My husband’s mother is Peruvian, making my children 1/4 Peruvian. It’s a big country and despite having visited numerous times, we still have a lot more to see and show our kids.
But, we’ve been there twice with our daughter and so, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicks off today, I thought it was time to write a post on Peru with kids. I’m also participating in the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs where some fabulous prizes are being given away. Enter the giveaway below, and check out the great collection of cultural and language-related posts.
Peru is a great country. The food alone is well worth a visit, even if you aren’t up for sampling cow’s heart or guinea pig (it tastes just like chicken…). There are tons of great dishes and desserts and I’ll eat my weight in ceviche if I have the chance!
All trips begin in Lima. When we are in Lima, we stay with family and usually don’t visit the sites because we’ve been to them. That said, if you are going to visit the city, don’t miss the Cathedral and the Museum of the Catacombs (if you aren’t freaked out by numerous human bones laying around), the Gold Museum, and the Mercado Surquillo, for a truly local experience.
You also must be sure to visit local restaurants. Most places are good with kids. Some of our favorites are: Tanta, Astrid y Gaston (fine dining, so bring your kids if they are used to nice restaurants), ceviche restaurants Pescados Capitales and La Mar, and Restaurante Fiesta.
We typically visit Peru in January or February in order to escape winter in the northern hemisphere. It’s a great time of year to be there. Some of my husband’s cousins have beach houses an hour south of Lima where we all gather on weekends.
The coast south of Lima is dotted with private beach front communities that have pools, restaurants/cafes, a private beach and some cool architecture. While we are lucky enough to have family willing to put us up, you can find places to rent through VRBO, Home Away and Airbnb.
We’ve been to Peru only twice since our daughter was born. During those visits, in addition to spending time in Lima, we also headed south to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.
Smaller than Lima, Arequipa has a slightly less chaotic and a bit more civilized feel to it than does Lima. This makes it easier to just roam and soak up the local culture.
The cathedral is beautiful and sits on a lovely square where locals gather and socialize. As with any city, there are plenty of good places to eat. We had a great meal at Chincha, owned by Peru’s most famous chef Gaston Acurio (he also owns Tanta, La Mar and Astrid y Gaston, which I recommended above).
From Arequipa, you are a three-hour drive on a bumpy, dusty “highway” – they call it a highway, I call it a dirt road – to the Colca Canyon.
At twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in the U.S., it is a beautiful and impressive region. The mountain sides are dotted with vicunas (a distant relative of alpacas), local sheep herders in their colorful attire move along the dusty roads and the Andean Condors, with their 10 foot wingspan, take flight.
The bumpy drive may make you want to jump out the window but it’s worth it in the end. We had an amazing stay at Las Casitas del Colca, where a guide was arranged to take us out to see the condors and into a local town. Back at the resort, we also participated in a couple of Peruvian cooking classes. The staff was great with our daughter and provided everything we could possibly have needed during our visit.
In addition to the aforementioned activities, we also could have gone hiking, fishing and horseback riding, but our daughter was too young at the time. Truly one of the nicest places we have ever stayed, both my husband and I would LOVE to return – if not for that pesky three-hour drive.
We can’t wait to go back to Peru; our next visit will be our son’s first. We love keeping up our kids’ connection to their heritage (and being able to eat a lot of ceviche, of course). Next time we hope to head north to the beaches on the Ecuador border and into the Amazon jungle. Stay tuned.
* This post was also featured on Walking on Travels , where you can find more inspiring travel posts and tips.
**Below is some more information on the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Month blog hop along with an opportunity to win some great prizes.
Welcome to the Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop, hosted this year by Multicultural Kid Blogs and 22 of our member blogs! Don’t miss our amazing giveaway, and share your own posts at our linky!
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” (from HispanicHeritageMonth.gov)
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Hispanic Heritage Month GIVEAWAY!
This year to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win!
Please note that there are shipping restrictions on some prizes. In the event that the winner lives outside of the shipping area, that portion of the prize will be added to the following prize package.
Grand Prize Package
Smart Play Pad (SRP $ 24.99): Interactive tablet like electronic toy makes early learning fun and exciting for little ones. More than 30 touch sensitive keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare children for school. Bilingual feature helps kids learn in English & Spanish. Lightweight and truly portable for on-the-go learning. Ships to US and Canada only.
A basket of fun from Escuela Falcón in Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico. This prize includes educational games, ceramic Day of the Dead skulls, a hand-painted ceramic box, wooden toys, and a certificate for 5 hours of Skype Spanish lessons with Escuela Falcón.
A basket from Lanugo that includes Lanugo’s new book, “Lula la Consentida,” a limited edition “Latino de Corazón” infant apparel, and Seventh Generation’s earth conscious baby product essentials. US shipping only.
A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.
DVD of Spanish music videos from Rockalingua.
First Prize Package
A child’s sweater and bag from Peru courtesy of Kid World Citizen. The handmade, wool sweater is typical from the Andes and might fit a child ages 2-4. The little backpack is also handmade with gorgeous details typical of the region.
A Spanish edition of the award-winning game Bananagrams.
Chocolalala – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.
Hola Hello – A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.
Mis primeros poemas – A book of poems and audio CD for Spanish learners from All Bilingual Press.
Digital download of Spanish Colors Activities Pack with printable minibooks, games and activity pages from Mundo de Pepita.
Spanish activity book with an audio CD with listening exercises for kids between 3-10 years old (value: 12€) from Lingua Toys.
Hand-crafted guiro (traditional instrument), hand-carved from a gourd in Bolivia with a sun and moon pattern. Great instrument as well as a piece of folk art. From DARIAMUSIC. US shipping only.
Second Prize Package
Handwoven scarf from Nicaragua courtesy of Spanish Playground.
A CD of children’s songs in English and Spanish from Mariana Iranzi.
ABC Fiesta – CD of songs in English and Spanish from Mister G.
Digital download of 6 printable Spanish high frequency words books from Custom Literacy.
Hand woven and leather Guatemala coin purse, a fun and vibrant gift. Given by www.AlarconRestaurants.com – from their Gift Gallery in Antigua Real Restaurant, Mukwonago WI.
Bonus Prize: France Shipping Only!
Beautiful piñata created especially for this contest by Piñatas de Laly.
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