Peru Family AdventureCapybara

4.68 out of 5 (from 103 reviews)

Bring the whole family to explore Peru, see amazing sights and embark on a kid-friendly 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 sea kayak across Lake Titicaca to stay with a local family on Amantani Island. Not only will everyone enjoy this adventure, it’s also a chance for your children and teenagers 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!

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Amantani Island

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Highlights & Map

Highlights

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  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • Hike to Las Salineras
  • Wildlife viewing in the Amazon rainforest
  • Visit historical Cuzco
  • Soak in hot springs
  • Sea kayak on Lake Titicaca
  • Stay with a local family on Amantani Island
  • Visit a llama and alpaca farm
  • Wander through Pisac and Aguas Calientes markets
  • Hike on Taquile Island

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Sunday — 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 some remarkable pre-Hispanic ruins – Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Juliana – two amazing pyramid-like structures. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore the area at your own pace before meeting up for our first dinner together.
Family-friendly hotel, Lima (Dinner)

Monday — 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!
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Tuesday — 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 biodiverse 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 rest of the afternoon free to hang out at the lodge with a book, a game of cards or continue exploring the surrounding area. If you’d prefer to hike a little more this afternoon, you can head out with our naturalist guide on little-known trails that pass by the homes of some of the rarest animals in the rainforest. This evening, we’ll hop aboard a canoe again to go in search of the nocturnal South American crocodile, the caiman, in the river with our spotlight. During daylight hours, these reptiles are difficult to find, but at night the light reflecting off their eyes gives them away.
Refugio Amazonas, Amazon jungle (All meals)

Wednesday — Free time in 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 this 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 Tika Wasi, Cuzco (All meals)

Thursday — Hike to Las Salineras

Today we’ll head into the majestic Valle Sagrado de Los Incas where we’ll take an incredible hike. 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 Kuychupunku, Ollantaytambo (All meals)

Friday — Explore Machu Picchu, soak in hot springs

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 town deep in the Urubamba River valley. We’ll soak in the hot springs that give the town its name and take some time to look around the local market in this quaint sub-tropical town.
Aguas Calientes accommodation (All meals)

Saturday — Explore Pisac Market, visit llama farm

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, but 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. Later, we’ll visit a camelid farm where you can pet llamas, alpacas, and lovable vicuñas (the cutest of all the llama family!), before returning to Cuzco.
Hotel Tika Wasi, Cuzco (All meals)

Sunday — 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 Camino Real, Puno (All meals)

Monday — Sea 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 breathtaking 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)

Tuesday — 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 Camino Real, Puno (All meals)

Wednesday — 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 jump 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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Dates

Dates

Trip Date Status
Jun 15th 2014 – Jun 25th 2014 Filling up Book this trip
Jul 20th 2014 – Jul 30th 2014 Filling up Book this trip
Dec 14th 2014 – Dec 24th 2014 Great Book this trip
Dec 28th 2014 – Jan 7th 2015 Great Book this trip
2015
Apr 5th 2015 – Apr 15th 2015 Great Book this trip
Jun 14th 2015 – Jun 24th 2015 Great Book this trip

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Useful Info

Useful Info

Trip Start:
If you arrive on the first day of your trip, we’ll be there to pick you up from Lima international airport whenever your flight gets in and take you to your accommodation in Miraflores. We’ll let you know where you’ll be staying on the first night of your trip two weeks before departure.

Trip end:
On the last day of the trip, we’ll fly you back to Lima airport, where your trip ends.

Recommended flights:
You can arrive in Lima any time on the first day – if you land by 5pm you can meet with your trip leader for dinner, but many flights arrive later and that’s fine too. Our representative will meet you at the airport no matter what flight you arrive on. We recommend arriving a day or so early so everyone is well rested before the trip starts, and we’re happy to book your pre-trip accommodation for you and let you know how to get Miraflores, if you’d like to arrive early. On the last day of the trip, we recommend booking your flight to depart out of Lima any time after 8pm. If you are considering alternative flight times, please let us know, so we can ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

Accommodation:
The accommodation on this trip has been chosen for its family-friendly atmosphere. For more information please see the General Trip Information page under FAQs.

Included:
For more information on what’s included, as well as accommodation, fitness and experience requirements, see the General Trip Information age under FAQs. In addition, your ‘Capybara’ trip fare includes all ground transportation including return transfer to Machu Picchu, as well as round trip flights between Lima, the Amazon rainforest and Puno.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • Awesome

    “Had a fantastic time. Definitely going to remember this trip to the grave. Really helped work my Spanish and I loved the cultural shock. Food was always excellent and met some awesome people!”
    Brandon Murphy – California, United StatesJuly 2013
  • Great family trip!

    “Our guide, Cynthia, was amazing. She took care of any issues that arose. Our whole family had a blast, even our boys. All of us loved all of the activities, cultural experiences and the food.”
    Luis Torroella – Maryland, United StatesSeptember 2012
  • 13 year old loved Capybara trip!

    “The trip was awesome! I had so much fun! Every part was great - from the Amazon to Machu Pichu to Lake Titicacca.”
    Nicholas Torroella – Maryland, United StatesSeptember 2012
  • Fantastic holiday. Still can't get over how amazing it was.

    “Everything about it was great. Cynthia was brilliant. knowledgable and made everything run smoothly. And the other guides are also brilliant. If anyone has any doubts, I would say don't worry and just book!!! My kids loved every minute from the jungle to Lake Titicaca. Two complaints...... 1) it wasn't long enough!!! Could have done with another 2 weeks, and 2) Cynthia taught my kids some more card games and I no longer win. :(. Chatted to my kids about the review to put down the top ten highlights and could not agree on less than fourty!!!”
    Allan Lewis – Hants, United KingdomAugust 2012
  • Fantastic family vacation

    “Our Capybara trip was a fantastic family vacation! Each and every one of us enjoyed the entire experience. The diversity of Peru was amazing and we savored it. Our guide Cynthia was awesome and an essential ingredient to the trip's success. I would recommend the Active South America Capybara trip to everyone (and have been since we got back home).”
    Susan Torroella – Maryland, United StatesAugust 2012
  • Great experience

    “I loved being able to experience the nature and culture of Peru through this trip. There was a nice variety of activities to do and the food was always great.”
    Mairim Vega – , Puerto RicoJuly 2013
  • Bucket List item accomplished!!

    “I just wanted to thank your company and especially our trip leader, Cynthia Valladares, for making my Peruvian adventure so exciting and complete. I researched several companies prior to making my final decision and I know that I made the absolute best choice. I was the "odd man out" on this trip that included two families of four with children of approximately the same ages - 10 to 13. I was graciously adopted by one of the families and Cynthia was also a great friend and took the time to give me a private tour of Cuzco while the families did their own thing. I can't thank you enough for my Bucket List's success.”
    Sefi Held – Ontario, CanadaAugust 2012
  • Adventure of a Lifetime!

    “Nature in all its splendor!The wonderful tour of the Amazon, full of surprise, mystery and beauty! Visiting the Imperial city of Cusco, we appreciated its monuments and stone walls full of history that seem to be reborn when you walk through its century old streets. The kayaking adventure of navigating the impressive Lake Titicaca.... with the breath taking view of the snow cap mountains of Bolivia...
    CYNTHIA EXCEEDED ANY AND ALL EXPECTATIONS OF A GUIDE!! SHE WAS SO WELL INFORMED, COMMUNICATION INFORMATION WELL...MOST OF ALL SHE HAS SUCH A GREAT PASSION FOR GUIDING TRAVELERS THROUGH PERU WITH GREAT CARE.
    Melanie
    Dallas, Texas”
    Melanie Bishop – Texas, United StatesAugust 2012
  • Great Expectations

    “This trip has been planned for such a long time and, after careful research, we chose Active South America for the blend of culture and physical activity. The trip far exceeded our expectaions. Cynthia, our trip leader was exceptional. She could not have been a more pleasant addtion to our trip and was thoughtful, knowledgeable, flexible, calm, efficient and effective. Knowing very little about Peru before this trip, the Capybara tour was the perfect way to learn so much about this amazing country. Thank you.”
    Melissa Healy – Colorado, United StatesJuly 2012
  • Wonderful family experience, exceptional guide

    “Our family of 5 really enjoyed our trip to Peru. Our guide, Arturo, was exceptional. He shared his vast knowledge of Peru with us, took us to amazing restaurants, and really made sure our children had a great experience. The trip required a large amount of travel between sites, which cannot be avoided, but he always kept us entertained. We were exhausted at the end of the trip and have many wonderful pictures and memories.”
    Heidi Sweet – Wisconsin, United StatesJuly 2012
  • Fabulous for Fifty

    “I chose this trip to Peru in celebration of turning 50 this year. I have always wanted to visit the area. I was not at all disappointed. It was an amazing trip with a perfect combination of culture and activity. Our Tour Leader, Cynthia, was amazing and made the trip for us all. The sights, the people and the history all made such an impact on me. I would do it over again in a heartbeat!”
    Colleen Head – Colorado, United StatesJuly 2012
  • It was a great experience.

    “It was a great experience.”
    Alyx Arntson – Washington, United StatesJuly 2012
  • Capybara - Three generations traveling together

    “Three generations traveling together made some interesting travel experiences. We all had things we loved and things we would do differently. The overall experience was good.”
    Sharon Baker – Washington, United StatesJuly 2012
  • Great Itinerary!

    “All in all would recommend this tour. Loved what we saw! Having a guide stay with us the entire tour, in our opinion, was very important. Meals were awesome and even got added perks such a show with dinner and bottles of wine twice! Hotels only so so. Transportation was great! Definitely an adventure!!!!”
    Patty DeStephano – Florida, United StatesApril 2012
  • A cultural adventure!

    “The variety of experiences, sights and sounds was fantastic! The guide was knowledgable and shared a great deal with us. He also went above and beyond to resolve some challenging situations with luggage and left items. It was a memorable experience for our entire family!”
    Susan Klein-Rothschild – California, United StatesJanuary 2012
  • Awesome trip

    “We need to congratulate on the choice of Carlos as guide. He did an excellent job! He was able to adapt the trip's itinerary to our needs and the availability of options. He genuinely cared about our well-being and satisfaction. On top of this, he was a very pleasant person to be around, he played with our kids, cared for the poor and old people we encountered and gave us such a wealth of information about the history of Peru and its people and the modern Peru. He even organized a typical American Christmas dinner!”
    Gisela Spallek – Pennsylvania, United StatesJanuary 2012
  • Capybara

    “Exceeded expectations”
    Jim Cardoza – California, United StatesAugust 2011
  • A Dream Fulfilled

    “After a lifetime desire of wanting to visit Peru, we finally made it and we weren't disappointed. We cant praise ACTIVE enough! Our guide was patient, knowledgeable and had all the qualities and more needed for an ideal guide. Cynthia made it a memorable experience for all of us. We can't thank everyone involved for making it such a fabulous time for our 4 year old! We'd like to thank ACTIVE for making it possible when we couldn't find a UK company!”
    Joanna Rawling – UK, United KingdomAugust 2011
  • Our family had a wonderful time on the Cabybara trip.

    “We traveled with a five year old and a thirteen year old. It is always a challenge to engage both age groups. This trip engaged both children. Our teenager stated it was his favorite trip and our five year old was entertained and happy throughout the trip. Our tour guide, Cynthia, was a great story teller for the children and ourselves. She was also very accommodating and entertaining. We would highly recommend this trip. Just be ready to be VERY ACTIVE!!!!!!”
    Ximena Pareja – Maryland, United StatesJuly 2011
  • Capybara Family trip - July 2011

    “Had an amazing time discovering Peru from the Amazon jungle basin, to its cities and the Andes mountains filled with Inca ruins. What friendly people live throughout the country from the cities to small villages, everyone makes you feel welcomed even with limited languages in common. My group and trip leader made the experience even better. Great group of people and Cynthia was an excellent trip leader, always happy to help with planning, questions or encouragement. I'm glad I was able to make a dream come true and walk around Machu Picchu and setting foot in the Amazon jungle!”
    Barbara Glover – Michigan, United StatesJuly 2011
  • What an experience!

    “Flew to Lima! Got greeted by the nicest guide, Arturo, who accompanied us during the duration of our stay in Peru. The following 10 days were such an experience: jungle with night animal viewing and tree climbing, Machu Picchu with a breathtaking view, road trip to Puno with a stop at a local market with Alpacas and Llamas, Lake Titicaca with islands full of rich history and a final tour of Lima.
    Accommodations were good but the highlights of the trip were the expertise of our guides and the hospitality of the Peruvian people.
    thank for all paying attention to detail ACTIVE SOUTH AMERICA.
    we will think of you for our future trips.”
    Libby Ellinas – Wisconsin, United StatesMay 2011
  • Wow. . .

    “This trip was awesome. All of the beautiful landscapes and the amazing cultures and arts were cool. I loved all of the llamas, vicunias, and alpacas. I can't believe that I actually went to Peru!”
    Sophia Ellinas – Wisconsin, United StatesMay 2011
  • Wonderful trip through Peru

    “I really enjoyed our guided trip through Peru. All of the details were taken care of and we didn't need to worry about anything. There was a nice variety to the activities and what I felt was the perfect amount of free/rest time. A little more time in the rainforest would have been welcomed. Thanks Active for a great time in Peru!”
    Jana Allen – Oregon, United StatesDecember 2010

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