10 Fantastic Family Activities in Peru
Peru is a land of great wonders and beauty for visitors of all ages, but especially so for little ones for whom the magic is all the more alluring. Families visiting the Andean nation will find themselves spoilt for choice when it comes to fun and adventurous activities to make the most of their stay here, and children will also be warmly welcomed by a society that will always put family first. For some action-packed and eye-opening experiences that can be enjoyed by the young and the young at heart, this South American country has a great deal more to offer than you might expect.
White Water Rafting
In places the Urubamba River can be unsafe for beginners, but fortunately there is also a range of companies offering to take groups rafting to different levels of intensity, so children can join in the fun too. As well as being an adrenaline-fueled adventure to enjoy with the family, the Urubamba River also makes its way through the stunningly beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, a place of unparalleled scenery. Most rafting sites are near to Urubamba town, which is located around one and a quarter hour’s drive from Cusco.
Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary
When it comes to wildlife, Peru has a great biodiversity and animal species unique to this part of the world. For both children and adults, encounters with weird and wonderful creatures is an enjoyable learning experience that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to this country. The Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and recovery of endangered or poorly treated animals, offering tours to visitors for the purposes of raising awareness. Here you can see the endangered Andean condor, vicuñas, alpacas, pumas and, of course, llamas. Shuttles are available to the sanctuary from Cusco for a two hour journey.
Originally by the name Intikancha, Qorikancha was one of the most important Incan temples and festooned with gold, though it was looted and replaced by the Santo Domingo church and convent. The original Incan stonework remains at the base of the colonial buildings, and is still an impressive example of Incan architecture. The site is a mix of Incan and colonial remains which provide for an interesting history lesson and insight into local cultures. Qorikancha can be conveniently found in the centre of Cusco.