So are you planning a vacation in South America with your kids? Vacations are a great way to engage with your kids. But at the same time you need to pay a bit more attention to the planning part when you are travelling with kids. South America has many places that will interest kids. However to make the experience a memorable one, you need to do your research.
The tourism industry in the South American countries is developing rapidly, ensuring that the tourists have a comfortable experience during their stay. Tourism in countries like Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela etc. isn’t only convenient, but also offers countless exotic Latin American experiences.
Here are a few places you can enjoy with your kids in South America;
#1. Machu Picchu, Peru
Peru is one of those holiday destinations that you would love to visit again after you have been there once. Not just because it has some very interesting places to visit, but also because of its kind hearted and tourist friendly people and the vivacious atmosphere. Machu Picchu, the ancient city abandoned since 1572 where the Inca civilization once thrived, is beyond any doubts the most remarkable places in Peru. Apart from its historical value, Machu Picchu is also located at a spectacular location in the Andes mountains. Peru isn’t, however, only about Machu Picchu, it has a lot more up its sleeves that will definitely enthrall your kids. The Choco Museum in Cuzco, where your kids can learn a plenty of stuffs about chocolates, or the Sacred Valley, which was also a part of the Inca civilization, are also some of the places in Peru you should not miss.
#2. A Wildlife Tour of Argentina
What can be more exhilarating for the kids than a firsthand wildlife experience? They are surely going to have very fond memories of this trip. Argentina is a vast nation with a diverse topography and natural endowments. Every part of it has something to offer. If you are looking for something as exotic as a wildlife tour, the Valdes Peninsula won’t fail to impress. It is famous for its marine life which includes whales, sea lions, dolphins, and a lot more. The best time to visit the Valdes Peninsula is from May to December. Continue the wildlife experience to the Galapagos Islands where you will come across a host of unique creatures like the blue-footed boobie birds, Galapagos fur seal, Albatross and more.
#3. The Coffee Region of Colombia
A tour to the coffee region of Colombia will be one of a kin experience. Like the wine tours in Chile and Argentina, the coffee region tours in Columbia are also equally popular with coffee lovers. And you can tag your kids along for a fun learning experience. Guests are explained the entire process of coffee making from the sowing the seeds to the final stages when they are harvested and roasted. There is a lot more to do here as well. You can explore the Cocora Valley on horseback or visit the butterfly park or coffee park.
#4. Igazu Falls, Argentina
Argentina and Brazil share the Igazu Falls which are located in the Igazu National Park. It is the worlds largest system of waterfalls which divides the Igazu river into the upper and the lower parts. The waterfall system presents a stupendous view which would take any traveler by awe. You can book a full day tour of this wild and magnificent natural phenomenon from the either side, i.e the Brazilian and the Argentinean, of the falls. You will be led through the different trails and foot bridges to numerous vantage points for a breathtaking view of the falls. You can also observe the region’s wildlife on your way to the falls.
#5. Parque das Aves, Igazu National Park, Brazil
The Parque das Aves, which means ‘birds park’ in English, is located bear to the Igazu National Park and is an important point of interest for the tourists visiting Foz do Iguassu in Brazil. Here you will be able to see birds of around 150 different species. The colorful, feathery inhabitants of the park will be more fun to be around with if your kids take a keen interest in birds. This is a sanctuary for birds that can no longer survive on their own in the natural world. These birds are cared for by experts at the sanctuary and kept in a safe and happy environment.
#6. The Archaeological Park of Saint Augustine, Columbia
This is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Columbia. This ancient site located in the calm, laid back town of Saint Augustine consists of ancient statues, sarcophagi, monoliths and petroglyphs. These ancient statues and structures depicts smiling and smirking monsters, human faces and figures and also different types on animals like snakes, jaguars and birds. These ancient structures at the Saint Augustine were carved out of rocks between 100 A.D. to 1200 A.D.
#7. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
The enthralling natural beauty of Chile is best realized from the Torre del Paine National Park that rises 2000 meters from the Patagonian Steppe. The park was created in 1959 and formed a part of a vast sheep estate formerly. Until it was converted into a national park, the region had undergone a massive phase of exploitation, from which it is still recovering. However, the pristine blue lakes, the winding trails through the forests, gushing rivers and not to forget the icy blue glacier together upholds the treasures that Chile has in store for its visitors.
South America is a part of the world that is remembered for a number of things, from football to wines. Travelling with kids and family to any of the South American will be as much fulfilling and fun as it would be for a lone traveler or a couple. There are so many reasons to visit South America that you would need to sit down and chalk out your plan carefully. However, any place you choose will be worth every penny you spend on the tour.
About the author: Mark Davis, the managing partner of Tango Tours and Tango Food and Wine Company, is obsessed with providing the best customer experience. He has been running Tango Tours since 2014. Mark started Tango Tours after over 20 years as a sales and marketing manager at a major U.S. airlines and traveling extensively throughout the world.
Also, he was in the wine importing business as a partner in Tango Trading Company. Their company specialized in wines of Argentina. The wine importing business is when he first developed many of his contacts in Buenos Aires and Mendoza and his knowledge and passion of Southern Hemisphere wines.
It extremely important to Mark that his guests have the ultimate food and wine experience as well as experiencing the local culture.