Iguazú National Park
You’ll know you’ve arrived at the Iguazú National Park when you hear the powerful rush of water coming from the 275 waterfalls. One of the seven new natural wonders of the world, the Iguazú Falls make for a bucket-list adventure for the family. Make your way through the jungle and play eye-spy for beautiful butterflies, anteaters, and coatis – along with playful monkeys swinging from the trees. The pasarelas (or walkways) allow guests to meander on top, behind, and down below the falls, which can also be experienced on a boat or train ride. Cap the day off at the nearby Guirá Oga, an educational animal sanctuary devoted to protecting the wildlife found in the region. Even more exciting? You’ll get up close and personal with the animals.
Known primarily for its incredible wine, Mendoza also ticks the boxes for family adventures.
From horseback riding to snow tours to biking and zip-lining – the region is ripe for thrill seekers. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, book a white-water rafting tour on the Mendoza River; or play at the Termas Cacheuta hot springs, complete with a wave pool and waterslides. And at the end of the day, parents can sit back with a delicious glass of Malbec.
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The birthplace of the tango, Buenos Aires is one of the largest, most diverse cities in South America, and the ideal stop to soak in the country’s culture. Tour the city on foot and take in a miniature version of Buenos Aires at the Museo de los Niños Abasto (The Children’s Museum). Next, check out the Museo Bernardino Rivadavia, which is the oldest museum in the country with a fascinating paleontology exhibit. The El Paseo de la Historieta walking tour showcases Argentina's most famous comic book characters with sculptures scattered through the Monserrat, San Telmo, and Puerto Madero neighborhoods. Many of the iconic attractions in Buenos Aires are free; a favorite being the Caminito’s brightly painted buildings in the La Boca neighborhood. Here, you can watch tango dancers perform in the streets, purchase a La Boca Juniors soccer jersey – then cap the day off with a choripán, a delicious chorizo sandwich.
Hugging the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate is a once-speck-of-a-town that now serves as an incredible tourist destination – and it’s especially fascinating for families. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees that you return to Patagonia. The natural wonder of glacial landscapes include the Perito Moreno, composed of ever-shifting pieces of ice. Here, you can experience all sorts of outdoor adventures, but make sure to stop at the Glaciarium and the Historical Interpretation Center, which serves as an information hub; kids will love the dinosaur exhibit. Adults, on the other hand, might appreciate local bars that serve cocktails with ice from the glaciers.
Situated in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is rich in natural beauty. On the ground, you can take in the region’s diverse fauna and flora, which changes with each season – and is lovely to witness on a bicycle. Off-shore, the diverse marine ecosystem is best known for its sea adventures such as whale watching and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with sea lions, penguins, and birds. Thrill-seeking families will love the snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing. And the region is even better appreciated with a boat excursion to the nearby Península Valdés, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the breeding population of endangered whales and southern elephant seals and sea lions.
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