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Explore the fascinating culture and wonders of Peru on this family adventure that combines an array of fun activities and classic, must-see destinations – Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and the political, cultural, and military capital of the Inca empire, Cusco. Travels begin and end in Peru’s coastal capital city of Lima, and the rest of the trip allows for lots of exploration – four full days to get to know the diverse wonders of Sacred Valley, a full, quality day in Machu Picchu, and two nights and a full day, and then some, in Cusco.
Sacred Valley is a spectacle, with green hillsides, the towering Andes, small villages, wondrous ruins, robust markets, and welcoming people. Travel on horseback, in a raft, and by foot, and visit artisans, salt mines, weaving studios, and ancient cities.
With a night in Aguas Calientes, situated below the ruins of Machu Picchu, rise early to be some of the first to arrive into the ancient city, visiting the temples and buildings with an interpretive guide. Take the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain, celebrating at the top and taking in the view of Machu Picchu below.
Finally, return to Cusco, situated at 11,000 feet in elevation. Spend two nights near the city’s main square, poised to walk out the door and take in the plazas, cathedrals, temples, museums, markets, and incredible ruins.