Argentina is an exciting destination for families. As a large and geographically diverse country, there’s always something to see and do in Argentina, whether strolling along the right avenues of Buenos Aires, trekking up the Andes, or admiring the beauty of Iguazu Falls. Here is your overview of the most important things to know before you set off to plan your family-friendly adventure in Argentina.

Best Time of Year to Visit

  • Spring (September to November): This season is characterized by mild weather and beautiful flowers in the garden, fields, and meadows. However, it’s also sufficiently suitable for sightseeing and other kinds of outdoor activities.
  • Summer (December to February): Recommended for exploring Patagonia and the south in general, but it can be uncomfortably hot in most parts of Buenos Aires and the North.
  • Fall (March to May): These are the post-peak months, with nice weather, fewer crowds, and awesome autumn views, particularly around wine-making valleys.
  • Winter (June to August): Suitable for skiing in the Andes and travelling through the north, where the climate is even more favourable for a journey.

Type of Accommodation for Budget Family Travelers

  • Hostels and Guesthouses: Most hostels offer affordable family accommodation. Services such as Hostelling International are available nationwide for independent family travellers.
  • Vacation Rentals: Some of the most popular websites for renting, such as Airbnb and Vrbo, have a large selection of family-friendly apartments and houses that include kitchenettes and multiple bedrooms.
  • Eco-Lodges: Tourists who want to get closer to nature should pay attention to eco-tourism housing where they can stay; some areas to consider are Patagonia and the Iguazu Falls area. These lodges may include other activities, such as nature walks, which may suit and appeal to families.
  • Camping and Cabins: Argentina has many camping sites and cabins, but most are located in special natural zones, such as the Lake District and Patagonia.

Recommended Places to Visit with Kids

Argentina is packed with family-friendly attractions:

  • Buenos Aires: Museums, the Buenos Aires Zoo, La Boca, and San Telmo are popular tourist spots. If you have younger kids, there are plenty of parks and playgrounds.
  • Iguazu Falls: The magnificent waterfalls should be on your travel list, along with visiting the surrounding area’s rainforest, which has hiking trails.
  • Bariloche: Situated in the province of Neuquén, Bariloche offers excellent opportunities for trekking, skiing, and visiting the islands. It is also an excellent place for chocolate lovers with popular local confectionery shops.
  • Mendoza: Take the children to family-friendly wineries. The region also boasts being home to activities like horse riding and rafting.
  • Patagonia: You can visit the Moreno Glacier, go on cruises that include a chance to see whales and penguins, or hike through the gorgeous national parks, including Los Glaciares or Torres del Paine, Chile. Patagonia is a hit with many families from the Our Tribe Travels community.

Best Local Dishes to Sample that Kids Will Enjoy

Argentine cuisine is both delicious and diverse, with many dishes that children will love:

  • Empanadas: A type of breads that are baked with a stuffing of meat, cheese or any vegetable and are suitable for those rushed meals.
  • Milanesa: This is a breaded and fried minced meat patty, which is quite like a schnitzel, most commonly accompanied by mashed potatoes or French fries.
  • Pizza: Argentinian-style pizza is different from the normal pizza as it is thick and enclosing cheese and toppings that kids will love.
  • Asado: A typical local barbeque event where people bring different meats. Chorizos, sausages, and ribs are standard staples.
  • Dulce de leche: A thick confectionery spread like caramel that can be a component in numerous desserts, such as alfajores (a shortbread biscuit with dulce de leche stuffing).

 

 

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Trip

  • Use Public Transportation: Public transportation is well-developed in France, and most people use it frequently. Travelling by train, bus, or metro is both cheaper and more effective for touring cities and regions of interest.
  • Museum Passes and Cheap Museum Tickets: It is worth buying museum tickets for cities like Paris in advance and on sites that offer discounts for multiple trips. You can save valuable time (skip the queues) and a lot of money.
  • Plan Picnics: Buying local foods and going out for barbeque in parks or along the riverside is an inexpensive meal experience.
  • Language: Some basic French vocabulary will be advantageous in daily usage and improve your holiday experience.

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  • Use Public Transportation: Public transportation in Argentina is a reliable and cost-effective way to see the country. Trains, buses, and subways are plentiful within the cities, particularly in Buenos Aires.
  • Stay Hydrated: The weather can fluctuate, so it is advisable to have reusable water bottles on hand.
  • City Cards: Certain cities have tourist cards, enabling you to visit some museums, attractions, and the central transport system for free or at a concessional rate.
  • Learn Basic Spanish: Learn a few basic phrases to improve your interaction with the locals. We know from our community that this is often the highlight of families’ trips.
  • Adjust to Local Time: Mealtimes and the general pace of daily activities differ from the Western tempo. It’s usually for locals to eat dinner at 9 PM or even later – so consider this when planning.

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