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An international getaway sounds blissful, but what’s even better is when you can share that experience with your family! Having the perfect mix of nature, culture, and relaxation, it’s not hard to see why South America is a top destination when it comes to travel, and fortunately, there are a number of kid-friendly options for the adventurous family. The continent has so much to offer from breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife to cultural highlights in the form of food and art. Here are some of my top picks for family-friendly South American vacations.


If you and your kids love trying new food and learning about new cultures through food, then a trip to Brazil will be fitting for you. Brazil is the perfect destination for foodie families and adventurous eaters. You can book culinary tours through Rio de Janeiro, which will also take you to Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountain. There will be local wine and craft beer for the grown-ups and regional delicacies like pão de queijo and brigadeiros for everyone to enjoy. To make things even easier, let the folks at South America Travel help you create your itinerary so you can have your epicurean experience without having to do the legwork. A trip like this is best for non-picky eaters ages 5 and up. While you don’t need a visa to visit Brazil, it’s recommended that you get some inoculations and stay up to date with your vaccines. Being in the southern hemisphere, the weather is warmest during our “winter” months, but a trip like this doesn’t require perfect weather.


Peru is home to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The ancient city ranks high on many travelers’ bucket lists, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the kids with you. There is a train and bus route up the mountains that makes ascending the Lost City of the Incas a breeze. At the top of the mountain, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views, the Temple of the Sun, and llamas. Something to consider is hiring a private guide who can add dimension to the runes and help kids to envision the ancient civilization. Mountains aren’t all Peru has to offer: round out your trip by staying by the beaches of Lima! It’s a bit of a hike when you get to Machu Picchu, so this itinerary is best for kids who don’t need a stroller and have some stamina, around ages 6 and up.