Latin America is jam packed with sizzling cities, secluded coastlines, serene mountains, and steamy rainforests. It’s hard to pick just a handful of countries that should be on your 2019 travel bucket list. These are the places we think you should make a top priority before the crowds come rushing in.
The Canal is worth the trip in itself. Add in its accessibility to the United States and a slew of newly-opened private island resorts waiting off the Pacific Coast, and Panama’s appeal is even more undeniable. Isla Palenque was recently unveiled as a private island resort nestled in the unspoiled rainforest of Boca Chica. Up next: Isla Secas, a private marine reserve and lodge opening on a remote, unknown island in January 2019. The country’s luxury options have officially been elevated on the world stage. We recommend pairing the pristine maritime splendors of these far-flung paradises with adventures in the highlands of Panama’s Chiriquí province, where the small town of Boquete serves as the perfect base for exploring the surrounding mountains, streams, volcanoes, and coffee farms.
We’re not just talking the Galapagos here. (Though the number of all-suite yachts, day-trip sailboats, and luxury hotels and lodges popping up across the Islands has us looking forward to the future of Galapagos travel.) What really has us excited is Ecuador’s diversity, which is often overlooked in favor of fast-paced Machu Picchu-to-Galapagos itineraries. Travelers who take the time to explore will find four separate worlds packed into one tiny country. The Amazon offers some of the finest lodges and eco-diversity on the continent, while also introducing you to the native families of the wilderness. While the Andes—the avenue of volcanoes—is a veritable playground of centuries-old haciendas, local artisans, cloud forests, horseback riding terrain, and high-flying vistas by helicopter. Then there’s the Pacific Coast and the Galapagos, whose waters and wildlife round out a truly something-for-everybody vacation. Latin America 2019 travel is nothing if not diverse; from the culinary prowess and stunning boutique hotels of Quito to the coastal setting and thriving art community of Guayaquil, Ecuador truly has it all.
No longer content to lie in wait, Brazil is coming back on the luxury travel scene with a long-awaited and well-deserved splash. To be clear, the five-star resorts and hotels never left after the World Cup and the Summer Olympics. They have already begun to fling open their doors to the reinvigorated international traveler looking for service and style from beginning to end—whether in the city, on the beach, or in the depths of nature. Some newer experiences we are particularly excited about include a VIP yacht charter on the Rio Negro River, private villa options, jaguar spotting opportunities in the Pantanal, and our favorite countryside hideaway, Reserva do Ibitipoca, an eight-suite property located in the mountains of Minas Gerais. Ideal for couples, families, and single travelers alike, Brazil promises an out-of-the-box adventure in some of the world’s most beautiful settings.
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