In our opinion, few experiences can exceed the joy of traveling with one’s family. Undertake a new adventure, discover a new land and create an indelible bond between each one of you – and what better place than in Peru?
Did you know that Cuzco’s streets are aligned with the formations created by the stars at particular times of the year? An urban walk or bike ride through the by-lanes of Cuzco reveals many little nuances of this fascinating city…and a little activity earns you a few brownie points to visit the Chocolate Museum – always a hit with the little ones! Mountain biking can be a fun interlude to the cultural attractions of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Rolling countryside landscapes make for a terrific day of riding out and visiting the ruins and ancient sites in the region.
Hike through the town of Ollantaytambo – the cobble-stoned streets and stone ruins provide a fascinating window into Peru’s ancient past and then relax during the afternoon with a fun session on Peruvian arts and crafts – some of which have been created by local children from the surrounding regions. Equestrians can enjoy some delightful horse-back riding across the Alpaca ranches of Peru. Horses are a great way to explore some of Peru’s smaller trails, nooks and crannies, and take you a step beyond where vehicles venture.
Trek to the source of the Amazon River in the canyon region. A little more off-beat and adventurous but all the more rewarding for it, these steep and gorgeous canyons are among the deepest in the world! If you’re up for a wild ride and want to get your adrenaline pumping then river-rafting on the Apurimac is a great way to get your pulse racing – but not for the faint hearted. For a gentler ride, Peru offers several river-rafting opportunities such as those on the Urubamba river.
Peru is a haven for water lovers. Sea kayaking on Lake Titicaca or surfing the breaks at Chicama, or taking a leisurely swim off the Pacific coast – Peru’s waterways can be a fun detour on a family trip. A boat ride out to the Islas Ballestas (Peru’s alternative to the Galapagos) is a great way to explore the country’s bio-diversity. Speaking of which – we cannot fail to mention that a trip to one of our national parks. Wildlife is one of the most unique ways to create a family bond of a lifetime. What is more special than seeing a mama monkey with her babies, or a family of newly hatched turtles in the middle of nature. Leave your urban life behind and teach your child the ways of the jungle as you explore the rich rainforests and cloud forests of Peru.
We can’t think of any better way to top off a family journey than with a hike up the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu. Hike or take a train ride to the top – and find yourself amid the abode of the sun-gods at the top of the world as you see it through the eyes of the ones you love. Return home feeling blessed, invigorated and united in your experience.
Titicaca is a place shrouded in mysticism. Even the origins of its name are somewhat obscure. According to Andean folklore, it’s the birthplace of the sun and it certainly seems believable when you are standing beneath its brilliant blue sky on the shores of the world’s highest navigable lake, as it stretches infinitely between Peru and Bolivia.
Wisdom is to live in the present, plan for the future and profit from the past. -- unknown
Greenpeace’s controversial message “Time for Change! The Future is Renewable,” which they conveyed to the world in large cloth letters posted at the Hummingbird geoglyph of the Nazcas in Peru draws more criticism than acclaim. The Nazca Lines are a protected area and an unauthorized invasion purely to garner media attention without thought to the environment and sentiments of those who hold the area sacred, was unwarranted.
But the message is more poignant to Peru than most people realize. Peru, as we know it today, has seen many civilizations rise and fall, and the desert culture of the Nazca was among these – one of the most enigmatic civilizations ever to exist in human history. Who were these people, and how did their civilization die out so completely that these shallow trails that run through the arid desert soil are the only traces left of their existence?
Step out onto the Malécon, the oceanfront promenade along the waterfront, or to the Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, for an early morning stroll or run, as the city wakes up. Catch the early morning surfers as they brave the waves, while the sun rises over Lima, or simply stop to smell the flowers – literally. Miraflores translates to “look at the flowers!” Step across the Diagonal to Café Haiti, a well-entrenched haunt of Lima’s literati, with its bamboo chairs and café alfresco, for a healthy dose of early morning Hierba Luisa.
I'd rather be a forest than a street.
Yes I would
If I could, I surely would.
I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes I would
If I only could, I surely would.
- El Condor Pasa – Simon and Garfunkel
According to Andean legend, the Condor, is a messenger of the Sun God – a powerful deity for the Incas. The Incas were a deeply spiritual people and the name of their capital, Cusco, came from the Quechua word “quosco” which means navel – for they believed that their empire existed at the center of the world. They may not have been all that misguided, for Cusco, at 11500 feet, lies within the Sacred Valley, whose magnetic field is believed to be one of the major energy centers of the world.