Planning For Peru Family Vacation?

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Last Updated on June 12, 2020 by worldoftravelswithkids

Planning for a Peru family vacation?  This post is packed with realistic and useful advice from someone who has 5 years of travel with a small child under her belt, and is now looking forward to traveling with two!

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Planning A Peru Family Vacation Tips

Flight Timing

I’m mentally preparing myself for long haul flights with two kids!  Twenty-month-old toddler Master L, who finds an hour car ride sufficient confinement for his active little legs, is likely to be a challenge on long haul flights!!

Miss M, having crossed the Pacific Ocean already 4 times in her 5 years, is likely going to be easier.  Though the fact that she can fit in a question every few seconds (often inappropriate) is going to be a bit of a challenge.

Last time we traveled the Australia – Peru route she was 3.  We stopped for a night in Sydney and a night in Los Angeles before finally arriving in Lima.  The travel period lasted for some 4 days and felt interminable.  This time we are trying for direct flights and just 28 hours from our home airport to Lima.  We leave at midnight (one hopes the little guy will be so tired he will sleep the first leg) and will just fly.  I will let you know which option works better.

We have also researched activities to keep the children busy and have compiled this list of  21 Awesome Screen Free Airplane Activities For Kids.


Planning For Peru Family Vacation?


Getting Body Clocks Set

So many people arrive in Peru and want to skip Lima.  If you are not into great museums, food, and a vibrant city, that’s understandable on your Peru family vacation.  However, the next destination for many is Cusco.

Cusco is at a colossal 3400m (11,154 feet) is an extremely high altitude city.  We are going to spend 3 nights in Lima in a comfortable hotel with sound-proof walls.  The idea is that we rest, recuperate, and swim in the pool until our body clocks are organized.  That way we don’t have to cope with high altitude at the same time  as getting our kids’ body clocks sorted out.

This advice is particularly appropriate for Australians, whose body clocks are the reverse of Peruvians’.  So what have we got planned? – nothing at all –we are just going to rest.

If you are looking for ways to lessen the effects of jet lag in your children read our post Jet Lag With Toddlers: How To Deal With It.


Two Nights At Every Hotel

From Lima we are going to forge south and from here we have one fixed rule.  Two nights in every hotel!  Which means one day driving/traveling and one day to explore and play.  This is going to be slower and more expensive than if we were traveling on our own, but it will also mean that the kids have a lot more fun!

Our family has traveled extensively in Peru and taken many Peru family vacations.  Over the course of time we have come up with some really great, tried and true hotel recommendations for family travels in Peru.

For more information on our hotel recommendations, please check out our other blog posts:

Lima Peru Hotels – Best Kid Friendly Choices

Best Family Hotels in Cusco

Best Family Hotels In Machu Picchu

Best Sacred Valley Family Hotels

Peru Lodge To Lodge Trekking With Kids

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Miss M heads off with her suitcase the Cusco airport – when at airports allow plenty of time and make sure the kids have plenty of time to run.


When we finally arrive in Cusco, we won’t stay.  We’ll rather head to the lower climes of the Sacred Valley.  Yes, three of our traveling party have been at altitude before and we suppose we will be OK.

However, Master L, at just 20-months old, is not particularly verbal.  We don’t want to take the risk of not acclimatizing him properly.  Some vital, and important, advice I read about traveling with small children at altitude is the following: If you are confident that you are able to distinguish the symptoms of altitude sickness in your child from an upset tummy, or even a terrible twos tantrum, then by all means acclimatize rapidly with a small child.

For me it’s a no brainer!  It is much safer for him to acclimatize slowly!  For more detailed information, check out our post “Tips For Acclimating To Altitude With Kids”.\

Do your research about Peruvian Culture!

Peru has a lot of unique customs. Doing your research and travelling to Peru prepared will mean that you are less likely to commit cultural faux pas.  Read more about Peru’s cultural traditions here.

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Alpacas at many Sacred Valley hotels provided much fascination for our three-year-old, since we acclimatized before heading to Cusco!

Need Help Planning For Your Peru Family Vacation?

It’s not easy planning a Peru family vacation or visiting Machu Picchu with kids!  Consider asking a travel agent for help for some of the logistics.  Apus Peru Adventure Travel Specialists have plenty of experience in offering treks with young people and planning Peru family vacations!

This post was originally published on the Apus Peru Blog,  and has been adapted by the author, Ariana Svenson, coincidentally a Co-Founder of Apus Peru!

We also have so much great information on the blog about traveling to Peru with kids.  Whether it is Machu Picchu with kids information you need or just general Peru information, please take a look her at our Peru Destination Guide.

We’ve traveled with Lonely Planet for over 20 years! For unbiased and detailed advice, they are our trusted guide-book.  Even in this digital age, you can’t go past them for maps and info on the go.  Take a Look.

While we love Lonely Planet for travel guides, below are some books we love about Peru for kids.  We have found it really helpful and informative for our kids to read them prior to departure.  Not only does it get them excited about their upcoming trip but it also gives them useful information about the places they will visit.  See below some of our favorites.

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  • We are planning a rather impromptu trip in about 2 weeks with our 7 and 10 year old kids. Wondering if it’s better to get to Macchu Pichu early in the morning (as most people seem to do) or enjoy the afternoon? To be honest, our kids will not be wanting to spend all day there-and we’re trying to figure out the best way to do it. Also do you recommend staying in Aguas Calientas? We’d prefer to stay in one place in Ollantaytambo for more nights and just commute to Macchu Pichu in the morning. But would love your advice!

    • Hi! Thanks for asking the question! I personally like staying in Aguas Calientes but I do understand staying more nights in a place with kids. Mine are so much more settled with 2-3 nights in one place rather than going from hotel to hotel. Since last year you can’t stay all day at Machu Pichcu anymore, they have a new ticketing system with half day entries. You also have to enter with a licensed guide. The afternoon at Machu picchu is considered less busy than the morning, and you could take the train from Ollanta in the morning, enter at 1pm and then catch a train back to Ollanta around 6pm. The train is 1.5 hours each way… I could find out good times for you, I am thinking there is a 10.30am train and which you would arrive at 12 noon. sorry it took me a while to answer, I am travelling and not looking at my site messages much.

Hi! We are a multicultural family from Peru, Nicaragua & Australia. We believe adventures can be global – and local – and are one part of our sustainable lifestyle, and raising children who are global eco-citizens.