There are not many places in the world that ignite the imagination like the sound of Machu Picchu, the fabled lost city of the Incas high in the Andes.
In recent years Peru – and Peruvians – have pulled out all stops to make sure that a trip to Peru is a safe, enjoyable – and thoroughly interesting one. With all styles of travel catered for, from 5 star right through to hostel style experience, there is something for everyone in Peru.
And, kids and families are most definitely catered for. It’s an easy sell for most kids to get into the cute alpacas, and stories of lost cities.
If you are considering putting Peru on your family bucket list, our 11 Fun Facts about Peru for kids might get the kids super excited…!
Peru with Kids
We rate Peru 3.5/5 for Kids
- Kid friendly facilities – 3
- Variation in budgets -4
- Tourist levels – 3
- Travel times – 3
What is the best time of year to visit Peru with Kids?
This depends on two critical questions:
- Do you want to visit Machu Picchu?
- Would you like to do some trekking?
The dry, colder season in the Andes is from May through August which is considered the best time to visit Machu Picchu or trek. There should be little rain/ snow and while night-time temperatures can be cold, it generally is bright and sunny during the day, therefore clear. Machu Picchu, located in the high jungle, tends to be misty and green year round, but you are more likely to get a clear day during May through August.
The shoulder months of April, September and October can be good months to visit – depending on the year of course. April is often very beautiful with the mountains an emerald green. September/October can be less touristed and, depending on your luck relatively dry.
November through March are good off season months to visit – think discounts and less tourists, but more frequent showers and the chance of getting your feet wet! January and February are the height of the wet season with the Inca Trail closed in February. March can often be very pretty, depending on how much rainfall occurred during the wet.
In contrast to the Andes, the Coast of Peru has completely opposite seasons. The best season to visit the Andes is characterised by grey and foggy weather on the coast, especially around Lima. The best time to visit Lima and coastal areas are the December – February months when the sun shines, and there is a distinctly summery feel!
When should I avoid visiting Peru?
It all depends what you want to do and see.
If you have your heart set on a trek, then a trip in December through February wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
Do you dislike busy travel periods, then avoid Cusco/Machu Picchu around the Winter Solstice and Inti Raymi on the 24th June.
Peru festivals and events to plan around
It is true that there are festivals and local events occurring year round in Peru.
With a little bit of planning, you should be able to catch one of these truly colourful and crazy local events. Keep in mind that most include lots of dancing & drinking so going earlier in the day is better than later.
There is a comprehensive list at https://www.apus-peru.com/trip-planning/cultural_events_calendar.htm