Cusco Family Adventure
This complete program combines many activities, which will made this experience in Cusco amazing. This is the best way to get to know the most pristine areas of Cusco, meeting real local people and enjoying the most outstanding landscapes in the region, combined with full activity.
We invite you to review the full itinerary and observe the many incredible things you can discover along the way. Do not forget to check our tips on the left side of this window, we want you in good condition.
See you on the road!
Itinerary: Day 1: Cusco, Day 2: Cusco / Amaru / Sacred Valley, Day 3: Via Ferrata & Zipline , Day 4: Piuray, Day 5: Biking Maras & Moray / Machu Picchu, Day 6: Machu Picchu / Cusco, Day 7: Cusco
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Why travel with us?
Pioneers: We are the first adventure company to operate the Inca Trail, as well as to Choquequirao. Since 1975 we have been providing adventurers with authentic life – Changing experiences in Perú.
Eco Friendly Tour operator: Recognized as a World’s Leading Green Tour Operator in World Travel Awards, and verified as Sustainable Tour Operator by the Rainforest Alliance. We use Operating procedures to minimize our impact on the environment.
Experts in innovation: Travelling with us means discovering new paths away from the crowds. We have private campsites on our treks, allowing you to disconnect from the world and fully enjoy the adventure.
Highly trained: Our guides are not only experts in routes, they are also have been trained in first aid and every adventure you choose you will find a specialist who will help you to live it.
Less is more: A good trip is built through the best experiences. In Explorandes we care about personalized service away from the crowd and in small groups, which allow travelers to connect with the surrounding environment, history and culture.
Specialized equipment: To ensure the safety and comfort of your trip we have the best equipment for camping, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, etc.
We put Quality first: In Explorandes we build unique experiences through the details. Our staff will make your trip an unforgettable experience.
We will pick you up from Cusco Airport for a 20 minutes transfer to your hotel, where you will have some time to relax and get acclimatized. In the afternoon we will walk thorugh the main attractions of the city, such as the typical Central Market. Cobble-stoned streets lined with Inca walls connect important sites like the Cathedral with the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha) found inside the church of Santo Domingo. This afternoon activity it is a great way to orientate yourself in the city and get acclimatized at the same time.
Cusco / Amaru / Sacred Valley
Early departure from your hotel to the Sacred Valley towards Pisac. Driving up, near the Pisac Citadel, we will arrive to Amaru, where our hosts will welcome us explaining their daily life, traditions, and the work that the Association does on behalf of the traditional culture. After a short brie_ng, we will go towards the _elds to learn the ancestral traditions of harvesting and/or cultivating. Later we will head up to the local guest house to eat a delicious lunch for beginning the “Weaving workshop”, including a hike through a native forest and visiting the association’s nursery, where we will choose the plants that we will use to dye our _bers. We will also discover the medicinal and culinary properties of some of these plants.
Via Ferrata & Zipline (Optional: Pumamarca Hike)
We leave early to the rock wall located in Pachar between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. A Via Ferrata is a type of rock climb on an established route with a safety system permanently installed, it gives people with no experience in climbing and using minimal equipment, the opportunity to move through spectacular mountain scenery. Climb a rock wall 300 meters, the safest way. After lunch we will traverse over to the Zipline line that gives you the opportunity to _fly over this magnifi_cent place. The zip-lines are a series of 5 lines or cables, from 100 to 500 m, for a total of 2000 m.. Return to the Hotel in midafternoon. Not recommended for those a_ected by vertigo. If that is the case you can take the alternative activity, doing the Pumamarca above Ollantaytambo.
Early pick up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for an approximately 40 minute bus-ride to Lake Piuray (3696 m / 12130 ft) As we arrive we will find our camping site already set up. Once on the shore, we will receive a safety briefing to get familiar with the kayaking equipment. We will start paddling, enjoying outstanding scenery, with surrounding hills with farm terraces and forrests and with a beautiful view of “La Veronica” snow-capped mountain. We will be able to enjoy spectacular shows of some endemic and some migratory birds. After paddling, we will an Andean style Picnic lunch cooked with local products. We will have time to rest next to the lake and take all the afternoon free, resting, walking or kayaking next to the camp site. At night, we will enjoy a _re next to the lagoon, and be able to see an open sky with lots of stars and if we are lucky some shooting stars too.
Biking Maras & Moray / Machu Picchu
Early wake up with the beautiful view of the lake and the snowcapped mountains behind. We will enjoy a super breakfast and we will get ready to embark on this full day mountain bike experience. Beginning from the camp site, we will head up to Chinchero. Passing the Huaypo lagoon we’ll arrive at the Archaeological Park of Moray, where we’ll stay for more or less 20 minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature and archaeology. Continuing our trip we arrive at Maras, a tasty picnic will be waiting for us. After lunch, we will go on riding to the terraces of salt below Maras and then again a downhill 40 minutes approx, arriving in the Sacred Valley (Pichingoto, Tarabamba). From here, a bus will take us to Ollantaytambo for a quick shower and a time to rest, for taking the train (7:00 m) approximately to get to Aguas Calientes, where we will pass the night and be prepared for next’s day adventure.
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Wake up early to catch the bus that will take us to the Machu Picchu citadel entrance, about a 30 minutes ride. You will enjoy a guided visit that on average takes three hours as your o_cial guide walks you through the di_erent sectors of the hill-top citadel, with astonishing views, telling you aspects of life here that will take you back in time. Lunch is included. In the afternoon return to the Machu Picchu Village where the train will take you back to Ollantaytambo to take a bus ride directly to your hotel in Cusco.
With all the energy that you might have gathered while your stay in Cusco, we will take you from your hotel to the Cusco Airport for your _ight back to Lima or any other destination of your program. We will assist you in the Airport until saying goobye!
- Hotels with breakfast.
- Tours mentioned.
- Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites.
- Transfers on arrival and departure.
- Lunches during Full Day Tours.
- Guides in the main sites.
- Standard class hotels in Cusco.
- Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with breakfast included.
- Mountainbike helmets and professional mountainbike guide.
- Seakayaking: Seakayaks, paddles, life jackets, Neoprene Suit, Gloves (if required for paddling), safety equipment and a local guide. All meals and Camping.
Services Not Included:
- Meals in the main cities.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Extras, taxes, tips.
- Laundry services.
- Additional tours.
- Insurance and airline tickets.
We are located in Miraflores, a residential district and an excellent location for business or tourism, nearby you will find shopping, dining and recreation areas. Located 30 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from the historic center of Lima.
Conveniently located just two blocks from the main avenue José Larco Miraflores, and four blocks from Larcomar, our hostel is very near to the Pacific Ocean. We offer a new lodging alternative, make yourself at home in our comfortable and spacious rooms. In the safe and quiet business area of Lima, Miraflores is the tourist district of the city of Kings.
Tierra Viva Aguas Calientes
Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu Hotel strategic location ensures our guests the best experience possible of the amazing Inca citadel. Our facilities are located in the quietest area of Aguas Calientes, facing the Urubamba River and surrounded by the Forest of Clouds. We have exclusively at your disposal, a bus stop from where our clients can directly take the bus to Machu Picchu or get to the archeological site after a 60 minute walk. Modern style, our Hotel has 43 spacious and comfortable rooms, a lounge with a fireplace, a breakfast room and a bar to relax and enjoy some drinks after a day of adventures. Our hotel has a panoramic lift that has been decorated with Andean inspired graffiti by the Peruvian artist Carolina Málaga. Near the entrance of the hotel is the dining room, where every morning a delicious Andean buffet is served, and the Reception Desk were you can comfortably do your check-in.
El Mapi Hotel
“Smart” and “contemporary” are the de defining elements of this hotel. Set in the busy heart of Machu Picchu Pueblo, guests are ideally located to admire, experience and enjoy this quaint village. The hotel’s concept seeks to create a place where our travelers can find efficiency and friendliness. A modern resting environment for guests eager for a visit that promises comfort and calm as they encounter Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the Modern World.
IFK Lodge Hotel is magically and mystically situated under the gaze and protection of the Pitusiray Mountain (Apu), on the banks of the Sacred River of the Inca – the Urubamba River – which runs through the entire valley, creating a unique micro climate, turning the area into a natural, cultural and eco-environmental setting, which in turn soothes us with its hum, inducing us into meditation and romance.
Sacred Dreams is a Unique Lodge set in Peru magical Sacred Valley. We utilized the natural resources of this abundant land in building the lodge to provide you with the highest level of comfort while maintaining the most respect for local customs and harmony with the environment.
Located in a beautiful residential area, Casa Esmeralda by Ananay Hotels, offers a quaint yet elegant boutique concept that meets the needs of today’s guests who demand a personalized service experience and the warmth only a place like Cusco can offer.
The hotel is located 1 block from the Main Square and next to several touristic attractions; One of the house was once part of the house of the mestizo Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, which has been refurbished for hotel services. The rooms are carpeted all with hot water the 24 hours. Wireless Internet and free buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Hotel El Balcón
El Balcon is a pre-colonial house constructed around 1630 carefully restored in 1998 with the intention of offering first-rate lodging. Located in the colonial center of Cusco, only three blocks from the Main Plaza de Armas overlooking the city and the surrounding mountains.
Rupa Wasi Lodge
Rupa wasi lodge has a unique location in aguas calientes that provides spectacular views of the mountains of machu picchu. Our lodge has rooms with private bathrooms and balconies that allow our guests to take full advantage of these beautiful surroundings.
Hotel El Albergue
Originally opened in 1925 under the name of lodge Santa Rosa, El Albergue is a historic and romantic lodge, located in the Ollantaytambo train station little more than an hour away from Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco.
With only 16 rooms special detail is given to each and every one, resulting in an elegantly rustic style. Beautiful gardens visited by hummingbirds are engulfed by the aroma of fuchsia, passionflower, peaches and avocado trees which all adorn the early 20th century lodge. Step outside and catch the train to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.
While you are at El Albergue you may spend your days visiting the Inca and Pre-Inca archeological sights of Ollantaytambo, Pisaq and Moray, river rafting and mountain biking, and enjoying the beauty and culture of the Andes.
Casa San Blas Boutique
Casa San Blas was first, just a dream: We aimed to have an old 17th century house restaured in to the traditional way, and at the same time have the modern standards of comfort and good taste. The design and building was indeed a challenge. We decided to use traditional materials, as adobe, stone, wood and leather for the building and at the same time include bedding & equipment of high quality. Now, after a few years in the market we are proud of what we achieved: A highly personalized lodging standards and a succesfull boutique hotel with thounsands of happy customers. Being the first “Boutique hotel” in Peru, back in 2003 drove us to design standards that would involve personalized service, learning opportunities, an architecture that is harmonic with the city and neighborhood as well as social and environmental responsibility.
Ananay Quinta San Blas
In this quaint neighborhood you will find Quinta San Blas an enchanting colonial-republican house completely renovated into a hotel boutique. With its top notch amenities and high quality service Ananay provides all the needs travelers search for after a long day visiting our beautiful city. San Blas, along with San Cristobal, is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Cusco. Inca temples in honor of their god of thunder were replaced by what is now the oldest church in the city. It has now become the bohemian sector of the Inca capital, painters and sculptors teeming the streets selling their wares.
Ananay Palacio Manco Capac
Manco Capac Palace is a hotel built on what used to be a XIX century Peruvian republican mansion. Built on the foundations of Manco Capac’s original Palace, this sumptuous house is surrounded by authentic Inca platforms and located behind the San Cristobal Church. Part of the palace wall is still standing and only a few meters away from the hotel.
Inkaterrra – Sumaq
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is spectacularly located on the banks of the Vilcanota River in Aguas Calientes at the foot of Peru’s premier tourism attraction. The luxury property, with 62 exquisitely appointed rooms and suites, offers an exclusive guest experience infused with Inca influences and world-class amenities, services and appointments. Preparing authentic gourmet Peruvian cuisine, Qunuq Restaurant creates innovative and unique dishes that introduce ancient culinary traditions and exciting flavors to travelers and foodies. Aqlla Spa creates its own indigenous products with regional ingredients and incorporates historic Inca techniques in its treatments. Suquy Café & Bar mixes international and exotic native cocktails focusing on Peruvian herbs and fruits. Rather than do the exhausting mass-tourism day trip from Cuzco, Sumaq Machu Picchu’s guests fully experience Machu Picchu and the local Andean culture with the hotel’s proximity and ease of access to the legendary archaeological site and an array of indigenous culinary, cultural and nature experiences, from a Peruvian cooking and bar class to renewing vows in an Andean wedding to hiking, climbing and bird watching.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: this delightful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.
Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza
Set in Mira ores, one of Lima’s most exclusive residential areas, Belmond Mira ores Park is an all-suite hotel offering breathtaking views out to sea. Its state-of-the-art facilities, spacious accommodation and pampering services make it the perfect hotel for both corporate and leisure guests. In Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 it was voted #10 in the “Top City Hotel in Central and South America” category.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a contemporary hotel with colonial inspiration, built in the heart of Urubamba Valley (Cusco), among flowers, mountains and trees. It creates an enabling environment for mental, spiritual and physical rest. The hotel has a design inspired by the architecture of the Cusco region, with an interior design inspired by local materials. A luxurious Andean environment proper of the Inkaterra spirit preserves the authenticity of Peruvian highlands. It is ideal for family holidays, offering various activities at the Valley and its surroundings, which are perfectly designed to assist travellers with the process of acclimatization. These allow the discovery of ancient traditions on the Andean farm and emphasize the history, traditions, nature and charm of the Sacred Valley.
Hotel Belmond Río Sagrado
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains, lies Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. Designed in the style of a local village, with charming villas constructed from natural materials, it o offers views of the mighty Urubamba River from each of the rooms. Located at a lower altitude than Cusco, it provides the perfect environment in which to relax and acclimatize. Rated #9 in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014 “Top 10 Small Hotels in Peru” category.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this restored 17th-century palace and convent is now one of the city’s most exclusive hotels. An irresistible mix of ancient and modern, it blends Inca walls, a cloistered courtyard and ancient fountain with a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and a cutting-edge restaurant.
TripAdvisor rated Belmond Palacio Nazarenas best luxury hotel in South America in its Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014.
The JW Marriott Cusco is located a few blocks from the Main Square among the main historical sites of the city, such as the Cathedral, the Qoricancha Temple and San Blas Neighborhood. The Hotel has been designed and built on the 17th Century Colonial Convent of San Agustin, declared National Cultural Heritage by the Peruvian Government. The Convent was restored with utmost respect for the archeological remains from Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial, Republican and Contemporary periods, which render the Hotel its unique character and offer an incomparable cultural experience for all guests. Built at 11,154 ft. above sea level, it is the first Marriott property constructed at such high altitude, so a supplementary oxygen system is available in all of its 153 rooms for guests’ total comfort.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Close by Cusco’s lively central square is Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a restored 16th-century and important national monument. This delightful retreat, set around a stunning central courtyard with a 300-year-old cedar tree, is known for its exceptional architecture and a gilded chapel hung with fine works of art. Belmond Hotel Monasterio has won numerous awards. In Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2014” it was named the number one hotel in Peru.
Early departure from your Hotel to the Sacred Valley towards Pisac. Driving up, near the Pisac Citadel, we will arrive to Amaru, where Our hosts, the locals from “Laraypas Indígenas de Amaru Association”, will welcome us explaining their daily life, traditions, and the work that the Association does on behalf of the traditional culture. Duration: 8 Hours
This tour is geared toward travelers looking for unique experiences. Doing Yoga on a SUP board is a special activity in and of itself, add in the breath-taking landscape and rich cultural backdrop and the resulting condition is an absolutely unforgettable experience. The class is facilitated by an experienced yoga instructor.