Brazil: Family Holiday
The world's largest country in the tropics
Travelling with children can be stressful, but with enough preparation you can ensure a relatively tears-free trip. There are plenty of activities to keep children busy in Brazil. Local Brazilians take their children everywhere and you'll feel comfortable doing the same. If you're planning a family trip, the Amazon Rainforest is a must-see. The range of family-friendly lodges and tours will ensure children have a safe and educational experience. If you are heading to São Paulo, you can keep the little ones occupied with theme parks, a science museum, zoo and Butantã (a snake study centre). The city also has a range of sporting arenas, shows and public parks. Siqueira Campos Park offers a good break from the bustle of the city with its several small play areas featuring swings and slides.
Meanwhile, Rio's main family attraction is the beach. Leblon in particular offers a free play area with toys for toddlers. Jardim Zoológico is the city zoo, and always popular with the little ones. For an educational experience, try Museu do Indio in Botafogo where children can play with stamps and body paints to create native designs. There are models of native Indian houses that can be played in as well. Parque do Catete offers a ‘toy library' where you can hire toys by the hour. If you get too hot, take the kids to Wet 'N Wild Rio, a massive water park open daily September through until May. Overall, Brazil makes for a great family holiday destination, especially considering the sun-drenched setting and range of family-friendly accommodation and attractions.