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 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.

Peru for Teens

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.



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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 colorful birdlife.

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Family Inflatable Canoeing Urubamba

Sacred Valley

White-water rafting & inflatable canoeing are fun sports, suitable for pretty much any one. No experience is needed to take part in this great day out to a beautiful section of the Urubamba River. The Pinipampa section is class I-II outside of Cuzco.

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Islands of Lake Titicaca - Full Day

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Spend the day exploring the floating islands of Uros and the island of Taquile on Lake Titicaca on this full day adventure. Accompanied by a guide from Titilaka, you'll meet local communities and learn about traditional crafts.

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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.

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Ancient Inca Skies & Constellations

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Explore the crystal clear night skies of Titilaka stargazing and learn about the Inca civilization’s beliefs about the heavens. Your guide will describe the major Andean constellations and celestial movements, especially Wawawara Hawira, the Milky Way.

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Canopy walkway at Reserva Amazonica

Puerto Maldonado, Peruvian Amazon, Peru

Come eye to eye with the primates and birds that live in the treetops of the Amazon rainforest from the canopy walkways at Reserva Amazonica. Towers and hanging bridges link their way through the forest offering a unique perspective.

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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 colorful 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

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.

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Discover Lima & the Larco Museum

Lima

Founded by Francisco Pizarro as the 'City of Kings', modern day Lima is a bustling and metropolitan city. Explore the colonial plazas, rediscovered Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites, famous museums such as the Larco and the wonderful food!

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Arennas Mancora

Mancora, Northern Peru, Peru

Arennas Mancora is a contemporary boutique beach hotel near to the surf-town of Mancora in Peru's north. It is a relaxing and stylish property from which to enjoy great seafood, spa treatments, whale watching and the endless surf of the Pacific Ocean.

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Colca Lodge Spa and Hot Springs

Colca Canyon, Peru

The Colca Lodge is a rustic-style lodge set at 3,250 meters 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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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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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
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Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción

Puerto Maldonado, Peruvian Amazon, Peru

Hacienda Concepción is part of the highly acclaimed Inkaterra hotel collection and is perfectly positioned near Lake Sandoval in the Peruvian Amazon. The lodge provides an authentic yet comfortable jungle experience with fantastic wildlife opportunities.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Sacred Valley, Peru

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a modern hotel with a colonial character, located in the heart of Peru's Sacred Valley in Huayoccari and is the perfect base from which to explore this stunning region of the Peruvian Highlands.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Machu Picchu, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu is located in an enchanting five-hectare cloud forest garden alongside the Vilcanota River and on the edge of the village of Aguas Calientes. A great base from which to visit the awe-inspiring ruins and lost city of Machu Picchu.

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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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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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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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