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Peru

Profile: Dr Claire Rebentrost from International Medical Clinic Singapore

Interview with IMC paediatrician Dr Claire Rebentrost in Singapore. As a New Zealander based in Singapore, Claire has been all over the globe to about 20 countries including Samoa, Czech Republic, Australia, Majorca and the USA. An International Medical Clinic Singapore resident doctor, these days she travels three to four times a year around Asia and beyond with her two kids Oscar (4) and Hugo (2). She tells suitcases&strollers her family travel tips for traveling with young kids.

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Little Globetrotter: Cora Montgomery

Interview with Cora Montgomery of family travel website Tropic of Candycorn about the family holidays kids like the best. Cora is 11 years old and has already been to over 10 countries including exotic destinations such as Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Panama and Spain and around much of the USA. She and her siblings Hero (9), Philippa (6) and Minerva (3) typically do on 6 week trip a year with their parents as well as additional smaller trips throughout the year. This jetsetter tells suitcases&strollers her very frank (and sassy!) opinions about what kids like (and don’t like!) about family travel.

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Family Adventure Holidays: The Inca Trail With Kids

If you’re planning a family adventure holiday, one of the most famous and memorable things to do in Peru with kids is to hike the Inca Trail. For those aged 12 and above, this is a chance to reach the famed Machu Picchu from a different perspective – after a 42-kilometre walk through the Peruvian Andes. The Inca Trail is popular and famous for good reason – it will take you through the most stunning scenery but it’s not too difficult for anyone with reasonable fitness. All you need is a love of the outdoors and an appetite for fresh air. 

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The Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu is a must-see destination for those traveling to Peru. However, you could be put off taking children, given there are some risks associated with the altitude sickness and climate. suitcases&strollers has a solution to minimising kids’ exposure to altitude – avoid the usual tourist route and stick to the Sacred Valley instead, before going up to Machu Picchu with kids. This is a safer and potentially easier alternative that still allows for an amazing family adventure holiday for children of all ages.

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The Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is one of the must see destinations on any aspiring traveller’s list, especially if you’re an animal or plant lover. The sheer complexity of the ecosystem is astounding and seeing the plentiful wildlife and lush greenery makes for lifelong memories. But while heading into the jungles of darkest Peru might seem daunting and risky for little ones, there is actually a very easy and fuss-free way to do The Amazon with kids.

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The Permanent Travellers, Part 3

Herman Zapp and his wife Candelaria are fulfilling their lifelong dream to explore the world and have been travelling since 2000. Apart from a few months here and there, they have been on the road in their 7-seater Graham-Paige 1928 from Alaska to Argentina, all around Australia and around 13 countries in Asia. Their four children are truly global citizens and were born in the course of their parents’ travels – Pampa (11 in the USA), Tehue (8 in Argentina), Paloma (6 in Canada) and Wallaby (4 in Australia). Herman (currently in Zimbabwe) tells suitcases&strollers about the joys of permanently traveling with kids and why their life is so much more than just an extended family holiday.


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Machu Picchu

There is something so glorious about this ancient lost city amongst the clouds, it’s almost surreal. With spectacular views, picturesque ruins and plenty of spots to chill out and take it all, visiting Machu Picchu with kids is the highlight of any trip to Peru. For children or adults, this is a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience. Here's how to make Machu Picchu your next family adventure holiday destination. 


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Exercise While Travelling: Cycling With Kids

Nancy Sathre-Vogel loves to ride a bike, so much so that in 2005 her family set off on their first cycling tour in the mountains near Boise, Idaho, USA with their sons Davy and Daryl (then 7 years old). The four day trip was such a success that in 2006 they spent a year cycling around the US and Mexico. Then in 2008 they hopped into the saddle in Alaska and rode 173,00 miles through 15 countries to reach the southern most tip of Argentina. The boys (then 10) hold the world record as the youngest people to cycle the Pan-American Highway. Nancy tells suitcases&strollers about the practicalities of riding bikes with kids. 

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The Permanent Travellers, Part 2

13-year-old Miro Siegel is truly a global citizen. He and his mother, Lainie of blog Raising Miro, have been traveling for over 3 years and don’t plan to stop any time soon. His checklist includes Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia. Miro doesn’t attend formal school but participates in “unschooling” and is even helping produce a learning retreat in Peru. He tells suitcases&strollers why he loves his life on the road and doesn’t miss attending class. 


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The Permanent Travellers, Part I

Lainie Liberti of Raising Miro is a single mum who wanted her son, Miro, to learn about the world. So in 2008 she sold her Californian business and took the then 9-year-old on the road. They have been travelling ever since and covered 12 countries in South and Central America including Belize, Chile and Panama. (They currently live in Cusco, Peru where they have been for the last 7 months.) Lainie tells suitcases&strollers about why she chooses to dedicate her life to permanent travel with kids. 

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