Planning a trip to Peru with the family, there is so much to consider when planning your trip. What is the best time to visit Peru? What are the best sites to see? What will the children enjoy the most in Peru? Some of the spectacular treasure of Peru to discover that we will include in this article, so take the time to enjoy what we feel are the best destinations for the entire family.
Number one and the most famous place to visit is of course Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu can be reached by train from the city of Cusco. The train will arrive into the lovely little village of Aguas Calientes. From here you will take a 25-minute bus ride up a steep mountain road until you reach the gates of the Inca citadel. It is now necessary to enter the ruins with a guide and the tour normally takes around 2 hours, where you will be explained the history of the mysterious site. See the different areas of Machu Picchu, like the royal quarters, the residential sector and the sacred temples. The children will be fascinated with the legends of Machu Picchu.
Number 2, close to Machu Picchu is the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas with a warm tempered climate the valley attracts people from all over the world. There are several ruins to enjoy, Pisac ruins is the first you will explore, set high above the town of Pisac, the site has an interesting history to learn. After finishing at the ruins take the time to visit to colorful market in the town main square. There is plenty pf handicraft to buy to take home as mementos. Also while visiting the valley you must see the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, the site of the last battle of the Spanish, the town itself will give you an impression of stepping back in time, with cobblestone streets and a fascinating water system that runs through the streets.
Number 3 on the must see list in Peru is the town of Cusco itself. The home of the Inca empire, Cusco is full of Inca temples and ornate Spanish colonial churches and buildings, the center of the city is reminiscent of old European cities featuring houses with terracotta roofs. Worth spending a few days to explore, Cusco is a great destination for a luxury travel Peru holiday.
Number 4. Travel south from Cusco by bus or train and arrive of the lakeside town of Puno. Puno is famous for Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in Peru and South America, the lake is not only beautiful, but is the home of Uros islands. These islands are made completely of reeds that grow locally on the lake. Every six months the local people put a new layer of reeds giving the island a spongy sensation when you walk on them. For hundreds of years the Eros people have lived on the islands, legend has it that the people made the islands to escape warring tribes on the mainland. The people live a peaceful existence making a living from tourism and fishing. The people also make their houses and boats they use to get from the island to island out of the same reeds. A fun adventure for the children, defiantly not to be missed on your luxury travel South America holiday.
Number 5. For the nature loving family, travel to the Peruvian Amazon, a short flight from Cusco. You will arrive in the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, where you travel on one of the many rivers until you reach one of the jungle lodges located in the area. Most of the lodges offer walking tours through the jungle with the guides explaining the plants and their purposes. You will see many varieties of animals on your jungle adventure and the children will have fun exploring and learning about the jungle.
Number 6. When you arrive into Peru on your luxury travel South American holiday you will arrive into Lima, the capital of Peru. In years gone by Lima had a bad reputation as being dangerous but in recent years the city has changed and now has many interesting things to attract the family to spend a few days in the capital. There are ancient ruins to visit as well as the center of the city with its Spanish colonial buildings which house the government of Peru. Heading to the seaside suburb of Miraflores where you will find the Larco Mar, a building filled with shops and restaurants built in the side of the cliff. Close to the center of Lima is the Parque de las Aguas, make sure you visit at night to see the spectacular light and water show every night after dark. Now world famous for its cuisine, Lima will not disappoint your taste buds.
So as you can see Peru is the perfect destination for a fabulous family holiday, filled with fascinating sites to visit and enjoy with the family.