Travelling to Peru with Teenagers

With its thriving culture and endless opportunities for adventure, Peru is an incredible place for a family holiday with teens in tow.

Peru for Teens

Peru is one of the best places to travel with teens in Latin America and a trip here is sure to be a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. Whether your kids are energetic tweens or restless older teenagers, Peru is an enthralling country with plenty on offer for every age and activity level.  

The key to an unforgettable family holiday with teens in Peru is to intersperse visiting the amazing ruins, temples, museums, and churches with high-energy activities such as hiking, mountain biking trips, or white water rafting. This way, no member of the family goes into culture overload and your teenagers can enjoy a fun mix of things to do on the trip. 

At Scott Dunn, we know how to customise the best combination of experiences to make sure that no matter your teenager’s interests, your family will be well taken care of.

Is Peru a Good Place to Visit with Teens?

Peru is a fantastic destination for a family holiday with teenagers because there’s so much to see and do. From mountain biking on ancient Inca trails to taking selfies with llamas at Machu Picchu, the only real question is: where to travel first with your teens? 

If you’re travelling with thrill-seekers, Peru is a natural amusement park. To start the epic adventure, take your teens white water rafting on the Rio Apurimac near Cusco, where you’ll ride over rapids through an astonishing 3000m-deep canyon, and break for campfire meals on sandy beaches. We can also arrange an unforgettable inflatable canoeing trip on a tranquil section of the Urubamba River that’s perfect for families with older kids (minimum age is 10).

The nearby Sacred Valley also offers plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied. In this historical valley, adventurous trails wind through rugged mountain landscapes once home to the ancient Inca civilisation. We recommend you stay at the rustic-chic Hotel Sol y Luna, just outside Urubamba, where your teens can go horseback riding and take in glorious views of the Andean foothills.

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 everyone to learn about the fascinating wildlife at each level of this diverse ecosystem.

Exploring culturally rich cities in Peru gives teens insight into how these vibrant places are different to what they know at home – after all, is there any greater education than travel? Cusco in particular is sure to be a hit with your kids. It’s a melting pot of quaint streets, colonial churches and local markets buzzing with life. Cusco sits at around 3,400 metres above sea level, which means it’s important to leave some time in your itinerary for you and your children to get used to the altitude, especially if you’re planning a trek to the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu. 

If you need a break from the elevation altogether, head to vibrant Lima, which also has a thriving foodie scene, along with many interesting museums. Further up the desert coast is beachside Máncora, where teens can learn to surf, go on whale-watching tours, or simply relax on palm-dotted beaches.

Our Destination Manager, Sophie Tomlin, recommends some exciting activities for teens in Peru:

“There’s plenty to keep restless teens entertained in Peru! Adrenaline-inducing white water rafting, stand-up paddle boarding on lakes, mountain biking around Inca sites, and horse-riding through the scenic Sacred Valley. Of course, there are also lots of day hikes that we can suggest which aren’t overly strenuous or difficult and can be broken up with visits to indigenous villages and picnic lunches.”

Can You Go to Machu Picchu with Teens?

If you’re planning an epic trip to Peru, no doubt you’ll have your sights set on the country’s most famous attraction: Machu Picchu. For teens, this presents them with an invaluable opportunity to experience one of the great ancient sites of the world.

But you may be wondering: can you do Machu Picchu with kids? And is this part of Peru good for teens?

The short answer to both questions is: yes! 

You can definitely visit Machu Picchu with kids, especially teens – all it takes is a little preparation and choosing the best activities for your family, depending on the ages and abilities of your children. 

Everyone who goes to Machu Picchu must pre-purchase entry tickets and be accompanied by a guide. But don’t worry, our travel specialists will organise everything for you in advance.

Travelling to Machu Picchu with teens

A trip to Machu Picchu with teens is likely to be somewhat easier than travelling with little ones, as older kids should have no trouble with the huge stone steps at the site, as well as all the walking involved. 

Getting to Machu Picchu is half the fun and there are a few different ways to get there. There’s a scenic Inca Rail train which is ideal for families with younger kids or simply anyone who wants to take in the breathtaking views along the way from the comfort of their luxury carriage.

Visiting with your teenagers also opens up the possibility to hike the heart-pumping Inca Trail, which is suitable for children around eight years and above. You can also do the Jungle Inca Trek, which involves riding a bike for part of the way.

However you get there, Machu Picchu is one of the best places to travel with teens in Peru. Whether it's the jaw-dropping scenery of soaring, forested peaks and bright-green Inca terraces sprawling down the mountainside, or the captivating history and spirit of this cultural icon, visiting Machu Picchu with your teens is sure to be a deeply memorable and mind-expanding experience.

Is Machu Picchu Safe for a Family Holiday? 

The Inca Trail and the areas around Machu Picchu have large numbers of visitors year-round and are generally safer than other parts of the country.

To keep your family safe and protected from the elements, make sure to pack enough sunscreen, waterproof clothing, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and take into account that you'll need a bit of time to acclimatise to avoid altitude sickness.

Our Suggested Peru Family Trip Itinerary

At Scott Dunn, we'll make sure your family trip to Peru is guided by an itinerary that takes in the sights and activities you want to experience the most while keeping your teenager active and engaged.

Discover some of our specialist's top picks to include in your itinerary:

  • Take a trip to the monumental, ultra-deep Colca Canyon and see the huge Andean condors gliding peacefully overhead
  • Wander around charming Cusco and call in at intriguing museums, churches and markets
  • Trek the Inca Trail and experience the immense wonder of Machu Picchu, then stop by other ancient ruins in villages nearby
  • Go on a family hike or mountain biking adventure in the spectacular Sacred Valley
  • Take your teens white water rafting and canoeing on the Urubamba River for plenty of thrills and family fun
  • Uncover the history of indigenous communities on Lake Titicaca together and learn about the ingenious floating reed islands they live on
  • Expand their developing palates with amazing local food in Lima, which is now known as a popular foodie destination
  • Tour the Amazon rainforest to see brightly coloured macaws descend on salt licks, and catch a glimpse of more amazing wildlife on a river cruise or jungle trek

Where to Stay in Peru with Teens

At Scott Dunn, our team of travel specialists can select the perfect accommodation for your family from our carefully curated collection of gorgeous luxury hotels across Peru. 

With its vibrant, youthful energy, Cusco is a fantastic place to stay on a family holiday with teens. Peru’s ancient Incan capital is home to luxurious hotels with a rich sense of history, including Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, a centuries-old monastery with opulent rooms, and Palacio Nazarenas, a stunning restored convent with an outdoor pool.

Lima is a great starting point in Peru for family tours and our travel consultants have found some of the very best places to stay in the city. Our hand-picked Lima hotels are set in the sought-after oceanside area of Miraflores, and some offer convenient child-minding services and activities tailored to kids, such as yoga classes. 

In the Sacred Valley, you can stay within easy reach of historical Inca sites at boutique, rustic-style hotels with beautiful gardens and on-site horse stables. We can arrange stunning accommodation close to the vast Colca Canyon, where luxury casitas provide plenty of space for everyone to spread out, and unbelievably scenic locations set you up for the perfect family holiday.

If you're venturing into the rainforest, we can secure the best accommodation for your family at eco-focused jungle lodges in the thrilling Peruvian Amazon, where teenagers can go on tree canopy walks or guided nature excursions for the chance to see extraordinary wildlife such as giant river otters, colourful macaws and two-toed sloths.

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Aymara Route Exploration at Titilaka

Aymara Route Exploration at Titilaka

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Enjoy a full day exploring the Chucuito peninsula and Acora, bordering Lake Titicaca, travelling by mountain bike, on foot or by car. Visit local communities, archaeological sites and birdlife whilst stopping off at stunning natural lookouts.

Cooking Lesson Palacio Nazarenas

Cooking Lesson Palacio Nazarenas

Cuzco

Soak up all there is to learn to create delicious local specialities with the hotel's head chef. You will get the exclusive opportunity to visit the hotel’s secret garden to gather fresh produce and master the art of cooking with these seasonal items.

Day 1 - Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train - 2N Cusco to Arequipa

Day 1 - Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train - 2N Cusco to Arequipa

Cusco to Arequipa, Peru

Your epic journey on board the Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train starts late this morning. Enjoy the magnificent Altiplano scenery as you travel from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca, marvelling at the Andean landscapes as you climb to higher altitudes.

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Day 2 - Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train - 2N Cuzco to Arequipa

Day 2 - Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train - 2N Cuzco to Arequipa

Cusco to Arequipa, Peru

Today, your journey continues to Lake Titicaca where you will have time to admire the sunrise over the lake's mirror-like surface before exploring the distinctive islands that frequent the waters. Interact with the local communities of Uros.

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Day 3 - Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train - 2N Cuzco to Arequipa

Day 3 - Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train - 2N Cuzco to Arequipa

Cusco to Arequipa, Peru

Today you will reach your final destination and visit the "white city" of Arequipa, so named because of the beautiful sillar stone which has been used to construct many of the city's buildings.

Couples Culture Rail
Exploring the Amazon

Exploring the Amazon

Amazon, Peru

Explore the Peruvian Amazon, meandering along its rivers and waterways by boat or exploring on foot. Your guide will introduce you to the fascinating flora and fauna here, from the tiniest insects to the colourful birdlife.

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.

Islands of Lake Titicaca Exploration at Titilaka

Islands of Lake Titicaca Exploration at Titilaka

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Spend the day exploring the amazing man-made floating islands of the Uros people, as well as the island of Taquile on beautiful Lake Titicaca. Meet local communities and learn about traditional crafts on this full day excursion by boat.

Peru's Gastronomic Revolution

Peru's Gastronomic Revolution

Lima

Peru’s cuisine has previously not been something to write home about – until now. In recent years, Peru has undergone somewhat of a gastronomic revolution.

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.

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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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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.

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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 Cusco. 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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Atemporal

Atemporal

Lima, Peru

Eclectic yet stylish, Atemporal is a beautiful boutique property in the chic Lima district of Miraflores, housed in a refurbished 1940s mansion. There are just six guest rooms guaranteeing a relaxing and intimate stay with fabulous dining steps away.

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CIRQA

CIRQA

Arequipa, Arequipa and Colca Canyon, Peru

Set in the historic city of Arequipa in the south of Peru, Cirqa sits on the site of an ancient monastery dating back to 1540 and still retains many of its original features. Just one block from the main plaza, Cirqa enjoys a great central location.

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Puqio

Puqio

Colca Canyon, Arequipa and Colca Canyon, Peru

Discover deepest Peru with a stay at Puqio, an exclusive tented camp located high in the Andes in the spectacular Colca Canyon, experiencing authentic Andean culture, glorious scenery, soaring condors, and the traditional crafts of this remote region.

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.

Eco/ethical tourism Adventure Wildlife
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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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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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.

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Epic Peru

Epic Peru

Lima, Amazon, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Mancora

Looking for something a little different? Combine a trip to the mystical lost city of Machu Picchu with a wild rainforest adventure. Squeeze in some sea, sand and surf while visiting some of Peru's most famous landmarks on this tour. Taste your way through the country's blossoming culinary scene and stay at boutique properties along the way.

Adventure Couples

SGD $10,900 pp

14 nights
Ultimate Peru

Ultimate Peru

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Explore fascinating Inca ruins, colourful culture and dramatic landscapes on this incredible escape. Get a unique view of the Andean plains on the exquisite Belmond Andean Explorer – South America's first luxury train. You'll also see Machu Picchu and take escorted visits to the Inca sights of the Sacred Valley on this captivating Peru tour.

Couples Adventure Culture Rail

SGD $19,400 pp

14 nights
Epic Peru & Bolivia

Epic Peru & Bolivia

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, La Paz & Uyuni

Experience the best of two incredible countries: Peru and Bolivia. The tour takes in Lake Titicaca's floating reed islands and includes a private guided trip to the unforgettable Machu Picchu. You'll also stay in glamping domes at the breathtaking Uyuni salt flat, where pristine reflections of the sky create ethereal landscapes with no horizon.

SGD $16,300 pp

12 nights
Extraordinary Peru

Extraordinary Peru

Lima, Paracas, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Lima

How do you want to spend a two-week holiday? If the answer involves hurtling across vast sand dunes and seeing penguins and llamas up close, this adventure tour in Peru is for you. You'll explore the lost city of Machu Picchu and see the impressive Colca Canyon before tucking into delectable cuisine at some of Lima's most celebrated eateries.

Adventure Couples

SGD $11,200 pp

12 nights
Family Fun in Peru

Family Fun in Peru

Lima, Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Peru offers the perfect introduction to South America for families. There's a diverse selection of activities on offer, family-friendly accommodation, and bucket-list highlights. This fun itinerary combines wildlife, culture and adventure, taking in Peru's Amazon rainforest, tours of the Sacred Valley and the iconic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

SGD $9,700 pp

13 nights
Limitless Peru

Limitless Peru

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, Lima & the Amazon

Access the inaccessible on our exclusive Limitless Peru tour. Explore the country's highlights by day and relax in sumptuous properties by night. Admire the dramatic Andean scenery and the breathtaking Machu Picchu. Take in Lake Titicaca, Cusco and the Sacred Valley before finishing with a luxurious Amazon cruise aboard the Aqua Nera.

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