G turns 13 next year so we are researching family trips. I am dying to go to the Amazon, so I researched and put together pointers for the family.
Peru, Here We Come?
A holiday in Peru offers a huge variety of destinations, whether you wish to explore the rainforest, wander round ancient cities or relax on the beach – or a combination of all three!
If you’re not sure of what route to take through this magnificent country, try checking out the various luxury South America tours on offer to see the different tried-and-tested route options.
Researching popular routes is a great way to help draw up an itinerary and make sure that you don’t miss out on any must-see destinations in this awe-inspiring country.
The Amazon Rainforest
If you’re planning on visiting the Amazon jungle it’s important to go at the right time of year. Rainy season is generally from November to June and dry season July to November. The best time to plan your trip, though, is May or June – midway between the two seasons.
Wondering how long to stay in the jungle? Most people will dedicate a week or so to their Amazon adventure. Between transfers to and from the jungle you will end up with 5 full days in the rainforest – a good amount of time to discover what the Amazon is all about.
Once you make it to the jungle there are also a few options in terms of tours and accommodation. You can choose to stay at one of the many jungle lodges available in the rainforest – staying here will allow you to relax surrounded by some home comforts after a day of adventuring.
Some tour companies offer a night of camping in the forest if you’re looking to sleep under the leafy canopy, but beware, this is not for the faint hearted! Another option is to take a riverboat which stops along the way for day excursions to the rainforest.
Whichever way you choose to experience it the Amazon rainforest is definitely worth a visit as part of your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Once you’re finished exploring the Amazon don’t make plans to laze around for too long, as there is still so much to explore in Peru. Just a few hours from the tropical rainforest is the Andes mountain range.
With such a drastic change of scenery you’ll probably find it hard to believe that you’re still in the same country! The Andes has so much to offer, even if you are not the trekking type, as there are many towns and cities nestled in the mountains that are not to be missed on your trip to Peru.
A trip to South America is not complete without visiting the world-renowned city of Cusco. This city is the gateway to Machu Picchu so it’s no wonder that it attracts millions of tourists each year. If you are travelling through Cusco to get to Machu Picchu be sure to leave a few days extra to explore the city first. The market-lined streets where locals sell traditional wares are the perfect place to wander around and pick up some souvenirs to take home to friends and family.
Within walking distance of Cusco lies the Sacred Valley. Saqsaywaman for example is a popular Inca ruin that visitors can visit free of charge if they choose to make their own way there. And if you don’t feel up to walking there are plenty of tour operators that offer bus transfers to the ruins. While you’re there be sure to take a selfie with ‘Cristo Blanco’, Peru’s answer to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
Onto Machu Picchu, probably one of the main reasons you have made a trip to Peru in the first place! The ancient citadel is sure not to disappoint.
There are so many options for getting to Machu Picchu. If trekking for days doesn’t sound like your type of holiday, then opt for the train that takes you from Cusco to Aguas Caliantes. The views along the tracks are nothing short of stunning and you can put your feet up while taking it all in.
If you are the more adventurous type, however, be sure to join a trekking tour to the Inca Empire. The ancient Inca Trail can be full up to a year in advance so be sure to plan ahead of time. If you are an adrenaline junkie, there are less traditional tours on offer where you can bike, zip-line and raft your way to Machu Picchu, an excellent option for younger tourists.
The main word of advice is, whichever way you choose to get to Machu Picchu, just be sure to go, a visit to Peru cannot be complete without visiting its most famous landmark.
Our trip is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience so we’ve been checking out the different Peru luxury tours available as we are mapping out our itinerary. Everyone enjoys a little luxury no matter what part of the world they are in!