From culturally rich Costa Rica in Central America to the wildly diverse countries of South America — Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay — not to mention the Republic of Colombia, one of the most northerly of the South American countries with territories in Central America, this is a land of many wonders. South and Central America will appeal to families seeking all kinds of enrichment and discovery.
Kids can learn to be gauchos in Argentina, ski in Chile, climb mountains in Peru and visit more World Heritage sites in Brazil than in all of North America put together. The world’s deepest canyon and highest lake are here, not to mention the lush rain forests of the Amazon, the towering peaks of the Andes, the mysterious sculptures of Easter Island and the wildlife-filled islands of the Galapagos.
Some South and Central American countries are better suited to teenagers than toddlers and others should be approached with caution, but for the most part, this intriguing continent is just awe-inspiring.
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