incredible places to travel with kids

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Patagonia, Argentina

In Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, even the penguins show up during the summer (which, by the way, it is not exactly warm). Clumsy and gracious, the birds pick Martillo Island, known also as “Pinguinera”, to mate and change their feathers between october and april. To get there, visitors must take a catamaran – Piratour is the only company that provides the transportation. Book in advance.   

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Cancun, Mexico

From families with kids to groups of friends, this mexican seaside destination combines beaches, buzz and a preserved archeological site in the surroundings. An old mayan harbour houses Xcaret, an eco-archeological waterpark, where it is possible to dive and swim with dolphins. 

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Los Roques, Venezuela

This archipelago in the Caribbean Sea is formed by around 50 islands. Los Roques features a laid-back vibe that’s very different from its Caribbean neighbors. With no resorts on private beaches, the best activity there is going to one of the islets by boat in the morning and spending the day having fun on the ocean, playing with the kids at the sand and taking dips in the ocean.

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Morisset, Australia

Don’t forget to bring your camera if you’re going to have a picnic in Morisset National Park, an area known for its wildlife and scenic views. We’re talking about Australia, so expect to encounter exotic birds and the national symbol: kangaroos. 

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Galapagos, Ecuador

It’s home to one of the most untouched ecosystems in the world, containing 5,000 animal and plant species on its islets and rock formations – 2,000 of which are only found there. A symbol of the region, the giant tortoises, which weigh around 440 pounds [200 kg] and can live for over 150 years, and the blue-footed boobies are a hit among children and adults. 

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Toronto, Canada

Cultural institutions, like the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario Science Centre, will entertain and inform the little ones. For an eco-friendly activity, visit the Evergreen Brick Works, an environmental education center where adults and kids can learn about gardening, eat organic foods and go biking. However, if for a  more technological experience, head to STEAMLabs. In programs that last from one day to several weeks, kids over 6 learn the basics of robotics, video game programming and 3D printing. 

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Barcelona, Spain

When speaking about the catalan capital, it is mandatory to mention Architect Antoni Gaudí. In Park Güell, one of his creations, the shapes and colors seem to play before the visitors’ eyes. You can run around pilasters, explore tunnels and spend your energy going up and down the hills.

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Pantanal, Brazil

Located 124 miles (200 kilometers) away from Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul capital, the wildlife is part of the routine. During the drought season, from July to October, the birds enter the mating season, presenting more colorful, and mammals like anteaters aren’t afraid to walk around. Among the places that offer a good infrastructure for kids is the Caiman Ecological Refuge, which offers activities like canoe rides and nighttime alligator watching.

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London, England

People who travel with kids to the british capital will not be disappointed: the classic (and green) Hyde Park, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are just some of the attractions. On the outskirts of London, it is possible to visit the studios where part of the Harry Potter saga was shot.

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Loire Valley, France

Fairytale castles, street markets, villages with more bicycles than cars: the region that was once home to the French nobility features a make-believe atmosphere. Visiting the châteaux is an essential activity: the Château de Blois contains a museum of magic and the Château de Cheverny has a wing entirely dedicated to the cartoon character Tintin.

Text: Livia Scatena, Caroline Cabral
Photos: Victor Affaro, Shutterstock, Istock