4 Family Trip Ideas In South America

South America Travel Posted on 04/17/2019

When the kids are out of school, it is the perfect time for your family to reconnect and discover an incredible part of the world during your annual family vacation. Instead of road-tripping or heading to the beach, consider voyaging to South America for the adventure of a lifetime. There are so many things to see and do in this region of the world that we couldn’t help but write about a few of our absolute favorite family trips.

1. Buenos Aires and Uruguay

Buenos Aires is often referred to as the Paris of South America because of its incredible cultural diversity, and also due to some of the European-influenced architecture found in its more prestigious neighborhoods.

Discover the different facets of this eclectic city with your family as you retrace history wandering around town. When the rush of the city seems to become too overpowering, hop on board a ferry and discover Argentina’s laid-back neighbor, Uruguay.

The whole family will enjoy getting a taste of two countries on the continent, and you will have peace of mind during this easy border crossing that every family can handle.

In Uruguay, you can discover this eastern country’s colonial roots by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is just a 40-minute ferry away from Buenos Aires.

2. Río de Janeiro

Is your family a fan of the movie Rio? Recreate the animated movie on your next family vacation. The main attractions of the city offer incredible opportunities that are fun for a family with kids of any age. Just picture you and your family riding a cable car up the massive Sugar Loaf mountain or stopping to take in the breathtaking Christ the Redeemer statue.

Rio de Janeiro is so much more than just a year-round tropical beach town, but when you need to slow down, take the family to discover some of the world-class beaches that make Rio famous. When you want to trade in the city and beaches, head to the lush forest that exists in harmony with Rio’s urban environment, and makes this city one of the most unique in the world, due to its unusually close proximity to nature.

3. Iguazu and Ibera

If your family isn’t quite the city-slicker type, discover a more natural environment in South America by visiting the Ibera Wetlands in Argentina, which can easily be combined with a visit to our very own wonder of the world, Iguazu Falls.

The Ibera Wetlands is fun for the whole family, filled with so many different animals that you will never know what you can expect to see next. This natural reserve has been preserved by the late owner of The North Face brand and is now a National Park. Why will all of you love Esteros de Iberá? This is still an off-the-beaten-path destination in Argentina and a delight for any family seeking to have a uniquely immersive experience.

To really make the most of your trip, take your family to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguazu Falls. The power and force of the Parana River falling on the border of two giants of South America is truly an amazing experience to witness. We have plenty of ideas for family vacations in Iguazú if this destination interests you.

4. Perú

Children are known for their ceaselessly inquisitive minds, and Peruvian lands are the perfect place to awaken their curiosity toward historical, cultural, and natural interests. The world-renowned Machu Picchu is just the tip of the iceberg: this country is chock-full of activities suitable and enjoyable for families.

Peru’s iconic animal, the llama, is sure to catch a toddler’s attention, and why not let them engage in this immersive process of witnessing and then becoming part of another’s culture?

The astonishing salt flats, the delicious Chocolate Museum, ziplining over dramatic sceneries in Sacred Valley, and hugging some alpacas will make a strong case for a journey to Peru during their next summer vacation. Also, Peru can be a perfect match for other destinations such as Salta and Jujuy in Argentina. Lima has accessible connectivity with many other countries.

Still on the fence? Get in touch with us so we can help you make this family adventure an unforgettable one. We know family travels can sometimes become a little tricky, but our experienced travel experts will focus on delivering your South American family vacation just the way you want it.

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