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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.

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

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Mexico City Could Soon Change Its Name To Better Embrace Its Indigenous Identity

Mexico City is the oldest surviving capital city in all of the Americas. It also is one of only two that actually served as capitals of their Indigenous communities – the other being Quito, Ecuador. But much of that incredible history is washed over in history books, tourism advertisements, and the everyday hustle and bustle of a city of 21 million people.

Recently, city residents voted on a non-binding resolution that could see the city’s name changed back to it’s pre-Hispanic origin to help shine a light on its rich Indigenous history.

Mexico City could soon be renamed in honor of its pre-Hispanic identity.

A recent poll shows that 54% of chilangos (as residents of Mexico City are called) are in favor of changing the city’s official name from Ciudad de México to México-Tenochtitlán. In contrast, 42% of respondents said they didn’t support a name change while 4% said they they didn’t know.

Conducted earlier this month as Mexico City gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec empire capital with a series of cultural events, the poll also asked respondents if they identified more as Mexicas, as Aztec people were also known, Spanish or mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish blood).

Mestizo was the most popular response, with 55% of respondents saying they identified as such while 37% saw themselves more as Mexicas. Only 4% identified as Spaniards and the same percentage said they didn’t know with whom they identified most.

The poll also touched on the city’s history.

The ancient city of Tenochtitlán.

The same poll also asked people if they thought that the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán by Spanish conquistadoresshould be commemorated or forgotten, 80% chose the former option while just 16% opted for the latter.

Three-quarters of respondents said they preferred areas of the the capital where colonial-era architecture predominates, such as the historic center, while 24% said that they favored zones with modern architecture.

There are also numerous examples of pre-Hispanic architecture in Mexico City including the Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco and Cuicuilco archaeological sites.

Tenochtitlán was one of the world’s most advanced cities when the Spanish arrived.

Tenochtitlán, which means “place where prickly pears abound” in Náhuatl, was founded by the Mexica people in 1325 on an island located on Lake Texcoco. The legend goes that they decided to build a city on the island because they saw the omen they were seeking: an eagle devouring a snake while perched on a nopal.

At its peak, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It subsequently became a cabecera of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, the ruins of Tenochtitlán are in the historic center of the Mexican capital. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco contains what remains of the geography (water, boats, floating gardens) of the Mexica capital.

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

When it comes to international happiness rankings, Mexico has long done well in many measurements. In fact, in 2019, Mexico placed number 23 beating out every other Latin American country except for Costa Rica. But in 2020, things looks a lot different as the country slipped 23 spots on the list. What does this mean for Mexico and its residents? 

Mexico slips 23 spots on the World Happiness Report thanks to a variety of compelling factors.

Mexico plummeted 23 places to the 46th happiest nation in the world, according to the 2020 happiness rankings in the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on Mexicans’ happiness in 2020, the new report indicates.

“Covid-19 has shaken, taken, and reshaped lives everywhere,” the report noted, and that is especially true in Mexico, where almost 200,000 people have lost their lives to the disease and millions lost their jobs last year as the economy recorded its worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Based on results of the Gallup World Poll as well as an analysis of data related to the happiness impacts of Covid-19, Mexico’s score on the World Happiness Report index was 5.96, an 8% slump compared to its average score between 2017 and 2019 when its average ranking was 23rd.

The only nations that dropped more than Mexico – the worst country to be in during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg news agency – were El Salvador, the Philippines and Benin.

Mexico has struggled especially hard against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since the pandemic started, Mexico has fared far worse than many other countries across Latin America. Today, there are reports that Mexico has been undercounting and underreporting both the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths. Given this reality, the country is 2nd worst in the world when it comes to number of suspected deaths, with more than 200,000 people dead. 

Could the happiness level have an impact on this year’s elections?

Given that Mexico’s decline in the rankings appears related to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic here, one might assume that the popularity of the federal government – which has been widely condemned for its management of the crisis from both a health and economic perspective – would take a hit.

But a poll published earlier this month found that 55.9% of respondents approved of President López Obrador’s management of the pandemic and 44% indicated that they would vote for the ruling Morena party if the election for federal deputies were held the day they were polled.

Support for Morena, which apparently got a shot in the arm from the national vaccination program even as it proceeded slowly, was more than four times higher than that for the two main opposition parties, the PAN and the PRI.

Still, Mexico’s slide in the happiness rankings could give López Obrador – who has claimed that ordinary Mexicans are happier with him in office – pause for thought.

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