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.
1. Tulum, Mexico
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.