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Best Places for Families to Visit in South America


By Ayngelina Brogan
South America Travel Expert, about.com

Planning holidays for the family is something that many parents dread, as finding destinations that will be enjoyable for children of different ages as well as being fun for parents can prove to be quite challenging. However, South America has some amazing destinations that can prove to be very memorable for families, with a range of activities on offer. Taking your children to different destinations can also help to develop a healthy enthusiasm for travel, which can often inspire great dreams of travel later in life too.

Buenos Aires, Argentina[post_ads_2]

With such a variety of attractions in one city, Buenos Aires is a wonderful destination for families, and is particularly good because it is one of the safest cities to visit in South America. The colorful buildings in the Boca district can be attractive for children, while the grand sculptures of the tombs in the Recoleta cemetery can make for an interesting place to explore. The Palermo district has a wonderful zoo along with plenty of parks to play in and explore, while the city also has some good amusement parks.

If all else fails, Buenos Aires is home to some of the best ice-cream parlors on the continent, for a cooling sweet treat.

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador[post_ads_2]

If your children are slightly older and can put up with the slightly longer journey to the Galapagos Islands, it is a trip that can make some memories that will stay with them for years to come. From the cute Galapagos Penguin through to the rugged range of iguanas and lizards, the wildlife trips are amazing for those who enjoy seeing new natural sights. For teenagers, seeing the hammerhead sharks while scuba diving can be an amazing experience, while there are also opportunities to go kayaking and surfing on the the islands.

Machu Picchu, Peru[post_ads_2]

Another destination that is ideal for families with older children and teenagers, the spectacular surroundings of Machu Picchu will impress even the grumpiest teenager, while the fascinating and often gory history of the Inca civilization is also very interesting for younger visitors. For those who are looking for a little more adventure, and want to take their family away from the always connected world of mobile devices, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a fantastic way to bond as a family and to take in some of the most spectacular parts of Peru.

Playa Blanca, Colombia[post_ads_2]

Located within easy reach from the historic colonial city of Cartagena, the Playa Blanca is a beautiful beach area which is usually accessed by water taxi or by bus, with the water taxi route tending to be quicker and easier from Cartagena. The beautiful white sand and gentle blue water is perfect for relaxing, and children can spend the day playing on the sand and swimming in the water. There is also some wonderful snorkeling and scuba diving available just off the beach, which is a spectacular experience and great for youngsters taking their first glimpse of the underwater world.

Amazonas, Brazil[post_ads_2]

This area of northern Brazil is almost entirely covered in rainforest, and only a small amount of the territory is either farmed or dedicated to settlements. This is an adventure unlike any other for families, and there are several resorts located within the rainforest that are dedicated to helping people learn more about the rainforest and the animals in the area. Many will have spectacular canopy walks that take visitors to the top of the trees, and offer sensational views of the life above the treetops.

Banos, Ecuador[post_ads_2]

If you have an active family that enjoys adventure activities, then Banos is certainly a destination that is worth considering, as it is widely acknowledged as the adventure activity capital of Ecuador. Mountain biking and whitewater rafting offer great opportunities to share exciting activities with teenagers, while jungle tours and hiking also offer superb experiences that all the family can enjoy. Those looking for a motorized thrill will also find that there are plenty of places to rent motocross bikes and quad bikes that you can use to explore the surrounding countryside.

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