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These Are The Top 5 Most Visited Latin America Countries According To New Report

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It’s no secret that Latin America has soared to international popularity these last few years, proving that the efforts made all throughout the region in terms of infrastructure and hospitality have paid off.  

With so many gorgeous new Latin American hotspots coming to the scene, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for travelers to pick their next destination of choice. 

However, if numbers are anything to go by, there are several countries that are currently offering the best experiences for tourists.

Statista recently came out with a report outlining the most visited Latin American countries during this last year. These are the destinations that made it to the top 5:

young woman on beautiful waterfall Chiflon in Chiapas, Mexico

Mexico

As expected, Mexico secured a remarkable lead, coming in first place with over 38.3 million visitors. 

Latin America’s most tourist-friendly country lives up to its expectations by fostering a safe, inviting atmosphere that tourists can’t seem to get enough of.

2022 was undoubtedly a big year for tourism in the country, seeing as not only did Mexico outdo all neighboring destinations in terms of visitors, but it actually broke its own record for the most international travelers entering its borders.

Moreover, based on current trends and reports, it’s obvious that tourism in the area doesn’t seem to be decreasing anytime soon.

Mexico City, Mexico

If anything, we can expect a new record to be announced in a few months’ time.

It’s important to note that Mexico’s meteoric rise to international popularity didn’t occur by accident. 

The country has been very open and intentional in its effort to promote tourism, whether that’s by calibrating new direct flights or developing airport infrastructure.

View of Mexico City International Airport from an airplane

FONTAUR (Mexico’s National Fund for Tourism Development) has been the driving force behind the country’s advancements in the tourism industry. 

Through their work in increasing the number of airports and routes both to and from the country, they’ve made getting to Mexico easier than ever.

The Dominican Republic

Though at a distant number two, the Dominican Republic’s ascent to widespread recognition as a travel hotspot is nothing short of impressive. 

After having welcomed over 7.2 million tourists last year, the country continues to blow right past its previous tourism records.

Coconut Palm trees on white sandy beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

During the first seven months of 2023, the Dominican Republic recorded a jaw-dropping 6.2 million visitors, being set well on its way to surpass last year’s figures by a huge margin. 

Colombia

Though Colombia, unlike some other destinations on this list, wasn’t able to break tourism records last year, the 4.5 million visitors it welcomed were still nothing to scoff at.

After the notable visitor dip experienced during the pandemic, the country is finally returning to its 2019 glory, which recorded over 4.53 million tourists, marking a new all-time high for the country.

A View of the Beach at Tayrona National Park Near Santa Marta, Colombia

Why isn’t Colombia’s tourism growing at the same rate as that of other Latin American destinations?

While the country doesn’t lack gorgeous landscapes, delectable food, or entertainment options, tourists still have a few safety concerns that hold them back from making those reservations.

However, as long as you’re properly informed, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a safe, relaxing vacation in Colombia.

Argentina

Argentina welcomed 3.9 million visitors last year, a number that can be attributed to the country’s advanced air-travel infrastructure, diverse landscape, and world-famous wine industry.

Iguazu falls Argentina

Though Argentina, similar to Colombia, hasn’t been able to break any tourism records this year, its remarkable increase in popularity points to an even more successful 2023.

Brazil

Number five on the list is occupied by Latin America’s biggest country – Brazil. 

After the steep incline experienced in 2020, the country is finally catching up to its pre-pandemic tourism numbers, having welcomed 3.6 million visitors last year.

Woman looking at Rio in Brazil

Unfortunately, the country doesn’t show the same promising trends as all the other destinations that made the list. 

This upcoming month, Americans will face an extra hurdle when it comes to accessing Brazil since a new visa is set to be required. 

If you’re interested in visiting other destinations in the region that boast a similar level of mainstream popularity, take a look at the rest of Latin American countries that round off the top 9:

  • Costa Rica – 2.4 million visitors
  • Uruguay – 2.4 million visitors
  • Peru – 2 million visitors
  • Chile – 2 million visitors

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