Travelling in Central America with kids

Travelling in Central America with kids


What does responsible travel recommend?

These are countries where children are treasured, so cast your net wide when travelling in Central America with kids.
Costa Rica has a well-established tourism set up, with English speaking guides to lead you up into Monteverde’s cloud forest or to see the turtles of Tortuguero. Older children will go ballistic white water rafting on the Pacuare River too. Similarly, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is far from yucky, with the likes of Uxmal for ancient culture (Chichen Itza gets really packed) and too cool for cool cenotes, or natural swimming pools, for pure fun.
Family adventurers- be amazed by the welcome you get off the beaten track in, say, Nicaragua, surfing and seeing turtles one day, and climbing volcanoes the next. And the whole place has a Caribbean vibe, with what feels like one big party out on the streets, where children are always given centre stage.

Activities for families in Central America


What to do with little ones

Feasts & festivals: Which family doesn’t love Mexican food? Food trails are all the rage, with taco trails in Mexico City, market tours in Oaxaca, and yummy Yucatan seafood at every turn. Nicaraguan food is not as famous, but with a passion for food plus festivals that revolve around food, you never go hungry. Rosquillas, the local doughnuts, are a total treat.
Watch feral & be feral: Central America is like Bear Grylls, David Attenborough and Blue Peter adventures all rolled into one. See whales, go surfing. Kayak through jungle, sleep in a treehouse. See turtles, go river rafting. Climb volcanoes, meet indigenous tribes. Zipline through rainforest, snorkel along reefs. It’s cool. Until you see the volcano throw out mega sparks. ’Cause that is hot.

Indigenous people There’s a focus on ancient history here, but the ethnic groups are living history. Meet, for example, the Bribri of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains, Creole-speaking communities of African origin on the Caribbean coast, Guatemalan Mayans and 60 indigenous groups in Mexico, the most prolific being Nahuatl, Yucatec (Maya), Zapotec and Mixtec.
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Travelling in Central America with kids


Responsible Travel asks the experts

Jessica Schugel from our Nicaraguan specialist, Buen Viaje Tours:
“Nicaraguan culture is all about the family so people love kids. They are welcome everywhere, and relatively speaking for Central America, it is safe, comfortable and an easy to get around. Transportation is everywhere, and if you need help with something, there is always someone around to help, especially when there are kids around. It’s almost as if you have a support system of strangers.”

Daniel Pawlyn from our supplier The Family Adventure Company is an expert in travelling in Central America with kids:
“What an exciting yet safe destination Costa Rica is for active families. The excitement is in the activities (rafting, zip-wiring, hiking, river boat trips, swimming), wildlife (turtles, sloth, snakes, monkeys, tucans) and environment (tropical rainforests, warm seas, mountains etc). The safety is in the high quality infrastructure, Western-style food, service provision.”
Photo credits: [Cenote: Travis Wise] [Treehouse: PROEd Clayton] [Tacos: Ari Helminen] [Kuna kids: PROKent MacElwee] [Surfing: Marina Kuperman Villatoro]
Written by Catherine Mack
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