At Majestic Peru, we travel as a part of families – with small children or teens, and frequently with grandparents. We are part of a growing trend in travel that is known as multigenerational trips, involving kids, parents and grandparents joining up for family adventure tours.
Increasingly, in this busy world, instead of going to the grandparents over summer, the whole family packs up for an overseas trip, spending time together while also getting to see the world. We provide here some unique Peru family vacation ideas so you can plan a great family tour!
We are experts in being able to work with you on finding the right family-friendly activities, family adventure tours, while also being able to suggest enough suitable thrills for the Families enjoy Peru’s delicious food, family tourteens in the group.
Many families opt to start with the culinary, shopping and historic attractions of Cusco. Chocolate making is a big hit for all ages.
On these family tours, our groups often switch gears and head out to the Inca Trail or for an Andean hike. We can organise for the trekkers to meet up with the non-trekkers in Machu Picchu – so that all interests and fitnesses are met!
Peru is a great up and coming family holiday destination! Whether Machu Picchu travel is on your mind, or a family adventure vacations we are able to customise your itinerary to make the perfect family tour.
Surfing in Peru, Peru family tour Options for different ages:
Children: Playground in Parque Kennedy, Miraflores/ Walk along the coast enjoying the statues in Parque del Amor.
Tweens & Teens: Cultural tour including the Blood-thirsty history of the museum of the inquisition.
Active A: Surf lesson
Active B: paragliding
Cultural: Welcome dinner at a Peña
One of every family’s favourite places is the Circuito Magico de Agua (Magic Water Circuit)– it’s perfect for all ages and you’ll find yourselves mixing with families from all over Lima – this is somewhere that Limenos go to have fun! The park has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s biggest fountain complex in a public park. The fountains aren’t merely splashing towers of water; there are water tunnels and mystery water mazes for the kids to play in. Starting in the early evening, the park features an impressive laser and light show, with synchronized dancing fountains and music. We recommend you take a change of clothes in case you get wet!
En route to the Sacred Valley we stop at top at Awanacancha, where you can meet native weavers and see South American camelid species, including llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas. If you are lucky you will have the chance to hand-feed llamas or nurse baby alpacas with milk from a bottle. Activities like this make a great family tour.
We will lunch in the attractive Pisac village, whose quaint square is dominated by large Pisonay trees and a charming church. After lunch you have the option to do some shopping or continue to the Pisac ruins, which are located above the village. This decision can be made at the time depending on the family’s energy levels.
We select Sacred Valley hotels with ample gardens, for little ones to play, and older children to have a little bit of space!
IB Photos for ToP-68Options for different ages
Children: will particularly enjoy the animals at Awanacancha
Tweens & teens: the colours of the market and the structures in the Pisac ruins
Active: We recommend allowing time to hike from the ruins at Pisac back down to the market.
Today the whole family will enjoy an outing to the Chichubamba Agritourism Project where you can see flowers grown, visit local homes and see how they raise their animals. (Options available at the time of booking.) Little ones might enjoy the afternoon playing in the gardens of your hotel and looking for some of the birds and butterflies that call it home.
Artisan making pottery in Peru, family tour in PeruOptions for different ages
Children: Seeing the animals at the homes of people at Chichubamba
Tweens & Teens: Making their own ceramics in Chichubamba
Active A: Horseback riding
Active B: Via Ferrata
After an early lunch the afternoon train journey, with stunning scenery of fields, high mountains and the rushing Urubamba river is a highlight for the whole family! Of course Machu Picchu is a very popular family holiday destination, and for those interested in family adventure travel!
Adventure Option for Active families:
Wake early to start the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Hike for 5 to 6 hours from the archaeological site of Chachabamba through beautiful cloud forest and along original Inca Trail to impressive site of Wiñay Wayna where we will have lunch. After our break, we will continue the last hour and a half to the Inca site of Machu Picchu before taking the bus into town. Note, Inca Trail permits need to be purchased 3-6 months prior to travel. All trekkers need a good level of fitness and ability to hike about 6 hours uphill.
Doing the Inca Trail is at the pinnacle of family adventure tours!
Evening: Dinner in the town of Machu Picchu
After an early start, appetites are often ferocious and just as well as we include the buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant. Once everyone is revived and tanks filled, we encourage the family to take another look at Machu Picchu before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy just outside of Cusco. This four hour epic train ride has plenty of things to see as we pass through the Sacred Valley landscape.
Active families – For those interested in family adventure travel.
We recommend hiking up Huayna Picchu. Meaning ‘Young Peak’ in Quechua, Huayna Picchu is the steeply sloping hill that serves as the backdrop in which most iconic shots of the Machu Picchu ruins are framed. Temple remnants sit atop the mountain’s summit, which can be reached via a steep trail that climbs over 1,000 feet higher than the ruins. The hike to the summit is achievable, taking most fit travelers about 2 hours round trip, though parts of the trail are exposed with unguarded drop-offs. Children under 12 are not permitted by the government, people in poor physical condition or those with a fear of heights or vertigo. Permits should be purchased at the time of booking.
After this tour we’ll drop you back in the city centre or connect you with your next tour.
Choco museo Cusco, Peru family tour, family tourOptions for different ages
Children: Urpicha Playground
Tweens & Teens: Chocolate Making workshop (very popular with everyone doing the family tour!)
Active A: Horseback riding
Cultural: Inca Museum or the Casa Concha where the artifacts returned from Yale are located. Alternatively, we recommend a walking tour from Sacsayhuaman, where you walk the outline of the Puma and learn about the history of Cusco as you do it.
Special food treat: El Hada Icecream Shop – Everything is organic and homemade, from the ice cream flavors (they have about 8 flavors available daily from a rotating list of 25) to the toppings – marshmallows, fudge sauce or butterscotch. You can choose from a homemade vanilla or lemon waffle cone, and the owner will custom make you a cup-shaped cone if you choose. We have tried almost all the flavors and they all were creamy, rich and very tasty. Yum! the perfect treat on your family tour!
We recommend a mid afternoon flight depending on your travel plans. Alternatively, we can connect with one of our highly recommended Peru Extensions, our recommendations for families are found below.
WANT MORE FAMILY VACATION IDEAS? FOR MORE TIME IN PERU CONSIDER OUR EXTENSIONS:
Why is the Amazon jungle the perfect family vacation?
The Amazon is a great way for you and your family to disconnect. Young children will love seeing the pretty colors that abound in the rainforest and if lucky will be able to spot monkeys, parrots and other animals that they have only seen in books. Older children will appreciate the hands-on opportunity to learn about nature and might want to participate in some of the more active options such as kayaking and tree-climbing and as parents we will appreciate the time to relax, tune-out and take in all of the beauty on offer.
There are minimum ages for some jungle lodges.
Additional time required: 3-4 days / Flights required / Review our Amazon tour options.
THE INCA TRAIL OR AN ANDEAN TREK: THE PERFECT PERU FAMILY ADVENTURE!
Childhood is a time of great energy, and a time for exploration and adventure. For children who love the outdoors, and are fit and healthy, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the ultimate family adventure. We can adapt this itinerary to include the 4 day hike, or if you wish to hike further afield to the little known ruins at Choquequirao, this can also be arranged. Due to the customisable nature of our family tours, we are able to organise private treks (just for you or your family, and recommended with younger children) or you can join others on the trail.
Additional time required: 2-3 days
Travelling with Children? Discounts apply!
Comfort & Boutique style of travel – Child aged Less than 8 – $180 reduction in price.
Comfort & Boutique style of travel Child aged 8 – 17 – $75 reduction in price.
Luxury Style of Travel – Child aged Less than 8 – $550 reduction in price.
Luxury Style of Travel – Child aged 8 – 17 – $445 reduction in price.
Where can I get more information about this Peru family tour? Wanting more family vacation ideas?
Here at Majestic Peru we are travellers and we have had many family adventures – please email us directly!