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7 Family Trip Ideas for South America

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Family enjoying the view of the Andes mountains in southern Argentina

The Andes mountains in Southern Argentina

Our seven South America itineraries for families offer inspiration for finding the best activities, experiences, and destinations that fit with how you and your kids travel.

Whether an adventure across glaciers or an excursion into the world’s most extensive wetlands, a trek to see ancient ruins or a visit to a magical village, South America is incredibly diverse and endlessly exciting. Explore unique wildlife, sit beneath a blanket of stars, or find an exceptional view of a magnificent waterfall.

No matter your family’s travel style, our sample itineraries can give you an excellent foundation for planning your perfect South American trip with the help of a local travel specialist who tailors the itinerary to you.

Overview

  1. 1. Family Adventure: Highlights of Argentina
  2. 2. 10-Day Brazil: Wildlife and Nature Explorer
  3. 3. Family Adventure Vacation to Chile
  4. 4. Experience the Real Encanto in Colombia
  5. 5. A Perfect Family Vacation to Galapagos Islands
  6. 6. Ultimate Family Getaway to Eccentric Peru
  7. 7. Three-Week Family Tour of Patagonia and the Capitals of Chile and Argentina
  8. Experience South America as a Family with These Itineraries

1. Family Adventure: Highlights of Argentina

Iguazú falls in Argentina

Iguazú falls, Argentina

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazú Falls

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Argentina is full of wonder and thrilling experiences that embody the spirit of the wild and culture. Family Adventure: Highlights of Argentina immerses you in the scenery’s grandeur, from the thunderous sounds of Iguazú Falls to the expansive grasslands of Patagonia.

Ride on horseback through an ancient forest, visit a hands-on interactive museum, and learn more about the legends of gauchos at a traditional estancia. From the wildlife of rainforests to the Patagonian ice field, your family will have the ultimate shared experience.

2. 10-Day Brazil: Wildlife and Nature Explorer

Jaguar in natural habitat, Pantanal, Brazil

Pantanal, Brazil

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Amazon, Alta Floresta, Porto Jofre, Miranda

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Discovering the natural world is an exceptional way to teach the family about wildlife, ecosystems, and the importance of a relationship with nature.

10-Day Brazil: Wildlife and Nature Explorer uncovers the elusive lives of jaguars and macaws as you visit unforgettable rainforest lodges and the most extensive wetlands in the world at the Pantanal.

Enjoy a safari cruise through untouched habitat, embrace nature's comforting sounds and aromas, and search for spider monkeys and toucans, capybaras and anacondas, howler monkeys and gold macaws during your photogenic wilderness excursions.

3. Family Adventure Vacation to Chile

Laguna Chaxa in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Santiago, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, San Pedro de Atacama

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Family Adventure Vacation to Chile is designed to inspire the entire family with an experience that combines unforgettable landscapes and local cultural heritage. Chile is a land of natural marvels expressed in snowcapped mountains and glinting glaciers, remnants of colonial culture and night skies studded with stars.

Your family will enjoy the best of Chile’s natural world and historic towns as you visit with Chilean gauchos, view flamingos grazing in a reflective lake, wander the expanse of the whitewashed Atacama salt flats, and indulge in the fascinating panoramas of Torres del Paine National Park.

4. Experience the Real Encanto in Colombia

Hacienda Bambusa in Quindío Colombia

Hacienda Bambusa in Quindío Colombia. Photo courtesy of Hacienda Bambusa

Length: Eight days

Places Visited: Medellin, Santa Elena, Armenia, Salento

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Colombia is a land of magic and mystery that can enchant visitors of all ages during the Experience the Real Encanto in Colombia itinerary. Inspired by the Disney film and shaped by the authenticity of local culture and heritage that helped tell the story of the Madrigal family, Colombia is a stunning destination accentuated by luxurious accommodations and captivating panoramic views.

Each day is a new adventure demonstrating Colombia’s hints of majesty, from horseback riding through jungle terrain to visiting a traditional floral farm and Silletero, enjoying a private salsa lesson, and enjoying homemade chocolate. From artisan ceramics to unforgettable vistas, a tour of Colombia is charming.

5. A Perfect Family Vacation to Galapagos Islands

Beautiful view of Galapagos at sunset in Ecuador

Beautiful view of Galapagos at sunset in Ecuador

Length: 10 days

Places Visited: Quito, Galapagos, Mindo

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands offer a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your children during A Perfect Family Vacation to Galapagos Islands. Adventure unveils conservation and cultural heritage framed by the distinctive wildlife for which the islands are known.

From the height of the Andean peaks to the whitewashed walls of Spanish colonial architecture, the volcanic rocks of a secluded archipelago to images of endangered tortoises, the family can find fascination in the heritage, culture, and untamed wilderness.

6. Ultimate Family Getaway to Eccentric Peru

Cathedral at Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Length: Eight days

Places Visited: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes, Puerto Maldonado

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Peru is a magnificent destination for children of all ages. It offers thrilling cultural connections, active living histories, and exciting wildlife during the Ultimate Family Getaway to Eccentric Peru. Take the trail winding to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. Ride horses through the mystical Sacred Valley to view the engineering of Saqsayhuaman. Zipline between the trees of the Amazon rainforest.

7. Three-Week Family Tour of Patagonia and the Capitals of Chile and Argentina

The Great Machu Picchu ruins in Peru

The Great Machu Picchu ruins in Peru

Length: 19 days

Places Visited: Santiago, Casablanca, Puelo, Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine, El Calafate

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:

Three-Week Family Tour of Patagonia and the Capitals of Chile and Argentina is an epic immersion into a landscape that defies borders, the cities reflecting the national cultures of Chile and Argentina.

Visit remote vineyards and enjoy excursions fit for the whole family. Find lively markets to sample local recipes. Witnessing waterfalls and soaring glaciers unveils panoramas that showcase circling condors or the granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park.

From ATV tours to tango classes, it is easy to embrace the beauty of Chile and Argentina as a family.

Experience South America as a Family with These Itineraries

Guanaco at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

South America is full of adventure and relaxation. Endless discoveries and timeless beauty add to the allure of any destination. From viewing the Nazca Lines to learning the tango in the heart of Buenos Aires, you can design an experience that’s right for your family’s goals.

Find more helpful information with our Seven Tips for Planning a South America Family Trip or explore a more extensive selection of possible experiences with our South America Travel Guide.

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