Hey mamas, ever think about traveling to South America with the kiddos? I usually plan our vacations a year out, but this past year was a booger, and I am a little late. When considering a family vacation many people will completely discount South America because of concerns over crime and being unclean. But I want to help dispel this myth and encourage you to travel to South America with your kids. South America is a wondrous place full of adventure, and no country is the same as the next. I’ve picked out four kid-friendly tourist spots in South America. These aren’t the only ones by any means; they’re just the ones I would consider for my family as the best.
Mar de Ajó, Argentina
Mar de Ajó is often said to be the most child-friendly destination in South America. This is because of the calm water and gorgeous beach along with their mild climate. If you’re looking for a vacation where you’re sitting on a beach while your kids play this is the destination. It does have one big downside; however, it is a 4-hour drive from the international airport in Buenos Aires. Yes, it’s out there, but if you’re looking for a less populated area then Mar de Ajó is perfect.
There isn’t any one part of Ecuador that is better than others, I couldn’t possibly recommend just one spot. Ecuador is home to the Galapagos Islands, outdoor adventures, and even active volcanoes. With some tourist destinations, fees for children are waived and shop owners frequently give kids sticks or lollipops for free. There is so much to see and do in Ecuador. I don’t recommend this being the type of vacation where you stay in one spot the whole time. Baños, the Galapagos, the Andes, and the Amazon should all be on your list when you go to Ecuador.
Peru is another country that is perfect for families, but this time I am going to focus specifically on Cusco, which was once an Incan capital city and then became a major Spanish power. On the weekends the historic center of the city is blocked off to traffic, allowing families to wander without concern. While you’re in Cusco the world-famous Machu Picchu is just 3 and a half hours away by train. In the past, it would have been a several-day hike through the jungle but these days you can get a bus right to the front door.
If you have a dinosaur-loving child then Bolivia may just be the best destination in the world for your family. There are dinosaur museums, dinosaur theme parks, and real-life dinosaur footprints. In Torotoro National Park, you can see more than 2,500 dinosaur prints in the ground exactly as they were found 120 million years ago. If you go to Torotoro NP get a guide, they’ll let you touch and even lay in the footprints.
Aside from all things dinosaurs, Bolivia is the amazing 4,000 square mile Salar de Uyuni salt flats which are a huge hit with the kids.