13 Things You Can Do With Kids in Peru

© Jonathan Hood / Flickr
© Jonathan Hood / Flickr
Photo of Brandon Dupre
7 July 2017

Don’t think about ditching your kids when you plan your Peruvian excursion. Peru offers exciting adventures for the entire family. Check out our guide to Peru’s family fun.

Chocolate Museum

Cacao Fruit and Seeds
Cacao Fruit and Seeds | © Shriram Rajagopalan / Flickr
What could be more fun than making your own chocolate and then eating it? Head to the Choco Museo in Miraflores and join one of its tours, or just hang out in the cafe and enjoy all the varieties of chocolate on offer. Choco Museo is an excellent hands-on experience for the entire family.

Cycle along the boardwalk in Miraflores

The Malecón in Miraflores is one of the most beautiful stretches of boardwalk anywhere in the world. Situated on top of a cliffside, you get unobstructed and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The boardwalk winds its way through Miraflores’ pristine gardens, skate park and soccer courts. Rent a bike at one of the bike rental locations along the Malecón and enjoy ride. If the sun is out, make sure to catch the sunset.

Malecón, Miraflore, Lima, Peru

Water Park

El Circuito Mágico del Agua does not have any water slides, but it has plenty of water fun for everyone. Cool down by running over the timed water fountain that shoots up from the ground or run through the water bridge. Make sure to bring a towel because the kids will get soaked and you’ll want to stay until nightfall for the water light show. There is also a train ride that takes kids around the park. This might be the best way to spend a hot day in Lima.

El Circuito Magico del Agua, Jr. Madre de Dios, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru +51 (01) 3310353

Machu Picchu

This is a must-visit for all ages. No matter how old you are, you’ll be blown away by the spectacular sight of these ruins. Kids may not want to do the Inca Trail because of its lengthy duration and the absence of good cell phone service, but train and bus services make getting to the famous Inca ruins fairly simple.

Beaches in the North of Peru

Heading to the beaches and playing in the surf is fun for all ages. With nearly year-long sun, head to Mancora where you’ll find a lively beach city with plenty of fun for the family, whether learning to surf, enjoying a spa or just having a lazy day hanging out at the beach.


Like Machu Picchu, Cusco is such an amazingly beautiful place that kids of all ages will be fascinated by the people and the buildings. Simply walking the streets will keep the whole family entertained.

Sand dune surfing

After you’ve practiced surfing in the water, take your new-found skills to the sand. You wont get tossed around by a rogue wave, but you might fall down a dune or two – at least it’s only sand. Three hours south of Lima lies the small desert oasis town of Huacachina, surrounded by sand dunes. Take off on a dune buggy and enjoy the sand surfing.

Huacachina, Peru

Explore Lake Titicaca

This place is like something out of movie and will surely be different to anything your kids have ever seen. Use it as an opportunity to teach them about ancient civilizations and the diversity of the world. Heading to the islands built of reeds is a must and will certainly captivate the kids.

Jungle expedition

It doesn’t get any more adventurous than hiking through the Amazon jungle and enjoying its biodiversity. Hike through the thick forest of the Amazon or take a boat cruise to find pink dolphins, monkeys, exotic birds and, just maybe, a jaguar. Spotting the exotic animals and biodiversity will offer day-long activities for you and the kids.

Zip-Lining in the Sacred Valley

Not too far outside Cusco you can go zip-lining through the Incas’ sacred valley. This offers you and your kids exhilarating racing fun and an adrenaline-packed day.

Rafting the Urubamba River

This is not one for the faint-hearted. Companies offer adrenaline-seekers a chance to raft the Urubamba river, which will provide an unforgettable event for the entire family. While there are some more intense options for rafting here, you will certainly be able to find a spot that is suitable for everyone.

Urubamba, Cusco, Peru

Paraglide over Miraflores

At the Miraflores boardwalk you can paraglide over the upscale beach city and the Pacific Ocean. If the sun is out, you’ll have a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and Lima’s beach neighborhoods. Expect to pay around $70 for 10 minutes.

Horseback riding

You can horseback ride just about everywhere in Peru, from beaches to Inca ruins. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Peru in this relaxing and traditional way.

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