Machu Picchu Family Adventure
- Take the ultimate family vacation to ancient and mystical Machu Picchu
- Tour Cusco, visit a traditional Andean village, and shop at a Quechua market
- Enjoy an Andean meal cooked underground and learn how to make pottery
- Spend two days exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu with expert guides
For many kids (and adults alike), the name "Lost City of the Incas" conjures up images of a mysterious ruins complex, floating in a sea of mist and surrounded by dramatic emerald peaks. Our exciting Machu Picchu family vacation turns this mystical imagery into a lifelong memory.
Our exploration begins in Cusco, where we learn about the fascinating history and architectural skills of its Incan founders. As we make our way deeper, the Urubamba Valley reveals more Andean treasures. At Pisac market we admire the handicrafts of the Quechua people and kids have fun with a market challenge competition. Later we try our hand at traditional pottery making, creating a piece we can take home. One evening we join a Pachamanca ceremony in a rural Quechua community, where our hosts prepare food underground in the traditional Andean process.
A train ride from the Andean highlands to the cloud forest brings us to Machu Picchu itself, where we spend two days discovering the most spectacular ruins complex on the continent.
Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary).
Learn more about REI Family Adventures.
Not traveling with kids under 18? Check out our other Machu Picchu trips.
Want to make the most of your stay in Peru? Check out our Lima, Paracas & Nazca Lines; Lake Titicaca; Northern Peru; Peruvian Amazon – Sandoval Lake Lodge; Peruvian Amazon – Heath River Wildlife Center and Peruvian Amazon – Tahuayo Lodge extensions.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Machu Picchu Family Adventure Itinerary:
Day 1 Take a walking tour of Cusco's most interesting sites.
Day 2 Shop at Pisac market and hike to well-preserved ruins.
Day 3 Meet the villagers of Willoc and raft the Urubamba River.
Day 4 Explore a traditional Andean town brimming with textiles and pottery.
Day 5 Delight in our first views of Machu Picchu and take a guided tour.
Day 6 Explore the ruins and hike to the "Gate of the Sun."
Day 7 Depart Cusco full of lasting family memories.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available on most departures.
Hotel accommodations with private bath for 6 nights; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bilingual guides; all ground transportation within Peru as noted including airport transfers upon arrival/departure; all sightseeing and activity excursions as noted (including daily admission to Machu Picchu).
Air transportation to/from Cusco; 1 lunches; guide gratuities; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages; airport taxes and items of a personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry fees, immunizations or insurance of any kind.
This trip is rated Easy Active . Participants should enjoy hiking/walking and arrive in good physical condition. Daily hikes/walks will be on-trail and may include some short, steep ascents and descents and climbing numerous flights of stairs at various ruins complexes. There is no experience required for rafting but participants should be able to swim. Please keep in mind that we spend all of our time at moderately high altitude (7,800' -12,500') where most trip members will feel the effects of the thinner air, especially during the first few days. We highly recommend a conditioning regimen consisting of activities such as hiking, jogging, stair-climbing or cycling beginning several months prior to departure to get in shape for the adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy all this trip has to offer!
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° - 75° F with Andean evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of the itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly. During the months of May-October, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While rainfall is more common during the months of December-April, all-day rain is unlikely.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Machu Picchu Family Adventure
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Birth Certificates (for kids – see "Things to Consider" below)
- Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase
- Daypack – approx. 1,500 cu. in. for carrying camera, water bottles, extra clothing
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Passport pouch or money belt
- Rain jacket, lightweight and breathable
- Rain or wind pants
- Lightweight, waterproof hiking boots, broken in, aggressive tread
- Comfortable shoes for travel and evening wear
- Water shoes for rafting
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wearwear
- Midweight fleece or wool sweater
- Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
- Hiking pants
- Hiking shorts
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks
- Casual socks
- Sun hat
- Wool or fleece hat
- One 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
- Small towel for drying off after rafting
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sun block and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Small first-aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera and spare memory card/batteries
- Small dry bag for camera gear while rafting – highly recommended
- Electrical adapter plug
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Reading and writing materials
- Ear plugs
- Favorite energy snacks or drinks
- Travel games
- Pocket knife or pocket tool
- Sewing kit
- Knee supports
- Travel pillow
- Hiking staff or trekking poles
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- The Peru Rail luggage size and weight restrictions listed in our materials are accurate at time of printing. The restrictions can change with little or no notice. At our group orientation in Cusco, the trip leader will advise the group of the most current policy and assist with gear and packing questions.
- Copies of birth certificates – It's become quite common these days for a family to have more than one surname. Perhaps a mother has kept her maiden name or perhaps the children are from different unions. Whatever the reason, you'll want to be able to prove that, yes, these kids are yours. (Even if you are the nuclear family, birth certificates aren't a bad thing to have along if your passports are lost or stolen.)
- Parental permission – If you're traveling with your kids without your spouse, you may need proof that the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel with you. It's simple enough to write up a letter, sign it, have it witnessed and notarized.
- Cotton is wonderful in hot weather or in the evenings. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool, or polyester fabrics such as Capilene® or MTS®, which will insulate even if they get wet.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.