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The 7 must-visit destinations in Latin America, according to Forbes

Among the top 20 destinations to visit worldwide chosen by the media outlet, 7 are located in Latin America and they are anything but obvious

Machu Picchu, Peru

While the retail market is full of up’s and down’s, traveling abroad is never out of people’s plans and this industry keeps finding ways to grow. The U.S and Latin American travelers, for instance, are a great example, even when Latin American countries are going through economic instability, traveling to the U.S remains an opportunity. 

In 2018, when Brazil was living one of the most turbulent electoral periods and the currency variation was reaching its highest rates, 1,5 million Brazilians traveled to international destinations, which represents an increase of 23,3% in relation to the previous year, according to a research conducted by Brazilian Tour Operators Association. And the North American countries were those that have taken the most benefit of the Brazilian growing interest, as 45,4% of all these Brazilians who traveled abroad visited North American countries. 

On the other hand, North Americans are always also appearing among Latin America’s current visitors. According to data from the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, the United States tourist is the second on the list of the countries that most visit Brazil. 

And the close tourism relation is not exclusive of Brazil and the U.S, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile are as attractive to the North American tourists as the country known for the samba, beaches, and soccer. Not by coincidence, Forbes 20 best places to visit in 2020 highlighted 7 Latin American destinations – and forget the most popular places and biggest cities: the list selected cultural destinations in which an outsider could really go deep in the region’s culture. 

Take a look and find out why the American media outlet is betting on these places to take the spotlight on the Latin American travel market:

Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche, Argentina. Photo: Shutterstock
Bariloche, Argentina. Photo: Shutterstock

This city has the power to be loved by teenagers, adults, families, and who else comes to your mind since it is one of the most versatile destinations on this list. With a long list of possible experiences, such as horse riding, fishing, mountain biking, rafting, and the famous ski station. 

Especially for American tourists, Argentina will be a great opportunity for traveling. The dollar is overvalued in the country regarding the current economic crisis, something that has a huge impact on the final amount spent during a trip and could make the country that has a unique culture seems even more attractive in 2020.  

Atacama Desert, Chile 

Atacama Desert, Chile
Atacama Desert, Chile. Photo: Shutterstock

For those who are looking for an unforgettable experience, Atacama Desert is definitely a great option. Far from the noises of a big city, this is one of the most famous options for adventure tourism in Latin America, with beautiful lagoons, volcanoes and an amazing sunset view. 

Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photo: Shutterstock
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photo: Shutterstock

As beautiful as Cancun and the most famous beach cities in Mexico, but not as crowded. This is the perfect definition of Cabo San Lucas and it also explains why foreign tourists are looking more and more for traveling to this city. Besides all the beaches to visit, Cabo San Lucas also offers great restaurant options, which could make the trip even more pleasant.

Machu Picchu/Cusco, Peru 

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru. Photo: Shutterstock

Never old-fashioned, this is one of the major must-visit destinations in Latin America. A paradise full of history and culture, to visit the ruins of the Incan civilization is an unforgettable experience and this is the perfect match for those who want to go deep in a new culture.

Mendoza, Argentina

Vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina
Vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina

Argentinian wine is one of the most famous cultural aspects of the country worldwide and Mendoza is the perfect destination for knowing more about the wine industry in the country. With great vineyards, the city is perfect for gastronomic tourism but that’s not all it has to offer. The city is close to the Andes mountains and offersgreat adventure attractions for those who love adrenaline. 

Vira Vira, Chile 

Vira Vira, Chile. Photo: Shutterstock

An alternative destination in Chile, full of natural beauty and outdoor experiences: this is Vira Vira. One of the must-do experiences on this destination is to ski on the Villarrica active volcano and discover the beautiful forest around the city.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Photo: Shutterstock

Although this is not the most famous destination in Mexico, the city was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in the country, with elegant accommodations and a perfect place to art-enthusiasts.