A group of countries and dependencies in the Western hemisphere is often referred to as “Latin America”. Its joyful mellowness, its brightly colored cities, and the sheer beauty of its wide-open spaces are the main attractions of this post-colonial continent. It is Latin because of the most predominant spoken languages are Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Here, we will uncover the deliciousness of the following countries in Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, and the next world’s wine destination – Uruguay.
From the Andes mountains to the equatorial Amazon rain forest, from the Inca city of Machu Picchu to the Patagonian glaciers, the landscapes of South America exert a magnetic pull that fascinates all travelers set on discovering these New World paradises. The ancestral land of Amerindian civilizations, Latin America abounds with hidden treasures that will instill delightful memories: infinite expanses of breathtaking beauty, exuberant flora and fauna, sun-soaked beaches in the middle of winter, and an avant-garde culinary scene are all part of the journey, not to mention the warm hospitality of the local people or the charm of ancient colonial towns and cities.
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Puerto Iguazu is a city located in the northeast of Argentina. Its a gateway to Iguazu falls in Iguazu National Park. A world heritage site and one of the new 7 wonders of nature, Iguazu falls is one of the most breathtaking sights to behold. With 250 waterfalls surrounded by the tropical jungle of Argentina and Brazil, one can’t get much closer to nature in all her glory. One of the most popular destinations in South America, travelers will marvel as colorful parrots fly overhead and chatter away in the nearby trees of this jungle oasis. The Argentine side of Iguazu Falls is where you will get up close and personal with the falls, and you can actually feel the refreshing mist off of the towering 80 meter Garganta del Diablo waterfall. In contrast, the Brazilian side of Iguazu is perfect to appreciate the panoramic vistas and sweeping landscapes. On the other side of the country in Patagonia, there is Monte Fitz mountain that stands tall in this region beautiful in winter with the toppings of the snow.
Gramado & Itacare, Brazil
Gramado is a city filled with stunning landscapes formed by valleys, rivers and waterfalls. Not only does it boast incredible natural untouched surroundings, but it also features rich history that remains beautifully preserved by its inhabitants. A visit to this city is sure to be unforgettable, where elegance, romance and a love of nature can be seen in every detail. The “Brazilian Switzerland”, as it’s often called, charms visitors with its flower-filled streets, amazing architecture and hospitality.
Located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the city of Gramado is considered the third most desirable destination in Brazil and one of the most important cities in the Serra Gaucha mountain range.This city is different from other Brazilian destinations, with a European style seen throughout the architecture of its homes and in the local culture. Many of the locals are descendants of colonists from all over Europe, mainly Germany and Italy. Gramado is also known for its Christmas light displays and for hydrangea blooms in spring. Then there is Itacare, a town at the mouth of the Rio de Contas on eastern Brazil’s Cocoa Coast. Farther down the coast, there are reefs and sea turtles off Itacarezinho Beach.
Chile, San Pedro de Atamaca & Torres del Paine
San Pedro de Atacama is a town located on an arid high plateau in the mountains of north-east of Chile. Explore its incredible surrounding landscape that features the driest desert, moon-like rock formations, mountains, lakes, salt flats, volcanoes, El Tatio Geysers, and hot springs. However, this gorgeous nature is not the only thing to be found in this region. The town of San Pedro is also a great destination as it offers a rustic authenticity due to its houses made of clay and straw, not to mention its magnificent restaurants, charming churches, and interesting craft markets.
Chile continues to be dramatic about its surroundings, located in the southern Patagonia, Torres del Paine – National Park is found. Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular national parks in the country. The world biosphere reserve has a huge variety of plant and animal species which, with its incredibly beautiful setting has made it an almost unequaled destination for hikers and backpackers, ecology-lovers, and adventure sportsmen alike. Snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading rivers and waterfalls, glaciers, and mirrored lakes: in all respects, Torres del Paine national park deserves its reputation.
The “Heroic City”, as Cartagena de Indias is notorious. Located in the beautiful fishing village on the Caribbean coasts with beautiful beaches. It brings the charm of colonial architecture in the Old City and cultural heritage, San Felipe Castle – Historic museums, the excitement of vivid nightlife, fascinating cultural festivals, Rosario Islands, and lush landscapes, to bring you the perfect vacation experience you desire. But that’s not all Cartagena has to offer, the city also has excellent cuisine and thriving hotel and tourist infrastructure. This fabulous destination holds the secrets of history within its walls, on its balconies, and in the narrow stone walkways.
Galapagos Islands & Cuenca, Ecuador
Located in South America’s west coast, straddling over the equator. Although this country might seem small, it holds loads of amazing experiences for travelers to enjoy. All over the places in this country, there is a vast diversity of animals and landscapes to explore like the beaches line Ecuador coastline, the glacier-capped “Andas” and volcanic mountains, a lush jungle “Ecuadors’s cloud forests” with animal diversity, last but not least swim with the underwater wildlife of Galapagos. For those seeking adventure, Ecuador has Palion del Diablo waterfall. The Palion del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron) is one of the best waterfalls to visit in Ecuador. In Cuenca, there’s a historic center recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its long-standing cultural value. Roaming around the ornate buildings of the centuries-old streets can make visitors feel like they’ve gone back to a different era.
Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemela
Ever heard about Santa Catarina Palopo? The small and traditional village of Santa Catalina Palopó lies 3 miles (5 km) east of Panajachel. The town borders Lake Atitlán. The town of Santa Catarina Palopo on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is known for its geometric patterns on houses and buildings throughout town. You will not find many tourists here, so you will have the chance to explore the real Guatemala! Santa Catarina Palopois one of the 19 municipalities of Solola, Guatemala. It is one of the less-visited towns around the lake, but definitely one worth a visit! This town offers a real authentic, Guatemala experience, as the town is not much developed yet.
Arequipa & Lima, Peru
Arequipa, the stunning volcano-ringed colonial-era city in southwestern Peru, is more than just an underrated gem – it’s an absolute must-visit. Nicknamed “La Ciudad Blanca” for its unique white buildings made from a local volcanic material called sillar, Arequipa will tempt you in immediately with its distinct beauty and charm. You may even feel like you’ve left Peruvian borders and any proud Arequipeno would say that you have. Just ask about the former Arequipa passport. But, if the stunning white, carved facades and snow-capped volcanic peaks don’t capture your heart from the start, Arequipa’s rich traditions, refreshing pace, and thrilling outdoor adventures likely will. On the northwest of Peru, Lima is located. Originally built to be Spain’s colonial capital in South America, Lima boasts some impressive architecture. In this city you find the UNESCO Heritage site Plaza San Martin, with world-class cuisine, thriving nightlife, and rich cultural heritage on offer.
Carmelo & Punta de Este, Uruguay
Punta del Est is the most notorious coastal resort in Uruguay, which in summer is a tourist destination to many from all over the globe. It’s an iconic cityscape, glamorous parties, and incredible beaches attract visitors from all over the world. Right next to the city you will find a vast countryside with lakes, farms, and hills where you can get lost and completely forget where you are.
There is a notably breathtaking view from the tip of Punta Ballena, a large cliff where you can experience panoramic sunsets and sunrises. Close to the borders of Argentina on the western coastal side of Uruguay along the shores of Rio de la Playa, there is Carmelo, a region surrounded by wineries. Carmelo is perhaps Uruguay’s best-kept secret. With its golden riverfront beaches, rich cultural offerings, and up-and-coming wine region, Carmelo is an ideal destination for honeymooners and luxury travel enthusiasts alike.