With one week in Peru, you can transport your little ones to the days of the Inca Empire on a Sacred Valley highlights tour. Or opt for a classic Peru itinerary that combines history, culture, and adventure for a memorable family experience. Parents to young wildlife enthusiasts will love a trip into the Peruvian Amazon, while families who've already checked out the highlights or are looking for an off-the-beaten-path tour will find stays in Paracas and Máncora to do just the trick.
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Planning your family trip to Peru
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.
Exploring Inca ruins, watching Amazon wildlife, riding dune buggies, rafting on river rapids, petting alpaca, learning to make chocolate - Peru has so much that will captivate children and adults alike. So if you want to explore this fascinating country with your family, this guide will tell you all you need to know - from the best destinations and activities, to how to prepare for challenging terrain.
Fun fact: Peruvian culture is incredibly family friendly. Whether you're exploring Incan ruins, visiting museums with hands-on activities, or getting up close and personal with wildlife, a family vacation to Cusco and the Sacred Valley can be enjoyable and educational for parents and kids alike. Here are some ideas to help you plan.
Lima is a majorly underrated destination for travelers with kids in tow. Peru’s capital city has plenty to keep families entertained: hands-on museums, beachfront promenades, a zoo, and a water park popular with locals, to name just a few.
Each year more and more travelers to Peru are discovering the pleasures of its capital city—and bringing their kids along for the ride. It's easy to see why. From world-class gastronomy to great surf beaches and expansive colonial parks, Lima provides the ideal conditions for an epic family vacation. Convinced? Here's where you should stay.
Peru family-friendly itineraries
This 13-day family adventure includes all the top, must-see highlights of Peru. From the Andes to the Amazon, the itinerary is specifically designed to satisfy and accommodate both children and adults.
This classic family itinerary through Peru—perfect for first-timers of all ages—is just what the parents ordered. Kick-off in Lima with a guided food tour followed by a day trip to the Peruvian Galápagos, where you'll see sea lions and penguins. Next, fly to Cusco for your entry into a range of historic sites in the Sacred Valley alongside fun classes like chocolate-making and painting. You'll even take a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu for a private tour of the famous Inca citadel to complete the adventure.
If you and your family prefer to get active on your vacations rather than sit at the beach, this 10-day tour of Peru is designed for you. Starting in Lima, you'll begin with sandboarding in a desert oasis before heading to the high-altitude Andes (with time to acclimate). Then dive right into the Sacred Valley with standup paddleboarding, ziplining, riding ATVs to remote Inca villages, exploring the unmissable Machu Picchu, and ending with a hike to a lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
Leave the crowds behind with this week-long family trip that combines the lesser-visited gems of Peru's beautiful northern coast with the culture, food, and ruins of cosmopolitan Lima. Soak up the sights and sounds in the country's capital, earn major brownie points with the kids as you surf dunes and meet penguins in Paracas, and swim with giant sea turtles in the turquoise waters of Máncora.
Struggling to decide between the Peruvian Amazon and the Sacred Valley of the Inca for your family trip to Peru? There's no need because this week-long itinerary fits in both amazing destinations. Starting in Lima, your family will travel into the heart of the Amazon rainforest for a couple of days of choose-your-own-adventure activities. Continue to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu to enjoy some of the South American country's most iconic sights with kid-friendly tours and excursions.
Calling all intrepid family explorers! Create memories to last a lifetime with this 10-day trip to Peru, perfect for families with active older kids seeking adventure. Experience the sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle, discover Machu Picchu's ancient Inca ruins, and live among locals on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca—immersing yourselves in Peruvian culture against a backdrop of natural wonders.
Log off and escape to Peru with this seven-day family adventure that starts in ancient Cusco and follows the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley to ancient Machu Picchu. Explore the stunning Maras salt mines and Rainbow Mountain as the kids ditch their devices, and you spend quality time together—discovering Peru's culture, colors, and cuisine against a backdrop of towering Andean peaks.
Family adventures don't get more exciting than this fast-paced, 10-day tour of Peru, which is best suited for older kids. After arriving in Lima, head deep into the Peruvian Amazon for a three-day cruise in the rainforest. Next, change things up in the high-altitude Peruvian Andes, where you'll stay in exclusive mountainside accommodations that can only be reached by zipline or via ferrata. Finish the trip with a tour of Machu Picchu and free time to explore Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas.
This weeklong, family-friendly itinerary focuses on the many wonders of Peru's Sacred Valley. Starting in Cusco, acclimate to the altitude in Pisac before spending a day learning about Indigenous customs and making new friends in a local village. Ramp up the adventure with a thrilling family bike ride back down to the valley, then hop on a scenic train to chug your way up to the mighty Machu Picchu. The trip winds down with more incredible Inca sites like Moray and Chinchero before circling back to Cusco.
Embark on an active adventure in Peru without sacrificing comfort on this 10-day, family-themed tour. Start from Lima to explore the coastal city's kid-friendly parks and squares, then set off by boat to swim with sea lions. It's off to the Andes next to tour the most impressive sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley with modified activities that are perfect for kids. Meet friendly llamas, hike a portion of the Inca Trail, take a private tour of Machu Picchu, and scale the colorful slopes of "Rainbow Mountain."
Take your family on an adventure-filled escape to Peru with this two-week outdoor-oriented itinerary. Ride bikes along Lima's waterfront Malecón, then it's off to a rainforest lodge in the Amazon for wildlife sightings, sunset river cruises, and stories around the campfire. Head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to check off Inca wonders like Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuamán, explore the Ausangate region via a kid-friendly lodge-to-lodge hike, and end back in Lima for a delicious food tour of the capital.
Travel back to the time of the Inca with this week-long family trip that draws you into the heart of Peru's ancient history and natural wonders. Amid the lofty peaks of the Andes, adventurous kids can uncover temples and traditional life in the Sacred Valley, wander through the clouds in Machu Picchu, whitewater raft down the Río Urubamba, and fill hungry bellies in the foodie capital of Lima.
Two weeks of nonstop adventure and bucket-list activities make this Peruvian itinerary the perfect choice for curious, active kids and teens. Set off from Lima for the Amazon rainforest, where you'll spot sloths and pink dolphins, take nighttime jungle excursions, and try your hand at traditional fishing. It's on to the Sacred Valley to learn about Inca astronomy, hike alongside llamas, and explore the mighty Machu Picchu. After a scenic trip by vintage-style train, end at Lago Titicaca to explore its floating islands by kayak.
This fun-filled family adventure combines must-see Peruvian highlights like the Sacred Valley with off-the-beaten-path gems like the coastal deserts and beaches of Paracas. Get your bearings in Lima, then head to the northern coast for sea lion sightings and endless ocean views on a boat cruise to Isla Ballestas. Traverse the endless dunes of Huacachina by dune buggy and sandboard, hike to the heights of Machu Picchu, and learn the secrets of the ancient Inca at Pisac Archaeological Park.
Young adventurers will love this two-week family tour of Peru that encompasses desert dunes, high Andean peaks, and the Amazon rainforest. Explore Lima's historic city center and take a food-focused bike tour, then it's off to Cusco and the Sacred Valley for rock climbing, ziplining, and the wonders of Machu Picchu. Hike up the rainbow mountain of Palcoyo, then settle into a rainforest lodge to canoe past sloths and monkeys, fish for piranhas, and seek out nocturnal frogs and tarantulas.
This thrill-filled family tour is perfect for travelers with older kids and teens. Start in the capital city of Lima, where you'll stroll historic plazas and local parks. Then, it's off to explore the mysteries of the Amazon rainforest. See monkeys, caimans, and tropical birds in their natural habitat, walk high among the trees on a canopy tour, and cruise the river at night to see nocturnal creatures. End with food tours in Cusco, a walk with the ancients at Machu Picchu, and the mystical floating islands of Lago Titicaca.