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Introduce your family to the mysteries of the Inca and the vibrant traditions of the Andes on this fascinating journey to Peru. Venture into Inca fortresses and towns built of giant boulders, and get immersed in the swirl of colors and crafts at a village market. Ride a paso horse, try your hand at traditional weaving, and go hiking among salt terraces and ancient ruins. A spectacular train ride brings us high into the Andean peaks to amazing Machu Picchu for a full day of exploration in this lost citadel of the Inca.
Spend an entire day at Machu Picchu exploring the mysterious ruins and hiking the surrounding slopes in search of stunning views.
Meet bakers, horseback-riders, weavers, and more for hands-on experiences featuring ancient Andean traditions.
Join National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa for a hands-on demonstration of traditional Peruvian weaving techniques.
Alongside a local chef, enjoy pachamanca, a traditional Andean dish baked in the earth.
Itinerary - 7 Days
Day 1 — Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru, land of the Inca! This evening is free to rest up for our grand adventure.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel
Day 2 — Cusco/Sacred Valley
Meet the rest of the group and fly to the Inca capital of Cusco. Explore the Sacsayhuamán fortress made with 100-ton stones that fit together so tightly that not even a sheet of paper can slide between. After lunch and a walk in the colorful market town of Pisac, enter the Sacred Valley of the Inca, our stomping ground for the next three days. Our welcome dinner features delicious Peruvian cuisine.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Sacred Valley
In Peru, weaving is all about ritual and culture. National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa welcomes us to her Center for Traditional Textiles where you can dye wool, spin yarn, or set up a loom. Later, take a Peruvian paso horse for a ride or hike among glittering salt terraces in Maras. Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Sacred Valley
Join a master chef and local farmers and eat traditional food cooked in the ground. Explore Ollantaytambo, a classic Inca valley town, then hop the train toward Machu Picchu, passing breathtaking mountain vistas. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most amazing sights. Spend all day exploring the ruins, hiking the steep peaks and pondering the mysteries of this “lost” city of the Inca, forgotten at the Spanish conquest and only rediscovered to the West in 1911 by Hiram Bingham with funding from National Geographic. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Sacred Valley Train/Cusco
Ride back up the valley to sample pan chuta, a sweet flat bread baked in traditional clay ovens. Then young explorers will meet their pen pals. They'll play soccer, participate in an art project, and try out their Spanish. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner in the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Cusco/Lima
Today explore the marvelous streets and plazas of Cusco, once lavishly adorned with Inca gold stolen by the Spanish during the conquest. This afternoon return to Lima for your overnight flight home. (B,L)
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $800 in 2017, $1000 in 2018. On the December 22 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300 per person. On the December 27 departure, there is a $550 per person surcharge.
International airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight within Peru is $400 in 2017, $500 in 2018 (subject to change).
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.
About this Expedition
We tap into National Geographic’s vast network to design unique travel experiences for the whole family, filled with hands-on activities and memorable moments. A special aspect of this expedition is the Kid-to-Kid Connection, which links every young traveler with a pen pal of similar age in Peru. Kids will meet their pen pals at the Picaflor House, a community center for disadvantaged children located outside of Cusco. They'll work together on a creative arts project, sharing phrases in Spanish, Quecha, and English, and then head outside for a fun game of soccer.
Our dynamic Expedition Leaders enrich each experience with their insights, knowledge, and energy, and a Young Explorer Leader joins every group to facilitate fun activities that help kids get the most out of the places we go. As we travel, we’ll also meet up with fascinating people doing meaningful work in the field.