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Explore Peru’s captivating Incan past including the fabled Machu Picchu.

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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE INCA EMPIRE

Get acquainted with the heartland of the ancient Inca Empire on this captivating Peru private family tour. Travel into the steep-sided Sacred Valley, where sky-high peaks loom over agricultural terraces and traditional Quechua towns.

Meet the valley inhabitants – from craftspeople to cute camelids – and explore the huge stone citadel of Machu Picchu, the most remarkable archaeological achievement of the Incas. Keep in mind that this is just a sample family itinerary. Our travel designers will help you to create the personalized Peru itinerary that will have your whole brood smiling. We want this to be an adventure your family will never forget.

``Fantastic customer service, an itinerary built to give you the exact experience you are looking for, and all details taken care of. Thank you to the Kuoda team for our great trip and introduction to South America and Peru.``

K. SHEAHAN

USA September 2016

8 Days / 7 Nights

Lima – Cusco and the Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

  • Immerse yourselves in Inca culture.
  • Explore Machu Picchu and other ancient ruins with a private kid-friendly guide.
  • Meet llamas and alpacas at a living museum.
  • Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at artisan markets in the Sacred Valley.
  • Experience life in a small Andean village.
  • Discover the beauty of Cusco, the one-time capital of the Inca Empire.
  • Fully Customized – Private Family Tour – Daily Departures.

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

Welcome to Peru

Upon arrival in Lima, your Kuoda host will escort your crew to the nearby family-friendly Costa Ramada del Sol Hotel. With most international flights arriving quite late and flights to Cusco departing early, staying in an airport hotel will allow you all to maximize sleep so everyone can begin the vacation feeling well-rested.

Day 2 Lima to the Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley / Inca Ruins at Sacsayhuaman / Living Museum of Awana Kancha

Your Lima host will meet you in the lobby and take you to the airport for your 45-minute flight to Cusco and the official start to your family Peru adventure. Get a fascinating perspective on the Sacred Valley from the plane window, as you pass over the glacier peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and Vilcanota, and a carpet of Andean fields dotted with tiny red-roofed hamlets.

 

In Cusco, your host will accompany you to Sacsayhuaman, where you’ll enjoy a customized private tour of this stunning archeological complex. Stroll around the site and examine the stone-boulder walls, which are expertly fitted together without any mortar.

 

Next, call into the Living Museum of Awana Kancha – a favorite on Peru family tours – where Inca agricultural terraces, traditional weavers and a gaggle of furry South American camelids, including llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, await.

Day 3 Exploring the Sacred Valley

Ollantaytambo, Pisac’s Archaeological Complexes and Pisac Market

Today you’ll witness just how Peru’s past shapes its present. We’ll start things in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, one of the few remaining places in the Sacred Valley that has retained its original Inca urban planning. Walk through the maze-like streets, which come complete with Inca-era canals and view the multi-family houses, which feature interior courtyards and trapezoidal door.

 

Alongside your guide, climb up past the agricultural terraces toward the Temple of Sun, where you can enjoy an Inca’s-eye view over the valley. From this elevated position, you’ll also be able to see some of the quarries from where the stone for Ollantaytambo was sourced. You and the kids can ponder how far these large stones were transported, especially considering the challenge faced by the Incas, who didn’t have pack animals strong enough to carry them. The site also contains food storehouses, which – during the empire’s heyday – were well-stocked with food.

 

Descend back down into the valley to the pretty village of Pisac and browse the wares on offer at the market. Both tourists and valley villagers come from miles around to barter and sell everything from textiles and dyes to fresh vegetables. After you’ve had your fill of shopping, you’ll venture up to a ridge high above the stepped agricultural terraces, where Pisac’s mountainside Inca ruins are located.

Day 4 Visiting the Agricultural

Lab of the Incas and Our Friends in a Local Community

Private Tours of Moray and Maras and Off-the-Beaten Track Stop at a Local Community

 

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to see the ancient agricultural site of Moray. Experts today believe these grassy amphitheaters served as a farming laboratory, with the varying temperatures and soils of the ascending terraces providing different growing environments. We’ll pass through the town of Maras – known for its beautiful colonial doorways – before arriving at the town’s still-in-use salt pans. The small white evaporation pools that cover the hillside are still harvested by locals in a traditional manner. We’ll have lunch at the Casa de Barro, where you can sample some regional fare, a crowd-pleaser for the whole family.

 

Post lunch, you’ll have a chance to mingle with the locals during a visit to an off-the-beaten-track highland village on the shore of the icy blue Lake Piuray. This rural community practice is an agricultural lifestyle and many of the women are master weavers, creating exquisite textiles using generations-old techniques. You will have the opportunity to communicate with the residents, visit their houses and fields, and experience what day-to-day life is like in the Andean highlands. You and the little ones may enjoy getting to meet some of the local children who attend Kuoda’s after-school program (Monday to Friday) – they love sharing their art with visitors.

 

Later, you’ll return to your comfortable hotel of choice.

Day 5 The Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu

Private Tour of Machu Picchu

For many families, today will be a climactic day – the day you finally set your eyes on the most extraordinary of Inca relics: Machu Picchu!

 

From Ollantaytambo, you’ll set off on a rail journey that will pass through the heart of the cloud forest. Disembark and hop on a bus for a short ride up to the gates of what truly is one of the great wonders of the world. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge will fortify the family for your adventure that lies head.

 

After lunch, you’ll ascend the stone steps until the trees and vegetation give way to reveal the well-preserved structures of this 15th-century citadel and the surrounding cloud-level Andean peaks.

 

An expert guide will show you around the ancient complex and explain the significance of the ruins. Return to Aguas Calientes to relax for the evening. Tomorrow is yours to do as you wish so you may want to ask your guide for advice on how best to spend your time before parting.

Day 6 Machu Picchu on Your Terms

A Free Day to Explore the Ancient City at Your Own Pace

This day is yours to do as you please. Is the brood feeling adventurous? Consider climbing to the citadel from town or hiking the steep slope of neighboring Huayna Picchu, which offers unrivalled views over Machu Picchu. Please note that only 400 hikers are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu each day and tickets will need to be purchased in advance along with your Machu Picchu entrance.

 

In the afternoon, reconvene in Aguas Calientes and board the train back to Cusco. A host will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel for a night’s rest.

Day 7 Cusco

Private Walking Tour of Cusco

On day seven on a private city tour sure to excite the whole family, you’ll get to know the city that many consider to be Peru’s most attractive: Cusco.

 

Your guide will recount this fabled city’s stories and show you around the major sights, from the ancient Inca walls, Qorikancha (the Temple of the Sun) and the Pre-Columbia Art Museum to the exuberant colonial churches and cathedrals. Wander around the artsy quarter of San Blas and join locals shopping at the energetic open-air market at San Pedro.

 

The afternoon is free so you and the kids can do as you wish. Perhaps continue exploring Cusco’s nooks and crannies or celebrate your final night in Peru with a frothy pisco sour for the parents and fresh fruit juice for the kids alongside some delicious Peruvian fare at one of the city’s esteemed restaurants.

Day 8 Cusco to Lima and Home

Return Home

This morning, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your direct flight to Lima. Once you touch down in the capital, a Kuoda host will meet you and you’ll be transferred to Miraflores, one of Lima’s leafiest cosmopolitan neighborhoods and a prime shopping district. A car will be at your disposal so, should you want to venture to another neighborhood in Lima, you can.

 

Later, you’ll be taken to Jorge Chavez Airport to catch your return flight.
Contact Kuoda to start planning your personal Peru private family travel experience.

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