5 of the Best Locations to Take your Son in South America

South America pulses with amazing archaeological sites, pristine natural wonders and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. South America is steeped in history and you will see evidence of this at every turn. The people are vibrant and you will get caught up in the exciting musical scene that is the heartbeat of this energetic country.

North Peru

North Peru is a maze of archaeological ruins. Many date back to 1300 AD. Make sure to also visit Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian adobe city in the world. Take a guided tour of the Temples of the Sun and Moon at Huacas del Sol y de la Luna and visit Batan Grande & Chota where 50 pyramids have been found. If your son loves horse-riding, head to Rancho Santana where you can ride through the Pomac Forest and past the pyramids at Tucume.


On the must see list in Brazil are the Christ the Redeemer Statue which overlooks Rio. Make sure to visit the legendary Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Catch a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and enjoy one of the most breathtaking panoramas in the world from the observation deck. The powerful Iguazu Falls is a formidable sight as 1.72 million gallons of water gush every second over these impressive falls. The people of Brazil are also sports mad!

source: wikipedia

source: wikipedia

Quito, Ecuador

The capital of Ecuador is a reminder of past colonial days. Head straight to the old town where, from the cobblestoned Plaza San Francisco, you can view the ancient Monastery of San Francisco. If your son prefers to see something newer, take him to Valqano Park, which is actually located in the Pichincha Volcano. This is a giant amusement park and you can take a cable car ride to Cruz Loma which will give you a magnificent view of the city.

Galapagos Islands

Belonging to Ecuador, travel back in time to this cluster of unique islands. These islands are home to thousands of animals and many of these species exist nowhere else on this planet. Your son will love seeing giant tortoises, four eyed fish and enormous lizards. Tourists flock to this UNESCO World Heritage Site where the theory of evolution was discovered by scientist Charles Darwin.

source: wikimedia

source: wikimedia

The Amazon

Spend quality family time with a cruise down the legendary Amazon River. Your son can enjoy the organised activities, the education and excursions all from your Amazon riverboat. You will have to get used to the sound of the jungle with primates and birds boisterously competing to be heard. Children will delight in seeing the pink dolphins and the hard working leaf cutter ant. Try your hand at paddling a dugout canoe or take a guided hike through this remarkable jungle.

The only drawback to travelling to South America with your son is that you will run out of time to see everything! Cruiseabout Australia has some great ideas for visiting South America. There is so much to see and so much to do. A journey to South America will be filled with fun but will also be educational. Travel is the best experience children can have. Visiting other cultures and speaking to the local people is something your child should not miss out on.

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  1. diana scholz says:

    The Galapagos Islands have always been a dream of mine! I would absolutely love to take my son there.

  2. I would love to take him to see the Sugarloaf Mountains! I’ve been to Santana, but to take him to see the view from the Mountains would be spectacular! Awesome post!

  3. If only I had the money…

  4. rose paden says:

    Such a beautiful place! I have never been to any of these but I would love to, Especially Galapagos Islands!

  5. That would be a wonderful journey with my son. I know he’d love the adventure of it, and I’d enjoy spending time with him.

  6. Thanks for the great info as i love travelling tgese locations wouls be great to see

  7. Jen Rodrigues says:

    These are all great places to visit. I have always wanted to visit Brazil because I am portuguese and they speak portuguese their.That would be a fun experience. Thanks for posting these.

  8. Paula Weintraut says:

    I would love to go to South america the Galapagos Islands would be a Great Place to visit

  9. the gaqlapagos are really pretty ive been there before.

  10. Take em’ to Cuba and teach him Communism :] jk jk

  11. Jason Brown, Sr. says:

    I would love to go some where like one of these places, really nice!!!

  12. Wow beautiful pictures! I would love to be able to visit at some point!

  13. My dream is to visit South America.

  14. A lot of these places are on my bucket list and I have visited South America. My hubby and I have sponsored children, now adults, in Cartagena Colombia. Cartagena’s old city should be on your list also.

  15. From someone who loves to travel and who has five sons – this would be awesome :) I dream of being able to take my boys other places than two different states.

  16. Paula Weintraut says:

    We talked about a Cruise at the Thanksgiving table Lots of great ideas and I so want to go to South America. Hope to soon.

  17. Anna Johnson says:

    My husband has always wanted to go to South America. We have 3 sons and this fuels our desire to see it through their young eyes!

  18. I would love to visit some of these places

  19. Steven Pounds says:

    These are great places to visit! If I ever have a son, we will be going to them.

  20. i would love to be able to go with my son to any of those places

  21. any of these places would be a great exprience

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