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Peru

Our verdict:

Have your kids ever wondered what Paddington Bear’s home was like? Marmalade sandwiches are pretty thin on the ground, but what you do get is a fantastic adventure destination for families, jam-packed with condor-spotting in Colca Canyon, a train ride to Machu Picchu and a boat trip to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.

Recommended tour operator: Dehouche

Dehouche says

A British company located in Latin America, we combine extensive insider knowledge with the highest level of service that will take you right to the heart of the Peruvian experience.

  • luxury hotels
  • see Machu Picchu
  • trip of a lifetime

Over 100 years on from Hiram Bingham’s epic discovery of Machu Picchu, this is the time to delve into one of the world’s most fascinating lost civilisations and marvel at Peru’s breathtaking landscape. You’ll also relish a diverse range of outdoor pursuits, sure to set the entire family’s hearts and minds racing.

Begin your family adventure in a private villa, part of a stunning nature lodge set in the heart of the Colca Canyon. Witness the cruise of the condor, ride bikes across a landscape of giant cacti and sip hot chocolate whilst star gazing.

Then head slowly by train up to magnificent Machu Picchu where your private guide will explain to you the mysteries of this lost civilisation, before spending a few days roaming the surrounding sacred valley. Make sure you are up early to bottle feed baby alpacas, then horse-ride through the rolling hills and tackle river rapids, before trying your hand at Peruvian treats during a cooking class.

Finally, board a luxurious train to a wonderful hotel set upon the world’s highest navigable lake. Discover why Lake Titicaca is sacred to the Andean people and ride by boat through reeds to visit the floating islands of the mysterious pre-Incan Uros people, whose local children will share their stories with yours.

Pampering spa treatments at each property will ensure mum has a well deserved rest after days jam packed with activities.

Find out more about our family adventures in Peru, made even more accessible now with British Airways introducing thrice-weekly flights. Also see the best time to visit Peru.

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