You don’t need to battle the crowds at Disney or limit yourself to that theme park life to have a great family vacation any time of the year. You can take the whole family to Peru for a fun, interesting, and unforgettable vacation. The country offers something for everyone, no matter their ages and no matter their interests.
Of course, you can always contact Guiding Peru to learn about your options or to help you select the perfect tour for your family, but here are some ideas of what kind of tours you can take with your family to have a wonderful vacation together:
Machu Picchu and the Amazon
Machu Picchu is the destination that most people have in mind when they are planning a trip to Peru. A tour of Machu Picchu is a must. You can start by exploring and learning about the ancient citadel perched high in the Andes Mountains. A tour of Machu Picchu will give you great insights into ancient Incan culture and history, as well as new knowledge about the architecture and building techniques of the time.
Your tour can move from Machu Picchu to the nearby Amazon Rainforest, where you will see natural riches like you can’t imagine. Get a guided tour through sections of the acclaimed rainforest and natural wonder, and even spend a night or two camping in the rainforest. You can learn about species of plants, animals, and insects that are only found in the rainforest, as well as learn about the worldwide importance that the ecosystem has.
The Inca Trail is the path that most people take into Machu Picchu – which must be hiked to in order to be accessed. The trail is so popular because it features so much of the beautiful Peruvian scenery, allowing you to learn about the Andes Mountains also. It also is home to many indigenous populations, which gives you the opportunity to learn about the history and the local customs.
Unfortunately, a limited number of permits are issued for the Inca Trail each year, so you must submit your application early. Working with a tour group can help you get the permits you need and schedule all the best stops and activities along the way so that you don’t miss out on anything.
No, we’re not talking about an up-close-and-personal encounter with that odd yet adorable cross between a beaver and a dog. We’re talking about a tour that includes some of the best of what Peru has to offer, including hiking through Lima, taking pictures with llamas, kayaking on the waters of Lake Titicaca, shopping at local markets, and much more.
Even the dourest of teenagers will find something to excite them on a tour like this!
Family Biking and Kayaking
Peru doesn’t lack for outdoor activities. Rather than focusing on a specific attraction or experience, you might consider setting up a family biking and kayaking tour that will let you experience a bit of everything while also enjoying the beautiful natural landscape that only Peru has to offer.
Hike and bike through historic trails, and stop along the way to take in demonstrations by local artisans, to eat authentic cuisine, or to mingle with the local residents. You can kayak in rapids or in the placid lakes of Lake Titicaca or other beautiful waterways.
Cusco and the Sacred Valley
Cusco was once the capital of the Incan Empire, and it is a site rich in historical and cultural significance. In Cusco, you can check out architectural remains, enjoy historic artwork and handicrafts, and learn about daily life, religion, and more.
The Sacred Valley is closely connected to the Cusco, and with Machu Picchu, the three sites formed the heart of the Incan Empire. A tour of these two sites will give you a lot of opportunities for learning and exploring.
People of all ages tend to love learning about animals – and they love to get the chance to see exotic animals up close and to touch them even more. You can easily put together a tour that includes numerous experiences with animals of all types across Peru, such as alpacas, chinchillas, sloths, capybaras, tropical birds, and more. Talk with your tour agent about what you would like to experience and explore the options for making it happen.
Peru has so much to offer for the whole family that it’s really hard to go wrong with any tour you book. Talk to the agents at Guiding Peru today to learn about our pre-scheduled group tours or about putting together a tour of your own. We’d love to make your next Peru vacation the best one yet!