Congratulations on your family holidays! Traveling with kids is a wonderful experience both for parents and for the future travelers, and of course Machu Picchu and Peru are good destinations for families. View Latin America strives for the best vacation for everyone, therefore, we present tips and tricks to have an amazing time together!
Getting Ready for Holidays
Your kids need to know what is going on, so take your time to explain the family all the steps of the vacation trip. Getting to the airport, getting through security, the flights, your destinations, what you expect, what you can get. A great tip is to be sure you have all documents ready including passports or vaccination certifications.
Things can go wrong during the trip, so make time in the schedule in case of hassles. Having several activities per day can be quite stressful for you. Talk with your children about the travel destination. This helps to keep them excited about this exciting adventure!
Water, Food and Edibles
Your kids will be in a different environment with new food to try during holidays. Make sure the dishes they have or any food they get is free of any allergenic component for them. Tip: reading labels to check the concentration of sugar, salt, sodium and other components. Bottle water is always the safest option, but boiling water is also safe.
Be aware of the new unknown flavors. Peruvian food tends to be tasty but intense for certain palates. Let your kids experience the culture through their taste buds. Getting into how the food is made and the story behind the ingredients in the restaurants, farmlands or museums will also enhance the value of their time in Peru. You might be raising a future chef in your family!
Quick tip: having snacks will make any hungry kid (or adult) happy!
Kids’ Mindset and Cultural Shock
Cultural shock also has an impact on children. Different faces, different manners and different clothes always raise questions leaded by their innate curiosity. Answer them with tolerance and avoid prejudices or stereotypes. You will learn a lot from each other during vacations too!
Keep in mind you are the main example for your kid. Tolerance can lead to unforgettable experiences with locals of all ages. Let your children ask if some action is considered rude or not. People is more than a few paragraphs of a guidebook.
The more they feel confident in the new environment, the more they will make this experience theirs. Follow this tip: persuade them to explore their interest in this new country: examining nature, talking with locals, asking about how handcraft is made, reading local literature, listening to music played live, touring in bicycle or just feeling themselves in Peru.
Speaking of Peru, certain behaviors can lead to cultural shock. Effusive greeting and talking, opulent food, disorder in traffic, “Peruvian time”, intense dancing, strong religious influence in arts, public transportation, slow lines and having an indigenous language in daily life are some of the aspects that can be interesting for them to think about it and discuss.
Security in your family holiday
Always make sure where your kid is. Avoid hassles in your holidays by constantly keeping an eye of what there are doing. This can be easier if this duty is shared with another family member in the group. Write down your contact information, namely your name, phone number, email and local address, in cards and put them in a place kids can find easily.
Tip: be sure you have telephone numbers of emergency services, police stations and your travel agent. Take only authorized taxis and always be cautious.
Language Barrier and Special Needs
There might be the case you or your child are not ready to speak the local language. Besides the pleasure of enjoying the new culture through words, there are some ways to address special needs of any family member without speaking a foreign language. One tip is making cards previously translated into Spanish to make sure other people about specific instruction related to allergies, physical or mental needs. Phrasebooks and picture books where you can point out can be also helpful in your vacation trip.
On the other hand, most Peruvian tour guides and shopkeepers can help you with a fluid level of English. With View Peru, Spanish will not be a problem at all!
Discounts for children
Peru offers discounts for children in tours, tickets for shows, sightseeing places, transportation and more. Do not be afraid to ask for a discount even if not written.
Keeping Them Entertained
Kids need to be entertained all the time. Traveling to an exotic country like Peru offers the chance to discover lots of fascinating stuff to discover through all their senses, however they or other family member might miss habits they are used to.
Bringing small toys with you can be a good idea. Their favorite teddy bear or that haunting book. Electronics also will help you during queues or flights. Tip: be sure to have plenty of apps and digital content for them.
Reflecting about their journey
Being abroad for vacations is such a significant experience that older kids might stop and reflect a little about it. Giving them a travel journal or a camera can be a clever way to make them memories for this special episode of their lives. They might want to keep those records to upload them later in social media or to share thoughts with other relatives in the family or friends.
Tips for Babies and Toddlers
Do bring 2 or 3 times more diapers than you think you need. Wipes, pull ups and extra outfits for you and your baby. Choose between a sling, a stroller or a backpack considering weather, terrain and comfort for both of you.
Things can wrong while traveling with your family. However, this is life and it is a wonderful experience. Give them and yourself a wonderful time and smile. It’s vacation time!