Peru Family Adventure

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Trip code: 
FNQ
Way to Travel:
Family Group
Activity:
Family
Group size:
7–16
Designed for:
Ages 13-16
Also for:
Ages 9-12

Spectacled bears of northern Peru, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and fun filled Cuzco – Peru has so much to offer on this family adventure!

Venture into dry forests of northern Peru and spend two days exploring Chaparri - the site of Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre designed specifically for Spectacled Bears. The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco is brimming with Spanish churches and Inca fortresses just waiting to be explored – here we enjoy a chocolate making class and an art workshop before exploring the Sacred Valley and visiting an alpaca farm. Finally, visit Machu Picchu - one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, made all the more dramatic by its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity.

Highlights

  • Visit Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre designed specifically for Spectacled Bears
  • Morning tour of Machu Picchu when it's at its quietest
  • Chocolate making class and art workshop in Cuzco
  • Explore the Sacred Valley and visit an alpaca farm

Key information

  • 10 nights hotels and lodges
  • Group normally 7 to 16, plus leader and support staff
  • Altitude max. 3400m, average 1950m
  • Travel by minibus, train and 3 internal flights
  • Countries visited: Peru

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

We include drinking water, provided in large containers to refill a reusable bottle from, to reduce the amount of single-use plastic. 

There are plenty of opportunities to visit the markets and purchase local handicraft products or to sample Peruvian street food; try the Mercado San Pedro in Cuzco for local produce and the artisan market in Aguas Calientes for textiles. The entrance fees for the archaeological sites, museums and churches we visit, including Machu Picchu, help support their maintenance, restoration and upkeep.

Café Daria is the first vocational training site for young adults with special needs. Students are trained across all aspects of hospitality and the food is prepared by the students on site. It's a great way to interact with locals, while also giving those who would normally be isolated from society the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Exodus support this cafe, and you will have the opportunity to visit it in Cuzco if you wish. 

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Lima
to
Cuzco
  • Day 1

    Start Lima; afternoon visit to water fountain park

    The tour starts in Lima; those on the group flights arrive in the morning. There are no excursions planned until late afternoon so land only travellers can arrive anytime up until mid-afternoon (please note that hotel check-in times are usually from 3pm). Our hotel is based in the residential Miraflores District, within walking distance of the coast.

    There will be a group briefing at the hotel this afternoon and then we will go the water fountain park to explore and enjoy the Fantasy Fountain Show, a musical laser light and water show.

    Accommodation: Antigua Miraflores Colonial Room (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Morning Lima city tour; afternoon fly to Chiclayo

    This morning we have a tour of colonial Lima and explore the historic downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Government Palace (also known as ‘House of Pizarro’) as we take a short walk around the colonial centre. We also visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinthine network of catacombs complete with the bones of Lima's wealthy eighteenth and nineteenth-century residents. 

    After lunch we transfer to the airport and fly to Chiclayo where we spend the night.

    Accommodation: Costa del Sol Wyndham (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Transfer to Chaparri lodge in the dry forests of Lambayeque, northern Peru

    This morning we transfer 2-2.5 hrs to Chappari Lodge in the dry forests of Lambayenque.  We'll arrive in time to get settled in our rooms before enjoying lunch on the open air dining area, hopefully getting our first sight of the Peruvian White-tailed deer and Sechuran foxes who are frequent visitors during mealtimes!

    The order of activities at Chaparri Lodge may change depending on the weather and other factors. However, there will be a briefing upon arrival at the lodge and you will also usually go for a walk this afternoon along one of the main trails which will provide excellent chances to see the local wildlife and birds.

    Accommodation: Chaparri Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Full day exploring the Chaparri Reserve in search of wildlife including Spectacled bears.

    Today is spent exploring the Chaparri Reserve in search of wildlife. Chaparri is the site of Peru’s first wildlife rescue centre designed specifically for Spectacled Bears. Seven bears that have been confiscated from illegal captivity are currently housed in large semi-wild enclosures that provide the bears a stimulating natural environment in which to live. We will visit some of these enclosures with a local guide to watch these bears in their natural habitat and learn more about these threatened animals. Chaparri also receives a selection of other rescued animals (ocelot, Andean condor, King vulture, Military macaw) which may also be seen.

    Accommodation: Chaparri Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Transfer back to Chiclayo; fly to Cuzco via Lima

    We have a very early start this morning, leaving the lodge around 4am, in order to transfer back to Chiclayo in time for our morning flight to Cuzco, via Lima.  We should arrive in Cuzco by lunchtime and the rest of the day is free to relax.

    Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the Imperial City of the Incas, Cuzco was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present-day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles.

    It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3400m).

    Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Morning orientation tour (on foot) followed by the chance to learn to make chocolate! Afternoon free for optional activities or to explore Cuzco

    This morning we have an orientation tour of Cuzco to discover its historic buildings and winding streets, then we will visit the chocolate museum to learn all the chocolate making process starting from the cocoa tree from the Peruvian jungle. We will have the chance to make our own chocolates today, filled the way you like them, which are yours to take home.

    The rest of the afternoon has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and Qorikancha - Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves.

    Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Morning art workshop; afternoon free for optional activities such as paddle-boarding, mountain biking or zip-lining in the Sacred Valley

    This morning we will participate in an art workshop featuring both colonial glass ceramics and acrylic painting in cusquenian colonial guild. Learn about the process of making glasses ceramics by crafting both a traditional torito (little bull) and caballito (little horse) of Pucará. These ‘Andes Guardians’ are yours to keep and make a wonderful souvenir of your time in Cuzco!

    The afternoon has been left free to enjoy Cuzco. If you fancy something more active then there is an array of optional activities available from Cuzco. These include paddle-boarding on Lake Piuray, mountain biking in the Sacred Valley between Maras and Moray, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley. For some activities, a minimum number of participants is required.

    Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Sacred Valley tour including visit to an alpaca/llama farm; afternoon to Aguas Calientes

    This morning, we head out of Cuzco into the Sacred Valley. Along the way we visit an alpaca farm where we will have the chance to learn about alpacas and llamas, maybe getting the chance to feed them, and seeing the different techniques used for weaving and dyeing the wool. We will then continue on to the colourful handicraft market at Pisac, at the entrance to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After some free time to browse the stalls, we will drive to Ollantaytambo to have lunch. We should have time for an optional tour of the nearby ruins before catching our train to Aguas Calientes.

    Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Mapi (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Early morning guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cuzco

    In order to beat the day-trippers arriving from Cuzco and reach the ruins as early as possible, a very early start is required to queue for Machu Picchu; only government-registered buses can make the 30-minute drive up the winding road to the site entrance and during high season (May-October) queues can be hours long.

    Machu Picchu is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world and what makes it all the more dramatic is its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records of it, and so Machu Picchu remained a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham.

    New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; of the three possible visiting slots, we will purchase the morning slot from 06:00 until 12:00 (unless unavailable), you will be limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu; Exodus selects the most comprehensive route.

    We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).

    Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Free day in Cuzco for shopping or activities

    Today has been left free to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Cuzco. Again, your leader can help to arrange optional excursions and activities for you - please see the Optional Activities section of the Trip Notes for more details.

    Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    End Cuzco.

    Our adventure ends this morning after breakfast. Those who have booked a flight inclusive package from London will be transferred to the airport in the afternoon for the overnight international flight back to London via Bogota.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included in the price of the tour. 

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

Drinking water is provided. The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that wheat/gluten-free products will be available for breakfast in all locations - if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food.

Where lunch and dinner is not included we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Weather

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate. The coastal desert, including Lima, is generally dry but cloudy through most of the year. The exception is January to March when the skies are clear and the temperatures rise.

Cuzco and the Andes have a temperate climate. December to March is the rainy season in Cuzco/the Andes and April to November is the dry season; characterised by clear skies and strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. Daytime temperatures are usually pleasant (approx. 20 degrees C on average) but night times only 5-10 degrees C, except for May, June, July and August when days are cooler and nights are often close to, or a few degrees below, freezing. In the Andes, however, anything is possible at any time of year, including cloud, rain or even snow, and rapid and unexpected changes! 

Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are in the cloud forest and as such attract large amounts of precipitation all year as clouds move up from the Amazon Basin. Rain here can be heavy, but is seldom prolonged. Cold fronts sometimes occur from July-August.

Peru is affected by the El Niño weather phenomenon whereby warming of Pacific Ocean surface water off South America drives a shift in the atmospheric circulation resulting in abnormally high levels of rainfall over parts of South America. These events occur at irregular intervals of two to seven years, and last nine months to two years. A strong El Niño event occurred in 2014-16. In El Niño years, temperatures in Lima can be much warmer than described above but it still rarely rains in Lima.

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco, Peru

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Level 3, Moderate. It is designed for ages 13 to 16 but is also suitable for ages 9 to 12.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however note if your child is in this secondary category they may find it a little harder. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.

When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved as well as the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too as is the altitude on this itinerary. 

There is a degree of flexibility within the itinerary, with an array of optional activities to choose from in Cuzco depending on your family's interests.

Protest action/strikes are not uncommon in Peru, and whilst these are generally peaceful, they can involve roadblocks and cause disruption to travel. Occasionally your leader may have to adapt your itinerary in response to this. 

New List of Regulations for visiting Machu Picchu 

The main points impacting your visit are the following:

  1. The tickets are valid only for one entry which means that you cannot leave the site and re-enter.
  2. Once you have done the chosen circuit with your guide, you cannot walk back to view anything already visited and once you finish the circuit, you will have to leave the site. You can no longer explore the site further after the guided tour.
  3. The two visit times for visiting the site, either 6am-12pm or 12-16.30pm.

These new regulations will affect how long you are able to spend at Machu Picchu.  In the past, after the guided tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site, this is not possible anymore. The alternative that we are implementing on our visits to allow you further time, is to explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun Gate and Inca Bridge) before starting the guided tour.  The guided tour will be about 2 hrs in duration, and unfortunately at the end of it, you will need to exit the site.

Schedule of visit to Machu Picchu on this itinerary:

  • Early bus to Machu Picchu and explore upper part with the tour leader until 10am.
  • 10 am start the guided tour
  • 12.30pm passengers leave Machu Picchu.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & Lodge

This trip spends 8 nights hotels and 2 nights lodge, all with en suite facilities.

The hotels normally used are indicated within the itinerary however accommodation may differ from those stated depending on your departure date. All accommodation is centrally located and within waking distance of the main sites and have en suite bathrooms. Most hotels have a safety deposit box in the room but if not, there will be one at reception.

In the dry forests of Lambayeque, northern Peru we stay in the basic but beautiful Chaparri Lodge, located in the foothills of the Andes. The private reserve of Chaparri offers a tranquil escape with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The lodge is constructed in a traditional style from local materials blending into the natural environment. Electricity is provided by solar panels and hotel water is provided by solar water heaters. There is an open-air dining room which maximises interactions with local wildlife – Peruvian White-tailed deer and Sechuran foxes are frequent visitors during mealtimes!

A railway line runs straight through the centre of Aguas Calientes and whilst we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, you might hear the trains from some rooms.

Please note that central heating is very rare in Peru, even in good standard hotels. Most hotels provide plug in heaters and spare blankets. Additionally whilst all of the hotels have a hot water supply, it can be temperamental when there is high demand.

We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single rooms can be booked for an optional single supplement.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 056 631 86 64