Peru

Lima Peru – Plaza de Armas

Lima Peru – Plaza de Armas is the home of the Government Palace, Lima Catedral, and other important Government buildings. It is one of the most beautiful Plaza de Armas build by Spain in Latin America.

Its beautiful well maintains garden and streets make Lima such vibrant and historical City.  And it is a safe place for adults and kids. Lima Center has changed from being one of the most dangerous places in Lima 30 years ago, to be one of the safest.

Lima Peru Government Palace

Plaza de Armas

History

Build in 1535 in a baroque style with Carve wooden balconies. The Plaza de Armas was created following the Procedures of the New Cities in the world back in 1535 when the Spains arrived on Peru.

With the new Procedure of New cities after outlining a city’s plan, the growth followed a grid centered on the square shape of the plaza. For this reason, the Plaza de Armas is surrounded by Jiron Junin, Jiron de la Union,  Jiron Huallaga, and the Jiron Carabaya Avenues.

Lima Peru Plaza de armas. Traveling with kids
Wooden Carved balconies

What To See in Plaza de Armas:

Government Palace

The Government Palace is where the Peruvian President lives. It has been rebuilt several times, and the French-inspired Palace was built in 1930.

The Government Palace and Lima Cathedral are located here. If you have time to visit, try to get to the Government Palace around noon to see the changing of the palace guard. You don’t need tickets for this just be on time to be on the front line!

Lima Peru Government Palace. Traveling with kids

Fun places to go with kids. Lima Peru View of Palace
Lima Peru with kids. View of Palace
Lima Peru with kids beautiful view of Government Palace door
Close view of Government Palace. Peru with kids
Fun with family. Lima Peru with kids. Government Palace
You can admire the French Style of Peruvian Government Palace with your family

Lima Peru Cathedral

While Lima Cathedral was built originally in 1600. The Cathedral houses a great collection of art and while the Government Palace access is restricted, the Catedral is open to the public for an admission of $2. Remember if you want to get in they restrict access to people wearing shorts and sandals.

 

Peru with kids, plaza de Armas Lima Cathedral
View of front of the cathedral

Peru with kids: Lima Peru Government Palace

One of the fun things to do in Peru with kids visit Lima Cathedral
My son admiring the Cathedral French doors. It is fascinating by it
Visiting Lima with family. Inside Cathedral
More amazing of the outside is inside the Lima Cathedral. A gorgeous piece of art that you and your family will appreciate.

Choco Museum or Chocolate Museum

On the North side, you find the park of the flag and the “Oidor House” converted to a  Pisco bar and the Choco Museo or Museum of chocolate. In this museum, you can get to make Cholotaes and get free testing of them as well. Kids really appreciate fun things to do. They don’t only get to learn how to make chocolate they test it!

Exploring Lima with kids. Fountains by the Odor House
The Oidor House

Lima with kids. CathedralLima with kids. Chocolate Museum

Lima with kids. Fun activities: Chocolate museum

San Francisco Chruch and Monastery

This Monastery and Church is located on the North Side of the Plaza de Armas. A block from Government Palace and is the house of the Lima Catacombs. You can access to direct guide tour every hour. Check details of this impressive place here.

Honestly, my kids were not ready to visit the Catacombs but we did it. They did enjoy feeding the bird by the front door I think is upon personalities, some kids are fearless!

Lima with kids. San Francisco Church
Located on the right side behind Government Palace
One fun thing to do with kids is show architectural art in Lima Peru: San Francisco Church
I love to show my kids this architectual beauty

 

Lima with kids. San Francisco Monastery
You can get a ride around Plaza de Armas in a carriage in Lima Peru
Places for kids. Lima Peru San Francisco Monastery
Kids really enjoyed feeding the bird
Lima with kids indoor view of San Francisco Monastery
A beautiful and peaceful view of the indoor of the Monastery

 

 

 

This is an amazing place for kids. Catacombs Peru
View of one of many catacombs inside the Monastery

Municipal Palace (City Hall)

Another building located on Main Square is the Municipal Palace (City Hall). While in the South part, you find the magazine Caretas headquarters. Also, Pasaje Olaya where you can stop in one of its many restaurants to enjoy some Peruvian cuisine.

Travel with kids. View of plaza de Armas Lima

Lima with kids. View of beautiful fountain

View of balconies and Plaza de Areas Lima

 

Jiron de la Union

Starting on the south part of Plaza de Armas is Jiron de la Union. Favorite things to do by locals since it has a  public Pathwalk that goes many blocks and ends in  Plaza San Martin.  It has some of the most important post-colonial architecture. It was some of Lima most elegant shopping centers on the lattes 19th century and the beginning of 20th.   At the end of  Plaza San Martin, you can find the Hotel Bolivar, where the famous Peruvian Drink – Pisco Sour was created.

Lima Peru Jiron de la Union one of favorite locals spot

Casa Aliaga is a beautiful building along Iron de la Union
Beautiful building along Jiron de la Union

Fun places for kids in Lima Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Bolivar

At the end of Jiron de la Union and by La Plaza San Martin is the Hotel Bolivar. This stunning hotel is where the famous Peruvian drink was created. You have to try it here!

Visit Lima with Kids and explore Gran Hotel Bolivar

Hotel Bolivar entrance
Hotel Bolivar entrance and hall

I hope this information is useful and you enjoy your travel experience!

Machu Picchu with kids

How much does a family trip to Machu Picchu cost?

How much does a trip to visit Machu Picchu cost for a family of four:

How much you will spend depends on your choices. I’m showing you a detail of how much it cost a family trip to Machu Picchu for a family of four. We visited as a family of four, but you could also use this  information  to have an idea of the cost  as a couple or solo visit Machu Picchu:

Trip Item Cost
Adults Kid second Adult second kid
Private Van from Cusco to Ollantaytambo  (1 to 4 passengers) $45
Staying in Ollantaytambo One queen bed and two twin beds (sleep 4) * $60
PeruRail train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes: Train Expedition ** $120 $60 $120 $60
Hospedaje in Aguas Calientes (sleep 4)* $55
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu** $47 $24 $47 $24
Roundtrip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu site** $24 $12 $24 $12
Private tour guide $30
Private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (1 to 4 passengers) $45
Total Cost In Van or private transportation per person $426 $96 $191 $96
total cost per family of 4 with a van or private transportation $809
* prices vary according to hotel amenities and season
** pay per person

On this post I’m breaking down the different options there are and how much are them. You can find the detail on how we got there on my post How to get to Machu Picchu with family and how we did it

Cost of buses to get to Machu Picchu

Bus to Poroy Train Station:

To get to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) you will need to take a train. The first train station is located on Poroy, about  25 to 30 minutes in a taxi from Cusco center.

  • Taxis from Cusco to Poroy cost  35 soles up to 4 people (around $11)
  • The private van that is called collective by locals can cost you  from 7 soles per person (around $2)

The train from Poroy to Aguas Calientes takes approx. 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Bus to Ollantaytambo Train station:

The other option is to take a bus or taxi from Cusco town to Ollantaytambo train station.   Ollantaytambo is located 2 hours in the car from Cusco Center.

  • Bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo cost 10 soles (around $4)
  • Taxi cost around 100 soles (approx. $31)

The train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) takes approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes to get there.

TIP: The train operates every day except for the last Sunday of each month.

How much does it cost the Train to Machu Picchu:

There are two companies that run the trains in Machu Picchu, one is INCA TRAIL, a company with new trains; and PERU RAIL the company that has been there for longer time. I recommend to buy your tickets in advance and see what fit your budget better

INCA RAIL TRAIN COST:

Route: Poroy  Machu Picchu Poroy (round trip)

  • The First Class Machu Picchu train cost around  $398 per adult and  $150 per kid.
  • The  360° Machu Picchu train cost around  $130 per adult and $75 per kid.

Route: Ollantaytambo  Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo (round trip) 

  • The First Class Machu Picchu train $398 per adult and around $150 per kids.
  • The  360° Machu Picchu cost from $110 to $140 per adult and kids $90 per kid.
  • There is an extra car here – The Voyager that cost around $110 to $140 and around $78 to $70 per kid.

The train ticket will depend on the schedule and the service. These are the average prices of this company. More Information details of this train here https://incarail.com

PERU RAIL TRAIN COST:

Route Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (round trip)

  • Train Expedition  will cost around  $120 per adult and $60 per kid
  • Train Vistadome  will cost around $110 to $215 per adult and $55 per kid
  • Peru Real Sacred Valley will cost around $340 per adult and $170 per kid

Route Poroy (Cusco)– Aguas Calientes – Poroy

  • Train Expedition will cost round trip cost around  $130 per adult and $65 per kid
  • Train Vistadome round trip cost around $215 per adult and $105 per kid
  • Train Hiram Bingham (luxury service) / will cost you around $950 per adult and $475 per kid

Tips for this train: No tickets needed for children aged 0-2 years held in parent’s arms. If an independent seat is required for the child, a 50% discount on the purchase of tickets will be applied. Children aged 3-11 years are subject to a 50% discount on the purchase of tickets.

 

Staying in Aguas Calientes:

After arriving in Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) you need to look for places to stay. Only you won’t if you arrive on time for one of the turns to enter Citadel. One night in Aguas Calientes with basic service for a family of four can cost around $55 or more.

How much does it cost the Bus to Machu Picchu

Once in Machu Picchu to get to the ruins you need to take the bus. The roundtrip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will cost US $24 A per adult and $12 per kid.

Machu Picchu entrance cost

  • It costs 152 soles ($46-$47)
  • Students pay 77 soles ($23-$24) but can’t get tickets online they need to get it in person on any office, since there are many cases of falsification.
  • School students pay 70 soles ($21-22) up until 12.
  • There is a 50% discount to 60 years and older and people with discapacity on the regular ticket (152 soles) approx. $23-$24.
  • Remember that you can get the discount on your tickets to Machu Picchu if you have a university id card (pre-degree), or if you belong to the Andean Community of Nations (CAN).

 

Cost of Huayna Picchu entrance

It costs 48 soles ($15) for adults, kids, and students in general. There is a 50% discount to 60 years and older and people with discapacity on the regular ticket.

Huayna Picchu is a big adventure…watch your steps. Here a little gallery of our visit to Huayna Picchu.

Peru with kids

View from Huayna Picchu

View from Huayna Picchu. I hope you find this information useful to plan your trip and know What to expect. Rocio