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These Are The 7 Fastest Growing Latin American Destinations To Visit For 2024  

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Latin America is exploding in popularity. 

International arrivals during the first half of 2024 are expected to increase by 12% compared to pre-pandemic figures.

And while other regions have struggled to entice tourists back post-pandemic, Latin America has seen more visitors than ever.  

Gulf of Fonseca vis from Conchagua Volcano

So why is Latin America so popular right now? And where can we expect travelers to go next? 

These are the 7 fastest growing Latin American destinations to visit for 2024: 

7. Colombia 

Colombia has experienced record growth in foreign visitors in the last decade, and that is only due to increase in 2024.

Visitor numbers are expected to rise by 23% in the first half of the year and that’s because Colombia is a country with so much to offer.  

Colorful colonial houses on a cobblestone street in Guatape, Antioquia in Colombia

From snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea to wandering the Walled City of Cartagena, getting close to nature in Tayrona National Park, or taking a jeep ride through the jungle valleys: adventure travelers, culture vultures, and those looking for a laid-back vacation are all catered for here. 

At the heart of the country, you will find Caño Cristales, which is better known as the River of 5 Colors and is considered the most beautiful river in the world.

On top of this Colombia produces arguably the world’s best coffee and this is a huge attraction for tourists.  

6. Mexico 

Mexico’s popularity is unprecedented and it’s hard to imagine that visitor numbers could increase much further, but they are expected to surge again in 2024.  

beautiful place in the Mexican Caribbean

Just some of the reasons travelers are visiting Mexico in record numbers are because of its world-class hospitality, the huge number of all-inclusive resorts, and because of how easily accessible it is. There are more flights from the U.S. to Mexico than ever before right now.  

This is important because the United States is the number 1 source market for travelers to Latin America, followed by visitors from Canada, Mexico, Spain, and Germany.  

5. Costa Rica  

Costa Rica is already a popular destination that captivates travelers with its outstanding natural beauty.

The tourist sector is booming here thanks to its well-established system of national parks and protected areas. There is nowhere better for an eco-tourism vacation.  

the thick jungle of Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Tourists already love Costa Rica and the country has a global satisfaction score of 87 out of 100. But visitor numbers are really set to explode in 2024 as visitors who already love Latin American destinations such as Mexico look for something different for their next trip.  

Costa Rica is a great place to explore and to feel closer to nature. It is also one of the safest countries on this list having been given a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution travel advisory rating by the U.S. Department of State.   

4. Honduras

Honduras isn’t an obvious choice for a tropical vacation destination, but this stunning paradise is set to soar in popularity in 2024.  

Roatan Honduras Beach House

Travelers visit Honduras for its blend of white and dark sand beaches, incredible coral reefs that are perfect for diving, fascinating archeological attractions and colonial era towns.  

Like the more popular Mexican resorts, Honduras boasts a 3,000-year-old Mayan culture, incredible cuisine, and a year-round tropical climate. So it’s no wonder that visitor numbers are set to skyrocket by 49% in the first half of 2024.  

3. Guatemala 

Guatemala is the 3rd largest country in Central America as well as the country forecast to achieve the 3rd biggest growth rate this year. The country is expected to see a 52% increase in arrivals compared to 2019.  

colonial architecture in antigua the old capital of guatemala

There are so many incredible things to see and do in Guatemala ranging from visiting indigenous villages to exploring areas of outstanding natural beauty. But Guatemala is best known for its active volcanos which attract hikers and adventure lovers every year.

The number 1 attraction in the country is the Acatengo Volcano. This is best approached at dawn and is a great place to see the sunrise across the incredibly diverse landscape of the country. Climb back down and try white-water rafting nearby or head to the inland Lake Atitlán for unforgettable kayaking opportunities.

2. Nicaragua 

Nicaragua is known as the land of fire and water thanks to its two coastlines and numerous volcanoes. Incredible wildlife and incredible lakes only add to the beauty of this lesser-known destination.

But that’s all about to change, as tourism to the country explodes in 2024.  

Woman in a pool in Nicaragua

Travelers choose Nicaragua for its vibrant cities and colonial towns, stunning natural parks, and for the warm and friendly welcome they receive from the local people. Hospitality is part of the culture here.  

Nicaragua is a country of contrasts, and it is this that is so appealing to travelers, as well as the opportunity to explore a destination that is less touched by tourism right now.  

1. El Salvador 

The fastest-growing Latin American destination for 2024 is officially El Salvador.  

El Salvador boasts beautiful landscapes and has been nicknamed Land of the Volcanoes because it has more than 20 volcanoes. In conjunction with its stunning beaches, UNESCO-listed Maya ruins, and fascinating culture, it’s no wonder that visitor numbers are soaring.  

Woman in pool looking at cliff in El Salvador

Because El Salvador is a relatively small country, you can explore many of its biggest and best attractions in one visit. Coffee enthusiasts can visit Salvadoran coffee plantations and find out more about your favorite brew.  

Right now, El Salvador is less touristy than its neighbors, but that’s all expected to change this year as more people want to experience the country, which is considered one of the most charming in Latin America.  

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Tuesday 20th of February 2024

I thought you guys were called "Travel off Path not "Travel Where Everyone Else is Going to Go in 2024".