Category Archives: Peru

Peru Family Vacation: The Sacred Valley

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.  Days 1-2: Arequipa Days 3-4: Colca Canyon  Days 5-6: Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands of Uros Days 7-9: Cusco Days 10-11: Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes  Days 11-13: We checked ourselves into the lovely Sol y Luna Lodge in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The hotel is tucked away behind high walls and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of

Peru Family Vacation: Machu Picchu

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    At last, time for the famed city of Machu Picchu. Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western Hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by

Peru Family Vacation: Itinerary and Route Map

Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler The white walls of Arequipa, the high deserts of the Altiplano, and the tropical mountains of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.  October 2012 We took our son to Peru when he was 20 months old. Our parents (his grandparents) were not entirely enthusiastic about their only grandchild galavanting off to South America and we were worried about the long plane ride from Seattle to Areiquipa, Peru (with stopovers in Los Angeles, Miami, and Lima). We

Peru Family Vacation: Kids Gear List

Most people can get themselves packed fairly easily for an international trip; assembling a wardrobe for the kids can be a bit more stressful. Here is the list of items we brought for Ben, who was 20 months old (almost two) at the time. We were gone for two weeks (including travel days).   From top left:Beco Gemini soft child carrier, Keens sandals, Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat, Steripen water purifier, fleece Sleep Sacks, ‘Lost’ card, Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier, REI polypropylene long sleeve shirt, pea pod travel

Peru Family Vacation: Cusco

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    Next on our itinerary was Cusco, capitol of the mighty Incan Empire. It’s also mighty high, coming in at over 11,000 feet above sea level. Days 1-2: Arequipa Days 3-4: Colca Canyon  Days 5-6: Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands of Uros Day 7: Wake up bright and early and hop on the Andean Explorer for a luxurious train trip to

Peru Family Vacation: Sillustani and the Floating Islands of Uros

After our stay in Colca Canyon we headed south to the famed Lake Titicaca. LT, as it’s often called, is the highest navigable lake in the world (although I hear that moniker isn’t quite accurate) and is divided between the countries of Peru and Bolivia. Both countries claim at least 60% of the lake. There is currently a bit of discussion as to whom owns exactly which parts. But before we spied the lake, we took a quick pit stop

Peru Family Vacation: Colca Canyon

From the town of Arequipa, it takes several hours to drive into the heart of the Colca Canyon. Along the way, you’ll pass through the Altiplano, a high, dry arid landscape. It also includes a 16,100’ mountain pass, no small matter for folks that reside at sea level. Before we left, I talked extensively with Ben’s pediatrician in regards to the high altitudes that we planned on reaching over the course of the trip. She told us that children often

Peru Family Vacation: Arequipa

This post is part of our Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    Fly from Lima to Arequipa, Peru Arequipa is known as La Ciudad Blanca (the White City), thanks to the light-colored volcanic stone of which many buildings in the old city are constructed. Arequipa sits at 7,638 above sea level and is ringed by the high desert volcanic cones of the Andes Mountains to the north and