The Greatest Legacy we can Leave Our Children is Happy Memories!South America is not the first destination that springs to mind for a family vacation but in our experience it certainly should be. Over the past decade we at Totally Latin America have had many travelers come to us for independent advice on the best family vacations in South America. The continent of South America offers a diversity like no other with truly unique gems such as the Amazon jungle, the Galapagos Isles, Patagonia, Atacama Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro and more. Totally Latin America create unique family vacations that are insightful, fun and educational. An escape from the mundane world and time to share and unearth new experiences together as a family.
Let’s explore 6 of the best Family Vacations in South America below:
- Amazon Jungle Peru
- Iguazú Falls and Patagonia Argentina
- Atacama Desert and the Lake District Chile
- The Galapagos and Cloud Forest Ecuador
- Rio de Janeiro and Pantanal Adventure Brazil
- Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Peru
Any trip to Peru for a family must include a visit to the Amazon Jungle. There are two main options of a luxury cruise in the Iquitos region or a lodge stay in Iquitos or Tambopata region. A cruise on the Amazon offers a luxurious base aboard the main vessel, be sure to check out a review that we did on one such luxury Amazon Cruise! Excursions as taken by smaller skiff boats onto both the main rivers and their tributaries. With a lodge stay these can be from rustic to quite luxurious and we recommend a lodge stay in Tambopata region, you can find out more about this region in our Amazon Tour Guide. There are several wonderful lodge options with day and night excursions into the Amazon jungle. With an Amazon trip you can expect to see monkeys, caiman, piranha fish, colored macaws and adventures on kids’ trails. Children of about 8 years and up really love to explore and all family members like to remember what it is to be a child again, Check out this great video. The Amazon of Peru is a once in a lifetime destinations that serves to make it one of the best family vacations in South America.
This natural wonder of the world straddles the border of Brazil and Argentina. Two-hundred and seventy-five falls across three kilometers. It offers some great resorts in a semi tropical setting which allows a mix of relaxation and adventure. There are excursions to both the Brazilian and Argentine side of the falls which offer very different perspectives. Younger kids adore the Iguazu Falls Eco Train, or for the more adventurous take the Green Jungle Trail to reach the Devil’s Throat. We can also offer boat rides directly out under the falls. Prepare to have a cold shower Iguazu style, with lots of screaming! Also, there are rafting excursions and great helicopter rides for a truly memorable trip.
Argentine Patagonia is a wild majestic landscape with a host of family adventure from El Calafate town. There are amazing day trips to see the Perito Moreno Glacier, hikes, 4 x 4 excursions to the scenic surrounding countryside and boat trips like the Nautical Safari navigation on Lake Rico to see the glacier. Another too is a boat trip across Lake Argentino and visit a local ranch. Here they embrace all outdoor activities including ice-glacier treks, learning of sheep shearing and local wildlife or go horse-riding with a hearty barbecue to finish. This trip of huge contrasts makes it one of the very best family vacations in South America.
The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth and is a surreal lunar landscape that children are sure not to forget. We offer a number of hotel options with all-inclusive stays that allow time to visit the famed geysers of Tatio, Puritama Hot Springs, the Valley of the Moon and Valley of the Dead. The first day should be an easy one due to the altitude and then perhaps a mix of half day tours and some time for pool relaxation. Families and kids love to be out and about in this amazing landscape. We recommend hiking, biking or simply running and tumbling down the sand dunes, you only live once. Be sure to check out our fantastic Atacama Desert tour options!
The Lake District of Chile is a gem for adventurous families. You will never hear the words “I’m bored” on this vacation! Our superb knowledgeable and engaging guides offer excursions of horseback riding, snowboarding, trekking on a volcano, whitewater rafting, kayaking, skiing, biking and even scenic helicopter flights. End your tour perhaps with a relaxing couple of beach days for the family at Algarrobo. For sure this is one of the best family vacations in South America with adventure in the desert, lakes and mountains and even beach relaxation. What more could you ask for?
Known as “Las Islas Encantadas” (The Enchanted Isles), the Galapagos are a unique place on this planet for a family vacation. A cruise of 4-5 days across the isles gives time for snorkeling, swimming, trekking and get up close and personal with the unique flora and fauna of each destination. Say hello to penguins, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises and so much more. Cruises in the Galapagos are not relaxing affairs, you will be busy everyday and that makes for a wonderful family adventure.
Once back on dry land venture to your lodge in the heart of the cloud forest with waterfalls, exotic flora and fauna, adventure trails and even cycle a bicycle across the sky over the treetops! This truly is a one of the best family vacations in South America. Be sure to check out our fantastic Natural Wonders of Ecuador Tour which includes a visit to the Galapagos Islands and Mashpi Lodge!
This tour visits the famed Rio de Janeiro and Copacabana beach along with the picture postcard scenes of Corcovado Bay. Following on from gregarious Rio the adventure is just beginning as you can see Iguazu Falls before venturing to the world’s largest tropical wetlands of Pantanal. Family trekking adventures here can find giant otters, marsh deer, anacondas, jaguars, toucans and a host of other amazing wildlife. We also offer boating excursions from Mutum to the beautiful Chacororé Bay for piranha fishing and maybe even see some caiman. You can find out more information on this fantastic tour on our Iguazu & Patanal wildlife tour page.
The trip to Machu Picchu includes the Sacred valley and we have some amazing options with via ferrata climbing and ziplining here. Instead of a hotel why not try glamping in a luxury tent under the skies of the Sacred Valley of the Inca! We recommend a one-day trek in the footsteps of the Inca to the wonder of the world at Machu Picchu. This is an amazing day out for the family, passing ancient ruins en route with wonderful views across the valley. Entering Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate is a memory of a lifetime, young or old. Once back in Cusco have some fun at a great cookery class and a visit to the local market and sample the exotic foods. We
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