Peru for Teens

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 holiday 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.

Peru for Teens

At Scott Dunn, we know how to customise the best combination of experiences to make sure that no matter your teenager’s interest, you’re well taken care of.



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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 coloured 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.

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When holidaying 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 holiday.

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 holiday 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.

Cooking Lesson Palacio Nazarenas

Cooking Lesson Palacio Nazarenas

Cuzco

Enjoy the best of Peruvian cuisine and learn all about delicious local ingredients by visiting a local market in Cuzco and joining a bespoke cooking class (prepare 4 delicious dishes) at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

Full Day Highlights of the Sacred Valley with Wayra Lunch

Full Day Highlights of the Sacred Valley with Wayra Lunch

Sacred Valley

Wonderful full day private excursion to the village of Pisac home to its colourful Indian market and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch in Urubamba, followed by a visit to the impressive Inca town and fortress of Ollantaytambo.

Private Lima Tour

Private Lima Tour

Lima

Enjoy a private guided tour of Lima to discover "The City of Kings", as it was named by its founder Francisco Pizarro is 1535 is now a bustling metropolis, with a vibrant food and art scene.

Chinchero, Maras & Moray (optional hike)

Chinchero, Maras & Moray (optional hike)

Sacred Valley

Enjoy a fascinating private guided tour to the local village of Chinchero renowned for its archaeological site and colourful market (best on Sunday), the Inca terraces of Moray and the astounding salt pans of Maras.

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Cuzco Off-Road Mountain Biking

Cuzco Off-Road Mountain Biking

Sacred Valley

Peru offers some of the best mountain biking down-hills in the world. Using a mix of rarely used dirt roads, ancient Inca Trails and smooth mule tracks enjoy an action packed off-road adventure outside of Cuzco.

Hike Huayna Picchu

Hike Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru

With a second day entry to Machu Picchu you can climb to the summit of Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu) for the classic bird's eye view over Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.

Private Tour of Machu Picchu with lunch

Private Tour of Machu Picchu with lunch

Machu Picchu

On arrival at Aguas Calientes train station you will be met by your guide and assisted with boarding the 30 minute bus journey to the ruins. You will be able to take lunch before meeting your guide again to start your tour.

Rafting the Source of The Amazon

Rafting the Source of The Amazon

Cuzco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru

Raft one of the world's top ten rafting rivers, the 3000 metre deep Granite Canyon of the Rio Apurimac. This 3-day mini-expedition is quite extraordinary, and an adventure lover's dream come true.

Sacred Valley Horse Riding & Pisac

Sacred Valley Horse Riding & Pisac

Sacred Valley, Peru

Enjoy an unforgettable horse ride in the Sacred Valley (all abilities welcome) combined with a visit to the local market, Inca Ruins of Pisac and lunch. The Sol y Luna horses are Peruvian Paso horses, which are unique to Peru and truly wonderful to ride.

Urubamba White-Water Rafting

Urubamba White-Water Rafting

Sacred Valley

Anyone looking for a fun and adventurous day out from Cuzco or Sacred Valley should try this superb white-water rafting trip, which takes guests down a beautiful section of the Urubamba River - suitable for almost all ages and abilities.

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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Puerto Maldonado, Peruvian Amazon, Peru

Reserva Amazonica is a wonderful rustic eco-lodge with very comfortable accommodation and excellent facilities in a private nature reserve in Peru's southern Amazon near Puerto Maldonado. Superb guided excursions to explore the stunning flora and fauna.

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Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel

Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel

Lima, Peru

Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel is a luxurious European-style hotel, which forms part of the prestigious Belmond group and is located in the exclusive Miraflores district of Lima by the Pacific Ocean and within easy reach of superb restaurants.

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Titilaka

Titilaka

Puno & Lake Titicaca, Peru

Titilaka is a luxurious all suite lodge and the most exclusive hotel in the region, set on a secluded private peninsula on the shores of Peru's famous Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake which is surrounded by breathtaking Andean landscapes.

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Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel

Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel is a stunning former palace and convent and has emerged from years of restoration to become one of Cuzco's finest hotels. Owned and run by the exclusive Belmond group of hotels and has the only outdoor pool in Cuzco.

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Hotel Sol y Luna

Hotel Sol y Luna

Sacred Valley, Peru

Hotel Sol y Luna is a charming boutique hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens in Peru's magical Sacred Valley. The hotel is located near spectacular Inca ruins and has been built in the local rustic style reflecting the spirit of the Andes.

Adventure Culture Riding
Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel

Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel

Colca Canyon, Peru

The exclusive Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel (formerly Casitas del Colca) is a haven of peace and tranquillity in the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, wonderful walking country and a prime spot to view the majestic condor.

Adventure Eco/ethical tourism Culture Riding
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel

Machu Picchu, Peru

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and therefore a very convenient base for visiting the awe-inspiring ruins and the beautiful surrounding area.

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Explora Valle Sagrado

Explora Valle Sagrado

Sacred Valley, Peru

Located in the Sacred Valley (between Cuzco and Machu Picchu), at the foot of the Peruvian Andes, Explora Valle Sagrado offers a unique all-inclusive experience combining luxury and adventure in the heart of this spectacular region.

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Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel

Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, is a beautiful 16th century converted monastery, located in the colonial city of Cuzco. This award-winning property takes full advantage of its unique history and is one of Cuzco (and Peru’s) most luxurious hotels.

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Colca Lodge Spa and Hot Springs

Colca Lodge Spa and Hot Springs

Colca Canyon, Peru

The Colca Lodge is a rustic-style lodge set at 3,250 metres above sea level and 3 hours from the city of Arequipa in the heart of Peru's famous Colca Valley amongst ancient Inca terraces and overlooking the Colca River with its thermal springs.

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