South America is an excellent place to visit whatever your age. Whether you are 17 or 70 you are sure to be blown away by all that this beautiful continent has to offer. Whether you are the adventurous type that enjoys hiking, trekking and kayaking, or you prefer to laze around on the beach, Latin America is the perfect destination for you.
With so much to see and do planning your trip to Latin America can become very overwhelming. That’s why planning ahead with a Latin America travel agency is so important to ensure the smooth running of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
When planning out your itinerary remember that kids and the older family members will need some down-time, so don’t forget to schedule a few pool days in between adventures in order to keep everyone happy.
In terms of what to see and do in South America, the list is endless. Here are a few tourist attractions that family members of all ages are sure to enjoy experiencing together.
1: The Galapagos Islands
Wildlife lovers of any age are sure to enjoy a trip to the Galapagos Islands. With so many unusual species, (many of which can only be found on the islands) the Galapagos won’t disappoint the animal enthusiasts in your family.
Trekking is a very popular activity for those visiting the Galapagos. Depending on your fitness level you can choose various trekking routes to suit you and your family. Be sure to leave some extra time along the way though as you will bump into animals of all kinds as you explore the islands.
2: Machu Picchu
A trip to South America cannot be complete without visiting Machu Picchu.
There are so many options when it comes to visiting Machu Picchu. For the less mobile and little kids the best option is definitely to take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes followed by the bus up the mountains. This will take you right to the entrance of the ancient citadel.
For those who are more active you can opt for tours that involve days of tough trekking and camping along the ancient Inca trails. Thrill seeker? Why not zip-line, mountain-bike and raft your way to Machu Picchu?
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3: The Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza
As the Mayan site at Chichen Itza is one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, it’s not to be missed on your travels through South America.
The Mayan Ruins are one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of South America. For this reason it’s important to get there early, so you can avoid long lines and getting caught in the midday heat.
Kids and crowds often don’t go well together, and even if you don’t have little ones with you big crowds can easily become overwhelming no matter what your age. The Mayan Ruins, although busy, have lots of open space for the kids to roam around in and blow off some steam. Adults will enjoy escaping the hustle and bustle of this busy destination for a few minutes too.
4: Iguazu Falls
The Iguazu Falls are nothing short of breathtaking. This is a great spot for all generations to enjoy together.
If you have kids or older family members with you on your trip to the falls don’t wear them out by making them climb to the top of the falls, instead opt for the eco train. This train ride will make for an enjoyable ascent up the waterfall that the whole family can appreciate. Be sure to get to the top of the falls one way or another as the views are not to be missed!
Boat tours in and around the fall are yet another way the entire family can enjoy the day trip together. Some boat trips are even free to take so be sure to keep an eye out for these!
You’ll have realised that no matter what your age there is something for you in Latin America. There are various luxury South America tours on offer to suit all age groups too. Adding a little luxury to your once-in-a-lifetime trip is sure to make it even better!