocturnal animals and the southern constellations. On day four, after a hearty breakfast you’ll head off on a trek into the revered Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Along the way you’ll learn about the reserves conservation efforts and hear about some of the amazing animals its home to, from the endangered giant river otter to the black caiman. After lunch at the lodge you’ll enjoy an afternoon rainforest canopy walk where you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of wildlife including squirrel monkeys, woodpeckers and the three-toed sloth. That night you’ll head out on a rainforest by night excursion before returning to the lodge for dinner.

On day five you’ll learn about local techniques of cultivation at the native farm, before having the chance to taste some of the produce. Next up you’ll visit the botanical garden where you’ll learn about medicinal plants and how they are used in traditional remedies. After lunch and a rest at the lodge you’ll enjoy a canoe ride and a spot of native fishing before learning about the history of the award-winning film 'Fitzcarraldo'. You’ll wrap up your time here with one more evening wildlife excursion before dinner.

Places to Stay

6-8

Sacred Valley

Activity & Adventure

Ready for a biking adventure? You’ll start at the colonial town of Maras known for its traditional customs and Spanish influenced architecture. Along your ride you’ll stop off at the church of San Francisco de Maras; one of the oldest churches outside of Cuzco, it boasts an excellent collection of paintings. After seeing some more of Maras you’ll visit the Salt Pans of Maras, a collection of geometric salt pools which have been harvested since the Inca Empire.

After passing through some small farms, you’ll arrive in Urubamba. The next day you’ll all have a go at kayaking on Lake Huaypo, stopping for a delicious lakeside lunch.

 

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Things to do

9

Machu Picchu

General Tour

Today is the day to see the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu! You’ll head to this UNESCO World Heritage site by scenic train ride and a short transfer. Upon arrival it’s time to explore one of the greatest archaeological sites on the planet, together as a family. While there you might also like to check out the Sun Gate and Inca Bridge. You’ll head back again the next day through a different entrance – spend your time seeing the bits you didn’t the day before and soaking up the ancient culture at this staggering site.

Places to Stay

Things to do

10-12

Cuzco

City

Get to know the charming city of Cuzco by exploring the local markets; browse the produce and pick up an authentic souvenir or two. Next you’ll visit the Choco Museum where you can relax with an epic hot chocolate and enjoy the chocolate workshop. Afterwards it’s time to indulge your history buff side with a trip to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a masterpiece of Inca architecture. Afterwards you’ll visit a museum which showcases the traditional methods of ancient weaving. Watch a demonstration and even pick up a textile goodie or two.

After so much excitement, all good things must come to an end, but you'll be returning home with many new memories to share with the whole family.

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