In 2020 Latin America will see several new hotel openings in the most remote parts of the land. Intrepid travelers can explore exciting locales and find fresh experiences. Here’s where to go in Latin America in 2020.
The Amazon region is vast, stretching into nine different nations in Latin America. We suggest taking a cruise on the new Aqua Nera, set to make its inaugural voyage on the Peruvian Amazon in October 2020. Operating alongside the Aria Amazon, the Aqua Nera will take just 40 guests deep into the Amazon ecosystem in complete luxury. Or, for a truly exclusive experience, consider a private yacht charter in the Brazilian Amazon. In Ecuador, pair a stay on the Ecuadorian mainland and the Galapagos Islands with an Amazon river cruise for a well-rounded journey through the country, like in our Wildlife of Ecuador suggested itinerary.
The Yucatan Peninsula is renowned for its many haciendas and Maya ruins. In Merida, the salsa-dance-loving state capital, you’ll find a charming city of 17th-century cathedrals and wide plazas. The world-class museum Gran Museo del Mundo Maya celebrates Maya culture with a permanent collection of more than 1,100 artifacts. Start your trip here for context, then head to Uxmal, widely regarded as the gem of the Yucatan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture. From the top (yes, you can actually climb these ruins) you’ll get a birds-eye view of the expansive ancient kingdom. Cool off in one of the many cenotes, natural cave-pools ready for swimming.
El Chalten, Argentina
Patagonia has attracted hikers and adventure travelers to its mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers for more than a century. After ten years of exploring northern and southern Argentina, Explora is opening its first property in the country in 2020. The 50-room hotel will be located in the private 14,000-acre Los Huemules Natural Reserve, about 10.5 miles from El Chaltén and bordering Los Glaciares National Park. Live your Patagonia travel dreams with Ker & Downey on an excursion through Argentina.
The vast Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia is the largest in the world at more than 3,800 square miles. From May to November it is an endless white ocean of salt, and from December to April rainfall turns it into an expansive mirror, reflecting the sky. Stay in the newly-opened Kachi Lodge. Their space-station style domes were built for stargazing with clear panels that provide unobstructed night sky views. Extend your trip to the white desert of Uyuni salt flats with a few days in the terracotta mountains of the Atacama Desert in Chile.
Contact a Ker & Downey designer to start planning your journey to Latin America in 2020.