Despite those extreme crime reports and pessimistic feedbacks about the Latin American countries, Latin America is still a wonderland for travelers who want to explore something new. Beyond the extravagant beaches of Brazil, the World Heritage Sites of Peru and the dense Amazon Basin – there are some cheapest Latin American destinations for travelers to explore.
You’ll stumble upon various articles on the internet. They will tell you about ‘Places to visit in Brazil’, or ‘Things to do in Argentina’, or ‘How Machu Picchu will mesmerize you”. However I would rather prefer to take you to those destinations that are immensely beautiful yet not much visited. Tourism is gearing up in these areas and if you plan your trip properly, you’ll get amazingly affordable deals.
Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos
Ranked as the number 1 destination by Travel.USNews, the Galápagos archipelago sits 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador. The Galápagos features more than 15 isolated islands, warranting plenty of exploration. There is so much to see that you’ll have to be extremely selective about which isles you want to visit. From sea lions to giant turtles – you’ll find yourself surrounded by these lovely marine creatures.
Of all the islands, if I have to name one that you have to visit – then that would be Santa Cruz Island. Walk down the pearl-white beach of Turtle Bay, and spot those sea lizards running around. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre – one of the active turtle breeding centers of Latin America.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are a must in Galápagos. You’ll get to explore the marine life in the most amazing way. As soon as you’ll take the plunge, you’ll be confronted by several colorful tropical fishes, sea horses, and penguins. Sea lions and even the occasional sea turtles brushing beneath your belly!
Iguazu Falls, bordering Argentina and Brazil
People usually talk about visiting Victoria Falls and Niagara Falls. Many have not even have heard of the Iguazu Falls, which is one of the natural wonders of the world!
“Unlike any other waterfall on earth” – that’s how CNN Travel describes the Iguazu Falls. The Falls can be viewed from both the Argentinian Province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana.
Also termed as the Devil’s Throat, this is the largest water curtain in the world, stretching for nearly 2.7 km.
While some say that the best view is from the Argentinian side, others say that it’s from the Brazilian side! No matter what, it’s totally worth visiting this extraordinarily beautiful destination.
A city located in the lap of the Peruvian Andes, Cusco was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Coming out of the shadows of Lima, Cusco has off late emerged as a tourists’ hub, as people are visiting the place to absorb the richness of the amalgamation of Incas and Spanish architecture.
While Cusco can easily be explored by oneself. The best and cheapest way to do so is to volunteer in Peru, when you can be closely connected to the natives. They will show you the nooks and corners of the city, that tourists may otherwise miss out. The ruins of Machu Picchu is just a bus away from this beautiful picturesque city.
Savor the scrumptious Andean cuisine, shop in the local market, visit the Planetarium and other gorgeous ancient buildings. Cusco will never fail to tickle the love for old cities in you!
Belize, formerly known as British Honduras
Sometime around 1500 BC, the Mayan Civilization was spread over the region of Belize. This small country is bordered by Mexico and Guatemala. While many people don’t know about this little paradise, the natural diversity of Belize has been attracting tourists, mostly from the North America region. This Central American country welcomes its visitors with its thatch-roofed jungle lodges, impressive Mayan ruins, secluded snorkeling and scuba diving havens and laid-back atmosphere.
The soothing Caribbean beaches on the east coast and the lustrous rainforest on the north, west, and south make Belize an enchanting land.
San José, Costa Rica
Ranked as the 4th Best Spring Break destination by Travel.USNews, Costa Rica has numerous things to do at an affordable rate. San José, the capital city of the ‘Rich Coast’ (Costa Rica), houses several museums. They will take you down the lanes of history and open a world of pre-Columbian art.
The Poas Volcano (an active crater), surrounded by the national park, is a delight for trekkers. One can have a breathtaking view of the landscape from the top.
The natives often use the catch phrase “Pura Vida” which means “pure life”. If you are looking for the most relaxing and the cheapest Latin American destinations, then this destination would be perfect for you and hope that you too get to enjoy the essence of purity!
If you have been wondering about taking a tour to Latin America. Then do check out these cheapest Latin American destinations. The historical richness, the natural wonders, and geographical diversity – Latin America has the best of everything to offer to its visitors, at a much more affordable cost.