Latin America – beautiful and lovely ….. Latin America – ancient and mysterious ….. Latin America – exotic and passionate ….. Was this description enough?! ….. Surely, not because South America has a lot to offer starting from history and culture, music and dances, landscapes and diversity of nature, cuisine and spicy meals. There is a lot to see there and the sites worth visiting are too many. But do you know which five cities are constantly on every adventurer’s bucket list? Here they are in their splendor.
The Land of Eternal Spring has one particularly charming town situated in the Highlands. It is called Antigua de Guatemala and has around 34-35 thousand residents. The pretty town has well-expressed Spanish Baroque spirit that influences mainly architecture (churches, boutique hotels, art galleries, etc.). There is no doubt that once there, one goes back to the Colonial Times immediately. As to the small restaurants and cafés, they offer you only local food and specialties. So, if you are not sure that it’s “your” place, I can assure you that it’s a destination that should be visited even once in a lifetime.
The Motley Cariocas are proud of their Rio but Brazil has so many other big and small sites that could enchant you. Such a place is Paraty locaed in the southern parts of the country. It has about 36 thousand inhabitants and its residents are famous for being really extremely (even unbelievably) welcome and friendly. The city has still kept the Portuguese colonial style that can be noticed everywhere, especially, in the historic buildings the Historic Centre District. And that historic spirit hasn’t been untouched and unchanged for 250 years. Nice, a? 🙂
Of course, the country named after the great discoverer – Christopher Columbus (whose name is Cristoforo Colombo in Italian and Cristóbal Colón in Spanish), has its well-preserved colonial-style town. It is Cartagena de Indias (or just Cartagena). The town is a coastal one and its around 893 000 residents are proud of their gorgeous colonial walled city and fortress that are filled with so much history and are rich with culture. But history goes hand in hand with the modern city’s skyscrapers, shoreline and bay, which makes the town unique.
“The city in the clouds”, i.e. Cusco is a southeastern Peruvian town whose inhabitants are around 359 thousand people and it’s a gateway to Machu Picchu. It was the site of the historic capital of the Incas and nowadays it is the Historic Capital of Peru. Surely, the city is a real “cultural bomb” of art, history, local cuisine and folklore that has turned the city in a must-visit.
Ta-ta-taaaa …. Have you ever known that Paris might exist also in Latin America? Yes, it’s true. I am not kidding. Buenos Aires is as romantic as the City of Love and that’s why it’s often nicknamed as ““Paris of the South”. Formally named Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital has a great sense of design and gives diverse pleasures to its visitors from music to theatre and from architecture to food. Tourists and locals alike have a great number of options like going to tango show or an estancia in the Province, or simply enjoying the traditional asado.