This year, it’s time to go big. Maybe you’ve gone to the same camping site every year for the family vacation and it’s time to upgrade. Maybe you just want a change of scenery, a relaxing vacation or a bit more adventure. Whatever you’re looking for, these destinations in Argentina have you covered for a great family vacation.
During the high seasons, you will find Bariloche is full argentine families enjoying their vacation time. Because of its picturesque landscapes and array of outdoor activities, Bariloche is one of the top destinations in Argentina. With stunning mountain views and sparkling blue lakes, parents will feel relaxed and kids will have a blast. No matter what time of year you go, winter or summer, you will find plenty of outdoor activities to keep everyone in the family entertained. In the snowy months you can spend your days skiing on some of the nicest slopes in the Andes like Cerro Catedral, and in the summer you can enjoy the beaches along the crystal blue lakes. Dare to dive into the icy water or hop on a kayak to explore the lakes’ waters.
There are tons of campsites in the area, so if you want to ditch the cell phones and opt for some good old-fashioned family bonding time, it’s a fun and affordable option. One attraction you definitely can’t miss in the city center is the huge selection of artisanal chocolates. Specialty chocolate shops line the streets and with the German and Swiss architecture, you’ll begin to question if you are in the Andes or the Alps. Before you leave, be sure to head to the main plaza. For just a few pesos, you can snap a cheesy family photo posing with the Saint Bernards in the Plaza– this year’s holiday card anyone?
Just north of Buenos Aires, Tigre is a small town on the Rio de la Plata. With less hustle and bustle, it makes for a great for daytrip from the busy city and one of the top destinations in Argentina for families. You can take a boat tour along the river to see historic houses or jump in and take a swim; the water stays fairly warm year-round. Take the kids to Parque de la Costa, a classic amusement park where they’ll have a blast on rollercoasters and water rides.
The small riverside town is also known for its huge Feria Artensenal where you can pick up and assortment of traditional Argentine souvenirs from cheap leather goods to mates. Be sure to try some traditional Argentine cuisine like empanadas or choripan, and dulce de leche or alfajores for a sweet treat while you’re there. After your city getaway, you can take the train back into Buenos Aires.
This natural wonder of the world can’t be missed! The whole family will be amazed by the size and force of one of the world’s most impressive natural waterfalls, no wonder it is one of the top destinations in Argentina. When you enter the park, there are two main circuits—upper and lower, which include many winding trails you can take through the rainforest flora to explore and see different viewpoints of the falls.
Stop by the Devil’s Throat, one of the most popular vantage points or take a boat tour to view the huge falls from below. Don’t forget to bring a towel or change of clothes—you’re sure to get wet! The park is full of exotic and colorful birds and butterflies. Watch out for coatís, these harmless raccoon-like mammals are friendly and may want to share your lunch! Keep your eyes out; if you’re lucky you might spot a wild toucan or even a jaguar lurking in the park.
The most unexpected family travel destination is the capital of the country’s wine region; Mendoza’s bodegas boast some of the world’s finest Malbecs. The city is not only one of the top destinations in Argentina for those who love vino, but it also attracts families and adventurers of all ages. The astounding beauty of the surrounding Andes cannot be ignored. Head outside and spend some time hiking, rappelling or zip-lining in the Andes. If you go during the summer, you can trek the base of the highest peak in all of the Andes, Mount Aconcagua. For more adventurous families, white water rafting is a great option.
One way to experience the gaucho culture while enjoying the beautiful scenery is by horseback. There are many tour options that include a gaucho-guided tour on horseback followed by a traditional asado dinner. On the weekends in the city center, Plaza Independencia is filled with families relaxing and spending time together. Bring a soccer ball for the kids and maybe a bottle of Malbec for the parents, don’t worry it’s legal to drink in the park!
Written by Chloe Moore