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Family Trips to Machu Picchu

Imagine a family trip to Machu Picchu…

National Geographic’s 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life includes Machu Picchu, the site often referred to as ‘the Lost City of the Incas’. It also describes how the archaeological site would have never been rediscovered if it weren’t it was not because of the help of an Andean child. Was this a place of religious significance, a royal property, or even an astronomical observatory? Researchers are still undecided about the actual function of this enigmatic destination, but we know that will fascinate any children! From the moment they take the train across the Sacred Valley of the Incas till they get to Machu Picchu itself and begin exploring, they are sure to be under the spell of this otherworldly location. 

The emotion of being in Machu Picchu

For the tour, you will need to hire the services of informative and entertaining guide. At RESPONS we’re used to dealing with tour groups of all ages and know how children need to be engaged to enjoy the best of Machu Picchu. The best tours will open up the story of this mysterious site which is the result of five thousand years of Andean engineering and architecture.

If you still have the energy at the end of the citadel tour, you and your family can climb the Huayna Picchu mountain. This part of the trip will only be suitable for older children as the climb is too demanding and risky for the younger ones. Another option is the Machu Picchu mountain, which takes more time but is more accessible and less crowded. You will have breathtaking views over the citadel and the surrounding mountain ranges from the top of either peak. Remember that to engage in these activities, you will need the right Machu Picchu tickets before embarking on your trip. Find the best tips to travel to Machu Picchu here.

The view after climbing the Machu Picchu mountain (Huayna Picchu is on the background)

If your family plans on staying overnight in Aguas Calientes, we can offer recommendations on our favorite hotels in the area — ask us. Or even better if you prefer to stay away from town but in the foothills of Machu Picchu, in the beautiful Mandor gardens, where the natural surroundings provide great chances for wildlife watching and to enjoy the wilderness. Resting well and in comfort will ensure you can get the most from your trip when out exploring. Machu Picchu is an ideal destination for a family trip with children of all ages. For more information, please get in touch with us, and we will be pleased to tailor your itinerary.


RESPONS’ mission is to improve living conditions in Peru through developing and promoting sustainable tourism. We’ve implemented a business model in which all areas of human relations are respected, and - equally important - respect for the planet is incorporated.

Following this business model, we practice fair trade, foster cultural identity, promote equal opportunities, and we preserve the environment that surrounds us and other species.

Together with you we improve, day by day, on the always-demanding path towards sustainability.

Tours in Peru

Travelers and locals playing volleyball together on a visit to the floating Uros Titino islands at Lake Titicaca - RESPONSible Travel Peru

Peru the Local Way: our signature trip

Car driving by lamas and alpacas in the Andes - Road Trip - RESPONSible Travel Peru

A Different Kind of Road Trip through Southern Peru

Selia and three young travelers showing off the dishes after the cooking class | Responsible Travel Peru

Cooking Class in Cusco

Child Matsiguenga posing for our photographer | Responsible Travel Peru

Exploration to the heart of the Manu National Park

Spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca from the community of Vicos | Responsible Travel Peru

Short immersion in the Andean community of Vicos

Guido assisting the locals in Vicos with opening the Pachamanca and gathering the freshly cooked potatoes. Community-Based Tourism in the Andes - RESPONSible Travel Peru

The complete Vicos experience with Pachamanca

San Martin square is characterized by the big monument to the independence leader | Responsible Travel Peru

Lima Walking Tour

Close up of a chef serving ceviche on a dish | Responsible Travel Peru

Lambayeque Gastronomy Workshop