Family Travel

Traveling as a family can be a great opportunity to spend quality time together away from hectic schedules that tie up our everyday lives. It can provide children with unbelievable, "hands on" learning experiences and inspire young minds to understand, respect, and appreciate other cultures and environments.

However, traveling as a family is not without its hazards and can create added challenges for the safety, health, and enjoyment of everyone involved. With this in mind, we have created a family suggestion sheet to help you make the most out of your experience abroad. Below are some general tips that apply to any of our adventures and some tour-by tour comments to help you decide if a specific trip is right for your family. For more information, please contact us anytime. We look forward to helping you create the perfect adventure for your family!

Country By Country Recommendations :


Some helpful tips…

Choose an adventure as a family. Include your kids of all ages in the decision-making process. Show them pictures, talk about what you are hoping to experience, and don't forget to discuss some of the challenges you might encounter such as people who don't speak their language, strange foods, long walks, unscheduled time, etc.

Research the area. Make it a family project to learn about the country you will be traveling to. Encourage children to read books and/or watch films before the trip. Help your children think up questions that they would like to ask while they are there.

Consider health precautions. Contact your pediatrician to find out minimum age recommendations for suggested immunizations. Don't forget to discuss any specific health concerns for your child that might be aggravated by the stresses of overseas travel. Pack a basic first-aid kit including Band-Aids, pain relievers, anti-itch lotion, and anti-diarrhea medication.

Pack the essentials. Make sure all children pack their favorite book or portable game, along with travel games to keep them entertained during long flights or airport layovers. Bring crayons, pens, paper, etc in your carry-on so that kids can quickly access these items.
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Amazon Tours

Amazon tours are a great choice for families interested in wildlife and nature. Adventure Life offers a variety of rainforest tours, each with a distinctly different flavor. Tours range from extremely remote and rustic to quite comfortable.

Sacha Lodge, in Ecuador, is probably the best Amazon travel option for families with younger children, as the well-trained staff has a lot of experience with children and school groups. Sacha Lodge offers a variety of activities to interest kids of all ages including a canopy walk, butterfly house, canoe trip, parrot lick, and a lake for swimming. It has Western-style facilities with private cabins, high thatched roofs, shaded terraces, and an excellent mix of local and international cuisine, and a well-trained staff.

Our shorter Peru Amazon Extension is also a great choice for younger children as the lodge is comfortable, transfers are relatively short (~1 ½ hours), and this extension can be as short as 2-3 days (a nice option for kids with limited attention spans!).

Most of our other Peru and Bolivia rainforest tours tend to be better options for older children, as these lodges are particularly remote with long transfers and relatively rustic accommodations. Families that don't mind the extra transfer time and simpler facilities are rewarded with some of the best wildlife viewing in the Amazon. Lodges such as Tambopata, Manu, and Chalalan are world famous for their authentic rainforest locations and eco-friendly policies. These tours are an excellent choice for the families who enjoy getting away from modern distractions and want a pure "back to nature" experience.

For all Amazon options, the weather can commonly include heat, humidity, and rain during your stay. Please pack appropriately and don't forget the insect repellant!

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Sacha Lodge - Ecuadorian Amazon 7 6 Sacha Lodge also offers a 30% discount for children under 12. Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Amazon Adventure 8 10 Active and remote with two nights camping, rustic jungle lodge and kayaking- best for older kids
Amazon Explorer 6.0 10 Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Wildlife Odyssey 16 6 Blends wildlife of Galapagos and Sacha Lodge. See notes above.
Manu Biosphere 8.0 10 Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Andes and Amazon 15 6 Sightseeing tour with cultural and historic focus. Some longer transfers
Ceiba Tops Amazon Lodge 4 --
Ultimate Ecuador 15.0 10 Hike near Cotopaxi Volcano, whitewater rafting, camping, and biking. Portions are very remote with two nights camping, rustic jungle lodge and kayaking- best for older kids and active families
La Selva Lodge - Ecuadorian Amazon 7 6 Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Wild Tambopata - Amazon Tours 7.0 10 Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Chalalan Lodge - Bolivian Amazon 7 10 wildlife focus, long river transfer and rustic accommodations - good choice for older kids!
Huaorani Lodge 7 9
Manu Explorer 8.0 10 Remote Amazon adventure with some long transfers and simple camps. Best for older children.
Sacha Lodge and Casa del Suizo 8 6 Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Amazon Custom 1 --
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Antarctica Cruises

Antarctica offers dramatic landscapes, stunning wildlife, and exciting adventure activities such as kayaking and ice camping. These experiences can provide once in a lifetime travel memories to delight the senses of travelers of all ages. However, these unique sea voyages are not a good choice for every family. Parents should carefully consider the interests and limitations of their own children before deciding on an Antarctica tour.

Getting to Antarctica takes much longer than traditional cruise voyages and the relatively small boats have much fewer facilities than a typical cruise ship. These long voyages at sea can become tiresome for even the most hearty child traveler. Entertainment options onboard are often limited to educational lectures, wildlife viewing, and whatever you pack along. Be sure to bring plenty of books, arts and crafts materials, puzzles, or other age-appropriate entertainment options. You may also want to consider upgrading to a larger room or suite to give kids more room to spread out. A few of the larger luxury vessels do offer additional facilities such as swimming pools, cinemas, or in-room television that can also help keep kids occupied.

Since family travel to Antarctica is a relatively new concept, it is unlikely that there will be other children onboard for your kids to play with. Talk with your kids in advance to prepare them for this situation and for the trip demands in general. The more that your family researches and selects options together, the more fun everyone will have!

Since there is no access to medical facilities, children with chronic conditions such as severe asthma, diabetes, etc are not advised to visit. Some vessels have minimum age requirements ranging from 6 to 12 (see below). Other vessels leave it up to the parents to decide whether or not the cruise would be appropriate.

Minimum Age : varies

Vessel Min. Age Comments
Polar Pioneer 12 Kayaking and camping available on some journeys; Exceptions to minimum age possible
Professor Molchanov 12 Exceptions to minimum age possible
Professor Multanovskiy 12 Kayaking and camping available on some journeys; Exceptions to minimum age possible
Aleksey Maryshev 12 Exceptions to minimum age possible
Grigoriy Mikheev 12 Exceptions to minimum age possible
Akademik Shokalskiy 12 Kayaking and camping available on some journeys; Exceptions to minimum age possible
Akademik Ioffe 7 Kayaking and camping available; Small Pool onboard
Akademik Vavilov 7 Kayaking and camping available; Small Pool onboard
Polar Star 7 Child Discounts available
Clipper Adventurer 7  
Orlova 8 Exceptions to minimum age possible
MS Endeavour 7 Child Discounts available; Has small pool onboard
Corinthian II 8 Exceptions to minimum age possible; All rooms have TV and mini-refrigerator
Explorer II 10 7 years of age minimum age requirement on the Special Family Departures with Child Discounts; Gym, Cinema, and Pool onboard
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Argentina Tours

Our Argentina tours offer a mix of dramatic landscapes, challenging treks, stunning wildlife, and unique cultural experiences. Most are recommended for older children and active families, though Iguazu Falls is sure to delight most ages. These tours generally fall into three categories- sightseeing, trekking tours, and boat-based trips.

Sightseeing Tours: Minimum age = 6

Our sightseeing tours, including Iguazu Falls and Northwest Culture and Landscapes, promise dramatic nature features and breathtaking scenery. Families may particularly enjoy the Iguazu Falls tour that is based entirely out of one lodge. Jungle wildlife, short transfers, a rainforest canoe trip, and over 275 separate waterfall cascades are sure to delight children of all ages.

The Taste of Argentina tour is a better choice for older children as it includes longer transfer times, full day hikes on multiple days, and more remote/ austere scenery. Consider your own family's travel experience and preferences. Our Argentina travel coordinators would be happy to provide additional details to help you decide if these tours are right for your family.

Trekking Tours: Minimum age = 12

These tours include multi-day treks, glacier walks, and our most challenging desert trek where temperatures can vary upwards of 60 degrees in a 24-hour period. 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. Tours with the Perito Moreno Glacier have a minimum age of 12 because ice-hiking equipment is not available for smaller children. There is also a maximum age of 65 for this hike, although exceptions may be available.

Boat Based Tours: Minimum age = 6

Our boat based Via Australis tour traverses Patagonia's waterways with a focus on dramatic glacial scenery and wildlife. Kids of all ages are welcome, but relatively rare. Onboard entertainment options (such as educational lectures, a library, and wildlife observation) may not hold the attention of younger children. These tours are not a good choice for 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.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Argentina Glacier Adventure 8.0 12 Wildlife and hiking tour. This is a multi-day Patagonia trek/camping trip- 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 detail
Awesome Argentina 7 10 Wildlife and hiking tour. multi-day 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).
Beautiful Buenos Aires and the Falls 7 6 Relaxed trip for families
End of the World 11 10 50% 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).
Patagonia Glacier Explorer 7 12 Wildlife, hiking and glacier tour. Includes two long days of hiking and exploring the Perito Moreno Glacier - best for older kids and active families. Wildlife and hiking tour. This is a multi-day trek/ camping - best for older kids and active families. I
Salta Multisport 9 --
Buenos Aires Tango Festival 8 12 Cultural focus on tango and the city of Buenos Aires. Best for older children.
Discover Argentina 10 --
Iguazu Falls & Argentine Rainforest 5 10 A great option for kids with an interest in wildlife and waterfalls. Remote destination at the Yacutinga Lodge.
Patagonia Panorama 14.0 12 Wildlife 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).
Taste of Argentina 9 10 A remote Argentina tour with a focus on food and wine, as well as culture and scenery that may not captivate the attention of younger children. Some long transfers (4 hrs or more)
South American Three City 10 6 Relaxed-paced trip with optional excursions.
Patagonia Glaciers Self-Drive 7 --
Patagonia Hiking Express 9.0 12
Northwest Trek 9 12 One of our most challenging treks because of huge temperature variance in desert. Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Futaleufu Wild Whitewater 9 6 Adventurous Class IV-V rapids available only for older teens (15 and above). Class II-III option available for ages 6-12.
Buenos Aires, Iguazu, and Rio de Janeiro 9 6 Flexibility with the itinerary to customize for a family's preference. Great free time in Rio de Janeiro to relax at the beach.
Iguazu Falls - Brazil and Argentina 3 6
Holiday 2014 Patagonia Glacier Explorer 7 12 Wildlife, hiking and glacier tour. Includes two long days of hiking and exploring the Perito Moreno Glacier - best for older kids and active families. Wildlife and hiking tour. This is a multi-day trek/ camping - best for older kids and active families. I
Holiday 2014 Argentina Glacier Adventure 8 12 Wildlife and hiking tour. This is a multi-day Patagonia trek/camping trip- 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 detail
Iguazu Falls 3 6 Flexible schedule, beautiful scenery, canoe ride
Lakes Crossing 5 6 Beautiful scenery during trip but long transfers.
Mendoza 4 12 Focus is on wineries, vineyards and local cuisine. Itinerary is not appropriate for families with young children.
Andean Northwest 4 10 A remote Argentina tour with a focus on culture and scenery that may not captivate the attention of younger children.
Buenos Aires Extension 5 6 Relaxed extension for families.
Peninsula Valdes 3 6 Wildlife and walking tour. Best for active families.
Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego 4 10 Wildlife and landscape walking tour. Best for active families and older children.
Colonia, Uruguay 2 6 Relaxed extension for families.
El Calafate/Perito Moreno Glacier 3 12 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).
Bariloche, Argentina 4 --
Torres del Paine Extension 4 6 Activities 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.
Peninsula Valdes Self-Drive 4 --
Estancia El Ombu 3 --
Cordoba - Estancia Los Potreros 4 --
Argentina Custom 1 --
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Belize Tours

Belize is endowed with lush jungle, rainforest, wildlife, and beautiful tropical rivers. Additionally, Belize has a spicy diversity of cultures, mystical ancient Mayan ruins, the second largest barrier reef in the world, and an English speaking population. Despite the grand scale of beauty, Belize is roughly the same size as the state of Massachusetts. That translates into less time spent traveling, and more time for your family to explore and enjoy the sights. Activities on our Belize tours range from rigorous to relaxing, and can almost always be adapted to suit your family's preferred pace. Belize offers two different styles of tours:

Lodge-based tours:

These trips involve staying at one lodge throughout the duration of your Belize vacation. Day trips leave in the morning, and by mid-afternoon you return to your "home base" in time to relax before dinner. An advantage of this type of tour is that you avoid the hassle of unpacking and repacking your bags. For families with young children, these "stationary" tours can feel much more relaxing than being on the move every few days! The Hamanasi Adventure is a great choice for families wanting to stay at the beach but still experience the interior jungles of Belize. If your family would rather stay in typical Belizean thatched-roof cottages in the jungle, the Beautiful Belize tour is an excellent choice as well.

Multi-segment tours:

A number of our Belize trips are of the "roving" variety, incorporating different accommodations throughout the tour. These can allow your family to cover more ground, and are great choices for families who tire of bedding down in the same place every night. Tours to consider if this appeals to your family are Belize Explorer and Ultimate Adventure.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Belize Explorer - Ambergris Caye 8.0 6 wide range of activities
Beautiful Belize 9.0 6 wide range of activities
Holiday 2014 Beautiful Belize 8 6 wide range of activities
Treasures of Belize 8 10 flexible schedule and activities; snorkeling days are best for older kids and active families.
Hamanasi Adventure 5-8 6 flexible schedule and activities; based out of one beachfront lodge
Ka'ana Belize Rainforest Resort 4-7 --
Belize Adventure 8 6 wide range of activities
La Ruta Maya 11 12 Includes paddling activity such as sea kayaking or rafting; guided hiking excursions; best for older kids and active families
Paradise Islands: SUP Explorer 7 6
Ultimate Adventure 11 12 mix of activities, some camping, rustic lodging. Best for older kids, active families
Living Maya Experience 6 6
Turneffe Flats 8 12 Diving and Fishing packages available. Please inquire.
Toledo Explorer 6 --
Reefs and Cayes Kayaking 7 6
Victoria House 5 6 Great family option! No set schedule, optional activities, based out of one lodge.
The Inn at Robert's Grove 8 6 flexible schedule and activities; based out of one beachfront lodge
Chaa Creek Rainforest 5 --
Kayaking Lighthouse Reef 5 6
Lighthouse Reef Adventure 8 6
Ambergris Caye 3 6 relaxed extension for families. optional snorkeling, kayaking or diving are appropriate for older kids.
Belize Rainforest 4 12 paddling the Macal River and cave exploration make this extension best for older kids and active families.
Rainforest and Ruins 5 6 wide range of activities, based out of one jungle lodge
Belize Explorer 6.0 6 wide range of activities, based out of one jungle lodge
Beautiful Belize Family 8 6 wide range of activities
Belize Adventure - Ambergris 8 8 wide range of activities
Belize Custom 1 --
Avon High School Belize Adventure 8 --
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Bolivia Tours

Bolivia is an isolated country with extreme geography including high altitude deserts, lowland rainforest, and jagged mountain peaks. Spartan facilities and a limited transportation infrastructure often discourages all but the most hearty of travelers. For those families who are not daunted by these challenges, Bolivia travel offers some of the most authentic Andean markets, welcoming locals, awe-inspiring landscape, and exquisite pre-Incan ruins in Latin America. Contact an Adventure Life representative for more information on whether or not this destination would be a good match to your family's interests.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Ancient Cultures 7 --
Bolivia Backroads 10 12 cultural focus- some rustic accommodations
Incan Odyssey 14 --
Cordillera Real Trekking 9 --
Chalalan Lodge - Bolivian Amazon 7 10 wildlife focus, long river transfer and rustic accommodations - good choice for older kids!
Jesuit Missions 5 6 Cultural focus, long transfers
Bolivia Backroads and Oruro Festival 13 12 Cultural focus and night-long festivities. Long bus rides (4 hours each way).
Oruro Carnaval and Lake Titicaca 9 12 Cultural focus and night-long festivities. Long bus rides (4 hours each way).
Lake Titicaca 3 6 Cultural focus and long transfers.
Lake Titicaca 2 6 Cultural focus and long transfers.
Lake Titicaca with overnight in Copacabana 2 6 Cultural focus and long transfers.
Oruro Carnaval 3 12 Cultural focus and night-long festivities. Long bus rides (4 hours each way).
Sucre and Potosi 4 12 Cultural focus.
Choro Trek 3 12 Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Bolivia Custom 1 --
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Botswana Tours

Minimum Age : 7

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Chobe National Park Extension 3 7 0 - 2 years = 10% of adult rate 3 - 11 years = 50% of adult rate 12 - 15 years = 75% of adult rate children under 6 require a private vehicle at an additional cost
Luxury Chobe National Park 3 -- Chobe Chilwero: Children of all ages are welcome 0 - 2 years: Free of charge. Children under the age of 12 years, sharing with a full paying adult, will pay 50% of the adult rat if sharing with 1paying adult. Childen below 15 years of age are requir
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Brazil Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Highlights of Rio 4 6 Good option for families with free time to spend at the beach or to customize activities with kids.
Lencois Maranhenses Trekking 6 12 Good trip for teenagers and older due to the sleeping accommodations and hiking
Costa Verde of Brazil 10 6 Great option for families with free time. Trip can be customized based on interests and preferences.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge 5 8 Please note there are not children-specific activities or services at lodge.
Caiman Ecological Refuge 4 8 Great for children and teenagers interested in wildlife viewing.
Undiscovered Brazil 13 6
Fernando de Noronha 5 6 Plenty of time to explore the beaches and to custom trip based on families' interests.
Trekking Chapada Diamantina 6 12 Hiking and homestays with local families.
South American Three City 10 6 Relaxed-paced trip with optional excursions.
Iguazu Falls - Brazil and Argentina 3 6
Buenos Aires, Iguazu, and Rio de Janeiro 9 6 Flexibility with the itinerary to customize for a family's preference. Great free time in Rio de Janeiro to relax at the beach.
Jericoacoara 4 6 Great destination for families with plenty of free time at the beach.
Araras EcoLodge Adventure 5 6 Must be 8 or older to participate in horseback riding.
Ilha Grande 4 6 Good option for families with ample free time to relax and spend time at the beach. Choose from many activities during free days.
Bonito 4 8 Trip is at a relaxed pace. Snorkeling is included.
Paraty 4 6 Great option for families with free time. Trip can be customized based on interests and preferences.
Salvador de Bahia 4 6 Flexibility in the itinerary to customize based on a family's preferences.
Brazil Custom 1 --
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Chile Tours

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 Mare 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.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Pure Patagonia - Torres del Paine Trek 8 12 4-8 hours hiking daily & camping adventure - best for older kids & active families
Chile Wine Adventure 8 6
End of the World 11 10 50% 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).
Patagonia Panorama 14.0 12 Wildlife 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).
South American Three City 10 6 Relaxed-paced trip with optional excursions.
Easter Island 5 6 cultural 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.
Chiloe Island Adventure 7 --
Chile North to South 13.0 6
Patagonia Wildlife Safari 5-7 6 Activities 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.
Atacama Desert 4 6 Focus 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.
Robinson Crusoe Island Castaway 5 --
Patagonia Hiking Express 9.0 12
Futaleufu Wild Whitewater 9 6 Adventurous Class IV-V rapids available only for older teens (15 and above). Class II-III option available for ages 6-12.
Chilean Lake District 5 6 wide range of activities. focus on beautiful scenery, nature hikes, wildlife viewing, local culture.
Lake District Sea Kayaking 4 12 Active and remote with one night camping and two nights lodge and kayaking- best for older kids.
Pumalin Park by Sea Kayak 6 12 Active and remote with two nights camping and two nights in a B&B and kayaking- best for older kids.
Torres del Paine Multisport 7 --
Active Easter Island 5 6
Lakes Crossing 5 6 Beautiful scenery during trip but long transfers.
Magdalena Island Penguin Colony 1 6 focus on wildlife viewing. good for families.
Serrano River Navigation 2 Day Excursion 2 8 glaciers, wildlife viewing via catamaran and zodiac. 50% discount for kids up to age 12 if staying in a Suite Dome with parents.
Torres del Paine Extension 4 6 Activities 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.
Lakes District Adventure 4 --
Colchagua Bike & Wine 2 --
Chile Kayaking Adventure 3 12
Chile Custom 1 --
Chile North to South Premium 13 6
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Colombia Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Colombia Quest 9 --
Cartagena Coast 4 12 A trip better for older children with an interest in local culture and history. Lots of walking and a 4-hour transfer from Tayrona to Cartagena.
Colombia Hiking 6 12 A good trip for older children who have experience hiking. Hikes are moderate (some steep descends), but expect full days on your feet. Focus is on local culture, history and nature.
Andes to Caribbean Multisport 9 12 Good option for older children who like active excursions like rafting, mountain biking, and hiking. Spend two days at the coast.
Bike Colombia Backroads 6 12 A trip better for older children who enjoy mountain biking, hiking -- and have an interest in local history & culture.
Coffee Triangle and Medellin Multisport 6 12 Good option for older children who like active excursions like rafting, mountain biking, and hiking -- and have an interest in local Colombian culture.
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Costa Rica Tours

Of all places to experience the rainforest, Costa Rica comes to mind as one of the best choices for families of any age. Small rainforest lodges with excellent guides and creative cooks dot the country and travel times are rarely longer than three hours. Some of these lodges have developed special programs for families traveling with children. For tours including whitewater rafting, the minimum age for rafting the Revantazon River (class II - III) is 10 and the minimum age for the Pacuare River (class III-IV) is 14. A great alternative for families with younger children is an upgrade to the Rainforest Aerial Tram.

A few suggested tours…
Turtles and Rainforest: As the name suggests, this tour is a great choice for families who enjoy wildlife and outdoor activities. At the turtle reserve, children have the opportunity to participate in the turtle breeding programs- catching the turtle eggs as they are being lain or helping the turtle hatchlings dig their way free to the surface. The rainforest offers educational walks, horseback riding, canopy tours, and more. Both lodges are relatively remote and do not have electricity. Prepare your children that these lodges do not have TV, music, video games, etc.

Beaches and Rainforest: This tour has a multi-sport focus with a flexible itinerary that allows your family to choose from a variety of activities to fill each day- horseback riding, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, mountain biking. It is a nice Costa Rica vacation choice for families with varying ages and interests as each traveler can choose the activities that interest him/ her most. Again, the lodges do not have electricity so prepare the kids for outdoor fun instead!

For more information on this tour, check out the article "Costa Rica: A Family Adventure Mecca" in the Fall/ Winter 2002 issue of Family Adventure Magazine written by Adventure Life's director, Brian Morgan.

Earth, Fire and Water: This tour is a great choice for families with younger kids who still want to experience a variety of Costa Rica environments- beach, rainforest, volcano, cloudforest, etc. in a relatively short time. Transfers are not especially long and Tiskita, the rainforest/ beach lodge where you will spend the first half of the tour, has a number of activities designed especially for kids.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Costa Rica Quest 8 6 Mix of adventure activities (rafting, hiking) with some schedule flexibility. Minimum age for Class II-III rafting is 9 years of age, but calmer sections can be rafted with children 6-8 years of age.
Adventure Pacifica 9 10 mix of adventure activities, some longer transfers, better for slightly older kids
Beaches & Rainforest 8 6 flexible schedule and activities, no electricity at rainforest lodge, alternatives to whitewater available.
Pura Vida 6 12 active trip (rafting, zipline, hiking, horseback riding) with some longer transfers and activities designed for older children/ adults. min age of 14 on Pacuare whitewater. Alternative rafting for children under 14 is available,contact us for details
Turtles & Rainforest Pacuare Reserve - Pacuare 8 6 excellent wildlife adventure- no electricity at some lodges, alternatives to whitewater available
Coast to Coast Multisport 10 14
Discover Costa Rica 9 10 active trip (biking, whitewater rafting, hiking) with some longer transfers and activities designed for older children/ adults
Costa Rica Escape 9 --
Wild Costa Rica Corcovado 8 12 wildlife focus- remote and somewhat rustic, min age of 14 on Pacuare whitewater
Holiday 2014 Adventure Pacifica 10 10
Earth, Fire and Water 9 6 flexible schedule and activities.
Caribbean Adventure - Tranquilo Bay 9 6 flexible schedule and activities, no electricity at rainforest lodge, remote lodge in Bocas del Toro, alternatives to whitewater available
Rainforest Alliance Costa Rica 11 --
Corcovado Trekking 9 18
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure 9 6
Holiday 2014 Costa Rica Quest 8 6 Mix of adventure activities (rafting, hiking) with some schedule flexibility. Minimum age for Class II-III rafting is 9 years of age, but calmer sections can be rafted with children 6-8 years of age.
Holiday 2014 Discover Costa Rica 9 10 active trip (biking, whitewater rafting, hiking) with some longer transfers and activities designed for older children/ adults
Pacuare River Rafting 2 12 Minimum age for Pacuare is 12 yrs old, 99 lbs and 5 ft tall
Arenal Volcano 3 6 A relaxed extension for families.
Tortuguero 3 10 wildlife focus, long transfers, simple accommodations - good choice for older kids. mix of adventure activity options in Tortuguero National Park.
Manuel Antonio 4 --
Chirripo Hike 3 --
Turtles & Rainforest - Tortuguero 8 6 excellent wildlife adventure- no electricity at some lodges, alternatives to whitewater available
Caribbean Adventure - Bocas Town 8 6 flexible schedule and activities, no electricity at rainforest lodge, alternatives to whitewater available
Beaches & Rainforest 9 6 flexible schedule and activities, no electricity at rainforest lodge, alternatives to whitewater available.
Wild Costa Rica - Nicuesa 8 12 wildlife focus- remote and somewhat rustic, min age of 12 on Pacuare whitewater
Adventure Pacifica - Corcovado 12 10 mix of adventure activities, some longer transfers, better for slightly older kids
Adventure Pacifica Express 9 6 mix of adventure activity options, some longer transfers
Costa Rica Multisport 9 12 An action packed trip around Costa Rica exploring rainforest and coastal ecosystems!
Costa Rica Custom 1 --
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Ecuador Tours

Ecuador tours offer stunning wildlife, diverse activities, and relatively short transfer times, allowing parents to find a tour that is appropriate for children of nearly any age. Some offer high intensity multi-sport adventures while others have a relaxed, unstructured pace. The family-friendly Sacha Lodge in the Amazon and unparalleled wildlife of the Galapagos make Ecuador travel one of our first choices for family adventures. These tours generally fall into three categories- sightseeing excursions, multi-sport activities, and wildlife adventures.

Sightseeing Tours:

The Andes and Amazon tour provides an opportunity for families to try new foods, see amazing sites, and stay in small, bed and breakfast style hotels that each has a distinctive flavor. The primary focus of this tour is sightseeing so it is not a good choice for young children who can be easily bored, crave high intensity activities, or have rigid schedules/ food preferences, etc. This tour can be divided into shorter segments that can be added as extensions to Galapagos or Amazon adventures.

Multi-sport Tours:

The Ecuador Adventurer tour provides a mix of activities including a multi-day trek, whitewater rafting, biking, and camping. Prepare your family by planning weekend day hikes or overnight camping trips before you go. Keep in mind that although the distances hiked each day are not especially long (6 to 9 miles typically), the altitude of this trek may make it feel almost twice as difficult as the same distance at home. Each traveler should bring a daypack with essentials such as a camera, waterproof jacket, water bottle, and snacks. This tour can be divided into shorter segments that can be added as extensions to Galapagos or Amazon adventures.

The Galapagos Multisport tour offers a similar adrenaline rush, with an additional wildlife focus. Enjoy hiking, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and horseback riding. No experience is necessary but an active mindset is a must!

Wildlife tours:

Galapagos, Wildlife Odyssey, Amazon Adventurer, Islands and Incas

These adventures are a great choice for families interested in Ecuador travel with a focus on wildlife and nature. Some, like the Islands and Incas tour, also blend in a cultural component.

The Galapagos Islands provide one of the most quintessential wildlife experiences on the planet. Children can snorkel with sea lions, step across giant land iguanas, admire newly hatched birds, and marvel at 200 year old giant tortoises. Some yachts have special family departures that include additional guides and activities for kids. Others offer suite accommodations, onboard swimming pools, games rooms, and more flexible meal options. Because of this wide range of options, children of nearly any age can be accommodated. Safety and limited facilities onboard can be concerns for very young children so most yachts have a minimum age of 6 or 7.

Sacha Lodge, one of the most comfortable jungle lodges in the Amazon, also provides a wonderful alternative (or addition for young children). It has Western-style facilities with private cabins, high thatched roofs, shaded terraces, an excellent mix of local and international cuisine, and a well-trained staff that is used to accommodating families and school groups. It can be a nice option for kids as young as six years old. The weather can commonly include heat, humidity, and rain during your stay. Please pack appropriately and don't forget the insect repellant!

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Ecuador Highlights 9 --
Ecuador Adventure 9.0 12 Multisport trip with hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and biking - best for older kids and active families
Wildlife Odyssey 16 6 Blends wildlife of Galapagos and Sacha Lodge. See notes above.
Cuenca Multisport 6 --
Sacha Lodge - Ecuadorian Amazon 7 6 Sacha Lodge also offers a 30% discount for children under 12. Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Amazon Adventure 8 10 Active and remote with two nights camping, rustic jungle lodge and kayaking- best for older kids
Haciendas of Ecuador - Otavalo and Cotopaxi 7 8 Cultural activities and optional horseback riding and hiking while staying at historic haciendas in the highlands.
Huaorani Lodge 7 9
Cotopaxi Trekking 7 12 Multi-day hiking trip at altitude around 10,000 feet above sea level
Quito Easter Festival 3 6 Historical and cultural focus.
Andes and Amazon 15 6 Sightseeing tour with cultural and historic focus. Some longer transfers
Islands and Incas - Galapagos & Machu Picchu 16 6 Cultural and wildlife focus
Galapagos Multisport 9 10 Active multisport tour best for older kids
Hiking Galapagos 9 8 Children should be able to handle daily hiking excursions.
Corpus Christi Festival 3 6 Cultural focus
La Selva Lodge - Ecuadorian Amazon 7 6 Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Ultimate Ecuador 15.0 10 Hike near Cotopaxi Volcano, whitewater rafting, camping, and biking. Portions are very remote with two nights camping, rustic jungle lodge and kayaking- best for older kids and active families
Cotopaxi Group Service Project 5.0 12 Volunteer service project that involves some hiking and trail maintenance as well as zip lining, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Darwin's Islands 8 6 There is a 25% discount for children aged 6-9 years of age. Children should be able to handle active daily excursions.
Finch Bay EcoHotel 10 6 Great choice for families. Wildlife viewing, snorkeling, time at the beach and the pool.
Hotel Silberstein 10 8 Children should be able to handle active daily excursions.
Amazon Survival Experience 7 14
Cotopaxi Mountain Biking 4 14 Teenagers may join, but must be experienced mountain bikers.
Cotopaxi Ride and Fly Adventure 2.0 10 Great active trip for older kids!
Cotopaxi National Park and Horseback Riding 2 10 Great active trip for older kids!
Cotopaxi Ride and Fly Adventure with Mountain Biking 3.0 10 Great active trip for older kids!
Cotopaxi Multisport 4.0 10 Great active trip for older kids!
Bellavista Cloudforest 3 6 A relaxed extension for families.
Sacha Lodge Extension 4 6 Sacha Lodge also offers a 30% discount for children under 12. Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Mantaraya Lodge 5 10 Focuses on culture, wildlife, swimming, snorkeling. Best for older kids and active families
Otavalo Market 2 12 Cultural focus. Long transfers.
Otavalo Market 3 12 Cultural focus. Long transfers.
Papallacta Hot Springs 2 6 A relaxed extension for families.
Chimborazo Volcano 2 10 Focus on culture and scenery. Long transfers.
Cotopaxi - Quilatoa 2 10 Focus on culture and scenery. Long transfers.
BaƱos 3 8 Mix of adventure activity options, some longer transfers.
Cuenca 4 10 Focus on culture and city exploration.
Southern Highlands 5 10 Focuses on scenery and culture, which may not captivate the attention of younger children.
Cotopaxi Rural Schools Service Project 3 10 Volunteer service project focusing on repairs and painting at a rural school. Also includes visit to Cotopaxi National Park as well as some horseback riding.
Cotopaxi Conservation Service Project 3 10 Volunteer service project focusing on trail maintenance and tree planting. Also includes visit to Cotopaxi National Park as well as some horseback riding.
Galapagos Dive Extension 4 --
Sacha Lodge and Casa del Suizo 8 6 Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Ecuador Custom 1 --
AWLS Quito and the Amazon/Sacha Lodge 11 6
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Falkland Islands Tours

The Falkland Islands offer remote landscapes, stunning wildlife, and exciting opportunities to experience both. These experiences can provide once-in-a-lifetime travel memories to delight the senses of travelers of all ages. However, this unique destination is not a good choice for every family, particularly young families. Parents should carefully consider the interests and limitations of their own children before deciding on a Falkland Islands tour.

Visiting the Falkland Islands involves a fair bit of travel--small planes between islands and occasional 4x4 off-road driving over bumpy terrain to reach ideal wildlife-viewing spots. These long transfers, as well as hours of wildlife watching, can become tiresome for even the most hearty child traveler. Not many young children travel to the Falklands, so it is unlikely that there will be other children for your kids to play with. We recommend a minimum age of 12 for all of our Falklands tours. Our trip coordinators would be happy to provide additional details to help you decide if these tours are right for your family.

Minimum Age : 12

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Wildlife Week 8 12 Long days, remote accommodations. Best for older kids.
Falkland Island Life 8 12 Long days. Focus on history, culture, wildlife. Best for older kids.
Falklands Quest 15 12 Long days. Focus on history, culture, wildlife. Best for older kids.
Falklands Battlefields 8 --
Falkland Islands Custom 1 --
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Galapagos Cruises

The Galapagos Islands provide one of the most quintessential wildlife experiences on the planet. Children can snorkel with sea lions, step across giant land iguanas, admire newly hatched birds, and marvel at 200 year old giant tortoises. Some yachts have special family departures that include additional guides and activities for kids. Others offer suite accommodations, onboard swimming pools, games rooms, and more flexible meal options. Because of this wide range of Galapagos tour options, children of nearly any age can be accommodated. Safety and limited facilities onboard can be concerns for very young children so most yachts have a minimum age of 6 or 7. *Because of the difficultly of activities, our Galapagos Multisport 9-day tour has an age limit of 10.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Galapagos Multisport - December 2014 9 10 Active multisport tour best for older kids
Darwin's Islands 8 6 There is a 25% discount for children aged 6-9 years of age. Children should be able to handle active daily excursions.
Hiking Galapagos 9 8 Children should be able to handle daily hiking excursions.
Islands and Incas - Galapagos & Machu Picchu 16 6 Cultural and wildlife focus
Wildlife Odyssey 16 6 Blends wildlife of Galapagos and Sacha Lodge. See notes above.
Finch Bay EcoHotel 10 6 Great choice for families. Wildlife viewing, snorkeling, time at the beach and the pool.
Hotel Silberstein 10 8 Children should be able to handle active daily excursions.
Galapagos Multisport 9 10 Active multisport tour best for older kids
Galapagos Custom 1 --
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Guatemala Tours

Guatemala is the most culturally intense country we visit in Central America. The warm and welcoming Maya population lives in the forested mountain highlands among splendid volcanoes and azure lakes. Some of the Guatemala tours we offer include a homestay with a local Maya family. Participating in the daily life of another culture can be fascinating and rewarding for your family, if everyone is adequately prepared for the experience. Although younger children are welcome on most of our Guatemala vacations, parents may find that the cultural focus does not hold the interest of young travelers as much as some of our other tours. Contact an Adventure Life representative for more information on whether or not this destination would be a good match to your family's interests.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Guatemala Explorer 8 8 cultural and archaeological segments.
December 22, 2014 Guatemala Explorer 8 8 cultural and archaeological segments.
Guatemala Easter Festival 9 8 cultural, wildlife, and archaeological segments.
La Ruta Maya 11 12 Includes paddling activity such as sea kayaking or rafting; guided hiking excursions; best for older kids and active families
December 20, 2014 Guatemala Explorer 8 8 cultural and archaeological segments.
Guatemala Classico 6 6 short duration and limited transfers make this one of the best Guatemala travel options for young children
Antigua Culinary Tour 6 6
Dia de Los Muertos Kite Festival 7 --
December 26, 2014 Guatemala Explorer 8 8 cultural and archaeological segments.
Highland Maya Markets 14 6
Guatemala Discovery 10 6
Copan 3 10 Culture, beautiful scenery, archaeological segments, with some long transfers.
Ixpanpajul National Park 2 6 Relaxed extension for families. Wildlife, forest walks with guide.
Yaxha 2 6 Focus on archaeology, scenery.
Tikal 3 6
Tikal and Yaxha 4 6
Totonicapan Home Stay 2 6
Semuc Champey and Rio Dulce 5 6
Belize Explorer - Ambergris Caye 8.0 6 wide range of activities
Guatemala Explorer 9 8 cultural, wildlife, and archaeological segments. includes simple homestay
Belize Explorer 6.0 6 wide range of activities, based out of one jungle lodge
Tikal and Chiminos Lodge 4 8 Wildlife and beautiful scenery during trip but long transfers.
Guatemala Custom 1 --
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Guyana Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Guyana's Savannas 10 8 Great wildlife viewing. Staying in remote lodges. Emphasis on the natural surroundings.
Guyana Rainforest 6 6
Guyana Jungle Survival 7 --
Guyana Custom 1 --
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Mexico Tours

Minimum Age : 7

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Yucatan Explorer 8.0 10 Visits to Maya sites and free time at the beach. Some long transfers.
Copper Canyon Express 7.0 12 Some long transfers. Exceptions might be made for younger children based on prior travel experiences.
Chiapas Adventure 9.0 12 Active trip with multisport activities and some longer transfers. Ideal for older children who like activities.
Oaxaca Traditions 7.0 12 Cultural focus with visits to artisan villages and archaeological sites. Some exceptions can be made to minimum age based on prior travel experience.
Taste of Puebla 4 --
Baja Mexico Kayak and Conservation - Magdalena Bay 5.0 9 Great educational and active trip with conservation focus and sea kayaking. Camping in a remote area. Exceptions for younger children can be made.
Chiapas Maya Heartland 7.0 7 Some long transfers. Exceptions might be made for younger children based on prior travel experiences.
Oaxaca Culinary Tour 8.0 --
Into the Canyon 8.0 12 A few days of full-day hikes. Exceptions might be made for younger children based on prior travel experiences.
Oaxaca Hike and Bike 8.0 12 Full day hikes, mountain biking, and overnights at mountain lodges with shared accommodations
Trekking Copper Canyon 10.0 12 Trekking trip with camping. Recommended for families with older children
Holiday 2014 Oaxaca Traditions 7 12 Cultural focus with visits to artisan villages and archaeological sites. Some exceptions can be made to minimum age based on prior travel experience.
Holiday 2014 Into the Canyon 8 12 A few days of full-day hikes. Exceptions might be made for younger children based on prior travel experiences.
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Nicaragua Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Nicaragua Multisport 8.0 6 A more active way to see the main highlights in Nicaragua. Great for all ages!
Best of Nicaragua 6 6 Main Highlights of Nicaragua, a great trip for all ages.
Nicaragua Culinary Experience 7 6
Nicaragua Escape 7 --
Nicaragua Wildlife and Nature 9.0 --
Discover Nicaragua 15 6
Nicaragua Vieja 8 6 Colonial Highlights tour, appropriate for all ages but takes a more leisurely pace.
Revolutionary Nicaragua 8 --
Nicaragua Highlights 15 6
Soma Surfing Getaway 7 6
San Juan Del Sur Beach Extension 3 --
Selva Negra Ecolodge 3 --
Padre Ramos Turtle Conservation 3 --
Learn to Surf Extension 5 6
Nicaragua Custom 1 --
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Panama Tours

Panama travel offers amazing diversity in a relatively small area allowing families to experience incredible variety without the hassle of long transfers. Panama tours offer a mix of activities to interest most kids including rainforest hikes, wildlife, watching boats traverse the Panama, canal, and relaxing at the beach. Some tours include whitewater rafting or all day hikes, but alternatives to these activities can be arranged for younger children- ask your trip coordinator for more information!

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Discover Panama 8 6 Jungle, canal, beach time- lots of variety in relatively short duration makes this trip a hit with most ages!
Spirit of Panama 7 6 Jungle, beaches, and local culture with a couple long transfers.
Encounter Panama 7 6 Jungle, canal, cultural activities and beach time. Some long transfers and long hikes. Lots of variety. Frequent lodging changes -- very comfortable accommodations.
Tranquilo Bay Escape 8 6 Great option for families with varied offerings of activities for all levels.
Panama Pathways 15 8 Canopy tour, rainforest, cultural activities, and more. Best for active families!
Caribbean Adventure - Bocas Town 8 6 flexible schedule and activities, no electricity at rainforest lodge, alternatives to whitewater available
Caribbean Adventure - Tranquilo Bay 9 6 flexible schedule and activities, no electricity at rainforest lodge, remote lodge in Bocas del Toro, alternatives to whitewater available
Discover Panama - Bocas Town 8 6 Jungle, canal, beach time- lots of variety in relatively short duration makes this trip a hit with most ages!
Panama Orchid Extension 6 6
Panama Custom 1 --
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Patagonia Tours

Our Patagonia tours offer dramatic landscapes, challenging treks, and stunning wildlife. Because most include multi-day treks and/ or adventurous whitewater journeys, these tours are generally recommended for teens and adults, though we do have a couple of boat-based tours that can be managed by younger children.

Boat Based Tours: Minimum age = 6

Our boat based tours include the Patagonia by Sea and the Mare Australis tour. Both options focus on experiencing Patagonia'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 Patagonia'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.

Trekking Tours: Minimum age = 12

These Patagonia tours include multi-day treks, glacier walks, and our most challenging desert trek where temperatures can vary upwards of 60 degrees in a 24-hour period. 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. Tours with the Perito Moreno Glacier have a maximum age of 65 and a minimum age of 12 because ice-hiking equipment is not available for smaller children.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Pure Patagonia - Torres del Paine Trek 8 12 4-8 hours hiking daily & camping adventure - best for older kids & active families
Argentina Glacier Adventure 8.0 12 Wildlife and hiking tour. This is a multi-day Patagonia trek/camping trip- 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 detail
End of the World 11 10 50% 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).
Awesome Argentina 7 10 Wildlife and hiking tour. multi-day 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).
Patagonia Wildlife Safari 5-7 6 Activities 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.
Patagonia Hiking Express 9.0 12
Patagonia Panorama 14.0 12 Wildlife 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).
Patagonia Glaciers Self-Drive 7 --
Torres del Paine Multisport 7 --
Patagonia Glacier Explorer 7 12 Wildlife, hiking and glacier tour. Includes two long days of hiking and exploring the Perito Moreno Glacier - best for older kids and active families. Wildlife and hiking tour. This is a multi-day trek/ camping - best for older kids and active families. I
Chilean Lake District 5 6 wide range of activities. focus on beautiful scenery, nature hikes, wildlife viewing, local culture.
Futaleufu Wild Whitewater 9 6 Adventurous Class IV-V rapids available only for older teens (15 and above). Class II-III option available for ages 6-12.
Lake District Sea Kayaking 4 12 Active and remote with one night camping and two nights lodge and kayaking- best for older kids.
Pumalin Park by Sea Kayak 6 12 Active and remote with two nights camping and two nights in a B&B and kayaking- best for older kids.
Peninsula Valdes 3 6 Wildlife and walking tour. Best for active families.
Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego 4 10 Wildlife and landscape walking tour. Best for active families and older children.
El Calafate/Perito Moreno Glacier 3 12 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).
Magdalena Island Penguin Colony 1 6 focus on wildlife viewing. good for families.
Serrano River Navigation 2 Day Excursion 2 8 glaciers, wildlife viewing via catamaran and zodiac. 50% discount for kids up to age 12 if staying in a Suite Dome with parents.
Lakes Crossing 5 6 Beautiful scenery during trip but long transfers.
Patagonia Custom 1 --
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Peru Tours

Peru tours can be an excellent choice for children interested in history, culture, wildlife, and sightseeing. Some offer high intensity multi-sport adventures while others have a relaxed, unstructured pace. These tours generally fall into three categories- sightseeing excursions, hiking tours, and rainforest adventures.

Sightseeing excursions:

These tours (Machu Picchu by Train, Panoramic Peru, Islands and Incas) can be a great choice for kids of most ages. The excursions are educational and give families the chance to try new foods, see amazing sites, and stay in small, bed and breakfast style hotels that each has a distinctive flavor. Since the primary focus of these tours is sightseeing, they are not a good choice for young children who can be easily bored, crave high intensity activities, or have rigid schedules/ food preferences, etc.

Hiking tours:

These tours (Machu Picchu Pilgrimage, Inca Pathways, Cordillera Blanca Trek, Salcantay, Cachicatta Trek, Ausangate Trek) all include a challenging multi-day trek. They can be a great choice for older children and teenagers who enjoy hiking and camping. Prepare your family by planning weekend day hikes or overnight camping trips before you begin your Peru travel. Keep in mind that although the distances hiked each day are not especially long (6 to 9 miles typically), the altitude of these treks may make it feel almost twice as difficult as the same distance at home. Each traveler should bring a daypack with essentials such as a camera, waterproof jacket, water bottle, and snacks.

Amazon Rainforest tours:

(Wild Tambopata, Manu Biosphere, Manco Multisport, Peru Amazon Extension). These adventures are a great choice for families interested in wildlife and nature. Adventure Life offers a variety of rainforest tours, each with a distinctly different flavor. In general, our Peru rainforest tours tend to be better options for older children, as these lodges are particularly remote with long transfers and relatively rustic accommodations. Though Sacha Lodge (in Ecuador) is probably the best option for younger kids, children of all ages with an interest in wildlife and the outdoors are certainly welcome on our Peru Amazon tours as well. Our shorter Peru Amazon Extension is also a great choice for younger children as the lodge is less rustic, transfers are much shorter, and this extension can be as short as 2-3 days (a nice option for kids with limited attention spans!).

By contrast, Tambopata Research Center and Manu Wildlife Center are decidedly more remote and rustic. These lodges have no electricity (kerosene lighting), shared bathrooms, and longer travel times (Tambopata is located 8 hours downriver). Their remote locations offer the very best opportunities to view rainforest wildlife in their natural environment. These tours are an excellent choice for the families who enjoy getting away from modern distractions and want a pure "back to nature" experience.

For all Amazon options, the weather can commonly include heat, humidity, and rain during your stay. Please pack appropriately and don't forget the insect repellant!

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Machu Picchu by Train 7.0 6 Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Machu Picchu Pilgrimage - Inca Trail 10.0 10 26 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Islands and Incas - Galapagos & Machu Picchu 16 6 Cultural and wildlife focus
Manco Multisport 12.0 12 Vigorous multisport activities, and remote homestays make this tour a great choice for families with older children.
Choquequirao Trek and Machu Picchu 12.0 13 17 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Inca Pathways - Inca Trail 13.0 10 26 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Peru Cuisine 8.0 10 Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option with emphasis on Peruvian cuisine and fine dining in restaurants.
Incan Odyssey 14 --
Panoramic Peru 16 6 Cultural focus, some longer transfers, simple homestay
Discover Peru - Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca 9.0 6
Ancient Kingdoms 12.0 6 Culturally focused tour with plenty of sightseeing. Some longer transfers.
Cachiccata Trek - Alternative Inca Trail 10.0 10 Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Incas and Rainforest - Machu Picchu & Amazon 10.0 10 Multi day trek, simple homestay, and camping - best for older kids and active families
Andean Multisport with Machu Picchu 10.0 12 Multisport trip with mountain biking and whitewater rafting. Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water.
Inti Raymi Festival 8.0 6 Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Manu Biosphere 8.0 10 Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Machu Picchu by Train with Luxury Hotels 7.0 6 Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Ausangate Trek 11.0 12 Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Cordillera Blanca Backcountry Trek 14 12 Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Chachapoyas Discovery 8.0 10 Good trip for older kids due to remote locations, hiking, horseback riding, and longer transfers on rough roads.
Salcantay Trek 13.0 12 Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Manu Explorer 8.0 10 Remote Amazon adventure with some long transfers and simple camps. Best for older children.
Wild Tambopata - Amazon Tours 7.0 10 Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Inca Trail 5.0 10 26 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Machu Picchu by Train 4.0 6 Cultural focus- excellent sightseeing option
Apurimac Whitewater Rafting 4.0 12 Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Cachiccata Group Service Project with Machu Picchu 10.0 12 Multi-day volunteer service project in local community that focuses on home restoration, native tree planting, and visiting school in Andean community.
Candelaria Festival in Puno with Homestay 5.0 6 Cultural focus, simple homestay
Manco Multisport 8.0 12 Vigorous multisport activities make this tour a great choice for families with older children.
Amazon Explorer 6.0 10 Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Luxury Inca Trail 10.0 10 26 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
South America Grand Tour 34 6
Easter Island 5 6 cultural 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.
Urubamba River Whitewater Rafting 2 12 Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Cusco to Amazon Mountain Biking 4 12 Multiday mountain biking trip with one night of overnight camping.
Arequipa & Colca Canyon with Homestay 4 6 Cultural focus, some longer transfers, simple homestay
Amazon Lodge Extension 4 6 Wildlife focus with relatively short transfers.
Andean Multisport 8 12 Multisport trip with mountain biking and whitewater rafting. Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water.
Paracas and Nazca 3 6 Cultural focus, some longer transfers
Arequipa & Colca Canyon 4 6 Cultural focus, some longer transfers
Lake Titicaca with Homestay 4 6 Cultural focus, simple homestay
Lake Titicaca Kayaking 5 12 Full day sea kayaking, cultural focus, homestay
Sacred Valley Community Clean-Up 2.0 10 Volunteer service project in local community that focuses on trash clean-up, recycling, and composting.
Sacred Valley Home Restoration 4.0 12 Multi-day volunteer service project in local community that focuses on home restoration in Andean community.
Lake Titicaca 3 6 Cultural focus
Lake Titicaca at Titilaka Lodge 3 6 Cultural focus, activities customized for various interests
Sacred Valley Group Service Project 5.0 12 Multi-day volunteer service project in local community that focuses on home restoration, native tree planting, and visiting school in Andean community.
Chachapoyas 5 10 Good trip for older kids due to remote locations, hiking, horseback riding, and longer transfers on rough roads.
Mancora Beach Extension 4 --
Ceiba Tops Amazon Lodge 4 --
Cordillera Blanca Trek 10 12 Multi day trek and camping- best for older kids and active families
Urubamba River Whitewater Rafting 2 12 Adventurous Class III rapids with a few Class IV's and camping. Travelers must be adequate swimmers and comfortable swimming in moving water, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Cusco Mountains and Jungles Biking 5 12 Multiday mountain biking trip with three nights of overnight camping.
Panoramic Peru with Luxury Hotels 16 6 Cultural focus and longer transfers.
Candelaria Festival in Puno 4 6 Cultural focus
Inti Raymi + Inca Trail 11 10 26 mile trek and camping - best for older kids and active families
Machu Picchu by Train with 4 Star Hotels 7.0 6 Cultural focus - excellent sightseeing option
Peru Custom 1 --
AWLS Cusco and Machu Picchu 9 6
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Rwanda Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Africa Gorilla Expedition 12 15
Ultimate Primate Safari 8 15
Classic Gorilla Adventure 7 15
Rwanda Gorilla Extension 4 15
Uganda Gorilla Extension 4 15
Classic Tanzania Safari 6 6 Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kids. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Tanzania Safari Extension 3 6 This is not a hard and fast rule. Depends on the kid. Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Tanzania Safari 5 6 Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
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South Africa Tours

Effective June 1, 2015, parents traveling to South Africa with children will be required to provide an original birth certificate of all traveling children under the age of 18 years. This applies even when both parents are traveling with their own children. When children are traveling with guardians or with a sole parent, affidavits from the parents proving permission for the children to travel are required. Please contact the South African embassy or consulate for further details.

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Rwanda Gorilla Extension 4 15
Victoria Falls Extension 3 8 The lodge doesn't allow kids unde 7. Kids 7-14 pay 50% of the adult rate. Kids in their own room pay full price
Luxury Victoria Falls 3 6 Only 1 child 12 years and under sharing with parents will be accommodated free of charge on a roll-away bed but pay for all meals. Park fee excluded (USD24 per child) A single adult with 1 child 12 years and under will be charged the single room rate.
Chobe National Park Extension 3 7 0 - 2 years = 10% of adult rate 3 - 11 years = 50% of adult rate 12 - 15 years = 75% of adult rate children under 6 require a private vehicle at an additional cost
Luxury Chobe National Park 3 -- Chobe Chilwero: Children of all ages are welcome 0 - 2 years: Free of charge. Children under the age of 12 years, sharing with a full paying adult, will pay 50% of the adult rat if sharing with 1paying adult. Childen below 15 years of age are requir
Mozambique Extension 5 --
AWLS Capetown and Kruger National Park 10 --
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Tanzania Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Tanzania Wildlife & Culture 13 6 This is not a hard and fast rule. Depends on the kid. Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Best of Northern Tanzania 8 6 Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Classic Tanzania Safari 6 6 Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kids. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Mt Kilimanjaro Machame Climb 10 10 Participants have to be 10 years old to climb over 3000m
Rwanda Gorilla Extension 4 15
Uganda Gorilla Extension 4 15
Tanzania Safari Extension 3 6 This is not a hard and fast rule. Depends on the kid. Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Tanzania Safari 5 6 Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Victoria Falls Extension 3 8 The lodge doesn't allow kids unde 7. Kids 7-14 pay 50% of the adult rate. Kids in their own room pay full price
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Uganda Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Africa Gorilla Expedition 12 15
Ultimate Primate Safari 8 15
Uganda Wildlife Safari 7 15
Classic Gorilla Adventure 7 15
Rwanda Gorilla Extension 4 15
Uganda Gorilla Extension 4 15
Tanzania Safari Extension 3 6 This is not a hard and fast rule. Depends on the kid. Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
Tanzania Safari 5 6 Transfers are long and roads are rough. It is dependent on kid. Recommend to have kids stay at larger camps, so get a custom quote.
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Uruguay Tours

Minimum Age : 6

Tour Name Days Min. Age Comments
Highlights of Uruguay - Estancias and Beaches 6 10 Good overview of Uruguay with time at an estancia and the beach. There are some long transfers (2 hours) and city tours during the trip. Horseback riding and hiking are optional. The trip can be customized for younger children as well.
Coast of Uruguay 9 12 Plenty of time on the beaches of Uruguay. There are some long transfers (2-3 hours) and city tours during the trip. Horseback riding and hiking are optional. The trip can be customized for younger children as well.
Uruguay's Estancias 8 12 There are some long transfers (2-3 hours)by bus and private vehicle, and city and wine tours are during the trip. Horseback riding and hiking are in itinerary but are optional. The trip can be customized for younger children as well.
Taste of Uruguay 4 12 City and wine tours are big part of this Uruguay itinerary. The trip can be customized for younger children as well.
Punta Del Este 4 6 4 days in one of South America's best known beach cities.
La Pedrera 4 6 4 days at an ecolodge on the Uruguayan coast
Uruguay Custom 1 --