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22 Amazing Airbnb Listings For Your Next Trip to Latin America

Thinking of traveling to Latin America soon? That’s definitely a great idea, but you might not be sure where to start. There’s so many great cities and locations to visit, and so many countries to choose from, that you aren’t sure if you should go to the most Instagram-worthy locations or simply go to the best party destinations. But if you’re really looking for a unique experience, then you might want to first decide where to stay… And stay at one of these out-of-this-world Airbnb places instead.

Whether you’re thinking of traveling to Havana, Cuba, or want to stay in a world-famous seashell house in Mexico, these are the 22 amazing Airbnb listings for your next trip to Latin America. There is so much for you to experience, from tree house stays to hotels that are near the beach to being deep in the jungle. You can explore or simply stay in, and nobody will fault you for spending a whole week just relaxing in one of these great apartments or houses. They’ll help you have a wonderful vacation, and you’ll definitely not be sorry once you book one of these places to stay in.

1. Colonial Style B & B By the Sea in Havana, Cuba

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If you’re thinking of visiting Cuba, then you simply must stay in an Airbnb. It’s the best way to experience the island, and this Cuban house offers its guest a special environment in the oldest part of the Malecon Habanero. You’ll have access to the seafront as well as be within walking distance of downtown so that you can see all that La Habana has to offer. 

2. Geodesic Dome Near World Biosphere Reserve in Quebrada de Alvarado, Chile

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Want to camp underneath the stars and have a powerful experience surrounded by a pristine forest and gorgeous nature? Then look no further than this space on the slopes of a national park that is cozy but also will provide you with a perfect place to wind down and relax. 

3. Safe Penthouse with Huge Terrace in Mexico City, Mexico

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Visiting Mexico City may be a dream of yours, and you can certainly explore the center and the whole city when you stay in this adorable Airbnb penthouse. It is large, clean, located in the center, and also private. You can even enjoy the large terrace, which is fully of plants and flowers but also covered from the rain and sun.

4. Cabana Floripa in Florianopolis, Brazil

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You might feel like you are levitating in the middle of the mountains thanks to the glass wall of this adorable house, which provide you with a 360 degree view. The house was designed to be eco-friendly by being built with reusable materials. Beyond that, you’ll have a great time relaxing here and exploring a little bit of Brazil in style and comfort.

5. The Rancho @ Cielo Vanilla in Atenas, Costa Rica

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You’ll be living in a dream in Costa Rica when you visit this one-of-a-kind wooden house. It’s a perfect example of tropical living that’s also eco-friendly and conveniently only 30 minutes to the airport. The place is surrounded by 4 acres of private property, so you have plenty of space to R&R too. 

6. Casa Arbol- Treehouse Life in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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Ever wanted to stay in a tree house as an adult? Well, your wish can now come true with the unparalleled beauty of this one situated in Nicaragua. It’s two stories and actually a treehouse and villa that sleeps up to four guests. Plus, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a shared pool, modern amenities, WiFi, and basically anything else you need to make this the vacation house of your dreams.

7. Villa Stunning Views of the Ocean in Las Terranas, Dominican Republic

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If you’re looking for a little piece of paradise in the Caribbean, then you’ve come to the right place. This house is full of positive energy but also a peaceful place to enjoy the sunshine in the DR. The best part is that, if you’re up for a night of fun, you’re also not that far from the nightlife in Las Terrenas.

8. Eagle’s Nest · The Little Prince’s Pad in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

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You’ll be set to enjoy an amazing vacation when you visit this Airbnb cozy studio apartment, which is perched just above the tranquil Mayan village of San Marcos. Overseeing the Lake Atitlan, you can cozy up in location to enjoy all of the comforts of home… but with incredible views.

9. The Best Place To Live in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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There’s a ton to do in Buenos Aires, so it’s not surprising that there are also tons of great apartments to rent in all kinds of neighborhoods. Of course, you can have a great time in this one, which is not only located in one of the best neighborhoods in the city, but also provides you with a unique view and gorgeous balcony.

10. Romantic Cabana with View in Armenia, Colombia

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If you’re a coffee lover, then you and your sweetie might especially enjoy a stay in this romantic locale. It’s the coffee region of the Andean mountains of Colombia, and this charming cabana provides you with an incredible view of the bamboo forest and a 5 acre organic farm. It’s the perfect place to relax in nature.

11. All Solar Palapa • Shipwrecks Break in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

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Talk about a unique setting! This rustic home overlooks a beautiful beach, where you can relax, swim and surf. It’s where the desert meets the sea and you can have many hours of watching the wildlife and exploring in this area. Despite the seclusion, you’ll still have WiFi and all the comforts of home.

12. Three Bedroom Apartment with Ocean View in Salinas, Ecuador

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Want to explore the beach and more? Then this is the Airbnb that you should stay in. The apartment is right across the beach and really close to restaurants, which is lovely. You’ll have gorgeous ocean views and can explore the Malecon of Salinas for a walk or even cycling.

13. IpaChic! 2BD + View, Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Why stay in some hotel when you can stay in a gorgeous, remodeled two bedroom apartment that is on a high floor and features spectacular views of the famed Brazilian beach? Located in the heart of Ipanema on a quiet street and very close to the beach, you can enjoy all that this city has to offer… and more.

14. Romantic Suite in Family Home in Valparaiso, Chile

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Valparaiso is a UNESCO Heritage City and you can enjoy so much in this romantic city, especialyl if you stay in this Airbnb that offers views of the Pacific Ocean and more. You’ll be close to the city center and some of the best tourist sites, plus easy access to local transportation. 

15. Magical Home, Gardens, Waterfall in El Roble de Santa Barbara, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has some truly amazing Airbnb places, and this is one of the top ones. You’ll be surrounded by gorgeous gardens and nature, but also be able to walk to a 40 foot waterfall nearby. I mean, talk about a magical way to spend your vacatioN! THere’s also a beautiful kitchen and you won’t be too far from local restaurants either.

16. Casa Florencia Suite in Rincon, Puerto Rico

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Head to Puerto Rico ASAP and experience the island in post-Hurricane Maria. You can volunteer or simply relax, and all of that can be done in Rincon. If you stay here, you will be in the hillside of Rincon and have a glorious mountain view. You might even see some of the ocean from the pool and terraces, which is amazing. Oh, and did I mention that you’ll be a short drive from the main beaches? Score!

17. La Villa de Soledad Boutique B&B in La Ceiba, Honduras

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Want to be in a completely remote location? Then you’ve come to the right place. This Spanish Hacienda style architecture allows you to enjoy many large, open spaces that blend perfectly with the outdoors but also offer comfortable private rooms. Located in the Cangrejal River Valley, you’ll have a peaceful time indeed.

18. Casa na Árvore nas Montanhas in Monte Verde, Brazil

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You can have a wonderful time at this Brazilian house, which is located in a wonderful part of the country. The only caveat with this listing is that there are no English speakers available to help… But if you know Portuguese or are willing to learn a few key phrases, then this treehouse is definitely for you. I mean, how gorgeous, amirite?

19. La Pepita de Marañon Glass Cottage in Las Lajas, Panama

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This perfect little bungalow, which is the first of its kind build with glass bottles in Panama, is a truly unique experience for you to have. You might not have even considered to come to this Central American country before, but you should definitely cozy up in the room and experience the wonderful views of the mountains all around. You might even get to have a relaxing vacation.

20. Cabaña Frente al Mar in Tomé, Chile

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What a great location (and a 5-star rating from most of the guests that stay here), this quiet location is surrounded by excellent views and great privacy. You might be looking for the beach, which is great since you won’t be far from it either. It’s seriously a magical place.

21. The World Famous Seashell House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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Have you ever seen something so beautiful? This Seashell house is world famous for a reason and has appeared on many “must stay here” lists for Airbnb properties. With this one, you’ll have a private pool, two king beds, a kitchenette, and the entire property. You’ll surely be able to relax when you’re in paradise, amirite?

22. Cabaña Encantada en Bosque in Cariló, Argentina

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Do you want to stay in a little Snow White cottage in the middle of the forest, but in South America? Then here you go! It’s situated in a cul de sac that is perfectly tranquil, and is a great place for you to experience all that nature has to offer. It’s also close to the sea, so you’ll be able to relax in the sunshine too.

Mexico Looks To Ban Beauty Pageants For Contributing To Machismo Attitudes And Violence Against Women

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Mexico Looks To Ban Beauty Pageants For Contributing To Machismo Attitudes And Violence Against Women

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Beauty pageants have long been an integral part of Mexican celebrations – from Carnival to fiestas celebrating a Pueblo’s patron saint, they’re extremely common. However, as violence against women soars to new records across the country, Mexico’s newly formed ‘Gender Equality Commission’ has introduced new measures that would effectively ban beauty pageants.

The commission sees beauty pageants as contributing to gender stereotypes, machismo attitudes, and, in turn, endemic violence against women.

However, many Mexicans have already voiced their strong opposition to the proposed rules and intent to fight back against them.

Mexico’s Gender Equality Commission has announced new rules that would ban beauty pageants in the country.

The Mexican Congress has taken up recommendations that the country move to ban beauty pageants. The new bill, based on recommendations from the Gender Equality Commission, would include new provisions to the general law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence.

The commission introduced several new provisions meant to help reduce violence against women, but the one that many Mexicans are talking about is the potential beauty pageant ban – as beauty pageants are a major part of Mexican society.

Members of the commission expressed their objection towards any such form of competition in which beauty or physical appearance of women, girls, or adolescents is evaluated in full or in part based on sexist stereotypes.

“We believe that beauty contests are events which show women through socio-cultural standards and under gender stereotypes as an instrument to maintain the concept of a female body as an object. This limits the personal development of the participants,” the members added.

Under the new guidelines, pageants will not be able to use public resources, official promotion, subsidies and any kind of economic or institutional support for carrying out these kinds of shows. It’s also possible that privately-funded pageants could be subject to the ban.

Mexico has long suffered from gender-based violence but the issue is getting worse year after year.

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In Mexico, the rallying cry “Ni Una Menos” has been on the tips of everyone’s tongue as violence against women has spiraled out of control in 2020. Before the Coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay home, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans took part in some of the largest protests ever seen across the country, denouncing the growing violence epidemic.

So far, an average of 10 women are killed everyday in Mexico. And 911 calls for domestic violence are up more than 60%, as women are forced to stay home with their abuser.

Meanwhile, the country’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has brushed off the killings as being sensationalized by his opposition to make him look bad. In fact, after news broke of a recent woman’s murder, AMLO was asked about her death at a press conference. However, he told reporters that he did not want to talk about gender-motivated killings of women because he did not want “femicides to distract from the raffle,” referring to a raffle his administration had organized around the sale of the presidential airplane.

The country has a long history of competing in international beauty pageants.

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Beauty pageants have been popular in Mexico for several decades and many Mexicans have preformed well at both national and international competitions. So it’s no surprise that many have come out against the announcement and expressed their sadness about the end of pageants.

Several Mexican women have won big at international competitions, including: Vanessa Ponce De Leon (Miss World 2018), Sofia Aragon (2nd Runner Up Miss Universe 2019), and Andrea Toscano (1st Runner Up Miss International 2019).

A Mexican transgender woman also won out over contestants from 21 countries, at Thailands Miss International Queen. Valentina Fluchaire was crowned queen in 2019 at the annual pageant for transgender women in Thailand.

This Is What Mexico Looks Like As It Reopens During A Global Pandemic

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This Is What Mexico Looks Like As It Reopens During A Global Pandemic

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Step outside into Mexico’s capital (home to more than 20 million people) and you’d be forgiven for not realizing we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic that’s killed more than half a million people.

As of this week, several Mexican states have entered the initial phase of reopening and Mexicans are taking full advantage of the newly found sense of ‘freedom’ – visiting restaurants, cafés and shops in droves. However, experts warn that Mexico will likely follow the dangerous path of the United States – which opened prematurely and is now having to shut down businesses once again as cases reach record levels.

Here’s an inside look into the daily reality of Chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) and what the future holds for the country amid Coronavirus.

Mexico City – along with 17 other states – have entered the first phase of a gradual reopening.

Despite being home to the largest number of active cases across Mexico, the capital joined 17 other states in a phased reopening this week. Mexico City lowered its contagion risk from a level red (the most extreme) to level orange, which permits some businesses to reopen.

However, Mexico City – on the day of the reopening – saw a record 5,432 new cases and 638 confirmed deaths. Mayor Sheinbaum said that the switch to orange was possible because hospital occupancy levels are at 59% and trending downwards. But to many, the government is prioritizing the economy over public safety and health. Several government officials insisted that it was safe to proceed to the reduced warning level but health experts disagreed.

The mayor stressed that if hospital occupancy levels go above 65% again, red light restrictions will be reinstated. She urged residents to continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection. People should continue to stay at home as much as possible and the use of face masks in public places remains mandatory.

Along with Mexico City, 17 other states moved into the orange phase of reopening – including tourist hotspots of Jalisco, Veracruz, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan.

The federal government instituted a traffic light system to simplify the risk management of Covid-19

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Shortly after the Coronavirus outbreak began, the federal government instituted a color-coded risk management system to simplify its messaging. With red being the highest risk level and green being the lowest, every state until June 15th was still in the red level.

As of July 1, 18 states are now in the orange level. This means that restaurants, cafés, and shops can begin to reopen with reduced capacity. Hotels and markets will also be allowed to resume service, meaning that tourism will likely begin to pick up again very soon.

President AMLO has been eager to get the economy reopened after it was reported that at least one million formal jobs have been lost and the country’s economy is expected to shrink by 8.8% this year.

On the first day of reopening, shops in Mexico City’s historic center were jammed full of shoppers.

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The city’s historical center is a hub of economic activity. You can literally find pretty much anything you could ever want in these cobblestones streets. The district is home to more than 27,000 businesses and as of this week they’re now permitted to open once again. And resident wasted no time in hitting the shops.

Long lines formed outside shops with few people wearing masks and most stores not truly enforcing social distancing requirements. Some offered antibacterial gel and took people’s temperatures before allowing them to enter.

Officially, shops and businesses with an odd street number are permitted to open three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, whereas even-numbered shops can open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

In order to prevent crowds from accumulating and promote social distancing, 31 streets were converted into pedestrian-only zones.

Restaurants, cafés, and shopping centers are all open for business – with some protective measurements in place.

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Even before the official change to semáforo naranja, several restaurants and cafés were already offering dine-in service. But now restaurants are officially allowed to operate at limited capacity, while staff are required to wear masks and shields, and restaurants are’s allowed to play music or issue reusable menus.

Street markets, known as tianguis, will also be allowed to restart which will help many of the city’s informal workers. And the following week, department stores and shopping malls will also be allowed to reopen at 30% capacity and with limited hours.

Mexico is hardly finished with the Coronavirus threat – in fact, cases have been reaching record levels.

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Although not yet at the levels seen in the U.S. or Brazil, Mexico has been struggling with its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. As of July 1, the country has had more than 225,000 confirmed cases and almost 28,000 deaths, with Mexico City being the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak.

And the worst doesn’t appear to be over. In a Covid-19 situation report published Monday, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security noted that Mexico had reported a decreasing daily incidence for three consecutive days.

“However, Mexico does not yet appear to have reached its peak,” the report said. “Based on recent trends, we expect Mexico to report increasing daily incidence over the coming days. Mexico is currently No. 6 globally in terms of daily incidence,” it added.