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24 Honeymoon Destinations In Latin America That Are So Stunning You’ll Forget to Instagram

When it comes to planning a wedding, most couples today are a bit more focused on having a fantastic experience than just a big, expensive party. We millennials want something to remember, and that especially means a fantastic honeymoon that will surely be the best trip of our lives. That was certainly my thinking when my husband and I planned a small, intimate, family-only wedding last year and are now saving up money to have one expensive, blow-out honeymoon in Latin America.

The only problem? We can’t choose where to go! There are so many incredible honeymoon destinations in Latin America to consider, that it can be overwhelming when you are planning your own romantic getaway. But have no fear, because that’s where this list comes in. If you’re an adventurous couple, there’s something for you here. If you want to watch the mountains, then you’re set. If you just want to lay on the beach, then we’ve got you covered. And if you want to drink wine day and night, then I know exactly where you should go. For the perfect honeymoon destination in Latin America, check out these 24 incredible hotels and resorts. The choices are ones that will never disappoint, so don’t worry about making a wrong one. Besides, nobody ever said you can’t have TWO honeymoons… Wink wink.

1. Four Seasons Resort in Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

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Located on the Pacific Ocean, this hillside resort is perfect for the adventurous couple that wants a bit more out of their honeymoon than just laying on the beach (though you can do that too). With this resort, you can spend a day zip lining, surfing, or hiking a volcano and then come back for an evening of farm and sea-to-table dining and swimming in one of the four swimming pools. 

2. Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza, Argentina

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If you’re the kind of couple who enjoys a class of vino at the end of a tough day, then you have come to the right place. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Mendoza and just at the food of the Andes Mountains, you’ll find a unique kind of lodge in South America. The lodge includes a spa and restaurant and, as you can imagine, the best of Argentina’s fantastic wines.

3. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, Peru

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You could probably spend a week exploring the Lost City and not be satisfied, but staying at this gorgeous lodge is a good way to start. After your time exploring Machu Picchu,you can unwind with a yoga session, take part in a traditional shaman ceremony, or sip a very special tea in their bar. You’ll find plenty of beauty and tranquility both here and during your daily exploration.

4. Delfin Amazon Cruises

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If you are thinking that you want to take the trip of a lifetime for your honeymoon, then I would definitely recommend an Amazon River cruise. This one in particular is known to be the best, with breathtaking sceneries, luxuriant forests, natural life at its finest, and the beautiful river. You can experience all of this on their cruise ships which feature first-rate service and a magical experience you’ll never forget.

5. Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection, Nicaragua

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Located on the blossoming southwest Pacific Shore, this Nicaraguan coastal region is known as the Emerald Coast and you can probably see why. This gorgeous resort has luxury accommodations, a unique spa, and even golf for those that are into the sport. Oh, and did I mention that there are also villas that feature private plunge pools? Yeah, that’s definitely a pretty incredible way to have a honeymoon. 

6. Vila da Santa in Búzios, Brazil

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There are many beautiful places to visit in Brazil, and this is absolutely one of them. Situated right on the seaside and in the heart of historical Búzios, this boutique hotel and spa provides direct access to Ossos Beach and is next to Sant’Ana Church, which is a perfectly-preserved monument built in 1743. What you’ll really enjoy, however, is the colorful Mediterranean architecture of the hotel and the hip 60s style. 

7. Estancia Vik José Ignacio, Uruguay

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What can you enjoy in this gorgeous resort in Uruguay? From incredible dining to a fabulous wine cellar to a game room to a garden and spa and so much more, there’s nothing that you won’t enjoy, really. One of my favorites, though, is the gym and spa that provides just the right amount of luxury. You’ll exercise your troubles away, and maybe even get to indulge in a couples spa.

8. Awasi Atacama in Atacama Desert, Chile

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Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as the world’s driest desert? Probably not. This splendid lodge is located in the ancient trading town of San Pedro de Atacama and only has 10 rooms, but that’s plenty for you and bae to enjoy a phenomenal honeymoon. With each room, you will get an assigned private guide and a 4WD so that, as a guest, you can explore here at your own pace. And boy, is there plenty to explore! 

9. Punta Caracol Hotel in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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Have you ever dreamed of staying in one of those beautiful little huts in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in Tahiti or some such place? I have, but thankfully we don’t really have to travel that far thanks to these aqua lodges in the middle of the Caribbean. The bungalows are situated amid sparkling blue waters and are a perfect slice of paradise for anyone looking for a romantic getaway.

10. Casa Colonial in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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If you want the kind of honeymoon that’s basically a perfect island retreat, then you should head to this five-star resort on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. There are pristine white sand beaches and an impossibly clear Atlantic water, along with old world charm in this restored colonial estate. This is a very romantic place to visit and regarded as one of the most stylish and luxurious hotels in the DR.

11. Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, Mexico

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If you’re looking for a five-star resort in sunny Mexico, then look no further than this premium complex that overlooks the waters on the Gulf of California. There are 350 rooms and suites that all overlook the Sea of Cortez, as well as a fantastic spa that you should probably check out ASAP. Oh, and did I mention that there are 5 restaurants and 3 bars at this all-inclusive property? Seriously, SO good.

12. Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The capital of Argentina is a beautiful place to honeymoon, and with good reason. But where to stay? Luckily, this is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world that features magnificent architecture and décor that will make you feel at home thanks to the hospitality and personalized service. You’ll be able to discover and enjoy the city from this spot, and the staff will make sure that you have a remarkable experience.

13. Explora Rapa Nui in Easter Island, Chile

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You should only go to Easter Island for your honeymoon if you are ready to experience one of the greatest wonders of the world, and you just might be. With this incredible hotel, you will be in the perfect place to explore everything that this Chilean island has to offer. You’ll be surrounded by trees, prairies, and views of the Pacific Ocean, but will also get perks like transportation to and from the airport, all of your meals and drinks, and more than 30 potential routes designed by their outdoor team to explore this island by bike, foot, and more.

14. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru

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Machu Picchu is such an incredible destination, and such a popular spot for the adventurous honeymooner, that we had to name more than one hotel to visit here. With this one, you’ll stay in an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways, and 83 whitewashed casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. You’ll be able to explore 12 acres of natural beauty, where you can do stuff like go bird watching for one of the 214 bird species that have been registered in this area. Talk about wonder!

15. Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the world’s most iconic beaches simply wouldn’t be the same without this gem of an art deco resort that has been open since 1923 and has become a landmark hotel for the rich and famous. There is so much to do here, and also even more ways to relax. Soak in the sun with a caipirinha or two in your hand, and especially come here if you’d like to enjoy carnival or the fireworks for New Year.

16. Conrad Punta Del Este Resort & Casino, Uruguay

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You can have the best of a city and also easy beach access when you stay at this resort. If you and your sweetie like to gamble, then that’s even more perfect since you will have plenty to do in this casino as well. One of the best parts of the hotel, however, is the panoramic views of the sea that you will experience from your room, along with the comfort of a bidet and other special bathroom goodies. You can relax at the pool and get drinks at the poolside bar while enjoying those same views, too.

17. El Marqués in Cartagena, Colombia

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Discover the magic of Cartagena when you stay in this beautiful boutique hotel that has been home to many of the famous stars we all know (ahem, Robert de Niro…). But it’s not just about fame in this colonial house that was renovated in the 1970s and has now become of Colombia’s prettiest places to visit. Sleep in, relax, and make sure to explore the city at night for all that it has to offer.

18. Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica

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When you come to Costa Rica, then you simply must experience eco-luxury like at this hotel gem. They are known for creating completely amazing signature packages that are called Authentic Costa Rica Experiences that include a complimentary menu of hotel-led activities. You can do things such as art sessions, cooking lessons, horseback riding, and zip lining. You will be able to fully embrace Costa Rica’s eco adventures and cultures, plus you’l have one of the best ocean views in the entire country. And that infinity-edge pool makes for gorgeous memories and photos. 

19. Iberostar Cancún, Mexico

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This 5-star all-inclusive resort complex is located on one of the most incredible beaches in all of Mexico, and one that you are sure to enjoy in this modern, family-friendly hotel. If you’re not so into the family thing, however, they are currently completing a new resort tower that will be for adults-only, which means an incredibly luxe experience that is brand new if you plan to travel towards the end of 2018 and after. Plus you’re close to the city of Cancun itself if you want to go out and enjoy that, too.

20. Awasi Patagonia Hotel in Torres del Paine, Chile

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What incredibles views await you if you stay at this lodge, which has 14 villas as well as a main lodge on a private reserve that overlooks the Torres del Paine National Park. Each of these villas is a perfect place for you to take your new husband, so that the two of you can enjoy a private guide and a 4WD to explore everything this area has to offer. The exterior hot tubs are surely going to add to your experience, too. 

21. St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

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Although the island is still recovering after Hurricane Maria, you should still travel here for your honeymoon and invest some much-needed tourism dollars into the economy. And what better way to do that than by staying at this AAA Five Diamond resort that’s full of romance and sophistication. It’s set on a Caribbean coconut plantation nestled between the sparkling sea and a lush national forest. Oh, and you will also receive their iconic Butler service during your stay, which just adds to the kind of pampering you will be having during your honeymoon trip. 

22. Pikaia Lodge in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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You probably remember the Galapagos Islands from science class in high school (Darwin, anyone?) but there is so much more to see here. Eco-friendly tourism begins with a stay at this lodge. You’re sure to discover a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the beaches, and especially because the animals on this paradise of an island are plenty. There is so much fun to be had and so many memories to be made.

23. Casa Arequipa Boutique Hotel in Arequipa, Peru

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This boutique hotel feels like a small, intimate space in an area that is an absolute wonder to explore. With differently themed rooms, you’ll feel super special no matter which one you pick for your romantic getaway. Situated in the middle of the city with gorgeous views, you will find it very difficult to resist all of the activity and splendor in this town. It’s both luxurious and affordable, so you can have a bit more cash in your pockets to explore the surrounding area.

24. Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel in Patagonia, Argentina

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This hotel is all about rest and relaxation, which is especially ideal for anyone who had a crazy large wedding and now needs to take a BIG nap. Not that you’ll want to nap much where there are beautiful views to behold, couples massages to indulge in, and elegant rooms to lounge around in. You can have breakfast in bed with incredible scenery, or try the hotel’s restaurant. There is even a wine cellar, so you know that your evening beverage will be a tasty one.

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🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

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🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

In 1995, the world lost the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Immediately following her death, mass vigils were held around the Latinidad to honor our lost reina. After her death, fans turned to her music for consolation and relief as they mourned the musician. Even after 24 years, the superstar is still grieved and celebrated by her fans.

Festivals are held around the world each year in honor of Selena’s birthday, life and death. Murals of the Queen of Tejano still grace neighborhoods from Texas to California to Mexico. Even international brands like MAC Cosmetics, Forever 21 and Target still collaborate with Selena’s estate to bring fans new merchandise.

While these all immortalize Selena’s legacy, there’s only one museum in the world dedicated to the Queen of Tejano.

In Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi Texas — only a few miles from her final resting place — is Q Productions. Founded in 1993, Q Productions is the actual studio Selena recorded in with her father, Abraham, and Los Dinos. While it’s still an operating studio, the big draw of the location is the Selena Quintanilla Museum. Featuring mementos, collectables and memories from the iconic Latina’s life and career, it’s a visit that every Selena fan should make.

Here are some of the remarkable artifacts you will find at the Selena Museum.

1. Selena’s red convertible

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It’s now over 30 years old, but this racy red convertible was Selena’s favorite car. In fact, before she bought the 1986 Porsche, she purchased a new black Porsche hatchback instead. However, something just didn’t vibe for the Queen of Tejano and she traded that one in for this older model. It could be because it’s paint job matches the Latina’s signature red lip but this ride just says, “Selena.”

2. The entire Selena MAC makeup line

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In 2016, international makeup company MAC Cosmetics launched a line inspired by Selena. The Selena MAC collection was so well received that it sold out online within HOURS. The full line is on display at the Selena Museum — sporting products with names like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Missing My Baby” and “No Me Queda Mas.”

3. Selena’s fashion sketches

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Anyone who has seen Selena knows that the musician had an incredible sense of style. She had first-hand input in her styling because she designed many of her most iconic looks. Had she not become a musician, Selena wanted to become a fashion designer. In fact, before her death, Selena had opened two boutiques — one in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio. Another was planned for Monterrey, Mexico however it was never built. Following her death, both locations closed but you can still see the sketches that started it all.

4. Selena’s childhood dolls

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It’s easy to forget that the legendary Queen of Tejano started off as a little girl, singing songs to her father’s guitar. These sweet reminders of her childhood give us a glimpse into the Selena that only her family know. The baby doll and old Raggedy Anne are toys saved by Selena’s parents and immortalized in the museum. To them, she will always be their little girl.

5. Fan mail from around the world

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Selena got her start in South Texas but soon achieved stardom that reached around the world. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find devoted fan mail from places like Japan, Uruguay, Peru, Hungary and New Zealand. You can still send fan mail to Q Productions and share your own love and appreciation for Selena.

6. An original manuscript for “Selena”

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Soon after Selena’s death in 1995, studios began vying for the rights to Selena’s life. The Quintanilla Family wanted to make sure Selena’s spirit was especially respected in any depiction of the departed musician. With this in mind, they became very involved in the film of her life. In 1997, “Selena” debuted to critical acclaim and would arguably be the role that made Jennifer Lopez’s career. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find an original manuscript for the screenplay that would become “Selena.”

7. Selena’s famous bustiers

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Before pop stars’ became more open with baring a little skin, Selena made the bustier a staple for her wardrobe. Much to her dad Abraham’s dismay, Selena came up with design herself. The fashionista would sow sequins onto regular bras for a show-stopping look. It’s a good thing that Abe eased his anti-bustier stance. They’re further proof that Selena was a star ahead of her time.

8. Selena’s egg collection

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If you’ve seen “Selena,” you know the Queen of Tejano had an odd little collection. She liked to collect eggs; specifically, Faberge eggs. The Russian treasures are a luxury that Selena adored and the singer had plenty in her collection. In case you’re curious, the collection DOES NOT include that egg ring from She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named.

9. Selena’s Grammy dress

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Since fashion is such an essential part of who she was, the Selena Museum has several of the late star’s iconic outfits. One that’s exceptionally gorgeous is the Lillie Rubin white sequin dress she wore to the Grammys. You might remember that legendary scene in “Selena” with the rude boutique clerk and swarm of fans. That scene was inspired by a memorable shopping trip in Houston to buy that dress.

10. Collectable Selena dolls

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Raise your hand if you had one of these babies as a kid. Selena has been memorialized in several different ways but the different collectable dolls made in her image may be the most awesome. At the Selena Museum, there is a collection of six Selena dolls — all sporting one of her signature looks.

11. The studio Selena used to record her final album

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Q Productions has been a working studio since it’s opening in the 90s. To this day, it still accommodates musicians but Selena was their first ever recording artist. Infact, Selena recorded her final album — “Dreaming of You” — at Q Productions.

12. And the very microphone she used, too

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Including Suzette’s first drum kit and Abraham’s prized piano, Q Productions has many treasures on display. One you’ll be able to see is the very mic Selena used to record “Dreaming of You.” The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200; the first ever predominantly Spanish-language album to do so.

13. The outfit from the cover of “Amor Prohibido”

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One of Selena’s most iconic looks is the fierce leather and lace outfit featured on the album cover for “Amor Prohibido.” This album proved to be one of Selena’s biggest. Besides being a solid listen from start to finish, it also features hits “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Yo Me Queda Más” and “Techno Cumbia.” The popularity of this album ensured that Selena will forever be remembered for this look.

14. Selena’s Grammy

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For all of Selena’s talent and popularity, she was honored with many awards in her career. The prize of that collection is the 1994 Grammy she won for Best Mexican/American Album. This Grammy made history for the first win by a female Tejano singer. There’s no telling how many more of these she would have won had her life not been cut tragically short.

15. The plaque honoring Selena’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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In 2017, Selena was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony drew 4,500 fans — the largest gathering to ever attend an unveiling. This plaque was presented to the Quintanilla family to commemorate the historic event and moreover recognize Selena’s legacy.

16. Buckles celebrating Selena’s Houston Rodeo preformances

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Selena played the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a total of three times. While all three concerts drew huge crowds, her 1995 appearance broke attendance records for the Houston Astrodome. Following the concerts, these commemorative belt buckles were presented to Selena to celebrate her successful shows.

17. A custom Selena guitar from the Fiesta de la Flor

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Every year, celebrations of Selena’s life happen all over the world. One such event happens in Corpus Christi. Since 2014, Fiesta de la Flor — an event with music, food, a mercado and all things Chicano — has been held for Selena’s memory. At the Selena Museum, you can see a custom guitar that bares the Queen of Tejano’s face from the event.

18. Selena’s jewelry collection

As someone who lived for fashion, it’s only natural that Selena would love a good accessory. The Selena Museum has on display a large collection of jewelry owned and worn by the musician herself. Some items were gifts from loved ones like husband Chris, while others were gifted by fans.

19. Condolence letters from world figures

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When Selena passed away, the whole world mourned. The loss of such a vibrant, beautiful and kind young woman was such a tragedy that even world leaders took notice. On display at the Selena Museum are several noted condolence letters from the likes of Larry King, President Bill Clinton, and then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

20. Selena’s famous purple jumpsuit

Remember that record-breaking performance at the Houston Rodeo? Even if you’ve never seen footage of the big event, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen Selena’s look from that night. The famous purple jumpsuit she wore to the 1995 Houston Rodeo has become the most recognizable outfit from Selena’s memorable wardrobe. At the Selena Museum, you can take a selfie with it and immortalize your love for the Queen of Tejano.

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20 Latinas Advice on How to Travel Safely in Latin America

20 Latinas Advice on How to Travel Safely in Latin America

Latin America is not a dangerous place for travelers. Traveling safely across the region is just as possible as anywhere else in the world. Fearmongering has been used in an attempt to frighten female travelers in order to deter them from exploring an entire region of the world after the tragic murders of Carla Stefaniak, Maria Mathus Tenorio, and Arcanza Gutiérrez López in Costa Rica. Theses horrific violent events are isolated, yet they’ve been sensationalized in order to make travelers feel unsafe in Latin America and instill fear.

To dispel this negative narrative we’ve spoken to 25 Latinas to get their actionable travel safety tips for traveling the LATAM region.

1.  Trust your gut.

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“Be a good judge of character, meeting new people abroad is part of the fun when traveling. Trusting your intuition and the vibes you get off people is so important. When you’re alone you have to just trust your gut instinct. If you don’t feel the vibe of a certain situation or person, just leave. Text any friend or family member, go to the nearest local restaurant/shop or report to the police immediately letting them know of any sketchy situation. At the end of the day traveling solo is the most rewarding experience you can have. Don’t let the media change your mind about traveling to Latin America. Form your own opinion by visiting yourself!” – Stephanie of Wanderlust Beauty Dreams

2. Travel with a padlock.

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“Keep your valuables locked up, always bring a lock that way if your hotel doesn’t offer a safe you can lock your luggage.” – Rosa of The Traveling Roses

3. Utilize free professional travel resources.

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“Many local tourism boards and conventions bureaus have lists of trusted hotels and tours for every budget, which can, in turn, help you find other providers (such as transportation and food). You can also look to travel guides and recommendation sites for additional feedback from real customers. You’ll always need to be a little more vigilant when you’re out of your comfort zone, but if you plan accordingly, Latin America will feel just like home in no time.” – Monica

4. Don’t draw attention with expensive accessories.

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“When I go to the beach, I place my belongings in a plastic bag as the locals would, and bring as little as possible. When I’m walking in the city streets, I only wear non-flashy costume jewelry. I keep anything of value like money or identification in my bra. This makes pick-pocketing pretty tricky!” – Ashley of Rhinestone Rambler

5. Don’t be an obvious tourist–be an observant one.

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“You should always be aware that you’re going to stand out as a tourist; when you’re taking photos or when you are trying to find your way around. Plan your itineraries and routes in advance. When taking out your camera and phone be aware of who is around you and put them away once you don’t need them. You don’t need to be flashing our expensive pieces of technologies in countries where the majority of the population lives under the poverty line.” – Alessandra of Babes and Beignets

6. Don’t be too trusting.

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“Be nice enough, but don’t 100% trust anyone. Don’t give too much information about yourself to anyone. Show you’re confident and not scared, you will look like a foreigner living there and not as a new scared and lost tourist.” – Gloria of Nomadic Chica

7. Avoid drugs and handle your own drink.

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“Say no to drugs, even when your new buddies are using. Pour your own drinks, needless to explain why. Don’t let the fear of missing out put you in a dangerous situation.” – Bruna of Maps ‘N Bags

8. Be clear about your boundaries.

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“Latin America is a big region, there are many countries and cities. Latinos are very affectionate and love giving hugs and having physical contact. They might not have other intentions other than to be friendly but if you’re not used to it or you don’t feel comfortable: say it clearly.” – Justine of Talk Travel

9. Try group travel.

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“For group travel, do your best to stay together. Group travel can be hard with all the personalities but know when you can solo it out and when to just go with the group. – Francheska

10. Get to know your destination in the daylight.

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11. Buy a local sim card.

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“Get a phone sim card, it’s cheap and having internet will help you navigate. Use Google Maps to save the place where you’ll be staying so you can track the taxi route. If you ever get a bit lost don’t look up directions on the street, get inside a store, cafe and check there.” – Carina of Power Latina Shop

12. Know what kind of crime is common.

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“My safety advice for anyone visiting Latin America is the same for anyone going anywhere in the world. I avoid walking around in unfamiliar and unpopulated areas after dark. Educate yourself on what to look out for, whether it’s pickpockets or something more serious like gang violence. There are bad areas almost everywhere in the world, knowing more about where you’re going and areas to avoid will help you stay vigilant. Being informed about a place is not to instill fear but instead is to use that knowledge in a positive way.” – Jeanine of Le Wild Explorer

13. Don’t dress like a tourist.

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“Anytime a woman is traveling alone, she must be aware of her surroundings. You want to blend in. Dress like the locals, not a tourist. Keep your money tucked away, don’t be flashing your dinero. Keep maps hidden, don’t be walking around looking at a map. Familiarize yourself with the area before you arrive.” – Rosalynda of Mixed Blessings Blog

14. Be mindful of how you wear your purse.

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“I always wear my purse crossbody. The reason is for people who are purse snatchers to overlook me because I may be a more difficult target. Carry only a copy of your passport, leave the real one in a safe place. Carry the cash you’ll need for the day and night only.” – Madelyn of Karma Free Cooking

15. Listen to local advice about not-so-safe areas

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“Be wary of which areas you are visiting, especially at night, and most especially if locals are telling you not to go. Do your research, cross reference with locals on the ground, and listen to their advice. Use Uber’s or local taxi apps because they save driver information easily, or call for a taxi and write down driver information to send to someone trusted before you get in (call them and tell them in front of the driver). Make sure taxi driver information matches up (license, doors, license information because sometimes they don’t match up. You have to use street smarts to get around in Latin America, but other than that, you’ll have a wonderful time!” – Alexandra Tracy of Travel Latina

16. Only take advice from people who’ve actually been to your destination.

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“Nowadays, with so many informative resources online based on actual people’s experience, I would suggest searching what locals, expats, and people who have visited the country you want to visit have to say. Consider their advice as guidance when you travel. Join Facebook groups for people living in the city you want to visit and connect with locals. Let them know you are planning a trip and ask if they have any tips for you. It’s about being prepared with insight, finding unbiased resources, and being aware of your surroundings.” – Maritza of Travel Notes and Things

17. Learn some local lingo.

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“Do your research! Try to get to know the culture and the language. Learn some basics of the language of the country you’re visiting. Be respectful and conscious of their cultural traditions as well.”  – Vanessa, Designer of Wais Clothing

18. Know how border crossing work.

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“If you’re crossing by land into Mexico, know what time the various border crossings close. Look at websites that give out the wait times at crossings. If you get pulled over by a police officer, ask for the name of the officer, badge number, and license plate number of the vehicle. If the stop isn’t legitimate, the officer might get spooked and leave you alone. Most gas stations in Mexico are full service. To avoid being shorted by the gas attendant, make sure the meter is zeroed out before the attendant pumps.”  – Veneranda

19. Enroll in STEP before traveling.

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“It’s important to register your trip with the US Embassy STEP Program. This will keep you up to date with any potential dangers in your designated travel area. In addition, this will ensure you’re included in the headcount of people they need to search for in case of any catastrophe. Once you’ve enrolled, make sure to identify the closest U.S. embassy to where you’re staying and provide that information to a family member or friend.” – Roxana of Latina Nomad

20. Be smart about the news you read.

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“So you’re going to a high-crime area. What does that mean? Petty theft is annoying, but it’s not the same as violent crimes like rape. Crime statistics are widely available on the internet. Look them up and find out if what you’re reading in the news is catastrophizing an isolated incident or really reflective of an ongoing problem. Compare crime stats to places you’d go in the U.S. It’s easier to acquire guns in the U.S. than in many LATAM countries. After you’ve assessed your actual risk level, find out what you need to do in the worst case scenario. How is violence against women reported and prosecuted? Are there local groups that can help? How do you contact the police? How do you access a hospital? The only thing worse than being assaulted is being assaulted and not being able to report it and receive treatment.” – Ruth of Ruth Writes

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