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An Unforgettable Family Adventure: Exploring the Wonders of Peru with Kids

Updated: Jun 17, 2023

Join us on an extraordinary journey as we share our incredible family adventure through Peru. From the vibrant streets of Lima to the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu and the awe-inspiring Amazon Rainforest, Peru offered us a kaleidoscope of experiences that captivated both young and old. In this detailed guide, we'll take you through our family-friendly itinerary, showcasing the best hotels, delightful dining experiences, and must-visit attractions that made our trip truly unforgettable. Let our story inspire your own family adventure in Peru.

Exploring Lima - A Vibrant Capital City Family.

Family-Friendly Stay in Lima: The Belmond Miraflores park

Our adventure began in Lima, the bustling capital of Peru. We chose to stay in the family-friendly district of Miraflores, known for its safety and stunning ocean views. The Belmond Miraflores park Hotel became our cozy home away from home. This elegant hotel provided a perfect blend of comfort and sophistication. The spacious rooms offered stunning ocean views. The spacious rooms and modern amenities provided the perfect retreat after a day of exploring. Plus, the hotel's central location in the vibrant Miraflores district allowed us to explore the city's attractions with ease.

Must-Visit Attraction in Lima: Larco Museum in Miraflores

Lima, the vibrant capital city of Peru, is brimming with must-visit attractions that captivate visitors with its rich history, diverse culture, and culinary delights. One of the top attractions that should not be missed is the historic district of Lima.

Stepping into the historic district is like stepping back in time. Known as the "City of Kings," Lima's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases stunning colonial architecture, beautifully preserved churches, and charming plazas. Stroll along the cobbled streets and marvel at the grandeur of Plaza Mayor, the main square, which is surrounded by iconic landmarks such as the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Lima Cathedral.

Exploring the historic district also offers the opportunity to visit fascinating museums that showcase Peru's rich cultural heritage. The Museo de la Nacion provides a comprehensive overview of Peru's ancient civilizations. One of the highlights of our time in Lima was our visit to the Larco Museum in Miraflores. This remarkable museum houses a vast collection of artifacts from ancient Peru, including captivating pottery and mesmerizing mummies. The kiddo was fascinated by the stories of the Inca civilization and their ingenious ways of life. The museum truly brought history to life and left us with a deeper appreciation for Peru's rich cultural heritage.

Delightful Dining Experience in Lima

When it came to dining in Lima, El Mercado Restaurant stole our hearts. The warm ambiance and diverse menu made it the perfect place for a family-friendly dining experience. We indulged in fresh seafood dishes, savoring the iconic ceviche and trying the flavorsome lomo saltado. The friendly staff and attention to detail made our visit truly memorable.

In Miraflores with The Traveler Butterfly

The Historic Charm of Cusco

Family-Friendly Stay in Cusco: Novotel Cusco

Leaving Lima behind, we embarked on a journey to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. The Novotel Cusco became our family-friendly haven, offering a comfortable stay and a central location that allowed us to explore the city with ease. We were welcomed with warm hospitality, and the hotel staff went above and beyond to ensure our stay was enjoyable.

Must-Visit Attraction in Cusco: Cusco Cathedral and Inca Museum

In Cusco, we immersed ourselves in the fascinating history of the Inca civilization. We visited the Cusco Cathedral, a magnificent architectural marvel that left us in awe of its intricate artwork and religious artifacts. The nearby Inca Museum further deepened our understanding of the Inca culture through its captivating exhibits. Loreva was enthralled by the stories of the ancient empire and their ingenious engineering feats.

Delightful Dining Experience in Cusco: Papachos Burger Bar.

To satisfy our taste buds in Cusco, we made our way to Papachos Burger Bar. This family-friendly restaurant offered gourmet burgers with a Peruvian twist. From the mouthwatering Andean burger to the flavorful sweet potato fries, every bite was a burst of deliciousness. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff made it a hit with both kids and adults.

In Cusco with the Travelerbutterfly

A Marvelous Journey to Machu Picchu

Family-Friendly Stay near Machu Picchu: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to the legendary Machu Picchu. We marveled at this enigmatic wonder as we explored the ancient ruins. To enhance our experience, we chose to stay at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, nestled amidst stunning natural surroundings. The warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and breathtaking views made our stay truly exceptional.

Must-Visit Attraction: Exploring the Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu

As we hiked through the lush trails surrounding Machu Picchu, we were immersed in the beauty of nature. The guided tour provided fascinating insights into the history and significance of this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stepping foot into the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu was a moment that took our breath away. As we stood atop the mist-covered mountains, surrounded by towering stone structures and lush greenery, we couldn't help but feel a deep sense of wonder and awe. The intricate craftsmanship and architectural brilliance of the Inca civilization were on full display, with every stone carefully placed to withstand the test of time. Exploring the ancient city, we were transported back in time, imagining the lives of those who once called this place home. The panoramic views of the Andean peaks and the sacred Intihuatana stone added to the mystical atmosphere. Machu Picchu truly is a must-visit attraction that leaves an indelible mark on your soul, an experience that connects you to the ancient past and fills you with a profound appreciation for human ingenuity and the power of nature

The highlight of our visit was witnessing the majestic Andean condors soar through the skies, a sight that left us breathless and etched in our memories forever.

Delightful Dining Experience near Machu Picchu: The Tree House Restaurant

To satisfy our cravings after a day of exploration, we dined at The Tree House Restaurant, located near Machu Picchu. This hidden gem offered a blend of Peruvian and international flavors in a unique treetop setting. The delectable dishes, attentive service, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains made it a truly enchanting dining experience for our family.

The Enchanting Amazon Rainforest

Family-Friendly Stay in the Amazon: Posada Amazonas Lodge

Leaving the mountains behind, we ventured into the Amazon Rainforest, a nature lover's paradise. Our home in the rainforest was the family-friendly Posada Amazonas Lodge, which provided comfortable accommodations and immersive activities for the whole family. We embarked on guided rainforest hikes, where our knowledgeable guides introduced us to the incredible biodiversity and fascinating wildlife that called the Amazon home.

Must-Visit Attraction in the Amazon: Guided Rainforest Hikes and Wildlife Encounters

In the enchanting Amazon Rainforest, we were captivated by its natural beauty and astounding biodiversity. The guided rainforest hikes and wildlife encounters stood out as a must-do experience. Led by knowledgeable guides, we embarked on exhilarating hikes through lush trails, where we discovered the region's diverse flora and fauna. The guides shared valuable insights about medicinal plants and their cultural significance.

As we ventured deeper, our senses were awakened by the symphony of nature—the melodious calls of birds, buzzing insects, and gentle rustling leaves. We marveled at the intricate network of life, from vibrant orchids to playful monkeys swinging overhead.

The wildlife encounters were truly remarkable. Guided by experts, we glimpsed colorful macaws soaring through the sky and observed river otters frolicking in crystal-clear waters. Though elusive, the knowledge that jaguars roamed freely added to the allure.

The guides enlightened us about animal behavior and the importance of maintaining the rainforest ecosystem. This profound connection with nature instilled a deep appreciation for conservation, inspiring us to protect these extraordinary creatures and their habitats.

Trekking through the Amazon Rainforest was a humbling and awe-inspiring adventure. The guided hikes and wildlife encounters left an indelible mark on our hearts, fueling a lasting passion for preserving this remarkable corner of the world

Delightful Dining Experience in the Amazon: Chuncho Lodge Restaurant

The Chuncho Lodge Restaurant became our culinary haven in the Amazon. Surrounded by the sounds of nature, we savored authentic Amazonian cuisine, including mouthwatering grilled fish and exotic fruits. The restaurant's commitment to sustainability and supporting local communities added to the overall experience, making it a true hidden gem in the heart of the rainforest.

Arequipa and the Highland Adventure

Family-Friendly Stay in Arequipa: Casa Andina Premium Arequipa

Our final stop was Arequipa, a city nestled in the highlands of Peru. We chose to stay at Casa Andina Premium Arequipa, a family-friendly hotel that combined modern comforts with traditional charm. The central location allowed us to explore the city's vibrant markets, colonial architecture, and the breathtaking Colca Canyon.

Must-Visit Attraction in Arequipa: Colca Canyon and Santa Catalina Monastery

We embarked on an unforgettable adventure to the Colca Canyon, where we witnessed the power and beauty of nature. The sight of condors gliding majestically over the canyon's deep gorges left us in awe of their magnificence. We also explored the Santa Catalina Monastery, a fascinating historical site that provided a glimpse into the lives of nuns during colonial times.

Delightful Dining Experience in Arequipa: Zig Zag Restaurant

In the charming city of Arequipa, we had the pleasure of experiencing a delightful dining experience at Zig Zag Restaurant. Nestled amidst the historic streets, this culinary gem captured our hearts with its exquisite blend of flavors and warm ambiance.

Zig Zag Restaurant in Arequipa is a culinary haven that captures the essence of Peruvian cuisine. With its impeccable service, innovative dishes, and inviting ambiance, it is a must-visit for any food enthusiast. Our dining experience there was a true delight, leaving us with cherished memories of a remarkable culinary journey in the heart of Arequipa.

Loreva in Cuzco

To conclude our Peruvian journey, we returned to Lima for a fond farewell. The Swissôtel Lima became our family-friendly haven, offering luxurious accommodations and a range of amenities to ensure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. We took the opportunity to explore the vibrant Barranco neighborhood, known for its colorful streets, bohemian atmosphere, and stunning ocean views. Barranco offers a vibrant arts scene with numerous galleries, theaters, and live music venues. Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) and soak in the artistic charm of this bohemian neighborhood.

Our culinary adventure in Lima reached its peak at La Mar Cebichería, a renowned seafood restaurant. The fresh ceviche, bursting with flavors, was a true highlight of our dining experience. We also indulged in other seafood delicacies, such as tiradito and causa, immersing ourselves in the diverse and mouthwatering Peruvian cuisine.

Our family adventure in Peru was nothing short of extraordinary. From the bustling streets of Lima to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the enchanting Amazon Rainforest, Peru offered us a blend of history, culture, and natural wonders that captivated our hearts. The family-friendly accommodations, delightful dining experiences, and must-visit attractions made our journey even more special. As you plan your own family adventure to Peru, we hope our detailed experiences inspire you to create lifelong memories with your loved ones. Embrace the magic of Peru and let its wonders unfold before your eyes.

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