DAY 1: Welcome to Peru!
Arrival in Lima
Once you touch down in Lima, your Peru family tour with Kuoda has officially begun! You’ll find us waiting in arrivals – just look for the Kuoda sign bearing your name. We’ll then whisk you straight to your family-friendly hotel, check you in and help you with anything else you may need. After that, we’ll leave you to recuperate from your long flight.
DAY 2: Over the Andes to the Sacred Valley
Flight from Lima to Cusco – Private Cat to the Sacred Valley
After a restful night spent catching up on sleep and a complimentary buffet breakfast in the hotel, we’ll bring your family direct to the airport for the morning flight to Cusco. It’s just a short trip, and the kids will be kept entertained by the dizzying views of the Andes out the plane window.
Upon touch down in Cusco, we’ll bring you out for a tasty lunch, before taking you to the Sacred Valley, where the lower altitudes make it easier to acclimatize. On the way out there, we’ll break up the 45-minute journey with a pit stop at the Awana Kancha Living Museum. Youngsters will love watching the masterly weavers here at work and petting the cute and cuddly llamas and alpacas.
Before long, you’ll be out in the pastoral valley among tranquil Peruvian countryside. Here, cows and sheep seem to outnumber people and the dramatic, jagged silhouette of the Andes frames the picture. We’ll drop you off at your hotel for the evening.
Remember, your Peru family trip is private and customizable, which means you’ll have a Kuoda guide and driver at your disposal. So if you want to stop for a family photo or just to give the kids some time to breathe in the fresh air, just say the word.
DAY 3: Delving into past and present in the Sacred Valley
Private Tour of Pisac’s Inca Ruins and Pottery Classes and Fun Family Dinner
Today you’ll continue your family tour to Peru with a private excursion around the Sacred Valley, during which you’ll get to see how Peru’s long history still manifests itself not only in its Inca ruins but also in modern-day living here.
For starters, we’ll head to the Peruvian village of Pisac, where you and your kids can hike up to the incredible Inca ruins perched loftily on a ridge overlooking the colonial-era town. From this elevated position just beneath the clouds, you can gaze down upon the still-farmed agricultural terraces where the Incas themselves once toiled, cultivating corn and developing thousands of varieties of potato. Next, descend to the village to wander about its lively artisan market, where everything from handmade textiles to well-crafted ceramics, are sold.
At Kuoda, we know that children don’t just like to look, but to touch as well, which is why we arrange for interactive, hands-on activities as part of our Peru family tours. In the afternoon, you’ll take part in a pottery workshop in the town of Urubamba, where you will learn about the ceramics traditions of Peru and make your own ceramic piece. That evening, you’ll dine at a fun, buzzy local restaurant where you’ll get to see traditional dances and costumes as well as listen to traditional music.
DAY 4: The Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu
Private Tour of Machu Picchu
Today, you and your family will conquer that most famous of New World Wonders: Machu Picchu. You’ll ride the train from Ollantaytambo, watching the cloud forest flit by the large windows, before switching to a bus for the second leg of the trip. Upon arrival, settle in for lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, which offers striking vistas of the surrounding mountains.
Your luxury tour of Machu Picchu continues after lunch as you and your family enter the sight. No matter how many pictures or videos you’ve studied, seeing the astonishing Inca stone constructions in person still somehow manages to have an almost visceral impact – surpassing all expectations. Your well-informed guide will take you on a private tour of the cloud-level citadel, explaining what’s known about the history behind this mysterious ancient city.
Return to Aguas Calientes that evening. Tomorrow will be at your leisure, so be sure to ask your guide for recommendations on what to do in the area before you go your separate ways.
DAY 5: Machu Picchu on Your Terms
A Free Day to Explore the Ancient City at Your Own Pace
With no set activities planned for today, you are free to either relax or further explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding area at your will. High-energy families may want to hike up the citadel from town or even take on the steep ascent up the neighboring Huayna Picchu summit for unparalleled views of Machu Picchu. There are plenty of trails to choose from in the area, whether you want an easy jaunt that’s manageable for little limbs or a more demanding hike suited to adventure-hungry teens. Entrance to Machu Picchu and bus tickets will be included.
That afternoon, make your way back down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. When the train pulls into the station in Cusco, we will be waiting to bring you to your hotel.
DAY 6: Exploring the Imperial City of Cusco
Private Tour of Cusco and the Inca Ruins Surrounding the City
Meet your guide post-breakfast for a private tour of Cusco, a captivating city caught between old-world heritage and modern-day dynamism. Few travelers can resists falling head over heels for its charms. A walk here yields all manner of delights, from the Santo Domingo monastery, which sits atop an Inca temple that was once among the finest in the empire to the grand, warm-hued colonial cathedrals of Cusco’s central square, Plaza de Armas.
Next, venture into the Peruvian countryside and let the kids loose on yet another ancient site. Wander among the archaeological remains of Sacsayhuamán, where the Incas staged a great battle against the conquistadors. While here, you’ll see the vestiges of the temple and amphitheater of Q’enko, as well as the once-magnificent red fortress of Puca Pucara.
Finish the day with an activity that’s bound to please the youngsters (and any chocolate-loving adults among you!) by taking part in a chocolate-making workshop at the ChocoMuseo in Cusco. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate and about the production processes, from bean all the way to bar. Witness each chocolate-making step and take your pick from a variety of chocolate-friendly fillings to add to your personalized concoction, before taking your tempting chocolate treats home to the hotel. Things always taste better when you’ve made them yourself, of course, but remember, don’t eat them all at once!
DAY 7: Return to Lima / Thrilling light and water
Fly From Cusco to Lima. An Evening Visit to Lima’s Parque de la Reserva
This morning, we’ll take you to Cusco airport for your morning flight to Lima, the next destination during your Peru family travel adventure. As you fly through the skies, remember to steal the odd glance out the window to see the snow-dusted Andes give way to the coastal desert of the north west. Upon arrival in Lima, your Kuoda Lima host will meet you and bring you to your hotel in Lima’s Miraflores district.
In the evening, change into something you don’t mind getting wet as you’ll be heading to Lima’s “Magical Water Circuit”. Set in a city park, this fountain display is a surefire hit for families. Not only are the choreographed light, water and sound displays a marvel to behold, but many of the fountains are interactive – meaning you might find yourself playing among them and even running away from them. One thing is for sure, you should prepare to get wet!
DAY 8: Return Home
Explore Miraflores and fly Home
Today, you’ll have time to explore trendy Miraflores, an attractive oceanfront neighborhood, and one of the city’s premier shopping and dining destinations. Catch some sun at the seaside parks, browse the boutiques or head to the arcades at Lima’s stunning cliff-side shopping center, Larco Mar.
When the appropriate time comes, we’ll collect you and take you to the airport for your journey home.