With two weeks in Peru on a family vacation, you can visit at least five regions. Delight your animal-loving kids with a llama trek in the Sacred Valley and monkey, macaw, and dolphin sightings in the Amazon. Aspiring chefs will enjoy a cooking class in Cusco and a street food tour in Lima. Active families can choose a challenging trek at Machu Picchu, try the via ferrata at Sector Pachar, and go sandboarding in Huacachina. Those eager to get off the beaten path can visit a remote rainforest lagoon in Iquitos and hike to Palcoyo.

Itinerary #1: Adventurous Peru for Families: Culture, Nature & Hiking

Energetic families interested in a mix of outdoor activities, archaeology, and wildlife will enjoy this active highlights itinerary. In addition to visiting Machu Picchu, you'll tour Lima by bike, scout wildlife in the Amazon, help the kids find their favorite Peruvian dishes on a tasting tour of Lima, capture a family photo at Rainbow Mountain, consider the mysteries of Moray, and trek to the massive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán.

Trek up Rainbow Mountain on this adventurous family tour of Peru
Trek to Rainbow Mountain on this family tour of Peru
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Explore Lima
Day 2 Fly to Tambopata Province, Journey into the Amazon Rainforest Tambopata
Days 3-4 Refugio Amazonas Lodge Excursions  Tambopata
Day 5 Fly to Cusco, Guided Hike in the Sacred Valley Sacred Valley
Day 6 Tour of Ollantaytambo Village, Bus to Machu Picchu Machu Picchu
Day 7 Return to Cusco, Visit Maras & Moray Cusco
Day 8 Family Hike to Sacsayhuamán Fortress, Cusco City Tour Cusco
Day 9 Transfer to Ausangate, Hike to Anantapata Tambo Lodge Ausangate 
Day 10 Rainbow Mountain Family Trek Ausangate 
Day 11 Hike Through Ausangate, Return to Cusco Cusco
Day 12 Fly to Lima, Guided Family Foodie Tour Lima
Day 13 Free Day in Lima Lima
Day 14 Shopping Excursion, Depart Lima  

Get acquainted with Lima on a bike tour, then climb up the Huaca Pucllana pyramid for city views and a family photo. Next, head to the Tambopata National Reserve for an immersive experience at Refugio Amazonas Lodge that includes a river cruise where the kids can practice their wildlife photography. Catch a flight to Cusco and embark on a hike in the Sacred Valley (the gentle hike and slightly lower elevation make this a good place for acclimating). Invite the kids to peruse local markets in Ollantaytambo before transferring to Machu Picchu for a family-friendly walking tour of the iconic site. 

Intrigue the kids with theories about the mysterious Moray terraces on your drive back to Cusco on Day 7, then take a family trek at Sacsayhuamán Fortress before departing for the Ausangate region. Trek to Rainbow Mountain, where you can capture the delight on your children's faces upon seeing the colorful landscape. Finally, wrap up your trip in Lima with a tasting tour (picarones, a doughnut made from squash and sweet potatoes, are popular with the kids!) and free time to do some souvenir shopping and take your budding artists to check out the local art—on the street and in the galleries—before departure. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Epic Family Adventure in Peru: Amazon Rainforest, Sacred Valley & Lago Titicaca

The variety of activities on this itinerary makes it a match for families of various ages and interests, including younger children (five plus). Animal lovers, in particular, will enjoy swimming with sea lions in the Palomino Islands, spotting river dolphins in the Amazon, and trekking with llamas in the Sacred Valley. Aspiring archaeologists can explore the Sacsayhuamán Fortress and the Pisac archaeological site. And kids of all interests will be captivated by learning about the traditions and way of life on the "floating islands" of Uros and Taquile.

See llamas and alpacas in Peru
Impress the kids with a visit to see llamas and alpacas in Peru
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Explore Lima
Day 2 Palomino Islands: Swim with Sea Lions Lima
Day 3 Fly to Iquitos City, Journey into the Amazon Rainforest Iquitos
Day 4 Pacaya Lodge: Plant Walk & National Reserve Iquitos
Day 5 Pacaya Lodge: Village Tour & Harvest, Fishing the River Iquitos
Day 6 River Cruise, Center for Kukama Women, Return to Iquitos City Iquitos 
Day 7 Fly to Cusco, Cusco Planetarium Tour  Cusco
Day 8 Private Family Tour to Sacsayhuamán, Cochahuasi & Pisac Cusco
Day 9 Llama Trek, Weaving Workshop, Train to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 10 Guided Tour of Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco  Cusco
Day 11 Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek Cusco
Day 12 Ride the Titicaca Train to Puno Puno
Day 13 Kayaking Tour of Uros & Taquile Floating Islands  Puno
Day 14 Depart Puno  

Ease into your vacation with a relaxing stroll around Parque Kennedy, where you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and let the kids choose a handcrafted souvenir. Next, head to the Palomino Islands for a swim with the sea lions before making the journey to Pacaya Samiria Lodge. Spend four days experiencing the Amazon through engaging activities, including a jungle hike, a boat ride to search for river dolphins, and a fishing excursion along the Río Marañon, where the kids can catch their lunch. Fly to Cusco and delight the space enthusiasts in the family with a visit to the Cusco Planetarium.

Then, history buffs and aspiring archaeologists will enjoy a tour of Sacsayhuamán Fortress, the Sacred Valley, and the Pisac archaeological site. A trek with llamas around Piuray Lagoon is the perfect setting for a fun family photo before you head to Machu Picchu, where your guide will spark young imaginations with stories of the Inca empire. Cap off your trip with a train ride to Puno and a family kayaking adventure on Lago Titicaca that includes a visit to Uros and Taquile, where the kids can meet the residents and learn what life is like on these "floating islands." Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Active Family Fun in Peru: Lima, Paracas & the Sacred Valley

Families eager to experience urban adventures, local markets, Peruvian cuisine, and outdoor activities will appreciate this active trip, suitable for kids six and older. You'll take a city tour of Lima, enjoy a family beach day in Paracas, surprise the kids with a thrilling dune buggy ride and sandboarding in Huacachina, prepare Peruvian food together in a cooking class in Cusco, shop for handcrafted treasures at the market in Pisac, and create memories on a challenging trek at Machu Picchu.

See the coastal desert of Paracas on this active family trip to Peru
Visit the coastal desert of Paracas
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Explore Lima
Day 2 Guided City Tour & Larco Museum Lima
Day 3 Bus to Paracas, Sun & Fun at Paracas Bay Paracas
Day 4 Family Excursion to the Ballestas Islands Paracas
Day 5 Transfer to Huacachina Oasis, Dune Buggy & Sandboarding  Huacachina
Day 6 Fly to Cusco, Free Afternoon Cusco
Day 7 Guided Cusco City Tour, Family Cooking Class Cusco
Day 8 Self-Guided Exploration of Cusco Cusco
Day 9 Chinchero, Maras & Moray, Train to Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 10 Train to Aguas Calientes, Discover Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes
Day 11 Machu Picchu Mountain Hike, Transfer to Pisac Pisac
Day 12 Pisac Archaeological Site & Market Tour Pisac
Day 13 Fly Back to Lima, Free Afternoon Lima
Day 14 Depart Lima  

Introduce the kids to Peruvian history and culture on a guided tour of Lima, followed by a visit to the Larco Museum. Then, head to Paracas for a family beach day (older kids may want to try kitesurfing or a paragliding tour) before taking a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands, where you can observe sea lions and seals. Transfer farther south to Huacachina—with a stop for a pisco tasting for the adults—and take the kids on a desert walk or buggy ride along the dunes. Fly to Cusco on Day 6 for a guided tour of historic sites like Qoricancha, followed by a family cooking class and an optional street food tour for your aspiring chefs.

Visit the Sacred Valley next, then bring your crafty kids to the weaving village of Chinchero to watch artisans at work. Continue to Machu Picchu for a family hike (the altitude and incline make this hike moderately challenging, so it's best suited to active families). Encourage the kids to find their favorite local flavors and keepsakes at the market in Pisac before returning to Lima to end your journey with a splash at the Magic Water Circuit light and water show, followed by one final family dinner in Peru. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Epic Family Tour of Peru: Wildlife, Culture & Ancient Ruins

Another active itinerary suited to six years and older is an excellent option for families keen on pairing wildlife encounters with cultural experiences. You'll cover more ground and even venture into the Amazon. Keep the kids captivated with engaging activities that include observing toucans, monkeys, and more on a canopy walk in Tambopata National Reserve, searching for nocturnal creatures on an evening Gamitana Creek cruise, sampling street food in Cusco, learning about Inca history and culture with guided tours of the Urquillos Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, and participating in weaving and music workshops while overnighting with a family on Amantaní Island in Lago Titicaca.

Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu with your family
Make memories at Machu Picchu with your family
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Explore Lima
Day 2 Fly to Puerto Maldonado, Journey into the Amazon Rainforest Puerto Maldonado
Day 3 Amazonica Lodge: Lago Sandoval & Canopy Walk  Puerto Maldonado
Day 4 Amazonica Lodge: Creek Cruise & Rainforest by Night   Puerto Maldonado
Day 5 Fly to Cusco, Free Afternoon  Cusco
Day 6 Market Tour & Peruvian Street Food  Cusco
Day 7 Urquillos Inca Trail Hike Urubamba
Day 8 Sacred Valley Paddleboarding & Mountain View Lunch Urubamba
Day 9 Train to Aguas Calientes, Hot Springs Visit Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
Day 10 Discover the Treasures of Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco Cusco
Day 11 Fly to Puno, Free Afternoon Puno
Day 12 Lago Titicaca: Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island Puno
Day 13 Amantaní Island: Cultural Workshops & Boat Tour Amantaní Island
Day 14 Amantaní Island Morning Exploration, Fly to Lima & Depart   

After the flight to Lima, let the kids stretch their legs with a walk at El Malecón de Miraflores, then refuel with a Peruvian dinner. Fly to Puerto Maldonado, where you'll board a boat to Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge for some family fun in the Amazon, including a canopy walk in Tambopata National Reserve (home to monkeys and toucans), a Gamitana Creek cruise in search of caiman and other river species, and a night hike to observe nocturnal wildlife—plenty of excitement for budding photographers and naturalists. Fly to Cusco and sample street food, then take a family hike on the Urquillos Inca Trail.

Try paddleboarding on Laguna de Huaypo before boarding a train to Aguas Calientes, where you can take a dip in the hot springs. Make memories (and family photos!) on a guided tour of the iconic Machu Picchu, then continue to Puno. Spend your final days immersing the kids in local culture with a visit to the floating islands on Lago Titicaca and an overnight stay with a host family on Amantaní Island—spending time with the community, learning about the way of life, and engaging in activities that include a cooking class, weaving lesson, and music workshop is sure to be a highlight for the whole family. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Family Exploration of Peru: Desert, Mountains & Rainforest

Opt for this itinerary and venture off the beaten path in addition to hitting some of the beloved sites, such as Machu Picchu. Introduce the kids to Peruvian cuisine on a tasting tour of traditional restaurants—away from the crowds—in Lima, take a child-friendly trek to the colorful yet lesser-known Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and visit a remote rainforest lagoon.

Explore historic Cusco  with your family
Experience the colorful culture of Cusco
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Explore Lima
Day 2 Tasting Tour of Lima's Huariques via Bike  Lima
Day 3 Bus to Huacachina Oasis, Dune Buggy & Sandboarding Huacachina
Day 4 Boat Excursion to the Ballestas Islands, Transfer to Lima Lima
Day 5 Fly to Cusco, Family Tour of Awana Kancha, Pisac & Markets Sacred Valley
Day 6 Sacred Valley Fun: Ziplining & Via Ferrata Sacred Valley
Day 7 Ollantaytambo Village, Farm Tour, Train to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 8 Guided Tour of Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco Cusco
Day 9 Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek Cusco
Day 10 Self-Guided Cusco Walking Tour, Fly to Iquitos City Iquitos City
Day 11 Muyuna Lodge (Day 1): Jungle Excursion & Nocturnal Animal Tour Iquitos
Day 12 Muyuna Lodge (Day 2): River Dolphins, Piranha Fishing & Village Tour Iquitos
Day 13 Muyuna Lodge (Day 3): Boat Tour, Plant Walk & Nocturnal Canoe Ride Iquitos
Day 14 Muyuna Lodge (Day 4): Remote Lake Excursion, Depart Peru  

Give the kids their first taste of Peru on a family bike tour of Lima's huariques (small restaurants with dishes based on family recipes passed down through generations). Take the bus to Ica for some desert adventures in Huacachina—sandboarding and a buggy ride across the dunes will be a hit with outdoorsy kids. Next, you'll enjoy a wildlife cruise in the Ballestas Islands, where you and your family can spot seals and Humboldt penguins. Head to Sacred Valley on Day 5 to meet the furry residents of Awana Kancha Llama Sanctuary, then surprise your intrepid kids with a zipline and via ferrata excursion in Sector Pachar.

Shop for souvenirs in Ollantaytambo and tour Pachamanca Farm before making your way to Machu Picchu for a guided tour. Look for llamas on a trek to Palcoyo, the lesser-known (and less strenuous) sister of Rainbow Mountain. Catch a flight to Iquitos City, the gateway to your Amazon experience at Muyuna Lodge that includes family-friendly activities such as a swim with pink dolphins, a bird-watching boat trip, and an evening canoe safari. On your final day, take the kids on one last adventure: a visit to a remote rainforest lagoon before returning to Iquitos City for your departing flight. Learn more

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Map of 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
Map of 2 Weeks in Peru - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas