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Chile is the most geographically diverse country that we visit. The land area of Chile encompasses magnificent Andean mountain ranges to the east, desert in the north and the vast wonderland of Patagonia in the south. Our tours focus on the geology of Patagonia, the immenseness and wild beauty of the place, and the culture of the area. These tours generally fall into three categories- sightseeing, adventure tours, and boat-based trips.

Sightseeing Tours: Minimum age = 6

Our sightseeing tours, including Easter Island and the Atacama Desert, provide unique glimses into the different landscapes and cultural heritage of Chile. Children are welcome on these tours, but kids with limited attention spans may not be interested in geologic formations and ceremonial sites. Consider your own family's travel experience and preferences. Our trip coordinators would be happy to provide additional details to help you decide if these tours are right for your family.

Adventure Tours: Minimum age = 12

These tours include challenging Chile travel adventures such as multi-day treks or whitewater rafting. They can be great choices for older children and active families. Prepare your family for trekking tours by planning weekend day hikes or overnight camping trips before you go. Keep in mind that some days the distances hiked each day may feel much further due to the rugged terrain and altitude variance. Each traveler should bring a daypack with essentials such as a camera, waterproof jacket, water bottle, and snacks. Whitewater rafting tours have a minimum age of 12 for Class II-III, 15 for Class IV-V.

Boat Based Tours: Minimum age = 6-12

Our boat based tours include Patagonia by Sea and the Via Australis tour. Both options focus on experiencing Chile's unique ecology and offer limited entertainment options onboard for kids. The Patagonia by Sea tour is culturally focused, providing a unique view of the folklore and cultural center of the Isle de Chloe. Due to the confined space and sea conditions, it is a good idea to try your family's seaworthiness before heading off! This is a great tour for a family charter. If joining other groups we require a minimum age of 12. The excursions are educational and give families the chance to try new foods, see a living example of a different culture, and experience boat living.

The Mare Australis cruise is on a much larger boat so children as young as 6 are welcome. However, the focus is primarily on experiencing Chile's incredible scenery. Onboard lectures add an educational component and glacial hikes help satisfy your wanderlust. Because of the limited child centered activities, families with young children are still relatively rare. Make sure to bring plenty to entertain your young one.

These tours are not a good choice for young children who can be easily bored, crave high intensity activities, have rigid schedules/ food preferences, are prone to motion sickness, or are not able to swim, etc.
Trip NameMin. AgeComments
Ultimate Patagonia Trekking (14 Day)12Wildlife and hiking tour. multi-day Patagonia treking / camping - best for older kids and active families. Includes glacier walk that has minimum age of 12 and a maximum age limit of 65 years of age (alternatives available; contact us for details).
Classic W Trek (8 Day)124-8 hours hiking daily & camping adventure - best for older kids & active families
Easter Island (5 Day)6cultural and geologic focus based out of one hotel. Because of the relatively short duration, single hotel, and variety of activities, this can be one of the best Chile options for younger children. Flight to Easter Island takes ~ 8 hours.
Futaleufu Wild Whitewater (9 Day)6Adventurous Class IV-V rapids available only for older teens (15 and above). Class II-III option available for ages 6-12.
End of the World (11 Day)1050% discount for kids 6-12 years old if staying in a Suite Dome with parents. Discounts also available on the Australis cruise. Minimum age of 12 and maximum age limit of 65 for Perito Moreno Glacier (alternate tours are available).
Lakes Crossing (5 Day)6Beautiful scenery during trip but long transfers.
Patagonia Wildlife Safari (5-7 Day)6Activities can be arranged for various interests and activity level preferences. 50% discount for kids 6-12 years old if staying in a Suite Dome with parents.
Chilean Lake District (5 Day)6wide range of activities. focus on beautiful scenery, nature hikes, wildlife viewing, local culture.
South American Three City (10 Day)6Relaxed-paced trip with optional excursions.
Lakes District Sea Kayaking (4 Day)12Active and remote with one night camping and two nights lodge and kayaking- best for older kids.
Pumalin Park by Sea Kayak (6 Day)12Active and remote with two nights camping and one night in a B&B and kayaking- best for older kids.
Magdalena Island Penguin Colony ( Day)6focus on wildlife viewing. good for families.
Serrano River Navigation8glaciers, wildlife viewing via catamaran and zodiac. 50% discount for kids up to age 12 if staying in a Suite Dome with parents.
EcoCamp - Torres del Paine (4 Day)6Activities can be arranged for various interests and activity level preferences. 50% discount for kids 6-12 years old if staying in a Suite Dome with parents.
Chile Wine Adventure (8 Day)6
Patagonia Hiking Express (9 Day)12
Active Easter Island (5 Day)6
Torres Del Paine Kayaking12
Chile North to South (13 Day)6
Discover Aysen (6 Day)6
South America Grand (34 Day)6
Santiago Culinary Tour ( Day)6
Rafting on the Maipo River6
Bike and Wine ( Day)6
El Morado Trek ( Day)6
El Morado Horseback Ride ( Day)6
El Colorado Horseback Ride ( Day)6
Colina Hot Springs6
Wine Tours - Concha y Toro ( Day)6
Wine Tours - Premium Maipo Valley ( Day)6
Hotel Las Torres - Torres del Paine (4-8 Day)6Activities can be arranged for various interests and activity level preferences. 50% discount for kids 6-12 years old if staying in a Suite Dome with parents.
Awasi Atacama Desert (4 Day)6Focus on landscapes, culture, and archaeology of region. Includes long transfer to/ from desert. Based out of one lodge with flexible schedule and variety of activities.
Awasi Patagonia (4-7 Day)6Activities can be arranged for various interests and activity level preferences. 50% discount for kids 6-12 years old if staying in a Suite Dome with parents.
Vira Vira Hacienda (4-7 Day)6
High Deserts of Bolivia & Chile (10 Day)12landscape focus - some rustic accommodations
Chile North to South Premium (13 Day)6
King Penguin Park Colony6focus on wildlife viewing. good for families.
Patagonia Horseback Riding ( Day)12Best for older kids & active families
Grey Glacier Kayaking ( Day)12Best for older kids & active families
Patagonia Fly Fishing12Best for older kids & active families
Central Chilean Vineyards (6 Day)6
University of Montana Alumni Patagonia (10 Day)12Wildlife and hiking tour. multi-day Patagonia trekking / camping - best for older kids and active families. Includes glacier walk that has minimum age of 12 and a maximum age limit of 65 years of age (alternatives available; contact us for details).

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