This Country Is Becoming The New Most Visited Place In Latin America In 2023

This Country Is Becoming The New Most Visited Place In Latin America In 2023

According to a new report from the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association, or ALTA, Argentina officially surpassed pre-pandemic passenger numbers in January 2023, meaning this could be the country’s busiest year on record.

Essentially, it’s up 101% in the first month compared to January 2019, which puts Argentina at the top of the Latin American tourism scene: no other place in the geopolitical bloc has started 2023 so successfully:

Patagonia, Argentina

While still likely at the top of a table somewhere for total passenger numbers, Mexico has grown only 25% since 2019, possibly slowed by the lesser Cancun recovery; meanwhile, Brazil has not yet returned to pre-pandemic traffic levels, but only 93%, with no growth in January 2023.

Brazil’s recent decision to reinstate visa requirements for Americans is also not working in its favor. The slower growth in Chile, where 88% of January traffic was regained, can be attributed to strict border policies and other tough local measures against COVID.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

So how did it manage to overtake them so quickly?

Argentina is not only reasonably inexpensive to visit due to its excellent exchange rate, but it is also one of the safest countries in South America. It is one of only three Latin American countries where the U.S. State Department does not advise Americans to “exercise increased caution” or even refrain from traveling.

Crime rates in Argentina are unexpectedly low-lower than in some U.S. cities-and urban safety standards are good, with places like Buenos Aires, Rosario, La Plata, and Mendoza all rated low-risk. By comparison, neighboring Brazil has one of the highest crime rates in the world.

And then there’s the seemingly endless supply of cultural attractions. You could easily spend an entire month in Buenos Aires and there would always be something to do, from strolling through the colorful La Boca neighborhood to fine dining, watching a polo match in upscale Palermo, or simply admiring the beautiful European-inspired architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires has earned the nickname “Paris of South America” and is by far the most attractive Mercosur metropolis, with sprawling boulevards flanked by green spaces and interspersed with Belle Epoque, Art Deco and Neo-Gothic buildings.

Argentina’s diversity is enormous and it will not take long for you to fall in love with the city.