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Best Family Vacations in Central and South America

It will require planning, but bringing your family to Machu Picchu's iconic ruins or Costa Rica's unspoiled rainforests can be the trip of a lifetime. To help you and your clan find the perfect destination, we've rounded up the best family vacations in Central and South America.

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Why Go: The Galápagos plays host to an array of enchanting species, and whether you're exploring caves or admiring the magnificent white-sand shores of Turtle Bay, you won't be bored. However, the Galápagos is by no means cheap or easy to reach; you'll want to come with a thick wallet. Read More»

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Why Go: In Costa Rica, you and your kids can create unforgettable memories while zip-lining above rainforests and sprawling across Nicoya Peninsula's sandy shores. Suited for beachgoers and adrenaline-junkies alike, this tiny nation features a variety of ways to keep you and the kiddos smiling. Read More»

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Why Go: With numerous kid-friendly attractions and eclectic culinary options, Buenos Aires boasts plenty to captivate family visitors. The Museo de los Niños is tailored to younger visitors, and the El Zanjón de Granados' maze-like channel of underground tunnels enchants travelers of all ages. Read More»

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Why Go: Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of exploring ancient ruins of Machu Picchu (as well as those found closer to town). Hosting affordable hotels and restaurants, Cusco suits families hoping to take their kids on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation without over-spending. Read More»

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Why Go: Culture-hounds can explore Mayan splendors like Lamanai, while sun-seekers laze along the Placencia Peninsula's white-sand beaches. Just be sure to bring your camera: You won't want to miss the opportunity to snap photos as your crew marvels at ancient ruins and soaks up the rays. Read More»

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Why Go: You and your family will have a blast exploring this wind-whipped wonderland. Climb the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park or mingle with Patagonia's curious penguins at Isla Magdalena. The only downside to visiting this region is the high cost of transportation. Read More»

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Machu Picchu

Why Go: The pilgrimage to the Inca's lost city is long, but overlooking Machu Picchu would be a missed opportunity to witness the remains of a powerful ancient civilization. Once you board the train in Cusco, you and your clan will be in for an adventure.

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Why Go: Getting here is no easy feat, but once you arrive, you and the kiddos can be whisked away on trusty steeds and gallop through Southern Patagonia. Younger travelers appreciate Patagonia's gaucho (cowboy) culture and you'll love the aromatic Argentinean wine, quaint villages and gorgeous scenery. Read More»

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