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    Posted February 24, 2014 by
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    Your child's travel firsts

    Travel to Machu Picchu

     
    My wife and I had always traveled the world for fun before we got married. Once we decided to have children we thought our days of travelling were probably going to be over for awhile until at least the kids got older. For our 10 year anniversary we decided that we wanted to go to Machu Picchu. We debated back and forth, do we take our children knowing it would make the trip much more challenging yet give us an opportunity to share an amazing travel experience with them, or do we do the easy thing and leave them with a family member? Can we take a 1 and a 3 year old to Peru at high elevations? Is it safe? We did some research, and we chose the option of taking our 1 and 3 year old and are so glad we did. In Cusco and the surrounding areas, many of the locals had never seen little blue eyed, blonde haired kids and our boys were an attraction themselves. Travelling with young children and spending time on the playgrounds with the local children and meeting the kids and their families is something you don't normally get to do when you are just two adults travelling somewhere and gives you a completely different perspective. Machu Picchu was an amazing place, and even though our children were young and probably won't remember being there, my wife and I will have a lifetime of memories (and photos) that made the trip even more memorable because we were able to share the experience with our young children.
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