We get it: you’re bored of the same old vacation getaways and looking for a trip that both sparks your imagination and your sense of adventure. Whether you’re a backpacker seeking hard-to-reach places or simply looking to relax on a white sandy beach, traveling to an exciting new country can be the change you’ve been looking for.
Not sure where to go? With its festive cultures and dazzling sceneries, Latin America is full of surprising destinations that will keep your FOMO at bay. Take a stroll through Chile’s colonial neighborhoods or hike up a 600-year-old Incan empire in Peru. We’ve rounded up six of the top places you need to visit this summer.
6 Semuc Champey, Guatemala
Surrounded by mountains and lush greenery, Semuc Champey is a backpacker’s dream come true. Six turquoise water pools adorn this natural wonder, making it one of Guatemala’s most popular attractions. For an unforgettable experience — travelers can hike to the furthest end of the park or visit the subterranean waterfalls.
5 Cali, Colombia
From its vibrant salsa rhythms to its scenic architecture, Cali inspires festiveness. As one of the three largest cities in the country, it’s easy to become entranced by its combination of colonial buildings and contemporary art.
4 Ambergris Caye, Belize
Looking for a dreamy tropical hideaway in Central America? With its world class accommodations, Ambergris Caye is the perfect spot for a little R&R. Travelers can stroll through its sandy white beaches and enjoy the island’s exquisite dining experience.
3 Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Located approximately 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian coast, the Galápagos Islands are a double World Heritage site and considered a “melting pot” of marine species. Each island offers its own unique landscape; from volcanic rocks to white sand beaches full of sea creatures not found anywhere else in the world.
2 Machu Picchu, Peru
Few places in the world are comparable to the majestic experience of visiting Machu Picchu. Set high in the Andes Mountains and lined with over a hundred flights of stony stairs, the ancient site is idyllic for travelers seeking adventure. The world-wonder has also recently become wheelchair accessible.
1 Cartagena, Colombia
Beyond its dazzling colonial architecture, the walled city of Cartagena in Colombia has been named a World Heritage site. One of the first things you’ll notice when strolling through the Getsemani neighborhood, for example, is the colorful street art surrounding the shops, cafes and restaurants.