Customized independent departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact us for more information and we'd be happy to assist you.
Location of Adventure
Peru, South America
Group Size Limit
There is no group size limit on this custom family adventure.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
This trip includes the private services of the region's most knowledgeable and experienced guides, each one specially selected by Natural Habitat Adventures to ensure that our guests' family Peru adventure provides a spectacular and memorable travel experience.
Accommodations, all meals from breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on Day 6 (except lunch on Day 2), drinking water, services of NHA Expedition Leader, some gratuities, airport transfers, R/T train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, all permits and entrance fees, all sales taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip (and between Quito and Lima if taken as an extension to one of our Galapagos tours), round-trip flights between Lima & Cusco, lunch on Day 2, alcoholic beverages, most gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (both international and domestic), optional travel insurance.
Although the walking involved in this program can be adjusted to accommodate a range of interests and abilities, the trip requires walking over uneven terrain and up and down stone stairs within the Machu Picchu ruins complex. The bulk of this trip as a whole takes place at elevations between 8,000 and 11,000 feet, and guests should be prepared for possible challenges in adjusting to high altitudes. The journey begins with a flight from sea level to Cusco at 11,200 feet, with several hours of sightseeing over two days as you adjust to the elevation. The relative lack of oxygen at this elevation may manifest in altitude-sickness symptoms that can include headaches, dizziness, tiredness, nausea and vomiting during the first few hours or days of the trip. Hydration and rest usually help symptoms resolve, though participants may wish to talk with their doctor about taking along a prescription for a medication such as Diamox to better manage potential physical reactions to high altitude. On Day 3 we travel over rough, sometimes bumpy mountain roads to crest a 12,700-foot mountain pass, then descend to 9,700 feet and ascend again to 11,400 feet at Pisaq, in the span of approximately three hours.
Our visit to Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 8,000 feet, involves walking over uneven natural terrain and up and down irregular stone stairs within the ruins complex. While walking options of varying lengths are provided, all participants should be able to comfortably walk one mile and/or for one hour in such conditions. You should also be able to get in and out of vehicles with ease. We do not recommend this trip for travelers with heart or respiratory ailments or those with bad ankles, knees or hips. All activities on this trip are optional, though minimum mobility levels must be met in order to participate.
Important Information About This Trip
Our Custom Family Machu Picchu Adventures differs from others in that we have an expert Peruvian guide with the group from the time you arrive in Cusco to the time you depart. This is the only way to truly experience the nature, culture and history of this special region.
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Your recommended arrival and departures times and airports will vary as this adventure is arranged on a custom basis. Most tours will start and end in Lima. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.