Peru Family AdventureCapybara

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Overview

Trip Introduction

Bring the whole family to explore Peru, see amazing sights and embark on a kid-friendly adventure of a lifetime (travellers without kids are welcome too). Peru is a vibrant, family-friendly destination and you’ll find children of all ages – yes, even teenagers – will love exploring everything this country has to offer. On the ‘Capybara’, you’ll venture deep into the Amazon rainforest, see an awesome array of wildlife, visit the lost city of Machu Picchu and sea kayak across Lake Titicaca to stay with a local family on Amantani Island. Not only will everyone enjoy this adventure, it’s also a chance for your children and teenagers to immerse themselves in a different culture and way of life. We’ve chosen locally-run, comfortable accommodations for this trip and we take care of all the logistics behind planning your trip, including meals, so all you have to do is show up, have fun and start building memories!

Highlights

  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • Hike to Las Salineras
  • Wildlife viewing in the Amazon rainforest
  • Visit historical Cuzco
  • Sea kayak on Lake Titicaca
  • Stay with a local family on Amantani Island
  • Visit a llama and alpaca farm
  • Wander through Pisac and Aguas Calientes markets
  • Hike on Taquile Island

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Sunday — Arrive in Lima

Welcome to Peru! Your trip begins in Lima, Peru’s bustling capital, once known as the City of Kings. In colonial times, Lima was one of the richest cities in the world and South America’s most important port, linking the continent to the Spanish empire. We’ll meet you at the airport in Lima when you arrive and head to our accommodation in the coastal suburb of Miraflores. This vibrant, modern district has cinemas, shops, cafés and a remarkable pre-Hispanic ruin – Huaca Pucllana – an amazing pyramid-like structure. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore the area at your own pace before meeting up for our first dinner together.
Hotel El Patio, Lima (Dinner)

Monday — Journey to the Amazon rainforest

We’ll take an early flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, a frontier town in the Amazon basin where we’ll take to motorised canoes and glide down the Tambopata River, one of the headwaters of the Amazon, deep into the jungle. Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the river banks. This area is teeming with life – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman and many other jungle animals on our boat trip to the lodge. After lunch, we’ll head out in search of the many monkey species this area is famous for. Keep an eye out for the macaw and other rainforest dwellers that often come out in search of food in the late afternoon!
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Tuesday — Wildlife hike, jungle exploration

This morning, we’ll explore the jungle trails that criss-cross the dense rainforest. We’ll travel by canoe and hike through virgin forest to experience the wealth of native flora and fauna under the rainforest canopy, and learn how the indigenous people thrive in this challenging environment. The Amazon is the most biodiverse place on Earth and you’ll have the chance to find out more about the ecosystem, as well as learn about the incredible array of medicinal plants that are found in this region. After lunch, you have the chance to replicate the daily work of macaw researchers, climbing a 30 meter tree with a rope, harness and jumar. From this vantage point we will have a macaws' eye view of the forest. The rest of the afternoon is yours free to hang out at the lodge with a book, a game of cards or continue exploring the surrounding area. This evening, we'll hop aboard a canoe again to go in search of the nocturnal South American crocodile, the caiman, in the river with our spotlight. During daylight hours, these reptiles are difficult to find, but at night the light reflecting off their eyes gives them away.
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Wednesday — Free time in Cuzco

We bid a fond farewell to our jungle home and head back to Puerto Maldonado where we’ll catch a very short flight to Cuzco – the archaeological capital of the Americas and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city – our base for the next couple of days. This afternoon you can join your trip leader to check out the amazing culture and history of Cuzco, or do your own thing. Today is also a great chance for parents to have some time on their own while we look after the kids, if you like. You’ll get a sense of this history as you walk Cuzco’s central streets, lined with massive Inca-built stone walls that form the foundations of the city. Llamas and alpacas are often led through the cobbled streets of Cuzco, and the kids will be fascinated by the Peruvian way of life.
Koyllur Inn, Cuzco (All meals)

Thursday — Hike to Las Salineras

Today we’ll head into the majestic Valle Sagrado de Los Incas where we’ll take an incredible hike. After a visit to the town of Maras, we’ll hike down to the salt pans of Salineras with the Rio Urubamba and the Sacred Valley below us. These unique salt terraces have been used since Inca times and provide a great chance for the kids to hone their camera skills. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt-laden water that the Incas diverted into shallow pools to produce salt, and this is still done today.
Hotel Kuychupunku, Ollantaytambo (All meals)

Friday — Explore Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, we’ll travel to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We’ll meet up with a specialist guide who will show us around the ruins for the first couple of hours. We have the rest of the day to explore the many passageways and stone structures of this mysterious place. Then we’ll head down to Aguas Calientes, a small town deep in the Urubamba River valley. This afternoon we’ll take some time to look around the local market in this quaint sub-tropical town.
Aguas Calientes accommodation (All meals)

Saturday — Explore Pisac Market

This morning we’ll head back to Ollantaytambo then continue to Pisac, where we’ll have a chance to check out Pisac’s colourful mercado artesanal, one of the most vibrant markets in South America. For those who are keen, we’ll then begin a spectacular hike up to the Pisac ruins. These Inca terraces rise 600 metres (2000 feet) from the river below. It’s a heart-pumping hike up the ancient agricultural terraces, but you’ll never forget the views of Pisac and the Urubamba valley! After exploring this ancient complex, we’ll head back down to the valley below us and meet up with those who chose to take it a little easier.
Koyllur Inn, Cuzco (All meals)

Sunday — Journey to Puno

Today we’ll cross La Raya Pass on our way to Puno, the capital of the Altiplano area and gateway to Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. This is one of Peru’s great highland areas, where herds of alpaca and llama graze and mountains rise steeply from the valley. Known as the folklore capital of Peru, Puno’s narrow streets are filled with the sounds of the typical Andean music called saylla, the hustle and bustle of the local market, and the bell-ring of the triciclos (local bicycle taxis).
Hotel Qalasaya, Puno (All meals)

Monday — Sea kayak Lake Titicaca, home stay with local Quechua people

The Incas believed Lake Titicaca was the cradle of civilisation, the place where all life began. It’s a very special place and this morning we’ll paddle across it in sea kayaks. The kayaking is suitable for all ages and a great way to take in the landscape or, if you prefer, you can ride across in the boat instead. Our hosts on Amantani Island, members of the indigenous Quechua community, will meet us at the lake’s edge and take us home for lunch. Afterwards, they like to challenge their guests in a friendly game of soccer. Aside from being a surprisingly good workout since we’re at altitude now, it’s good fun and a unique way to get to know each other. When the game is over, we’ll hike to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) temple at the summit of Amantani Island for breathtaking views of the sun setting over Lake Titicaca. We’ll return to the family homes of our hosts for a home-cooked meal.

The Quechua people have maintained their traditional way of life for centuries, weaving wool, keeping cuy (guinea pigs), and farming their smallholdings. Tonight we head down to the community hall to learn a few traditional dances with the locals. It’s very quiet here – no streetlights, no cars, no internet – and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the tranquillity.
Local family home, Amantani Island (All meals)

Tuesday — Explore Taquile Island

We’ll take a short boat ride across to Taquile Island today. The views across Lake Titicaca as we hike up to an isolated village here are spectacular – have your camera ready! The customs of this tiny community are totally unique to this island. We’ll have the chance to hang out with local people in the Plaza de Armas and learn about their famous textiles and fascinating way of life, before enjoying a traditional lunch of sopa de quinoa. This afternoon, we’ll return to Puno by boat for our final celebratory dinner together.
Hotel Qalasaya, Puno (All meals)

Wednesday — Return to Lima, depart for home

This the last day of your ‘Capybara’ trip in Peru. We’ll take you to the airport in the nearby town of Juliaca so you can jump on a short flight back to Lima. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. If you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you and your family back refreshed and invigorated from the great food, exercise, rest and fun adventures you’ll have had with us in Peru!
(Breakfast)

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Dates

Dates

Trip Date Status
Dec 14th 2014 – Dec 24th 2014 Great Check Availability
Dec 28th 2014 – Jan 7th 2015 Filling up Check Availability
2015
Apr 5th 2015 – Apr 15th 2015 Great Check Availability
Jun 14th 2015 – Jun 24th 2015 Filling up Check Availability
Jul 19th 2015 – Jul 29th 2015 New date Check Availability
Aug 9th 2015 – Aug 19th 2015 New date Check Availability
Dec 27th 2015 – Jan 6th 2016 New date Check Availability
2016
Apr 3rd 2016 – Apr 13th 2016 New date Check Availability
Jun 12th 2016 – Jun 22nd 2016 New date Check Availability

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Useful Info

Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Trip Start:

If you arrive on the first day of your trip, we’ll be there to pick you up from Lima international airport whenever your flight gets in and take you to your accommodation in Miraflores. We’ll let you know where you’ll be staying on the first night of your trip two weeks before departure.

Trip end:

On the last day of the trip, we’ll fly you back to Lima airport, where your trip ends.

Recommended flights:

You can arrive in Lima any time on the first day – if you land by 5pm you can meet with your trip leader for dinner, though many flights arrive later and that’s fine too. Our representative will meet you at the airport no matter what flight you arrive on this first day. We recommend arriving a day or so early so everyone is well rested before the trip starts, and we’re happy to book your pre-trip accommodation for you and let you know how to get Miraflores, if you’d like to arrive early. On the last day of the trip, we recommend booking your flight to depart out of Lima any time after 8pm. If you are considering alternative flight times, please let us know, so we can ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

Accommodation:

The accommodation on this trip has been chosen for its family-friendly atmosphere.

What's Included?

Our trip fares are all shown in US dollars, so our guests from all over the world can more easily relate prices to their own currency. The fares quoted on each itinerary include taxes and are pretty much all-inclusive, it specifically includes:
• All guiding services. We have an experienced trip leader with every trip and also have a specialist guide on many of the activities to provide extra local knowledge
• Comfortable accommodation for the entire trip. We can also organise pre- and post-trip accommodation for you if you let us know
• All meals, as indicated, except on free days
• All drinking water and puritabs where drinking water isn’t readily available. (Alcohol and other drinks are not included)
• All activities as described in the itinerary – such as hiking, snorkelling, canoeing, sea kayaking, biking and jungle boat tours – and you’re welcome to sit out or do your own thing from time to time
• Tips for local specialist guides, drivers and boat captains are taken care of by Active Adventures South America
• Transport including buses, boats, trains and domestic flights as indicated

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