Active Adventures |  Capybara -  Peru Family Adventure

Lima to LimaOn the ‘Capybara’ family trip, you and your family will explore Peru, see amazing sights and embark on the adventure of a lifetime (travellers without kids are welcome too!)Peru is a vibrant, family-friendly destination and you’ll find children of all ages – yes, even teenagers will love exploring everything this country has to offer. On the ‘Capybara’, you’ll venture deep into the Amazon rainforest, see an awesome array of wildlife, visit the lost city of Machu Picchu and kayak across Lake Titicaca to stay with a local family on Amantani Island.Not only is the ‘Capybara’ family trip an exciting adventure that everyone will enjoy, it’s also a chance for your family to immerse themselves in a different culture and way of life. We’ve chosen locally-run, comfortable accommodations for this trip and we take care of all the logistics behind planning your trip, including meals – so all you have to do is show up, have fun and start building memories!

  • Highlights

    Explore Machu Picchu

    Hike on Taquile Island

    Hike to Las Salineras

    Sea kayak on Lake Titicaca

    Stay with a local family on Amantani Island

    Visit a llama and alpaca farm

    Visit historical Cuzco

    Wander through Pisac and Aguas Calientes markets

    Wildlife viewing in the Amazon rainforest

  • What's Included

    All accommodations
    Charming hotels in the cities.
    Jungle lodge.
    Traditional homestay on Amantani Island.

    All activities
    The reason our family adventures have been so popular over the years is because they're crafted so that each activity is flexible and has elements for all generations. On this trip you'll hike, kayak, visit markets and Inca ruins, and view wildlife in the jungle.

    All domestic transport
    Airport transfers on the first and last days.
    Domestic flights to and from the Amazon and from Puno back to Lima.
    Boat journeys in the Amazon and on Lake Titicaca.

    All guiding services
    You’ll have an experienced Active Adventures guide with you for the entire duration, as well as specialist local guides in select locations - a perfect mix!

    All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days.

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  • Itinerary

    DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN LIMA

    Welcome to Peru! Your trip begins in Lima, Peru’s bustling capital, once known as the City of Kings. In colonial times, Lima was one of the richest cities in the world and South America’s most important port, linking the continent to the Spanish empire. We’ll meet you at the airport in Lima when you arrive and head to our accommodation in the coastal suburb of Miraflores. This vibrant, modern district has cinemas, shops, cafés and a remarkable pre-Hispanic ruin – Huaca Pucllana – an amazing pyramid-like structure. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore the area at your own pace before meeting up for our first dinner together.Hotel Allpa, Miraflores, Lima (Dinner)

     

    DAY 2 - JOURNEY TO THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

    We’ll take an early flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, a frontier town in the Amazon basin, where we’ll take to motorised canoes and glide down the Tambopata River, one of the headwaters of the Amazon, deep into the jungle. Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the river banks. This area is teeming with life – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman and many other jungle animals on our boat trip to the lodge. After lunch, we’ll head out in search of the many monkey species this area is famous for. Keep an eye out for the macaw and other rainforest dwellers that often come out in search of food in the late afternoon!Amazon Lodgings, Amazon jungle (All meals)Explore the jungle: short hikes, 2-4 hours

     

    DAY 3 - WILDLIFE HIKE, JUNGLE EXPLORATION

    This morning, we’ll explore the jungle trails that criss-cross the dense rainforest. We’ll travel by canoe and hike through virgin forest to experience the wealth of native flora and fauna under the rainforest canopy, and learn how the indigenous people thrive in this challenging environment. The Amazon is the most biologically diverse place on Earth and you’ll have the chance to find out more about the ecosystem, as well as learn about the incredible array of medicinal plants that are found in this region. After lunch, you have the chance to replicate the daily work of macaw researchers, climbing a 30 metre tree with a rope, harness and jumar. From this vantage point we will have a macaws’ eye view of the forest. The rest of the afternoon is yours free to hang out at the lodge with a book, a game of cards or continue exploring the surrounding area. This evening, with our spotlight we’ll hop aboard a canoe again to go in search of the nocturnal South American crocodile, the caiman. During daylight hours, these reptiles are difficult to find, but at night the light reflecting off their eyes gives them away.Amazon Lodgings, Amazon jungle (All meals)Hiking Distance: 10 kilometres (6 miles), flexible - canoe through the Rainforest too

     

    DAY 4 - EXPLORE CUZCO

    We bid a fond farewell to our jungle home and head back to Puerto Maldonado, where we’ll catch a very short flight to Cuzco – the archaeological capital of the Americas and the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city – our base for the next couple of days. This afternoon you can join your trip leader to check out the amazing culture and history of Cuzco, or do your own thing. Today is also a great chance for parents to have some time on their own while we look after the kids, if you like. You’ll get a sense of history, as you walk Cuzco’s central streets, lined with massive Inca-built stone walls that form the foundations of the city. Llamas and alpacas are often led through the cobbled streets of Cuzco, and the kids will be fascinated by the Peruvian way of life.Hotel Royal Inca I or Hotel San Agustin, Cuzco (All meals)

     

    DAY 5 - HIKE TO LAS SALINERAS

    Today we’ll take an incredible hike into the majestic Valle Sagrado de Los Incas. After a visit to the town of Maras, we’ll hike down to the salt pans of Salineras with the Rio Urubamba and the Sacred Valley below us. These unique salt terraces have been used since Inca times and provide a great chance for the kids to hone their camera skills. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt-laden water that the Incas diverted into shallow pools to produce salt, and this is still done today.Hotel Samanapaq, Ollantaytambo (All meals) - 2,792 metres (9,160 feet)Hiking Distance: 4 kilometres (2.5 miles), 1-3 hoursElevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)

     

    DAY 6 - EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU

    After an early breakfast, we’ll travel to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We’ll meet up with a specialist guide who will show us around the ruins for the first couple of hours. We have the rest of the day to explore the many passageways and stone structures of this mysterious place. Then we’ll head down to Aguas Calientes, a small settlement deep in the Urubamba River valley where we’ll take some time to look around the local market in this quaint sub-tropical town..Hotel Inti Inn, Aguas Calientes (All meals) - 2,040 metres (6,692 feet)Wander around the ruins: 1-3 hoursElevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)

     

    DAY 7 - EXPLORE PISAC MARKET

    This morning we’ll head back to Ollantaytambo then continue to Pisac, where we’ll have a chance to check out Pisac’s colourful Mercado Artesanal, one of the most vibrant markets in South America. For those who are keen, we’ll then begin a spectacular hike up to the Pisac ruins. These Inca terraces rise 600 metres (2000 feet) from the river below. It’s a heart-pumping hike up the ancient agricultural terraces, and you’ll never forget the views of Pisac and the Urubamba Valley! After exploring this ancient complex, we’ll head back down to the valley below us and meet up with those who chose to take it a little easier.Hotel Royal Inca I or Hotel San Agustin, Cuzco (All meals)Hiking Distance: 7 kilometres (4.3 miles), 2-3 hours (optional)Elevation Gain: 450 metres (1,476 feet)Elevation Loss: 450 metres (1,476 feet)

     

    DAY 8 - JOURNEY TO PUNO

    Today we’ll cross La Raya Pass on our way to Puno, the capital of the Altiplano area and gateway to Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. This is one of Peru’s great highland areas, where herds of alpaca and llama graze and mountains rise steeply from the valley. Known as the folklore capital of Peru, Puno’s narrow streets are filled with the sounds of the typical Andean music called saylla, the hustle and bustle of the local market, and the bell-ring of the triciclos (local bicycle taxis)!.Hotel Hacienda, Puno (All meals)

     

    DAY 9 - KAYAK LAKE TITICACA, HOME STAY WITH LOCAL QUECHUA PEOPLE

    The Incas believed Lake Titicaca was the cradle of civilisation, the place where all life began. It’s a very special place and this morning we’ll paddle across it in sea kayaks. The kayaking is suitable for all ages and a great way to take in the landscape or, if you prefer, you can ride across in the boat instead. Our hosts on Amantani Island, members of the indigenous Quechua community, will meet us at the lake’s edge and take us home for lunch. Afterwards, they like to challenge their guests in a friendly game of soccer. Aside from being a surprisingly good workout since we’re at altitude now, it’s good fun and a unique way to get to know each other. When the game is over, we’ll hike to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) temple at the summit of Amantani Island for breath-taking views of the sun setting over Lake Titicaca. We’ll return to the family homes of our hosts for a home-cooked meal. The Quechua people have maintained their traditional way of life for centuries, weaving wool, keeping cuy (guinea pigs), and farming their smallholdings. Tonight, we head down to the community hall to learn a few traditional dances with the locals. It’s very quiet here – no streetlights, no cars, no internet – and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the tranquillity.Local family home, Amantani Island (All meals)Kayaking Time: 3 hoursHiking Distance: 4 kilometres (2.5 miles), 2-4 hoursElevation Gain: 400 metres (1,312 feet)Elevation Loss: 400 metres (1,312 feet)

     

    DAY 10 - EXPLORE TAQUILE ISLAND

    We’ll take a short boat ride across to Taquile Island today. The views across Lake Titicaca as we hike up to an isolated village here are spectacular – have your camera ready! The customs of this tiny community are totally unique to this island. We’ll have the chance to hang out with local people in the Plaza de Armas and learn about their famous textiles and fascinating way of life, before enjoying a traditional lunch of sopa de quinoa. This afternoon, we’ll return to Puno by boat for our final celebratory dinner together.Hotel Hacienda, Puno (All meals)Explore the local community: 2 hours

     

    DAY 11 - RETURN TO LIMA, DEPART FOR HOME

    This the last day of your ‘Capybara’ trip in Peru. We’ll take you to the airport in the nearby town of Juliaca so you can hop on a short flight back to Lima. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. If you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you and your family back refreshed and invigorated from the great food, exercise, rest and fun adventures you’ll have had with us in Peru.(Breakfast)

 

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