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PERU AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Machu Picchu should be on every family’s bucket list. The experience of journeying deep into the Andes mountains, learning about the mystical history of the Incas, and seeing the traditional way of life in the area that still exists today truly is spectacular.

Peru is also one of the top hiking destinations in the world. And for active families looking for an adventurous hiking trip with a spectacular bucket list experience at the end- a hiking trip in Peru with kids is a must!

This experience also pairs well with the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. After 6 nights in Peru, head to the coast for an epic wildlife in the former stomping grounds of Charles Darwin for a truly epic family adventure. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Full day to explore colorful Cusco, home to beautiful courtyards and world class dining.

  • Three days trekking the Salkantay trail together with your guide.

  • Machu Picchu

  • One week Galapagos Cruise.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1

WELCOME TO PERU

Arrive Cusco. The ancient capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco, is a charming city steeped in history and legends. This is an easy place to explore by foot and easy with kids of all ages; the streets of Cusco were made for walking. This is the kind of place where you can wander around without a map and still stumble upon Incan ruins. 

DAY 2 - 4

SALKANTAY TREK

After breakfast, depart Cusco around 8:30 am and head north out of the city. Visit an archaeological site en route before arriving at the small village of Chonta. Here, enjoy a warm up hike of about 2 hours round trip towards the condor viewing point. Enjoy a fresh boxed lunch while viewing the condors circling overhear before returning by the same path to Chonta and the vehicle. This is a condor conservation program managed by the local community. 

 

On Day 3, hike about 9 miles beginning with a quick ascent through micro climates and local farms, leveling off at an aquaduct that takes you all the way into Soray.

Day 4 begins with a hike to the striking blue Lake Humantay, nestled at the base of the southern face of the mountain. This hike shows you the breath-taking Glacial Lake of the Humantay Mountain.  Return to camp for lunch and then head back by car to Ecocamp Pincopata. In the afternoon, head out on bikes into town to visit a traditional Andean home and share some tea & drinks with a local family who has graciously opened their home to welcome families to learn about their culture. Tonight enjoy a marvelous traditional Peruvian dinner to bid farewell to the days of hiking, and end the day stargazing around a cozy bonfire.

DAY 5 - 6

MACHU PICCHU

This morning after breakfast, travel through small Quechua villages in the Sacred Valley to the archaeological site of Moray. At Moray, observe the extensive circular terraces where the Incas once experimented with adapting plants to new climates. From here, descend to the Saltpans, which have been harvested for hundreds of years.

 

Surrounded by the incredible views of the fertile valley below and the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Urubamba, continue hiking to the Urubamba River, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo.  Here, board a train that will take you to the village of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) about 1 hour 30 minutes.

First thing in the morning on Day 6, visit Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of about 4 hours, with optional time to hike on the mountain if desired. After lunch, take the train back to Ollantaytambo and road transfer to Cusco.

DAY 7

TRAVEL HOME - or ONWARD TO GALAPAGOS