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Inca & Amazon Adventure Family Holiday

from $3,025.00

A family adventure combining Peru’s classic Inca Trail trek with the tropical
Amazon Rainforest

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Inca & Amazon Adventure Family Holiday.

The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco is brimming with Spanish churches and Inca fortresses just waiting to be explored. There’s fun to be had in the nearby Sacred Valley, with the chance to go paddle-boarding on Lake Piuray or mountain biking around the salt flats of Maras. Having acclimatised, we follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the classic four day Inca Trail to the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. In contrast to the Andes we delve into the tropical Amazon Rainforest and spend three days exploring the jungle trails, canopy towers and river banks in search of wildlife.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout. Family tour designed for children ages 13-16. Inquire for child prices.
* Airport Arrival and departure transfers (at designated times)
* Full porterage throughout trek
* Kitbag
* Inflatable sleeping mat while camping

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Sleeping bag rental for Inca Trail (rent locally from USD$20)

Highlights

  • Trek the classic Inca Trail or alternative Moonstone Trek
  • Morning tour of Machu Picchu when it’s at its quietest
  • Jungle walks, canopy towers and boat rides to discover the Amazon Rainforest and its wildlife
  • Time to visit the markets and museums of Cuzco
  • Chance to go mountain biking, paddle-boarding or zip-lining in the Sacred Valley (all optional)
  • 6 nights en suite hotels, 3 nights full-service camping and 3 nights rainforest lodge
  • 4 days point-to-point walking with full porterage.
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and support staff
  • Altitude max. 4215m, average 3050m
  • Travel by minibus, train, 1 internal flight, boat and on foot
  • 7kg personal weight limit on trek
  • Alternative remote Moonstone Trek available when Inca Trail permits have sold out
  1. Day 1 Start Cuzco (3400m); afternoon orientation tour (on foot).

    Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the Imperial City of the Incas, Cuzco (3,400) was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present-day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. There will be a walking orientation tour this afternoon. It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m). There will be a welcome briefing in the hotel lobby this evening.*Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)***

  2. Day 2-3 Sightseeing and activities in Cuzco to acclimatise; choice of optional activities including a cookery class, paddle-boarding, mountain biking or zip-lining in the Sacred Valley.

    The next two days have been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America’s most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and Qorikancha – Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves.Outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. Cuzco is also the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and should you wish to visit the sites, your leader can help organise an excursion, including Pisac Market (optional).If you fancy something more active then there is an array of other optional activities available from Cuzco. These include a cookery lesson, paddle-boarding on Lake Piuray, mountain biking in the Sacred Valley between Maras and Moray, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley. For some activities, a minimum number of participants is required.On your last evening in Cuzco, there will be a full trek briefing.  You will also need to pack and weigh your duffel bag ready for the Inca Trail the following day (the weight limit is 7kg per person for your duffel bag) – remember to keep your passport somewhere accessible.*Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)***

  3. Day 4 Start Inca Trail trek from km82; walk along Urubamba River, climb to Huayllabamba.

    Those who are doing the Moonstone Trek will join a separate transfer to the trailhead – please refer to the https://assets.exodus.co.uk/pdf/tripnotes/tpm.pdf”rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>Moonstone Trek trip notes for your trek itinerary.The Classic Inca Trail is a tangential branch part of a 45,000km road network linking the whole empire to Cuzco. It was built in the 15th Century to reach Machu Picchu but was abandoned soon after the Spanish conquest. American adventurer, Hiram Bingham travelled along the trail when he came across Machu Picchu in 1911. The trail opened to the public in 1970.We leave Cuzco early and drive for roughly two hours to Ollantaytambo; our last chance to buy any items needed for the trek. From here we veer off the road and follow a track beside the river (45 minutes) to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, commonly known as Km82. After greeting our trekking crew we show our passports at the checkpoint and begin the Inca Trail trek. The trail runs alongside the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snow-capped Nevado Veronica, passing through cactus gardens and fields of corn until we reach the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where we continue up a side valley to camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba.*Full-service Camping – Huayllabamba Camp*

  4. Day 5 Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215m), then descend to Pacaymayu.

    This is the longest and most strenuous day of the trek. A long climb takes us first through an area of cloud forest to the meadows of Llulluchapampa, then over the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s) Pass, at 4215m the highest point on the trek. After quite a long, steep descent we camp in the scenic valley of the Pacamayo River (3600m).*Full-service Camping – Pacamayo Camp*

  5. Day 6 Over Runcuray Pass (3800m) to ruins of Sayajmarca and spectacular campsite above Phuyupatamarca.

    We start the day with an easier climb which takes us past the ruins of Runquracay and over the Runquracay Pass (3930m). From now on the Inca Trail becomes a clearly defined path made of flat boulders. We pass the ruins of Sayajmarca and suddenly enter rainforest; at one point the trail passes through an Inca tunnel. We camp at a spectacular campsite on the ridge above the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca (3680m) to benefit from the views of sunset and sunrise.*Full-service Camping – Phuyupatamarca Camp*

  6. Day 7 Descend to the Sun Gate for majestic views of Machu Picchu; overnight in Aguas Calientes.

    From the ridge, we embark on the infamous Inca steps: a two kilometre stone staircase taking us rapidly downhill amid a panorama of overwhelming immensity, with the peaks of the Vilcabamba range above, and the river thousands of metres below. After visiting the attractive ruins of Wiñay Wayna, we have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here we get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.Traditionally busy with groups of trekkers clamouring for photos, we plan our arrival at Inti Punku later in the day so we can enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins. Passing around the edge of the ruins, we exit the site and descend to Aguas Calientes for a well-earned rest, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night. Our trekking permits allow us one entry into the site, which we use for our tour tomorrow.There is usually time for an optional visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, however, in recent years they have become over-crowded and the water quality can suffer as a result. We will be reunited with those who have been on the Moonstone Trek at the hotel this afternoon.*Hotel Presidente / Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)*

  7. Day 8 Morning tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cuzco.

    In order to beat the day-trippers arriving from Cuzco and reach the ruins as early as possible, a very early start is required to queue for Machu Picchu; only government-registered buses can make the 30-minute drive up the winding road to the site entrance and during high season (May-October) queues can be hours long. Machu Picchu is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world and what makes it all the more dramatic is its mountain backdrop of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records of it, and so Machu Picchu remained a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; of the three possible visiting slots, Exodus will purchase the morning slot from 06:00 until 12:00 (unless unavailable), you will be limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu; Exodus selects the most comprehensive route. We catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30 mins) and continue by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).*Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)***

  8. Day 9 Free day in Cuzco for shopping or activities.

    Today has been left free to relax after the trek or explore Cuzco further. Again, your leader can help to arrange optional excursions and activities for you – please see the Optional Activities section of the Trip Notes for more details.*Koyllur Inn / Hostal Inkarri (or similar)*

  9. Day 10 Fly to Puerto Maldonado; boat transfer to Amazon lodge in the Tambopata Reserve.

    An early start today for the short flight to Puerto Maldonado, a small jungle town, where we take a boat to our jungle lodge in the Tambopata Reserve (approx. 45mins by boat). On the way, we may see river turtles and a wide variety of birdlife.The order of activities in the rainforest may change depending on the weather and other factors. However, there will be a briefing upon arrival at the lodge and you will also usually go for a short walk (approx. 20mins) to the 30m high canopy tower today. The tower affords excellent views over the expansive tropical rainforest and is a good vantage point for bird watching in particular.*Posada Amazonas Rainforest Lodge (or similar)***

  10. Day 11-12 Discover the rainforest and its wildlife on foot, by boat and via a canopy tower.

    The next two days are spent exploring the forest, rivers and lakes surrounding the lodge, on foot and by boat. Although a lot of the wildlife tends to hide in the dense foliage, we should expect to see a wide variety of birds, including herons and egrets, jacanas, macaws and the almost prehistoric-looking hoatzin, as well as several species of monkey, reptiles and insects, and with luck the giant otters which live in the rivers of the Amazon basin.For those who wish, there may be time for additional activities above and beyond those included in our programme, such as mountain biking, river kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, however, these are optional and would be additional cost (payable locally to the lodge).*Posada Amazonas Rainforest Lodge (or similar)*

  11. Day 13 Transfer to Puerto Maldonado Airport; tour ends.

    A dawn start is required for the boat transfer back to Puerto Maldonado, giving memorable views of the sunrise over the river. Look out for the early morning wildlife, which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard as they stake out their territories. The tour ends at Puerto Maldonado airport.Those who have booked a flight inclusive package from London will take a short flight to Lima, and connect with your overnight international flight back to London.

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Where you stay

Hotels, Camping & Lodge

6 nights en suite hotels, 3 nights full-service camping and 3 nights rainforest lodge.

All hotels have en suite facilities, are centrally located and most have colonial charm. On the Inca Trail our camp staff erect and dismantle the tents, cook and do all camp chores for you – you need only carry your daypack. There will be a toilet tent, dining tent and bowls of warm washing water are supplied. Our rainforest lodge has en suite rooms and mosquito nets are provided. Power is by generator for a few hours a day in the main building only but lanterns and candles are supplied.

Single accommodation

A limited number of single supplements can be booked, subject to availability (the supplement excludes the stay in the rain forest lodge, where singles are not available).

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners included in the price of the tour.

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

Drinking water is provided. The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably, we cannot guarantee that wheat/gluten-free products will be available for breakfast in all locations – if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food.

Where lunch and dinner is not included in Cuzco/Aguas Calientes we’ll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

During the Inca Trail or Moonstone Trek hearty breakfasts are served and good quality cooked lunches and dinners are provided, and usually consist of soup or a starter, a main course with meat/fish and some form of carbohydrates, followed by a dessert. Some snacks between meals are also provided. Drinking water (boiled and filtered) is provided in the mornings and at lunch during the trek so that you can refill your bottles. Bed tea/coffee is brought to your tent each morning and juice or hot drinks are provided with all meals during the trek.

While in the Amazon, all meals are included at the lodge.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Level 5, Challenging. It is designed for ages 13 to 16.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.  When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved as well as the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too as is the altitude on this itinerary.

We consider the Inca Trail as ‘challenging’ (for families) and this tour is designed for families with older (teenage) children in mind – please refer to our activity level guidelines. There are four days point-to-point walking with full porterage, reaching a maximum altitude of 4,215m, average 3,050m. You may walk for up to seven hours a day and the route involves considerable ascent and descent. Though not without its difficulties (in particular the ascent and descent of the first pass, known as Dead Woman’s Pass!) this trek is certainly possible for anyone in a good state of health and fitness, but we would not recommend it as a beginner’s trek to anyone with no previous walking experience. If you are not a regular walker you should put in some physical preparation beforehand. The trek is also not particularly suitable for those with bad knees due to the number of steep and uneven steps, particularly on the third and fourth days of the trek. We have many Exodus staff members who have completed this trek therefore if you have any concerns about the difficulty of the walking or your own/your families capabilities please feel free to speak to us before booking on.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

The climate in the Amazon is hot and humid which can make activities tiring.

There is a degree of flexibility within the itinerary, with an array of optional activities to choose from in Cuzco depending on your family’s interests.

Protest action/strikes are not uncommon in Peru, and whilst these are generally peaceful, they can involve roadblocks and cause disruption to travel. Occasionally your leader may have to adapt your itinerary in response to this.

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend three days in Cuzco (3,400m) acclimatising before starting the trek.

Walking hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Inca Trail Regulations

An Inca Trail permit is required for this trip. There are a number of important regulations regarding the Inca Trail that we would like to make you aware of:

  1. Spaces on the Inca Trail are on a first come, first served basis and we urge you to book as early as possible.
  2. If you cancel your booking more than 8 weeks before departure and wish to transfer your deposit to another departure or another trip the transfer fee is £150 as we will lose the permit we have purchased on your behalf. This is an amendment to our Booking Conditions. No transfers are possible within 8 weeks of departure.
  3. Bookings can only be made if we are supplied with your full name, passport details, date of birth and nationality, exactly as per the passport you will be using to travel to Peru (this information is used to purchase your Inca Trail permit). If your passport details do not match those on your permit you will be refused entry to the Inca Trail by the local authorities.
  4. Should the passport used to purchase your permit be lost, stolen or expire before your Inca Trail start date, you must purchase a new passport and notify Exodus immediately as we will need to apply to amend your Inca Trail permit. To do so, you must supply copies of both your old and new passports to Exodus in advance of travel and pay an administration fee of £25. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you make a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  5. Please be aware that these regulations may change at any time, and Exodus is not responsible for the decisions made by Peruvian authorities.
  6. There is a possibility that the Peruvian authorities may increase the entrance fees to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and other major sights at any time. If they do so, we will inform you of this increase and the extra amount will need to be paid locally in cash in Peru.

Please Note: Whilst your departure date may be ‘Guaranteed’, your Inca Trail permit itself will initially be ‘On Request’. If travelling within the current year we will try to purchase your permit immediately upon receiving your booking. If travelling next year, we will apply for your permit as soon as they are released for sale. In either case, in the event that we are unable to get your permit we will contact you to discuss your options.

Alternative Moonstone Trek

Once Inca Trail permits have sold out for a given date, we can no longer accept bookings for the classic Inca Trail trek. However, we can offer an equally spectacular alternative trek (not requiring a permit) in its place. The remote high altitude Moonstone Trek takes in a number of recently discovered Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites and there are practically no other tourists along the route.

If selected, the Moonstone Trek will replace days 4 to 7 of the standard land only itinerary. The maximum altitude on the Moonstone Trek is 4,625m (higher than that of the classic Inca Trail) and the route is slightly more strenuous. Therefore, we class it as a Challenging trek (for families). Please do not underestimate the walking involved and the altitude which can make physical activity feel more strenuous than normal. We strongly recommend undertaking some suitable training and preparation before you go!

Depending on the split of the group between the Inca Trail and Moonstone Trek, you may find small group sizes on the Moonstone Trek. Please ask your Sales Consultant if you would like to know how many people are booked on each.

Whilst the Moonstone Trek can be booked preferentially when Inca Trail permits are still available, a small group supplement may apply.

New List of Regulations for visiting Machu Picchu (which apply from July 1st 2018).

The main points impacting your visit are the following:

  1. The tickets are valid only for one entry which means that you cannot leave the site and re-enter.
  2. Once you have done the chosen circuit with your guide, you cannot walk back to view anything already visited and once you finish the circuit, you will have to leave the site. You can no longer explore the site further after the guided tour.
  3. The two visit times for visiting the site, either 6am-12pm or 12-16.30pm.

These new regulations will affect how long you are able to spend at Machu Picchu.  In the past, after the guided tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site, this is not possible anymore. The alternative that we are implementing on our visits to allow you further time, is to explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun Gate and Inca Bridge) before starting the guided tour.  The guided tour will be about 2 hrs in duration, and unfortunately at the end of it, you will need to exit the site.

Schedule of visit to Machu Picchu on this itinerary:

  • Early bus to Machu Picchu and explore upper part with the tour leader
  • Between 9-10am start the guided tour
  • Between 11.30am-12.30pm passengers leave Machu Picchu
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