Why do we travel? Why do we invest time and money to plan dream vacations? Why do we pack our lives into a suitcase, leave our comfort zones, and set off to discover the world? While the answers to these questions might vary, the underlying constant is this: we want to experience new things. The ways in which we travel transform over time. A quick, weekend escape with friends is an ideal plan when we are young. This usually transforms into solo journeys around the world as a way to get to know ourselves better as we get older. When we are in love, we count the hours until being able to sneak off on a romantic trip with our other half. When kids come along, however, travel becomes about creating memories and spending time together before they leave the nest.
According to the statistics collected by PromPeru, the second most common visiting tourist profile after solo travelers (40%), is that of couples traveling together (27%). Meanwhile, international family tourist groups (8%) come in at fourth – a number that continues to grow. So, what makes a destination captivating for families? For Peruvians, the family is the main support group. Our society is based on family structure as the foundation of our communities, especially in the Andes. It is essential to make sure there are diverse enough activities available so that each group member’s interests are represented, whether it be: bicycle rides, touring museums, flying across zip lines, interacting with incredible animals, walking through the mountains, or discovering new, exotic tastes.
To have such a variety of activities will not only keep everyone entertained, but it also offers an incredible educational opportunity for kids and young people. The best way to arouse interest in nature and conservation is experiencing it first hand, and for this, there is no better place than the wondrous Amazon Jungle. Meanwhile, there is no better way to learn about how past cultures lived than visiting Machu Picchu, the mind-boggling architectural and engineering masterpiece. When considering a romantic couple’s vacation, on the other hand, Peru has no reason to envy any of the world’s classic dream destinations. With beautiful sunsets over the ocean, magical cities that capture the heart, romantic meals at luxury restaurants with food good enough to win over even the most demanding palates, star-filled jungle skies, and charming beaches, Peru holds its own as an ideal spot for romance-filled vacations.
This passionate aura that envelopes the country provides the perfect setting for memorable wedding celebrations. With destination weddings becoming increasingly popular, Cusco has turned into a coveted location, attracting couples from all over the world who look to honour their love. Whether it is in a traditional ceremony or an alternative Andean celebration focused on celebrating the spiritual union, as well as their connection to the Pachamama, or Mother Earth, Cusco offers lovers unique and unforgettable experiences. Whether it is a romantic trip or a family vacation, Peru is a fantastic travel alternative with unparalleled charm and incredible adventures perfect for people of all ages.
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