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Tours to Machu Picchu for Kids

by Tara Thomas

Perched atop a ridge, high in the Andes Mountains, lies the fabled Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1983, it is one of the planet's top adventure vacation destinations. Outfitters and tour guides lead treks to the granite ruins, and many welcome children to come along on the expedition of a lifetime to explore this Lost City of the Incas.

Seven-Day Tours

Machu Picchu is a site that takes time to really explore, but if you're traveling with kids, you might want to look into shorter itineraries. Classic Journeys leads small group tours to Machu Picchu and surrounding areas. Go whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River or mountain biking in the Sacred Valley. Tour guides show travelers a little-seen side of Peru on these seven-day treks. One of the nation's leading outdoor recreation gear suppliers also offers exciting family adventures to Machu Picchu. Visit traditional marketplaces, explore Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, hike through the Sacred Valley and much more on seven-day journeys. Kids receive discounted pricing and a complimentary REI day pack.

Eight- to nine-Day Tours

OARS, a family friendly adventure travel outfitter, takes small groups on eight-day tours of some of Peru's must-see sights. Youths ages 12 and older are welcomed to come along and raft the Urubamba River, play games with children, take an Amazon Jungle zip-line tour and explore the ruins of Machu Picchu. The nine-day Peru Family Vacation and Machu Picchu Tour with Adventures By Disney affords travelers the chance to attend a traditional Andean feast, see master weavers practice their craft, go river rafting and explore majestic Machu Picchu.

10 to 11-Day Tours

Surbound Expeditions offers 10-day family tours of the rainforest and Machu Picchu with activities tailored for both adults and children. Kids learn about rainforest ecology and conservation and explore the sights with their own dedicated guide. The Adventure Company's Spirit of the Incas tour takes families with children as young as 7 years of age to some of Peru's most popular destinations. Explore the city of Cusco, enjoy the scenic train ride to Machu Picchu, and go river rafting or horseback riding on these 11-day expeditions.

12-plus Days

Amazing Peru takes families on both luxury and affordable tours throughout Peru. Children 12 and older are welcome to come along on the 12-day Peru Family Adventure Tour. Raft, backpack, kayak and bike through some of Peru's most unforgettable sights including Machu Picchu. The Family Tour to Peru is tailored for children younger than 12 years of age with an educational component. Relax on Peru's northern beaches, explore the high-altitude Lake Titicaca, trek through the Amazon, and visit Machu Picchu on this 16-day journey. For travelers on a budget, check out Amazing Peru's 12-day Affordable Family Tour.

About the Author

Tara Thomas has been a writer and traveler since 1997. Her articles appear in various online publications. She also has experience authoring grant proposals for a Southern California marine science laboratory, which helped her develop a lifelong interest in environmentalism. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from California State University, Long Beach, and has worked as a mortgage consultant since 1998.

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