Planning a Peru holiday with your little ones in tow? Make sure you hit these kid-friendly spots for a family trip to Peru everyone will love.
Kids love a big city, and in Lima, there’s plenty for them to do! Depending where you’re coming from, you’ll likely fly into Lima, so start your Peru holiday with a fun few days in the country’s capital. If you want to be outside (and you should!), go for a five-mile walk or a bike ride through El Malecón de Miraflores, a cliffside boardwalk lined by parks, flower gardens, sculptures, restaurants and more. Visit Parque de la Amistad, a large green space in the heart of the city where you can enjoy a homemade local picnic, hop on a steam locomotive or rent a pedal boat and cruise through the lagoon; and at night, see the “fancy fountain show” that is Circuito Mágico del Agua. For something indoors, the ChocoMuseo is always a sweet stop for kids—pun intended. An actual chocolate museum, there’s a “make your own mini chocolate bar” for kids and a shop where you can buy chocolate-flavored teas, cocoa nibs and dark chocolate from different parts of Peru.
Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights! It’s spiritual. It’s naturally stunning. It’s a place that manages to bring out the kid in all of us, no matter how old we are or how many times we’ve seen it before. Dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu dates back to 1452, the height of the Incan Empire. Go here on your next Peru family vacation to see its Incan ruins and rolling green pastures, chase free-roaming llamas, and get views of the surrounding Andes and valleys that no picture or postcard could ever fully capture.
While Cusco isn’t the capital of Peru, it’s definitely one of the country’s most revered, and important, cities. A testament to Peruvian history, Cusco looks like a page from the Incan history books. Perfectly preserved in every way, go here to wander through its cobblestone streets and plazas, where you’ll find countless local restaurants, traditional dances in the streets, open food markets, handicraft stalls and more. The altitude is something to get used to—you’re 11,000+ feet above sea level once you get there—so drink your coca tea, let your kids get plenty of rest, and when you’re body is ready, get lost in cultural Cusco.
Making your way from Cusco to Machu Picchu on your Peru holiday? Stop in the Sacred Valley, and you can see everything from Incan ruins, locals with their rural handicraft stalls and the celestial white salt flats of Maras, to idyllic landscapes with fiery-orange mountains, white river rafting on Urubamba River, paddle boarding on Yanacocha Lagoon and more. Sacred Valley is also at a significantly lower altitude than Cusco, so it’s a great stopping point early in your trip, as your kids’ bodies adjust.
Lake Titicaca is believed to be the birthplace of the Incan empire, and when you see it in person, you can feel the magic of its mythical history. Touching the borders of both Peru and Bolivia, this ethereal lake sits at 12,500 feet above sea level, making it the highest in the world. Go with your kids and take in its views from the heart of it all: the 42 man-made islands of Uros, all of which are packed with indigenous peoples and their local customs and are built entirely out of the totora reeds that grow in the lake.