Kids vs Colombia
Traveling with kids is hard. I tried to go to the grocery store with a two and six year old once, and now I know why child leashes exist. If just grocery shopping with kids is a headache, I can understand why so many people are hesitant about traveling to a foreign country with children. However, it is possible, and believe it or not, enjoyable.
As anyone who frequently travels abroad knows, it’s not just about the location; it’s the things you learn along the way and the experience in general. Immersing your family in different cultures will not only bring you closer together, but provide your family with a unique opportunity to learn and grow as well. Don’t stop traveling because you have children. Instead, share your adventures with them. Teach them how to enjoy the journey, take risks, and look at the world around them with a sense of wonder.
Colombia is a fantastic country with lots to do and see. It’s the perfect destination for anyone looking to explore a new country and spend time with their family. From the culture to the landscape, this is an awe inspiring country. Keep some of these tips in mind when planning a trip with your little ones to this fantastic location.
Things You Will Needs
- Trying to quickly cram a stroller into a bus is never fun. Colombitraveling offers private transportation with their tours to different locations all over Colombia. Travel with us, and don’t worry about the small details.
- Baby changing stands are not common in public bathrooms in South America, so bring a changing blanket with you.
- Remember when your mom used to write you name in your jacket or book so that you wouldn’t lose it? The same concept applies here. Consider giving your child a bracelet or necklace with your contact info on it in case they wander off.
- Travel with another family! The more adults and extra set of hands there are, the better.
- There is no such thing as bringing too much hand sanitizer.
Before You Go
- Traveling with kids can be hard enough, but not knowing the language can make things even more challenging. Our tour guides are fluent in both English and Spanish, so book a tour with Colombitraveling in advance to have a smooth and enjoyable trip.
- Regardless of where you are traveling, it is important to practice caution. Research the places you plan to stay, and check out our other blog about minimizing your risk in Colombia!
- Doomsday prep. Write down a list of everything that could possibly go wrong on your trip and what you would do if it does.
- Involve your children in the process of planning the trip and make sure that they are aware of what is happening. This will make them more excited for the trip, as well as teach them to be aware of their surroundings.
- Help your kids adapt easier by teaching them some basic Spanish and introducing them to the food before you leave.
During the Trip
- Tours are an excellent way to really get to know a place. Especially when you are looking after kids. This is a great way enjoy your time with your family without having to worry about the small details. Colombitraveling offers a variety of engaging and reputable tours all over Colombia.
- Taking your time, and leaving early for flights and tours ensures that you have a more relaxed and smooth trip.
- Take it easy, and remember that this is supposed to be a vacation. Plan one or two activities per day, but leave time for breaks and rest. You don’t have to see all of Colombia in one trip. Take your time to really get to know and enjoy a few different locations.
Enjoy some kid friendly recommendations in the more popular Colombian destinations! Check out our Colombitraveling website to learn about the different family friendly tours we have available!
- Take the Teleférico de Monserrate cable car to the top of the Monserrate mountain and enjoy a magnificent view.
- Explore the underground church, Cathedral de Sal, built within a salt mine.
- Enjoy a picnic in Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar.
- Andrés Carne De Res is a lively and fun place to grab some food, just keep in mind kids are only allowed in during the day time.
Cartagena and Rosario Islands
- Visit the UNESCO world heritage site: Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. This fortress offers a spectacular view of the water ways surrounding Cartagena. Plus, you can explore the tunnels beneath the castle.
- Take a day trip to the Rosario Islands were you can relax on the beach and snorkel.
- Tour the Museo Del Cacao Chocolate Museum where you can learn how chocolate is made and even try samples.
- Enjoy a day trip to Vocano de Lodo El Totumo where you can jump in a volcano mud pool.
- See more gold than you ever thought was possible at the Museo de Oro Zenu where you can learn more about Pre-Colombian history.
- Check out the outstanding view at La Popa Monastery.
- Visit the colorful city at the bottom of Laguna de Guatapé, and if you’re feeling up to it, climb to the top for a breathtaking view.
- Take a break from the chaos of the city and visit Jardín Botánico de Medellín. See how many bird and plant species your can spot.
- Explore an interactive science museum and South America’s largest freshwater aquarium at Parque Explora.
Overcoming challenges is a part of traveling, and to do it as a family will only bring you closer, and open your eyes to a whole new world. It’s easy and fun to take a family trip to the same beach every year. You know what to expect, you know the best place to eat, and you know how to communicate with everyone. It’s a nice, relaxing vacation. But if you want an adventure, go somewhere different. You might not know what to expect, but the experiences and memories you will gain will last a life time. Come to Colombia. We can’t wait to have you!
Written by Dana