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Old 10-09-2018, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Rank the ones you'd most want to go: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico.

There are all on my own person 'Latin America' travel list of islands/nations that I'm hoping to either visit for the first time or re-visit. That means I'm interested in visiting all of them about the same, with a slight inclination more in favor of the Caribbean ones - Cuba, DR, PR.

Just for the sake of interesting conversation. What order would you put yours in...i.e. you might have two lists:

ONES I WANT TO GO TO:
1 xxxx - and WHY?
2 xxxx - and WHY?
3
4

ONES I HAVE NO INTEREST TO GO TO:
1 xxxx - and WHY NOT?
2
3

You might even add..

LATIN AMERICAN PLACES I WANT TO GO TO, BUT AREN'T ON THAT LIST:
1 xxxx - WHY?
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Canada
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The only country I currently want to visit on that list is Colombia. It is by far the most interesting culturally and has amazing landscapes. There is more to Latin America than just beaches.

I have been to Costa Rica already. Aside From Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are on my list. They strike me as very interesting cultures with lots of history and are known to have very good food.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:30 AM
 
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My ranking of listed countries:

Colombia, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama.

A long time ago I accepted a job offer in Venezuela (INTESA / SAIC) and was preparing my move when Chavez (spit) seized the company, ruining my plans of marrying Miss Venezuela.

I'm considering buying a finca in Colombia, DR, or Costa Rica to grow coffee, so those countries top my list.

I am interested in Spanish colonial forts, so Colombia, DR, PR, and Cuba; forts in those countries impact my list.

I am also interested in the fashion industry in Colombia (Medellin), so that interest helps put Colombia in the top position.

I like that the DR has the Larimar stone, which helps put the DR closer to the top. Also, no venomous snakes in the DR.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:33 PM
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I am interested in Spanish colonial forts, so Colombia, DR, PR, and Cuba; forts in those countries impact my list.
If you haven´t already, I highly recommend this book: https://www.amazon.com/Spanish-Main-.../dp/1846030056

I bought my copy sometime last year and really enjoyed it. Its focus is mainly on the first castles in the Americas (with a prominent mention of La Torre del Homenaje in Santo Domingo, which is the only Medieval castle outside of Europe) and the various Spanish fortresses that are still standing in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, even the one in St Agustine, Florida. I really like the three-dimensional diagrams of the various fortresses, especially the one they did exceptionally well on the massive El Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Its a very beautiful book. Highly recommend it.

The best way of making the most of a visit to anywhere, but especially places steeped in history, is by reading up and learning as much as you can about these places. That way when you visit you can actually enjoy, appreciate, and have a better understandings of the things you will see. It also opens the door to going off the beaten path and discover a plethora of historic sites that most visitors don´t even know exist.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:08 PM
 
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Thank you for the recommendation, Antonio. I have several Osprey books and enjoy them; maybe Santa Claus will bring that one to me for Christmas...

El Morro would be the primary attraction for me in PR.
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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The only country I currently want to visit on that list is Colombia. It is by far the most interesting culturally and has amazing landscapes. There is more to Latin America than just beaches.

I have been to Costa Rica already. Aside From Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are on my list. They strike me as very interesting cultures with lots of history and are known to have very good food.
Good food in Colombia...? Hmmm....Don´t hold your breath! I guess if you´re here for a week or two and have researched the BEST places, you´d be alright. Stay here longer and go to places winging it and you´ll end up disappointed.

Avoid these: http://www.expat-chronicles.com/2014...an-food-worst/

And seek out the best versions of these: http://www.expat-chronicles.com/2009...eat-in-bogota/

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Old 10-11-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: DC metropolitan area
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I really like birds and the Americas have the richest avian species diversity in the world. Colombia, Ecuador and Peru top the list. Even tiny Costa Rica and Panama have more species of birds than the giant USA. Maybe one day I'll be able to visit some of the mountain rain forests in these countries.

Chile is also interesting. Of all of Latin America, they have done the most to create a prosperous, growing and stable economy. They are doing pretty well. Plus, there is such a wide range of climate zones... many of them like coastal California... but at a much reduced cost.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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Costa Rica only.

The rest are too dangerous, IMO, for me to travel there.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:10 PM
 
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Yeah, even when I accepted the job in Venezuela years ago my company signed me up for kidnap and ransom insurance.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:40 PM
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Tourist Arrivals (2016)

Costa Rica - 2.92 million
https://knoema.com/atlas/Costa-Rica/...er-of-arrivals

Panama - 2.00 million
https://knoema.com/atlas/Panama/topi...er-of-arrivals

Colombia - 3.31 million
https://knoema.com/atlas/Colombia/to...er-of-arrivals

Dominican Republic - 5.96 million
https://knoema.com/atlas/Dominican-R...er-of-arrivals

Cuba - 3.96 million
https://knoema.com/atlas/Cuba/topics...er-of-arrivals

Puerto Rico - 3.74 million
https://www.statista.com/statistics/...rist-arrivals/
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