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Published on November 12th, 2017 | by Mark Chesnut

A scenic lake in Chile, which is named top destination by Lonely Planet. PHOTO:

Lonely Planet Names 5 Top Destinations in Latin America

If you haven’t decided on where to travel next year yet, you might want to take a gander at Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel rankings for 2018. You’ll find some interesting options in Latin America scoring especially high. So as you plan your coming vacations, keep these five places in mind — they’re the must-visit destinations, according to Lonely Planet.

Top Country to Visit in Latin America
Chile: This South American nation scored an impressive #1 in the rankings, thanks to its fascinating geographic extremes (think super-dry Atacama Desert and the wilderness of Patagonia) as well as the trendy capital city of Santiago. Chile is, in fact, the only country in Latin America to score in this list.

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Top Cities to Visit in Latin America
San Juan, Puerto Rico: You’ve heard some sad news from Puerto Rico‘s capital in recent months due to the hurricane. But that doesn’t mean that this Caribbean metropolis isn’t worth visiting, with its fascinating history, beautiful architecture, tasty cuisine and — of course — stunning beaches.

Guanajuato, Mexico: This historic city in central Mexico is graced with loads of beauty, both architecturally and naturally speaking. And it’s gaining a higher profile thanks to its role in the Pixar movie “Coco.”

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Best Region to Visit in Latin America
Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic: Located south of Samaná Bay in the Dominican Republic, this national park is marked with canals and forests — a nature lover’s paradise.

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Best Value Destination in Latin America
La Paz, Bolivia: South America’s highest capital La Paz is a hotspot for culture, and Lonely Planet loves that you can get by easily on $30 a day here. They also praise the boutique hotels and “hip coffee joints” that now dot the city.

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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