Our region and the diversity offers us an incredible variety of cities to live unforgettable experiences. Each one has a great variety of climates, customs, languages, which allows us to disconnect, live in the present without thinking too much about the future and the things that overwhelm us. Traveling also gives us the possibility of reflecting and knowing ourselves.
In general, we are used to always staying in the same environment, we surround ourselves with the same things, but we must keep in mind that sometimes it is necessary to share quality time with our family and friends and what better way than to do it through planning a trip.
Soon we will be in Christmas and New Year’s Eve and although it is true there are some people who prefer to stay in their city or country to celebrate it, but other ones choose to travel to live a new experience. Latin America has much to offer for its variety of options because it has a geographical and cultural diversity.
Next, we collect 7 destinations to celebrate the last holidays of the year 2020
1. Santa Marta, Colombia
Santa Marta is pure flavor. It is a city where diversity is totally present in the landscape, the people and in every cultural aspect that makes it up; It is a destination that welcomes all its visitors and makes them feel at home. This city is the oldest in Colombia and the second oldest in South America. Founded in 1525, it is a very important urban center within the Caribbean region. Known as “The Pearl of America”, Santa Marta is an important tourist center in Colombia. Tayrona Park, surrounded by native fauna and flora, the Lost City, Taganga and much more will make your have a magical and relaxing stay. Another turistic place here is Playa Blanca, is a very popular bay, visited and crowded for being one of the natural attractions of Santa Marta. This, due to the beauty of the sea and the proximity to the famous El Rodadero beach, which is 20 minutes away.
2. Quito, Ecuador
It is the most populated city in Ecuador since the end of 2018 with 2 million inhabitants in the urban area, and approximately 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Quito is one of those very rare cities where the colonial nuances of its center are contrasted with its modern buildings of the present. Among the tourist places of Quito, we have El Panecillo if what you are looking for is a panoramic view of the city, you have to climb the hill that cuts it in two, dividing it into North and South. From there, you can see the typical neighborhoods and the historic center. Due to its physical beauty, its traditions, mystical corners and its expressive legends are considered “Reliquary of Art in America”, characteristics for which, in November 1978, it was the first city in the world to be declared by UNESCO “Cultural Heritage of The humanity”.
3. Cuzco, Peru.
Located in the southwest of Peru, on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains, the city of Cuzco is a great setting to welcome the New Year. At the beginning some churches, universisities, palaces and plazas were built and nowadays all are principal tourist attractions. People get together in the squares and streets for the final count. Every corner of Cusco could be considered a tourist attraction, because that city keeps great mystery and living culture in every street and construction. Machu Picchu is one of the tourist places in Cuzco that cannot be missed, despite its difficult location, getting to Machu Picchu is relatively easy and can be done in many ways, whether you like comfort or adventure.
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
More than two million people congregate in this city to enjoy the typical festivities. It is the preferred destination for young people to welcome the new year. Copacabana beaches, fireworks shows, and the warmth of the Brazilian people make for a memorable visit. Corcovado is, without a doubt, the most emblematic place of interest in Rio de Janeiro, which is why visiting Christ the Redeemer is a mandatory activity during your vacation in the city. Not only because of the incomparable view of Rio that this place offers, but also because it is one of the highest and most imposing monuments in the world.
5. Punta del Este, Uruguay
There are two beaches in Punta del Este: a quieter one and a more dynamic one. Playa Mansa offers calm and familiar waters and is ideal for relaxing in the sun. Playa Brava, however, is a surfing paradise, loved by young people, and in it there is a sculpture in the shape of a hand that comes out of the sand and has become a symbol. Thanks to the Costa Cruises excursions you will be able to discover a jewel, known for being the vacation destination of many characters and actors. A place that combines fun, the architecture of the most fashionable American neighborhoods with corners full of beauty and nature.
6. Viña del Mar, Chile
The “New Year at Sea” party is attended by thousands of young people from all countries looking for fun. Viña del Mar performs a show of more than 25 thousand fireworks, visible from Valparaíso to Concón. Its parties are legendary and it is one of the best options to celebrate the New Year. One of the unmissable visits to do in Viña del Mar is to the Flower Clock located at the Cerro Castillo, an icon of the city built entirely on the basis of flowers of various colors, operating with an elaborate computer system, which allows giving the current time.
7. Cancún, México
Cancun is one of the best locations to enjoy incredible vacations. The beaches with crystal clear waters and ecological parks make this destination one of the most preferred worldwide. One of its beaches is Isla Mujeres, located just 13km from the city of Cancun, it is known for the amazing underwater landscapes, special for snorkeling, diving and swimming with dolphins. We also have Playa Tortugas which offers the possibility of doing different activities such as kayaking, canoeing, surfing, horse riding, excursions to waterfalls and volcanoes, among others.