Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation

Our neighbor to the South (America) celebrates summer and fall during our winter and spring, so it is the perfect time for a truly memorable family vacation filled with wildlife, stunning landscapes, and adventure. Find my best family vacations in South America insider tips below.

Several wonderful destinations in Argentina and Chile can be combined for your perfect family vacation. Here are suggested hotels that are the Best of the Best (and at which I can give you exclusive value-added amenities you can’t get on your own); you can choose to camp, stay on an estancia (ranch property), or a myriad of choices – just ask!


Best Family Vacations in South America: Where to Go and What to Do

Atacama, Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation


The world’s highest-altitude desert with the most extraordinary landscapes and clearest sky on earth. Night sky-viewing is tremendous here – arguably the best in the world!

Why go?  

Salt flats, lagoons, mountains and geysers.  Lovely hotels offering over 35 custom programs for the whole family including trekking, bike tours, mountain climbing, horseback riding and astronomy tours in stunning scenery. Wonderful sure-to-please gastronomy is a part of each stay. And, to relax after your adventures, the best spas are waiting for you.

Suggested stay: 4 nights.

Suggested hotels: Alto Atacama; Tierra Atacama; Explora Atacama; Awasi Atacama (from 12 years of age).

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation


The best hiking and riding spot at the “end of the world” with dreamy lodges and the spectacular scenery of the majestic Paine Massif and horns; lakes, lagoons, waterfalls and glaciers.

Why go?

Fun expeditions can be arranged by your incredible hotel nature-immersed for all levels and ages: hiking, biking, horse riding or boat excursions; condor watching; spelunking (cave explorations). Gastronomy is a highlight as well.

Suggested stay: 4 nights.

Suggested hotels: Explora Patagonia; Tierra Patagonia; The Singular Patagonia; Awasi Patagonia (as from 12 years of age).

Pucon, Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation


In the heart of Chile’s beautiful Lakes District, crowned by imposing active Villarrica snowy Volcano with breathtaking glacial lakes.

Why go?

The incredible and beyond Vira Vira lodge, which is a super program for a once in a lifetime adventure with all the family. Some of it unbeatable experiences: trekking, floating on the Liucura River, horseback riding, mountain biking, white-water rafting, catch-and-release fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, farm-to-table vegetable garden tour, on-site cheese factory tour, stand-up paddle boarding plus immersion with the Mapuche culture.              

Suggested stay: 4 nights.

NORTHERN PATAGONIA IN ARGENTINA, Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation


Bariloche and Villa La Angostura in the Northern Patagonia in Argentina are magical places where mountains and lakes make up the perfect landscape with tons of outstanding outdoor possibilities for families.

Why go?

Beautiful luxury hotels, or even an overnight camp and tons of active possibilities like: trekking, rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, sailing, mountain bike, SUP, horseback riding, golf, condor watching, climbing and rappelling. Other nifty additions: you can enjoy an impressive outdoor lunch prepared by a chef, or a delicious picnic of local products, or wonderful gourmet restaurants. Furthermore, the area has German origins and has surprising craft breweries.

Suggested hotels: Llao Llao Resort Golf & Spa, El Casco Art Hotel, Peuma Hue Eco-Lodge, Las Balsas Relais Chateaux and Correntoso Lake & River Hotel. 

Suggested stay: 4 nights

Mendoza, Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation


March is the most joyful and awaited month in Mendoza to celebrate the “Vendimia” harvest.  Not only is the valley filled with terrific wines, the majestic Andes and rivers and lakes all out for outdoor beauty and active fun for the whole family.

Why go?

A celebration in each winery and corner of Mendoza, allowing you to participate directly in the grapes harvesting and the fun foot treading together with your family. Plus: rafting, horseback riding in the Andes and vineyards, fly fishing, bike rides, trekking, hot air ballooning, picnics and the traditional and delicious Argentinian barbecue (asado) in the Andes. Hotels are a real treat here.

Suggested hotels: The Vines Resort & Spa and Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort, both hotels receive children from 12 years of age. Other accommodations can welcome younger children.

Suggested stay: 4 nights.

Iguazu Waterfalls, Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation


The inspiration for the movie “Up, the waterfalls are truly majestic and an unforgettable experience for children. They are one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Feel the powerful energy of the waterfalls along its many trails. Head to magical rainforests filled with unusual animals and vibrantly-colored birds.

Why go?

A helicopter ride to enjoy the magnificent views; a boat ride next to the thundering falls; thousands of birds and colorful butterflies surrounded by a green and lively tropical jungle.

Suggested stay: 2 – 3 nights

Suggested hotels: Meliá Iguazú Spa & Resort, Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas, Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel, Awasi Iguazú (hotel receives children as from 12 years of age).

Buenos Aires, Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation


The great city that has it all! Discover the hot spots of Buenos Aires with our twist for everybody.

Why go?

A great bike tour; a fun cooking class with great vibe to prepare the national edible, the empanada and other delicious local dishes; a visit to the famous La Bombonera stadium to be part of the passion of football; the adrenaline of polo and horseback riding in my favorite “estancia”, and a private peaceful navigation along the islands in beautiful Tigre. Perhaps a river trip to nearby Uruguay.

Suggested stay: 3 nights.

Suggested hotels:  Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Four Seasons Buenos Aires, Alvear Icon, Faena Hotel.

Best Family Vacations in South America for Your Top Winter or Spring Break Vacation

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