Location: Peru and Galapagos Duration: 14 nights Price: From £6,100 per person in low season based on two adults and two children under 12 travelling together and including all flights in economy class, acommodation, most meals, private transfers, boat and train transportation, cruise, experiences as stated and taxes

No family photo album is complete without this: an unforgettable wildlife adventure holiday to Peru and the Galapagos. Kicking off in colourful Lima, you’ll raft downriver to the spectacular jungles of the fabled Amazon, travel over the ancient Inca Empire for breathtaking views over the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and emerge among the cobblestone streets of Cusco. Finally hopping over to Ecuador and landing in the middle of the wildlife mecca that is the Galapagos, this fun and activity-packed adventure has something to keep the whole tribe happy, from the comical looks of Andean llamas to the cooling spray of inquisitive dolphins.

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Families with older kids and teenagers who want a fun, safe, and active wildlife adventure. There’s also plenty of opportunity to soak up the culture (and relaxation time for parents).

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Adding a few nights and getting a large dose of authentic culture in Puno, by staying near the highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca.

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Lima- 1 night

Your first stop is Lima, where you'll spend the night in the seafront JW Marriott, a towering glass hotel that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Take a look at the impressive Cathedral of Lima and stroll around the busy cafes and shops of the capital’s historic centre, or simply chill out in the hotel, where you can take a refreshing dip in the pool and watch paragliders float above your heads from the bar. In the morning, tuck into a hearty breakfast buffet before the next leg of your journey.

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Puerto Maldonado- 3 nights

Once you’ve acclimatized, you’ll head to Puerto Maldonado, where you’ll be transferred, via canoe, deep into the heart of the Amazon to your home for three nights, the stylish Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Set on stilted cabanas, which hang over the jungle, you’ll be able to start wildlife spotting as soon as you arrive, as each room has its own veranda and entire walls of mesh screening- offering superb views. Following the lodge’s nature trails and canopy walkways, you can observe the incredible Amazonian flora and fauna, including kingfishers, monkeys and stunning orchids, while canoeing trips and boating excursions specifically catered towards children can provide sightings of giant river otters, black caimans and vibrant blue macaws.

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Sacred Valley- 2 nights

Your next stop is the 17th-century colonial hacienda, Aranwa Sacred Valley, built on the banks of the Vilcanota River. Surrounded by colourful wildlife and the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley, relax and enjoy the swimming pool and the spa, while the children are kept entertained by the on-site facilities, from the peacock-filled gardens to the high-tech movie theatre. Those in search of adventure, won’t want to miss rafting down the river towards the charming market town of Pisca, where you’ll be rewarded with an authentic dose of Peruvian culture. Then there's the best mountain biking available, which is entirely downhill and weaves past Lake Huaypo and the stunning Vilcanota mountains to end along the extraordinary Maras salt pans.

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Machu Picchu- 1 night

Catching the Vistadome from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, you’ll spend the day on a privately guided tour, exploring the mysterious Lost City of the Incas with its 200 religious, ceremonial and agricultural structures, before relaxing next to the roaring fire in your casita at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. With 214 bird species spotted in the property’s 12 acres, you might catch a glimpse of the golden-headed quetzal or the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock, as well as the hotel’s colossal collection of 372 orchid species during your night stay.

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Cusco- 2 nights

A five minute walk from the main square and right in the heart of the historic centre, the opulent Palacio del Inka is ideally located for discovering Cusco’s 16th–century cathedrals, historic plazas and cracking restaurants. With a great atmosphere, spend your next two nights wandering along the cobbled streets lined with Incan stonework, or if you’d prefer to take it easy, sink into the vintage furniture at the hotel’s Inti Raymi Restaurant or soak up soothing oils and aromas in the Palacio del Inka Spa.

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Guayaquil- 1 night

You’ll begin the second part of your adventure in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. According to legend, the city is named after Guayas, a brave warrior, and his wife Quil, a story that has been popularized in the city’s growing theatre, film and art scenes. Staying at the Oro Verde for one night, tuck into a meal at one of the many restaurants, go swimming in the hotel’s pool, stroll to the buzzing waterfront along the Guayas river, amble among the revitalized squares and parks or check out the massive urban-renewal project, refuelling every so often in the lively cafes and bars.

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Galapagos - 4 nights

With wildlife watching top of the holiday’s agenda, there could be no better end then spending four nights sailing around the Galapagos Islands, whose unique flora and fauna has captivated visitors from Darwin to David Attenborough. Amid the dramatic landscapes and perfect dive sites, you'll spot marine iguanas and penguins, seeing it all from the viewing decks of the M/V Santa Cruz. When you’re not on an excursion in the glass-bottomed boat, donning snorkelling equipment and diving into the sea or walking around the islands to get up close to the lava lizards, wallow in the open-air Jacuzzi or lounge by the bar, sharing the day’s sightings with your fellow adventurers.   At the end of your family adventure, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

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