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Peru tours can be an excellent choice for children interested in history, culture, wildlife, and sightseeing. Some offer high intensity multi-sport adventures while others have a relaxed, unstructured pace. These tours generally fall into three categories- sightseeing excursions, hiking tours, and rainforest adventures.

Sightseeing excursions:
These tours (Machu Picchu by TrainPanoramic PeruIslands and Incas) can be a great choice for kids of most ages. The excursions are educational and give families the chance to try new foods, see amazing sites, and stay in small, bed and breakfast style hotels that each has a distinctive flavor. Since the primary focus of these tours is sightseeing, they are not a good choice for young children who can be easily bored, crave high intensity activities, or have rigid schedules/ food preferences, etc.

Hiking tours:
These tours (Machu Picchu PilgrimageInca PathwaysCordillera Blanca TrekSalcantayCachicatta TrekAusangate Trek) all include a challenging multi-day trek. They can be a great choice for older children and teenagers who enjoy hiking and camping. Prepare your family by planning weekend day hikes or overnight camping trips before you begin your Peru travel. Keep in mind that although the distances hiked each day are not especially long (6 to 9 miles typically), the altitude of these treks may make it feel almost twice as difficult as the same distance at home. Each traveler should bring a daypack with essentials such as a camera, waterproof jacket, water bottle, and snacks.

Amazon Rainforest tours:
(Wild TambopataManu BiosphereManco MultisportPeru Amazon Extension). These adventures are a great choice for families interested in wildlife and nature. Adventure Life offers a variety of rainforest tours, each with a distinctly different flavor. In general, our Peru rainforest tours tend to be better options for older children, as these lodges are particularly remote with long transfers and relatively rustic accommodations. Though Sacha Lodge (in Ecuador) is probably the best option for younger kids, children of all ages with an interest in wildlife and the outdoors are certainly welcome on our Peru Amazon tours as well. Our shorter Peru Amazon Extension is also a great choice for younger children as the lodge is less rustic, transfers are much shorter, and this extension can be as short as 2-3 days (a nice option for kids with limited attention spans!).

By contrast, Tambopata Research Center and Manu Wildlife Center are decidedly more remote and rustic. These lodges have no electricity (kerosene lighting), shared bathrooms, and longer travel times (Tambopata is located 8 hours downriver). Their remote locations offer the very best opportunities to view rainforest wildlife in their natural environment. These tours are an excellent choice for the families who enjoy getting away from modern distractions and want a pure "back to nature" experience.

For all Amazon options, the weather can commonly include heat, humidity, and rain during your stay. Please pack appropriately and don't forget the insect repellant!
Trip NameMin. AgeComments
Discover Peru (9 Day)6
Classic Inca Trail (10 Day)1026 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Panoramic Peru (16 Day)6Cultural focus, some longer transfers, simple homestay
Incas and Rainforest (10 Day)10Multi day trek, simple homestay, and camping - best for older kids and active families
Islands and Incas (16 Day)6Cultural and wildlife focus
Machu Picchu by Train (7 Day)6Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Manco Multisport (12 Day)12Vigorous multisport activities, and remote homestays make this tour a great choice for families with older children.
Cordillera Blanca Trek (10 Day)12Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Ausangate Trek (10 Day)12Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Salkantay Trek (12 Day)12Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Manu Explorer (8 Day)10Remote Amazon adventure with some long transfers and simple camps. Best for older children.
Cachiccata Trek (10 Day)10Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Amazon Explorer (6 Day)10Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Manco Multisport (8 Day)12Vigorous multisport activities make this tour a great choice for families with older children.
Ancient Kingdoms (12 Day)6Culturally focused tour with plenty of sightseeing. Some longer transfers.
Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu (12 Day)1317 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Candelaria Festival in Puno (4 Day)6Cultural focus
Machu Picchu by Train with Luxury Hotels (7 Day)6Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Urubamba River Whitewater Rafting (2 Day)12Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Arequipa & Colca Canyon with Homestay (4 Day)6Cultural focus, some longer transfers, simple homestay
Amazon Lodge Extension (4 Day)6Wildlife focus with relatively short transfers.
Sacred Valley Community Clean-Up (2 Day)10Volunteer service project in local community that focuses on trash clean-up, recycling, and composting.
Andean Multisport (7 Day)12Multisport trip with mountain biking and whitewater rafting. Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water.
Andean Multisport with Machu Picchu (9 Day)12Multisport trip with mountain biking and whitewater rafting. Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water.
Machu Picchu by Train (4 Day)6Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Paracas and Nazca (3 Day)6Cultural focus, some longer transfers
Arequipa & Colca Canyon (4 Day)6Cultural focus, some longer transfers
Lake Titicaca with Homestay (4 Day)6Cultural focus, simple homestay
Lake Titicaca Kayaking (5 Day)12Full day sea kayaking, cultural focus, homestay
Sacred Valley Home Restoration (4 Day)12Multi-day volunteer service project in local community that focuses on home restoration in Andean community.
Inca Trail Express (5 Day)1026 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Panoramic Peru with Luxury Hotels (16 Day)6Cultural focus and longer transfers.
Islands of Lake Titicaca (3 Day)6Cultural focus
Lake Titicaca at Titilaka Lodge (3 Day)6Cultural focus, activities customized for various interests
Sacred Valley Group Service Project (5 Day)12Multi-day volunteer service project in local community that focuses on home restoration, native tree planting, and visiting school in Andean community.
Cachiccata Group Service Project with Machu Picchu (10 Day)12Multi-day volunteer service project in local community that focuses on home restoration, native tree planting, and visiting school in Andean community.
Candelaria Festival in Puno with Homestay (5 Day)6Cultural focus, simple homestay
Inti Raymi Festival (8 Day)6Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Inti Raymi + Inca Trail (11 Day)1026 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Chachapoyas Discovery (9 Day)10Good trip for older kids due to remote locations, hiking, horseback riding, and longer transfers on rough roads.
Hike Chachapoyas (5 Day)10Good trip for older kids due to remote locations, hiking, horseback riding, and longer transfers on rough roads.
Cordillera Blanca Backcountry Trek (14 Day)12Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Machu Picchu by Train with 4 Star Hotels (7 Day)6Cultural focus - excellent sightseeing option
Luxury Inca Trail (10 Day)1026 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
South America Grand (34 Day)6
Holiday 2016 Machu Picchu by Train (7 Day)6Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Cusco Half Day Mountain Biking ( Day)10
Maras and Moray Mountain Biking ( Day)6
Inca Pathways (13 Day)1026 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Sacred Valley Mountain Biking ( Day)6
Native Tree Planting ( Day)6
Healthy Breakfast ( Day)6
Door to Door Hygiene ( Day)6
Pachar to Cachiccata Mountain Biking ( Day)6
Vilcanota-Urubamba River Whitewater Rafting ( Day)6
Upper Vilcanota-Chuquicahauna Whitewater Rafting ( Day)6
Chacan Rainbow Temple and Cusilluchayoc Ruins Hike ( Day)6
Huchuyqosqo Hike ( Day)6
Ollantaytambo - Cachiccata Quarry Hike ( Day)6
Andean Horseback Riding ( Day)6
Peruvian Paso Fino Horseback Riding - Half Day ( Day)6
Peruvian Paso Fino Horseback Riding ( Day)6
Via Ferrata and Zipline ( Day)7
Lima City ( Day)6
Lima's Gold ( Day)6
Larco Herrera and Archaeological ( Day)6
Archaeological Museum and Lima ( Day)6
The Pachacamac Citadel ( Day)6
Kayaking Uros Floating Islands ( Day)6
Kayaking Puno - Uros and Taquile ( Day)6
Mountain Bike to Sillustani Ruins ( Day)6
Mountain Bike to Titicaca Valley ( Day)6
Horseback Riding to Sillustani Ruins ( Day)6
Skylodge Adventure (2 Day)6

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