Latin America is the ideal continent for the family holiday-of-a-lifetime offering adventure, history, culture and wildlife. Or just bring out the bucket and spade and chill under the swaying palm trees…
South America is a continent where the family comes first. Children, young and old, are central to its fabric, which is reflected in the wide array of experiences on offer.
Although you may need to dig a little deep (and that is not just to make sandcastles!) the enchanting Galapagos Islands are a perfect place to start. Playful sea lions, giant tortoises, multi-coloured land iguanas and penguins live together in perfect harmony, and are sure to entrance the whole family. We can recommend the most family-friendly boats for a cruise (which is really the best way to see the islands) or we can arrange holidays that combine a short cruise with a land-based experience at the Galapagos Safari Camp and/or an eco-hotel with a great pool and its own beach. We also offer a beautiful private villa in Galapagos that might suit a larger family.
For something very different (perhaps more for older children), a visit to Peru’s Sacred Valley and the mesmerising Inca ruins of the Lost City of Machu Picchu, will leave you with lasting memories. For an added sense of adventure, we can arrange walking and camping trips in the Sacred Valley – or you can do it the Inca way and walk to Machu Picchu itself! Follow this up with a couple of nights in the Amazon Jungle at Reserva Amazonica for a thrilling history, nature and wildlife experience which few other places in the world can compete with.
In Brazil, unwind for Christmas in one of our private beach villas for a few days, before heading off to the Pantanal – one of the world’s largest tropical wetlands: home to the jaguar and many other rare animal species including macaws, toucans, and the curious capybara. Or if your family comes from a sailing background, we can offer for the first time a private yacht charter operating out of Paraty sailing along the Costa Verde, surely some of the best sailing waters in the world.
The awesome glaciers and wild, barren and windswept plains of Patagonia open up more possibilities from horseback riding and hiking to a cruise down to Cape Horn and some of the most southern and remote parts of the globe.
For a great family holiday, safety and security are no longer issue in Latin America. Our guests’ biggest problem is knowing where to start with such a huge choice of activities and adventures on offer. At Miraviva we can help you decide on the best options and arrange a holiday you will cherish forever.
For more information on where best to have a relaxing beach holiday in the region, give us a call or send us a message.
Places to stay
An exclusive hideaway on Lake Titicaca, ideal for a family or two couples travelling together.View details about Amantica Lodge
Hotel Paracas has two large swimming pools, and is a great place to relax - both for couples and families.View details about Hotel Paracas
Sol y Luna
Delightful casitas set in beautifully maintained gardens make Sol y Luna our favourite hotel in the Sacred Valley.View details about Sol y Luna
Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel
The Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel is, in our opinion, the best place to stay close to Machu Picchu.View details about Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel
This chic new beach-front property is set to put Mancora on the map as a destination of note.View details about Arennas Mancora
Las Casitas del Colca
Las Casitas del Colca is a rural retreat high in the Colca Valley away from the worries of the world.View details about Las Casitas del Colca
Reserva Amazonica is an eco-lodge in the rainforest with comfortable accommodation, excellent service and interesting activities.View details about Reserva Amazonica
Recently refurbished and set in expansive grounds on the edge of San Pedro, this hotel enjoys wonderful views and offers top quality excursions.View details about Explora Atacama
The 60 foot Tupaiu is a regional yacht based on the Tapajos River. Comfortable, without being luxurious, the Tupaiu is the perfect type of vessel for exploring this unspoiled regionView details about Tupaiú Yacht
A truly delightful hideaway located on a remote beach on the Maraú Peninsula, but within striking distance of the fun bars and restaurants in Barra Grande.View details about Butterfly House
Etnia Clube de Mar & Etnia Pousada
Outstanding design, local materials and great service – these two sister hotels share their facilities, one near the Quadrado and one on the beach. Both offer a friendly and relaxing environment.View details about Etnia Clube de Mar & Etnia Pousada
Rancho do Peixe
A lovely family friendly hotel situated near the village of Jericoacoara and nearby beaches, in an area remarkably unknown to visitors from outside Brazil.View details about Rancho do Peixe
Exhilarating walks in a national park with caves, waterfalls, table top mountains and a colonial hotel.View details about Chapada Diamantina
This historic colonial hacienda set in beautiful countryside offers some of the best horses and riding in Ecuador.View details about Hacienda Zuleta
Hacienda La Danesa
A very charming family-owned hacienda located just one hour outside Guayaquil, on a 500 hectare traditional cattle and cacao farm.View details about Hacienda La Danesa
Off the beaten track and set in a beautiful location, this hacienda has a wonderful homely feel and is well placed to explore the local cloud forest.View details about Hacienda Manteles
Sacha Lodge provides nature lovers with a comfortable base from which to explore the Amazon rain forest, whilst enjoying good food and friendly, efficient service.View details about Sacha Lodge
Galapagos Safari Camp
The ‘Safari Camp’ offers guests a different way to experience Galapagos: sleeping in luxury tents with excellent meals and bar service in the main lodge.View details about Galapagos Safari Camp
Private Galapagos Villa
For a large family or group of friends, this exclusive private villa in the Galapagos Islands would make an ideal land base before or after a cruise.View details about Private Galapagos Villa
Carmelo Resort and Spa, A Hyatt Hotel
Recently taken over and completely refurbished by the Hyatt Group, the hotel occupies an expansive site on the banks of the River Plate, near Colonia.View details about Carmelo Resort and Spa, A Hyatt Hotel
Beautiful beach paradiseView details about Bahia Vik
A new boutique hotel housed in a restored 1940’s mansion in the Miraflores district of Lima.View details about Atemporal
Occupying an unrivalled position with views of the Gocta Waterfall from all bedrooms. View detailsView details about Gocta Lodge
A charming new Eco lodge comprising five stand-alone rooms or casitas, set in wooded grounds opposite the Gocta Waterfall.View details about Gocta Natura
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
The only hotel located at the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu.View details about Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Sumaq Machu Picchu
Completely refurbished in 2014, this hotel is in a very convenient location in Aguas Calientes.View details about Sumaq Machu Picchu
A charming new boutique hotel, situated on the beach five miles from the historic centre of Trancoso.View details about Pousada Tutabel
La Nube Posada
Stylish Boutique Hotel renowned for Colombian cuisine in Barichara, a picturesque, 300-year old Colonial Town.View details about La Nube Posada
La Posada de San Antonio
Colonial houses converted into a small hotel in historic Villa de Leyva where the reception area doubles as an art gallery.View details about La Posada de San Antonio
Although it is not set inside Tayrona National Park we believe that this hotel offers a better experience than those inside the park itselfView details about Merecumbe Hotel
Casa San Agustin
Located in the heart of the old city of Cartagena three historic houses have been redesigned to create a charming contemporary hotel.View details about Casa San Agustin