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Latin America Travel Bucket List (Part Two) Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in Environment, Geography, Travel, Videos

¿Qué lugares de América Latina están en tu lista de deseos? (Which places in Latin America are on your bucket list?). With so many to choose from, it’s tough making a Latin America travel bucket list. I’ve already given you some ideas in Part One, including Machu Picchu, the Salt Flats of Bolivia, and the amazing Galapagos Islands. Hoy voy a agregar algunos lugares más para tu lista de deseos (Today I’m going to add a few more places for your bucket list).

Las Ruinas de México

México es un país increíble para visitar (Mexico is an incredible country to visit). From the bustling capital of Mexico City, to chilled out beach towns like Puerto Escondido, to the cultural hub of San Miguel Allende, there’s enough to see and do here to keep you busy for a lifetime. Believe me – I’ve already been here over 3 years and I’ve barely scratched the surface!

Teotihuacan

Para tu lista de deseos, te recomiendo visitar las ruinas de México (For your bucket list, I recommend visiting the ruins of Mexico). You’ve got plenty of options, including the ancient city of Teotihuacán, known as la Ciudad de los Dioses (the City of the Gods). It’s an easy day trip out of CDMX to get to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can jump on a tour or just catch the local bus.

On a visit to the ruins, you can climb to the top of both la Pirámide del Sol (the Pyramid of the Sun) and la Pirámide de la Luna (the Pyramid of the Moon) to take in the view. Just be warned that it can get really hot out there and there really isn’t any shade! You can read all about visiting Teotihuacán in this post and check out the video tour below:

There are also tons of Mayan ruins, especially on the east coast. The most famous of these is definitely Chichén Itzá, which is easily reached from tourist hot spots like Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

Chichén Itzá es una de las nuevas siete maravillas del mundo (Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World). Here you can see the amazing Temple of Kukulkan, which was dedicated to the Mayan feathered serpent god by the same name. This amazing temple is actually a calendar, but you’ll have to go read my post about it to learn the whole story!

Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza.

That’s not all, though – you can also visit Tulum, Cobá, Uxmal, Palenque, and so many more! Make sure at least one of these magnificent ruins in Mexico makes it onto your Latin America travel bucket list.

Senderismo en la Patagonia

La región de la Patagonia es un hermoso lugar para explorar (The region of Patagonia is a beautiful place to explore). It’s located in South America, and I mean south. It’s way down there at the bottom of the continent, split between two countries – Chile and Argentina.

Si te gusta el senderismo, te encantará la Patagonia (If you like hiking, you will love Patagonia). This place really is a hiker’s paradise, with trails of all different lengths and levels to choose from. Everywhere you go, it’s like walking in a postcard. The scenery really is that beautiful!

Torres del Paine

The Torres!

Solo visité Torres del Paine pero fue una gran experiencia (I only visited Torres del Paine but it was a great experience). We spent a week in Chilean Patagonia, including a 3-day, 2-night camping trip in Torres del Paine.

Mi amiga chilena me ayudó a hacer videos sobre el parque (My Chilean friend helped me make videos about the park). In these three videos, you can see the beauty of Torres del Paine and learn a bunch of Spanish along the way. Here’s Part One and you’ll find the others on our YouTube channel:

Unfortunately we didn’t make it over to the Argentina side, so we’ll just have to go back! There are lots of places there on my travel bucket list, such as Los Glaciares National Park. One of these days I want to rent una caravana (a camper van) to explore the whole region.

Las Cataratas del Iguazú

Speaking of Argentina, the next place on the Latin America travel bucket list is there as well. Actually, it’s located in both Argentina and Brazil. I’m talking of course about Las Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazu Falls).

Juntos, forman las cascadas más grandes del mundo (Together, they make up the largest waterfalls in the world). While Victoria Falls in Africa is taller, Iguazu is much wider and is actually split up into some 275 distinct falls. It really is an impressive sight to behold!

Amazing Iguazu Falls.

Las cataratas del Iguazú son una de las siete maravillas naturales del mundo (The Iguazu Falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world). To really appreciate the true marvel of Iguazu Falls, it’s best to visit both the Argentina and Brazil side. If you’re headed over there, be sure to check out the Portuguese blog for some tips!

Se pueden realizar paseos en lancha bajo los saltos y caminatas por senderos (You can take boat rides under the falls and hikes on trails). On the Argentina side, the highlight is definitely taking in the views from atop la Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat) – the narrow gorge that most of the falls spill over. Over on the Brazil side, you’ll get a better panoramic view of all the falls.

 

 

I hope these posts have given you some ideas for your travel bucket list! Even though now isn’t exactly the best time to travel, it’s always nice to have something to look forward to. I’m always adding to my travel bucket list. Let me know if you have any more ideas, especially in Latin America!

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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