A family trip to Peru can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, memories of a luxury family vacation can be shared for many years. Why not take your kids on vacation to learn about new cultures and hear about ancient history? What better way to teach your children and provide them with valuable life experiences than to take them on a luxury family trip to Peru? That is why together with the experts of Machu Travel Peru, we have prepared a small article about how and where to enjoy family holidays in Peru.
What to do on family holidays in Peru
- Starting in the capital of Peru, Lima
- Continuing the journey through Paracas, Pisco, and Nazca
- Exploring the beautiful Arequipa
- Visiting the Colca Canyon
- Proceeding to Lake Titicaca and Puno
- Visiting Cusco, the Imperial City
- Exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
- Ending in Puerto Maldonado
STARTING IN THE CAPITAL OF PERU, LIMA
In Peru, we have many different areas that you can visit with a family, the coast, the mountains, and the jungle. You can choose to start on the coast with the capital of Peru, Lima. Lima is one of the best destinations to enjoy some family holidays in Peru. It is full of attractions to visit with the family.
- Among them are the ruins of Pachacamac, located south of downtown Lima. These were built as a ceremonial center in the Wari culture around 100 AD. When the Spanish arrived some 1,400 years later, Pachacamac was a prosperous Inca town.
- But the surrounding ruins are not all you can do, in downtown Lima, there is plenty to keep you busy. A place that you cannot miss is the Plaza de Armas.
- Every day at noon you can witness the pomp and ceremony of the changing of the guard, which takes place in the Government Palace. This is a beautiful colonial building that now serves as the presidential palace. Within the different tours in Peru, you will be able to visit most of the historical buildings in Lima.
- You can also visit the Lima Cathedral with its neoclassical interior, which also has a unique collection of impressive art and paintings.
- A short walk away is the Monastery of San Francisco, a beautiful bright yellow church. This church is renowned for its bone-filled catacombs, where you can take a guided tour and hear about the history of this famous burial site. As if that were not enough, it also has an impressive library with more than 25,000 ancient texts.
- But if you thought that was it, we tell you that a visit to Lima would not be complete without spending time at the incredible Larco Museum. This is a museum that exhibits the best collection in Peru of ceramics from the Cupisnique, Chimú, Chancay, Moche, and Inca cultures. You will even be able to appreciate an impressive variety of erotic ceramics and textiles. One of the greatest things to do in Peru.
Lima is also full of charming little neighborhoods like Barranco with its beautiful plaza and many restaurants. A unique opportunity to start tasting Peruvian gastronomy. Miraflores is another distinguished example, which has the impressive LarcoMar. A commercial complex by the sea built on the side of the cliff, full of beautiful shops and a variety of restaurants with the most incredible views, well worth a visit.
CONTINUING THE JOURNEY THROUGH PARACAS, PISCO, AND NAZCA
Leaving Lima and traveling along the coast you will arrive at the seaside resort of Paracas, one of the best tourist sites in Peru. There are several luxury hotels to be found and it is the starting point for tours to the Ballestas Islands. These islands are famous for the great abundance of wildlife to spot. To see this wonder you must take a boat ride from the port of Paracas. You can also continue your trip in the city of Pisco, a short drive from Paracas. Pisco is the wine city of Peru, where its wines and the renowned Pisco are prepared. Although you can also take a short flight to Nazca to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Spread over 500 square kilometers of desert, the lines remain one of Peru’s greatest mysteries. It consists of more than 800 straight lines and 70 wonderful figures of plants and animals that can only be seen from above. A wonder that everyone should witness.
EXPLORING THE BEAUTIFUL AREQUIPA
Further down the coast and inland is the beautiful white city of Arequipa. Surrounded by volcanoes, the city is built with a white volcanic stone that gives it its charm. It has a temperate climate and almost no rain throughout the year, which makes Arequipa the perfect city to visit. Among the notable attractions is the beautiful Santa Catalina Monastery. This one is located in the heart of the city, it is filled with religious art, period furniture, and is a maze of twisty passages. It is also one of the most fascinating religious buildings in all of Peru, a must on any visit to Arequipa. The Plaza de Armas is also a nice place to spend an hour or two, it has well-kept gardens and beautiful balconies that are well worth a visit. There are many activities in the surrounding areas of Arequipa including trekking to the volcanoes, rafting, mountain biking, and mountaineering, all available for adventurers who want it.
VISITING THE COLCA CANYON
A few hours from Arequipa, you will arrive at the quiet little town of Chivay, famous for being the gateway to the Colca Canyon. One of the best destinations to enjoy family holidays in Peru. The town is also renowned for its incredible hot springs. An afternoon in the hot springs is well worth it, with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. Besides, pools have healing properties, since they eliminate aches and pains. Take a short drive from Chivay and you will see the most spectacular canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon. This canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon. This wonder of nature is complemented by the magnificent condors, who will offer a show that you will never forget. Rising from the canyon in the thermal breezes, the condors will glide alongside you for an excellent photo opportunity. A perfect place to enjoy the summer in Peru.
PROCEEDING TO LAKE TITICACA AND PUNO
Continuing south and inland you will reach another great place to enjoy family holidays, the lake town of Puno. Puno has many attractions, built around the beautiful Lake Titicaca, Puno has expanded in recent years to accommodate the luxury tourist market. It has many luxury hotels and resorts serving the market. The town of Puno has a beautiful square with a church that is well worth a visit. On the outskirts of Puno, you can spend a day at the pre-Columbian site of Sillustani, a burial place for the nobility, with a breathtaking view of the lake. A visit to Puno would not be complete without a day or two visiting the islands of the lake. These islands are famous all over the world for their peace and tranquility. Most notable is that one of the islands is made entirely of reed reeds that grow around the lake. Not only are the Uros islands made of reeds, but the houses and boats are also made of reeds. These ornate boats are completely waterproof and transport people from island to island, even children use them to go to the local school. You can also pay local people to take you on a short trip around the islands for a small fee. The islands have adapted to tourism by selling local handicrafts made with reeds and also hand-woven textiles.
VISITING CUSCO, THE IMPERIAL CITY
No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to the imperial city of Cusco, the ideal place to enjoy family holidays in Peru. Located in a valley, Cusco is surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Most people stay near the Plaza de Armas with a wide range of hotels. You can find from 5-star luxury hotels to backpackers accommodation, all for the tourist market. The square and its surroundings are also full of restaurants and bars for all tastes. Located on the square is the Cathedral with its incredible art collection featuring a painting of the Last Supper complete with a guinea pig as the main course. Unusually there is another church in the square which is La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, equally beautiful in its baroque style. Two blocks behind the square you can find the Mercado de San Pedro, where you will mingle with the local people and find a wide range of products and crafts to buy, beware of pickpockets who at some point roam the market. If you are traveling to Peru with kids, Cusco will offer you a lot to do.
EXPLORING THE SACRED VALLEY AND MACHU PICCHU
On the outskirts of Cusco are the wonderful ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, and Puka Pukara. All of which are worth a visit in the afternoon. Outside of Cusco, about an hour by car is the beautiful and picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas. A full day visiting the valley and its ruins and markets is a must on any trip to Peru. From the Inca fortress city of Ollantaytambo, you can take the train to the most popular attraction in all of Peru, Machu Picchu. Declared one of the modern wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is a must-see and is on everyone’s wish list. If you are planning a trip to Machu Picchu, make sure to start organizing now. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of this magnificent place known as the lost city of the Incas. There’s no best time to visit Machu Picchu, attractions are available throughout the year. But, if you want to avoid the rains, the dry season is ideal for you.
ENDING IN PUERTO MALDONADO
Finally, a short flight from Cusco is the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado. The gateway to the beautiful and luxurious lodges that line the Madre de Dios River in the Amazon basin. You can spend several days hiking different jungle trails seeing many different species of wildlife and vegetation. Take a boat ride at night and see animals sleeping on the banks of the river. Puerto Maldonado is one of the best cities to start getting to know the Amazon in Peru. Keep in mind that this is just a sample of the many different things you can do on your family vacation in Peru!
“LIVE LIFE WITH NO EXCUSES, TRAVEL WITH NO REGRET.”
As you will see, you will have numerous options for family holidays in Peru. And Peru being such a varied country, you will have a lot to explore and visit. We hope together with the Machu Travel Peru travel experts to have been helpful. If you want to find out about our group and family tours, you can consult with our advisors. They will try to help you organize your family vacations in the Andean country.