Travelling in Bolivia with kids

Landscapes are rarely a child’s holiday highlight, but Bolivia’s gurgling geysers, colour-changing lakes and endless salt pan might just change that.
Travelling in Bolivia with kids is daring but doable. The key is to adjust gently to the altitude, break up long journeys and pick destinations with the seasons in mind; the desert is brutal in winter (July-Aug). The cities and markets are fascinating for little ones, the abundant wildlife of the Pampas is the closest thing you’ll get to a wild zoo, and of course - everyone loves a llama. Boat tours are a perennial pleaser, whether on Lake Titicaca or dolphin-filled Amazon tributaries. Younger children may prefer the warmth of the lowlands, along with the more spacious lodges and gentle activities.

Activities for families in Bolivia

Prado Boulevard

Each Sunday, La Paz’s Prado Boulevard is closed to traffic, and turns into a street festival – with food stalls, craft displays, live music and dance and a fantastic kids’ zone – where they can paint, play, make music and create. Kids can get creative – and mix with local children as well.

Head to the jungle!

Boat rides, monkeys, swimming pools, pink dolphins, warm weather, hammocks and capybaras are just some of the attractions in the lowlands. Stay at a community-run lodge and get stuck into indigenous life – learning how to make chocolate, squeeze sugarcane juice and fish for piranhas.

Trek with llamas

The ultimate Andean experience: trek with llamas along an ancient Inca trail. Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the mysterious Isla del Sol, and walk with a local Aymara guide and llama across the stunning landscape, passing women working in the terraced fields, fishing huts and shepherds.
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Travelling in Bolivia with kids

Kat Dougal, from our supplier Andean Trails, frequently travels with her own daughter:
“I would recommend it for people travelling with children, simply because people are very kid friendly. Family means a lot in Bolivia, so people are quite welcoming. In certain areas, you can have long journeys so it’s important to have someone who helps you decide an itinerary that breaks up journeys and doesn’t pack in quite as much. The altitude is difficult to avoid, but often kids are perfectly fine, and often they take it better than adults, so I wouldn’t let that put me off. I’d just make sure that I allowed enough time for everyone to settle in rather than rushing.”
From our supplier Latin America Journeys:
“We recommend private transportation with children; most of the buses do not have a toilet and they do not stop if you need it. Also children get bored in long trips and they need to go out of the car to have a short walk or a short break. Always carry snacks and hot/cold beverages with children, there are no restaurants on the way.”
Written by Vicki Brown
Photo credits: [Page banner: Ali Martin] [Geysers: Diego Delso] [Market: Dennis Jarvis] [Kids running: Trocaire]