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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
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.
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:
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.
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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