Peru is a fascinating country and a really special destination for a family holiday. Adults and children alike will marvel at spectacular Inca cities and enjoy seeing weird-looking animals such as llamas and vicunas. Peru’s climate makes it suitable to visit all year round, but the months between April and October are the driest and sunniest. Some parts of Peru are at high altitude so time should be considered with families to acclimatise.
A visit to Peru is not complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You can reach Machu Picchu by train or alternatively families with teenagers can hike the Inca trail to get there. Suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit, the Inca Trail offers a physical challenge, plenty of cultural interest, dramatic and ever-changing landscapes and the prize of Machu Picchu at the end.
The old Inca city of Cusco is an exciting place to wander around cobbled back streets and markets. Nearby the Sacred Valley offers a range of exciting activities such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking and horse riding.
Other highlights of Peru include Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Children will be fascinated by its floating Uros Islands. Also worth a visit is Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and a great place to spot condors.
Finally, for families with more time and wanting to experience life in the rainforest, a visit to the Peruvian Amazon will not disappoint.