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Published on December 4th, 2016 | by Mark Chesnut


Lonely Planet Names the Best in Latin America Travel for 2017

The end of the year is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start seeing a lot of lists — places to visit, things to do, vacations to put on your bucket list. Lonely Planet recently unveiled its Best in Travel 2017, a roundup of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead.

It’s no surprise that Latin America scored well in this annual ranking — with Colombia, Peru, Chile and Mexico the award winners. So if you’re considering something new for that next Latin America vacation, consider these options:

Colombia — which Lonely Planet calls “South America’s ultimate comeback kid” — followed Canada as the number two country in the world to visit next year. It was the only Latin American nation in the Top 10 Countries listing for the year.

COLOMBIA TRAVEL TIPS: 6 Artsy, Creative & Cool Things To Do in Bogota

• Choquequirao, an Incan site similar to Machu Picchu in Peru,  scored as number one must-see region for 2017. “Get to Machu Picchu’s sister site before the crowds,” advise the editors at Lonely Planet.

PERU TRAVEL TIPS: 15 Things To Do in Lima’s Hippest ‘Hood

• Also in the listing of the top 10 regions is Aysen, Chile, where editors say that “Chile’s last frontier has a budding beer scene and new national parks.”

CHILE TRAVEL TIPS: The 4 Coolest Barrios in Santiago de Chile

• Mérida, Mexico scored as the only Latin American destination in the listing of the Top 10 Cities for the year. “The cultural and culinary capital even has ruins and sinkholes nearby,” noted the editors.

MEXICO TRAVEL TIPS: Top 8 Things To Do in Guadalajara, Mexico

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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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