Peru is home to remarkable archeological treasures, an interesting colonial heritage, and an extraordinary indigenous culture. This program promises an encyclopedic introduction to South America and family holiday memories to last a lifetime. Travel by train to the enchanting site of Machu Picchu, visit Cusco, the Urubamba Valley, and the Yale International Center for the Study of Machu Picchu and Inca Culture. Enjoy a variety of activities that will appeal to a broad range of ages and interests including hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, weaving, and pottery. The major highlights of the program are overnight visits to Machu Picchu, the once-lost-city of the Incas that remained hidden in the jungle until Yale's Hiram Bingham rediscovered it, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the magnificent ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuamán, Cusco the capital of the Inca Empire, and Lima, the city of Kings with its colonial treasures.
Visit Andean Indian markets, walk on impressive plazas, and see the four kinds of American camelidae at Awana Kancha (alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco). Visit the ancient agricultural site of Moray and hike among the hundreds of terraced salt pans at Maras. Options in Machu Picchu include a hike to Huayna Picchu, or a walk to the Gate of the Sun. In Cusco, you will see superb examples of colonial Spanish architecture built atop thick Incan stonewalls. Visit the Koricancha Temple's "golden courtyard" which during Inca times glittered in gold. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the bohemian and artisan's quarter of the San Blas neighborhood for stupendous views of the city. Tour the new chocolate museum in Cusco and experience the marvelous flavors of Peru in its regional cuisine. We have taken care of all the planning and logistics, including internal air travel and expert leadership so that you can relax and enjoy your time with your family and the remarkable cultural and geographic diversity of Peru.