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Machu Picchu, Skybox of the Andes. A Family Take on Peru.

The Inca—master masons, worshippers of the sun, and rulers of Peru. That is, until one particularly heady conquistador rode into town and single-handedly wiped out an entire civilization.

     Today's Peru is a gentle South American republic, a mix of ancient temples and Spanish colonialism. Except in Machu Picchu, where for four centuries or so Inca—and Inca alone—reached for the sun from a peak 2,000 feet above the rain forest.

     Take your family to discover the riches of Peru, from Lima to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and the charming city of Cusco.


Type:Custom Journeys/Family Journeys


Sample Journey

This journey works for a family with children of virtually any age. There is ample activity to keep youngsters, teens, and adults on the move, but we also build in plenty of time to kick back and relax. The journey combines cultural visits with hands-on lessons, horseback riding, rafting, and such. Please remember, as you read on, that R. Crusoe & Son can create a journey of any length to fit the needs and wishes of your own family, to address the particular interests of your children (and the adults among you), to add age-appropriate activities, and to create a tour just for you and yours.

Day 1: United States; Lima, Peru
• Fly to Lima.
Overnight in Lima

Day 2: Cusco, Sacred Valley
• Fly to Cusco, drive to the Sacred Valley.
• Pisac marketplace, lunch at an historic private hacienda.
• Hotel check-in.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 3: Sacred Valley
• Chinchero church and weaving demonstration.
• Moray terraces.
• Maras salt flats.
• Picnic lunch.
• Shaman ceremony.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 4: Sacred Valley
• Wayra Ranch Paso Fino equestrian demonstration.
• Options for horseback riding or river rafting.
• Ollantaytambo fortress walking tour with option for visit to a private home.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 5: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
• Train (either the Vistadome or the Hiram Bingham) to Machu Picchu.
• Hotel check-in.
• Walking tour of Machu Picchu.
Overnight at Machu Picchu

Day 6: Machu Picchu, Cusco
• Optional sunrise visit to Machu Picchu.
• Optional hike to Inti Punku, Huanya Picchu, or Inca cliffside bridge.
• Train (either the Vistadome or the Hiram Bingham) to Cusco.
• Hotel check-in.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 7: Cusco
• Sacsayhuaman fortress complex.
• Kenko amphitheater, Tambomachay Inca baths, and Puca Pucara fortress.
• San Blas neighborhood of Cusco.
• Inca Museum, time permitting.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 8: Cusco
• Hands-on ceramics lesson.
• Ice cream shop visit.
• Afternoon at leisure (we recommend visits to the San Pedro Market, Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and/or the Pre-Columbian Art Museum).
Overnight in Cusco

Day 9: Lima
• Fly to Lima.
• City tour including Plaza Mayor, the cathedral, Iglesia de San Francisco, Casa de Aliaga, and Rafael Larco Herrera or Poli Museum, time permitting.
• Fly home on an overnight flight.
Dayroom in Lima

Day 10: United States
• Arrive home.

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Sample Pricing

Per person sharing room for this 10-day sample family journey from $5,180

Hiram Bingham train upgrade per person from $640

Internal air per person (estimate) $490

Pricing depends on, among other things, the number of people traveling. The above prices are based on the sightseeing, hotels, meals, and number of days included in this sample itinerary. R. Crusoe will create a tour to meet your specific needs.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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Pre-Tour & Post-Tour Option

Peru is chock full of history, cultural treasures, and sites that command attention. If you have more time, consider extending your journey here with R. Crusoe & Son.

Arequipa, Colca Canyon, & Lake Titicaca Extension. 9 Days.

We suggest an adventure to compliment your Peruvian adventure: Arequipa, Colca Canyon, and Lake Titicaca. You probably didn't know that the world's second-deepest canyon is found in Peru. Colca Canyon is twice as deep as our very own Grand Canyon, and the culture within remains much as it did centuries ago. Authentic, every step of the way.

     The scenery? Gorgeous. The air? Sweet. And the quiet around here is notable. You've discovered a part of South America that most travelers know nothing about. (Keep it under your hat.)

     Consider adding our nine-day Arequipa, Colca Canyon, & Lake Titicaca, Peru Extension as a pre-tour to your Machu Picchu journey.

     From the city of Lima, fly to Arequipa, a Spanish-colonial city tucked high up in the Andes range and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend a day poking around town. See one of the world best-preserved mummies. Enter the cathedral, whose construction began in 1540 on the day the city was founded. In a convent, see classical colonial architecture and some fine examples of Spanish-American religious art.

     On to Colca Canyon. We put you up at one of two top properties that are themselves reasons enough to head to this part of the world.

     Experience relaxing and interesting activities and excursions around the region (at no charge). Go condor-watching. Horseback ride. Hike. On a private guided tour, visit to some of the 14 villages nearby. Take a cooking lesson. Bike ride. Soak in local thermal waters. Curl up with your novel. Break out your sketch pad. Commune with Mother Earth.

     Your choice. Isn't that splendid?

     Next, Lake Titicaca, tucked into the Andes. Our hotel offers an assortment of activities, from kayaking to village-hopping. From Lake Titicaca, drive to Juliaca and catch a flight to Cusco.

     Please note: This extension works wonderfully as a pre-tour to R. Crusoe's Machu Picchu and Cusco journey. If you would like to put these tours together differently, please let us know.

     Sample Pricing: Please contact R. Crusoe & Son for prices for this nine-day extension.

Remember that R. Crusoe & Son can create a Peru pre-tour or post-tour itinerary of any length to meet your exact specifications.

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Miraflores Park. A Belmond property in the Miraflores residential neighborhood of Lima. It is surrounded by a park and has nice ocean views. 82 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: spa, fitness center, squash court, outdoor rooftop pool, library, 2 restaurants, 1 bar.

Sacred Valley.

Hotel Rio Sagrado. A Belmond property, this one on the banks of the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. A tranquil retreat situated between Cusco and Machu Picchu, its suites and villas are decorated in local style with contemporary flair. Spacious riverfront terraces offer vistas over the river and hills. 21 guest suites and two villas. Amenities: spa, gardens, pool, river rafting, 2 restaurants, 1 bar.

Hotel Sol y Luna. A property in the heart of the Sacred Valley, one hour’s drive from Cusco city or the Cusco airport. Minutes away from the hotel, you can reach Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Machu Picchu. 41 casitas. Amenities: spa, gardens, fitness center, boutique, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.

Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Another Belmond property, this is the only hotel situated right at the entrance to the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This means that guests have easy access to the site from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left. 29 guest rooms, 2 guest suites. Amenities: spa, gardens, 2 restaurants, 1 bar.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. An intimate hotel in the village nearest to the archaeological site. It sits on 12 secluded acres of beautiful terrain. Guest rooms are located in one of 85 comfortable one- or two-story whitewashed casitas. Amenities: spa, plunge pool, boutique, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.


Monasterio. A Belmond property and one of Peru’s prettiest hotels. It is housed in an old seminary that has earned national historic monument status. Rooms here are simple and elegant, and the main courtyard is inviting, especially at night. 107 guest rooms, 19 suites. Amenities: courtyard, 3 restaurants, 1 bar.

Palacio Nazarenas. A Belmond property, this one in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square. This former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels. A cloistered courtyard has an ancient fountain at its heart. Also here: the city’s first (and only) outdoor pool. 55 guest rooms and suites. Amenities: spa, pool, courtyards, library, boutique, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.

Inkaterra La Casona. A restored colonial house centrally located in an Inca settlement near Cusco’s main square. 11 suites. Amenities: spa, courtyard, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.


Casa Andina Private Collection. Located in the old Casa de la Moneda (Mint), a national historic landmark built in 1794. The property is as much a living museum as it is a hotel. 37 guest rooms, three suites. Amenities: spa, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.

Colca Canyon.

Colca Lodge. On the banks of the River Colca. It is surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca agricultural terraces, which have been declared a Peruvian cultural heritage. The property is dotted with natural hot springs. The 45 guestrooms have wonderful views of the valley and are built around gardens and courtyards. The style is rustic, with thatched roofs and adobe walls. Amenities: full-service spa, hot springs, 3 restaurants, 2 bars.

Aranwa Pueblito Encantado. An old water mill stands at the entrance of the Pueblito Encantado. Also located on the Colca River, the property affords relaxation in the shadow of the Andes mountain. Choose from 32 rooms, three suites, and six villas. From all, take in views of the majestic Andes. Amenities: full-service spa, heated pool, 1 restaurant, 1 bar.

Lake Titicaca.

Titilaka Hotel. Located on its very own private peninsula with four acres of grounds, 20 miles from the city of Puno. Titilaka is surrounded by the natural wildlife of the lake. As the lodge is next to the peaceful farming town that shares its name, guests can witness the traditional lifestyles of the locals. 18 guest rooms. Amenities: massage services, two beaches, media room, spa and indoor pool coming soon, 1 restaurant, 3 lounges.

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