When planning a family holiday, everyone will want to include different activities in the itinerary. On the other hand, if this is your first time in Cuzco, you might be not pretty sure of what can you do. The city of the Incas has plenty of things to do for people of all ages, and View Peru presents the best activities to enjoy a family holiday in Cuzco.
Create good memories through cooking classes
Cooking is a very enjoyable way to enhance the value of a family holiday. Not only increases cooking skills, but also you will discover the intimate secrets of Peruvian culinary through ingredients, techniques and flavors.
During the class, you will visit the local San Pedro Market to learn about the great diversity of exotic fruits, herbs and medicinal plants. Later, you will start the magic of making Andean and Peruvian dishes by yourself. Is there any chef in the family? He or she definitively will love this activity.
Chocolate Lovers? Choco Museum
The Cuzco region is one of the capitals of cacao in Peru. Choco Museum offers 40- and 90-minute classes to make your own flavored chocolate. This popular shop sells exotic flavors as muña, the Andean mint, to strawberries or peanuts. Preparing, molding and decorating is a good memory for everyone in the family!
After the class, you can also choose from a wide variety of chocolate, coffee and tea souvenirs!
For Shopping Fans
Buying souvenirs is a great activity to engage in and make relatives part of the holiday trip. What about a journal with Andean style? A bottle of Peruvian pisco, or a mix of Peruvian snacks for foodies. Books for those avid readers or a zampoña pan flute for kids. Handmade ñusta dolls or stuffed llamas are suitable for young members of the crew. Historical Torito de Pucará bulls and other pieces of pottery for handcraft collectors.
Besides, shopping fans will also find exciting mastering all those bargain tricks and compare prices with your country. Find unique edibles and get that discount from a caserito shopkeeper like a Peruvian would do it!
Planetarium: Explore the Incan astronomy
Inca knowledge ranged from medicine to engineering, and as other civilizations, astronomy. The Planetarium, a family-run business, will give you an insight of how constellations and the sky influenced the Inca daily life. If the sky in Cuzco is clear enough, telescopes will be ready for you to watch planets like Jupiter or Saturn, colored stars and beautiful constellations.
During the dry season, from May to October, the sky is perfect to stargaze and have an unforgettable holiday night along the loved ones.
Pottery Workshops: Make your own souvenir!
Two hours in the workshop of a famous artisan will not be enough to appreciate the art of pottery, however you will get your hands dive into clay and history. Decorate your piece of ceramic and take it home as your own souvenir.
Creative members of the family will love for sure this class. Do not hesitate to contact View Peru to get it into your holiday itinerary!
Local events: music, arts, and more
Cuzco is more than ancient ruins and exquisite food. The Teatro Municipal theatre is the venue of cultural events to enjoy together. Classical music concerts, performing arts in scene, and more. Movies are also a good source of entertainment at language schools and cultural centers. Ask View Peru for information about events during your stay.
Do not miss local holidays and festivals. Some important dates are February for Carnival, June 24th for the Inti Raymi, July 28th for National Independency Day or November 1st for All Saints Day.
Do you have a special ability to share with others? Volunteering is quite a lovable way to spend your time during the family holidays. NGO’s, schools, and other organizations look for people that can help out in teaching English, help out in childcare, conservation work, medical duties and more.
Peru is a popular destination for volunteers. You can research on the Internet for projects that suit your skills or objectives, or ask View Peru for the volunteer project that suits you the best.
Exploring the City at your Own Pace
You are not only traveling in Cuzco, you are also living in Cuzco. Markets, supermarkets, restaurants, forests, churches, libraries, malls, cinemas, parks, museums, theatres, shops, buildings, and lots of places are waiting for you to be visited.
What about finding your favorite place in Cuzco? It can be part of the tours and itineraries, but it could also be found by walking with your children in the traditional neighborhood of San Blas or at the end of the Sol Avenue.
Challenge Your Mind and Body
Family members with no fear will love to challenge themselves in adventure sports. Starting from hiking, you can add turquoise lagoons or colored mountains in the to-do list. Biking tours and snow climbing tours are available too. Other options are zipline, paragliding, horseback riding, to name a few.
Mysticism has become one of the trending activities in the land of the Incas. You can find healing centers with yoga classes or Andean ceremonies. It is said, Cuzco is a sacred city with heaps of spiritual energy and ancient knowledge of life.
View Peru wants every member of your family to be happy and enjoy Cuzco family holidays the most. We provide activities and experiences for people of all ages and all kinds of interests. Do not hesitate to tell us what would your dream trip be and let us make all the magic. Are you ready to make your dream come true?