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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.

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Family Is Planning A Chapo University For Indigenous Students

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Family Is Planning A Chapo University For Indigenous Students

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El Chapo may have just been sentenced to multiple life sentences for crimes committed by his drug empire. His alleged billion dollar fortune is being fought over by both the US and Mexican governments. But the former drug lord’s family is hoping to use a large portion of El Chapo’s fortune to fund a university in his home state of Sinaloa.

The drug lord’s family announced that they would launch a university in the drug lord’s home state of Sinaloa.

José Luis González Meza, a lawyer for Joaquin Guzman, revealed in September that “El Chapo” wants his money to go Mexico’s indigenous communities. In an interview, he also said that Guzmán’s family will receive financial support from a range of foundations in order to open the university in the ex-narco’s birthplace.

It will be designed by Guerrero painter Hugo Zúñiga and have several different faculties, he said.

It looks like Mexico’s President is also supportive of the initiative.

González said that he was hopeful that President López Obrador would make the time to travel to Badiraguato and preside over a groundbreaking ceremony during his tour of Sinaloa this weekend.

“What we’re hoping for is that . . . he’ll go to Badiraguato and along with Chapo’s mom, María Consuelo, he’ll lay the first stone and the work to build the university will finally start,” he said.

The president said in February that his government was committed to the establishment of a new public university in the town that will specialize in forestry, while this week he pledged to extend the agroforestry employment program Sembrando Vida (Sowing Life) to parts of the country where illicit crops are grown, including Badiraguato.

But the university is just one of several projects the family wants to develop to benefit the country’s marginalized communities.

Another project will involve the family overseeing the revival of a chain of affordable food markets that will sell meals at 50 percent below cost.

The stores will sell cheap food, coffee, tequila, beer and mezcal. Similar stores had existed during the days Joaquín Hernández Galicia ruled over the powerful oil workers union.

El Chapo’s family want the Mexican government to finance the project through two trusts allegedly left behind by Hernández Galicia. He died in 2013 after spending nine years in prison after troops stormed his home and arrested him on manslaughter and weapons charges in 1989 in what the government described as a crackdown on corruption.

The last plan will develop a pharmaceutical industry which will provide affordable medicine to Mexico before expanding its service throughout Central America.

González Meza claims the family is wanting to ‘provide low-cost food and medicine for Mexicans’ and is not concerned with making money for themselves. Both the association and pharmaceutical company will be headed by farmers and indigenous people.

All of this depends though on when, if, and how much of El Chapo’s fortune is seized by the US and Mexican governments.

El Chapo wants his entire fortune, which is estimated in the billions of dollars, to go to Indigenous communities across Mexico. However, his wishes aren’t likely to be granted according to government officials.

Prosecutors will not disclose how and where they will seek this fortune, but the former head of anti-money laundering for the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Duncan Levin, gave the Observer an insight into how they might proceed.

“Forfeiture is part of a sentence,” says Levin. “If there are assets in the US, they can go right after those assets.” He adds that a US law from 1957 provides for any asset partly funded by criminal money to be seized in its entirety. “The way they did business was very pervasive,” he says. So that any business in which the Sinaloa cartel is found to have invested is fair game.

But, according to Levin, “the vast bulk of assets are likely in Mexico” and the search for them “would be greatly helped by working with the Mexican government”, despite current political tensions.

New Study Shows That Mexican Teenagers Are Among The Most Addicted To Their Cellphones

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New Study Shows That Mexican Teenagers Are Among The Most Addicted To Their Cellphones

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We don’t need a research study to tell us that we’re more addicted to our phones than ever before. Still, the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism united with nonprofit Common Sense to give us The New Normal: Parents, Teens and Mobile Devices in Mexico,” and the findings are interesting. The survey is based on more than 1,200 Mexican teens and their parents and was led by Dean Willow Bay and Common Sense CEO James P. Steyer. Mexico is just the fourth country surveyed in a global mapping project to better understand the role smartphones play in “the new normal” of today’s family life.

The study found that nearly half (45 percent) of Mexican teens said they feel “addicted” (in the non-clinical, colloquial way) to their phones. That’s 15 percent higher than found in the United States and 265 percent higher than in Japan. Now we want to know how Latino-Americans stack up because this all feels pretty familiar.

1. Checking mobile devices has become a priority in the daily lives of teens and their parents.

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Interestingly, more parents than teens reported using their phones almost all the time. That’s 71 percent of parents and 67 percent of their children reporting near-constant use of their phones. Nearly half of parents and their teens report checking their phones several times an hour. Meanwhile, only 2 percent of the respondents said they never feel the need to immediately respond to a text, social media networking messages, or other notification.

2. Most teens (67 percent) check their phone within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning. For some, their attachment to their phone interrupts their sleep.

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In fact, a third of teens and a fourth of parents check their phone within five minutes of waking up. More than a third of teens (35 percent) and parents (34 percent) wake up in the middle of the night at least once to check their phone for “something other than the time: text messages, email, or social media,” according to the report

3. Parents and teens alike are judging each other’s phone use.

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Somos chismosos by heart, so of course, 82 percent of parents think their child is distracted daily, often several times daily, by their phone use. Over half of teens feel the same way about their parents. Seriously, how much Candy Crush is too much Candy Crush? On top of that, 64 percent of parents believe their child is “addicted” to their phone while 31 percent of teens feel their parent is “addicted” as well. That said, only 40 percent of teens felt their parents worried too much about their social media use, but 60 percent of teens said their parents would be “a lot more worried if they knew what actually happens on social media,” according to the study.

4. If a parent feels “addicted,” they’re more likely to have a child that “feels addicted,” too.

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Half of both parents and teens self-identify as feeling addicted to their phones. That said, three quarters of the 45% parent pool who reported feeling addicted ended up having a teen who self-reported as feeling addicted, too. That means there are about a third of households where everyone “feels addicted” to their device. In a similar vein, that meant that roughly 2 in 5 Mexicans are trying to cut back their time spent on their phone. 

5. Mexican teens’ favorite way to communicate with friends was via text (67 percent)…not hanging out in person.

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Only half (50 percent) of teens said one of their favorite ways to communicate with friends was in person, which narrowly beat social media (49 percent) by just one percentage point. Talking on the phone (40 percent) didn’t come in the last place though. That slot is reserved for video chatting at 22 percent.

6. If they had to go a day without their phone, the majority of respondents said they would feel happy or free.

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While the majority of teens said they would feel at least somewhat happy (73 percent), free (67 percent), or relieved (64 percent), they also expected to feel at least somewhat bored (63 percent), or anxious (63 percent), or lonely (31 percent). Compared to teens, more parents reported that they’d expect to feel happy (79 percent), free (77 percent), or relieved
(73 percent). 

7. The majority of both parents and teens think device use is hurting their family relationships.

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Nearly a third of parents said they argue once a day with their teen about their excessive use of their phone, and that screen use, in fact, ranks third behind bedtime and chores as their regular conflicts. “My parents are very concerned about this,” teen Guadalupe Mireya Espinosa Cortés told Common Sense Media. “They are all the time telling us, ‘Oh, don’t use the phone while we are eating together. Hey, we are on vacation. Don’t use the phone, please’ and I agree. I think there are priorities and we have to be intelligent to know when and where to use our phones.”

Overall, most Mexican families still agree on the benefits of the technology, citing tech skills, access to information, building relationships and keeping in touch with extended families as reasons that mobile devices are worth their while.

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