8 Must-See Places in Latin America

During your time in Latin America, you are definitely going to want to spend some time checking out all of the incredible places that it has to offer. From breathtaking mountain views to incredible waterfalls and crystal clear water beaches, you will be sure to find something for everyone in Latin America. In today’s blog, we will be going over seven of the many incredible destinations throughout Latin America to help you build to your bucket list and itinerary.

1. San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel created in 1600s – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Named after historical figures Juan de San Miguel and Ignacio Allende, is known today for its rich culture of arts, architecture, history, and culinary design.

The discovery of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture is what put this city on the map, as the Escuela de Bellas Artes and the Instituto Allende were established shortly thereafter. Shortly thereafter, artists and academics began populating San Miguel de Allende, thus forming its long-sustained spirit of beauty, faith, and creativity.

The city is located in the eastern region of Guanajato, Mexico, offering a stunning tapestry of Latin American architecture nestled among the region’s hilly terrain. San Miguel de Allende offers the traveller such sites and activities as the Paroquia de Allende Arcangel cathedral, Armonia Resort, and the Chapel of Jimmy Ray art gallery. For dining options, visitors will discover a diverse assortment of Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish, and Indian cuisine.

2. Machu Picchu

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UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu, Peru

Located high up in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is well-known as a mysterious Incan citadel that is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Incan leaders (whose civilization was destroyed by Spanish invaders in the 16th century). The site is set in the midst of a tropical mountain forest, stretches 5 miles, and features more than 3,000 stone steps that link to its many different levels. Designated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is Peru’s most-visited destination and is known as the most famous ruins in South America.

3. Iguazú Falls

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Tourists at Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders, near the border of Argentina and Brazil.

A visit to Iguazú Falls will be sure to have your jaw dropped the second you lay your eyes on them. Even the late United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt allegedly was so impressed that when she saw the falls for the first time, she said “Poor Niagara.”

Nestles on the border of Argentina, these magnificent falls are made up of a system of 275 different waterfalls (with the exact number depending on the season) and spans an area of 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) wide. The tallest of these waterfalls is called Devil’s Throat which drops by more than 80 meters. To give you a better idea of how tall that is, it is nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls and nearly three times as wide.

4. La Candelaria, Colombia

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Patio courtyard in La Candelaria aera Bogota capital city of Colombia South America

Built in 1580, this jewel of Bogata is the perfect blend of history and charm. With narrow cobblestone streets, colorful cafes and shops with jewels and handicrafts, and lively culture, you get a true taste of Columbian culture when you visit La Candelaria.

When you visit, you also have the option of hiking or taking the tramway to get to the long view of Bogata.

5. Ilha Grande, Brazil

Tucked between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the tropical paradise of Ilha Grande is all about relaxing in the sun, sailing, swimming, and disconnecting from the outside world.

When you step off the ferry to the island, there are no cars, no ringing phones, and no banks, so be sure to bring some money with you to try out the fresh seafood at one of the 30 quaint restaurants.

For a true beach getaway vacation, you will not want to miss out on Ilha Grande.

6. Chichen Itza, Mexico

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Meaning “at the mouth of the well of Itza,” Chichen Itza is the second most-visited archeological site of Mexico for its Kukulkan Pyramid (also referred to as El Castillo). This pyramid is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and is 24 meters high.

While the Kukulkan Pyramid is a sight to see in itself, there are many other archeological sites to visit at Chichen Itza, all that carry traces from Mayan culture.

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7. Dos Ojos Cenotes

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Dos Ojos Cenotes with clear blue water in the cave

This beautiful destination is a part of a flooded cave system located north of Tulu, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Dos Ojos is a part of the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world, and contains the deepest known case passage in Quintana Roo with 119.1 meters of depth located at “The Pit.”

One of the most extravagant diving sites in the Yucatan peninsula, there is no lack of natural light and visibility through the water, making it a great place for everyone.

8. Rio de Janeiro

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The Corcovado a famous landmark in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Last (but definitely not least) on our small list of seven places you must see when visiting Latin America is Rio de Janeiro. You may or may not have heard of this beautiful, huge seaside city before, you won’t forget it now.

Famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, as well as its 38-meter Christ the Redeemer statue that sits atop Mount Corcovado, you will not want to miss out on a chance to experience this thriving, energetic city.

Rio is also known for Sugarloaf Mountain which is a granite peak with cable cars that ride up to its summit, is shanty towns, festivals, parade floats, samba dancers, and much, much more.

Which One Do You Want to Visit?

We hope that today’s list of places to visit in Latin America helped to build out your bucket list and your itinerary for your next visit. Be sure to check back here often for more posts regarding Latin America destinations, exciting events you won’t want to miss, helpful guides for planning family vacations and corporate retreats, and much more.

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