Traveling with kids in tow can be testing at times, especially in off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Bolivia where infrastructure is poor and altitude can cause irritability. With that in mind, it’s important to seek out family-friendly accommodation to keep the little ones in high spirits for the maximum possible time. Here are the best hotels for kids in Bolivia.
Give the big resort hotels of Cochabamba a miss and opt to stay in this stylish colonial-style boutique instead. The complex has been converted from a traditional hacienda into a plush four-star hotel, complete with a central garden and pool which the kids are bound to adore.
As Bolivia’s biggest and most prosperous city, there are a plethora of large resort style hotels scattered throughout Santa Cruz. Yet none are as child-friendly as the luxurious Camino Real, a sprawling hotel located in the city’s most exclusive neighborhood. Above all else, kids love it for its tiki hut-strewn pool complex which comes complete with a giant waterslide. Inside, the larger suites easily accommodate big families and parents appreciate the on-site childcare facilities.
Kids will love this quirky boutique resort for its unique small town colonial-era theme. Each of the 11 spacious guestrooms is modeled to represent a townhouse, while a miniature on-site church, tavern, and plaza complete the scene. Oozing with rustic charm, the complex sits on a hill above Samaipata which offers sweeping valley views. Entertainment wise, there are numerous hiking trails to explore as well as a postcard-perfect playground and outdoor pool.
Deep in the Yungas just a few miles short of Coroico lies the Rio Selva Resort, a family-orientated tropical escape for well-to-do Paceño families. Fun in the sun is the primary selling point here, with kids of all ages having a ball on their huge waterslide system as well as the numerous indoor and outdoor pools. Other facilities include a children’s only pool, a spacious playground, and a kid’s club.
Kids love unconventional places, and few hotels are as unique as El Palacio de Sal. Situated on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, this quirky lodging is constructed from the region’s most abundant resource: a few million tonnes of salt. From the floor to the ceiling and everywhere in between, the hotel offers a saline experience unlike any other. Just don’t let the little ones lick those sodium-rich walls because the practice is strictly against the hotel rules.
Another unusual option that is bound to capture their imagination is the quirky Hostal Las Olas on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Creative architectural design is the highlight here, with quirky cabins shaped to depict a giant snail, a teepee, and a turtle, among other exotic forms. Set among tranquil gardens with ample hammocks and a toasty warm fireplace, its a serene escape from the tribulations of life on the road.
Outdoorsy families would do well to check in to this picturesque camping ground on the outskirts of La Paz, a tranquil escape miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Plenty of quirky cabins are available for those who don’t wish to camp, while hikes along trails with stunning mountain and river views can easily be arranged. Best of all, Colibri has a nice community vibe which means the kids may even be able to make a new friend or two.