Peru can be an absolutely wonderful destination for adventurous families, and this tour is the very best way of seeing this fascinating country with children or teenagers, combining the teeming wildlife and Indian tribes of the Amazon rainforest and iconic Machu Picchu.
Begin by flying to Lima where we have suggested overnighting at the excellent Miraflores Park Hotel. Next day fly to the Amazon Basin to stay 3 nights at the brilliant Reserva Amazonica, Peru's top wildlife lodge. Here on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, expert guides will take your family out to explore the incredible diversity of the rainforest. By day, go on boat trips and along walking trails to discover macaw clay licks, giant river otters and monkeys or meet with some of the rainforest Indian tribes, while retiring in the evening to comfortable lodge accommodation with screened beds and the sounds of the jungle night outside.
Fly up to Cuzco and travel into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to stay 3 nights at the family-friendly Sol y Luna just outside Urubamba. You can experience some of the Inca markets, go white water rafting or kayaking, do a day trek, horse ride, go on an adrenaline fuelled bike ride or simply relax with great food in beautifully tranquil surroundings. Continue by train to the extraordinary ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which is simply stunning in the early morning mists. Stay at the charming Inkaterra Machu Picchu, set in the cloudforest that abounds in hummingbirds and wild orchids. There is even a spectacled bear project, and you may see one of the rehabilitated Paddington Bears while you are there.
Return to Cuzco by train to explore this fascinating city. There are excellent museums, a great handicrafts market and good restaurants to enjoy, while based at the luxurious Hotel Monasterio for 2 nights.
To finish, fly down to Lima and travel down the Panamerican Highway to Paracas in the coastal desert south of Lima. Stay 3 nights at the Libertador Paracas, a luxurious oceanfront hotel that is great for families, and whilst here take a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, often called a mini-Galapagos, where you can see sealions playing, inquisitive penguins and sometimes whales too. Return to Lima for your flight home.
Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
When to travel
April to October is best for time for visiting Peru’s Andean region and main highlights. It is typically sunny in the day and cold at night due to altitude. Heavy rains last from December to end of February with January and February being the wettest months. The Amazon is generally hot, wet and humid year round.Peru is very popular in the high season, especially during their many cultural festivals such as Inti Raymi on 24 June, so best to book well in advance.
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Location and directions
Lima, Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Nazca
Start your Peruvian adventure in Lima at the Miraflores Park Hotel, located on Avenida Malecón de la Reserva in the exclusive Miraflores District. It's then onto the Reserva Amazonica which is adjacent to the lush Tambopata National Reserve where the Madre de Dios River meanders through the Southern Peru rainforest region, known as the Biodiversity Capital of Peru. From there to the Sacred Valley and Hotel Sol y Luna which is 1km from the town of Urubamba. A 2-hour train ride away from the Sacred Valley is Machu Picchu and Inkaterra Machu Picchu, located at Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes village) at 2,450 meters (8,038 ft.) above sea level. Next to the Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco, located on Calle Palacio just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, where the cathedral and most important museums are located. Your final stay is at Libertador Paracas in Pisco, located at Paracas Bay on the Pacific coast overlooking the Paracas Natural Reserve.
How to get there
16-hour international flight to Lima. Miraflores Park Hotel is located approximately 20-minutes from the International Airport of Lima.