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ACTIVE FAMILY TRIP

FAMILY TOURS | ACTIVE FAMILY TRIP

 

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Days: 7
Location: Cusco – Peru
Activities: Canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, zip line & hiking Activity
Level: Intermediate

 

Welcome adventurous families!

This trip has been created for both big and young adventure lovers to enjoy unforgettable family experiences, taking advantage of the beautiful natural scenery that Peru has to offer; experiences that will always come with a touch of culture and history . We will paddle the rapids of the Urubamba River, sail through the waters of the beautiful Huaypo  lagoon, ride the plains of Maras by bike, climb mountains, fly over the Sacred Valley, walk through the village of Ollantaytambo and finally visit the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu. Fun activities and, above all, very safe, which will lead us to explore and discover the secrets of our magical Peru.

 

Day 1: Lima – Cusco

Cusco is one hour flight away from Lima city. At Cusco airport you meet your tour guide and will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free to rest and let your body acclimatize to the 3000 meters over sea level on which lies Cusco city. On the afternoon we walk along the ancient and little narrow cobbled streets that connect Cusco to the traditional neighborhood of San Blas, where the most renowned craftsmen put their creations on display. Hotel: Cusco. Meals: Not included.

 

Day 2: Cusco – Rafting

We headed south to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This area has been little explored by tourists and in fact hosts the Urubamba river section more fun for boating practice. Its clear waters and the nature that surrounds them, makes this section of the river, the favorite of Terra Explorer Peru. On the way we pass Huacarpay gaps and Urcos as well as several villages and local fields. On the banks of the river our guides will be waiting for us with the raft equipment ready. After a brief and important technical and safety talk, we will be ready to enter the river to paddle for 2 hours and a half, fun class III and IV rapids. At the end of the river section, our chef will be waiting with a delicious picnic outdoors. Then we return to the city of Cusco. Hotel: Cusco Meals: B + A

 

Day 3: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Sea Kayaking & Mountain Biking

Today our adventure begins at Huaypo,  one hour away from Cusco. Huaypo is a beautiful lagoon perched on the heights of the Andes. Its waters provide communities and cultivated fields around the area; and reflect the hills and mountains surrounding it. For about an hour and a half, we paddle around the lagoon in sea kayaks, a ride that allows us to appreciate the nature around in all its dimensions. On the banks of Huaypo, our chef will be waiting with a delicious outdoor picnic! In the afternoon, on mountain bikes, we ride through fields, crops and one of the most beautiful natural scenery of the Andes, including the snowy peaks Veronica and Chicon. Afterwards, we learn more about agriculture during the empire visiting the Inca ruins of Moray, ancient experimental and agricultural center; and afterwards the salt mines of Pichingoto, impressive conglomerate of over three thousand terraces where salt is stored since the Inca time till today. Finally we headed to our hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Hotel: Sacred Valley. Meals included: B+L

 

Day 4: Sacred Valley Via Ferrata

Today we will rise 300 meters to fly above the Sacred Valley of the Incas by Zip Line. Two thousand meters of ropes connect the different slopes of mountains, where we will see an unimaginable mystical landscape of ruins and beautiful natural scenery. In some sections, we will use the help of the Via Ferrata: fixed cables and iron stairs that will help us to go through the most demanding technical sections. Note that this is a fun and very safe experience. After lunch, at the restaurant of your choice at the Valley, we return to our hotel. Hotel: Sacred Valley . Meals: D

 

Day 5: Hike from Pumamarca to Ollanta and train to Aguas Calientes

Today we drive for 30 minutes to the town of Ollantaytambo, known as the only Inca town still alive, as the local people still maintain their costumes, live at the old stone houses of their ancestors and their water channels keep running, just as they did at the time of the Incas. We visit one of the local families, to watch closely and learn more about how ancient Peruvian lived on the Andes. Afterwards we drive through the valley communities of Patacancha and Willoc until we reach the ruins of Pumamarca, a set of pre-Inca warehouses, from where we start to walk down through an ancient Inca trail, parallel to a waterway and appreciating the diversity of species and flora of the Andes. Throughout the walk we will have a beautiful view of the valley, the Urubamba River and the impressive Inca terracing worked at the slopes of these mountains. Gradually, we enter the town of Ollantaytambo, through its streets and stone houses up to the plaza, where we have lunch before boarding the train that will take us to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Hotel: Aguas Calientes. Meals: B

 

Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today we visit very carefully Machu Picchu citadel. Upon our arrival we will have a complete guided tour of the site and then free time to explore by ourselves. Optionally, you can climb to the top of Huayna Picchu, from where we will see a unique way of the citadel, from a different angle, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain peaks and the great canyon of Urubamba. In the afternoon, we’ll take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to board the train that will take us back to Cusco. Hotel: Cusco Meals: B

 

Day 7: Cusco – Lima

Transfer from the hotel to the airport at Cusco city. Meals: B

 

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Testimonials

Thank you for this incredible trip, the hike, the sites, everything was amazing! The rafting and picnic in front of the river was amazing too. Thank you for taking care about any single detail along the trip. We will never forget this experience and we hope to have to oportunity to do it again !”.

Paola Llosa