Where to Go: Luxury Family Holidays in Latin America

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Jennifer Richt

Published on: September 29th, 2017

Last modified: July 28th, 2023

Adventure, history, magic, wildlife - when it comes to crafting your perfect family vacation, Latin America has it all.

We've pulled together a list of the continent's very best and most exciting experiences for luxury family holidays in Latin America. They're sure to enchant visitors of all ages.

So take the kids, pack your bags and jet off to discover the continent's seemingly endless delights, from swimming with turtles to exploring the Lost World...

Wildlife encounters
The Galapagos
Waterfall adventure
Iguassu Falls
Trekking through time
The Inca Trail
Two Galapagos Sea Lions Frolic Together Underwater

Wildlife encounters

Discover this world famous wildlife haven onboard one of our family-friendly cruises around the islands, on a trip that’s specially tailored to suit your family’s needs. You can get up remarkably close to the resident wildlife on nature walks.

The Galapagos Islands are wonderful for budding photographers

You can also kayak, dive and snorkel with turtles, tropical fish and penguins, while the cruise’s glass bottomed boats are an exciting way to view the marine life from above.

A child strokes a tortoise

Cloud Forest adventure

Costa Rica’s central highlands will captivate you with their atmospheric cloud forest enveloped in mist: a nature’s playground for all ages. Discover the diverse flora and fauna along nature trails and in national parks, or look down on the rainforest from canopy walkways.

Canopy zipwire

Eco warriors and their families can set out on eco adventures, with highlights such as kayaking, zip lining and horseback riding. Jacada will arrange private guides to suit the interests of every family member, and for you to stay at the most family-friendly hotels.

Iguassu Falls Brazil

Waterfalls & wildlife

Be enthralled by the thunderous falls of Iguassu and take a speedboat to get up close to the cascades, before discovering the rich wildlife of the surrounding Iguassu National Park and Misiones Rainforest.


On nature walks, with guides to engage the interest of all ages, visitors can spot butterflies and birds of dazzling colours, as well as mammals like the red brocket deer.

Boat Iguassu Falls

Temples & turtles

On this extraordinary stretch of Caribbean coast, snorkel with turtles from glorious white sand beaches, be enchanted by ancient Mayan culture in the fascinating ruins of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal near Mérida, and swim through the cool water of the cenotes limestone sinkholes.

Snorkelling, Yucatan Peninsular, Mexico

Jacada will make sure your family stay at the right hotels in locations along the coast that will keep every family member happy.

Uxmal, Yucatan Peninsular, Mexico
Horses Zuleta Otavalo Ecuador

Ecuadorian country life

Experience traditional Ecuadorian culture, while staying in a charming hacienda in the countryside of Otavalo where the whole family will feel at home: the ideal base from which to explore the idyllic landscape.

Horses Zuleta Otavalo Ecuador

Set out on a horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking adventure between two snow-capped volcanoes with Jacada’s guides that have been specially selected for you.

The gates to Hacienda Zuleta, Otavalo, Ecuador
Llamas on Machu Picchu Terraces, Peru

Get to know the Ancient Incas

This ancient citadel never fails to enthrall, with fascinating stories of the Incan times told by our fun and engaging guides. Active families can set out on an unforgettable journey to the ruins along the world famous Inca Trail.


Options include a privately guided one-day trail and the full four-day hiking and camping trip through the Andean cloud forest.

Grey Glacier Torres del Paine

Outdoor living in the Chilean Lake District

Families with a love for the outdoors will be enchanted by the beauty of this exceptionally scenic region of valleys among snow-capped volcanoes and ancient forest with crystal clear lakes, rivers and hot springs.

Family hiking Patagonia

Spend your days fishing on the lakes’ shores, hiking, rafting and kayaking, or horse-back riding through the forest with the personal guide and while staying at the lodge that’s just right for you.

Family Hiking Patagonia

Talk to one of our expert travel designers and start planning your once-in-a-lifetime family adventure to Latin America.