For most travelers, Peru is defined by Machu Picchu. In reality, it’s one of the most diverse, intriguing and culturally rich countries in the world, with over 11 different eco-regions and 84 of earth’s 117 life-zones within its borders. Two-thirds of the land mass is Amazonian Rainforest and many of the national reserves, parks and historic sites are only accessible with registered tour operators. Don’t let any of that put you off. Peru is an amazingly welcoming country which makes it wonderfully easy to enjoy every fascinating corner and crevice. Visit with care and respect and plan everything in advance for possibly the most amazing family vacation you’ll ever have.
The home of the great Inca civilizations is immersed in ancient history and home to several world icons including Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon.
Peru is the 17th most mega-diverse country in the world and has over 1,700 bird species. Two-thirds of Peru is Amazonian Rainforest, and your kids will have so much fun exploring it! There are a total of 75 nationally protected areas covering almost 16 percent of the country.
Peru has hundreds of beautiful beaches and beach resorts, but over 1,800 miles of the long, narrow coast is desert. Peru is the third largest South American country and over 50% of the population live in the western coastal regions.
Temperatures on the coast rise to 85˚F in summer with low levels of humidity and little rain.
A wide range of family accommodation includes luxury city center hotels, beach resorts, cruise boats, home stays, guesthouses, national reserve lodges, camps and even trains.
You can rent a car and explore the northwest and southwest of Peru by road. Taking into account it’s the third largest country in South America, hot in summer and with very high altitudes, it’s understandable why most visitors choose to travel by train or plane. Some of the country’s sites can be visited independently, but many more are only accessible with a tour guide. If you’re traveling with children, a vacation with pre-arranged travel and accommodation is worth considering.