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Why Central and South America Are The Perfect Spring Break Destination for Families

South America and Central America are the perfect destinations for Spring Break, especially for families. Not only is there culture, great food, beautiful beaches and wonderful sights – but it affords the opportunities for families to bond over once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are had together. These memories are often the stuff of family legends that live on for many, many years to come!

There are so many reasons that make traveling to Latin America a good choice for families. “It’s about bragging rights! They will return home having explored ancient Mayan ruins or having zip lined though the jungle or rafted through the rainforest. There’s no other kid in class who’ll beat that,” said James Dyde, Editor of

We’ve rounded up some of the best Spring Break trips in Central and South America. These unique itineraries will certainly keep families bragging for years to come! Check out these fantastic family trips:


This sample Peru family vacation tour by Kuoda Travel showcases the family-friendly side of Peru. Families will Craft Andean pottery in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and marvel at the salt mines of Maras and the concentric circular ruins of Moray, before exploring the evocative ruins of Machu Picchu. Includes a visit to the Choco Museum in Cusco where families can view remarkable Inca architecture and appreciate the city’s wonderful mishmash of the traditional “old” and dynamic “new.” Back in Lima there is a visit to the urban water park, one of the largest of its kind. This action-packed, fun-filled itinerary is 7 nights and 8 days and is available year-round. Spring Break pricing starts at $10,170.00 for a family of four and includes all private transfers, private guides and some meals. This tour is private and as such, is customizable. For more information about this trip go to:


The Singular Patagonia offers families a Reconnecting To The End of the World Package that includes three-nights of accommodations at The Singular Patagonia w/ daily breakfast included, a historical tour through the hotel, two half day expeditions of choice (Condor Trekking, Milodon Cave, half day horseback riding) and a gastronomic tour with a five-course lunch (beverages not included). Package is valid from March 20th until May 2nd, 2018 and starts at $559 per person, per program (based on double occupancy). Children policy: 0-4 years, free; 5-11 years, 50% of the value of the program (Sharing room with parents); 12+, normal price.


The Beach Relaxation and family adventure for Spring Break in Trancoso, Brazil allows families to explore a reserve inhabited by native Brazilian indigenous people. Jaqueira Reserve stands in the ancestral lands of the indigenous Pataxó people of Brazil, encompassing 2,000 acres of Atlantic Forest, only one hour away from the charming beach enclave of Trancoso, in the northern coastal state of Bahia. Pousada Tutabel, a beachfront hotel in Trancoso, offers families an opportunity to visit the reserve, learn about the local costumes and have lunch with the tribe, in a day tour that will excite the whole family and provide the kids exciting fodder for show and tell.

Located on a secluded estate surrounded by lush tropical forest, the hotel is a beach refuge of 16 suites and two villas, ensconced in a sprawling estate. Beautifully built in local teak and furnished with four-poster kind size beds, the accommodations offer all modern-day conveniences in authentic Brazilian coastal aesthetic. A restaurant, exclusive to guests, serves gourmet Brazilian and international cuisines and pampers families with the have it your way program, where guests may order breakfast any time of the day or request a favorite dish. Bath amenities are by Brazilian cosmetics company Natura, which uses sustainable products from the Amazon forest and guests are welcomed with a caipirinha.

In addition to beach activities, such as stand up paddle, families may explore of the region under the guidance of Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural, a private natural heritage reserve to hike the trails nearby (there are 8 in varying degrees of difficulty), bird watch or take a kayak down Rio do Brasil (the first mapped river in Brazil). 

Bed and breakfast rates for a family of four are from $592 per room, per night. To book, visit reservations online or consult a travel agent.


Enjoy a Nicaragua Adventure for the Family with this fantastic package offered by Nicaragua Vacations:

This is a family adventure tailored for 4 people splitting their time between the colonial city of Granada and the beaches of San Juan del Sur. Partake in zip lining, kayaking, surfing and sailing. Families will tour also tour Granada, the oldest European city on the American mainland. Over the years the gentrification of Granada has produced an eclectic restaurant and bar scene, and numerous little boutique hotels springing up behind the city’s ornate carved doors. The best thing to do in Granada is just to walk around, soaking up the atmosphere. Granada also has easy access to Lake Nicaragua and its Isletas, the breathtakingly beautiful Laguna de Apo. In Granada guests will take a zip line canopy tour on cloud forested slopes of Mombacho Volcano that looms over the city of Granada and also check out Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, the 9th largest lake in the Americas and the 19th largest lake in the world!

On the second leg of the trip, families will head to the beach town of San Juan del Sur, where to stay at the famous Pelican Eyes Resort that looks over the town and bay. San Juan del Sur is a surfing mecca, and this trip includes a four hour surf lesson designed to get everyone out of the water! There is also a private sailing trip on Pelican Eyes’ own 70′ sloop where guests can explore hidden beaches and experience an awesome sunset! There will also be time for some plain old relaxing and hanging out on the beach or by the pool as a family before coming home! Prices for this package start at $ $3,780 for a family of four. Prices include all private ground transfers, activities and accommodations but exclude airfare.


Panama is a perfect place for families and this package from Panama Vacations has it all! The city of Panama, The Panama Canal and the beach – something to please everyone! First, explore Panama City, hidden gems of Casco Viejo and the financial district – and no visit to Panama would be complete with a visit to the Panama Canal. Stay at an elegantly comfortable 5-star hotel, The Bristol.

Then take off for mountains bordering Costa Rica. Boquete is a true jewel of Panama’s wonderful countryside: enjoy sights of lush mountains, filled with exotic vegetation and breathtaking valleys with picturesque rivers and a zipline over the tree tops! Finally the family will head to the small fishing town of Boca Chica to stay at Bocas Del Mar. Relax for oceanfront for two days, enjoying boutique service and tranquil views. Prices begin at only $3,100 for a family of four, taxes included (no airfare).

Rob Harper

Written by Rob Harper

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Rob had access to travel opportunities at a young age. Sister Cities International took him to small town in the Rhine Valley of Germany and the mountains of Costa Rica on official, city sponsored exchange programs. A career in tourism seemed a natural fit. In 2003, Rob graduated from the University of Georgia and moved to Costa Rica, taking a job as a vacation sales specialist with then Costa Rican Vacations. In 2007 Rob moved to Panama City, Panama and ran the company's expanded Central America offerings there, now called Namu Travel. Now in his 10th year in Panama, he co-owns the business with four other partners. Rob currently works as the Director of Business Development for the Namu Travel Group. His love of travel and helping others see the world helped him contribute to building Namu into a highly successful travel organization.

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