- School starts too early. SHould start at 9am.
That depends on the school, my boys don't go to class until 1 in the afternoon.
Lack of general freedom for kids to play and venture off far from home safe.
I'd say that depends too... my kids ride their bikes to the parks in our neighborhood and walk the dogs, run errands to the bodega for me.. but my oldest is 12 and they speak Spanish, so it's a little different situation for us.
pluses... My kids aren't even in their teens yet, but they've climbed Huayna Picchu, played in jungle waterfalls, spent a morning watching a family of monkeys, run through an afternoon downpour in the rain forest....
There's Huampani (http://www.cvhuampani.com/
), not far away, which is fun for a weekend. Or take a weekend camping trip to Canta (http://www.enjoyperu.com/peru_travel_tours_information/peru_travel_destinations/peru_lima/lima-peru-surroundings-canta.html
Another thing my kids loved was going to the San Franciscan monastery and touring the catacombs. The Inquisition museum was kind of hokey (not the information, but the displays), but gruesome enough that the kids were fascinated. You have to ask for English guides, though. [url][/url]