Luxury Peru Itinerary

Andes to the Amazon: Paddington in Peru

Inspired by the upcoming Paddington in Peru movie (out November 2024), take your family on an epic two-week Peru holiday following in the footsteps of the world’s most famous stuffed bear. Begin in the vibrant capital of Lima, exploring exquisite restaurants, archaeological wonders and the Magic Water Circuit Park on a family-friendly guided excursion.

In the breathtaking Sacred Valley discover the Incan ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo before getting your adrenaline pumping with mountain biking, whitewater rafting and watersports. You’ll hop aboard a scenic train journey for an unforgettable trek along the Inca Trail to the lost citadel of Machu Picchu, hosted by an engaging expert. Back in Cuzco, an immersive walking tour unveils the city’s rich Incan heritage through its stunning architecture and lively neighbourhoods.  

Finally, venture deep into the Tambopata-Candamo Amazon Reserve to revel in the astounding beauty, sounds, scents and solitude of the jungle. Over three extraordinary days, discover the magnificent wildlife that resides in and along the mighty Amazon, relax in your eco-lodge’s riverside spa and bond over evenings in the games room. 

With relatively few tourists each year, the remote Peruvian Amazon feels like an untamed wilderness – the perfect setting for your family’s Paddington-inspired rainforest adventures. Brimming with ancient ruins, outdoor thrills and natural wonders, this action-packed Peru itinerary promises epic family memories. 

 

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KEY FACTS
PEAK TIME

May-September

PRICE

From £6,390pp $8,300pp excl. flights

IDEAL LENGTH

14 Days

FLIGHT TIME

15 hours 20 minutes from London
8 hours from NYC

CURRENCY

Sol

LANGUAGE

Spanish and Quechua

Where you'll go

Lima

Cuzco

The Sacred Valley

Tambopata-Candamo Amazon Reserve

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GEOGRAPHICAL FACTS

The Amazon Rainforest covers more than half of all the land in Peru, providing crucial habitat for animals which do not exist anywhere else, perhaps even tribes of talking bears who have never had contact with the outside world.

The Itinerary

A day of discovery in Lima

Uncover Lima with a private guide, who will tailor the experience to suit the ages and interests of your children. Start in Pachacamac, exploring pyramids and temples where kids can discover their inner Indiana Jones, enjoy lunch in bohemian Barranco, then check out the UNESCO-listed central district on foot – is your family brave enough to enter the catacombs in search of skeletons? Finish at the Magic Water Circuit Park, with its playful fountains and light show.

A half-day exploring Sacsayhuaman and Cuzco City

This immersive walking tour unveils Cuzco’s rich Incan heritage and vibrant presence through its architectural marvels and atmospheric neighbourhoods. Begin at the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman, then explore San Cristobal church, built atop an Inca palace with stunning city views. Stroll through San Blas’ streets to the Plaza de Armas and its magnificent cathedral, then visit Qoricancha, the Sun Temple and centre of the Inca Empire, showcasing exquisitely preserved stonework. Finally, enjoy free time wandering Cuzco’s charming lanes and plazas, taking in local sights and shops (we’ll provide our top tips).

Cuzco art workshop

Take a short Cuzco art workshop and work with a local artist to decorate your very own Pucara Bull. You will learn and apply the gilding techniques so important to traditional Cuzco art and discover the history of the bulls and their role in local customs. Your workshop takes place in Florencia y Fortunata Cafe and will be led by a member of the Totemiq Art Collective.

Full day rafting the Black Canyon of the Rio Apurimac

Get ready for an adrenaline-fuelled day rafting down the Apurimac River. Suitable for all abilities and generally ages 10 and up (conditions vary), descend into the canyon and inflate your rafts on the riverbank. With Peru’s best rafting team at the helm, navigate spectacular scenery, exhilarating rapids and gentle floats. Explore side canyons and enjoy a riverside picnic before reaching Puente Huallpacachaca and returning to Cuzco. 

Tour of Machu Picchu ruins

Delve into the mysteries of Machu Picchu with your private guide, avoiding crowds with an 8am entrance, then climb Wayna Picchu Mountain for a scenic journey through the Sacred Valley back to Cuzco. This full-day tour immerses your family in the history of Peru’s most iconic archaeological treasure.

E bike + pachamanca lunch

Enjoy an e-bike excursion outside Urubamba, following dirt roads through hamlets and corn fields with Andes views. Cross the Urubamba River and cycle an ancient Incan trail past ruins and vast terraces to Ollantaytambo for a traditional Pachamanca lunch at El Albergue farm – think meats, vegetables and herbs cooked underground. Tour the organic farm and distillery before digging into the delicious earth-baked feast. In the afternoon, explore the impressive Inca ruins and village of Ollantaytambo, site of a major Spanish-Inca battle.  

Watersports on Lake Huaypo

Lake Huaypo is a wonderfully relaxed spot to have some fun on the water and enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped Vilanota mountains. Choose between stand-up paddleboards or sit-on-kayaks, with full wetsuits provided. Your expert guide will give you full instructions before you head out through the reeds and onto the lake itself. After a picnic lunch, visit the incredible ruins of Moray and the Maras saltpans. 

Amazonian adventures

The jungle comes alive early in the morning so be prepared for the occasional predawn wake up to give yourself the best chance of seeing the wildlifemonkeys, birds, frogs, capybara, giant anteaters and ants galore. Your resident guides will accompany you into the jungle either on foot or by dugout canoe – will you spot the rare black caiman? Evenings can be spent taking in spectacular sunsets or heading out in search of the nocturnal mammals. 

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Accommodation

Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Peru itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

Villa Barranco by Ananay

Villa Barranco by Ananay is a hidden gem in the bohemian district of Barranco. The location of this 1920s house is ideal, with easy access to vibrant art scene, lively bars and renowned restaurants of the neighbourhood.

Villa Barranco by Ananay is a hidden gem in the bohemian district of Barranco. The location of this 1920s house is ideal, with easy access to vibrant art scene, lively bars and renowned restaurants of the neighbourhood. With just nine rooms decorated with local textiles, it’s perfect for anyone looking for peaceful, stylish escape while remaining close to the action. A rooftop terrace is the jewel in the crown, offering panoramic views of the ocean beyond.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a luxury hotel located in the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the famous ancient Inca citadel. The hotel's architectural design blends harmoniously with its natural surroundings, reflecting traditional Andean aesthetics while providing contemporary amenities.

Rooms are all adorned with local artwork and textiles, fostering an authentic atmosphere, complemented by tantalizing Peruvian cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

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Palacio del Inka

Palacio del Inka is a stunning heritage mansion in the historic centre of Cuzco. Directly across from the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets and restaurants.

All rooms are sumptuously decorated, featuring unique details that showcase rich Inca heritage and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains or the charming courtyard. Hotel facilities include a spa that offers indigenous treatments and an indoor therapy pool.

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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra is set on the banks of Peru's Madre de Dios River in the heart of a private ecological reserve and comprises 34 thatched cabanas, each decorated in a simple rustic style.

Trails and tours can be organised through the rainforest or wander a complex canopied walkway for a glimpse of rare and unusual flora and fauna. We can also arrange for an overnight stay in the unique Canopy Tree House, located on the highest platform of the Canopy Walkway, some 26 m above ground.

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