Travel in South America with your family
The opportunities for family travel are often thought of as being limited due to practicality and budget. However, holidays to South America may have more to offer than you may think. Travel in Peru, is, of course; the continent is full of amazing destinations full of interesting manmade and natural beauty. The continent is extremely large and requires air travel, so depending on your budget and time constraints, this will determine how much of South America you and your family will be able to see. Travelling to South America with the family is also a rewarding experience; with so much beauty in one place, the trip is sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Here, we will give you some ideas on what we feel are the best places to travel in South America with your family.
No trip to South America would be complete without travel in Peru; the country is filled with the most amazing ancient Inca sites including Machu Picchu. If you have older children, you may like to hike the famous Inca Trail; a four-day hike over high passes, through cloud forests to the Inca citadel, this challenging but rewarding experience will not only delight you but will provide you with a sense of the Inca way of life. Machu Picchu is a family-friendly destination with many lovely hotels and delicious restaurants to choose from. Take the time to decide the best time to go to Machu Picchu, as peak season is typically crowded but has lovely weather and offseason is typically cold and wet but has fewer crowds.
Next on our list is the naturally wonderful Galapagos Islands. If you love wildlife, then this is the place for you. On the Galapagos islands, you may get up close and personal with many different species of birds, land animals or even try diving where you will be able to see different species of marine wildlife. What better way to have a luxury vacation than to cruise the Galapagos Islands for an educational and fun experience that your children will never forget? You may visit these islands all year round, the cost is sometimes pricey but the rewards are well worth the price.
Glacier National Park
Why not also travel to the magnificent Glacier National Park in Patagonia, Argentina? Take the kids to Perito Moreno, an advancing glacier where you can do a boat tour to the glacier or take a short trek. Patagonia is at the Southern tip of the continent and there is much to see and do in the region. There are flights from Buenos Aires in Argentina daily and plenty of hotels from which you can choose from. While in the southern part of South America, do not forget to visit Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Full of natural beauty and plenty of hiking for the family, this is a place not to miss, and with the decent infrastructure to cater for every budget, booking hotels, tours and restaurants should be no trouble at all.
Cotopaxi Volcano National Park
Travelling to the North of South America, you will find the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park in Ecuador, located South of Quito. The park features three volcanos, there are hikes available to the volcanos but this is only recommended for older children as it is very strenuous, there is also horseback riding tours as an alternative for all ages. As the park is at a high altitude, make sure to bring your high altitude medicine for the kids.
For the perfect Peru vacation, start your journey in the Peruvian capital, Lima; said to be the food capital of South America, Lima is a food mix of diverse cultures. However, there is also much to do for the kids. Being a coastal town, in the summer months you might venture to one of the many beaches for a swim or participate in the many adventure activities from paragliding to a coastal bike ride around the Costa Verde. In the centre of Lima is the Parque de las Aguas, featuring many different colorful water displays, the park is opened at night- a must see with the kids.
Moving over to Argentina, is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World; Iguazu Falls ia located in the North of Argentina and has many walking trails available to explore and enjoy in the park. If you walk to one of the many viewing points and see the Devils Throat, the largest of the waterfalls, the views are amazing-go out on the platform for the best views.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Peru tourist attractions abound with many different places to visit, there’s not only Lima and Machu Picchu but the great city of Cusco to visit; full of Inca ruins, museums and markets to visit, not far from the city there are many more Inca sites complete with horse riding. Around a forty minute drive from Cusco is the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Inca´s. This naturally beautiful place features many attractions that the kids will enjoy, such as zip lining, white water rafting and quad biking as well as the magnificent Andes mountain range with its breathtaking scenery for Mum and Dad to enjoy.
While in Peru, travel south from Lima and see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Drawn in the desert floor, these lines are a complete mystery, nobody seems to know why they were made and by whom and for what reason. You will need to take a flight in a small plane to get the best view of the lines, which is sometimes hard on the stomach, so it is not a good idea to eat breakfast before the flight. Also in the area is the cemetery of Chauchilla, which features real skeletons from the Nazca culture displayed in the desert, a very interesting place to take the kids for a visit.
A holiday to South America with the family will not disappoint, so book today for an adventure to one of the most naturally beautiful continents on the planet!