Peru is one of the best countries in Latin America for family travel, and teens especially, flourish here. It’s an enthralling country with a thriving culture and spellbinding scenery. The key to an unforgettable family vacation in Peru is to intersperse the ruins, temples, museums and churches with plenty of contrasting activities, so no member of the family goes into culture overload. At Scott Dunn, we know how to customize the best combination of experiences to make sure that no matter your teenager’s interest, you’re well taken care of.
For adventurous, active teens, Peru is a natural amusement park and white-water rafting down one of the world’s top-ten rafting rivers is the roller coaster. The 3000m deep (that’s twice as deep as the Grand Canyon!) “Granite Canyon” of the Rio Apurimac offers a heavy dose of excitement. Plunge through rapids, viewing fascinating wildlife and breaking for campfire meals on pristine sandy beaches.
For a change of scenery, trek through the dense greenery of the Amazonian rainforest on a canopy walk. Your family will get a unique perspective of the jungle while coming face-to-face with brightly colored toucans and rambunctious monkeys swinging through the treetops. It’s a great way for your family to learn about the inhabitants at each level of this diverse ecosystem. In addition to rainforest trekking, there’s tons of hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking in Peru.
When vacationing with teens in Peru, Cuzco is the place to be. It’s a beautiful colonial city with a fun, youthful, laid-back vibe, so teenagers will really love the atmosphere. While here, there are many activities to breakup richly historical excursions while still injecting a healthy dose of culture into your vacation.
Peru has become one of the foodie capitals of the world, so don’t miss your chance to get a taste of the country. Under the guidance of an expert chef, weave your way through the San Pedro market, where you’ll meet friendly local people and shop for a wide-range of eye-catching indigenous ingredients. Then, roll up your sleeves and learn how to cook delicious Peruvian specialties like quinoa salads and ceviche. And you’ll receive a recipe book as a memento to take home with you, something your kids will surely keep way beyond their teen years.
Another must do while in Cuzco is visiting the Choco Museo, where Peruvian history and culture are infused with delicious chocolate delights. Take a bean to bar or hands-on chocolate workshop where you’ll eat and drink like the Incan gods. It’s well worth the sugar rush. Due to its proximity, Cuzco is also the perfect jumping-off point for Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is every bit as incredible as it looks in pictures. A mesmerizing relic of the Inca civilization, your family will be enthralled by this magical “lost city.” The journey to get there is half the fun, take in the exquisite scenery on a train journey or hike the storied Inca Trail. After exploring the archaeological ruins, hike Huayna Picchu for a perfect panoramic view of Machu Picchu. This is the quintessential view that you see in photos. And don’t forget to snap a selfie with a llama while here, they make excellent profile pics.
As your kids grow older, the world opens up to them more and more, and taking your teens on an unforgettable vacation to Peru is a fantastic way to introduce them to cultures and experiences that they’ve only dreamt about. So, take advantage of this precious time and make their dreams a reality in Peru.