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Family Travel with kids Huacachina and Sand Dunes


Family Travel to the South of Peru: Huacachina and Sand Dunes

One of the things in our bucket list was visiting with the family the south of Peru Huacachina Village and its famous sand Dunes located in Ica.

Huacahina is a Village build around a lagoon know as the desert oasis, Huacachina is a popular place to adventure on dune buggy and sandboarding. We stayed at the hotel  Las Dunas, a good fun family resort located 15 minutes from Huacachina in Ica. After we visit Paracas and fly the Nazca Lines with the kids we decided to take them to have fun at Huacachina Village and do some sanboarding and dune buggy.

First,  I have to tell you I have been to Huacachina before and now it is busier than ever. The sad part is that there is so much plastic on the sand Dunes.  There are lot of dune buggies and they transport you deep into the desert to see the huge sand dunes on the coast. These ancient mountains of sand are beautiful and surreal. And adventurous travelers are welcome to try sandboarding down the dunes!

For these reason, we hired a van from the hotel to transport the 8 of us, but only 6 of us went in the adventure. My parents wouldn’t go it was so much. We found Huacachina full of visitors, you can see the pictures. We stop at the entrance and got our tickets per 7 soles, after that our guide introduce us to our driver and we got in our dune buggy.

Huacahina
walking to the dune buggy

Our guide and driver greet us – Note there are so many companies and type of cars. Usually, people book in advance their drivers. Ours dune buggie and driver wasn’t like I expected. He seems that enjoy what he does but didn’t seem to worry about security. However, he was very lay back for this mama bear.

some of us excited other worrier, can you see?

Our car wasn’t as I expected. The seat belts were in bad shape and didn’t hold tight. However, no one seems to worry about it.  The kids were super excited d to be in a boogie car. The dunes were the beautiful infinite view of sand and we keep going in deeper dunes and I started to feel uncomfortable for the kids safety althioygh i knew they were doing this for long time. The first  one  deep drop, second deeper so fun and my  kid – the most reluctant to speak Spanish said  “Mami me gusta mucho” then I relaxed! After that, we stop and got ready to slide on the sand.

Tips: Things to not forget: Googles or glasses per sand. I brought googles because easy to carry and we used at the pool. Maskto don’t get sand in your mouth especially when you slide down. So much fun!

Look at the video the slide was easy for my 7-year-old and my 9-year-old. They really have a blast with their cousins in this unique place. So glad for this amazing experience.

After so much fun we stop to enjoy the view of Huacachina Village, some food, and festivities this little charming town has.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos we took of our adventure.

Rocio

Huacachina Peru

Huacachina Sand Dunes Peru
A must visit when in Peru. Fun for the whole family. Huacachina and San Dunes in Ica Peru
Huacachina and Ica Peru
How to visit Huacachina and Sand Dunes in Ica Peru
Ano Nuevo Giant Sea Lion

A must do in California – Watching the Giant Seal Elephants at Año Nuevo State Park

As my kid said watching the Giants Seals at Año Nuevo State Park is amazing, and a must-do in California Año Nuevo State Park is one of the best places in California. Not just because of its stunning views, vast dunes, coastal scrub hosting a high diversity of plants and animals beaches and more importantly, Elephant seals!

Giant Sea lion
looking at the Giant Sea Lion in Año Nuevo

I have been in Año Nuevo with the family before, but I didn’t get to see the giant Sea Lion until I chaperone at my kid’s school. Which nickname is “Sea Lion”. My son 4th grade class as a part of his curriculum got to visit Ano Nuevo State Park last January. It was the perfect time to visit. We were immediately captivated for the coastal terrace prairie view in contrast with the Ocean, Gosh it is really beautiful! However, the star of that day was the Giant Sea Lions. They were so close by that we could touch them, but we were advice to keep our distance and no try to touch them. Although these animals look big and heavy, don’t underestimate them, they can move fast because they weight tons, no one shoul be on its way!

Año Nuevo State Park is one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for this Seal. The Giant Seals mating, giving birth and molting at this scenic beach. You can see all of this at this State Park!  I found out the is around up to 10,000 elephant seals that return to these beaches and this is a Natural Preserve established to protect the seals along with many other animals such as otters, elephants seals, coyotes, cormorants, terns and more. Not wonder why this place brings people from all over around the world.

Ano Nuevo Scenic View
Ano Nuevo Scenic View: ocean and Dunes
Ano Nuevo Sea lions during January
Ano Nuevo Sea lions during January

Before the Gate:

Our guided tour started walking from the parking lot to a historic nineteenth-century dairy ranch of the Dickerab/Steele family. In this building, you find a marine education center, also a bookstore and a viewpoint. Bring some money you can find cool souvenirs. The park features the Marine Education Center boasting a natural history exhibit, bookstore, and theater. The building has a nostalgic feeling of the American Settlers.

After I was able to pull the kids out of  the store (don’t make my mistake – don’t stop there first!) we did a mild hike of ten minutes to the gate, where a little exhibition shed is located. It didn’t feel to long because the view during our hike was great. We saw so many different birds because Ano Nuevo State Park is also a major bird migratory route and birding location. Also,  native plants and an untouched intertidal ecosystem also find shelter inside the Natural Preserve.

An example of the magical view during our hike to the main sight point at Ano Nuevo State Park
An example of the magical view during our hike to the main sight point at Ano Nuevo State Park

After we admired the birds and local plants on our hike, we arrived at the exhibition shed where the kids were able to see and touch different sea animals bones and birds. Volunteers guided them through a hand-on the activities of  guessing and proceeded to explain what animal every bone belong. Kids love to guess and be right! Volunteers, there are very knowledgeable people. Once we finished that activity, kids were allowed to pass the gate and hike on the dunes to see the Giant Seal.

 

After the Gate:

Before crossing the Gate, they explained that we need to keep our distance for safety reasons. Giant Seal was on the path and having a great time. I didn’t know we could get so close.  The experience was amazing to see this beautiful creatures so close. It was possible because we visit during the matting time. To view the elephant seals during this season, you must be on a guided walk only. Elephant seal viewing requires a 3-4 mile moderate hike over varied terrain, including sand dunes. The walks last about two and a half hours.

Ano Nuevo Giant Sea Lion
Ano Nuevo Giant Sea Lion battle

People can onserve the Giant Elephant Seal all year-round either on a docent lead tour or through a self-guided permit system within the Wildlife Viewing Area.

Another thing AMAZED me is how loud these creatures are, also how exhausted they are.

What to Expect From  The Elephant Seals Year Round

Once you book your visit it is important to learn the life cycle of Elephant Seal:

Elephant Seal Molting Season

April 1 to August 31 – During molting season seals come ashore to shed their outer layer of skin and fur. This happens during the spring and summer months. The Park is open during these months for self-guided hiking by Visitor Permit only. You don’t need reservations  but visitors must exit the Natural Preserve by 5 p.m.

Fall Juvenile Haul Out

September 1 to November 30 –  By the time summer ends only a few numbers of seals are around because most elephant seals have returned to sea to feed. Just the one to three-year-old juveniles hauls out on remote beaches as part of their early development. During this time the Wildlife Viewing Area of the Natural Preserve is open for self-guided hiking by Visitor permit.

Natural Preserve Closed

December 1 to 14 –   It is close to visitors during this period because pregnant females arrived at the beach. And adult males begin to arrive on the beaches and form harems.

Elephant Seal Breeding Season

December 15 to March 31 – This is the “magical time” when you can see them from close through a Guided Tour. this is the time when we visited. The Northern elephant seals come ashore to give birth and mate. Also, Bull seals battles for breeding access to the females. While pregnant females come ashore to the pup, and mothers nurse their pups for about a month. After that time mate and return to the sea. By the end of this period, Pups remain behind through March basking in the sun and learning to swim but most of the adults have returned to the sea. Crazy right!  To view the elephant seals during this season, you must be on a guided walk.

Park Information

Phone (650) 879-2025
 
Park Hours
 
  • 8:30 am to Sunset Permits to view seals issued 8:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 3-4 mile moderate hike over varied terrain, including sand dunes
  • Visitor permits to see the seals inside the Natural Preserve are issued from  8:30 to 3:30.
  • Keep your distance from Seals Elephant seals are dangerous wild animals and are protected by the park. The majority of the time they are very much alive. Never get within 25 feet of an elephant seal.
  • No pets.
  • No bikes on trails.
  • No collecting Shells, rocks, wood, plants or animals. All features of this park are preserved and protected by law.
  • No smoking or fires
  • No drones

 

California Ano Nuevo State Park
A great place to visit in Northern California
Ano Nuevo State Park
California Elephant Sea Lion
Ano Nuevo State Park
Moray Inca ruins with kids

Cusco – Sacred Valley with kids and visiting Moray Inca Ruins

Sacred Valley with Kids: Moray Inca ruins

The Moray Inca ruins with kids was a great warm-up for our next day tour. After visiting Chincheros, we head to Moray Inca Ruins called Quantus Raquay, it was right before Salt Maras Moray Pond.

Also, Moray was a great warm-up for Ollantaytambo which we visited the following day.  Usually, you can get this tour together because their proximity is convenient. I strongly recommend you to do your research to customized your tour if possible.

Peru- Cusco our way to Moray Inca Ruins. Our kids were excited
Our view from the road
Adventure in Sacred Valley with our kids start
Great a view of the Sacred Valley. The view of the farmland that is planned to be the home of the new airport

Quantus Raquay

Basically, in Moray,  Quantus Raquayis is an Inca ruin that contains circular terrace used for an irrigation system. The Incas build this system to grow crops in different microclimates. Every level has different temperatures.  It was sort of Inca agriculture laboratory used to grow resistant plans high in the Andes.

Seems that they were build to use the different microclimates that the Peruvian Andean terrain provided and experiment growing of different types of plants. A true statement of the genius of human archeology and hydraulic.

To get in here you need to buy tickets on the entrance, get the partial tourist ticket III (Sacred Valley) for $25 or the full ticket for $47. Get your tourist ticket at the office or DICERTUR Main square at Calle Mantas from Monday to Sunday or on site.

Entrance of Moray Inca ruins with kids
The entrance of Quantus Raqay
Moray Inca ruins with kids
The amazing view

Once there we were lucky to witnesses a ceremony where they recreate the ceremonies that use to happen here.

Moray Inca ruins with kids
Hundreds of people carrying Incas flags and dancing
Going down all the different terrace levels
Moray Inca ruins with kids
They were coming to the center from every angle
Moray Inca ruins with kids
It was amazing to see them getting together and dancing

We climb up and down and admired and learn about this amazing place!

Moray Inca ruins with kids
A really impressive view for this little
Moray Inca ruins with kids
Can you see the people?
Moray Inca ruins with kids
This caught the people dressed on Inca Attired with the Inca flag

I hope you find this helpful t travel here with your kids. good luck!

Moray -Sacred Valley - Cusco - Peru

Family Trip to Peru: tips to do Maras Salt Ponds with kids

Maras Salt Ponds with kids

After visiting Moray we head with the kids to Maras Salt Ponds, a truly amazing place. Although I have visited Cusco several times, this was my first time visiting Maras Salt Pond. Sacred Valley manages to still show new amazing places used by the Incas.  I couldn’t be happier that kids got to see this amazing place. You won’t believe it!

Cusco with kids Maras Salt Pond
The view of Maras Salt and background the Sacred Valley

 

Getting There

Maras Salt Pond was a great place to take the kids. The pond is located on the mountain and surrounded by a gorgeous view. The bus drive by a cliff in a two ways road. It is scary!!! I’m not going to lie, my heart almost stopped when we turn a curve and another bus was going in the opposite direction. We were by the cliff side Oh! I could see the cliff so close…. fortunately, the driver was an expert and we made it. The good news is that the road will improve soon because an airport is projected to be built on Chicheros.

A dusty road
The road to there is very dusty
The view of Sacred Valley amazing places
Getting closer
Going down the road in Sacred Valley
The view gets better and better
A little garden in Maras Salt Pond
Our way to Maras Salt Pond
Maras Salt Pond
There is a little garden area maintained by locals. Not surprised since Sacred Valley has such a fertile land
Maras Salt Pond with kids
People can walk around the ponds carefully

WHAT IS IT?

Basically, this is a salt farm and it has been used by Incas at the time. This place is full of salt evaporations ponds. The salt comes from the salty water from the underground stream.

Almost every pond is four-meter square and no more than 30 centimeters depth. It is own by the community in a cooperative system. Every family owns a pond that takes cares of. Basically, a whole family and the size of the pond depends on the size of the family.

When the water evaporated from the ponds, water become oversaturated and salt in the form of crystal precipitated to the surface.  After closing the water feeder the water dries and the salt can be scrapped from the pond. Families are in charge of taking care of this process.

THE PONDS

After getting off the bus and walk in a very narrow parking lot, we walked down the dirt path. It is very dusty so I cover my kids’ faces with their t-shirts (I wasn’t ready for the mush dirt, I wish I brought sunglasses for them).

Once we pass all the stores there are at the entrance, we went down the stairs and the amazing view opened. The guide explained to us that this has been working since Inca’s time and is maintained by locals with a comunity system. It was pretty easy to see how the water run down and form this pond and touch the crystals that grow around there.

We were fascinating, we touched the water and the salt. We learned something new and I was so happy they learn this about the Incas. I found out they were super hydraulic engineers!

Sacred Valley world schooling
The boys dig their hand on the water. It was easy to see the crystal when they took their hands out
Cusco, Maras Salt Pond
This is the path of the water
Exploring Cusco with kids, Maras Salt Ponds
My boy was so surprised at the amount of Salt. A great summer lesson for him

 

Let me know if you have any question when planning your trip. I am happy to help!

Rocio

Salineras Maras Moray in Cusco
Maras Salt Pond in Cusco Peru
Maras Salt Ponds in Cusco Peru

Urubamba with kids

Peru with kids: What there is in Urubamba for kids – the little gem of Sacred Valley for kids

Exploring Urubamba with family

Our Cuzco adventure with kids couldn’t be complete without visiting Sacred Valley. On our visit, we stayed in Urubamba, the little gem of Sacred Valley.

Sacred Valley is fertile farmland on the heart of the Inca Empire located in Ollantaytambo and Urubamba Districts. It was Inca’s properties and Inca’s people settle up there because of their very important maze production.

We stayed in Urubamba for a day before taking our train to Machu Picchu.  This little town is less “touristy” than Ollantaytambo but still close by to the train station.

Our itinerary with kids in Urubamba:

a super cute hotel that inspires the boys to play with the little flutes that they got at Cuzco

We arrived in a small town in the evening. It was fascinating to me, the streets were so small for the cars that it made hard to manipulate to get in. The reason is that the size of the street reminded the same size since the Colonization. Our car was too big for them and it almost got stuck. Exciting!

Our little hotel was located on this little Urubamba streets
visiting Cusco - Urubamba
The little town surrounded by mountains

Next morning, after a good breakfast provided by the hotel, we have so much fun exploring Urubamba’s local market with the kids. During our visit to the market, they got to make new friends and played with local kids and dogs. At the market, boys found a toy store, and you know how boys are when they see a ball, right? They beg us for a ball and we got one with they played around until we left and donated it to the local kids.

I found good spices and local tea

At the market, we were able to find great tea and Maca. After a nice stroll back to the hotel we left to Ollantaytambo.  

I feel that visiting Urubamba was a real Andean’s experience for the kids, it was a  town very laid back. You don’t find a bunch of tourist walking around, just working on trading or selling agriculture products. We love this!

 

Peru - Cusco - Urubamba
Cusco Urubamba
Machu Picchu Peru

Peru with Kids

Peru with Kids

Machu Picchu Peru
Machu Picchu (Peru)

South America, Peru

If you are wondering if visiting Sudamerica, Peru with kids is the right idea. Here is the information you need to take this decision. South America is located mostly in the Southeast hemisphere and Is the Spanish and Portuguese speaking area of the Americas. I am going to focus mainly on Peru on this blog.

The Spanish invasion to Peru in latest 1500, brings a strong influence of Spanish culture in Peru and in most South  Americas countries. There is so much to see in South America and Peru is the gem of Southamerica.

South America geography helps to created amazing cities and places to visit. It is surrounded by Ocean Pacific and Atlantic, and on the Western are dominated by the Andes;  while in the eastern side present a tropical area with lowland surrounded by major rivers. Peru is one of the few countries that geographically posses part of the coast, Andean and tropical area. Peru is a must visit Country due to their diversity, there is more than just amazing Machu Picchu is a country that will awe you.

Does Peru Have One of The  New 7 Wonders of The World?

Machu Picchu in Peru is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, together with:

The Great Wall of China

Christ the Redeem statue in Brasil

Chichen Itza in Mexico

Roman Coliseum in Rome

Taj Mahal in India

Petra in Jordan

What Should I know before Traveling to Peru with kids?

  • Weather in Peru varies according to the City. This is happening due to its geography. Peru has a coastal city like Lima and Nazca. Andean Cities as Arequipa and Cusco, as well as tropical cities as Loreto and Madre de Dios, this last two located on the Peruvian Amazonian Jungle.
  • Cusco is in high altitude, you need to take actions to prevent it.
  • Cusco is located on the Andean while Machu Picchu is located in the tropical and warmer area.
  • You would need to drink water from a bottle.
  • Eat only cooked vegetables.
  • Spend time in Lima. Lima has so many great places to visit
  • If you take a picture you will be charged, especially in the tourist areas. don’t be surprised if you take a picture and then the peso ask you is “5 soles” please. Also, if you take pictures with them usually they charge you. Keep in mind is their main income and your sweet souvenir.
  • If you are doing the Inca hike book your slot as earliest is possible months in advance.
  • If you doing the Inca trail make sure you are in shape.
  • There are two shifts to enter to Machu Picchu and a limited of 200 people per day to enter Huayna Picchu
  • People start getting in Machu Picchu at 6:00 am you will need to be up sometimes from 4:00 am to get in there.
  • You don’t need a VISA if you coming from the USA.
  • Be ready for the unexpected

Is It  Safe to Travel To Peru with kids?

Thousands of people visit Peru each year and return home from a trouble-free trip. By taking the same basic precautions as you would traveling anywhere is safe for you and your family.

the official US Travel Advisory page says the following about Peru:

With my help, your Peruvian trip will be a safe and fun one 😉

  • Safety precautions :
    1. Take precautions when withdrawing money
    2. Use licensed taxis remember while is not an issue in Peru. Use reputable transport services.
    3. If you are going to bring cash along with you just do your homework before you get here. Research the best exchange rates before you leave to avoid being ripped off.
    4. Use common sense on street safety: as be aware of your surroundings (something that I always ask my kids to do) and keep your valuables out of sight.

    5. When using cash machines use cash machines located at the bank, supermarket, or in your hotel to be extra safe.

Essential Things to Travel to Peru

  1. Get a travel Credit Car.
  2. Inform your bank you will be traveling.
  3. Travel insurance is always a good idea.
  4. Bring the money exchange.
  5. Don’t forget your vaccination or medication for altitude sickness.
  6. Pack light and bring good shoes. If you need clothes ypoi have plenty of choices there.


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What is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Peru?

If you want to avoid the crowd you can travel from April to May or September to October that is considered the low season. Although there are chances for rain May and October are generally great months to see everything greener and less crowded. I have been there on those months and once in heal, so an umbrella or poncho will be great to add to your packing list.

LIMA WITH KIDS

Peru with kids
Lima – Larcomar

Is Visiting Lima a Good Idea?

Actually, there is so much to see for families in Lima, that is always a good idea to visit. Lima is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean is a Coastal City with good weather and many attractions.

Every time we visit Lima there is something new to see and I made a list of Everything You Need to Know about Lima.

Among Lima’s main attractions are: Plaza de Armas, Lima Catacombs, Paseo de Aguas, and explore the district of  Miraflores, Barranco, Ancon and Callao just to mention some. Also, here is the list of parks I recommend to visit if you travel with kids. Lima has a zoo and different theme parks for kids.

Lima Peru with kids
Plaza de Armas – Lima

CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU WITH KIDS

Is Cusco, Peru a Safe Place to Visit?

Cusco is a definitely safe place to travel if you want ideas of what to do in Cusco check this blogs

Why is Machu Picchu Considered one of the Wonders of the World?

Machu Picchu is a citadel build in the 15th century on the top of a mountain located 7 970 feet. Above the Sacred Valley through where the Urubamba rivers run. This was the citadel where the Incas and his royalty family lived. Its impressive location and construction in classic Inca style well preserved despite earthquakes and harsh climate made it famous around the world.

It was built with big boulders and there are many theories on how they did that. No one has a final answer. Machu Picchu was voted in 2007 as one of the new Wonder of the world. After getting international attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, in an effort to help its preservation the Citadel was declared a sanctuary in 1981. Later in 1983, it was declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO before becoming a World Wonder of the World

How Easy is it to Visit Machu Picchu with Young children?

 

Traveling with kids has their own challenges, like anything with family, so in order to make the trip a briss, plan in advance. the experience is priceless and to me definitely worth it.

if you are nursing a baby be sure of their routine and bring wherever is need to keep the routine going. I traveled while nursing my kids, not to Machu Picchu but to Lima. keep hydrated is the clue so you can keep baby happy, I nursed my kids during take off to easy their ear pressure, or gave them a pinkie to suck on.

To get to Machu Picchu you need to take an airplane or bus, a train, and another bus. My kids appreciate all the rides. To travel with kids you need to be ready for the unexpected and have the best attitude. Machu Picchu with older kids is easier, but you need to expect them to wake up earlier to go to the ruins. One of us went to nake the bus line earlier and the other one stays, but your kids have to be ready at the bus station by 5:30. There is the option of the second shift later during the day, which is good for kids. We just didn’t want to miss the amazing show of the fog breaking through the sun.  We had great time kids were faster than us and they love exploring the Inca ruins.

Machu Picchu with kids

High Altitude sickness?

Cusco is located at an Altitude of 3,400 meters (11,200ft) above sea level, everyone reacts to attitude different. I always get a slight headache, my older son got one too, on the other hand, my husband and the youngest kid didn’t feel discomfort. For attitude I always tend to have an easy first day in Cusco, arrive and don’t walk around too much. I take into consideration that some streets are on hills and it doesn’t help for your body to acclimate.

There is always mate de coca available in local restaurants and at hotels. Usually, hotels give you that as soon as you arrived. I recommend you to drink it. water is boiled so you won’t get sick for that. then, rest for a few hours before exploring the city, a good nap will help your body to the different amount of oxygen is getting.

What is The Weather Like in Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru?

Peru weather varies according to the area.

Lima weather:

Lima weather is average during the year not too hot or too cold, with temperatures ranging from 12 C or 54 F to 18C or 64 F in Winter. On the hot season temperature range from 24C or 75F to 28C or 82 F.

Winter is during the month of July and September and Summer from January to March.

Cusco Weather:

Cusco weather is different than Lima due to its geography, the Andeans have a great influence on it. It has two very mark seasons from November to April is the wet season or winter and May to October the dry season or summer. February is wettest. The dry season is partly cloudy and is cold year around. Over the course of the year, the temperature varies from 32F to 66F. the temperature varies so little then we can’t cold or hot season. when sunny during the day is pretty warm. Cusco is usually warm and sunny during the day and very cold at night.

Machu Picchu Weather:

The rainy season is from November to March and April to November is dry season. weather is part of the jungle so it can feel very tropical. The hottest temperature in 26C (79 ) and reaching temperatures of -2C (-36) in the coldest months. it always warm during the day and cold evenings, so bring layers.

What is the nearest airport to Machu Picchu?

The closest airport to Machu Picchu is Alejandro Velasco Astete located on Cusco. It is an international airport that received domestic flights as well as some international flights. Is located close to City Center. Machu Picchu is located 3 hours on the train from Cusco. You may want to know how we made it to Machu Picchu, route and costs.

Named after the first airplane Pilot that cross the Andean. Taxis are located just outside the landing area. Plan in advance your pick up. Although Cusco is pretty safe if not plan in advance taxis can be pretty expensive.

What Should I Prepare for a Trip to Machu Picchu?

Peru is one of the best places in the world to travel make the most of it planning it correctly.

  • Make arrangements for you pick up from airport to hotel in Lima or Cusco
  • Get your train to Machu Picchu ahead of time
  • Stay in Cusco and acclimate

 

PERU WIH KIDS – NAZCA LINES

What Are the Nazca Lines?

The Nazca lines are amazing geoglyphs draw in a huge scaled by the Nazca people. A civilization which began around 100 B.C. and flourished from A.D. 1 to 70. These geoglyphs are drawn on the desert dirt and can be seen from high. They were drawn along 30 miles or 48 kilometers ( and around 170 Miles Square and 450 Kilometers Square) and represent animals and plants. The Nasca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE. You can see pictures of them here.

There are many theories but they still a mystery. In 1994 the Nazca lines were declared  UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

What are the Nazca Lines Drawn?

 

Cusco with Kids: an Amazing Visit to Sacred Valley – Chincheros with kids

Cusco – Peru with kids – Chincheros

Our first stop exploring the Sacred Valley was an amazing visit to Chincheros with the kids. Chincheros is well known for its great artisans. It is located in Urubamba before Moray and Mara’s Salt Pond’s

The first thing you want to know about Chincheros it is that is a small town close to Cuzco. It has great artisans that have created beautiful textiles since the Inca’s time.

Second, I highly recommend it for kids. They are great weaving centers and local women gave us a great educational show. They explained the Inca’s process of getting colors from plants in English and Spanish in a very entertained way. You can watch the video here. scroll down

Cusco with kids
Just leaving Cusco you started getting the beautiful view of Sacred Valley

peru with kids: our way to chicheros
There was still some snow on the mountains

Peru with kids: Chincheros' view

Cusco with kids
Leaving Cusco

Leaving the city behind

Cusco with kids
Kantu the artesian place we visit

Once there you get inside and find this little ginny pig house where they raised them. The kids were able to see them, they are kind of cute.

Chincheros with kids
they have ginny pigs

Peru for kids
They are adorable

My kids love them

Next, we are greeting by the artesian and proceed to seat down.

Artisans ladies are so friendly and entertaining!

They provide us with some coca tea

We can find on the display what plant belongs to a specific color. It was wonderful and educational to see where they come from. I feel this visit was very educational for the kids.

Basically, they ground in a mortar the desired color. Once they get the sheep wool they watched and make it boiled together with the desired color.

love the colors

The kids were able to see all the process while the artesian explained

After they get the colors. They show us the waiving process

 

amazing artisans

Have fun!

 

 

 

Peru with kids: What to See in Miraflores

What to see in Miraflores

1. Walk or bike along Malecon de Miraflores

Last time we visit we stayed in Miraflores and visit the Malecon de Miraflores, Lima scenic cliff top pathway almost six miles long and it is line with gardens along the way and the views are amazing.  Along with this, you find different parks, restaurants, mini gyms, skateparks among other things. This is divided as Malecón Cisneros, Malecón de la Reserva, and  Malecón 28 de Julio. The views from it are just amazing!

All the way in Malecon de Miraflores you can find great parks: Maria Reiche, Antonio Raimondi, Parque Grau, and Centro America Park, IIZHAN Rabik Park and Parque del Amor.

 

Peru with kids: what to see in Miraflores

 

2. Stop at El Parque del Amor

Love’s Park is one iconic park in Miraflores. The giant sculpture of two lovers kissing is in the middle of this park overlooking the Ocean.  It is surrounded by mosaic walls on the benches. Is located in Malecon Cisneros a short walk from Larcomar. When in Lima make sure you visit this gem.

Peru with kids: el parque del Amor

3. Shop in Larcomar

Miraflores is a popular touristic area and Larcomar is a beautiful shopping center located by the Cliff of the beach. Its construction in 1998 caused controversy among neighbors because it was built on what it was a public park: Parque Salazar. Now is the favorite of locals and tourists, it has brought more people to already popular neighboorhood.

The park where was build it had a Cliff view and now this beautiful shopping mall posses those view. People local and tourist can enjoy a lunch, dinner or any meal with a stunning Ocean View. Besides restaurants, Larcomar has bowling alleys, clothes stores, ice cream shops, coffee shops, kids games areas. Is a great place to spend time.

Peru with kids: Miraflores

4. East around Parque Kenedy

El Parque Kenedy is located on the heart of Miraflores at the end of Avenida Arequipa. is the little main square with the little the Virgen Milagrosa’s Church and County building.

There are traditional restaurants as well as fast food restaurants. Around the Parque Kenedy, you find la Calle de las Pizzas, it is basically a street full of pizzerias, bar, and pubs. It is loud and they work on making you get inside their place. Sometimes it can be too much with family.

The Parque Kenedy usually has art exhibitions of local artists that are selling their work. Also, you can find souvenirs fairs. There you can find also the stop for the City Sieghsight panoramic Bus Tour, Mirabus.

 

 

Lima: Imagination Park

The Imagination park

El Parque de la imaginacion is a playful science and technology park and museum for children age 5 to 12. It is set up in a warehouse type of building where you can find different activities for kids.

A mini fire station, where kids can ride the fire engine and put the fire down. You can get to experience an earthquake, make giant bubbles. Learn about the human body and walk through some organs. It has a  robot dinosaurs exhibition and jungle animals. Create energy riding a bike.

There is also an aquarium with sea animals from local areas in Peru. fun for little and older. For Spanish speaker or non-Spanish speakers.

The park opens from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Entrance Cost $5. This Park and Museum is located on Av. José de la Riva Agüero Cdra. 8 s/n – San Miguel.

Here the gallery:

Visit Lima with kids
Check the human body

Lima with kids
Little and older can create energy pedaling a bike and see the space

Lima with kids
Peddaling to create energy

Lima with kids
Explore around dinosaurs exhibit

Visit Lima with kids
Kids can visit a mini fire station

what to do in Lima with kids
make a giant bubble

Lima with kids
Lots of hands-on activities

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visit Lima with kids
Sea Horse

Lima with kids
piranas

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little turtle from the jungle called “charapas”

Peru with kids

Lima’s Horse Race Track

Hipodromo de Monterrico

Lima’s Horse Race Track is a choice If you want to do something different with your family while in Lima.  Lima’s only Horse Race Track called Monterrico hipodromo. This is Horse Race Track was built in 1959 and open to the public in 1960. It is at a great distance from Lima Center. Located in Derbi Avenue s/n door 3 in the District of Surco.

The Monterrico Hipodromo’s entrance is free for the public but there is a for members only, with a bar and restaurant. The public entrance is not luxury, it is a local area and free of charge. There,  you can see people really passionate about horse races. The public area has a great view of the Horse race Track wherever you are. Plus it has a huge screen. You won’t miss a bit.

Inside the track, you can buy the race info horse as time and horse numbers. We watch a couple of races before betting on it.  There are lots of local folks betting. My dad is a huge horse race track and this was kinda a family thing to do.

My kids really enjoy watching the races, eating popcorn and playing on the little play area. It was the first time they saw a horse race as well as mine. Crazy right? but growing up I just saw this on TV. I hope you enjoy this gallery and learn what to expect there.