Traveling is one of the pleasures of life. Getting to know new corners, landscapes, traditions, gastronomy and people enriches our general culture. We often think that the big cities in the world are the most interesting. However, very close, without having to go to Europe or Asia, there are cities that are an underrated treasure. Here we recommend 10 of the most attractive towns located in Latin America and that are worth knowing.
1.- Ushuaia, Argentina
This Argentine city is located in the Province of Tierra del Fuego, in the department of Ushuaia. The town is the southernmost on the planet and the natural landscapes it offers are simply stunning. White mountains, ski slopes and lakes for sailing or kayaking are part of its appeal. But not everything is nature, it also has fabulous stores for shopping. Don’t forget to bring coats, gloves, hats and plenty of sunscreen.
2.- Valparaíso, Chile
The historic center of this Chilean town was classified as a World Heritage Site. It is a picturesque, charming place full of art framed in its port, which is the main one in the country. Walking its streets is getting to know the culture of its inhabitants, in addition to enjoying its cafes, restaurants, markets and shops. An attraction that you cannot miss is taking a funicular ride to delight in the panorama.
3.- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Its giant statue of Christ the Redeemer is the emblem of this fabulous and lively Brazilian city. Hundreds of visitors come to Corcovado hill to admire the sculpture and enjoy the landscape. Rio stands out for the warmth of its people, nightlife and beaches as popular as Ipanema. Soccer lovers will also be able to delight in the famous Maracaná stadium. If you travel during the season, you won’t want to miss the best Carnival celebration in the world.
4.- Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
At the foot of the Río de la Plata is this beautiful Uruguayan city. It was founded by the Portuguese and its narrow streets and architecture prove it. Its picturesque historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so there are many monuments, buildings and museums of long standing and beauty. Its beaches invite you to rejoice in the sea and it has an excellent tourist infrastructure.
5.- Cuenca, Ecuador
Cuenca is the capital of the province of Azuay and the third largest city in Ecuador. The center with cobblestone streets and colonial architecture provides its visitors with shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes for the enjoyment of visitors and locals. The fantastic blue dome of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception stands out, a religious structure of imposing beauty. Craft markets and souvenir shops are the temptation that forces tourists to put their hands in their pockets.
6.- Cusco, Peru
Beautiful beaches, history, gastronomy and nature come together in this diverse and paradisiacal city. There are many activities it offers to tourists, who will not tire of discovering its corners. The church of Santo Domingo, the Plaza de Armas, the Maras and San Blas Salt Flats, the Qoricancha palace, Sacsayhuamán and the Inca trail are part of the obligatory itinerary in Cusco.
7.- Havana, Cuba
As if time had stopped, Havana shows its visitors a magical place full of history. Although it has more modern spaces intended for tourists, it is its old streets and ancient buildings that give a touch of nostalgia and charm to the place. Among the places to visit are the Malecón, the Cathedral of San Cristóbal, Old Havana and its bazaars.
8.- Guadalajara, Mexico
After Mexico City, Guadalajara is the most important city in Mexico. It is a city in which the culture and tradition of the Aztec people have great relevance. The birthplace of mariachis floods every corner with ranchera music. The colonial architecture dresses its historic center with beauty. Also, on the outskirts of the city there are beautiful farms where tourists can see how tequila is made. The typical gastronomy is another important attraction for visitors.
9.- Colonia Tovar, Venezuela
This beautiful Venezuelan city is located in the Aragua state. Visiting it is like being in a picturesque German town. This is because the place was founded by German immigrants and therefore the architecture and gastronomy are typical of these Europeans. Sausages, beers and strawberries with cream are part of the menu in a temperate climate where the mountainous landscape is the protagonist.
10.- Riohacha, Colombia
The beauty of Riohacha’s beaches attracts hundreds of tourists every year. Cabo de Vela stands out, offering an amazing landscape of turquoise waters in this department of La Guajira. The historic center of the town provides peace to its passers-by and offers the opportunity to learn about the Wayuu indigenous culture. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Remedies, which dates back to the 19th century, is a must-see stop for visitors to this Colombian city.