Machu Picchu in Peru. Photo by CHeitz/flickr

South America Family Travel 101: Our Best Insider Tips

South America is a rewarding travel destination for families because it offers a diverse range of experiences. On one hand, it’s a cultural treasure of colonial architecture, indigenous communities and natural beauty. On the other, it feels far outside of most families’ comfort zone, with the challenges inherent in visiting developing countries. The following tips and guidelines…

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A Simple and Chic Boutique Aparthotel Near Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona is an easy destination to recommend for families: It has rich history and traditions that blend into daily life, famous architectural buildings, a food scene that excites even the pickiest eaters and a generous selection of kid-friendly accommodation choices that provide space and convenience. Eric Vökel Bcn Suites, a boutique aparthotel, is a win for…

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10 Must-Know Tips Before Booking a Family Cruise

Kristi Marcelle is Ciao Bambino’s resident expert on family cruising and has cruised on ships of all sizes with her kids since they were babies. After her first multigenerational cruise with 15 family members, she was sold on the ease of the experience and the flexibility and convenience of cruises with kids. And as the dedicated trip…

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Essential Tips for Exploring Spain’s Costa Brava with Kids

Spain’s Costa Brava is an area of rocky coastlines, blue-green coves, and outdoor and gastronomic pursuits that begins an hour north of Barcelona and meanders its way to the French border. The region, whose name means wild or rough coast, lured famous artists like Dali, Miro and Picasso decades ago, and they left their artistic mark…

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An Exceptional Boutique Hotel Experience in an Old-World Quito Mansion

Casa Gangotena is a colonial mansion in Quito’s historical center that consistently rates as one of the top hotels in the city. The location on the corner of the Plaza San Francisco is in the center of all that colonial Quito offers visitors. My stay at Casa Gangotena coincided with the time I was traveling solo…

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Luxury Apartments in an Architectural Gem at Barcelona’s El Palauet

Barcelona is a city of astounding art and architecture, where every glance is filled with another memorable sight. Crowds of camera-toting tourists act like paparazzi in front of masterpieces by celebrity architect Antoni Gaudi. The luxurious accommodations at El Palauet are right in the middle of the action — the 1906 Art Nouveau building sits three blocks away…

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Countryside Colonial Splendor at Ecuador’s Samari Spa Hotel

Samari Spa Hotel earned a spot on Ciao Bambino’s 2015 favorite hotel discoveries with kids because it does an excellent job of being all things to all ages — it was a highlight of our three-week Ecuador family vacation. The colonial architecture sets a tone both romantic and mystical as fog rolls down the mountains and envelops the resort grounds.…

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Land and Sea Wildlife Highlights in the Galapagos Islands

The wildlife on the Galapagos Islands is so plentiful that it almost requires a checklist in hand. Day after day, the islands’ animal residents go about their daily business, displaying a complete lack of interest in the two-legged guests who stop for a visit. On my family’s weeklong cruise aboard the Eclipse with Ocean Adventures, we had an…