1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It’s no surprise that Rio is at the top of the list, especially with the World Cup going on. But there's more to Rio than just futbol. The well-known statue of Christ the Redeemer, the infamous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains, and Samba dance clubs are all huge draws. While you can visit during their winter and the Carnival festivities, the low tourist season (April-November) is also great for cheaper rates.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world's largest salt flat makes it to number two on the list. It is located in the Potosí and Oruro areas in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters above sea. Three to 4-day tours available, and believe us, that’s enough time to take some seriously epic photos. Make sure to layer clothes since it can get quite cold at night (especially during the dry season, May to December).
3. Belize City, Belize
The largest city in Central America, Belize City offers a lush tropical rain forest, Mayan structures and pyramids, and a Caribbean coastline with the longest barrier reef in the Western Hampshire. The wet season (June-October) is the best time to find deals and reduced prices.
4. Monteverde Cloud Forest, Monte Verde, Costa Rica
This Costa Rican reserve is located along the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces, and is visited by about 70,000 travelers a year. It’s home to more than 2,500 plant species and 600 animal species!
5. Lago General Carrera, Los Antiguos, Argentina
Located in Patagonia, this lake (and the region) is shared by Argentina and Chile. Beautifully surrounded by the Andes mountain range, it’s like a bit of paradise on earth.
6. Parque Nacional de Iguazu, Misiones Province, Argentina
A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984, the national park contains the Iguazu Falls and is surround by subtropical jungle, which is home to over 2,000 species of vascular plants and wildlife that includes tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
A lot of Argentina is on this list, and rightfully so. As the capital city, Buenos Aires offers new and old European charm, and attractions include grand cathedrals, art museums, tango, boutique shopping and gourmet dining. To save on airfare and other costs, visit during the winter season (April to August).
8. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
This national park encompasses mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. Peaks of the mountain range extend 3,050 meters above sea level.
9. Roatan Island, Honduras
Located in the Caribbean, temperatures are great all year round, but rainier months fall between November and January. Blue skies and clear, turquoise waters await your visit.
10. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The largest submarine sinkhole in the world, it lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef (a small atoll about 40 miles from the mainland and Belize City). The hole is over 980 ft across and 400 ft deep—whoa!
11. Antigua, Guatemala
Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture and its ruins of colonial churches.
12. Silk Cayes, Belize
A marine reserve, it contains some of the healthiest parts of the reef system and is host to over 25 species of reef fish. Noted for its whale shark tours.
13. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This well-known ecological attraction is known for its wildlife, and is just a short flight from Guayaquil. The peak season lasts from June through September, and then picks up again December and January. From February to April, flowers can start to blossom and the ocean waters are much calmer.
14. Patagonia, Chile
Patagonia is an adventure traveler's dream! Aside from the beauty and breathtaking views of the region, you can partake in activities include mountain climbing, fly-fishing, trekking, cycling, rafting, kayaking and horseback riding.
15. Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile
Found near the Chilean Patagonia, the reserve features the tourist attractions of the Huilo-Huilo Falls, the longest zip line system in South America, year-round skiing, and the species of the world's smallest deer, the Pudú (which grows to be an adorable 13 to 17 inches tall).
16. Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
Featuring beaches, lagoons, dunes, desert oasis and more, and located in northeastern Brazil. Best time to visit is after the rainy season (December to June), as the lagoons are quite full.
17. Angel falls, Venezuela
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this is the world's highest waterfall and has a height of 3,212 feet. It’s located in the Canaima National Park in Bolivar.
18. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Pinners can't get enough of Belize it seems. Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize, and the main attractions are the Belize Barrier Reef and the beaches.
19. Otavalo, Ecuador
This indigenous town is surround by the peaks of four volcanoes, and is known for the Otavalo Market—which gives visitors a way to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture and Andean traditions. Biggest day for the market is Saturday. Crafts, food and Andean Folk music fill the market and make for one awesome experience.
20. Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador
Baños is a small city in central Ecuador, located in the Andean highlands, and is known for its hydrothermal springs and its waterfalls. It's a three and half hour bus ride away from the capital Quito, but once in town everything is walkable.