Best Family Vacation to Machu Picchu and Peru - 2019

Best Family Vacation to Machu Picchu and Peru - 2019

The city of Machu Picchu is the most well-known archaeological site in Peru as well as all of South America. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed assembly of terraced hills, Read More

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The city of Machu Picchu is the most well-known archaeological site in Peru as well as all of South America. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed assembly of terraced hills, temples, and plazas used to be the mountaintop citadel of the ancient Inca empire. It might be quite popular in the world now, but Machu Picchu still hasn’t uncovered the mysteries behind its establishment, function, and subsequent demise.  

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Machu Picchu is definitely the highlight of everyone’s Peru tour. It can be reached via a scenic train ride from Cusco that pass through the ancient fertile Sacred Valley of the Inca, whose lofty mountains second giant stone Inca fortresses that once protected the Inca from the pervading Spanish. Cusco happened to be the center of the Inca empire and till today, Inca walls stand throughout the center of the city. Explore colonial Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca, or venture deep into the Amazon rainforest embarking on an Amazon river cruise spotting rare birds, monkeys and a number of species in one of the world’s most biodiverse places on the planet.

Tour Highlights:

  • Experience the beauty of Andean history in Cusco.

  • Try mouth-watering Peru traditional cuisine in the markets of Cusco.

  • Witness the weaving tradition of Cusco at the Center for Traditional Textiles.

  • Visit the Sacred Valley - the most beautiful region of Peru.

  • Feed your adventurous spirit by hiking up to the exciting ruins of Pisac.

  • Get a chance to visit Inca agricultural terraces of Moray and modify different varieties of crops.

  • Explore the ruins of Ollantaytambo and admire the amazing architecture.

  • Meander along ancient canals in Machu Picchu - one of the most incredible archaeological sites in the world.

  • Make your way out to a famous Cusco culinary adventure.

Tour At A Glance:

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Day 2: Flying to Cusco

Day 3: Heading to Sacred Valley

Day 4: Ollantaytambo Ruins Exploration

Day 5: Venturing to Machu Picchu

Day 6: Some More Free Time in Machu Picchu and Return Back to Cusco

Day 7: Exploring More of Cusco

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Today, you’ll arrive in Lima. After collecting your luggage and clearing customs, you’ll be transferred to your comfort as well as a conveniently situated hotel. Settle down into your room, relax for some time and prepare for your Peru tour ahead.

Day 2: Flying to Cusco

In Cusco, Andean history comes alive. Quechua-speaking locals of the Incas fill the alleys and markets, colonial churches are situated over smooth stonework, and Peru’s rural farmers dressed in colorful attires move across the plazas. Later in the afternoon, you’ll explore the largest open market of Cusco as well as the neighboring witches’ market. After trying a few distinctive local foods, make your way to the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, which is a local organization dedicated to preserving the weaving traditions of the region. Witness weavers demonstrating their craft and also get to learn about the history as well as processes of Peru’s most famous art form.

Day 3: Heading to Sacred Valley

This morning, traverse into one of the most gorgeous areas of Peru. The Sacred Valley is going to be the highlight of your Peru Tour and you will see why! As per your interests and the weather, the day would be flexible. Visit one of the amazing textile markets in the area and test your bargaining skills with the locals. If you are seeking adventure, hike up to the stimulating ruins of Pisac or take a short stroll through the countryside to the less-traveled town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines are still in operation. Head out to the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, which is considered a nursery to experiment with and modify various varieties of crops. Finally, you’ll head out to the living Inca City of Ollantaytambo.

Day 4: Ollantaytambo Ruins Exploration

Today, you’ll get to visit the undervalued ruins of Ollantaytambo early in the morning before the larger groups of travelers reach here. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo acted as a royal estate and afterward a refuge when the Spanish conquered Cusco. The ruins exhibit sweeping terraces, huge building blocks as well as amazingly preserved architecture. In fact, the town itself is still set out in a way as it used to be during the Inca empire, allowing its tourists to catch a glimpse of the history which still exists within its territories.

Day 5: Venturing to Machu Picchu

This morning, you’ll board the train to Machu Picchu and follow the Urubamba River as it rumple its way towards the Amazon and the holy city of Machu Picchu, Peru. After check-in at the hotel and relishing lunch at Aguas Calientes, start your journey of exploring Machu Picchu, which is the former retreat of Inca kings. Wander along ancient canals that still carry water from the high mountains to the baths that are used by Inca priests. As tourists, you are welcomed to dip your hands peacefully in the cool water. After meandering amongst the huge complex of ruins and receiving a well-guided tour of Machu Picchu, you will return back to Aguas Calientes which is situated at the base of Machu Picchu. Enjoy one of the many amazing local restaurants or soak in the hot springs after having a tour of one of the most incredible archaeological sites in the world.

Day 6: Some More Free Time in Machu Picchu and Return Back to Cusco

Today, you’ll return to the ruins at Machu Picchu and do some more of exploration. It is recommended to reach here early in the morning so as to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu and can also hike to the top of Huaynapicchu for some magnificent views of the entire area. Other options for you within the citadel include walking the comparatively easy routes to the Temple of the Moon or the Sun Gate. Otherwise, you can just walk among the wide expanse of ruins and explore it as much as you wish.

After having your time in the ruins, you’ll return back to Aguas Calientes in order to catch your train toward Cusco. On reaching, settle into your hotel, relax and make your way out to a popular Cusco culinary adventure.

Day 7: Exploring More of Cusco

Today is entirely free for you to relax and explore on your own or with your guide. Visit the churches and make your way to the surrounding ruins, such as the expansive Sacsayhuaman ruins overlooking Cusco. You can also meander through the buzzing Plaza de Armas situated in the heart of Cusco, watch people from the cafes and restaurants, shop in the local markets that line these adorable streets. For those looking for some activities, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or horseback riding can be arranged. In the evening, you can enjoy some of Cusco’s varied and stimulating nightlife where excellent food and live folk music overflow! Enjoy your last night of your Peru tour to the fullest.

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