Latin America is a place where many cultures and traditions blend, a place with a very diverse population and many ethnic groups, with a rich folklore and history. Indigenous tradition habits, art, music, literature and many others are still present in the everyday lives of the people of the Southern part of the American continent. Before going on a tour in some of the most picturesque places take some Spanish lessons because it’s the predominant language in most countries and get ready to discover a beautiful amazing world and taste some of the delicious dishes from the various cuisines. If you want to get a more authentic taste of what Latin America represents and want to trade the big cities and popular destinations to something more exotic, here is a list of suggestion of thirteen of the best villages in Latin America.
San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala is home to the Tz’utujil Maya for centuries and a place where culture meets extraordinary landscapes in brilliant fashion. The town is located on the Southwest shore of Lake Atitlan and it has become quite the popular attraction for hikers and climbers who look to climb Volcano San Pedro.
Bocas del Toro, Panama was first visited by Columbus in 1502 and is considered one of the most beautiful blue water destinations in the Western hemisphere. The province consists of two national parks, Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and Amistad International Park, and is home to a laid-back community of Western Indians, Rastafarians, and expatriates.
Isla Holbox, Mexico is located on the North coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Sandy streets and no car are some of the island’s characteristics. It is only accessible by ferry from Chiquila and is a lesser-known Mecca for whale watchers, kite surfers and sun worshippers alike. The island’s main income comes from fishing so if you’re up for some under-the-sun relaxing time, feel free to try it.
Isla del Sol, Bolivia is an island in the Southern part of Lake Titicaca and although the terrain is quite harsh, the island features some spectacular hills with many eucalyptus trees. There are no more than 800 families living on the island and their main income comes from farming, fishing and tourism. There are also over 80 ruins on the island, most dating back to the Inca period circa XV century AD.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is a very small town located about 150 kilometers west of the capital of San Jose. Like most coastal villages on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is quite a remote fishing village, relaying on agriculture, cattle ranching and tourism. The beaches are panoramic and probably the main attraction for tourists.
El Chaltén, Argentina is a small mountain village located in the riverside of Rio de las Vueltas within the Los Glaciares National Park. This small Patagonian town is renowned as Argentina’s capital of adventure and has become quite the popular location for climbing. The village was originally built in 1985 to help secure the disputed border with Chile and today its sole existence is tourism so make sure you check it out.
Chivay, Peru is a town located in the Colca valley and located about 12,000 feet above sea level. It has been inhabited for more than 1,500 years and is nestled in one of the deepest canyons in the world. Despite the numerous people visiting Machu Picchu every year, Colca Canyon has managed to escape crowds and the villages from that area remained extremely traditional. It’s the perfect place to learn a thing or two about the Peruvian tradition.
Caye Caulker, Belize is located along the famous Belize Barrier Reef and is a four miles long island. The island is accessible by high-speed water taxi or small plane and in the last years has become a popular destination for backpackers and other tourists. And even though the island is not as private as it used to be, you will still find blue water adventures and friendly locals to show you around.
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina. Located in the Lake District, San Martin is a unique mountain tow with a very European character. It is also known as the gateway to Patagonia and it has a very distinct mountain feel and receives far less traffic than nearby Bariloche. In spring and summer, San Martin in famous for bird-watching and adventure sports like kayaking, biking, trekking, rafting, and horse riding.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile is located east of Antofagasta, overlooking the Licanbur volcano, in the middle of one of the world’s driest deserts. This bizarre village is truly one of a kind and it features a significant archeological museum, the R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum which has a large collection of relics and artifacts. Nowadays, the native ruins nearby attract an increasing number of tourists who also visit for other popular activities such as sandboarding and stargazing.
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay is one of the oldest towns in the country and it is renowned for its historic quarter, a World Heritage Site. Situated within reach of Montevideo, this Portuguese colonial town offers an unparalleled glimpse into colonial life.
Morro de São Paulo, Brazil is one of the five villages of the island Tinhare, nestled into the canopy of a lush green island off the Brazilian coastline. Deserted beaches, aquatic adventure sports, and hip nightlife in the unspoiled are what you can find should you decide to visit this beautiful town.
Chugchilán, Ecuador, with a population of only 6,350 people is perched high in the remote Ecuadorian Andes. Here, the Kichwa culture has been preserved and the breathtaking scenery is spreading out in front of your eyes. The village is situated on the Quilotoa Loop and is within reach of the emerald-blue Laguna Quilotoa.