Underrated Destinations in North & Central America
El Salvador (Don’t Stop Living) Facebook|Twitter|YouTube
When backpacking through Central America, my plan was obviously to visit every country in the region over a three month period.
One thing I noticed constantly was that other travelers I met up with were also going to each country like me, but 90% of them were skipping El Salvador completely. It just baffled me a bit, that this small country was neglected by lots of tourists. With this in mind I made sure I set aside a bit longer to see El Salvador as I was convinced it would be worth the trip. In the end, I was so inspired by the country and its people that my 10 days spent in El Salvador were the best 10 days from my entire time in Central America.
Where do I start with the sightseeing? Well it was a busy time and I managed to go surfing at Barra de Santiago, stay in a beach hut by the Pacific Ocean, do a crocodile river tour of the Mangrove Forest, tour the charming entrepreneurial city of Santa Ana, visit the viewpoint at Devil’s Gate, visit Joya de Ceren (the only UNESCO Heritage Site in the country), visit the Mayan sites at Tazumal and San Andres, attend an indigo workshop in Chalchuapa, party in San Salvador and the craziest moment of all – the Bolas del Fuego.
Basically on the last day of August every year in the town of Nejapa there is a Fireball Festival – if you want to know how crazy the Fireball Festival is check it out here. Locals throwing fireballs at each other in a town where seemingly health and safety is nonexistent.
El Salvador is the real gem in the Central American jigsaw, miss it at your peril – it is one of the most under-rated tourist destinations on the planet and a country with proud, friendly, welcoming people.
Tulum, Mexico (1 Fun Girl Travels) Facebook|Twitter|Instagram|Pinterest|StumbleUpon
Tulum is extremely underrated and distinct as it is one of few walled cities built by the Mayans. It is also one of the only Mayan cities that is well preserved and contains its own pristine beach on the Caribbean! Where else can you walk on the beach, grab a bite of authentic Mexican food, see ancient Mayan temples, and explore the eccentricities of a small town in one place?
I didn’t know this at the time, but there is also a place along the road on your immediate right where the Mayan Pole Flyers do their pole flying. They perform throughout the day and you can sit and watch! You could spend a few hours, or a day depending on your mood. If you can manage to get there, DO IT! TRAVEL OUT LOUD! 🙂
Underrated Spots in South America
Sao Paolo, Brazil (How to Travel Light) Facebook|Twitter|Instagram|Google Plus
When people think of Brazil, they think beaches, beautiful people, the sun, party time. They think Rio. But São Paulo is the culture capital of South America, a bustling, rough, real city where a lot is happening all the time. Also, São Paulo is undergoing a very special moment, with immigrants arriving from war zones and young adults regaining the streets with parties and bikes and open air markets.
Underrated Places in Europe
Emilia Romagna Region, Italy (Keep Calm and Travel) Facebook|Twitter|Instagram
Galicia, Spain (A World to Travel) Facebook|Twitter|Instagram
Gothenburg, Sweden (Indefinite Adventure) Facebook|Twitter|Instagram
Montenegro (Anekdotique) Facebook|Twitter|Instagram
Sibiu, Romania (Travelers Universe) Facebook|Twitter|Google Plus
You might have noticed that Oceania and Africa are conspicuous in their absence. Is this a controversial oversight?
What is your favourite less-known or underrated destination?
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