Category Archives: Peru

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

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