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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your family travels take you to Abu Dhabi this summer, don't miss out on the Abu Dhabi Summer Pass, offering unbeatable promotions across the city. Available to purchase now and valid through Aug, 31, the pass includes values across a diverse range of activities, such as the three leading theme parks in Abu Dhabi.
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Family travel to Canada, more specifically, Victoria, isn’t complete without a visit to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. The family-run garden offers special programming each season, showcasing different blooms for each season. Now a National Historic Site of Canada, Butchart Gardens invites families to experience its beauty.
Los Angeles is home to plenty of popular attractions to give you the quintessential L.A family vacation, but to get a true vibe for the city, you want to dive into some of its hidden gems. Read on to discover some local favorites that often go under the tourist radar.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
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