5. Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Hanging high above the Urubamba River valley is one of the most well known ruined cities in the world. Not only does it captivate with levels and levels of terraces, but the majestic backdrop of jungle-covered mountains make it easier to understand why the Inca settled here. Although the hike is well worth it, it can be challenging for younger kids – but not to worry, there are plenty of ways to bring the family up to the ‘city in the clouds.’ If the four-day hiking trek seems too daunting, you can opt for shorter versions and/or assisted versions of the trip. Along the trail, you will be able to see 30 different Inca ruins, along with some spectacular scenery, but it is often more demanding than what people expect. If you choose to visit Machu Picchu just for the day, you can take a train, or ride the 20-minute bus ride from the city of Cusco. The train and the bus are the more popular options, so book early if you and your family would prefer this option.
Peru is an amazing place to teach kids about ancient cultures, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s absolutely beautiful! But if you can’t make it to Peru, live vicariously through Sam and Sofia’s adventures in the World Edition! Blogger Amanda Shaw once said it was “in our family’s top 3 World packages of all time.”