Taking a South America family vacation is a great way to introduce your kids to new cultures and to spend some quality time together…but it’s important to plan it right! When planning travel to South America with kids, keep in mind that some of the best trips are the simplest. It’s best to avoid complicated logistics, and you’ll want to be extra flexible. Appreciate the things you are able to see and do with your family, and know that these are special memories that will last for a lifetime! These travel tips will help you plan a stress-free South America family vacation!
Travel Documents: Check your family’s travel documents and vaccinations well in advance.
Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa or reciprocity fee to visit certain countries. The Argentina reciprocity fee can be paid online, but visas generally need to be applied for in advance at your local embassy or consulate.
You should also check the latest vaccine guidelines and requirements for the countries you are visiting. Vaccines are not generally required to travel to South America, but Yellow Fever and other vaccines may be recommended depending on where you are going. It’s best to schedule an appointment with your family doctor to talk about vaccinations (as well as medication for mosquito-born diseases) before your trip.
Also make sure that your passports are up to date! Remember that children’s passports expire more frequently than adult passports.
Packing: Come prepared…but don’t overdo it.
Do a little research before your trip. Are you going to a tropical country like Peru or Ecuador? Or are you going farther south to cooler destinations like Chile and Argentina? The seasons in South America are reversed from the seasons in the northern hemisphere, so be sure to check the weather for the time you’ll be traveling!
The following are packing essentials for your South America family vacation: activities and games for plane and car rides, nutritious snacks, and plenty of bug spray for warmer destinations!
Remember, it’s a good idea to come prepared, but it’s no fun to carry around heavy suitcases. If you forget something, you can always buy it once you arrive.
Plan in advance, but be flexible.
Traveling spontaneously can be exciting, but your family vacation will run much smoother if you’ve made some reservations ahead of time. Booking hotels in advance means you’ll never be stuck without somewhere to stay when your kids are too tired to keep sightseeing. And reserving tours ahead of time will help avoid down time when your kids will get bored.
That being said, it’s good to have some flexibility in your itinerary. Young kids in particular are likely to get tired out, and you may need to end the day early. Other times, your kids will discover something that wasn’t even on your itinerary to begin with, and you’ll end up making a whole new plan for the day.
Remember, your South America family vacation is about exploring new places together. There’s no recipe for the perfect family vacation, but if you follow these planning tips, you’ll be off to a great start. For help planning your South America vacations, contact the local travel experts at Say Hueque Argentina Journeys.
Written by Michelle Lenze