TOP 10 MUST-SEE DESTINATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA

Anna Luebke - Apr 6, 2020
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Besides its large capital cities, Latin America has a variety of destinations that must be seen at least once in a lifetime. Given the enormous region Latin America covers, travelers can find in this continent such a diversity that during the same trip one may discover snow, sea, big cities, or spend the day in a country house. Tourism Review presents the 10 most fascinating destinations in Latin America.

Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)

Located in the southwest part of the country, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. This semi-desert and the volcanic land region has great economic importance for Bolivia, specifically, its 9 million tons reserve of lithium and other minerals, as well as landscapes of extraordinary natural beauty.

Jericoacoara Beach (Brazil)

Found in the state of Ceará, Jericoacoara is next to this small fishing village that attracts tourists for its wonderful coastal scenery and the many activities that take place there. Jericoacoara is located about 300 km west of Fortaleza, and it is famous for its large beach, which can be accessed after walking down huge sand dunes that give this place its unique paradise-like view.

Cartagena (Colombia)

Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the walled city preserves the colonial architecture of its buildings and the most complete set of fortifications in South America. Besides its distinctive colonial charm, a mix of republican and modern architecture, Cartagena offers many attractions such as a vivid nightlife, cultural festivals, lush landscapes, magnificent beaches, excellent food and an important hotel and tourist infrastructure.

Havana (Cuba)

Voted a few years ago as one of the 7 Wonder Cities of the World, Havana, the capital of Cuba, attracts citizens of every part of the world. Its people, architecture, historical heritage, various activities for all tastes, music, customs and traditions make it an unforgettable destination.

Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)

This exotic place is the result of continuous eruptions of underwater volcanoes that continue even today. Due to their unusual location, many of the world’s most unique animal and plant species can be found on the islands, which are already of beauty quite hard to describe. For this reason, the Galápagos Islands are one of the most popular destinations for all wildlife lovers.

Samaná (Dominican Republic)

Samaná is a natural treasure with much to explore. It is wild and green, with coves, bays, waterfalls, mountains and stunning views. The city is known for its beaches frequented by bodyboarders, for nature hiking and whale watching.

Cabo Polonio (Uruguay)

This hamlet is a protected area located in the Rocha Department, Uruguay. Cabo Polonio strikes for its scenic beauty that retains typical traits of the Uruguayan Atlantic coast. There are no streets or roads, but rather irregular paths (dunes) leading to small and rudimentary little houses.

Mendoza (Argentina)

The rich and varied landscapes, clear waters and fresh air make the Mendoza Province, right in the middle of a great oasis, a paradise on Earth. Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza is a place that offers fun, nature, adventure, food, relaxation, history, museums and culture, all in one destination.

Lake Atitlán (Guatemala)

This lake basin with a volcanic origin is surrounded by three other volcanoes and hills covered by thick forests that give it a spectacular natural setting. It is a perfect destination for hiking, but also to learn about Mayan culture due to the 12 small towns and villages influenced by this indigenous heritage around the lake.

Angel Falls (Venezuela)

With a height of 979 meters, it is the world’s largest uninterrupted waterfall. Making it all the way to the top can be a challenge, but the view will certainly make it worth a visit.

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