Families who choose to adopt a child from Peru are required to travel to Peru and stay in country for five to eight weeks to complete their adoption process. Travel happens approximately three months after the family is matched with a child. One parent can return home after approximately two to three weeks.
This time in country allows prospective adoptive parents not only time to bond with their matched child and complete their legal adoption process, but also provides the ability for parents to experience and explore their adopted child’s heritage, culture and the history of their birth country. Peru is a vast country with a rich history and with many popular tourist sites. Peru, located in the Southern Hemisphere, is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and borders several other South American countries. Its diverse geography includes the Amazon Basin, tropical forests, coastline and the Andes Mountains. Lima, its capital is uniquely located and is just miles from the coastline, mountains and tropical forests and provides an opportunity for visiting adoptive parents to explore many site seeing options in this unique country. Site seeing locations are relatively close in proximity and allows visitors the convenience to surf and sun on the beach or hike through jungle or mountains, all within a few days.
Machu Pichu, probably one the most well-known, the ruins of the ancient Incan civilization, is sometimes referred to as the lost city. Located high in a mountainous region and is believed that the site was constructed in the 15th century as an estate for an Incan emperor. The historical site has been voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a 2007 internet poll. Cusco is the well-known Incan site considered the historical Incan capital from the 13th to the 16th century. As well-known tourist destinations, these historical sites and local markets also offer the visitor the opportunity to purchase handmade souvenirs and unique items representative of their child’s birth country. The Sun Valley of the Incas, also located close to Cusco and Machu Pichu offers visitors tours of additional ancient Incan ruins. Day trips are available to all three locations as well as multi-day tours. The topography of these sites provides a fascinating and beautiful look into Peru’s ancient history.
Day tours of Lima also offer travelers many diverse options to learn about Peru and offer dining and shopping opportunities. One must visit is the Larco Museum which houses over 45,000 historical artifacts. In the evening once the sun goes down, families can watch visit and watch Circuito Magico del Agua, a water light show synchronized to music at Parque de la Reserva.
Numerous tourist opportunities are not the only advantage to adopting from Peru. Because Peru is signatory to The Hague Adoption Convention, it offers adoptive families an ethical and trusted adoption process. Prospective adoptive parents interested in Peru should be open to adopting children with the following characteristics:
- Children ages six years old and older
- Children in sibling groups of all ages
- Children with known medical needs (correctable and non-correctable)
The adoption process in Peru also affords adoptive parents time in country with their adopted child providing not only an opportunity to explore the rich and diverse history and culture of Peru with their child, but also a chance to interact with Peruvians known to be warm and an inviting group of people. What better way to learn about your child’s heritage and to share with them about their country of birth?
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