Back to School!?!?! Time to start planning that Spring Break Family Vacation!
The end of August is just around the corner, which means… the kids are back to school! The backpacks are filling with class supplies, and the never-ending search for the right lunch box is underway. The swim and tennis lessons are coming to a halt, and the fall clothing is back in action. So why are you feeling down? Unfortunately with the kid’s back in school, it means the family trips and activities are coming to an end as well (they’re just growing up so fast!). Luckily, we’re here to flip that frown upside down. For over 15 years, Yampu Tours has been designing trips of a lifetime, and can now bring you to Latin America, Africa, and Asia. During these inspections, the company founders have not only personally inspected each destination, but have done so with their family! Jose and Monica Irauzqui have become Family Travel Experts, as they’ve taken their 2 children on exciting adventures are the globe. With that, Yampu Tour’s has exciting Family options in each of their destinations! Need to add some zest to that calendar? Well think ahead, and start planning that exciting family trip from one of our exciting destinations!
PERU! The Ideal Family Tour
This tour uses Yampu’s top picks for family hotels, combining safety and fun. Your tour begins in the Sacred Valley with a visit to the colorful and indigenous market in Pisac. After shopping through the many colorful stalls, you can take in the afternoon sunshine as you watch vendors press oranges for refreshing glasses of juice. While in the Sacred Valley you can choose from a list of adventure activities including river rafting, mountain biking, or horseback riding among many others. You will then have a private, guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, thought to be the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. You will have time to enjoy a light lunch or snack and return to your hotel at your leisure. After you tour the remarkable ruins of Machu Picchu, you will visit the bear protection project. This is an effort designed to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact and to reintroduce them into their natural habitat. At this point, return to Cuzco where you can choose to walk or bike around the colonial city. Your final stop will be a return to Lima, where you can choose between a fun-filled Tour of Miraflores, San Isidro Olivar Park and Barranco, or an exciting City Tour.
The Exciting Costa Rica Family Tour – San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal and Manuel Antonio
This complete family Highlight Program starts in San Jose and continues to El Tortuguero National Park. The small village of Tortuguero (translated as “Region of Turtles”) lies on the northeastern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, approximately 50 miles north of the principal Port of Limon. The village is comprised of a variety of cultures: Hispanic, Miskito Indian (Nicaragua), and Afro-Caribbean. Both Spanish and Creole English are spoken. We continue our trip to El Arenal to gaze at the might Arenal Volcano. Guided tours to the Volcano, hot springs and treks are available. Before returning to San Jose, we are going to visit the Manuel Antonio National Park where you will experience the white sandy beaches, cliffs, rivers, rain forests and varied animal life. This trip has been specially design for families traveling with children. We have picked hotels and activities that are suitable for everyone in the group. In San Jose, we are choosing The Costa Rica Marriot, a hotel with spacious rooms and outdoor pools, Pachira Lodge located in the middle of the Tortuguero tropical forest, Hotel Arenal Manoa with its complete panoramic view of the Arenal Volcano and the exclusive and private Hotel El Parador at Manuel Antonio National Park.
A South African Family Adventure: Cape Town and Sabi Sands Game Reserve
This trip includes two of the must-do experiences in South Africa – a visit to Cape Town and a wildlife safari. The first half of this trip includes a tour of the city, Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Winelands. Then, switching gears, you’ll head east to Kruger National Park for a safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. In Cape Town, your days will be spent exploring the culture and history of the city and its surroundings. You will take a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, for its stunning views, long golden beaches, the jackass penguin colony and the Cape of Good Hope – Africa’s most southwestern point. Your final day in the Western Cape will be spent in the winelands, north of Cape Town, touring the many vineyards and wineries that are making South African wines some of the most popular in the world. Following Cape Town, you will fly to Nelspruit, where you will be transferred to your lodge at Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. For the next several days, you will engage in daily game drives in one of the premier private reserves in the country.
The Easy to Entertain the Kid’s India Family Tour: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with Mumbai and Goa Beach Extension
This Family-Friendly Highlight Tour begins with a visit to some of India’s most popular cities; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You’ll explore the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Amber Fort and others before heading south to Mumbai. In Mumbai, your sightseeing will begin at the imposing Gateway of India, the huge iconic archway on the water’s edge. Then, in the old British part of town, you will find the Crawford Market, an elegantly designed market with a dominating clock tower and steeple. For a trip into the past, the Prince of Wales Museum is sure to impress with a huge collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts and priceless art pieces from Tibet and Nepal. Although Mumbai has become an immense megalopolis, these are just some of the treasures that are hidden among its high-rises that make it a classic destination to visit. Once a jewel of Portugal’s eastern empire, Goa has retained its Portuguese heritage and has developed as a favorite tourist getaway. A land of lush green hills and miles of beautiful beaches, this is the ideal place for fun and relaxation. Although Goa is known for its good food, wine and plentiful beaches, it also boasts vanilla scented spice plantations, meandering rivers with excellent birdlife, centuries old cathedrals and white-water waterfalls. This is the perfect way to unwind at the end of your Indian odyssey.
Family Friendly Tour through Malaysia and Bali: Kuala Lumpur, Taman Negara, Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan
Kuala Lumpur, or just “KL” to the locals, is not only the capital of Malaysia, but it is a standing testament to the country’s determination and prosperity. From its not so glorious days as a humble shanty town, KL has evolved into an ultra-modern 21st century metropolis with South-East Asia’s tallest skyscrapers. Perhaps most intriguing about the city is its astounding cultural diversity thanks to the Ethnic Malays, Chinese businessmen, Indian immigrants and British colonists that built this city from the jungle floors. Taman Negara in Malaysia is considered as one of the oldest rainforests in the entire world, at an estimated 130 million years, and is Malaysia’s greatest national park. Covering an area that is twice the size the country of Luxembourg, its rich jungles cover a swath that encompasses over 2500 square miles and extends across three states. Within its impenetrable depths is an ecosystem comprised of ancient trees, massive root systems, exotic orchids and lush ferns that are buzzing with a world of animals. However, due to the extremely dense vegetation, many of these animals remain virtually unseen. On the island of Bali, take a short journey to Prua Kehen, a temple constructed in the 13th century. The temple is especially unique with its stone elephants, as elephants were not native to Indonesia. The inner compound is guarded by a ‘Naga,’ or dragon, which is said to have a mystical stone embedded in it. A morning boat ride from Bali transports you to the island of Gili Trawangan where you’ll enjoy a full day at your leisure. Though the white sand beaches and bathtub warm waters may hold your attention for much longer than expected, there are numerous well-respected dive shops in the area that are ready to assist you in exploring the gorgeous Gili Reef.