Latin America is a culturally and geographically diverse place. Here’s 20 places (in no particular order) you absolutely have to visit at least once in your lifetime.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Driving across this alien landscape of white salt crust dotted with cactus-studded black islands is a magical experience not to be missed.
Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the seven ancient wonders of the world, enough said!
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
The sight of vast pieces of ice carving of this glacier and smashing into the lake below is truly awesome.
Easter Island, Chile
Lying around 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, this island has more in common with Polynesia than the Chileans who colonised it.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Quite simply one of the best wildlife spotting regions on planet earth.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
This small archipelago off Brazil is often overlooked and fantastic for snorkelling and scuba.
Torres del Paine, Chile
The snow capped mountains and lakes of the Torres del Paine National Park is best explored by foot.
It’s colourful, fun and exciting with wonderfully friendly people all overlooking the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
Vast rolling sand dunes punctuated by hundreds of turquoise lagoons.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Probably the most famous pre-Columbian ruins in Latin America, built by the Maya people.
San Blas, Panama
The pristine Archipelago includes picture-perfect coral islands with white sand and coconut trees surrounded by a sapphire sea..
Lake Titicaca, Peru & Bolivia
The highest navigable lake in the world, with its deep blue waters and interesting locals and history sandwiched between Bolivia and Peru.
Valdes Peninsula, Argentina
Unmissable wildlife encounters, from colonies of sea lions, penguins and seals to orcas that come to feed near the shore.
Atacama Desert, Chile
The north of Chile is an arid but beautiful landscape, with fascinating wildlife that is protected in a series of national parks.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Watch the smoky, active volcano and natural fireworks of lava tumbling down its slopes from the hot springs of Tabacon.
Iguazu, Argentina and Brazil
One of the seven natural wonders of the world and not something to be missed lightly. Hear the thunder and feel the spray of water from the Devil’s throat walkway.
Amazon, Brazil, Peru, Ecuado and Bolivia
Meet indigenous tribes in their home which boast more plant and animal species than any other ecosystem, and is the heart of our planet.
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
British novelist Aldous Huxley once called this lake ‘’the most beautiful in the world’’. Few can disagree.
Chan Chan, Peru
Often overlooked, Chan Chan is the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America.
A vast wetland and wildlife haven where caiman nonchalantly cross the road and myriad birds, monkeys, armadillos and jaguars can be seen.
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