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How to Plan an Amazing Peru Family Holiday


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Last Updated on September 26, 2023 by Ariana Svenson

Are you planning a Peru family holiday but don’t know where to start? In this guide, I will take you through how to plan the perfect Peru family holiday, from booking your flights to deciding on the best things to do and places to go during your trip.

This post may contain affiliate links, from which we would earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. More info in my disclaimer.​

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Looking for quick answers?

Is Peru a good family holiday?​

Peru makes a very good family holiday, as Peruvians are warm hearted and love children. Peru offers amazing cultural experience that will intrigue small children right through to your adventure loving teens. Peru is highly recommended for an adventure family holiday due to the diversity of experiences for all ages. In fact, we think that Peru is the top destination in South America for kids.​

What is the best time to go to Peru with Kids?​

The best time to visit Peru with Kids, is during the dry season from May to September. With beautiful sunny days, white snowcapped mountains and blue skies, it’s a lovely time to visit. However, you need to book early because its peak season and family friendly accommodation can fill up quickly. Also recommended months to visit Peru are April and September, when there is a little of rain but generally fewer visitors.​

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The author and her kids at Machu Picchu in 2023

The Appeal of a Peru Family Holiday

A Peru family holiday combines adventure and cultural immersion with rich experiences that will be unforgettable for kids! Whether you’re eager to explore the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you want to explore the cities of Cusco and Lima, or visit the Amazon Rainforest, Peru has it all.

Peru’s diverse landscapes mean you can choose from a variety of adventures depending on the length of your trip, from hiking ancient Incan trails, river cruising in the Peruvian Amazon, exploring cities, or sand boarding in the desert.

Kids will be fascinated by Peru’s deeply rooted traditions, from the history of the Inca ruins and discovering the Inca Trail to learning about local cooking traditions and dance.

Peruvian food is world-renowned and incredibly varied, meaning you will always find something for you and the children. You can try the famous ceviche on the coast, savor the Andean delicacy of roasted cuy (guinea pig), or discover the flavors of the Amazon with exotic fruits and river fish.

Discover the Most Popular Peruvian Dishes in this post, or discover the Best Places to Eat in Peru with Kids.

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Planning A Peru Holiday – Our Assumptions (Please Read!)

Our unspoken assumption for travel with kids in any place or country includes:

  • Make sure you allow time in your itinerary for arriving and departing in the country. We always plan nothing for the first day after we fly in.
  • Kids need downtime in order to not become anxious or stressed (which translates as tantrums, bad tempers, or unwillingness to do things)! This not only helps them adjust to their new surroundings but also helps ease the effects of jet lag. See our post Jet Lag with Toddlers: How to Deal with It.
  • We generally follow a one-day activities/one-day rest pattern; or alternatively do half day activities each day. Particularly during acclimatization days, you want to be kind to your body!

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Visiting Larcomar in Lima

Why trust our Peru holiday advice?​

After arriving in Peru for the first time in 2002, I eventually settled in Cusco, where I Co-Founded Apus Peru Adventure Travel Specialists, and later, my daughter was born in Cusco. Since relocating to my home country of Australia, I still have daily contact with Peru and travel back frequently. These suggestions are based on my own family’s experiences and those of many clients of Apus Peru.Our advice is not based on a one-off visit but on many visits over the years. I am confident that if you are planning Peru family travel, we have a wide range of experiences to back up our advice!

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How Long Should My Peru Family Holiday Be?

Deciding on the length of your family holiday in Peru is crucial. We recommend at least 10 days if you want to explore the main attractions, such as Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley (also known as the Urubamba Valley).

However, if you’re looking to include the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, or the Northern Beaches, then planning a stay of 14 to 21 days is ideal. This allows for a relaxed pace and time to acclimatize. Remember! If you try to cram too much into your holiday the kids might well revolt and then no one will be having fun!

If you’re unsure what you want to do on your trip, check out our Peru with Kids Guide or read our Peru Itinerary.

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Guided Tour vs Self-Planning a Peru Family Adventure: What’s Best for Your Family?

When travelling with family, the decision between a guided tour or self-planning is a matter of personal choice. If you book a guided tour with a company like APUS Peru, everything is pre-arranged, and you will have knowledgeable guides to enrich your experience.

Tour companies have in-depth knowledge of the best places to stay and the best family-friendly activities to make your trip more enjoyable. Some even have meals included

Apus Peru has grown with us as travelers, and we have recently launched a new brand which is more aligned with our lives as family travelers. The Peru Family Vacation provides a wonderful starting point for the a family holiday. You could either use the itinerary as described, or adapt it depending on the age of your children. For young kids we would recommend a gentle and easy program with short activities, while teens and older kids might be thrilled to tackle an adventure.. and believe me, Peru is full of adventure for families!

On the other hand, self-planning gives more freedom to take each day as it comes and even make travel plans while in Peru. I recommend either booking a guided tour or booking mini-tours to supplement your trip.

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Getting to Peru from the U.K.

There are no longer any direct flights from the U.K. to Peru. You will have to connect via another European country, Mexico or America.

The main international airport you can fly to in Peru is Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, where you can go on to get onward connections.

Booking Flights for a Holidays to Peru from the U.K.

When booking flights from the U.K. to Peru, I recommend starting early. Look for deals and be flexible with your travel dates if possible.

Use websites like Skyscanner, Kayak, or Google Flights to compare prices to get the best prices. Set up price alerts to receive notifications when the fares drop.

When travelling to Peru with kids, consider booking flights with minimal layovers (1 is needed) to reduce travel time unless your layovers will be over a couple of days and give time to explore your destination. However, make sure you leave enough time to catch your connecting flight.

The following airlines fly direct from the U.K. to Peru:

  • American Airlines – via Dallas, New York or Miami
  • Delta – via Atlanta, US
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Avianca – from Heathrow via Bogota
  • Iberia – via Madrid from London and Manchester
  • United Airlines
  • Air France – via Paris Charles de Galle
  • British Airways – Connections with other Airlines in the U.S. or Europe
  • KLM – From many U.K. airports via Amsterdam
  • Air Europa – via Madrid

Domestic Transfers in Peru

If your final destination is not Lima, you can catch a domestic flight to other cities like Cusco, Arequipa, or Iquitos.

Ensure you leave enough time between your international arrival and any domestic connections, as you need to collect your baggage, pass through customs and then check in again.

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How to Get to Peru from Australia

Getting to Peru from Australia involved a long-haul trip across the Pacific. The main airports to start your journey in Australia are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

No airlines offer direct flights from Australia to Peru, so you must have at least one layover. The most direct option is from Sydney or Melbourne to Auckland, and then onto Santiago de Chile. You can then connect there onward to Lima, but it’s a pretty long haul.

In 2023 we flew Melbourne to Los Angeles with Qantas, and then from Los Angeles to Lima via Bogota, with Avianca.

Popular airlines to fly from Australia to Peru are:

  • LATAM Airlines – Melbourne or Sydney to Lima via Santiago
  • United Airlines – Via Houston and Los Angeles
  • American Airlines – Via Los Angeles and Miami (these are super long flights and I’d hesitate crossing America to Miami, then back to Peru).

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Other Things to Consider When Planning a Peru Family Holiday

Travel Documents

Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond your planned stay in Peru. U.K. and Australian citizens do not need a visa for up to up to 90 days. Click here for more information.

Ensure you have return flight information and accommodation booking proof available to show immigration if needed. On our 2023 trip we were asked for this information by the airline; but were not asked when we arrived in Lima.

Travel Insurance

It’s crucial to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost luggage.

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Check your government’s website for up-to-date information on the recommended vaccines, as this usually varies.

In 2023, recommended vaccines for U.K. travelers, in addition to being up to date with childhood vaccines, include Hepatitis A and Tetanus, and you should also consider Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid and Yellow Fever. View more on U.K. travel advice to Peru here.

In 2023, when travelling from Australia to Peru, it’s recommended to be up to date with childhood vaccinations and have the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines. Yellow fever, Typhoid and Rabies are also recommended. View more on Australian travel advice for Peru here.

Make sure you book a visit to the doctor well in advance for your trip to discuss the recommended vaccines for kids. Note – I am not a medical expert, but I am an experienced traveller. Rabies vaccinations are complicated and unless you are going to very rural and remote areas, volunteering or working with animals, rabies might not be necessary.

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The official currency of Peru is the Peruvian Sol (S/), pronounced Sol in the singular or “solays,” in multiples. Eg, One Sol or two solays!

Cash is widely used in Peru, especially in small businesses and remote locations. Therefore, carrying some amount of local currency is an absolute must and especially small amounts, like 5 or 10 soles. Peru’s paper currency comes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 soles.

Coins come in 1, 2, and 5 soles and 10, 20, and 50 céntimos coins.

There are lots of ATMs in major cities. Before travelling make sure you check with your bank that your cards are suitable for international cash withdrawals, and what the fees might be. On the Peruvian end, we have been charged up to 36 soles for one transaction (like $10!). In rural areas, access to ATMs may be limited or non-existent, making carrying cash essential.

In 2023 contactless card facilities are increasingly available in all major tourist areas, petrol stations, supermarkets and restaurants. Even some small businesses offer card options. However, never assume that you can pay by card, and carrying an amount of soles is important.


The official languages of Peru are Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara, with Spanish being the most widely spoken. While English is spoken in many tourist areas, knowing some basic Spanish phrases will be helpful.

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Teaching the Kids About Peru to Prepare for Your Trip

As well as learning about the local culture and customs during your trip, it’s always fun to delve into your destination before travelling. Kids will love these facts about Peru:

Start with these Peru Facts for kids. Then go more in-depth with the following:

South America Facts for Kids

Llama Facts for Kids

Facts About Alpacas for Kids

Facts About Rainbow Mountain Peru

Peru Food Facts for Kids

Facts About the Incas for Kids

Facts About Machu Picchu for Kids

Alpacas vs Llamas

31 Amazing Amazon Rainforest Facts for Kids

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Planning Your Peru Family Holiday: Type of Travel

Peru is a huge country stretching 1.285 million km². You could have so many experiences in Peru, but if you’re limited in time, first, you need to decide what type of trip you are planning. You could plan a Peru beach holiday and visit Peru’s Stunning South Coast.

Additionally, you could also plan a trip focused on cultural experiences and add in things like visits to indigenous villages and local markets. One of the most popular activities in Peru is visiting Machu Picchu; yes, you can visit with kids too. Read our complete guide to Visiting Macchu Picchu with Kids for more information.

Peru is also the perfect destination for a trip focused on history. Peru has been home to many ancient civilizations, and as well as Machu Picchu, there are also the Nazca Lines and many history museums.

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Best Time to Visit Peru

When planning a family trip to Peru with kids, it’s vital to consider the different climate zones, as the seasons in Peru are opposite to those in the U.K. and run similar to Australia.

The best time to visit depends on what you would like to do during your trip. Different areas of Peru have different ideal times to visit. If you want to visit Machu Picchu or the Amazon Rainforest, the best times to visit are different from exploring the beaches.

The best times of year for hiking trips and visiting cities like Cusco are May-August, but it can also be busy. If you want to visit the South Coast beaches or Lima, December to February is the best time to visit, but be aware it’s also very hot!

Read more about the best time to visit Peru in our Peru with Kids post here.

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The Best Things to Do in Peru with Kids – Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley, Beaches and More!

For a complete list of things to do in Peru with kids, visit our post on Things to do on a Peru Family Vacation.

As well as the main things to do, there are plenty of adventure activities for older kids and teens, like cycling, mountain biking, white water rafting and horse-riding.

  • Explore Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
  • Spend time on the South Coast Beaches of Peru.
  • Sandboarding and Buggy Rides in Huacachina
  • The city of Lima
  • Explore Lake Titicaca (but make sure you are well acclimatized!)
  • Colca Canyon
  • Tambopata National Reserve near Puerto Maldonado
  • Take part in a Peruvian cooking class or discover more about Peruvian chocolate making.
  • Surfing and beach time in Mancora
  • Mysterious Machu Picchu
  • Visit The Amazon Rainforest
  • The city of Cusco – Make sure you visit the Choco Museo Cusco.
  • The Sacred Valley – Ancient ruins and local villages

You will see these two recommended on lists of things to do in Peru with kids. I am a bit on the fence…

  • Explore Rainbow Mountain and the surrounding mountains. I am not a huge fan – read more here Visiting the Rainbow Mountain with Kids.
  • Visit The Nazca Lines. I’ll admit, I have not visited with kids, but having made a couple of visits as an adult I find them a bit underwhelming and conceptually difficult. In the past the planes had dodgy maintenance records, and so if you do want to take your kids, I would research this.

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Peru Family Tours

Here are some amazing Peru family tour options offered by APUS Peru which could enrich your travel plans, whether you want to self-plan your trip and add in some tours or go on a completely guided experience.

Depending on the child, their levels of attention and your desire to immerse them in the culture, these tours are suitable for 4 or 5 years upwards.

Up to 1 Day

A one-day tour can be a great addition to your Peru family holiday itinerary. These tours can be combined with multi-day tours or done on their own.

Huaran Weaving and Eco Tour

Learn more about weaving in the Sacred Valley. You’ll visit the workshop of the Munay Urpi association and learn Andean weaving from Master Weaver Andrés Sallo. You’ll experience dyeing with natural plant dyes, even collecting the plants yourself.

You will have an enriching and memorable experience that supports the local weaving community and honours traditional Peruvian craft heritage.

Read More About this Huran Weaving and Eco Tour Here >>>

1 Day Tours from Cusco

A variety of half-day tours from Cusco are available, including chocolate-making and cooking traditional dishes.

Decorate your own pottery in a hands-on workshop, or learn more about bee keeping or raising guinea pigs in the Sacred Valley (for eating)!

View more about Cusco Cultural Tours run by APUS Peru Here >>>

Inca Traditions Tour from Cusco

Experience the rich heritage of Incan traditions with this one-day tour, perfect for those aged eight and above.

Originating from Cusco, the journey through the sacred Valley to a secluded Quechua village offers an authentic glimpse into traditional life. The itinerary includes hotel pick-up, private transport to and from Cusco, and a live demonstration of the weaving process.

Read More About the Inca Traditions Tour >>>

Palccoyo Mountain from Cusco

Experience Peru’s vibrant natural beauty with the Palccoyo Mountain one-day tour, suitable for adventurers aged eight and up because it involves a gentle 6km walk.

This tour presents a fantastic alternative to the popular Rainbow Mountain trail, providing a less crowded yet equally stunning journey. The tour includes a visit to the charming high-Andean village of Checacupe and a visit to the Alccoyo Rock Forest.

Learn More About Touring Palccoyo Mountain Here >>>

Tours of 3 Days +

If you want to explore the Inca trail and Machu Picchu with kids, this is better over a few days. On your Peru family holiday, these tours are the perfect way to explore Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Lares Valley & Machu Picchu Cultural Trek

Venture into the heart of the Andes with the 3-day/2-night Lares Valley Cultural Trek. This trail combines high Andean trekking with the opportunity to visit remote villages. Step off the beaten track and visit less-visited locations like Chaullacocha.

Your journey includes the unique opportunity to visit local schools, enjoy warm village receptions, and even opt for a family homestay on Day 2 instead of camping. The route showcases stunning mountain scenery, glacial lakes, and visiting the Lares hot springs.

The trek ends with visiting Machu Picchu on Day 3, reached by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

Discover further information About the Trek Here >>>

Lares & 2 Day Inca Trail

This 4-day/3-night journey allows you to explore Machu Picchu via an alternative route when traditional 4-day Inca Trail permits are unavailable. Experience the thrill of hiking through the remote Andean landscapes and the satisfaction of completing the world-famous Inca Trail.

This tour will give you an unbeatable combination of hiking along the Inca Trail for a day and exploring the Lares Valley for two days.

You’ll begin the trek at the Lares hot springs, proceeding through the valley and journeying over two mountain passes to reach the secluded village of Chaullacocha.

From Chaullacocha, you will be transported to Ollantaytambo, the starting point for the scenic train ride. This marks the beginning of your Inca Trail hike, where you’ll follow the footsteps of the ancient Incas, arriving at the Sun Gate and then descending to the mystical Machu Picchu.

Depending on your preference, you could opt to hike either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain in the morning or choose a more relaxed exploration in the afternoon when there are fewer tourists.

Read More About this Tour Here >>>

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Booking Accommodation in Peru for Your Family Adventure

Choosing the right accommodation is even more important when travelling with kids. Having just completed 7 weeks in the Americas (2023) with 3 kids and a grandmother, having the right accommodation either makes or breaks a stay in a city. Whether you are self-booking or getting help from a travel agent, here’s what you need to consider.

There is an incredible range of accommodation in Peru; from home-stays in remote communities to a solid amount of 3 star hotels, there are also a lot of 4 and 5 star luxury properties. In addition, there are now a lot of airbnbs in cities, which are often our preferred options as it gives all family members a bit of space when you are travelling for a good amount of time. If you are travelling to the Amazon, you will need to stay in a jungle lodge.

Considerations for Your Peru Accommodation

First, it may seem obvious, but make sure there are enough beds for everyone in the room. Sometimes when booking for 2 adults, 1 child, booking engines give 1 double. It’s best to go for family rooms unless you have 1 child in a cot. Often in Peru, kids stay free. So, if you book a double room with two beds, you will find that they are two double beds, therefore with enough space for 2 adults and 2 kids.

Then, think of the kind of accommodation you are looking for. Do you want somewhere with a pool? In a central location? Hotels only?

Book early for very popular destinations such as Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. If you are visiting these areas as part of a guided tour, make sure you book the tour before all the Machu Picchu visitor slots are full or the tour guides become booked up.

Once you’ve chosen, make sure you look at the cancellation policy. Free cancellation options often cost more but give more flexibility.

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Here are some of our Peru Accommodation Posts:

Amazing Hotels On Peru’s Southern Coast

A Guide to Where to Stay, and the Best Sacred Valley Peru Hotels

Lima Peru Hotels –Best Kid Friendly Choices

Best Hotels In Cusco For Families

Trekking Peru – Lodge To Lodge Trekking With Kids

Combining Your Trip with a Neighboring Country

If you’re looking to explore more of South America, consider combining your trip with a visit to a neighboring country like Bolivia or Ecuador. Why not start your search by discovering the Safest Countries in South America in 2023 or be inspired by these Facts about South America?

You could also combine visiting Peru with some countries in Central America. Here’s a guide to the Best Countries to Visit in South and Central America.

Why Choose APUS Peru for Your Family Holiday

Our mission is to get you off the beaten track and into the mountains, experiencing the best the Andes offers and catching a glimpse of the REAL Peru. We specialize in fostering authentic experiences that will leave lasting memories. We think you’ll love seeing the Andes through our eyes!

Our expert sales team personally answers every inquiry, and we take the time to customize your experience tailored to your needs and interests. We only offer private group tours, meaning you can depart any day.

Read More About Why You Should Choose APUS Peru Here >>>

Follow Our Peru Itineraries

In this Peru Itinerary post, we take you through the ultimate 10-day, 2-week and 3-week Peru itinerary for travel in Peru with Kids.

With our experience planning many Peru family adventures, these itineraries can be used as a foundation to build your own Peru family itinerary, whether you decide to self-plan your trip or book a guided tour with a company like APUS Peru or add-on 1-3 day mini guided tours suitable for the whole family onto your trip.

View Our Ultimate Peru Itinerary Here for further information >>>

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The Verdict – Planning the Best Peru Family Holidays

I hope how much we love Peru is shining through as you have read this information about planning a Peru family holiday (or Machu Picchu family adventure). We know that we some good planning, research and organization, you will have an amazing time in Peru as well. It is a beautiful country, not only with amazing scenery but a truly incredible living culture, delicious food and welcoming people.

If you don’t feel that you can organize your Peru holiday on your own, please don’t hesitate to contact us to design you an awesome Machu Picchu vacation package!

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