A Family Affair

Family travel is on the rise, as more and more families are choosing to use their vacation time to reconnect with loved ones in exciting destinations. Experts and parents alike are choosing travel over more traditional reunions for increased engagement across all generations. Parents realize that some of the most important lessons for their children can only be taught outside the classroom.

When the entire family can synchronize schedules to get the same week to two weeks free for a grand trip, we hope that the “where and how to go” is the least of their worries.

Peru makes a dream family destination for a variety of reasons, some not as obvious as others. Of course, Machu Picchu is a bucket list experience, and one that is just as exciting for the youngsters, who feel about one step away from Indiana Jones, as it is for grandma and grandpa. While Machu Picchu may be the highlight, the country is full of experiences that are exciting for all ages. With a bit of creative planning, differences in levels of mobility can be easily overcome as well. For example, if parents and their teenage children would like to hike one of the guardian mountain peaks overlooking Machu Picchu, but the grandparents are not up to it, it is a quick fix to arrange a special breakfast for the grandparents and a guide to coordinate and bring them to the bottom of the hike just as the rest of the family is descending, in time to explore the ruins as one. If the family would like to actually hike to Machu Picchu along the iconic Inca Trail, a guide would accompany the grandparents on the train while the rest of the family treks. The family would meet that evening for a celebratory dinner in the shadow of Machu Picchu, and plan their investigation of the ruins the next day.

For some, it is the secondary sites and activities that may not have been the inspiration for visiting Peru, but end up being their most cherished days. Bicycling between ruins and villages is a day that must be lived to be believed. Between ancient feats of amazing human ingenuity, fascinating living cultures and sites of breath-taking natural beauty, it seems unreal that all of this exists so close together a bicycle can connect the points. For the those that feel more comfortable on four wheels rather than two, vehicle support fuels their itinerary. The two parties’ cross paths throughout the day to lunch and explore sites together, but a few extra surprises along the way for the travellers in the vehicle, while the rest of the family gets their workout.

Another bucket list destination that may be often overlooked is an extension into the Amazon rainforest. Although the Amazon basin is largely associated with other South American countries, the mighty river actually originates in Peru, and this is where you have the best infrastructure and opportunities for exploring in style. One of several cruises whisk families through the Avatar-like landscape, offering a myriad of excursion options throughout the day and night. Again, the more active of the gang can opt for special methods of transportation, like searching for howler monkeys from a paddleboard, while those who prefer a sturdier seat can follow in a skiff. At the end of the day, the intimate and exotic setting is the ideal atmosphere for creating lifelong cherished memories.

The options for family travel in Peru could fill an itinerary for a sabbatical, and there is something for everyone and all mobility levels. For one to two weeks, it will be hard to go wrong in a country where the food, the history, the living culture and natural beauty, are some of the most enticing and inviting in the world.

To plan your unique, individually tailored Peru itinerary, contact the Peru Empire Company at or call +51-1-700-5100 or, if you are in the US, 1-347-713-7030/34.

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