If you’ve been learning Spanish and are looking to try it out in real-life, Latin America has an incredible variety of Spanish speaking destinations to choose from. From glistening Caribbean seas to breathtaking artifacts from antiquity, the diversity of Latin America offers some of the best travel destinations on the planet. Here are some of the best Spanish speaking countries to visit.
Nicknamed ‘the Tibet of Latin America’, land-locked Bolivia is one of the continent’s most isolated countries. With stunning scenery nestled amidst the high altitude of Bolivia’s mountains, the country offers stunning scenery unlike anywhere else on the planet.
American sanctions have created something of a time-warp in Cuba, with 1960s automobiles still riding the roads and ATMs being non-existent. Nevertheless, the largest Caribbean island is unique and has plenty to offer, from beautiful beaches to Havana’s famously fabulous nightlife.
The long, narrow country of Chile straddles the land between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. Running from a southern desert to northern glacial fields, an incredible wealth of natural attractions can be found along its length. Naturally, the entire length of this coastal country boasts superb beach resorts.
7. Dominican Republic
Sharing the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the Dominican Republic couldn’t be more different from its troubled neighbor. Tourists from across the world flock to the Republic’s beautiful beaches and a sizeable five star tourist industry has evolved to cater to their needs. It is also home to historic treasures like the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo.
With the longest Caribbean sea coastline of any nation, Venezuela‘s beaches are plentiful and spectacular. Further inland, visitors can discover the juxtaposition of well-preserved colonial architecture and gleaming modern structures in Venezuela’s city centers, as well as a large swathe of Amazonian rainforest and Angel Falls, which is the world’s tallest waterfall.
Despite its dangerous reputation, if you sensibly plan your trip in advance, Colombia makes for a truly amazing destination. Did you know Bogota hosts the world’s largest theatre festival, or that Cali is regarded as the South American salsa capital? Cartagena is home to one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Colombia is a beautiful country filled with surprises waiting to be explored.
From the architectural perfection of the square city La Plata to the breathtaking natural beauty of Salta, Argentina is a huge and diverse country with much to offer tourists. Famed for fantastically tasty beef and wine, Argentina is likely to impress you so much that you’ll never want to leave!
The heart of the ancient Incan civilization and home of the incomparable Inca trail and Machu Picchu, Peru is amongst the worlds most incredible Spanish speaking destinations. Besides its historical wonders, Peru offers fantastic nightlife and incredible diversity of wildlife, all of which help place it high on this list.
From world-beating beach resorts to the incredible history of sites such as Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza, Mexico is one of the world’s very best travel destinations. There’s much to explore and enthrall you all year round, but if you visit during a festival such as the Day of the Dead, you can guarantee yourself a completely unforgettable experience.
1. Costa Rica
Latin America’s most popular travel destination, Costa Rica earns its place at the top of the list thanks to its incredible diversity of attractions. You can find everything from stunning beaches to incredible rainforest scenery to volcanic springs within its borders.