FAMILY JOURNEY TO LAND OF THE INKAS 10DAYS / 9NIGHTS

ITINERARY

DAY 1: LIMA IN

Our representative will be waiting at Lima´s airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. The transfer time from Lima´s airport to Lima town lasts almost 1 hour.
Accommodation at one of the most luxurious hotels of Lima.
Overnight in Lima

DAY 2: LIMA – CITY TOUR

Leisure morning.
In the afternoon, the guide will meet you at the hotel to start the guided tour of the Peru´s capital – Lima (known as the city of the kings).
The guide will take you into the Historic Center of Lima to visit the Main Square or “Plaza de Armas” where the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and Town Hall are located. You will then proceed to visit San Francisco Church, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture preserving the best examples of Colonial religious art in America.
Then, you will visit the Magic Water Circuit; it has become one of the newest and most visited attractions in Lima. Honored with a Guinness Record and unique in America, this circuit offers thirteen impressive fountains that combine movement, lights, sounds and images and laser effects in perfect union and harmony to present an incredible and unique shows full of magic, excitement and fantasy.
Back to the hotel.
Overnight in Lima

DAY 3: LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (PISAC)

Depending of your flight time, transfer to Lima`s airport for your flight to Cusco.
Flight to Cusco, at Cusco´s airport you will be contacted by the guide who will transfer you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas located lower than Cusco city, which will help you in the acclimatization.
Along the way you will stop to visit Awanacancha a llama project where you will see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, also you have the chance to appreciate the traditional Inca weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by the local people for centuries.
Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively typical market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and artisans and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs.
Finally, transfer to the hotel and accommodation at one of the most luxurious hotels of the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley:

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY: STAND UP PADDLE – MORAY

After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive for 1 hour to Piuray lagoon (Chinchero) where you will be part of an amazing activity; the instructor will give you a safety briefing before receiving the equipment; the stand-up paddle is a new sport which is been practiced at Piuray lagoon; this sport simulates the surf practices on the ocean.
You will be practicing in the lagoon for almost 3 hours combining with yoga; it is a safe and funny activity. Time to enjoy a picnic lunch with a panoramic view of the lagoon.
Continuing with the activities programed, you will be transferred to Moray, which are circled terraces that Incas took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of different strains of crops.
Between the bottom and top levels of Moray’s main depression, the scientist John Earls has recorded a full 15 degrees Celsius difference in temperature. So Incas adapted plants of the jungle or low climates to high altitude.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley:

DAY 5: COMMUNITY SERVICE – AGUAS CALIENTES (MACHUPICCHU)

This day you will participate of a volunteering service, you will the chance to visit a community school.
You can take a donation for these kids (scholar kits, cloth or hygienic kits), it will be a nice time to interchange experience with the kids and understand their daily living day of the Andean kids.
After participating of this activity, you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo to board the Vistadome train service to Aguas Calientes (1 ½ hours last the trip), upon arrival reception and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight in Machupicchu:

DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu citadel – the new seven wonder of the world; the shuttle bus service will take you for 20 minutes from Aguas Calienets to Machu Picchu where you will have a 2- 3 hours fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins, visiting the most important sector of the city such as the temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, the mausoleum, the temple of the condor, etc.
If you are in a good physical shape you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku sun gate, or just wander through the ruins taking pictures.
You then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (Poroy train station), arrival to Poroy and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco

DAY 7: CITY TOUR – CHOCO MUSEUM

In the morning, the guide will pick you up from the hotel to explore the capital of the Incas; you will visit the most important places suitable for children and parents such as: the main square, the Inca Museum (displayed: Inca mummies, Inca pottery, Inca drinking vessels (Keros) and mockups), the famous street where is located the twelve angles stone, the traditional San Blas neighborhood (picturesque and unique).
Continuing with the tours, you will be transferred out of the city, Sacsayhuaman (an impressive Inca construction with huge stones); here there is a slippery rock which is made up of diorite rock of igneous origin, where your kids can slide on smooth rock.
Also, there are small labyrinths/tunnels (known as chincanas) where you can pass through of them; after of this nice experience return to the city.
OPTIONAL: late afternoon, the kids would enjoy the tour to the Chocolate Museum (www.chocomuseo.com ) where they will appreciate the varieties of cacao and the transformation of them to delicious products. Children and parents will learn how to prepare chocolate truffles or filled chocolate with flavored chocolate ganache.
OPTIONAL: while the kids enjoy the choco museum, the parents may visit other places.
Overnight Cusco

DAY 8: CUSCO – JULIACA – PUNO

Transfer from the hotel to Cusco´s airport for your flight to Juliaca, here the guide will meet you for the transfer to Puno; on the
On the route, you will visit Sillustani (pre-Inca tombs, known as Chullpa which is a pre-Inca funerary stone tower originally constructed for a noble person or noble family). Sillustani is located on top of a small peninsula surrounded by the Umayo lagoon that gives the area an extraordinary contrast of colors and landscapes. You will hike to the top of the peninsula, where most of the ancient Chullpas are located.
Finally, accommodation at the hotel located at the border of Titicaca Lake, from the hotel room you will have amazing views of the lake and surroundings.
Overnight in Puno

DAY 9: FLOATING ISLANDS: UROS – TAQUILE:

Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and then transferred to the harbor. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting “The Uros Floating Islands” which is located at 30 minutes from Puno; Uros is a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. They used the TOTORA (reeds) to build their floating island platforms and over it they build the houses completely with reeds; also this material was used to build their canoes.
After visiting this floating Island, you continue the tour towards Taquile Island; in Taquile you will appreciate numerous ancient agricultural terraces and archaeological sites.
The island is narrow, only about 1 km wide, and 6-7 km long; once you reach the island you will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by locals. At the top of the island you will have free time to explore and appreciate the traditional pre-Inca and Inca textiles; the most characteristic garments is the “Chullo”, a knitted hat with an earflap, and “The Calendar Waistband”, depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities.
Afterwards you will have the lunch at one local restaurant; finally we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno.
Overnight in Puno:

DAY 10: PUNO – LIMA – HOME:

After breakfast and depending of your flight time to Lima, transfer to Juliaca´s airport.

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED

Activities/Tours

  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Tourist transportation
  • Tours/activities described in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for the tours described in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned
  • Train service: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Vistadome, first class train)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
  • Round trip bus ticket (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes)
  • Oxygen and first aid kit
  • Tour to the floating island – Puno (included entrance fees)
  • City tour in Lima (included entrance fees)
  • Assistance 24 hours

Accommodation

  • 2 nights in Lima
  • 2 nights in Cusco
  • 2 night in the Sacred Valley
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 nights in Puno
NOT INCLUDED
  • Aircraft tickets (Lima – Cusco – Juliaca – Lima)
  • Meal not described in the program
  • Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and extra expenses
  • Travel insurancesNOT INCLUDED:
  • Aircraft tickets (Lima – Cusco – Juliaca – Lima)
  • Meal not described in the program
  • Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and extra expenses
  • Travel insurances