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Top Family Holidays in South America

Discover amazing adventures with the whole family

Amanda

Amanda

Latin America Specialist
Published on

09 Oct 2023

Updated on

12 Jan 2024

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South America, a continent teeming with captivating diversity and endless wonder, invites families to embark on unforgettable adventures together. From the dense Amazon Rainforest to the towering peaks of the Andes, to the vibrant rhythms of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Holidays have something for all ages. Similarly, from the ancient mysteries of Machu Picchu, to the astonishing depths of the Colca Canyon, and the mesmerising views of Lake Titicaca, Peru Holidays will wow the whole family. South America offers a wide range of experiences that cater to all generations.

Family holidays in South America weave together cultural immersion, educational exploration, and thrilling outdoor escapades. The continent's natural wonders serve as an expansive playground where children can marvel at unique wildlife, from giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands to stunning jaguars in the Amazon.

For a unique adventure, consider horse riding in Torres del Paine, where the majestic landscapes of Patagonia come alive beneath you. Whether you're trekking the Inca Trail to uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu, or sailing the waters of the Galapagos to witness nature's marvels, South America promises to ignite the curiosity of every family member.

For simplicity, we have categorized these experiences into trips suitable for children under 5, those aged 5-12, and journeys tailored for teenagers.

Top Trips for 5- 12 Year Olds


1. Galapagos

Traveling to the Galapagos with young children can be an incredibly enriching experience for families. This unique archipelago offers a living classroom where young explorers can encounter iconic wildlife like giant tortoises, playful sea lions, and exotic birds up close. Short walks, easy snorkelling, and boat tours cater to little adventurers. Family-friendly eco-lodges ensure comfort and safety, and educational tours teach kids about the remarkable biodiversity and conservation efforts in the region. With its gentle adventures and extraordinary wildlife encounters, the Galapagos Islands create unforgettable memories for families with young children.

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Galapagos crabs
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Turtle, Galapagos

A family holiday to the Galapagos Islands is an unparalleled adventure, akin to stepping into a living classroom where nature takes the role of the teacher. This remote archipelago, nestled in the Pacific Ocean, invites families to embark on a journey of discovery amidst some of the world's most unique ecosystems.

As you explore the islands, be prepared to encounter a remarkable array of wildlife, from the iconic giant tortoises that have roamed these volcanic landscapes for centuries to the playful sea lions that frolic along the shores. These encounters will captivate the imaginations of both young and old, leaving an indelible mark on their understanding of the natural world.

Family Highlights

  • Wildlife Encounters: Witness the unique Galapagos wildlife up close, from giant tortoises and playful sea lions to marine iguanas and diverse bird species, providing unforgettable educational experiences for families.
  • Snorkelling Adventures: Dive into crystal-clear waters for family-friendly snorkelling, where you can swim alongside sea turtles, colourful fish, and even penguins, fostering a love for marine life.
  • Educational Tours: Explore the islands with knowledgeable guides who share insights into the Galapagos' geological history, conservation efforts, and the fascinating stories behind Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
  • Hiking and Exploration: Embark on family hikes through diverse landscapes, from lava fields to lush forests, encountering unique flora and fauna while learning about the islands' ecological importance.
  • Beaches and Water Activities: Relax on pristine beaches, build sandcastles, and enjoy water sports like kayaking and paddle-boarding, ensuring fun-filled moments for families against stunning natural backdrops.
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Lava Lizard, Galapagos
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Sea Lion Pup, Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands offer a wide range of activities tailored to family interests. Snorkelling in crystal-clear waters allows you to swim alongside graceful sea turtles and colourful fish, providing a glimpse of life beneath the ocean's surface. Hiking trails wind through diverse landscapes, where curious finches and other bird species abound. Educational tours led by knowledgeable guides impart insights into the islands' geological history and the conservation efforts that safeguard these fragile ecosystems.

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre where you can learn about the conservation and management of the Galapagos Islands and visit the giant tortoise breeding centre. A final highlight is visiting the wild and uninhabited Bartolome Island famed for its pinnacle rock.

In this living classroom, the Galapagos Islands inspire a sense of wonder, curiosity, and respect for the natural world, making it an extraordinary destination where families can bond over shared discoveries and create lasting memories together.

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Galapagos
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Penguins, Galapagos

2. Chile Family Holidays

Chile, with its remarkable diversity and family-friendly attractions, is an ideal destination for a memorable family holiday. From the enchanting landscapes of Patagonia to the cultural richness of Santiago and the fun-filled beaches of the Pacific coast, Chile offers a wide array of experiences for all ages. Explore the pristine wilderness of Patagonia as a family, with opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and even penguin spotting. Witness the majestic glaciers and fjords of this southern wonderland. Discover the vibrant capital city, Santiago, where you can explore museums, art galleries, and sample delicious Chilean cuisine.

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Wild horses, Chile
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Hiking in Chile

Family Highlights:

  • Patagonian Adventure: Explore the pristine wilderness of Patagonia as a family, with opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife encounters.
  • Santiago Exploration: Discover Santiago's vibrant culture by visiting museums, art galleries, and sampling delicious Chilean cuisine. Take a cable car ride for panoramic city views.
  • Stargazing in the Atacama Desert: Experience the wonder of the universe with family stargazing tours in the Atacama Desert, where you can marvel at the night sky through powerful telescopes.
  • Chiloé Island Culture: Immerse yourselves in the unique culture of Chiloé Island, known for its colorful stilted houses, folklore, and charming villages. Explore seafood markets and take boat trips to spot wildlife.
  • Beachside Relaxation: Enjoy quality family time on Chile's sandy beaches along the Pacific coastline. Swim in the ocean, build sandcastles, and partake in water sports like surfing and kayaking.

Take a ride on cable cars for panoramic city views. Journey to the otherworldly Atacama Desert, where you can gaze at the stars through powerful telescopes, visit salt flats, and even experience the thrill of sandboarding. Immerse yourselves in the unique culture of Chiloé Island, known for its colourful stilted houses and folklore. Explore charming villages, seafood markets, and take boat trips to spot wildlife. Along Chile's extensive coastline, enjoy family time on sandy beaches, swim in the Pacific Ocean, and partake in water sports like surfing and kayaking. Chile's blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and outdoor adventures offers families the perfect recipe for an enriching and exciting holiday together. Whether you're exploring the wilderness or indulging in urban delights, Chile promises cherished moments and lifelong memories for all family members.

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Lago Grey Boat, Patagonia
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Torres del Paine, Chile

3. Argentina

Argentina, with its diverse landscapes and rich traditions, provides an array of family holiday activities. Begin in Buenos Aires, the lively capital, where you can immerse yourselves in Argentine culture by exploring historic neighbourhoods, catching a captivating tango show, and savouring mouth-watering steaks in local parrillas. Next, venture to Iguazu Falls, a natural wonder where a network of waterfalls and lush rainforests beckon exploration. Boardwalks offer thrilling up-close views of these mighty cascades, making it a memorable family adventure.

The Mendoza region beckons families with a world of exciting outdoor escapades. Dive into the exhilarating rapids of the Mendoza River on a thrilling white-water rafting adventure. Explore the enchanting countryside with horseback rides, pedal through mesmerizing mountain biking trails in the Andes, or even conquer the towering Aconcagua Mountain, South America's highest summit.

Patagonia is generally more suited to the slightly older end of this age bracket due to the physical demands and with hiking being one of the most popular activities found here, but for the right age, it is the perfect outdoor playground. As well as hiking, in Punta Tombo, Peninsula Valdes, you can witness thousands of Magellanic penguins during their nesting season, boat tours allow you to explore glaciers, fjords, and marine wildlife and Patagonia's pristine lakes and rivers provide opportunities for canoeing and kayaking.

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina
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Gauchos, Argentina

Families can bond over thrilling outdoor activities in Patagonia, such as hiking, kayaking, and wildlife spotting. The region's stunning landscapes, including glaciers and towering mountains, provide a breathtaking backdrop for shared adventures.

Family Highlights

  • Buenos Aires Exploration: Explore the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, where families can stroll through historic neighbourhoods, enjoy cultural performances, and savour delicious Argentine cuisine.
  • Iguazu Falls Adventure: The breath-taking Iguazu Falls is a family must, not only will your kids be wowed by the vast volumes of water, but taking a boat up towards the falls can be a thrilling adventure, although be prepared, you might get wet! There are plenty of birds to see, a train to ride, a nearby butterfly garden, and plenty of picnic areas on the Brazilian side you can take the Macuco Safari, which combines a jungle walk with a boat ride that goes right up to the base of the falls. It's a memorable and safe adventure suitable for families.
  • Patagonian Outdoor Fun: Embark on outdoor adventures in Patagonia, from hiking in the Andes to witnessing the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, offering families an opportunity to bond during awe-inspiring landscapes.
  • Andean Northwest Discovery: Discover the rich cultural heritage of the Andean Northwest region, where families can explore indigenous traditions, visit archaeological sites, and engage in interactive cultural experiences.
  • Visit Mendoza: renowned for producing some of the best wine in the world, but it is surprisingly family-friendly. Many of the vineyards are accessible by bike making cycling between them a great family activity, some family-friendly vineyards offer grape juice tasting alongside wine tasting so you can all get involved and there are plenty of spots nearby where you can do horse riding, rafting or even ziplining. Mendoza even has its own zoo!

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Flamingos, Argentina
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Patagonia, Argentina

4. Peru

A family holiday in Peru promises to be a captivating adventure that harmoniously blends the allure of ancient wonders, the richness of cultural experiences, and the awe-inspiring beauty of its landscapes.

Machu Picchu, with its enigmatic ruins nestled high in the Andes, stands as an emblem of Peru's ancient history. This awe-inspiring archaeological wonder, often shrouded in mist, beckons families to explore its hidden chambers and walk in the footsteps of the Incas. The sense of wonder and discovery that permeates Machu Picchu creates an indelible connection between generations, forging bonds as strong as the ancient stones themselves.

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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Lake Titicaca, Peru

But Peru's allure extends far beyond its famous citadel. In the bustling markets of Cusco, families can immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of indigenous traditions. Here, colourful textiles, handcrafted souvenirs, and delicious local cuisine await, providing a sensory feast that both educates and entertains. Children can interact with artisans, gaining insight into the art of traditional weaving and craftsmanship, while parents can savour the flavours of Peru's diverse culinary heritage.

Family Highlights:

  • Machu Picchu Exploration: Peru's historical sites, including Machu Picchu and Cusco, provide valuable educational opportunities. Kids can explore ancient ruins, learn about the Inca civilization, and develop a lifelong appreciation for history.
  • Buggies & Sandboarding from Paracas: Experience something really different full of adventure and adrenalin. Choose diverse routes: choose from 3m to 90 m high dunes.
  • Lake Titicaca Adventure: Cross the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca as a family, encountering the indigenous Uros people who live on floating reed islands and exploring the serene beauty of Taquile Island.
  • Family Cook Along: Peru is a food lover's paradise, and even young palates will enjoy trying diverse dishes. Family-friendly cooking classes can be a fun and educational way to introduce kids to Peruvian cuisine.
  • Sacred Valley Exploration: Embark on family hikes in the Sacred Valley, discovering ancient archaeological sites and enjoying picnics amidst breath-taking landscapes, fostering a sense of wonder and adventure in your children.
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Machu Picchu
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Pisac market, Peru

Peru's warm hospitality is another hallmark of this family-friendly destination. Throughout your journey, you'll encounter gracious locals who welcome you into their communities with open arms. Whether it's a warm greeting from a host family in a rural village or the friendly smiles of street vendors in bustling markets, the people of Peru make every moment feel like a cherished memory.

In this captivating country, every day is an opportunity for adventure and exploration. The Sacred Valley is where families can explore ancient ruins, hike along scenic trails, and even embark on thrilling horseback rides through picturesque landscapes. The chance to witness vibrant festivals and traditional ceremonies adds a cultural dimension to your adventure, allowing your family to gain a deeper understanding of Peru's rich heritage.

As the sun sets over the dramatic landscapes of the Andes or the tranquil shores of Lake Titicaca, families can gather around and reflect on the incredible experiences they've shared.

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5. Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest beckons families to embark on an extraordinary adventure, immersing themselves in the heart of one of the world's most diverse and captivating ecosystems. This lush wilderness offers an incredible opportunity for both fun and education.

As families venture into the Amazon, guided tours introduce kids to the astonishing biodiversity that thrives here. Children can marvel at the playful antics of monkeys swinging through the canopy, spot vibrant and exotic birds like macaws and toucans, and even catch glimpses of the elusive river dolphins that inhabit these waters. These wildlife encounters foster a deep appreciation for the natural world and provide young explorers with lasting memories.

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Amazon rainforest
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Green Parrot

Family Highlights:

  • Wildlife Encounters: Experience the thrill of wildlife encounters as a family, spotting monkeys, colourful birds, river dolphins, and other exotic creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Guided Jungle Tours: Embark on guided jungle tours that provide educational insights into the Amazon's biodiversity, ecology, and the importance of rainforest conservation
  • Cultural Immersion: Visit indigenous communities and learn about their traditions, rituals, and sustainable practices, offering a deeper understanding of the rainforest's cultural significance.
  • Canoe Excursions: Explore the intricate waterways of the Amazon on family-friendly canoe excursions, offering a unique perspective of the rainforest and its diverse ecosystems.
  • Educational Activities: Engage in educational activities designed for children, fostering a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world while creating unforgettable family memories.

The jungle's immersive experiences go beyond wildlife spotting. Families can take part in educational activities that teach them about the rainforest's ecological importance and the need for its conservation. Jungle treks, canoe excursions, and visits to indigenous communities introduce children to the rich cultures that have thrived in harmony with the Amazon's lush surroundings for generations.

A family adventure in the Amazon Rainforest is not only a thrilling journey into nature but also an opportunity for kids to gain valuable insights into the importance of preserving our planet's most vital ecosystems.

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Top Trips for 13-17 Year Olds


Traveling to South America with teenagers can be an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. South America is a paradise for the fearless, adventure seekers, with activities like zip-lining in the rainforests, and white-water rafting in the Andes.

South America's diverse languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, offer teenagers the chance to practice their language skills in real-life situations, enhancing their communication abilities.

And perhaps most importantly, shared family experiences. Family adventures in South America create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds as everyone shares the excitement and challenges of exploring a new and diverse continent together.

Overall, South America offers a dynamic blend of adventure, culture, and educational experiences that can be both enjoyable and transformative for teenagers and their families. Here are a few of our favourites.

6. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an extraordinary destination for families seeking an adventure-filled holiday amidst nature's wonders. Renowned for its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife, providing the perfect backdrop for a family adventure that combines adventure, culture, and relaxation. Here's why Costa Rica is an ideal choice for a family adventure activity holiday:

Family Highlights:

  • Rainforest Exploration: Embark on thrilling jungle treks and canopy walks through Costa Rica's rainforests, where families can discover exotic wildlife, vibrant flora, and hidden waterfalls.
  • White Water Rafting: Get your adrenaline pumping with exciting white water rafting trips suitable for various skill levels, providing unforgettable family bonding experiences.
  • Zip-Lining Adventures: Glide through the treetops on exhilarating zip-lining tours, offering a unique perspective of the rainforest and its inhabitants.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Encounter diverse wildlife, from playful monkeys and colourful toucans to sloths and turtles, fostering a love for the natural world among family members of all ages.
  • Beach Bliss: Relax on secluded beaches, take surf lessons, or enjoy natural hot springs, ensuring moments of relaxation and fun for the whole family.
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White water rafting, Costa Rica
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Rainforest exploring, Costa Rica

Families can embark on thrilling adventures like zip-lining through the treetops, white-water rafting on jungle rivers, and exploring volcanic landscapes. Costa Rica's national parks, such as Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero, provide opportunities to spot monkeys, sloths, and colourful birds, captivating the imaginations of young explorers.

For those seeking relaxation, Costa Rica's pristine beaches offer sun-soaked shores perfect for building sandcastles and playing in the surf. The country's eco-friendly lodges and resorts cater to families, providing comfortable accommodations and engaging activities.

Costa Rica's commitment to conservation and sustainability ensures that families can enjoy nature without harming it. Discovering diverse ecosystems, learning about wildlife, and immersing in the local culture create educational and enriching experiences for kids of all ages.

In Costa Rica, family holidays become cherished memories as you bond over adventures in this tropical wonderland.

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7. Bolivia

With its dramatic landscapes and vibrant culture, presents an unparalleled setting for a family adventure activity holiday. Bolivia promises an exciting blend of outdoor exploration, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences that will captivate family members of all ages.

Start your family journey with a visit to the mesmerising Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat. Kids will be enchanted by the seemingly endless white landscape, especially during the rainy season when it transforms into a giant mirror, providing endless inspiration for games and family photos!

Explore the bustling city of La Paz, where a cable car ride over the city provides panoramic views that will awe both young and old. Don't miss the lively Witches' Market and the historic colonial district.

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Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
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Milky Way, Bolivia

Family Highlights:

  • Uyuni Salt Flats: Embark on a surreal adventure across the vast, glistening Uyuni Salt Flats, where your family can take perspective-defying photos and explore this unique natural wonder.
  • Pampas Wildlife Safaris: Navigate the winding waterways of the Amazon Pampas on a wildlife safari. Spot caimans, capybaras, and vibrant birdlife, making it an exciting and educational experience for children.
  • La Paz Cable Car Ride: Soar above the city of La Paz on its cable car system, providing spectacular panoramic views and a thrilling ride for family members of all ages.
  • Trekking and Hiking: Bolivia offers excellent trekking opportunities for families. Explore the surreal landscapes of Moon Valley or embark on family-friendly hikes in the Andes.
  • Cultural Encounters: Immerse your family in Bolivia's indigenous cultures by visiting local markets, participating in traditional ceremonies, and exploring ancient archaeological sites.
  • Lake Titicaca: Explore the serene shores of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake.
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Valle Luna, Bolivia
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Moon Island, Bolivia

Venture into the Amazon rainforest for wildlife encounters and riverboat trips. Your family can immerse themselves in indigenous cultures, making it an educational and enriching experience.

Hiking in the stunning Cordillera Real mountain range offers various trekking options suitable for families. It's an opportunity to witness breath-taking landscapes and pristine alpine lakes together.

Explore the ancient archaeological site of Tiwanaku, where kids can marvel at impressive stone ruins and intricate carvings while gaining insights into Bolivia's rich indigenous history and culture.

Bolivia really is full of weird and wonderful experiences for families to enjoy together.

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8. Colombia

Colombia is an ideal destination for a family adventure holiday, offering a diverse range of landscapes and activities. From the Amazon rainforests to the Andes' snow-capped peaks and stunning beaches, Colombia's natural beauty provides endless opportunities for exploration. Adventurous activities cater to all ages and skill levels, making it a fantastic choice for families looking to bond over thrilling experiences.

Cartagena, with its enchanting colonial charm, beckons you to wander its vibrant streets, visit the engaging Naval Museum of the Caribbean and embark on a traditional chiva bus tour for a taste of local culture.

For those eager to learn and seek adventure, the Coffee Cultural Landscape presents an enticing opportunity. Explore the secrets of coffee farms, trek through misty cloud forests, and experience the thrill of ziplining amidst the treetop canopies.

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Toucan, Colombia
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Waterfall Bogota, Colombia

Family Highlights:

  • Amazon Rainforest: Venture into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest as a family, embarking on wildlife encounters and immersive jungle experiences that will captivate the young and the young at heart.
  • Coffee Farm Adventures: Colombia is famous for its coffee. Visit coffee farms and engage in the coffee-making process, offering an educational and aromatic experience for everyone.
  • Tayrona National Park: Explore the stunning landscapes of Tayrona National Park, where you can hike through lush rainforests, discover pristine beaches, and swim in crystal-clear waters.
  • Zip-Lining and Adventure: Enjoy exhilarating zip-lining adventures and explore adventure parks designed for families, providing excitement and thrills in a safe environment.
  • Cartagena's Walled City: Wander through the charming streets of Cartagena's Walled City, immersing yourselves in its rich history, vibrant colours, and lively atmosphere, making history come alive for children.

Venture into the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Leticia, where encounters with wildlife and indigenous communities promise unforgettable memories. Consider a journey to Tayrona National Natural Park, where tropical forest hikes, crystal-clear snorkelling waters, and pristine beaches await.

Colombia caters to active families with a plethora of exhilarating outdoor pursuits. Embark on a thrilling river rafting adventure in San Gil, delve into the subterranean wonder of the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, or embrace the beauty of the Cocora Valley with a memorable horseback ride.

Wildlife enthusiasts will find their paradise on the Pacific coast, where boat tours offer glimpses of majestic humpback whales, or in Villa de Leyva, where a captivating butterfly sanctuary awaits.

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9. Brazil

Brazil stands as an exceptional choice for a family holiday, offering an array of captivating experiences that seamlessly blend cultural immersion with thrilling wildlife encounters. From the vibrant streets of Rio de Janeiro to the pristine beaches of Praia do Forte, this diverse journey promises cherished memories for every family member.

Rio de Janeiro, where iconic landmarks like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain provide awesome backdrops for family photos. Experience the infectious carnival spirit year-round with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into its vibrant traditions, ensuring your family gets a taste of Brazil's rich culture from the very start.

The magical Iguazu Falls beckon, an awe-inspiring natural wonder that can be explored from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. Marvel at the Falls' grandeur and venture into the Bird Park, a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages, where you'll encounter a stunning array of bird species up close.

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Iguazu Falls, Brazil
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Parque das Aves bird, Brazil

Family Highlights

  • Rio de Janeiro: Begin your adventure in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, where you'll stand in awe beneath the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and take in panoramic views from the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Get a taste of the carnival spirit with a backstage experience, no matter the time of year
  • Iguazu Falls: Explore the epic Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. Witness the Falls' grandeur and get up close to an array of bird species at Bird Park, a treat for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Pantanal & Bonito: Immerse yourselves in the natural wonders of Pantanal and Bonito, where lush landscapes, abundant wildlife, and crystal-clear rivers await. Try nature walks, horseback riding, and even piranha fishing for adventurous family bonding.
  • Salvador: Dive into the rich culture of Salvador, where the rhythms of samba and capoeira fill the air. Enjoy a dance or percussion lesson, and experience the infectious energy of the locals.
  • Praia do Forte: Conclude your journey in the tranquil Praia do Forte, where pristine white sand beaches, swaying coconut trees, and crystal-clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and family beach time.
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Pantanal, Brazil
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Jaguar, Brazil

Pantanal & Bonito offer an immersion into Brazil's natural wonders, where lush landscapes, abundant wildlife, and crystal-clear rivers await. Engage in nature walks, horseback riding, and even piranha fishing, fostering adventurous family bonding in the heart of nature.

Salvador, with its rich cultural heritage, invites your family to dive into the world of samba and capoeira. Enjoy dance or percussion lessons, and feel the infectious energy of the locals, creating lasting memories through shared experiences.

Finally, the tranquil Praia do Forte provides a serene conclusion to your journey. Here, pristine white sand beaches, swaying coconut trees, and crystal-clear waters offer the perfect backdrop for relaxation and quality family beach time, allowing everyone to unwind and reflect on the incredible adventures shared throughout your Brazilian escapade.

Brazil offers a perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration, ensuring that your time in Brazil is not just a holiday but an enriching and bonding experience for all. From cascading waterfalls to vibrant street rhythms, Brazil invites families to create memories that will be cherished for generations to come.

This family trip offers a perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration, ensuring that your time in Brazil is not just a holiday but an enriching and bonding experience for all.

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10. Patagonia

Nestled in the southernmost reaches of Chile and Argentina, is an ideal destination for family travel in South America. Its dramatic landscapes and pristine wilderness provide the backdrop for an unforgettable family adventure.

One of the most captivating aspects of Patagonia is its extensive network of hiking trails, suitable for families of all ages. Whether you opt for the iconic W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park or choose more relaxed walks in Los Glaciares National Park, the region offers endless opportunities for exploration.

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Patagonia
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Hiking, Patagonia

Family Highlights:

  • Hiking: Patagonia boasts some of the world's most breathtaking hiking trails suitable for families. From the iconic W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park to more relaxed walks in Los Glaciares National Park, the region provides endless opportunities to explore its stunning scenery.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Kids will be fascinated by the diverse wildlife of Patagonia, including guanacos, foxes, and condors. Take family-friendly wildlife tours to spot these incredible creatures in their natural habitats.
  • Glacier Exploration: Witness the majesty of glaciers like Perito Moreno in Argentina and Grey Glacier in Chile. Boat tours and hikes around these ice giants offer a unique and educational experience.
  • Penguin Watching: Visit penguin colonies like Punta Tombo, Peninsula Valdes in Argentina, where kids can observe these charming birds up close.
  • Stargazing: Patagonia's remote location provides excellent opportunities for stargazing. Spend evenings marvelling at the night sky, a perfect activity for children interested in astronomy.
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Patagonia, glacier.
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Papua Penguins

Wildlife encounters in Patagonia are sure to captivate children and adults alike. The area is home to diverse wildlife, including guanacos, foxes, and condors. Family-friendly wildlife tours provide opportunities to spot these incredible creatures in their natural habitats.

Exploring glaciers is another highlight of a Patagonian adventure. Witness the majesty of glaciers like Perito Moreno in Argentina and Grey Glacier in Chile, with boat tours and hikes offering unique and educational experiences.

For a touch of enchantment, visit penguin colonies like Punta Tombo, Peninsula Valdes in Argentina, where kids can observe these charming birds up close. And when the sun sets, take advantage of Patagonia's remote location for exceptional stargazing, making it the perfect activity for children interested in astronomy.

In Patagonia, families can create lasting memories amidst stunning landscapes, and these family-friendly activities ensure that everyone has a fantastic adventure in this remote corner of the world.

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Summary

Visiting South America on holiday with your family can be an extraordinary adventure filled with captivating experiences and unforgettable memories. As we conclude this exploration of the continent, it becomes evident that South America offers a diverse array of opportunities for families to bond, learn, and grow together.

Traveling with children in South America also teaches valuable life lessons. They learn adaptability as they encounter new languages and customs, resilience as they navigate different environments, and empathy as they witness both the challenges and joys of communities throughout the continent. These experiences can foster a deeper sense of global awareness and compassion in your children.

However, it's essential to approach a family trip to South America with careful planning and preparation. Consider the diverse needs and interests of each family member, prioritise safety, and be open to unexpected adventures. With the right balance of adventure and practicality, your journey through South America can be a transformative experience for your family.

Traveling with Family Tips:

Traveling long-haul with children can be a rewarding experience, but it also requires careful planning to ensure a smooth journey for everyone involved.

Here are some essential tips for parents:

  • Plan ahead: Research your destination thoroughly, including visa requirements, health precautions, and local customs. Make sure you have all the necessary documents for your family.
  • Choose the right flight: Opt for flights that align with your child's sleep schedule whenever possible. Overnight flights can help kids rest during the journey.
  • Pack smart: Pack a well-organized carry-on bag with essentials like snacks, nappies, wipes, extra clothing, and entertainment (books, toys, electronics). Don't forget any necessary medications.
  • Seat selection: Reserve seats together in advance to ensure your family stays together during the flight. Consider bulkhead seats or those with extra legroom for added comfort.
  • Entertainment: Bring a variety of entertainment options to keep kids engaged. This can include movies, games, colouring books, and headphones.
  • Stay hydrated and snack smart: Keep kids hydrated by encouraging them to drink water throughout the flight.
  • Rest and stretch: Encourage your children to get up, stretch, and walk around the cabin periodically to prevent discomfort.
  • Be patient and stay calm: Long-haul travel can be tiring for everyone. Be patient, stay calm, and maintain a positive attitude. Your children will often mirror your behaviour, so staying relaxed can help ease any anxieties.
  • Remember that traveling with children can be unpredictable, but with careful planning and a flexible mindset, you can create memorable and enjoyable journeys for your family.

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Cathy travelled to Tanzania and Zanzibar in December 2023 on a trip organised by Alistair.

I didn't realise my high expectations could be so easily exceeded

Hannah and Elaine travelled to Kenya in November 2023 on a trip organised by .

A dream to visit Mum's birth place!

Christine travelled to St Helena Holidays and South Africa in December 2023 on a trip organised by .

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Adam travelled to Kenya in January 2024 on a trip organised by Ruth.

I've already recommended Far and Wild to a couple of friends

Paula travelled to South Africa in December 2023 on a trip organised by Alistair.

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