Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Best Places to Travel in 2017
What’s on your bucket list this year?
Daydreaming about traveling this year, but looking for some inspiration? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the Best Places to Travel in 2017, featuring hidden gems and cultural treasures of South America. From the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu to the exotic beaches of Brazil and the Pantanal Wetlands, we’ve got it all! Scroll through our list and start planning your 2017 travels.
#1. Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
Where impressive man-made wonders meet natural beauty.
Rio de Janeiro ranks as #1 on our list of Best Places to Travel in 2017. With its soaring cliffs, urban Tijuca Forest and beautiful beaches, it comes as no surprise that the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Center. And just recently, in the wake of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil has transformed Rio de Janeiro, welcoming visitors with a fresh new face. Find out why travelers continue to flock to the to the “Marvelous City.”
#2 Machu Picchu, PERU
Follow the footsteps of the Incas to the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu.
No list would be complete without mentioning Machu Picchu. As one of the most visited tourist attractions in South America, the Incan Ruins cater to any travel style. Choose from a trek along the Inca Trail, or take a luxury train to the foot of Machu Picchu. Whatever you decide, you are sure to be in awe of the mysterious ruins.
Venture to the White Wilderness aboard a Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise.
Impress all your friends and go on a cruise to the most untouched continent on the planet! Enjoy an unforgettable expedition cruise aboard a comfortable Hurtigruten cruise ship. Set course to the icy unknown, sailing through the treacherous Drak Passage to vast horizons of South Georgia. Adventure awaits.
#4 Galapagos Islands, ECUADOR
Discover the Galapagos Islands where Darwin formed his Theory of Evolution.
Explore the diverse wildlife found on the Galapagos Islands, where tropical and polar species live together in a magical world. From seals and flamingos to penguins and giant sea turtles, every day in the Galapagos brings a new adventure. Bring your camera and prepare for some adorable animal photo ops.
#5 Fortaleza to São Luís, BRAZIL
Combine the warm waters of Northern Brazil with the UNESCO city of São Luís.
Instead of flying to the more common destinations for spring break, venture somewhere new! Grab your beach towel and relax on the white sandy beaches of Fortaleza. Then head to the UNESCO city of São Luís, a colonial gem of Northern Brazil.
For the coffee connoisseur, the Colombian Coffee Triangle is calling.
You haven’t tasted coffee until you’ve sipped a fresh espresso from the Colombian Coffee Region. See a new face to Colombia as you travel through the rural coffee region to farms where you can chat with the locals and learn the skill of foam art.
#7 Fernando de Noronha, BRAZIL
Rejuvenate on the remote beaches of Brazil.
Fernando de Noronha is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and beach lovers. Bring your swim suit and get ready for fantastic diving conditions as you swim through the crystal clear waters. Add Fernando de Noronha on the end of your Brazil adventure for some R&R before returning home.
#8 Atacama Desert, CHILE
Prepare for the best stargazing in the world & explore otherworldly valleys.
The Atacama Desert makes our Best Places to Travel in 2017 list for its moon-like valleys, bursting geysers and incredible stargazing. Few places in the world can complete with Chile’s Atacama Desert when it comes to stargazing. Bring your friends who are interested in soft adventure and add the Atacama Desert to your travel list for 2017!
#9 Uyuni Salt Flats, BOLIVIA
Explore the world’s largest salt flats.
Travelers flock to Bolivia and jump on a jeep tour to venture to the reflective salt flats in hopes of capturing the perfect photo. The bright sun and mirror-like salt flats play tricks on the eyes, so bring your best props and creativity for a fun photo-shoot.
#10 Ouro Preto – Inhotim – Tiradentes, BRAZIL
Follow the Gold Route to Brazil’s most impressive Colonial Gems.
For those that love art and colonial towns, Ouro Preto and Inhotim cannot be missed! Visit some of Brazil’s best-hidden gems, sparkled with wealth and adorned gold churches from the Brazilian Gold Rush. Take the road less traveled to discover the heart of Brazil.
#11 Patagonia, CHILE & ARGENTINA
Discover the magic of Patagonia – where jagged peaks meet fjords and ocean.
Patagonia draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the world, and we know why. Famous for its jaw-dropping natural vistas, jagged peaks and glaciers, one could spend weeks traveling around Patagonia. Book in advance, as Torres del Paine National Park will begin limiting the number of visitors to preserve the park, making travel more competitive.
#12 Pantanal Wetlands, BRAZIL
Experience the Wild Pantanal and search for the elusive jaguar.
While the Amazon gets all the air-time, the Pantanal proves to be another fantastic place to spot wildlife. Stay at an eco-lodge and awake to the sound of birds, go on a nighttime safari to see the nocturnal wildlife and enjoy horseback riding through the wetlands. The Pantanal comes in at #12 on our list for its remoteness and wildlife.
#13 Iguazú Falls, ARGENTINA & BRAZIL
Visit one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature & admire the mighty Iguazú Falls.
With over 275 individual waterfalls, the sheer size and power of Iguazú Falls will leave you in awe. Walk along the pathways above the falls one day and take a boat ride down below to get up close the mighty falls the second day. See for yourself why Iguazú is now a Wonder of Nature.