April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of modern environmentalism on this wonderful planet of ours. The brainchild of a US Senator who had witnessed the horrendous consequences of an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, the Earth Day movement has grown from strength to strength over the last five decades. What started as a relatively small-scale attempt …READ MORE
Sydney, Thursday 19 April 2018 Chimu Adventures’ boutique hotel in Lima, Peru, Casa Republica, has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the ‘Special Prize Interior’ at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 14 April 2018. This is a huge architectural accolade for …READ MORE
Good times continue to roll in Latin America, as the awesomeness of April stretches well into May. There’s always an exciting anticipation in Latin America at this time of year. This is the calm before the storm, you see, that tranquil travel month before the summer holiday period in Europe and North America, which attract hordes of tourists. Even then, …READ MORE
The Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas as they are known in Argentina) are a group of 750 remote and ruggedly beautiful islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, 500 kilometres from South America’s southern Patagonian coast. Steeped in decades of controversy, these Islands have been settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina. Travel to the Falkland Islands will give …READ MORE
With its incredible landscapes that range from imposing glaciers and ice-fields to pampas grasslands, mountains and waterfalls, Argentina is an impressive destination for sustainable ecotourism. But what exactly is ecotourism? Tourism can have a harmful impact on the environment with the destruction of its ecosystems caused by the influx of visitors. Sustainable tourism aims to preserve the biodiversity of an …READ MORE
South America., the fourth largest continent in the world and home to a total of 12 countries, is famous for so many incredible things, from its awe-inspiring natural landmarks such as the Amazon River, Atacama Desert and Andes Mountains to the ancient civilization of Machu Picchu and the cultural hotspots of Buenos Aires with the tango, Brazil’s samba, Colombia’s salsa. …READ MORE
Comprising two (domestic and international) terminals, Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport is Colombia’s busiest and the third most trafficked airport in all of Latin America. As the most convenient aviation gateway into the country, Bogota International Airport handles over 50 percent of the air traffic in and out of the country, with over 30 million people transiting through its gates …READ MORE
A fascinating icy wonderland home to some of the most iconic wildlife on earth, as well as imposing glaciers, dramatic fjords and breathtaking frozen horizons, Svalbard is the famed ‘last stop’ en route to the North Pole. An archipelago floating over 800km north of the Norwegian mainland, Svalbard is, quite literally, built on ice, and is as spellbinding as it …READ MORE
The largest rainforest on the planet, one sensational adventure: will it be lodge or river cruise for your unforgettable Amazon adventure? Planning a trip to the Amazon rainforest is one of the most coveted bucket-list adventures for those who travel anywhere in Latin America. Given the sheer size of this jungle haven (almost 7 million square kilometres) access points into …READ MORE
Kicking off a brand new year with a Latin American adventure is too good an idea to pass up. Global festive season notwithstanding, January is simply a superb month to visit some of the most iconic highlights in the whole continent. Not only to escape the freezing temperatures of the Northern Hemisphere but because NOW is when you’ll find the …READ MORE
The main family-friendly destinations are the Amazon, Patagonia, Galapagos, Pantanal, Machu Picchu, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica.
This really depends on your definition of easy. South America, like Europe is a long haul flight from Australia and New Zealand and so you need to be prepared for that part of the journey. Once you arrive in South America, the infrastructure is generally good, there are plenty of great hotels to choose from and generally a range of food options. Sometimes you just need a little patience in case something doesn’t quite run to plan - but that is often part of the adventure!
Most children love encounters with wildlife and enjoy heading out by boat or on jungle walks in search of birds and animals. That is why the Galapagos, Pantanal and Amazon as well as Costa Rica are such great family destinations. Patagonia offers not only wildlife, but great outdoor activities that children enjoy - with options including walking, cycling and horse-riding. Costa Rica offers these activities as well as zip-lining and canopy walks. Then of course there are swimming and snorkelling opportunities - the Galapagos in particular is a fantastic destination for this activity, with a myriad of colourful fish and turtles to swim amongst. Piranha fishing is always a highlight in the Amazon! Children love the colour, buzz and excitement of local markets and Mexico and Guatemala certainly have their share of vibrant local markets.
Many Latin American families travel with their children and so it is not uncommon to find family-friendly hotels throughout South and Central America. If you are concerned, however, please check with your travel consultant prior to booking as not all accommodation is family orientated. If booking a private tour then we can obviously hand-pick hotels to suit your family’s needs.
Most of the higher standard hotels provide Western food as well as local dishes. Latin American cuisine is fairly palatable for children with many countries having asados (barbeques), papas, (potatoes) and a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as delicious fresh fruit juices. There are great seafood options along the coast and Argentina is of course renowned for its beef.
Children above the age of 3 months have the same responses to high altitudes as adults. You never quite know how your body, even as an adult, will respond to altitude until you get there. It is important for anyone, whatever their age, to ascend slowly, giving your body time to acclimatise. It is also important that you drink plenty of water and do not over eat as your digestion works slowly at higher altitudes. Also remember that the sun’s rays are more intense at high altitudes and so protection from the sun is vital. If you are concerned about altitude, we recommend that you consult your doctor or medical practitioner prior to departure.
In most areas yes, and we will request guides at the main sights that understand the needs of families and who will be able to bring the destination to life in a slower, more child friendly manner. For private tours we are able to tailor the tour to meet your family’s needs.
Although the guides will try to interact with your children as much as possible, they are not responsible for providing childcare. Parents are expected to look after their children during the tour.
The minimum age really depends on you and your family and also on where you are planning to travel and the activities that you wish to include. It also depends on the kind of traveller you are. Chimu staff have been travelling with their children to Latin America since they were babies. Obviously the older they are the more they will get out of their tour and the more they are likely to remember.