If you are planning a trip with children, Peru offers several plans to visit them as a family: museums, visiting floating islands or awesome light and water shows.
We have compiled a guide for families who are going to travel to Peru with children, in which we have included what we consider are the 5 best plans, places and activities to visit in Peru if we travel accompanied by children. Let’s hope you enjoy it.
Things to do with kids in Peru
1. Lodge on a floating islands of the Lake Titicaca
The islands of Lake Titicaca are famous for their beauty and traditions dating from pre-Columbian times. Currently, there are organized tours to visit the main islands of Lake: Uros Islands or Taquile Island.
The floating island of Uros, was built by totora, floating reeds that grow in the lake. The totora is the essential raw material of the Uros, they use it to make houses, boats and crafts. The origin of the floating islands of the Uros is due to the fact that they were built to isolate and defend themselves against the more combative tribes.
Taquile Island, an island of small dimensions, inhabited by 2,000 people. The language used is Quechua, and its inhabitants are governed by a code of conduct that states: «You shall not steal, you shall not lie and do not be lazy».
Both are good options to travel with children and to deepen both the culture and the tradition of these peoples. It is recommended to stay in a private home and experience at firsthand account how a village lives without luxuries, cars, hotels or latest technologies. An unforgettable experience for children.
2. Make chocolate at the Choco Museum (Lima or Cusco)
A museum where we will learn about the history of chocolate, from ancient times of the Mayans to the present.
The museum has several rooms where visitors will know about different topics such as: History and nature of chocolate, Cocoa in Peru, Children’s Museum and La Fábrica. The latter offers a series of courses for visitors to learn the technique and manufacture their own chocolate.
Available in several languages is a highly recommended and very fun experience to be done in family.
3. Visit the magic circuit of water in Lima
One of the most highlights places to visit for both the tourist and the local visitor. The Magic Circuit of Water has 13 interactive sources that offer a show of light, music, water and laser effects.
The Fountain of Fantasy is the cornerstone of the show. With a height of 120 meters it offers a show that combines lasers, colors, waterfalls with pop and Creole music.
In 2009 the Magical Water Circuit won the Guinness Record for the highest Fountain Complex in the World in a public park.
4. The planetarium of Cusco
The planetarium is an ideal place to visit with kids. Probably is the best choice to learn about the relationship of the Incas with astronomy. The visitor will understand the vision of the city of Cuzco through the stars and how the Incas understood the stars and the cosmos. Both children and adults will enjoy this incredible, interesting and educational experience.
5. The Electricity Museum in Barranco – Lima
A less known choice than the previous ones but just as recommendable is the Electricity Museum in Barranco. The museum houses a wide collection of machines, models and electrical equipment that show the history of energy development in the country. In addition, you can visit it for free.