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21 Places To Visit In Latin America Before You Turn 30

It’s 2019, which means that its time to start dreaming up Instagram-worthy destinations to add to your bucket list. Whether you want to explore charming cliffside towns, wander throughout mysterious archeological sites, or learn to rappel down a waterfall, you’ll find something to love when you visit these destinations. With so many incredible places to choose from in Latin America, it’s hard to decide where to go. We have cut down the list to 21 fabulous places to visit before you turn 30. Get your suitcase ready. After reading this, you’ll be ready to start packing for your next trip.

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1. Tulum, Mexico

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Tulum is one of the hottest travel destinations anywhere. This eco-friendly hotspot has it all — Mayan ruins, lush jungles, and fabulous shopping. What else could you ask for in a vacation spot?

2. Santiago, Chile

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Santiago is one of the most vibrant and unique cities in South America. Enjoy a coffee in one of the picturesque cafés. If you like local art, then check out one of the many museums. Santiago is also an excellent destination for anyone who loves adventure. It is a gateway to Patagonia, which is full of wild and breathtaking scenery.

3. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan is a colorful, historic city. The best part about traveling to San Juan is that you don’t need a passport. Because it is part of the U.S., all you need is a driver’s license or photo ID to visit. While in San Juan, make sure you walk down the cute cobblestone streets and check out the colorful pastel buildings. If you want to stay active, take a hike through the El Yunque rainforest.

4. Lima, Peru

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Lima offers an unforgettable adventure. The city is full of unique flavors and lively experiences. Plus, it is close to some of the best backpacking locations in South America like Lake Titicaca, which is the highest accessible lake in the world.

5. Quito, Ecuador

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Quito is another South American must-see capital city. There are plenty of spots to watch the sunset thanks to Quito’s location high in the Andes mountains. Quito has a relaxed vibe. It is a peaceful, yet sophisticated city. You’ll find lots of nightlife and food options to sample. Take Quito’s main bus service to the Amazon basin and try whitewater rafting or mountaineering for the first time.

6. Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City is a colorful, bright city that is quickly becoming a travel hotspot. It has a hopping art scene, lots of great restaurants and impressive architecture. On a trip to Mexico City, you’ll find lots of great shopping, historical buildings and interesting museums to check out.

7. Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Belize is located right between Guatemala and Mexico. This Central American country has a laid-back atmosphere, beautiful coastline, and friendly locals. Ambergris Caye is the largest island and the most popular destination in Belize. The island has a fun, vibe. It is the perfect destination for anyone who loves to swim, windsurf or scuba dive.

8. Cartagena, Colombia

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The ancient city of Cartegena is filled with tradition and color. If you visit, plan to spend a couple of days at least. You’ll need it to explore all of the sights, history, and sounds of this fashionable seaside town. Wander through the maze of cobbled alleys of Old Town, which is a Unesco World Heritage site. Soak up the local culture and sensual atmosphere in one of the city’s nightclubs.

9. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

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Bayahibe is a small, sleepy fishing village that is located just east of La Romana. This tranquil village is the perfect spot for anyone looking for a relaxed vacation. Relax on one of the white-sand beaches. Take a short taxi ride to the nearby town of Dominicus Americanus, a cute village that has several hotels, resorts and lots of shopping.

10. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Machu Picchu is a bucket-list destination that should be on everyone’s list. This far-flung destination is one that is perfect to see in your 20s. The hike to Manchu Pichu is truly amazing. Along the way, you’ll pass lots of natural beauty. Once you arrive at Manchu Picchu, you’ll be rewarded with a view of one of the most impressive archeological sites ever constructed.

11. Easter Island, Chile

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Easter Island is another place that every 20-something should visit. Easter Island is not your typical travel experience. It is one of the most remote islands in the world. This mysterious island is ideal for travelers who want to satisfy a sense of adventure. Easter Island is well-known for its numerous giant statues that dot the island. You have to see these statues in person to understand the intrigue that surrounds them.

12. Punta Arenas, Chile

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Punta Arenas, located in the Patagonia region of Chile, is a sprawling oil-rich city that is a gateway to Antarctica. Most people who visit spend a day at Torres del Paine National Park. There you will find spectacular scenery and exciting animal life. Enjoy views of snow-capped mountains as you hike through the park. Take in the mirrored lakes, glaciers and waterfalls along the way.

13. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

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Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is one of the largest salt flats in the world. It offers a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience that should be experienced in your 20s. The salt flat contains one of the most sought-after metals, lithium, which powers cell phones. As the demand for lithium grows, Bolivia’s salt flats may soon be no more. So, visit now while you have the chance.

14. Isla Holbox, Mexico

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Isla Holbox is a small fishing village located just north of Cancun. On Isla Holbox, you’ll find crystal blue waters, street art, white powdery sand. Stay at one of the cute boutique hotels on the island. Make sure you check out the pink flamingoes and brightly-colored homes. And, take plenty of colorful Snaps to share with your followers.

15. San Blas Islands, Panama

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Have you ever dreamed of exploring a deserted island? If so, then visiting the San Blas Islands is definitely something you must do. These islands are so remote that they are not even on Google Maps. It is surprisingly easy and cheap to get to them. Two-day tours from Panama are just $120 and up.

16. Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Monteverde, Costa Rica is one of the most exciting places in South America to visit for nature-lovers.  You can hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which is a unique biological reserve. Because of its high level of humidity, there are more than 2,500 different kinds of plants and birds in the cloud forest. If you want to see the forest from a different perspective, you can zip line above it.

17. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Traveling to the Galapagos Islands is the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. The scenery is spectacular, and you’ll have the opportunity to make lots of epic memories. Make sure you dive into the deep blue waters on your visit. The marine life in the Galapagos is like nowhere else on Earth.

18. Havana, Cuba

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If you like warmth, beautiful beaches and new cultures, then Cuba might be a good destination for you to visit before you turn 30. Check out the many cute cafes and cool bars in Havana. Or spend a day at Cuba’s famous Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

19. Rio De Janiero, Brazil

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Rio de Janiero is a city that everyone should visit at least once. A delicious food scene, hot nightlife, and modern architecture make Rio a popular destination. Check out a spectacular fútbol match or learn the Samba. Make sure you get a close-up look at the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

20. Lake Atitlan Region, Guatemala

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The Lake Atitlan region is made up of more than a dozen different towns and villages. This area is a great place to spend a couple of weeks backpacking. Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes in Latin America. It is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. The weather is always nearly perfect, which makes it perfect for hiking.

21. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires is a large cosmopolitan city. It is known for its theater, fashion, and art and is sometimes called the “Paris” of Latin America. Nicknamed “the Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city known for its art, theater, and fashion.

We Ranked Our Favorite 17 Looks By Latina Queens From Best To Bestest

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We Ranked Our Favorite 17 Looks By Latina Queens From Best To Bestest

“Rupaul’s Drag Race” has established itself as one of the best and most empowering reality shows. Throughout its normal and special seasons, Latina queens have wowed us with their sense of fashion, their self-confidence and the way they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Their glitter-covered personas have captivated us and made us appreciate inner and outer beauty and the courage that it takes to be who you really are.

So, without further ado, here’s our Top 17 of the most mágico, cómico and musical outfits worn by Latino reinas throughout more than a decade of glam attacks.

17. Adore Delano and her Lady Marmalade throwback to the early 2000s

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We could see her in the classic musical Moulin Rouge! being fab and dancing her heart out. Her pink wig was a total heart-stopper, with shades of Christina Aguilera. That black leather skirt caressing her hips is just the stuff that wet dreams are made of.

16. Cynthia Lee Fontaine as cowgirl rollerblade mamacita

 

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Be bold, be brave, don’t second-guess mixing styles. If you wanna evoke Westerns and the disco years, why not wear a cute hat and a wig to make every queen jealous? She was giving us some 1970s roller disco Dallas realness.

15. Ginger Minj as an even weirder version of Sia

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Back rolls be damned! She is fierce, she is fiery, she is weird and she knows it. She reminded us of Sia’s wonderful weirdness. A testament to self-expression.

14. Jessica Wild as a BDSM leather fetish princess

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This outfit sure made more than one supermacho straight guy question his carnality. She was totally sexy in this tender dominatrix outfit that looked both womanly and dangerous.

13. Miss Bianca Del Rio as a gorgeous queen catrina

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Body-Ody-Ody looking fine! Light and dark, night and day, cuteness and mystery. This outfit had it all and Bianca looked like a real Dolores Del Rio lookalike and showed that drag is art and art is drag.

12. Kandy Ho going all 1980s Cuban Miami, guapa

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Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent to spare! Part Latino hot MILF, part throwback to the crazy Miami party scene of the 1980s. Jane Fonda would be proud and that necklace just hugged her neck like a lascivious reptile. Caliente!

11. Lyneisha Sparx giving us a vibe of “Memoir of a Geisha”

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OK, she might be guilty of cultural appropriation, but this consummate sexy bomb looked like a good Bennetton ad with her Chinese fan, Japanese headdress, and delicious caramel complexion. Yummy.

10. Madame LaQueer with her emo cheerleader animal print extravaganza

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She looked like every teenage girl in the 1990s: confused, fierce and listening to emo bands. We love the pompons on her shoulders and the super brave move to combine flower patterns and animal print. It is a jungle out there.

9. Monica Beverly Hillz as a high heels amazon goddess

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Just look at her. She is a perfect testament to female perfection. That golden outfit is not discreet, that’s for sure, but it isn’t over the top either. Think Naomi Campbell, think Iman, think Grace Jones and all proud women of color before her. We just can’t get over those bold heels.

8. Naysha Lopez as a 1990s Nokia luxury mobile phone

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Chicken Cutlets working their magic! She needs to be brave to wear this super revealing tight outfit that really looks like a vintage mobile phone. Can we dial your number, honey? Cuidado con las manos!

7. Beyonce? Oh, its Roxxxy Andrews!

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That look makes us say: “That just flooded my basement!”. What a stare into infinity and beyond. What a way to trick the eye to what looks like skin but is really part of the outfit. Give us some Lemonade to quench our thirst for you, diosa color de cacao! She is an urban guerrera del Amazonas.

6. Valentina and those chic Carmen Miranda vibes

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Honey Mahogany Dress galore! This outfit was elegant and cute at once, which is what femininity is all about. It is just the right dose of Latino with a Marilyn air to it as well. Totally Valentina, the ruler of all that is glamoroso. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

5. Violet Chakchi going full Dita Von Teese on us

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What a gorgeous glamazon, chiquita hermosa. Burlesque vibes all around. Totally dominating the stage with those sexy leather accessories and that pin-up girl sassiness. The pale skin and dark hair make for a beautiful and dramatic contrast. Showtime! She would also be a fantastic Sally Bowles in a revival of Cabaret. Call the producers, pero a la de ya! 

4. Alexis Mateo and her cosplay manga anime locura

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She made us think of all the sexy anime characters of years gone by, but with a fresh and slightly wild touch. That cleavage is deeper than anyone’s wildest desires and the net gloves give it a very early Madonna feel. Simple, yet nostalgic and amazing. We are sure she could release a very successful line for divas everywhere, East and West.

3. Nina Flowers and her Annie Lennox-David Bowie-Sci-fi supercrazy futuristic look… slay queen!

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Talk about a powerful and imposing figure. Those futuristic spikes look menacing and remind us, at the same time, of ancient civilizations like Egypt and gorgeous women like Cleopatra and Nefertiti. Nina bridged past and present with style and boldness. All hail the almost-queen!

2. And the fav runner-up is… Bianca Del Rio channeling every single Disney villana

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Not Today Satan, Not Today! Funny and iconic: that is how we can define this outfit worn by Bianca, one of our faves. She is bitchy and romantic, with a great sense of humor but zero patience for BS. She is Cruella De Ville and Ursula, but in a good way.

1. And the gorge winner is…. Adore Delano in bridal

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Adore got into our hearts and minds wearing this bridal lacey outfit that let her be fabulous. That veil is like soft mist falling over a cosmopolitan city. The look says girl’s night out and humping honeymoon at the same time.  It was quite a symbolic decision as well, given the tribulations that LGBT communities around the world face when it comes to the right to just do whatever the hell they want. Good on you, girl, we adore Adore!

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