Family Trip To Mystical Peru - 8 Days

TAUCK BRIDGES FAMILY TRAVEL

Family Trip To Mystical Peru

TIME OF YEAR – Apr, Jun – Aug

Discover the secrets of this ancient land from today’s capital, Lima, to its original Incan capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and mysterious Machu Picchu, you’ll paint pottery, get blessed by a shaman, go horseback riding or river rafting (or get a massage!), see Peruvian Pasos dance, weave bracelets with schoolchildren, ride the rails to a lost city, take a chocolate-making class, meet endangered spectacled bears, play a pan flute and much more.

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Insider visits to the “Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu, and the sacred site of Sacsayhuamán.

Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel and lodge accommodations, entertainment, special dinners, land transportation, sightseeing, porterage, and the services of local guides, drivers and the Tauck Director are included. Transportation from Lima Airport to the JW Marriott Lima is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided we have received accurate flight arrival information at least three weeks prior to the tour departure date. Transportation from the JW Marriott Lima to Lima Airport is also included when checking out of the hotel. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Age Recommendations – Children 8 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, we have a minimum recommended age for each journey to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Day 01:
Arrive Lima, city of conquistadors & kings

Tour begins: JW Marriott Hotel Lima. A transfer is included from Lima Airport to the JW Marriott Hotel Lima, ideally located in one of the city’s best neighborhoods. Most international flights arrive late evening, so settle into your room for a snack and a good night’s rest.

Day 02:
Modern & Street Art in Callao

This morning begins with a drive to the seaside city of Callao. Here, learn about the Peruvian modern art and street art that lines the roads of Callao and add personality and bright colors everywhere you turn. Kids will have the opportunity to create their own graffiti masterpieces as well. After lunch, take a short flight from Lima to Cusco and make your way to the Sacred Valley. Join us tonight for a welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging – Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Day 03:
Pupils and prayers in the Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley… a mountainous region of Peru that offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover… along with farms and villages that welcome you with a taste of daily life. This morning you’ll be introduced to a local community and will have a host of activities to choose from learning to ride a donkey to a weaving demonstration to tree planting, before enjoying lunch with fellow guests. This afternoon, discover the meanings behind the sacred markings of ancient Peruvian cultures at a renowned pottery studio, then let your creative spirit take over when you paint your own ceramic masterpiece. Enjoy dinner at your leisure at the hotel tonight.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging – Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Day 04:
Paso horses, rafting or a spa & more

Today offers a choice of adventures* in the Sacred Valley today: hit the trail for a horseback ride through a small village and on into the countryside or don a wet suit for a rafting trip on a nearby river… or, you can choose a massage in the hotel spa! Later, meet up for a barbecue lunch at a private ranch, followed by a show starring the country’s beautiful smooth-gaited Peruvian Paso horses, protected as part of the Patrimonio Cultural (Cultural Heritage) of Peru. Back at your hotel, a local shaman will provide blessings for your journey and give spiritual insight to the Sacred Valley area and Machu Picchu. Enjoy dinner tonight in the hotel’s 17th-century colonial hacienda.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging – Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Day 05:
Train to Aguas Calientes & on to Machu Picchu

Experts are still not exactly sure what Machu Picchu was used for, but for centuries, this remarkable Inca citadel lay hidden from the world by mountainous jungle and mist until Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham accidentally stumbled on it in 1911 while looking for other major Incan ruins. His discovery revealed myths and mysteries that still confound visitors today, making your rail journey on the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, the “gateway to Machu Picchu,” and your drive up the mountain to what Bingham called the “Lost City of the Incas” that much more exciting. You’ll spend the afternoon exploring Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was recently named one of the “new seven wonders of the world” – with our expert guides. This evening, head back down into Aguas Calientes for an overnight in whitewashed casitas (bungalows) at your pueblo-style hotel surrounded by a cloud forest.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06:
Natural discoveries & ancient Cusco by rail

The morning is free for you to do as you please; there are lots of great optional activities for your family to choose from! You can take a guided nature walk on the flower-filled grounds of your hotel, seeing the collection of orchids and herbs that thrive here; or head into the colorful local market in Aguas Calientes, for an eye-opening parade of locally made arts and crafts, including woven tapestries, ponchos, jewelry and more. At a private presentation, you can learn about the plight of the region’s nearly extinct spectacled bears and how you can help them, then meet some of these endangered animals. After lunch, make your way by train and coach to Cusco for a two-night stay in the historic city center at the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco, featuring an indoor pool to cool off in, as well as ancient walls and treasures uncovered during the hotel’s recent construction.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging – JW Marriott Hotel Cusco

Day 07:
Antiquities, llamas & chocolate in Cusco

Wake up this morning in the heart of Cusco – South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the shape of a puma, Cusco astounds with both Incan relics and some of the oldest Spanish colonial architecture in the “New World.” At the archaelogical site of Sacsayhuamán, the “House of the Sun,” view awe-inspiring stone fortresses built by the Incas more than five centuries ago. Get a sweet taste of local traditions during a hands-on, mouth-watering chocolate-making class at the Choco Museo. Then learn how to tell the difference between an alpaca and a llama at the Awanacancha farm, where you’ll meet these unique animals whose wool is woven into beautiful colorful textiles by local artisans. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Music’s in the air at our farewell dinner in Cusco, as you learn how to play the Peruvian pan flute – which you’ll get to take home with you as an unforgettable musical memento of your Tauck Bridges family Peru vacation!
Meals – Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging – JW Marriott Hotel Cusco

Day 08:
Journey home

Tour ends: Lima. Fly from Cusco to Lima for lunch; rooms have been reserved for you at the JW Marriott Hotel Lima whether you choose to fly out tonight or stay overnight and fly out in the morning. A transfer is included to Lima Airport from the JW Marriott Hotel Lima. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

What's Included

  • On-Tour Air (1 flight)
  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides & drivers
  • Graffiti tour and workshop in Callao
  • Pottery painting, a Paso horse show and bracelet making with schoolchildren in Urubamba
  • A private presentation on the endangered spectacled bear and a visit to an alpaca and llama farm River rafting, horseback riding or a spa treatment in the Sacred Valley
  • A chocolate-making class at a chocolate museum in Cusco
  • A farewell dinner where you'll learn to play the Peruvian pan flute
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • 19 meals; service charges, taxes, and porterage

Night 1 Lima, Peru

JW Marriott Hotel Lima

The ultra-modern JW Marriott Hotel Lima towers over the oceanside cliffs of the Miraflores district of Peru’s capital city, offering sweeping ocean views from guest rooms located in this 25-story glass tower. Your family will appreciate the spaciousness of your room as well as the air conditioning, luxurious bedding, LCD television, CD player, coffee/tea maker and a minibar. If you still energy to burn after a busy day, head to the Health Club and take advantage of its cardiovascular equipment, free weights and Cybex weight machines. You’ll find a fusion of Peruvian and Asian cuisines at the JW Sushi Ceviche Lounge and award-winning local and international cuisine at La Vista Restaurant.

Nights 2-4 Urubamba, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on what was a colonial hacienda on the banks of the Vilcanota River in the

17th century and a lot remains to remind of you of those days and that heritage – just look around and let yourself feel it. Some guest rooms are decorated in the colonial style and others have modern minimalist décor but all feature a 32-inch LCD TV, electronic safe, bathrobes and slippers, Jacuzzi bath tubs, iron / ironing board and a minibar. During leisure time, check out the orchids in the Orchid Pyramid, browse through the on-site art gallery and museum or in the library, or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. For a neat dining experience that you’ll never find anywhere else, visit the Colonial Kitchen in La Casona Museum to see cooking tools centuries old and enjoy a delicious pizza prepared in the moonlight. Choose Japanese/Peruvian fusion cuisine with Andean touches at the Sushi Bar, or go for lighter regional fare at the Rikhuna Restaurant. The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness was on the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Hot List.

Night 5
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an Andean-style “village,” that combines the heritage and history of this mystical, magical place with totally modern conveniences and amenities. Guest rooms, in casitas with terra cotta tile roofs crafted by local artisans, are decorated with local crafts and feature a room heater, colonial style wardrobe, Andean slippers made with recycled materials, environment-friendly toiletries and more. When you’re not exploring Machu Picchu, explore the hotel’s lush 12 acres and discover why Condé Nast Traveler has called this special hotel “the Garden of Eden,” go for a swim in the pool, or challenge your new friends to a board game. Enjoy the views out over the mountains and the rushing river below as you savor the flavors of Andean cuisine fused with modern touches under a thatched-palm roof at Café Inkaterra or in the glass-walled Dining Room.

Nights 6-7 Cusco, Peru

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco

The brand-new JW Marriott Hotel Cusco puts your family right in the middle of so much to discover about the city and its history in Cusco’s historical center. Just to get you started, you’ll find collections of Peruvian cultural artifacts – including some unearthed during the building’s construction – in the hotel’s two exhibition halls. Although the hotel is designed around a colonial- era convent, guest rooms feature all the latest technology, like Wi-Fi, LDC TV and even an oxygen system to keep guests comfortable at Cusco’s high altitude, along with handy amenities like an in-room safe, and a mini-fridge. You’ll find modern Peruvian cuisine complimented by influences of ancient Inca architecture at the Pirqa Restaurant and hearty meals you can enjoy beside the fireplace in the Nina Soncco Lounge.

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