Traveling in Argentina with kids

Cowboys, capybaras and condors will keep kids as happy as the generous barbecues.
Argentina is safe and family friendly. Leafy town plazas and parks provide urban play areas, while national parks offer dazzling natural spectacles to impress the most jaded child, from stupendous waterfalls to the continent's highest peak.

Kids love cowboys, and Argentina has those a-plenty on the Pampas, with plenty of chance to join in. Adrenaline junkies can mountain bike, raft or tackle hardcore hikes in amazing landscapes. Nature lovers can marvel at whales, walrus and penguins in the south, alligators and capybara in the north and east. Delicious, affordable and plentifully served food also helps when traveling in Argentina with kids!

Activities for families in Argentina


Argentina is ideal for nature-loving nippers. Peninsula Valdes offers huge whales, quirky elephant seals and cute penguins, while Esteros del Ibera is a wetland wonderland alive with marsh deer, toothy caimans and cute capybaras. Visiting Iguazu Falls? Drop into nearby Guira Oga to see a wildlife hospital in action.

Cool museums

Kids can don PJs for an amazing overnight stay amid dinosaurs at Patagonia's Egidio Feruglio palaeontology museum in Trelew, have a creepy thrill with the skeletons and taxidermied beasts at Museo de la Plata near Buenos Aires, or get cool glacier insights at El Calafate's Glaciarium.

Saddle up!

Argentina is great for horse-mad kids. Trot across vast grassy sea, gallop past lagoons and range wild Patagonia plains. Learn cowboy/cowgirl skills first-hand from friendly gauchos who do it for real on estancias that could double for Wild West ranches – with generous barbecues to satisfy even the hungriest kids.
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Traveling in Argentina with kids

Kathy Jarvis from our supplier Andean Trails happily took her two-year-old son into the Patagonian wilderness. Here, she explains why tailor-made tours are best for traveling in Argentina with kids: “Tailor made tours allow the schedule to be adapted to each family member. I took my son to Patagonia aged two and we stayed in the mountain refugios and trekked, rented a house and walked under giant monkey puzzle trees. We explored Bariloche and San Martin, used cable cars, local buses and self-drove too. We came up close to guanaco, skunk, pygmy owl, Patagonian fox and numerous birds including condors larger than my child. A little careful planning can adapt any tour to suit a particular family. Argentina is very civilised for all ages.”
Megan Parkinson, from our supplier Chimu Adventures, shares advice on traveling in Argentina with kids: “If you’ve got young children, then I recommend staying in higher-end hotels in Patagonia that have specialist guides who think about what’s on offer for children. So maybe on the first day they will pick something less challenging and see how the children are, then give them other options. They’ll organise different meal times, there might be a pool. For older kids into outdoor stuff, then Patagonia has whitewater rafting and kayaking. You can climb volcanoes and there’s hot springs. I’d really recommend that for teenagers who need to be kept active all the time.”
Written by Norman Miller
Photo credits: [Page banner: Juanedc] [Intro: David] [Wild!: Charles J Sharp] [Kathy Jarvis quote: David]