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Old 02-19-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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Hi, I want to visit latin america (sort of a broad region, I know) but I'm trying to just get an idea of what cities people love the most.

I know the typical ones like Buenos Aires, Rio De Janiero, etc. I'm looking for maybe a few recommendations I haven't heard of.

A few on my list to visit, that have been recommended to me are:
Panama City
Natal, Brazil
Cuenca, Ecuador
Cartagena, Colombia.


Any other suggestions for me to research and possibly visit would be fantastic. I'm open to anything, but Ideally I like coastal cities. Mountains are nice too though so I'll listen to anything.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If I had to choose a smaller, more obscure South American city to live in, it would be:
Tarija or Sucre, Bolivia
Mendoza, Argentina,
Merida, Venezuela,
Popayan, Colombia
Salto, Uruguay

They're all friendly, safe, fairly prosperous without losing their traditional Latin American appeal, nice part of the country with good climate.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Valparaiso, Chile. The name itself, Paradise.

Cusco, Peru. It's like Rome minus the commercialism and tourists.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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If I had to choose a smaller, more obscure South American city to live in, it would be:
Tarija or Sucre, Bolivia
Mendoza, Argentina,
Merida, Venezuela,
Popayan, Colombia
Salto, Uruguay

They're all friendly, safe, fairly prosperous without losing their traditional Latin American appeal, nice part of the country with good climate.
not necessarily smaller, just lesser known. But thank you for the ideas!

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Valparaiso, Chile. The name itself, Paradise.

Cusco, Peru. It's like Rome minus the commercialism and tourists.
ah, definitely seen Cusco on TV. Looks amazing. Would love to travel there. Never heard of valparaiso, will definitely look!
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Try Quito. It's an amazingly beautiful city with so much culture. There isn't any other city like it in the world. I heard Cuenca is nice, but that Quito is much better (and much larger, more to see and do). I loved Santiago and Valparaiso. Valparaiso is more for relaxing, Santiago more for a big city experience. I found Mendoza to be pretty but a little boring. Buenos Aires is very dynamic. Those are all the cities I have been too and love every single one of them so you can wrong with either of those!
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Hi, I want to visit latin america (sort of a broad region, I know) but I'm trying to just get an idea of what cities people love the most.

I know the typical ones like Buenos Aires, Rio De Janiero, etc. I'm looking for maybe a few recommendations I haven't heard of.

A few on my list to visit, that have been recommended to me are:
Panama City
Natal, Brazil
Cuenca, Ecuador
Cartagena, Colombia.


Any other suggestions for me to research and possibly visit would be fantastic. I'm open to anything, but Ideally I like coastal cities. Mountains are nice too though so I'll listen to anything.
Colombia is one of my favorite countries, but I have a love-hate relationship with Cartagena. The historic centro of the city has been impeccably preserved and restored, but to the extent that it's practically an Epcot version of its former self. There are some other really beautiful historic areas, like San Diego and Getesemaní, but they're pretty small. And the inequality and segregation between the ultra-touristy old town, Bocagrande and Laguito and the rest of the city can be quite shocking. Given that it's such a popular tourist destination, you'll also be CONSTANTLY harassed by hawkers, tour guides, touts, etc. on the street, on the beach, everywhere, and sometimes quite aggressively. It was just a city that I felt I could not "connect" with in any way, despite its beauty and attractions. That said, it's still a must-see if you're a history buff like me, because it has a wealth of amazing, well-preserved historical sites.

One other important note: don't go with the expectation of finding the stereotypical gorgeous Caribbean beach within the city; it's ok, but it's nothing compared to the beaches nearby (Playa Blanca, Islas del Rosario, etc.). If you're looking for a Caribbean city on the beach, I actually liked Santa Marta much better than Cartagena. The city beaches are nicer, it's not nearly as touristy, and even though it's on a smaller scale, it still has a lot of historic charm. It's also the jumping-off point for visiting Parque Nacional Tayrona, which has some of the most insane beaches I've ever seen, backed by mountains covered in dense forest.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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thanks guys, will definitely check out Quito and Santa Marta
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Buenos Aires and Rio De Janario
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Vila Velha - ES in Brazil is nice!
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:29 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Cancun, Mexico if you don't think too much of the "touristy" stigma. Everyone I know whose been there loved it and the surrounding areas for the coastal scenery and you mentioend you wanted to be on the ocean. Though people say Cancun and Los Cabos are not "really" Latin America. (based on that logic is Miami or El Paso really America)
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