Latin America

Latin America



Whether you’re embarking on a backpacking trip, short vacation, or special occasion trip, Latin America has a plethora of amazing places to see. I have compiled a list of the most popular destinations for backpackers and travelers for these other countries for your convenience! Have fun!

  1. MEXICO :
    1. What an incredible and beautiful country. I backpacked Mexico for 1.5 years and had the time of my life!
    2. Most people here are incredibly kind and hospitable. There is a lot of natural beauty to Mexico and so many ancient sites to explore.
    3. Do not get involved in the black market or illicit trade or you will be sentencing yourself to death. I met people who had friends who had been murdered because they got involved in those activities.
    4. Highlights: Mexico City, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Xilitla, Huasteca Potosina in San Luis Potosi, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Butterfly Biosphere Preserve in Michoacan, Oaxaca, Monte Alban
    1. I have heard this country is green and beautiful, great for adventurers, very affordable to travel and that it’s relatively safe.
    2. Highlights: Tikal, Antigua
    1. I’ve heard Honduras is very dangerous, so I wouldn’t go, unless you’re going straight to Utila for scuba diving or Copan to see the ruins and you’re not stopping anywhere else.
    2. Highlights: Copan, Utila
    1. I’ve heard this country is safe, affordable and beautiful, just like Guatemala.
    2. Highlights: Granada, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur
    1. Safe, on the expensive side, lots of rainforest and exotic animals to see, volcanoes to climb, a nice place to live and/or retire, attractive place for American expats.
    2. Highlights: Mirador Rio Celeste, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Montezuma, San Jose
  6. ECUADOR :
    1. My dad was held up at gunpoint right after exiting the airport in Quito and had his suitcase stolen. So it’s dangerous, but affordable, as far as I’ve heard.
    2. Highlights: Banos, fly to GALAPAGOS Islands
  7. PERU :
    1. Medium affordability, medium safety, a must-see country.
    2. Highlights: Machu Picchu* (top highlight of South America), Incan Ruins, Nazca Lines, Museum of Gold, Indigenous Islands
    1. Oh. My. God. If you have the money to go, then go. Expensive but worth it because it’s so beautiful. A lot of European descendants and immigrants live in Argentina so it has more of a European feel than a lot of other South American countries.
    2. Highlights: Bariloche, Torres del Paine, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Buenos Aires
  9. CHILE :
    1. Another country where if you have the money to go, then go. It’s beautiful. A coastline country. I think it has medium affordability.
    2. Highlights: Atacama desert (incredible sky at night), fly to EASTER ISLAND
  10. BOLIVIA :
    1. On the expensive side, safe.
    2. Highlights: Uyuni (salt flats)
  11. BRAZIL :
    1. Medium affordability and safety, but great travel destinations inside the country
    2. Highlights: Iguazu falls*  (top highlight of South America), Bonito Springs, Rio de Janeiro* (top highlight of South America), Amazon & Pantanal* (top highlights of South America)
    1. This country has undergone MASSIVE political and economic upheaval recently. It has a visa requirement for Americans and I couldn’t even get a visa to go. Their website is completely unhelpful and no one answers the phone. The last time I tried to get a visa was in 2015 and haven’t tried since. But if you can get into the country, their currency has been so devalued that your money will go extremely far, but because they have so many problems there is probably rampant crime. I don’t think I would feel safe here, and I wouldn’t even be allowed in anyway, and that’s enough of a deterrent for me.
    2. Highlights: Mt Roraima, Salto Angel (Angel Falls) – both of these destinations are top highlights of South America
    1. I have heard this country is far safer than it used to be. However, I have heard there is a white powder that people will try to blow in your face to  hypnotize you so they can rob you by walking you to an ATM and having you empty out your bank account for them. Scary. My friend who is Colombian advised me not to go to this country unless I know people I can stay with and who can be with me when I’m traveling because it’s not safe to wander off or be by yourself.
    2. Highlights: Parque Tayrona, Medellin, Bogota

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