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What to do in Peru?

On these pages you will find ideas for a trip to Peru to help you prepare for your trip. All these ideas are there just to get your imagination going; you can alter, mix and match them as you please. Your local agent will help you create a unique and unforgettable trip, just for you! Peru has three distinct parts, each with its own character: the Pacific coast, which is the most densely populated; the Andes range, with the highest mountain being the towering Huascarán at 6,768 metres; and the Amazon, which covers the largest part of the country. If you’re going, start with the must-see: Machu Picchu – fortunately not found by the Conquistadors – rediscovered in 1911. You should visit it at dawn to see the ruins shrouded in mist. This extraordinary site still clasps a few secrets to its bosom. Not far away, the Andes range draw ramblers and trekkers to magnificent landscapes. The ultimate rambling experience is the Inca Trail through exceptional archaeological sites. During your stay in Peru, you must stop in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. The Spanish erected their buildings, especially religious ones, over Inca constructions which they systematically destroyed, only sparing their characteristic foundations, which are still visible today with their large, perfectly cut and fitted stones. A voyage out of time awaits you in Cusco.
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Start planning your Peru family vacation

Wonderful Peru is perfect for families on vacation. Try Amazonian delicacies, stroll the capital’s historic streets, cozy up to the native alpaca, and of course, explore ancient Inca ruins. A Peru family vacation is an excellent option for kids who love cultural experiences and the wilds of nature.

What makes Peru a great destination for families? 

Peru is rich with cultural heritage, fascinating history, and natural wonders. Family-friendly activities can include a variety of experiences, from cultural entertainment to outdoors adventures. Transport is easy to use, and there are even direct trains to Machu Picchu so there’s no need to worry about long treks to see the main sights. Peru is a spectacular family vacation destination. 

Best things to do in Peru with kids

There's no shortage of things to do during family trips in Peru. Think Instagram-worthy photo ops with woolly alpacas, traipsing through Inca ruins, or exploring the untamed beauty of the Andes mountains or the Amazon’s jungles. These are the top things to do. 

Cycle and kayak in Cusco

Cusco's gentle slopes are ideal for cycling. The local trails weave along valley floors, up mountain peaks, across salt pans, and past stunning ruins. Families can also take a unique kayaking course in the Apurimac valley, where lessons take place in natural thermal baths.

Hang out with alpacas

Get up close and personal with Peru's famous native animal at a farm. At the Awana Kancha Alpaca Farm just outside Cusco, kids can interact with the resident llamas, alpacas, and vicunas.

Explore Lima's many charms

Peru's capital is rich in family fun. Dig into the multicultural flavors of Peruvian food at Lima's diverse restaurants, or get hands on at some of the top attractions in the city. Try chocolate-making workshops at ChocoMuseo, see the daily water show at Park of the Reserve, explore the Interactive Imagination Museum, or visit the Minimundo miniature park.

Get out on the water with wildlife

Plan a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands where you can witness seals, pelicans, dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. The trip can be combined with an excursion to Ica, where the whole family can take sand boarding lessons, or enjoy a thrilling dune buggy ride.

Go deep into the Amazon

If you want a serious adventure, consider traveling to the heart of the Amazon, where you'll come across tarantulas, giant river otters, and even piranhas. Guided tours will help you experience the natural and cultural beauty of this region in the safest way possible. The Tambopata River is a good base to explore the region by boat or on foot.

Tips for planning a family vacation in Peru

Trips by road in Peru can take hours to cover due to the rugged terrain, so domestic flights can be more convenient. Get necessary vaccinations before entering Peru, and consult a travel doctor on traveling in high altitudes and jungle areas with younger children. It's generally best to avoid uncovered street food, peeled fruits, salads, ice, and tap water. Peru's proximity to the equator means you'll need strong sunscreen.

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