The 7 Best Family-Friendly Attractions in Argentina
A family holiday in Argentina | © Kiran Foster / Flickr
Argentina may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a family holiday. Many families will head to Disneyland or to a beach resort to make sure their children are entertained, but the more adventurous families out there will delight in the wealth of activities Argentina has to offer both for parents and their kids. Here’s our pick of the best attractions.
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
Thundering cascades in a lush jungle with monkeys clambering up trees and butterflies flitting through the air may sound like the setting for an exciting children’s book but it is a real place! Iguazu Falls
in the northern Argentine province of Misiones is a wonderland for families, where they can explore the hot jungle before taking a boat ride under the Falls themselves.
Go white-water rafting in Mendoza
Older kids will love tackling the rapids on a white-water rafting excursion on the Mendoza river. The area might be better known to adults for its delicious Malbec, wineries and restaurants, but there’s also plenty of amazing outdoor activities on offer for thrill-seeking kids. You can try white-water rafting one day, and horseriding or rock climbing the next – there’s fun for all the family.
Children love getting out of the classroom to go on a nature walk or a field trip with school, but the Iberà Wetlands is a field trip like no other. This amazing, virgin marshland is home to myriad native animals, and travelers can take private boat trips through the marshes, guided by locals who will point out animals along the way, before watching the sun set over the leafy horizon.
Spend a day at Santa Tierra
Theme parks are a hit with most children and Tierra Santa in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires
has to be one of the most unique theme parks in the world. A homage to Christianity, this South American wonderland has lots of fun exhibits, performances and the piece de resistance: a giant rotating Jesus that emerges from the ground every hour, upon the hour, to give his blessings over the city.
Family hiking in Córdoba
For families who love the great outdoors, there is perhaps nowhere better in Argentina to indulge in some leisurely hiking than in the central province of Córdoba. While the city of Cordoba is known for its vibrant nightlife, the surrounding sierras are an abundance of rivers, creeks, hills and valleys, and there are plenty of places to stop on a road trip of the area to check out the sights.
Go camping in Bariloche
A trip to Bariloche in Argentine Patagonia offers fun for all the family. From a day of chocolate-shopping and ice-skating in town, to driving the incredibly stunning Circuito Chico and checking out views over the seven lakes, Bariloche wows with its beauty. Given the proliferation of so many lakes, there are numerous campgrounds you can stay on to take advantage of the pristine scenery.
Spot wildlife in Valdés Peninsula
Between June and December, wildlife enthusiasts should head south to the Patagonian region of Peninsula Valdés to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most incredible species. Take a boat out to see the enormous southern right whale (baleen whale), walk among a huge colony of Magellanic penguins, or watch elephant seals face off against each other. Valdés Peninsula really is a wonderful spectacle of the natural world.
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These recommendations were updated on December 18, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.