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The Top Places You MUST Visit in Latin America’s Happiest Countries

Latinos are happy people. It’s a serious statement that is proven to be true. Our genetic makeup is just happier than most. So, it makes complete sense that six out of ten countries in the world happen to be in Latin America.

According to the Happy Planet Index — which “measures what matters” including “sustainable wellbeing for all” and reports how well nations are doing at achieving long, happy, sustainable lives. Because as they state “Wealthy Western countries, often seen as the standard of success, do not rank highly on the Happy Planet Index.”

Out of ten countries that measured high on their Happy Planet Index, six of those are countries in Latin America. So, without further ado, here they are.


Traveling through Ecuador is a splendid adventure that can take you through busy city streets to the great outdoors. From Galápagos Islands to Cotopaxi National Park and Tortuga Bay, there’s so much to do and experience.


There are so many spectacular treasures in Nicaragua including Our Lady of Grace Cathedral, León, Momotombo — a stunning volcano — and the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. Whether you’re into discovering wildlife or relaxing on Corn Islands, you’ll never have a dull moment.


Panama is one of those magical places that takes you back in time and reminds you what true happiness is all about. There are several islands that await you including Taboga Island, Contadora Island, and Carenero Island, among others. But if you’re into city life, do not miss Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa.



Colombia feels like a dream! There’s spectacular beaches and an incredible night life and the island of San Andrés has it all. Other gorgeous destinations include the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, the Los Nevados National Natural Park, and the Gold Museum in Bogotá. Cartagena is of course the city of all cities.


Mexico lindo! There’s so much to do and experience here but you cannot miss Mexico City, and San Miguel de Allende. Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, the city of Queretaro, are just some of the cities and states that deserve all of your attention.

Costa Rica

The lushest Latin America country of all! There’s no escaping the wonder of this beautiful country. From Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Santa Rosa National Park (which also has a great beach) — just don’t bother packing anything other than your most comfortable clothing because you’ll be treking from the beach to a volcano everyday.