Argentina is one of South America’s most popular tourist destinations and for good reason. The country has both natural beauty and vibrant cities. Famous for good wine and good steak, Argentina is also filled with great sites and activities for kids. A family vacation to Argentina will give your kids a chance to experience a new culture and will leave the whole family with great memories. Below are some of the best spots in Argentina to visit if you are traveling with kids.
Nicknamed the “Paris of the South”, Buenos Aires is a vibrant city of millions with a unique mix of European charm and Latin American spirit. Many people visiting Buenos Aires spend their time enjoying the city’s great restaurants, a glass of local wine, followed by a night of tango. If you can find a babysitter, definitely take a date night but for the rest of your trip, don’t worry – there are plenty of more kid-friendly activities and spots in the city.
My favorite area in Buenos Aires for kids has to be the parks in the Palermo neighborhood. On the weekends, Parque Tres de Febrero is filled with families, rollerblading around the lake or having a picnic in the grass. Right across the street is the city’s zoo – Jardín Zoológico – and off to the side of that is the famous cat-filled Botanical Gardens.
Older kids will have a blast just north of the city in Tigre where you can rent out a sailboat or head to the Parque de la Costa amusement park for some fun rollercoaster rides. If your kids are fans of soccer/football, why not get tickets to a local game? The games can be a bit rowdy and aren’t a great idea for young children but teens will have a blast.
In the North
Argentina is much more than the city of Buenos Aires though and eventually you will want to head out of the city. Most people head for the wine regions but if you are traveling with kids, why not head north and check out some of the country’s most interesting natural wonders.
The Iguazú Falls are some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world, dropping over 250 feet in places. Sitting on the border of Argentina and Brazil, the falls are a great place for active families. Not only can you check out the falls from above, you can also take a boat trip up the river to the very edge of the falls or trek through the surrounding jungle for great hidden views.
Another site that might appeal to kids are the old Jesuit ghost missions. Swallowed by the jungle and sitting now in ruins, the missions have a kind of old wild west feel, but jungle style. Heading towards Salta, you’ll find amazing desert scenery and hiking options reminiscent of the American Southwest will plenty of easy trails great for kids.
In the South
It doesn’t matter what age you are – everyone loves penguins and in the south of Argentina you’ll find opportunities to get up close and personal. Argentina’s southern area of Tierra del Fuego is a great place for kids. The whole region is rich with natural beauty and wildlife. Not only will you see penguins but also sea lions and even whales.
Heading inland, another great place to take kids in Argentina is the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. It is one thing to read about glaciers in your school textbooks, it is another to see them in real life. Tours offer visitors the chance to see the glacier in action, watching the huge chunks of ice break off and hit the water, and also to tour the surrounding national park.