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 sites peaks for stunning views.
Join local chefs, bakers, horse-riders, weavers, and more for hands-on experiences of beloved Peruvian traditions.
Explore the ancient stone fortress and bustling colonial plazas of the lively Inca capital of Cusco.
Travel by train and bus through the Inca’s Sacred Valley, meeting locals along the way.
Itinerary - 8 Days
Day 1 — U.S./Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru, land of the Inca! This evening is free to rest up for our grand adventure.
Ramada Costa Del Sol 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 hike 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 Resort & 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 Resort & 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 spiced 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. Kids can share entries from their journals and make sure they know how to stay in touch with their new friends.
Hotel Libertador el Palacio del Inka (B,L,D)
Days 7 & 8 — Cusco/Lima/U.S.
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. On the December 2014 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $200 per person. On the December 2015 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300 per person.
International airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight within Peru is $400 (subject to change).
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.