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Machu Picchu
Peru is a multifaceted, complex country where layers of history have created a unique texture of culture. Traveling with your kids in Peru, you'll explore the dazzling Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and Cusco, encounter remnants of the ancient Moche and Paracas cultures, soak up the sights and sounds of artisans markets, ride in reed boats on Lake Titicaca, and experience the people and wildlife living in the tropical rain forests.
    The Andes
Machu Picchu
Cusco (Cuzco)
Lake Titicaca

Fun food


Peru is famous throughout South America for its food. Before you leave the country, be sure to sample these dishes: Pescado y mariscos (anything with fish is a great bet), trucha (the local fresh Andean trout), traditional Peruvian dishes such as aji de gallina (chicken stew) and lomo saltado (stir-fry beef). Inca cola – the color of this soft drink is bright yellow and it smells like bubble gum, but it's a lot of fun.


Shopping –


At the markets, Peruvian flutes, vests with woven patterns, alpaca sweaters and shawls, gloves, hats and knitted alpaca socks, lovely silver jewelry.

family tours peru

Home to the Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world, and everyone's favorite llamas, a trip to Peru will stay with your kids forever. It's a fabulous adventure for families, but you may not feel like being Indiana Jones, blazing the trail on your own:

Here's our editors' choice for Peru family tours, with itineraries that offer travel with other families, and a kid-friendly balance of organized activities and the freedom to explore. Whether it's listening to a Peruvian storyteller, discovering the Inca ruins, visiting a llama farm, or looking for piranhas and monkeys in the Amazon rainforest, these tour companies will arrange an unforgettable trip to Peru:

    Thomson Family Adventures
    Classic Journeys
    Quivertree Family Expeditions
    South American Family Vacations
    Journeys International
    Wildland Adventures Family Travel
kids books peru
Up and Down the Andes
Laurie Krebs, Aurelia Fronty

Ride a bus through the Andes, climb aboard a boat at Lake Titicaca, take a crowded train, everyone is going to Cusco for the yearly Festival of the Sun, an ancient Inca celebration. A delightful introduction to the history and peoples of Peru, two page, colorful illustrations. (Picture book)


Carolina's Gift
Katacha Diaz, Gredna Landolt

Carolina goes to the Sunday market to buy a present for her grandmother. Brightly colored folk art illustrations bring to life the sights and sounds of the market in the Andes. (Picture book)


Carolina's Gift markets peru kids books
peru kids traditional tales Love and Roast Chicke  
Love and Roast Chicken
Barbara Knutson

In a charming retelling of a traditional tale, Cuy the Guina Pig is about to be eaten by Antonio the Fox, but the clever guinea pig escapes, leaving the fox holding up a rock all night. Cuy has an even better trick when a farmer catches him eating alfalfa; he convinces Antonio to take his place – that's all about love and roast chicken. (Picture book)



Potatoes are buried treasure for the people of Taquile, an island in Lake Titicaca. When the rain has not come, little Kusikiy flies with the great Condor across the sky to find the rain and bring back the stars. Enchanting illustrations! (Picture book)


Kusikiy: A Child from Taquile kids peru
Fishscale Girl books childrens peru amazon  

On the banks of the Amazon, Rosita makes a doll from shells, fibers, and seeds – it's Fishscale Girl. When a favorite island is flooded, it's a disaster, but Fishscale Girl and her friends (who know about creeks, soil and plants) clear away the debris, plant trees and flowers, and bring the island back to life. Bilingual, Spanish and English. (Picture book)


Machu Picchu
Elizabeth Mann

Story of the Inca empire, with a special focus on Machu Picchu. A stunning two page foldout and wonderful illustrations bring Machu Picchu to life you feel as if you're there, 500 years ago. (Picture book)


Machu Picchu history kids books peru
Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu exploration kids peru nonfiction  

July, 1911. Walk in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham as he tramps through the Urubamba River canyon, beats his way through the tangled jungle, and scales the slippery slopes to discover Machu Picchu, overgrown with vines, but "a city lost in time." Marvelous watercolors capture the breathtaking scenery of Machu Picchu. (Picture book)


Inca Empire
Jane Bingham

Take a tour of the Inca Empire – when to travel, what to see in Cusco, what to wear, getting around, where to stay, what to eat, where to shop, and safety tips (don't look the Sapa Inca in the eye). (Chapter book)


Inca Empire peru history kids books
peru childrens books You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy  
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!
Colin Hynson, David Antram

Humorous, handy tips for the Sapa Inca, emperor of the empire – how to live like a god and worship in your temple in Cusco, commanding the Inca army, and after you die, your body is mummified and returned to your own palace where you continue to "live" in style. (Picture book)


Francisco Pizarro
John Zronik

Biography of Francisco Pizarro – his expeditions, search for the land of gold, conquest of the Inca and takeover of Peru. Excellent historical illustrations and maps. (Chapter book)

And for older kids: Francisco Pizarro: Destroyer of the Inca Empire


peru kids biography Francisco Pizarro
The Secret of the Andes inca kids peru  
Secret of the Andes
Ann Nolan Clark

Young Cusi lives in a hidden valley high in the Andes, tending llamas. Lyrical story of Cusi's trip from the high mountains to the lush lowlands, to Cusco and back, as he discovers the mystery of the Incas, his ancestors. A gem. (Chapter book)


Spotlight on Peru
Bobbie Kalman

Get to know the people and places of Peru today – history, landscape, city and county life, sports, fiestas, art and food. (Picture book)


Spotlight on Peru country facts kids books
peru kids activity book Inca Gold  
Inca Gold
Anita Croy, Mick Posen

Go on an adventure to solve the mystery of the golden corn. Travel from Lima, to the desert, up to villages in the high mountains, Machu Picchu, and discover lost traces of the Inca. Solve puzzles, decipher secret messages, plus fun facts about ancient cultures in Peru. (Activity book)


(More children's books on other Peru pages)