Patagonia is a great destination for active older children and teens. A family vacation to Patagonia is all about immersing yourself and your family in remote wild lands and gaining a greater appreciation for nature by exploring on foot. Patagonia is vast and there are several necessary overland transfers that can take 4 or 5 hours, especially on the day spent traveling from Torres del Paine in Chile to El Calafate in Argentina. Most of the longer hiking options aren’t recommended for children under 12. The exception to this is our Best of Patagonia itinerary, which is popular among families with slightly older children, especially over the holiday season as the shorter trip length fits nicely within school breaks.
Ask our Patagonia Program Director about ways to enhance your trip and include a greater variety of activities that appeal to children. Though the scenic trekking at low altitude is what draws many travelers to Patagonia, the possibilities extend far beyond bi-pedal exploration! On a custom trip or enhanced version of one of our set departures, we can arrange mountain biking, sea and river kayaking, rafting, fly-fishing, canyoning and even day-long rock and ice-climbing introductory courses geared towards older children and teens. Ushuaia and the northern Chilean Lakes District are particularly good areas for family travel in Patagonia because of access to wildlife (think penguins, dolphins and sea lions), great guides experienced in catering to family groups, a tremendous variety of active excursions and unique wilderness lodges and camps that put your right in the middle of nature while still providing tasty cuisine and homey comfort.