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Picking out a great hotel for a family holiday is something quite different to finding a hotel for your average business trip. The features you are looking for are completely different for those that you look for when you are traveling without children.
Don't miss these best picks for hotels for families in South America. Criteria include being within easy reach of great activities through to hotels that have a kids' club and facilities such as swimming pools and a play area. These hotels provide plenty of child friendly features, as well as the creature comforts that make them a good destination for parents too.
Tierra Atacama Hotel, Chile
The Atacama Desert is one of the most remarkable locations in the world, and the activities to enjoy here include being able to visit some of the best locations for astronomy in the world, while there is also the beautiful flamingo lake to see.
The hotel is spacious and has some nice areas for the children to play, while there is both an indoor pool and an outdoor pool available.
Costao do Santinho Resort Golf & Spa, Brazil
Just a short distance from the city of Florianopolis, this hotel is located in a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean and within easy reach of Santinho beach.
The facilities for younger visitors here are excellent, with a swimming pool and plenty of sports facilities, while dedicated staff arrange activities and play sessions for children to enjoy, while youngsters will also get to meet others and learn more about the local surroundings.
Estancia Peuma Hue, Argentina
The Andes mountains provide a beautiful scenic background in this charming hotel, and you can choose the privacy of a cabin, which means the children can be a little louder, or one of the rooms in the main house.
Among the activities available here there is horse trekking in the surrounding area and kayaking on the lake of the estate, while there is plenty of space for young people to run around and play too.
Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, Ecuador
One of the most comfortable places to stay within the Amazon basin, this lodge is located on the waterfront and has electricity provided by solar panels and generators.
There are fans to help people keep cool, while the opportunity to explore the area on foot or by canoe is great fun for young people, while there are also cultural experiences with the local indigenous population.
The Grand Hotel, Uruguay
This luxurious hotel has wonderful coastal views and a charming swimming pool where people can relax.
There are some great facilities available to help keep children entertained, including a well appointed activity room which has plenty of toys, computers and comfortable bean bags, while there is also a hot tub where the adults can relax.
Txai Resort, Brazil
Just a short distance along the coast from the lovely city of Bahia, this eco friendly hotel is one that is in a beautiful location that is well away from anywhere else, meaning that those looking to relax will find plenty of peace and quiet here.
There are plenty of things to do for the adventurous youngsters, with canoeing and rafting among the activities available, while the family accommodation has loft rooms for the children and there is also a nice swimming pool.
Tierra Viva Cusco Centro, Peru
Cusco is a fascinating destination if you are traveling with children, with 'Yanapay' being a cultural village designed for children, while the interactive Choco Museo is another great place to visit.
The hotel itself is a sophisticated property within the city center, while the rooms are spacious and the free wireless internet access is great for streaming content to tablet computers.
Finca Santa Anita, Argentina
Where better to take children who love animals than to a farm? This working farm introduces children to goats, horses and chickens, along with the dogs that live alongside the family here.
Your hosts are Valentina and Carlos and they welcome your children just as warmly as their own six children and are happy to demonstrate and involve children in the different farming activities, including horse riding and making goat cheese. Guests enjoy free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
Mirador Los Volcanes, Chile
This hotel in Pucon is a great destination for adventurous youngsters, as there are plenty of activities to enjoy here including horse riding, mountain biking and taking a zip lining trip around the area, which are all great fun.
The rooms have flat screen televisions with satellite channels and there are also three small spa pools which are great for the adults when they get a chance to unwind.
Royal Decameron Baru, Colombia
Isla Baru is a beautiful destination for those looking for a relaxing beach break. Here the beach is right next to the hotel and there is a safe area of the beach dedicated for swimming.
The kids can get messy in the mud baths or older children can take a canoeing tour, while the daily activity program, swimming pool and tennis courts give youngsters plenty to do in this idyllic setting.
Cabanas Isla Del Sol, Ecuador
A rustic and laid back resort that is located just a short distance from the town of Esmeraldas. These cabins are just a short walk from the beach and the swimming pool is a great place for children to play.
Water sports are also popular with older children able to borrow body boards and kayaks to enjoy the ocean and one of the most memorable activities of all is the wonderful whale watching tour.
Fasano Rio, Brazil
The most iconic city in Brazil has to be Rio de Janeiro. If you are looking to visit the city in style, then this lovely hotel near Ipanema beach is a great base for your visit, with luxurious surroundings to ensure the whole family is comfortable. You'll love the rooftop swimming pool that overlooks the beach.
There is a nanny service available and tailored gifts for their younger guests, with babies provided with their own teddy bear, and younger children served a cookie and a glass of warm milk.
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Morrison 114 Hotel, Colombia
This Bogota hotel is a great base from which you can explore the wonderful activities for young people in the city, in what is an area that has really recovered from the bad image it had in the 1990s.
The Children's Museum is an interactive wonderland with a range of different things to learn, while the Salitre Magico is a great amusement park, and the Aquapark is a great place to enjoy the sunshine. The hotel itself is comfortable with a TV with plenty of satellite channels, and air conditioning to ensure the whole family is comfortable.
Cerro Chico, Argentina
This spacious hotel is one that is set on a four acre site which means there is plenty of space around the area for children to play. There is also a nice swimming pool that provides a good spot for the whole family to cool off after a day exploring these mountains, or taking a trip into the nearby village.
The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated and this hotel is a wonderful peaceful destination in the attractive area of Tilcara in Argentina.
Country Club Lima Hotel, Peru
A beautiful hotel which provides tastefully decorated accommodation, this hotel is really an island of peace in the bustling Peruvian capital, but the hosts have also thought about the features that are useful for parents.
The restaurants and cafes in the hotel have high chairs, while there are also cribs available for younger children and the Chocolate Museum is among the great attractions suitable for families in the city.