Best Cities for Families in South America

South America is home to some of the most interesting cultural traditions, rich aboriginal history and unending natural beauty. Across the continent, the rugged, rural terrain is home to small villages and wide-open spaces ready for adventure and exploration, but plays well against the modern metropolises of growing cities.

For families looking to visit, we have a few suggestions that may help narrow your travel options down, or add to a growing list of must-visit cities.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Maybe not a city, per say, but any list detailing family-friendly locales in South America wouldn’t be complete without the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. Explore the unique, isolated terrain by cruise ship with the family and witness incredible animal and plant life that can’t be found anywhere else. Make it a little more exclusive with a luxury ship option and the family trip can be as sophisticated and comfortable as you need. Get up-close photos of penguins, sea lions, sea turtles and maybe even a Galápagos shark.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Head to a big city already rich in family-friendly activities, dining options and accommodations for the easiest transition into a new country. For those traveling to Argentina, there’s no better entrance than capital city Buenos Aires. With a slew of established hotel brands neatly woven into the fabric of the vibrant city, this locale is great for all ages, even the littlest travelers.

Santiago, Chile.

Santiago, Chile. Photo: Luca Roggero |

Santiago, Chile

Another great gateway destination for families traveling into a new country, Santiago, Chile, is a must for all travelers, families included. The diverse locale is primed and ready for visitors with a myriad of interests, including shopping, dining, history, architecture, wine tasting and scenery galore.

Bogotá, Colombia

The sprawling city of Bogotá offers far than meets the eye. The Colombian city offers easy access for travelers coming from near and far, but also offers a surprising mix of cobblestone streets in Old Town, Candelaria; natural beauty and rugged hikes of Quebrada La Vieja; street art tours; seemingly endless option for foodies, from fine dining to local eateries; and a slew of family-friendly attractions. Between the city’s varied history and growing modern attractions and comfort, there’s legitimately something for everyone and a new aspect to explore around every corner. Rent a car or hire a driver and make your way through the city, visiting all the hidden gems and authentic cultural corners.