Planning international travel with children can be daunting. Will it be safe? Will they be bored? How will we keep them entertained? To be honest, these should be the same questions you ask when you’re taking your kids anywhere, not just traveling outside of the country. However, we’ve done a little legwork for you and come up with 6 kid-friendly destinations in Latin America.
We’re starting the list with Costa Rica, because, well, it’s Costa Rica. Just saying the name out loud conjures pristine beaches, guaro sours, and cabana boys – wait, stop right there: This trip is for the kids, for crying out loud! Ahem. As I was saying: Costa Rica. Whether you’re ziplining over the dormant Arenal volcano, hiking and swimming at La Fortuna Waterfall, touring the canals at Tortuguero, or rappelling at Turrialba Town, there’s plenty to do with the kids besides just the beaches.
Our next stop is our next-door-neighbor, Mexico. It’s an amazing country with so much to offer. Oaxaca is filled with colonial buildings and pre-colonial ruins. Merida is a primarily Mayan city where your kids will be able to experience the “lost” Mayan culture first-hand. Mexico City’s Museum of History is in a REAL CASTLE. Of course there are the beaches and luxury of Cancun. Those are only a few reasons to visit. There are more than I could possibly fit into one post.
Guatemala is another country rich in Mayan heritage. The thick jungles abound with Mayan ruins, temples, and pyramids. Guatemala is also a top producer of the world’s coffee, so a visit to a coffee plantation would give the kids a good look at where mom’s favorite morning beverage originates. And who hasn’t dreamed of standing at the peak of an active volcano? Guatemala’s got you covered with the easily-accessible Pacaya Volcano, where you can take a day hike or camp overnight – if you’re brave enough, that is.
Kids love animals, right? Well, the Galapagos Islands won't dissapoint. Beaches are always fun – but swimming above schools of sharks is on a whole other level. And just how often do you have the opportunity to watch whales? And where else in the world will your kids have the opportunity to get up close and personal with giant tortoises and penguins? Galapagos even gives you the option of foregoing the traditional hotel stay for lodging on a boat.
Belize is another often-overlooked family vacation spot. For starters, there’s the Belize Barrier Reef, which offers some of best snorkeling in the world. It’s also the second-largest barrier reef in the world. There’s also the Great Blue Hole, which is sure to activate those wild imaginations, and offers a good opportunity for a geology lesson.
We’re going to finish this list with Peru, the home of the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Don’t miss visiting the unique floating island communities on Lake Titicaca, where your Dual Language Kid will get up close and personal with the region’s culture.
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