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Peru Family Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Our local guide shares deep insight into Peru's culture and ancient civilizations
  • Machu Picchu: the incredible "Lost City of the Incas"
  • Kids make Peruvian masks and Andean pan flutes
  • Interact with schoolchildren in Ollantaytambo and visit a weaving community in Huilloc
  • Cooking class of Peruvian cuisine - fun for the whole family!

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Cultural Discoveries & Epic Landscapes from Cusco to Machu Picchu

You're out of breath. But that's okay. It gives you an excuse to stop and gaze. At the stunning views. At the incredible Inca stonework. At the kids enraptured. Not that you need an excuse. It's only human to pause in the presence of natural beauty, of engineering genius, of youthful wonderment. You'd better get used to it. It'll happen time and again this week. From Sacsayhuamán to the Inca salt pans, from Cusco's market to Ollantaytambo's school. All the way to magical Machu Picchu it'll happen. Long after you're used to the altitude.  

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Hiking the Inca Trail

Permits to hike the Inca Trail are extremely limited. We recommend booking a minimum of 4 to 6 months prior to departure in order to significantly increase your chance of securing a permit.

Also, due to national park regulations and difficulty securing permits, your Backroads leaders may not be able to accompany you along the Inca Trail. Rest assured, you will always be well supported by our local Peruvian guide, who we've worked with for years, and a staff of porters.

Days 1-2 Local guides share deep insight into Peru's culture and ancient civilizations  Explore Cusco, once the center of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire  Visit Coricancha, a Spanish Colonial church built atop the ruins of an Inca temple Kids make traditional Andean pan flutes (zamponas) with a local Cusqueño musician in his instrument workshop  Our local guide shares deep insight into Peru's culture and ancient civilizations as we journey through Puca Pucara, Q'enko, Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuamán  A long-time friend and Quechua shaman will teach us the meaning of his indigenous "Pago a la Tierra" ceremony A private live performance of Andean folk music accompanies our picnic in a secluded mountain meadow Discover the superb collection at Cusco's Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Day 3 Pedal on paved and dirt roads through the Sacred Valley Explore the ruins at Pisac offering sweeping vistas Kids take part in a fun market challenge Interested in shopping for alpaca sweaters or decorative gourds? You'll find plenty to choose from at the Pisac market.

Days 4-5 Engage with Quechua culture in a weaving community well off the beaten path, where master weavers work While grown-ups explore Ollantaytambo's enigmatic ruins, youngsters visit a school and its students Visit the world-renowned ceramics studio of Pablo Seminario Adults enjoy a private dinner at the historical Hacienda Huayoccari while kids participate in an interactive mask-making activity with artisans, followed by dinner at a local home Bike along dirt roads through the altiplano and Sacred Valley amid a panorama of snowy peaks and traditional villages In Moray, learn how the Inca ingeniously farmed using high-altitude terraces Hike through Las Salineras, a stunningly beautiful honeycomb of tiered pools,where salt has been raked and gathered by families for generations A culinary highlight is our exclusive Peruvian cuisine cooking class with Sol y Luna's chef.

Days 6-8 Machu Picchu: the incredible "Lost City of the Incas" After a train ride, hike the Gate of the Sun trail for a bird's-eye view of Machu Picchu (you may have the option to take the famed Inca Trail)  A local expert provides insight into the exquisite stonework and mysterious astrological designs of this sacred site Spend a second full day exploring the "Lost City"  Got an intrepid streak? Ascend Machu Picchu Mountain (with a special permit that Backroads secures on your behalf) for a memorable view of the ruins  Stroll through the grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel with a local naturalist to learn more about the local flora and fauna.

Premiere Inns

Hotel Monasterio
Hotel Monasterio

Cusco (2 nights) "An outstanding property housed within a converted 16th-century monastery situated just a short stroll from the Plaza de Armas," says Andrew Harper. Travel + Leisure World's Best.

Sol y Luna Lodge
Sol y Luna Lodge

Urubamba (3 nights) "An unpretentious but impeccably maintained lodge set in a wonderful garden surrounded by mountains," according to the Hideaway Report. (pool, spa, tennis)

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Aguas Calientes (2 nights) This hotel with Andean-style casitas is just minutes from the ruins of Machu Picchu. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This trip was simply exceptional: great Backroads leaders, ideal itinerary, exceptional local guide with good logistics support and excellent accommodations. Combine that with the natural beauty and historic significance of the area, and this seems like it will be hard to beat - but we felt that way after biking in the Canadian Rockies. Backroads has outdone itself. The itinerary was very well thought-out and ideal as setup. What made it even nicer is that I felt that the itinerary as followed was adapted just for me. I was able to do more or less as desired and the leaders made the changes on the fly (and apparently effortlessly, although I know better) based on what I requested and what everyone else requested.
Evan Harrel - Houston, TX
I have been on several trips, and this was the best so far. I think it was the combination of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration. When people call and say, "which trip should I go on with Backroads?" you should say "They are all great, but have you thought of Peru?!"
Stephen Rothbloom - Atlanta, GA

Trip Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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1 Other Cusco Guided Walk (3.5 Hours)
Kids Pan Flute-Making Class (1 Hour)
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 300 5* 600 6 600
3 Biking 8* 0 26 0
Biking 12* 0
Other Pisac Ruins Guided Walk (1 Hour)
Other Pisac Market Visit (45 Minutes)
4 Walking/Hiking 2* 500 4 1400
Walking/Hiking 3 600
Other Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Walk (1 Hour)
Kids Morning: Activities in Ollantaytambo (2 hours)
Kids Evening: Mask-Making (2 Hours)
5 Biking 10* 100 20* 300 23 400
Walking/Hiking 2* 0
Walking/Hiking 4 0
6 Walking/Hiking 2* 800 6 1700 7 2200
7 Walking/Hiking 2 2000
Other Machu Picchu Guided Walk (3 Hours)
8 Other Early-Morning Naturalist Walk (45 Minutes)

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 70% dirt and 30% paved).

On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own. Altitude will increase the level of difficulty of some route options. Routes may include substantial elevation loss.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


8 - 9 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.

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All meals included except 1 lunch

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