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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 blazing the trail on your own.

Here's our editors' choice for a Peru family tour. Whether it's discovering Inca ruins, hiking Colca Canyon or looking for piranhas and monkeys in the Amazon rainforest, this tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
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)


Where is Machu Picchu?
Megan Stine, John O'Brien

Illustrated history of Machu Picchu – who were the Inca, building the palace and stone building complex at Machu Picchu for the Inca king Pachacuti, conquest by the Spanish, discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham. (Chapter book)


zonia's rain forest  
Zonia's Rain Forest
Juana Martinez-Neal

Zonia lives in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest. Every morning she goes out, guided by a blue Morpho butterfly. Zonia greets her friends – two-toed sloth, coati, jaguar, pink dolphin, giant anteater, boa constrictor. But when she returns home, the forest has been chopped down. "We must all answer." (Picture book)


The Inca Empire
Sandra Newman

Get to know the great Inca civilization – Cusco, the center of the empire that extended 2,500 miles, was ruled by the Inca emperor, the city with amazingly constructed palaces, temples, schools, houses, history and leaders of the Inca. (Picture book)


The Inca Empire
Lawrence Kovas, Farah Rizvi

Discover the culture and geography of the Inca – history, religion, festivals and food, cities, clothing and textiles, with 25 different projects – make an Inca battle club, miniature rope bridge, herbal tea, dried potatoes, and more. (Activity 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
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)



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." (Picture book)


Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu exploration kids peru nonfiction
Spotlight on Peru country facts kids books  
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)


(More children's books on other Peru pages)
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