There are 195 countries globally (197 if you include Vatican City and Palestine), 21 in Latin America. Of course, many countries have their own charm and unique traditions. However, there is no doubt that Latin America has one of the best cuisines, music, and scenery in the world.
Ecuador and Peru are foodie destinations. Ecuador has Ceviche, pristine beaches, and the Galapagos Islands, and Peru has Causa and Machu Picchu. Brazil has Samba dance, Caipirinhas, and The Iguazu Falls. Chile and Argentina are well known for their delicious empanadas and their succulent red wines. Mexico is home to the world’s largest pyramid, “the Quetzalcóatl Pyramid at Cholula de Rivadavia,” 177 ft. tall, and its food (like tacos and tamales) tequila. Colombia is famous for its arepas and coffee and is the second most biodiverse country in the world (after Brazil). Bolivia is a landlocked country. This means the government does not share any border with an ocean, and it has the world’s largest salt flat (Salar de Uyuni). Guatemala is known for its volcanic landscape, Pepian, and the colorful colonial city of Antigua. Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic. Uruguay’s public education system is one of the best ones in Latin America, and it has a 96% literacy rate.
I could spend hours writing about the fascinating cultures and dishes of all these and the other countries, but the best way to experience it is by being there and trying their food, their traditions, and exploring their landscapes. So, plan ahead to get the cheapest airline tickets. These countries are very affordable. You can do great shopping from local artisans, find hotels at very reasonable prices, activities for all budgets, and gourmet food that will mesmerize your palate.
By Cinthia Kettering