You can cover four to five Peru destinations traveling with kids in tow. First-timers will want to hit the highlights of Lima and Cusco, while more active families can add the Palomino Islands and hike part of the Inca trail. Families with older kids will enjoy an Amazon River cruise and a cliffside stay at the Sky Lodge. Add standup paddleboarding in Maras and riding ATVs in the Sacred Valley for fast-paced activities and adventure. For a more cultural experience, stay with a Uros family on the island of Amantani.

Itinerary #1: Classic Family-Friendly Tour of Peru: Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu

This classic family itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors to Peru and features overnights in Lima, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco. You'll sample island activities like boating, wildlife spotting, and sandboarding with a day trip to the "Peruvian Galápagos" (Ballestas Islands), city life with a guided food tour in Lima, and experiences like chocolate-making and painting classes in the Sacred Valley with free time in Lima and Cusco to explore at a more relaxed pace. Conclude with a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu for a private tour of the famous Inca citadel.

Your family will experience this UNESCO-listed site on a private guided tour
Experience UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu on a private guided tour with your family
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Free Day Lima
Day 2 Lima City & Food Tour Lima
Day 3 Day Trip to Paracas: Islands, Wineries & Sand Dunes Lima
Day 4 Fly to Cusco, Sacred Valley Expedition: Chinchero & Urubamba Sacred Valley
Day 5 Explore the Sacred Valley, Picnic & Painting in Maras Sacred Valley
Day 6 Full-Day Tour of Machu Picchu Cusco
Day 7 Tour of Cusco's Ancient Sites, Cooking Class Cusco
Day 8 Free Day to Explore Cusco's Cultural & Culinary Delight Cusco
Day 9 Fly to Lima, Free Time Lima
Day 10 Depart Lima  

Welcome to Peru! Beginning in Lima, you'll have three days to let the kids stretch their legs at Parque del Amor and the Marine Lighthouse (an excellent backdrop for family photos), introduce them to exotic fruits on a food tour, marvel at the Paracas desert on a day trip, and boat around the Ballestas Islands, spotting penguins and sea lions. Next, adults can enjoy a winery tour before gathering the gang and heading to Huacachina for a dune buggy ride and sandboarding. On Day 4, discover the Sacred Valley, where you and the kids will learn about Chinchero's famous textile production and say hello to the vendors at the lively Urubamba Market

Explore Pisac's burial grounds and ancient irrigation systems and the Maras' Salt Flats, ending the day with a fun painting session. While touring Machu Picchu on Day 6, your guide's stories will surely captivate everyone's imagination. In Cusco, sightsee the Sun Temple, the stones at Sacsayhuamán, and the rock formation at Qenqo, and learn about Peruvian cuisine during a family-friendly culinary class. On your free day, let the kids choose where to visit: the San Blas neighborhood or the Chocolate Museum, before allowing the little ones to pick souvenirs at Cusco's Mercado Central de San Pedro. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Family-Friendly Peru Adventure: Lima, Sacred Valley & Cusco

Embark on this Peru adventure, crafted for families who like to stay active in nature. Start from Lima to swim with sea lions around a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. You'll spend less time in the cities and more time on unique experiences like meeting llamas on a farm in the Sacred Valley. More adventures abound with a hike from Ollantaytambo to Wiñaywayna, a shorter version of the Inca trail, and up the vibrant slopes of the lesser-known "Rainbow Mountain" of Palcoyo near Cusco.

Your kids can say hello to the locals in the villages of the Sacred Valley
Your kids can say hello to the locals in the villages of the Sacred Valley
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Explore Lima
Day 2 Free Day in Lima Lima
Day 3 Palomino Islands Sea Lions Tour Lima
Day 4 Fly to Cusco, Visit Llamas at Awanacancha Farm Sacred Valley
Day 5 Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour Sacred Valley
Day 6 Short Inca Trail Hike: Ollantaytambo to Wiñaywayna Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
Day 7 Machu Picchu Tour, Transfer to Cusco Cusco
Day 8 Guided Hike & Cusco Tour Cusco
Day 9 Hike the Rainbow Mountain of Palcoyo, Fly to Lima Lima
Day 10 Depart Lima  

In Peru's capital, snap some photos with the kids at Plaza Mayor de Lima, view the Magic Water Circuit, with sound and light shows, and stroll around the Pueblo Libre district to get to the Larco Museum. Next, you and your older children can swim with sea lions on a tour of the Palomino Islands. Then, from Cusco, visit the Awanacancha, a hillside farm in the Sacred Valley, where the family can interact with llamas. In Maras, take the clan to walk among salt mines and see the village of Ollantaytambo. Then it's all aboard the train on Day 6 from Ollantaytambo to begin the family-friendly walk to the Chachabamba archaeological site.

Visit the Inca sites of Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu and spend a whole day exploring Machu Picchu. Older kids will love learning about the Inca civilization, while younger ones will still be impressed by the dramatic scenery and the furry llamas. On Day 8, discover the sights around Cusco on a family-friendly hike. Afterward, kids will love posing for photos on a walking tour of Cusco's historic center, including Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), local markets, and old neighborhoods. Next, hike to the "Rainbow Mountain" of Palcoyo to marvel at the colorful landscapes and snap family pics before your return flight to Lima. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Peru Amazon Cruise & Sacred Valley Family Adventure

This exciting and fast-paced trip best suits families with older kids who seek thrilling experiences and cultural immersion. On this jungle-focused adventure, you'll head deep into the Peruvian Amazon for a three-day cruise in the rainforest surrounded by pristine nature to kayak and hike in the rainforest while looking for sloths. Next, visit the high-altitude Peruvian Andes, where you'll reach your Skylodge hotel room via zipline or via ferrata. Finish the trip by exploring famous Inca sites in Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu.

Start your Peruvian adventure with kayaking and hiking the Amazon
Start your Peruvian adventure by kayaking and hiking the Amazon
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima Lima
Day 2 Fly to Iquitos, Board Your Amazon Cruise Iquitos
Day 3 Kayak on the Río Yarapa, Jungle Hike Iquitos
Day 4 Cruise the Río Yanayacu Pucate, Optional Activities Iquitos
Day 5 Disembark Cruise, Fly to Cusco Cusco
Day 6 Free Morning in Cusco, Transfer to the Skylodge Pachar
Day 7 Tour Ollantaytambo, Train to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 8 Tour Machu Picchu, Train to Ollantaytambo Urubamba
Day 9 Transfer to Cusco, Free Time Cusco
Day 10 Depart Cusco  

Tuck the kids in early on your first night to rest up for the flight to Iquitos, the Amazon's gateway, first thing in the morning. You'll then transfer to the riverside town of Nauta to board your cruise boat, where your first adventure is to ride a skiff to Marayali to see native wildlife. On Day 3, older kids can kayak into the jungle via the Río Yarapa and point out sloths along the Fundo Casual jungle trail. Cruise to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where the kids can paddleboard and swim and enjoy more kayaking and piranha fishing in Nauta Caño Creek—an experience your family won't forget.

For more wildlife encounters, enjoy family time feeding docile manatee calves at the Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre before catching a flight south to Cusco. Transfer to the Skylodge hotel in Pachar and relish its location anchored on a mountainside and only accessible by zipline or via ferrata! After touring Ollantaytambo, have fun riding the train to Aguas Calientes, where you and the gang will experience Machu Picchu for a full day. Kids interested in history can let their imaginations run wild. Returning to Cusco, artistic kids might want to explore San Blas, an old bohemian quarter, and anyone needing a souvenir will want to explore the Mercado Central de San Pedro. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Active Family Peru Adventure: Ica, Cusco & Machu Picchu

This active itinerary is best for families with kids ages eight and up, as it's full of activities to keep family members busy and happily exhausted. In Lima, you'll watch penguins and sea lions on a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands and take the kids sandboarding and dune buggy riding in Ica. In the Sacred Valley, paddleboard with a backdrop of the high-altitude Andes and experience ziplining in Pachar. The adventure continues with riding ATVs to remote Inca villages and hiking the steep trail to Humantay Lake, surrounded by snowcapped mountains. 

Ride dune buggies in Peru's desert before you head into the Andes
Ride dune buggies in Peru's desert before you head into the Andes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Free Time Lima
Day 2 Full-Day Adventure in Ica Lima
Day 3 Fly to Cusco, Family Cooking Class Cusco
Day 4 Cusco City Tour Cusco
Day 5 Standup Paddleboarding Tour, Picnic & Painting in Maras Urubamba
Day 6 Via Ferrata & Zipline Experience at Pachar Urubamba
Day 7 ATV Tour of Moray & Maras, Transfer to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
Day 8 Machu Picchu Tour, Transfer to Cusco Cusco
Day 9 Hike to Humantay Lake Cusco
Day 10 Fly to Lima, Depart  

Upon arrival in Lima, stroll the scenic Malecón or let the kids run loose in Kennedy Park; then, on Day 2, enjoy a full-day tour to Ica, stopping at Paracas and the Ballestas Islands. The kids will love seeing the wildlife! Tour a winery in the Ica Valley and ride a dune buggy around Laguna de Huacachina Ica. Once in Cusco, you and the kids will enjoy learning about Peruvian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class before it's time to explore the Inca Sun Temple or Qoricancha and the immense stones of Sacsayhuaman, where kids will enjoy posing for photos next to the enormous structure.

On Day 5, help the kids gear up for a couple of hours paddleboarding on Huaypo Lake with the Andes as a backdrop. Then have fun painting Maras' vibrant landscapes during an art lesson before heading to Pachar to climb up the cliff along the via ferrata for lunch with beautiful views. Day 7 takes you on an off-roading ATV excursion route to check out Moray's archaeological site, followed by a full-day tour of Machu Picchu on Day 8. You'll then gather the kids for a train ride to Poroy, where you'll transfer back to Cusco in time for Day 9's family hike to stunning Humantay Lake. Let the kids swim and/or give thanks to Pachamama. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Epic Family Tour of Peru: Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

Families with nature-loving older kids (eight and up) will enjoy this epic family tour. Experience Peru's natural landscapes with the whole family as you walk through the Amazon's rainforest canopy and hike the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture by staying in unique locations, like in a lodge at Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon, on the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno, and with a Uros family on the island of Amantani.

Stay with a local family in the floating islands of Peru's Lake Titicaca
Stay with a local family in the floating islands of Peru's Lake Titicaca
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Fly to Puerto Maldonado & Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Puerto Maldonado
Day 2 Explore the Rivers & Treetops of the Amazon Rainforest Puerto Maldonado
Day 3 Fly to Cusco, Gateway to the Sacred Valley Cusco
Day 4 Hike the Urquillos Inca Trail, Sacred Valley Standup Paddleboarding  Urubamba
Day 5 Lunch at Mountainview, Scenic Train Journey to Aguas Calientes  Aguas Calientes
Day 6 Machu Picchu Family Excursion, Transfer to Cusco Cusco
Day 7 Fly to Juliaca, Transfer to Puno & Lake Titicaca Puno
Day 8 Family Tour of Lake Titicaca: Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island Puno
Day 9 Transfer to Amantani Island  Amantani Island
Day 10 Amantani Island Sunrise, Fly to Lima & Depart  

Your family adventure begins with a boat ride on the Río Madre de Dios and a trail walk, an excellent introduction to the colorful jungle setting for the whole family. Explore the Amazon further the following day and canoe across Lago Sandoval into the Tambopata National Reserve, followed by a stroll on the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. After acclimating in Cusco on Day 3, hike the Qhapac Ñan to Urquillos—a downhill trail perfect for the kids. End the day with paddleboarding in Huaypo before enjoying a Peruvian lunch in Mountainview the next day and boarding a train to Aguas Calientes, where you and the kids can visit a butterfly farm.

Your full-day experience at Machu Picchu will leave the kids happily exhausted. Then from Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the family will learn about the Uros people. Afterward, kids can burn off some energy climbing 500 steps to the central part of Taquile Island, and intrepid kids will satisfy their curiosity as they discover island life when they stay with a host family on Amantani. Next, you and the kids can choose a hands-on activity such as weaving, boating with a local fisherman, or a cooking class. At night, join the community in traditional music and dance, sure to be a treasured family memory. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in Peru - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Peru - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas