Family Vacation Destinations in Peru
While Peru might not seem like the obvious destination for your next family vacation, it is guaranteed to be one of the most unforgettable and powerful vacation destinations you could choose for your family. Peru has some of the most stimulating culture, diverse wildlife and ancient history on the planet, not only will your kids be entertained, but they will also be learning as they travel (and mostly without realising it!).
These vacation spots in Peru will open up their minds to a world of possibility, and combine excitement with good-quality family time. Check out these unique and safe family vacation options in Peru:
1. Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
Bring history alive with a family trip to the famous Incan ruin site of Machu Picchu, with the Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour. Start in the Inca capital city of Cusco, a city that is rich in history, visit the remnants of the old Empire and the city's Spanish colonial influences. Explore the Sacred Valley in a mild climate that is suitable for kids, visit the isolated villages and Inca sites that line the Valley. Take the spectacular train ride through valleys, farms and fields with views of snow-covered peaks to reach the maze of ruins that is Machu Picchu, the kids won't believe their eyes! Let your kids loose among the ruins of granite passageways, rooms and nooks made of stone, there are over a 100 staircases here, so this is sure to wear them out! Just outside of Cusco you can find the best preserved Incan ruins, Sacsayhuaman, where the family can explore along the grassy fields, tall stone walls and even see a spectacular view of Cusco.
Since the Sacred Valley region is very high in altitude, it’s very important to take your time to prevent any altitude sickness symptoms. It’s a good idea to arrive a day or two before your Machu Picchu tour begins, for your family to properly adjust to the altitude. Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated is extremely important. Choosing comfortable train departure times is also key, you want to avoid sleepless nights as there will be so much to explore in the day. See Jeremy’s Machu Picchu family adventure with his wife and 2 kids, ages 7 and 4.
2. The Peruvian Amazon
Amazon Family Cruise:
Take a beautiful, comfortable and unique family riverboat cruise into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, for a family holiday you will never forget. Every boat has the comforts and luxuries of a hotel, but puts you at the center of world's most diverse tropical paradise.
Spend your evenings relaxing on the boat, with communal areas for catching up and sharing jungle stories, and sleeping in comfortable cabins for the whole family. Selected riverboats have books, boardgames and video games available for children to be occupied during lounge hours. The riverboats selected for family Amazon cruises are family-friendly, meaning, they cabins are spacious enough to add a foldable bed, or have interconnecting rooms.
The staff onboard are very friendly to children, as many of them have families of their own, they do their very best to ensure families have an enjoyable trip to the Amazon. With advanced notice, the staff will happily cater to any fussy eaters and preferred children's meals.
In the daytime enjoy treks into the Amazon Rainforest with specialist tour guides, including visits to National Reserves, flooded forests and 5 million acres of rich ecological diversity. Have fun playing games to see who can spot the most wildlife from your boat, including pink river dolphins, macaws, sloths, giant otters and caimans, and maybe even an anaconda!
Read more about an Amazon River Cruise with Kids to see if it's an appropriate vacation option for you family.
Stay in a unique Treehouse Lodge overlooking the Peruvian Amazon and sleep high up in the canopy of the Amazon, for a sleeping experience of a lifetime. You will sleep up to 67 feet above the ground in the treetops, and become part of the incredible wildlife of the Amazon Jungle.
Scientists estimate that 90% of all of the life in the Rainforest can be found in the treetops, so expect to see the jungle's wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, macaws, parrots, parakeets, and maybe even a jaguar. If you really want to bring your kids' biology lessons alive, then this is the place to do it. You can take walks into the jungle with expert guides during the day or night to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. And if you and your kids love adventure, you can sign up for piranha fishing on canoes and trips to local tribes to enhance your stay. These adventures will teach your children so much about the origins of human life and how to humans and animals can survive in the jungle. The lodge's eight en-suite bungalows have most the amenities you would expect to find in a luxury hotel, and walkways that connect the rooms above the Amazon. Pretty cool, eh?
3. Arequipa and Colca Canyon
The Colca Canyon, located close to the large city of Arequipa, is the third most visited tourist destination in Peru. The colorful 10,725-foot-deep canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA! And if it's sheer size isn't enough to capture the kids' imagination, then the landscape is also dotted with pre-Inca and Spanish colonial towns and villages, with its inhabitants still practising their ancestral traditions. The colonial historic city of Arequipa is also just 100 miles from the Colca Canyon. Peru's second largest city is surrounded by three huge volcanoes, dominated by an impressive giant cathedral and a place to enjoy some delicious local cuisine for all the family after a day exploring the Canyon. Don't forget to look out for Condors, soaring above the canyon!
4. Huacachina and Paracas
For some real adventure in the heart of the desert, visit the unique village of Huacachina. Known as the “oasis of America,” this Ica village is built around a small natural lake in the desert and has plenty of activities for the whole family, including desert sand buggy rides and sandboarding for the kids, and adults, to enjoy. Also in the Ica region of Peru is Paracas National Reserve, a protected desert landscape with an enormously diverse coastline. See some of Peru's most unique wildlife in the reserve and learn about the ancient Paracas culture, which is still thriving in the park today. If you are in this region, you also have make the trip to the Islas Ballestas, a small group of islands known as the “Galapagos Islands of Peru”. Just a two-hour boat ride from the town of Paracas, the islands are famed for species such as Humboldt penguins, fur seals and sea lions. The sea lions often interact with the boats as you make your journey to the island, so keep your eyes peeled for the friendly mammals!
5. Lake Titicaca
The largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca is also the highest navigable body of water in the world – with a surface elevation of 12,507 feet! The lake is located in the Puno region of Peru, its average depth is around 351 feet and 41 islands sit on the lake, that are home to large populations of locals. Enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the lake and meet the friendly locals on hikes through the region, who may surprise the kids with their pet-like animals, llamas!
A vacation to Peru is most definitely out of the ordinary, and one that you and your children will talk about time and time again. Travelling is one of the most important things you can give to your kids, through hands-on real life adventures they will learn so much more about the world than they would sat in a classroom. Make the most of your vacation time together by taking your kids somewhere truly special. Contact Us for more information about Family Vacation Destinations in Peru!