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How to Keep Kids Happy in Patagonia

You might not immediately think of Patagonia as the ideal location for a holiday for all the family, but there’s no reason why you should leave the kids behind when you head off to hike at the end of the Earth. Whilst you might not want to take smaller kids on a challenging multi-day hike like the W Trek or the Paine Circuit, there are plenty of things to do in Patagonia that even the youngest members of the family can enjoy. Parents with tots in tow might prefer to try a Patagonia Wildlife Safari which focuses on spotting wildlife and scenery or traveling to the coast to enjoy a penguin adventure. With wide open spaces along with scenery and wildlife they’ve never seen before, a trip to Patagonia can be the gateway to a whole world of questions and learning, as well as excitement for your little ones.

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A scavenger hunt in the great Patagonian outdoors is perfect to help engage younger kids with their surroundings and to awaken their curiosity. You can use it as a starting point to introduce them to topics such as safety in nature, how to be a conscientious hiker, and the new animals, plants and landscapes they’ll come across. Scavenger hunts back home might be all about pine cones and flowers, but here in Patagonia, there are some truly spectacular sights to spot.
This scavenger hunt can be printed out (view printer-friendly version) and used for just one short hike in Patagonia, but the list includes enough variety for your child to keep it with them during the whole of their stay and tick things off as they go!
Can you see... Picture

Found it?

Something you think is beautiful?

Draw it here




A guanaco?

Clue: A guanaco looks a bit like small a camel without any humps.
A stick shaped like a Y? y shaped stick  
A glacier?

Clue: A glacier is a huge river of ice that moves so slowly it looks like it’s standing still.
Something round?

Draw it here



A signpost?

What does it say?
patagonia signpost  
Animal tracks?

What animal do you think left them?
animal tracks  
Someone wearing red hiking socks? red hiking socks  
Something that feels rough?

Take a rubbing here



A piece of litter?

As long as it has no sharp edges, you can take this with you for recycling.
A flamingo?

Clue: A flamingo is a pink bird with long, thin legs and a big hooked beak.
chilean flamingo  
A mountain? cerro torre mountain  
Something that feels smooth?

Draw it here



An iceberg?

Clue: An iceberg is a  big chunk of ice floating in a lake. 
A penguin?

Penguins don’t just live at the South Pole, they can live in warmer places too! 
A river? river in patagonia  
A beech tree leaf? beech leaves  
Hiking poles?

Clue: Hiking poles are like walking sticks to stop you falling over when you hike 
hiking poles  
Someone wearing a blue hat? blue hat  
Calafate berries?

Clue: Calafate berries are dark blue berries that grow on small bushes. Remember: Don’t eat any berries you find in the wild! 
calafate berries  

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The Cardinal Rule: Leave No Trace

When enjoying a treasure hunt in the wilds of Patagonia, kids should be encouraged to leave things where they found them rather than taking them home, so they don’t contribute to the erosion or destruction of the delicate environment. Instead of picking up and taking away the items on the list, use a stamp, colorful pens, or special stickers to mark each thing they see.That way, they can even make a scrapbook of their trip once they get back home.

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Isa Says: I'd love to invite your family to my home of Patagonia! We have a range of customizable options that might suit you including penguin watching, whale watching, the customizable Wildlife Safari (ages 6+), and many more. Any questions? Send me a message to . In the meantime, have a read of this article about family travel made doable.