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Inca Trail Family Holiday with teenagers

Peru

Inca Trail Family Holiday with teenagers

Hiking
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Start: Lima
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End: Cusco

Visit Peru on a family adventure that tackles the Inca Trail

Activity
Hiking
LocationPeru
Duration14 days
Start / EndLima / Cusco
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Peru

Inca Trail Family Holiday with teenagers

Hiking·
14 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Lima
·
End: Cusco

Description

Travel to Peru on this family adventure and uncover the terraced ruins of Peru’s mystical ancient city. Explore some of South America’s most beautiful architecture in Lima before flying to Cuzco and journeying to the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley. Acclimatise in Chinchero and enjoy a local homestay, then warm up for the Inca Trail trek with a mountain bike adventure in the Andean cou...

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Itinerary

Day 1Lima
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru.  With colonial charm, ancient Inca history and llamas around every corner, Peru is a destination with a difference. You'll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. Your adventure officially begins with a Welcome Meeting at 5pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. It’s important that you attend, as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. If you’re going to be late, please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. If you arrive early, be sure to take a stroll around Miraflores. Go from Central Park (Parque Kennedy) to LarcoMar via Larco Avenue. Alternatively, go to Parque del Amor (Love's Park) and check out its mosaics and El Beso statue. Pachacamac, home to the Temple of the Sun, is also well worth the trip (approximately 30 km from downtown Lima). Limenos (Lima's residents) are friendly, and there are plenty of great restaurants and cafes at which to sample delicious ceviche, a local seafood specialty.
Day 2Cusco
Explore Lima with a guide today. Your tour will take you through the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History – the largest and oldest public museum in Peru. Check out some of its 100,000 pre-Incan artifacts – there are ceramics, textiles, tools and ruins from as far back as 1,000 BC. You will also visit the infamous catacombs underneath the San Francisco church. Here you'll find the bones of an estimated 75,000 bodies arranged in ornate patterns in stone pits. While it can get a little claustrophobic down there, it's a fascinating display. The church itself is also quite a sight, built in the boroque style of the late 17th century. Later on, catch a flight to Cusco (approx. 1.5 hours).
Day 3Cusco
Approach your day at a nice easy pace, taking time to acclimatise to the city's altitude (3,450 m). You will enjoy a half-day city tour in which a guide will show you some of Cusco's excellent sights and activities. This city is really the heart and soul of Peru. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures, and it's a dream to walk around. Inca-built walls line the central streets, and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations.  While you're here, you'll visit the local Coricancha archeological site, Cusco Cathedral, the ruins of the most opulent temple in the Inca Empire as well as the 4 main archaeological sites near the city: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.
Day 4Cusco
The day is yours to explore the city as you please. Armed with a full boleto turistico (tourist ticket), you'll have access to almost all of the best museums and sights in town. Perhaps start your day at the local market – a great chance to mingle with the locals, sample some street food or some pastries, and browse for some strange items such as 'Dragon's Blood' (medicinal tree sap). Some great museums to visit are The Pisco Museum, the Museum of Inca Culture and the Museum of Popular Art. There are also many adventure activities on offer in the gorgeous surrounding hills, from trekking and mountain biking to via-ferrata climbing and zip-lining.
Day 5Sacred Valley
Venture into the Sacred Valley. With its warm climate and fertile soil, this valley was considered the greenhouse of the Incas, who built many towns and agricultural terraces along it. Small farming hamlets dot a landscape of patchwork fields, and many are still ploughed by oxen and other beasts of burden. En route you will reach the village of Pisac (2,950 m), where you can stop and browse the stalls of the traditional market. There are also some fascinating Inca ruins to explore – your first taste of Inca architecture. The ruins stick out on a pinnacle overlooking the valley while steep terraces sweep around the hillside. Your hotel for tonight is located in the heart of the valley (2,800 m) in a quiet farming village. Today you will explore the Pisaq inca site and walk down to Pisaq town. Stop in the historic colonial town to browse the stalls of the traditional market.
Day 6Chinchero
Today you will start to prepare for the Classic Inca Trail or Moonstone trek, with a walk up to the village of Chinchero. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind, follow a newly reopened section of Inca road up the Urquillos Valley, climbing 900 m (approx. 4 hours) to reach the high-altitude plains of Chinchero (3,760 m). This route is rarely walked by tourists, so enjoy the ambience. You will take in amazing views of the Vilcanota range and, with some luck, spot some parrots and hummingbirds along the way. At Chinchero, the villagers are famous for their skills in weaving, and you might see them in their traditional dress, tending their fields. In the afternoon you can explore the village where the people of Chinchero offer their textiles at a colourful local market. You'll also check out the painted church and investigate the Inca ruins. Enjoy the hospitality of a local family who will welcome you into their home for the night.
Day 7Ollantaytambo
After breakfast you'll be collected from the homestay and taken to your private transport bound for Moray and its archaeological site. This was an experimental centre of agriculture in Incan times. From here you'll begin your cycling adventure. We start biking along a mild-intermediate section of trail, pause for some included snacks and then continue onto the Salt Flats of Maras. The ride covers about 30-35km (22 miles) depending on the group and the pace.You will be provided with adjustable helmets (mandatory), full-fingered gloves, elbow and knee pads (mandatory on certain downhill sections). The group will have a support vehicle for those wishing not to ride the whole way. The salt flats of Maras are a great spot to drink in the views and take some pictures. Then it's an intermediate downhill stretch that brings you to Pichingoto on the route to Ollantaytambo. Your bike trip ends at this point. Transfer to a private vehicle and head to Ollantaytambo. The town of Ollantaytambo, built over an ancient Inca city, is a traditional village laid out on a grid plan (one of only four surviving examples), overlooked by the magnificent fortress of Ollantay.
Day 8Classic Inca Trail or Moonstone Trek
Depending on the travel arrangements you made before the trip, during the next four days you’ll be hiking the ancient trails of one of the following routes to Machu Picchu: the Classic Inca Trail or the Moonstone Trek. For the duration of either hike you'll camp in a spacious tent and be accompanied by a support crew consisting of porters, a cook and a helper who will take care of all camp chores. A toilet tent is provided at camp and at each lunch stop. Classic Inca Trail: Travel by minivan (approx. 45 mins) to the 82 kilometre marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3,100 metres above sea level. On the way you’ll see the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, as well as incredible views of snow-capped Veronica Mountain. In the evening, unwind at the campsite near the hamlet of Huayllabamba with a nourishing meal. Expected walking: 11km/7miles (6-7 hours) Moonstone Trek: Transfer (approx. 2 hours) by private bus to the starting point of the Moonstone Trek, stopping to visit Killarumiyoc, a religiously important Inca site, along the way. Begin the trek and make your way along the dusty path to Huata, another ancient site that served as a check point. Enjoy the valley views while you rest for lunch, before continuing on to the village of Chillipawa where we will set up camp. The camp is located at approximately 3,700 metres above sea level. Expected walking: 11km/7 miles (6-7 hours)
Day 9Classic Inca Trail or Moonstone Trek
Classic Inca Trail: Set off along the course of the Cusichaca River, ascending a broad valley to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m). This is the last place of human habitation on the Inca Trail. Your porters will go ahead and prepare lunch, which will be waiting for you at a spot that's close to the summit. The trail steepens through fertile cloud forest and eventually onto high-altitude grassland. Finally you will reach the highest point of the entire trail, called Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass) (4,200 m). At this point you can pause to rest and enjoy the views, perhaps snapping a photo or two of the lush surrounds from this vantage. Then you will begin the steep descent into the valley below. Your camp is located at Pacaymayo (3,700 m). Expected walking: 10km/6.5 miles (6-7 hours) Moonstone Trek: Brace yourself for a climb today as the path continues to steepen and increase in elevation. You’ll break for lunch to soak in the expansive views of the surrounding landscape before tackling the final summit to the Accoccasa Pass. At 4,600 metres above sea level it is the highest point of the Moonstone Trek and offers unbeatable views of snow-capped Veronica Mountain (5,800 m) and the Urubamba mountain range. Take some time to congratulate yourself before following the path downhill to your campsite Chancachuku (4,300 m). Expected walking: 9 km/5.5 miles (6 hours)
Day 10Classic Inca Trail or Moonstone Trek
Classic Inca Trail: A second ascent leads past a fine set of ruins to Runkuracay Pass (3,998 m). From here, you'll be pleased to discover, the trail is mostly downhill! The vegetation gradually changes as you walk through part of the cloud forest, skirting the outer edges of the Amazon Jungle. Cross the Aobamba River, from where you can see the Sayacmarca ruins sitting on a rocky spur up above. A final, easy ascent over a lower pass takes you to the campsite, which is perched above the ruins of Phuyupatamarca. On this final stretch you'll take in many incredible vistas out across the vast mountains and jungle. Expected walking: 12km/7.5 miles (5-6 hours) Moonstone Trek: Breathe easy today - most of the trekking is downhill. After breakfast, follow a stream into a narrow canyon where the path navigates high above a deep valley. This is arguably one of the most spectacular sections of the trek. Along the way you’ll notice an old Inca aqueduct carved into the cliffs, which was used to transport water through the region. Take a steep but short climb up to a flat meadow and enjoy some lunch before making your way to the ridge top shrine of Wayraqpunku (the gate of the wind). Continue downhill, passing the Inca site Choquetacarpo before arriving at tonight’s campsite for a well-deserved rest. Expected walking: 12km/7.5 miles (6-7 hrs)
Day 11Classic Inca Trail or Moonstone Trek
Classic Inca Trail: The final day of the trek starts with an amazing view, and after breakfast you'll set off on one of the most scenic parts of the whole trail. It's all downhill for the first 2.5 hours until you reach your lunch stop at the Inca site of Winay Huayna. From here, it is just 2 more hours until you reach the highlight of today: Machu Picchu. The toil of the day is forgotten at a stroke as you are treated to an out-of-this-world view of Machu Picchu before you. After lingering to admire this panorama, catch a bus to Aguas Calientes. Here you can check into your accommodation, stretch your legs and take a long-awaited hot shower. Expected walking: 9 km/5.6 miles (6-7 hours) Moonstone Trek: Make sure you’ve saved some camera battery for today, as sunrise over Veronica Mountain is a highlight of this trek! Wake early to catch the show and enjoy breakfast before beginning your final descent into the valley below. Wander by ruins on your way to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, take the train to Aguas Calientes and check into your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and catch up with members of your group who hiked the Inca trail. Tonight you will enjoy the comforts of a bed. Expected walking: 7km/4 miles (3-4 hours)
Day 12Machu Picchu/Cusco
It's an early one this morning - head out on a bus to Machu Picchu at 5.30am. The journey will take 30 minutes. Once you arrive, enjoy a two-hour guided tour of this incredible site. You will then have free time to explore the ruined city by yourself. While it is thought Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility, there is evidence that it had been a sacred site for much longer. Another school of thought is that it was an astronomical observatory. Decide for yourself as you wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters. In the afternoon, take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to Cusco.
Day 13Cusco
Enjoy a free day in Cusco to recover from the trek. If you have some energy left, take the time to walk around and immerse yourself in this delightful, vibrant town. Perhaps feast on some delicious Andean cuisine – you're sure to come across some cancha (roasted corn kernels), humitas (ground and cooked corn cakes), and papa a la huancaina (potatoes in a spicy cream sauce). You could practice your bargaining skills in the craft markets, or visit colonial Spanish churches. Perhaps treat the family to a cooking class or, better yet, a massage – the ultimate way to unwind from the rigours of the trail!
Day 14Cusco
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

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Trip title

Inca Trail Family Holiday with teenagers

Trip code

GGFA

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Travel to Peru on this family adventure and uncover the terraced ruins of Peru’s mystical ancient city. Explore some of South America’s most beautiful architecture in Lima before flying to Cusco and journeying to the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley. Acclimatise in Chinchero and enjoy a local homestay, then warm up for a trek along the ancient trails of the Classic Inca Trail or the Moonst... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Family,Walking & Trekking

Transport

Minibus,Plane,Train

Physical Rating

4

Joining point

Hotel El Tambo II

Joining point description

Hotel El Tambo 2 is located in Miraflores just 800 metres from Kennedy Park. The rooms feature air conditioning, cable TV and a private bathroom. The hotel also offers wifi, a 24 Hour front desk and luggage storage.

Joining point instructions

An arrival transfer is included in this trip - Please advise flight details at least 14 days prior to departure. If you have pre-booked this service you will be met after exiting customs. As you exit please look for the Intrepid sign with your name on it. There is only one exit for international arrivals and there will be many signs so please look around carefully. If you are unable to locate yo... Read more

Finish point

Garcilaso Hotel I

Finish point description

Garcilaso Hotel I is located in the centre of Cusco, just 5 minutes walk from the main square. It features a central courtyard perfect for relaxing in. Wifi is available.

Finish point instructions

Cusco Airport is located approximately 10 minutes drive from Garcilaso Hotel I. A departure transfer can be pre arranged for your and your family. Please contact your booking agent to arrange this prior to departure. If you have booked a departure transfer please ask your tour leader to confirm your hotel pick up time. Transfers are scheduled to arrive at the airport with ample time for you to c... Read more

Important information

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. Minimum age for children on this trip is 10 years old. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel. A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Day 6 (Homestay) TREKKING PREFERENCE: CLASSIC INCA TRAI... Read more

Group leader

Family Trips All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eatin... Read more

Safety

HIKING IN PERU In accordance with local laws governing tourism in Peru, trekking groups of up to and including 8 trekkers will be led by one local guide. The evacuation of an injured traveller in normal conditions may take more than 8 hours. For your own safety, it's crucial that you adhere to the local guide's safety instructions, particularly in regard to how to prevent trekkers getting separate... Read more

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

Discover the best sights of Lima, from the colonial architecture and excellent museums to the mysterious catacombs and their ornate displays of human bones

Is this trip right for you

This trip visits places that are at high altitude (Cusco is located at 3,450 m). Some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this. Some of the trekking is tough going, especially with the altitude. It's important to be patient as your body adjusts. With an experienced suppo... Read more

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience a vast array of dishes, beverages, dining experiences, ingredients and produce. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, the trip price does not include all meals. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility – whether you wish to partake in budget, mid-range or high-end dining options. Your group leader will b... Read more

Money matters

The official currency of Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN). Peruvian banks are allowed to reject dollar bills which are old, torn (more than one centimetre) and which have too many stamps on them. Please make sure you don't accept bills in such conditions as you may not be able to use them. MONEY EXCHANGE - LATIN AMERICA ACCESSING MONEY With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cit... Read more

What to take

CLIMATE & CLOTHING: Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. Please pack accordingly.

Climate and seasonal

The Inca trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Intrepid alternative trek. DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTESTS: Demonstrations and protests, often in response to local labour or social issues, occur regularly throughout Peru. National strikes can be called at short notice and can ca... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/ While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local re... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance s... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

Due to energy supply and timing provisions being limited in some places, please be prepared for some cold showers. The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in your selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instance... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

We've allowed plenty of room for freedom and flexibility in our trips. In fact, flexibility is one of the ingredients that makes each of our trips so exciting. This style of travel offers us some unexpected circumstances at times, for example, bad weather and road conditions, technical defects of transportation, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyo... Read more

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Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts),Homestay (1 nt),Hotel (8 nts)
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