Visiting Argentina with your family
Visiting Argentina with your family
Argentina is the second largest country in South America, covering almost 3,000 square kilometres. Because of its geographical diversity and beauty, gourmet dishes and cultural activity - Argentina has become a very popular destination for all sorts of tourists. Since almost everyone speaks English here, it’s an excellent place to visit with kids.
Beautiful Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, with its mix of European architecture and friendly locals, is an awe-inspiring city. Here, you will find numerous activities to suit everyone’s taste, particularly for families as Argentinians love family activities. It’s best to start by visiting Caminito in the morning. This colorful and attractive place shows what Porteño culture is all about, which are what people from the capital city are called. Good music, street tango shows and a street museum are just a few of the things you will see here. Your kids will love it! You can walk around taking in the sights while enjoying the delicious and cheap foods known to this region. Caminito is a great place to learn about Argentinian history and culture as most of the immigrants lived here when they first arrived in the country.
Star Gazing from the end of the Earth
Next, visit Los bosques de Palermo, a beautiful, sprawling park with an artificial lake inside. On the weekends all roads are closed here to make way for bikes. You can even pedal your way through the lake in water bikes! This is a typical porteño activity and you will see hundreds of local families with kids enjoying the sunny afternoon here while drinking mate, a popular drink. End the afternoon by visiting Galileo Galilei Planetarium at the far end of the park. Here you can see a variety of fossils and even a piece of moon rock brought back by the Apollo XI! When nighttime arrives, you can take in the stars with telescopes. The Planetarium also offers other fun educational activities for kids. They’ll have a blast!
Fun Museums for kids
Buenos Aires is famous for its night-life and designer shops. However, Argentinians are family people who enjoy hosting family reunions with all the kids running around. With their mix of Spanish and Italian descent, Argentinians believe Sundays should be spent with the family. Make a stop at one of diverse shows in Tecnopolis - where art, science and culture are displayed in a mega exhibition - the biggest in all of Latin America. Here, you will find interactive activities and games where the kids can learn about Argentina's industries and scientific discoveries. You will also meet a life-size dinosaur that even moves! Tecnopolis is a safe spot to let your kids run around while you enjoy a coffee coupled with one of Argentina's most famous pastries - the medicinal.
Visiting an Estancia
The Estancias are amazing green spaces and farms where you can spend the day learning about various rural activities. One such place is Pequeña Holanda, where kids can interact with domestic animals such as cows, rosters, chickens, horses and more. After a succulent Argentinian asado, kids will learn how to interact with the animals, how to collect eggs and even how to milk cows. Kids learn how to bake bread that they share with their parents that afternoon as part of a merienda - a meal that consists of milk, marmalade, butter, various breads and an array of delicious sweet treats. Families with older children can take in some fun horse back riding and kayaking while here as well.
Visiting one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world
A visit to the Iguazú National Park is one of the most wonderful experiences in all of Argentina. Located in Misiones, a north-eastern province, Iguazú boasts some 275 beautiful cascades which are truly a natural wonder. You can take a long stroll through the park, walk under some of the smaller waterfalls and even practice bird watching. For those who don’t want to walk - you can take the Tren de la Selva – a train ride through the jungle.
The most famous waterfall, La Cascada del Diablo is equipped with three observation balconies to take in this magnificent sight and hear to the waterfall’s roar. Be prepared to get wet on a guided tour where you will learn all about this area. This is truly a once in a life-time experience.
Whale watching in Puerto Madryn
It's time to visit famous Patagonia and one of its most important coastal cities, Puerto Madryn. You can see whales from any pier throughout the city or you can take one of the many tours available, which depart from the center of town. Head to Peninsula de Valdes, where, from May to September, you can watch whales actually jump around your boat. Between February and April you can watch orcas and sea lions at Punta Norte. Orca watching has become a famous tourist attraction here. The knowledgeable tour guides will explain everything you need to know about these amazing creatures.
There are also day trips to Punta Tombo, the biggest Magellanic penguin colony in the world. Here, the whole family can watch half a million penguins walking around, swimming, nesting and feeding. What a unique learning experience!
Visit Glacier Perito Moreno
A few years back, the whole country was watching as a piece of this huge glacier broke off. This event increased tourism in the area and the kids always have fun as they get to actually walk over the glacier! Due to its massive size, it offers some of the most beautiful views in the world. You can then take a trek that begins by navigating the Lago Argentino and continues on over the glacier where you are equipped with special shoes. This highly educational tour is a great way to learn all about glaciers. This activity is recommended for kids over 8 yeas old.
Chocolate tasting in Bariloche
Bariloche is a small mountain town with cute little wooden cafes and amazing chocolate stores. Even though it’s not the most picturesque place in the area, you’ll have fun walking around the streets here and tasting delicious chocolate.
From the main avenue, in front of the Civic Center, you can take one of the many buses to Llao Llao Resort, a hotel with some of the best views in the area. Here, you can enjoy one of their famous teas while you stroll through the woods. Llao Llao offers a complete outdoor experience where you can learn about nature, learn archery, practice kayaking, take German cooking lessons, which are popular to the area – all with experienced local instructors.
A visit to heaven
It’s easy to understand where Salta got its name – meaning ‘the pretty one’. This beautiful province in northern Argentina has a lot to offer traveling families. One of its most famous tourist attractions is the Tren de las nubes. And even though this place is very popular, it’s not a tourist trap. Starting in Salta city you can travel up the mountains some 1800 meters where you feel like you can touch the clouds.
Some tour agencies offer shorter versions of this excursion, which are good for families with small children. These ‘mini safaris’, as they are called, take you by 4x4 truck through tunnels and meandering little roads – lots of fun!
Learn about wine production in Mendoza
Mendoza, in western Argentina, is an ideal place for traveling families. Known for its wine production, there are even a few places that offer kid friendly tours. One such place is Bodega Trivento, where parents can taste wines while the kids learn about wine production and marketing in a simple, pedagogic way. A great way to end your trip to Argentina!