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The Mexican city of La Paz and the Patagonia National Park in Chile are almost 9,000 kilometers apart, different climates and more than 800 meters apart in their average altitude.
However, these two places in Latin America have something new in common: they appear in the list of the 100 “best places in the world” to explore in 2021 that the American magazine has drawn up. Time.
In total, there are eight Latin American sites that the publication recommends exploring this year, in a list that includes from classic tourist destinations, such as the cities of Paris or New York, to more remote places such as the city of Nuuk in Greenland or North Goa in India. .
The magazine explained that to draw up its third annual list of this type, it requested nominations of places from its correspondents in different regions, “with an eye to those that offer new and exciting experiences.”
The following is an alphabetical list of Latin American sites in that selection to visit currently or when it is safe to do so in these times of pandemic:
The Central American country, with its beaches, volcanoes, forests and rainforests, is a common destination for US tourists.
What Time The highlight this time of Costa Rica were its environmental conservation efforts, which led to 53% of its territory being currently covered by forests after decades of deforestation, and that almost all (98%) of its energy comes from renewable sources.
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Located on the southern Atlantic coast a few kilometers from Punta del Este, the main Uruguayan tourist destination, José Ignacio is an old fishing village that in recent times has been transformed with the arrival of visitors and investments.
The American magazine points out accommodation options, bars and restaurants on the beach dunes.
La Paz, Mexico
La Paz, capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, is less famous than other tourist destinations in the same country.
But its coastal boardwalk, its rich marine life and the nearby uninhabited island of Espiritu Santo have earned it its classification in Time as a different place to visit.
The Argentine province of Mendoza is internationally known for its wine production, key to its economy.
However, in addition to its places to taste different wines, the American magazine points out some gastronomic points of this place in South America lying on the Andes mountain range.
Patagonia National Park, Chile
Officially created less than three years ago on former Chilean reserves, the Patagonia National Park is already a tourist attraction point in the south of the American continent.
Time highlighted its fauna of condors, guanacos, pumas and deer, but also the fact that since September the energy used by the park is 100% renewable.
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
An old meeting point for surfers looking to ride Pacific waves, the city of Puerto Escondido earned a spot on the list of Time for its Mexican Design Fair that attracted creators, curators and collectors in May, as well as its new hotels, restaurants and bars.
Founded 487 years ago at 2,850 meters of altitude, Quito has always amazed visitors for its buildings of the Baroque school of art that made it one of the first cities in the world declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1978.
Among the “new reasons” to visit the Ecuadorian capital, Time It points out some gastronomic and accommodation points, as well as making it a starting point to explore nearby volcanoes, hot springs and national parks.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Located in southwestern Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni extends for more than 10,500 square kilometers at an altitude of 3,656 meters, has an important lithium reserve and its monochromatic landscape makes it a magnet for visitors from all over the world.
Time explains that between December and April a mirror effect is created in the place with the rainwater on the salt surface where the sky is reflected to the horizon.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.