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 Forbes Life Ranking: The 10 Most Desired Tourist Destinations of the Year

Forbes Life Ranking: The 10 Most Desired Tourist Destinations of the Year

Where would you like to travel in the post-pandemic era? From the hand of experts in the global tourism industry, we present the destinations in Latin America present on the wish lists of millions of tourists.

February 3, 2021

Where would you like to travel in the post-pandemic era? From the hand of experts in the global tourism industry, we present the destinations in Latin America present on the wish lists of millions of tourists.

Global tourism faces a year full of challenges, one of which concentrates a good part of its efforts: guaranteeing the health security of its visitors. Travelers, meanwhile, are forceful in a new demand that will guide their search for experiences: safe tourist destinations in the context of the new reality.

Given this, the destinations that incorporate concrete, effective protocols in their tourist offer and endorsed by specialized national and international organizations, will allow travelers to return to the world in a framework of health security.

The vast Latin American geography, from Mexico to Argentina and from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts, is getting ready to show its charms. For this reason, from the hand of a group of experts in the global tourism industry, the first edition of the ranking "The 10 best tourist destinations in Latin America" ??presents a guide of destinations to consider in the prevailing environment.

We anticipate something: the Caribbean Sea reaffirms itself as the obsession of millions of people.

About the ranking

The editorial committee in charge of preparing the ranking ‘The 10 best tourist destinations in Latin America’ considered, among other aspects, the presence of the following criteria in the analyzed destinations: national and international health safety certifications; sanitary protocols; infrastructure adapted to the new reality; tourism innovation and connectivity. The selection committee includes the editorial team of Forbes Life Latam and the following specialists from the global tourism industry: Virtuoso, Booking, Toucan Insights, The Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotels & Resorts and the Center for Research and Tourism Competitiveness (Cicotur ) Anahuac

10. Ciudad de México, México

Thanks to its cosmopolitan nature, infinite historical highlights, vast cultural, gastronomic and entertainment offer, it will prevail as a pole of attraction for travelers from different parts of the country and the world. The Mexican megalopolis will continue to show off its human greatness.

"Mexico City is a frequent destination on the travel wish lists of Brazilians and Peruvians":

9. Santiago, Chile

The diversity of landscapes offered by the multifaceted Chilean capital inspires adventure and delight alike. After a short drive, it is possible to discover the emblematic wine valleys, observe the horizon on beaches such as Viña del Mar or Reñaca and, if it is winter, ski on some of the best slopes in South America.

8. San José, Costa Rica

Filled with places of interest, faces and colors that reflect the history of a people, the Costa Rican capital is the starting point to embark on journeys that strengthen ties with nature in one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world.

"Visiting the Arenal volcano and making a base at the luxury location Nayara Tented Camp, is to live an unforgettable adventure and relaxation trip": The Leading Hotels of the World.

7. Machu Picchu, Perú

The amazing historical Inca sanctuary, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity, is getting ready to obtain the Green Initiative world certification and thus become the first carbon-free tourist destination on a global scale.

"Eight out of 10 travelers are looking for more sustainable options and plan to visit destinations out of season to avoid the crowds": Gastón Käufer Barbé, CEO of Toucan Insights.

6. Los Cabos, Baja California

The point where the Sea of ??Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet affirms its status as a mecca of luxury hospitality in Mexico with properties awarded for the excellence of their services. Haute cuisine experiences impregnated with the essence of a territory, sublime in every way, will add spice to this year.

"The destinations with greater maturity will have a more dedicated work on the part of the companies and all the tourism actors so that the destination provides certainty and guarantees to the markets": Francisco Madrid Flores, director of Cicotur Anáhuac.

5. Río de Janeiro, Brasil

Christ the Redeemer and the Beaches of Ipanema have consolidated it as one of the most visited cities in Latin America. The nuances it offers, however, are endless. Various paths, picturesque paths and viewpoints allow you to contemplate its exuberant natural and cultural wealth from above.

"The Ministry of Tourism of Brazil implemented the" Responsible, Clean and Safe Tourism "seal so that visitors can identify destinations that comply with strict safety and hygiene measures":

4. Mendoza, Argentina

The land of Malbec, at the foot of the imposing Aconcagua, is strengthened as an Olympus for oenophiles from all over the world by being part of the prestigious global network of the Great Wine Capitals. Mountain activities such as skiing, trekking, kayaking, horseback riding and bike rides complete the offer of this destination framed by the beauty of abundant vineyards.

“Travel priorities have changed. There will be greater preferences for experiences that allow discovering destinations from a less touristy and more local angle ”: Toucan Insights.

3. Punta Cana, República Dominicana

Its virgin white sand beaches, the longest in the Caribbean, and iridescent waters, together with its developed offer of hospitality and connectivity make this destination a rising option that promises to more than meet the expectations of travelers in search of relaxation and rest.

2. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity, "La Heroica" stands as one of the main emerging destinations in Latin America. The walled city with its magical imprint inspires you to enjoy an immersion in the local culture and warm nights full of rhythm and color. Rosario, Barú and San Bernardo Islands, located around it, complement its endearing offer.

1. Cancún, México

It will continue to be the most recognized Mexican tourist destination worldwide and a leading city in Latin America. This, by having a large hotel infrastructure, provided with high safety and hygiene protocols, and spaces that favor distance and also pleasure.

“The service providers have made Cancun a very safe destination. In 2021 we will see good promotions that, together with the recognized air connectivity, will allow a rapid recovery of the destination ”: Antonio Vera, director of Preferred Hotels & Resorts for Mexico.



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