Peru family holidays

Peru has to be top of our list of favourite South American destinations. In a continent full of incredible archaeological ruins, spectacular scenery, unique eco-systems and colourful markets, there is some tough competition. But a Peru family holiday really does have it all.

Peru family holiday - young boy on a home stay holding a lamb

Back to basics on a Peru family holiday

Who can resist the lure of the remarkable Inca civilisation and the incredible site of Machu Picchu? It’s impossible not to be charmed by the cobbled streets of Cusco, the delightful churches of Arequipa and the clear waters of Lake Titicaca. Even the kids will love to cycle through the spectacular Sacred Valley. Here you’ll pass by ancient ruins, friendly villages and houses covered in bright pink bougainvillea.

And what’s more the food is great, the people are delightful and the scenery is stunning. Family holidays to Peru really do tick every box, even those you didn’t know you had!

Why take the kids?

Our top activities on a Peru family holiday include:

  1. Climbing to Machu Picchu’s Sun Gate for awe-inspiring views
  2. Eating the local speciality of roasted guinea pig
  3. Taking in the sounds on an Amazon night walk
  4. Cycling along ancient Inca pathways in the Sacred Valley
  5. Bargaining for presents in Cusco’s central market
  6. Watching condors soar on the thermals in Colca Canyon
  7. Hiking the spectacular Inca Trail

A Peru family holiday is a massive adventure for children. There are activities a-plenty, and they can go hiking, cycling, white water rafting and horse-riding. Animal lovers will enjoy searching for tarantulas in the Amazon and watching condors fly on thermals above the Colca Canyon. History buffs will love exploring the nooks and crannies of the Inca ruins and wandering the streets of Cusco.

There’s always something different to do, and this ensures that the children will remain engaged throughout. This might mean testing out their haggling skills in a market or learning to enjoy the simple life on a friendly Lake Titicaca homestay. They will learn their llama from their alpacca and will be able to regale their classmates with tales of climbing into the rainforest canopy and fishing for piranhas. There’s just no end to the adventure!

Check out our Peru with kids blog for more ideas and photos of some of our favourite activities on a Peru family holiday.

Kids on a Peru family holiday with alpacas in the Andes

Practicing animal husbandry in the Andes

Example Peru family itineraries

All of our Peru itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family. We always take into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget and so on.

However, to give you an idea of what you could do on a family holiday in Peru, have a look at our sample itineraries, Highlights of Peru (2-weeks) and Highlights of Peru (3-weeks).

Also check out some of the other places that you might like to visit on your trip and if you need further inspiration, have a look at our Peru photo gallery.

Lastly, don’t forget to check what the weather will be like at the time that you want to travel. Or simply give us a ring and we’ll be delighted to advise you on the best Peru family holiday for you.

Peru family holiday excursion on mountain bikes

All the family will enjoy the cycling opportunities on a Peru family holiday


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

01728 752751

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