The 9 Best Fashion Museums in the World

Fashion week takes over the world in London, Paris, New York City and Milan twice a year but that doesn’t mean fashion lovers can’t get their fill in the rest of the year. All across the world are incredible fashion-focused museums, some free to check out while others accept a small payment. It is here at these museums where visitors will find one-of-a-kind pieces, a history of shoes, more bags and purses in one spot than you ever imagines, famous articles of clothing, avant-garde fashion and more. From Milan the capital of the fashion world to a UNESCO site in Amsterdam to Italy, there are the best fashion museums in the world.

9. Palazzo Morando, Milan

It wouldn’t be a complete list without a fashion museum in one of the worlds most important design capitals. The Palazzo Morando is housed in the Renaissance palace that was at one point home to Milanese noble families until it was donated to the city in 1945.

It wasn’t until 2010 when the Castello Sforzesco’s costume collection was merged with the former Museum of Milan’s collection that this became one very chic museum. Although you won’t find loads of clothes on display like others, this museum features two separate display areas and includes a collection of clothing, accessories, and uniforms. As a bonus, this museum is free and open to the public.

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8. Christian Dior Museum and Garden, Granville, France

This museum is actually the former childhood home of the famous couturier and now is a place of memories dedicated to the life and work of Christian Dior. Since the year 1997 a temporary exhibit is held each summer who theme is linked to the fashion designs of Dior and his fashion house and since 2010 an Autumn and Winter exhibition presents the museums own collection.

This cliff-top villa houses the designer’s exquisite creations as well as pieces from the fashion houses other notable designers including Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano. Open 7 days a week from 10am-6:30 pm, this is truly a treat for the biggest of fashion lovers.

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7. Ferragamo Museo, Florence Italy

This museum is dedicated to Salvatore Ferragamo, the inventor of the wedge and the cage-heel, one of the greatest inventors when it comes to shoes of all time. The museum opened in 1995 in an effort to illustrate Ferragamo’s artistic qualities and the important role he played in the history of shoe design and international fashion. Much of his success came from Hollywood Starlets across the pond such as Marilyn Monroe.

The museum is host to photographs, sketches, books, magazines and over 10,000 models that were designed by him until 1960 when he passed away. The shoes are on a biennial rotation and are all works of refined craftsmanship. Visitors can marvel at the incredible display of shoes and step back into a true artist’s mind through the many artifacts displayed.


6. Costume Institute at the Met, New York City

For anyone interested in costume fashion, there is perhaps a no better place on earth than the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This museum is home to over 35,000 costumes and accessories ranging from the 15th century to the present and representing five continents.

It underwent a two-year renovation between 2012-2014 and has since reopened to the public with one more special exhibitions annually. Fashion-focused tours are available year-round that discuss costume history within the context of the Museum’s collection of armor, textiles, paintings and more with an audio guide. If you can attend the annual gala expect plenty of celebrities and high profile fashion designers.


5. Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassen Museum), Amsterdam

It is the largest of its kind in the world, a fascinating story that features fashion, art, customs, and history. The museum also happens to be situated in a lovely canal house in the center of Amsterdam and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring Area.

On display is the development of bags and purses from the Middle Ages to the present day and this is truly the only place in the world where you will find so many handbags in one spot. Featuring 17th-century-period rooms, the actual Versace bag used by Madonna, over 5,000 bags and purses, a lovely restaurant with a view of the gardens and guided tours, a trip here is well worth taking, especially if you just happen to love bags.

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4. Museo De La Moda, Santiago, Chile

This privately operated fashion museum has an incredible permanent collection of Western clothing, particularly from the 20th century and is well known for a few key items. It is here where you can see John Lennon’s jacket from 1966, the cone bra that was designed for Madonna and an evening gown worn by Lady Diana in 1981. There are more than 10,000 pieces in this collection, with only a fraction on display at one time.

Temporary exhibits here are incredible and have ranged from a Michael Jackson tribute to a Mad Men 60’s theme. There are thousands of sketchbooks, photographs, and books on fashion and design that are also available to view as long as an appointment is made in advance. Opened in 2007, this fairly new museum is host to an impressive number of important fashion pieces.


3. Museum at FIT, New York City

New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology has given the world incredible fashion stars and its museum is one of the only ones in the city that is open to the public. It hosts rotating exhibits that pull from the school’s impressive collection of one-of-a-kind pieces from designers such as Chanel, Alaia, and Halston. Not only does this museum feature exhibits but also talks, tours, lectures, book signings and fashion conversations with leading designers.

The permanent collection here encompasses over 50,00 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on avant-garde fashion. With three different galleries, a photographic studio, workshop, and conservation laboratory this is one impressive museum. Expect patrons here to be dressed to the nines while they check out the fashion.

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2. Gucci Museum, Florence

Guccio Gucci started the label in Florence in 1921 and it is fitting that in 2011 a museum devoted to this designed finally opened its doors. The museum provides a history of the Florentine fashion house, containing a permanent exhibit of the iconic pieces of the brand such as bags, clothes, and accessories.

Along with stunning evening gowns including ones worn by Hilary Swank, amusing exhibits such as monogrammed scuba diving flippers and early-edition monogrammed luggage, there is a contemporary art space which features incredible related exhibits. Black and white photographs line the staircase and a Gucci-upholstered car from the 70’s complete the picture here.

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1. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It is the world’s largest museum dedicated to art and design and contains an incredible collection of costumes and applied arts from all over the world. It can be overwhelming at times to decide what to look at and taking the one-hour tour is a good way to get acquainted. The collections here range from Indian textiles to painful footwear but for the fashion lovers, heading to the fashion section should be first on the list.

It is here where you will find a 400-year span of men and women’s clothing and one gigantic collection of hats, after all this is Britain. Except for occasional special exhibits, this museum is actually free to visit as well. Check out 17th-century gowns, samurai armor and medieval love rings, all on display here at this incredible museum.


12 Amazing Airbnb Rentals in Cuba

With a surge of popularity thanks to travel restriction changes for Americans, gone are the days when the only way to see the beautiful country of Cuba was by booking a week at a secluded all-inclusive resort. More and more travelers are moving away from this style of travel and instead opting to immerse themselves in the local flavor and culture. The philosophy behind Airbnb is about connecting people to unique travel experiences at any price point, from budget to luxury, and having the opportunity to feel ‘at home’ in any country. With this style of travel being all the rage these days it’s no wonder that many rentals are popping up all around the country at every price point imaginable so let’s take a look at 12 awesome rentals in the Caribbean island of Cuba:

12. Stylish Spanish Mansion in Habana –La Habana

$60 USD/Night

If you’re looking for affordable charm in Havana, look no further than this Spanish-style mansion that rents by the room. Guests have access to a communal lounge, kitchen, dining room, rooftop area, and picturesque patio gardens. With an old-fashioned interior design, this house is the perfect home away from home. Its prime location makes sightseeing easy as the house is a 10 minute walk from the the beautiful waterfront boardwalk in Malecon, a popular destination in Havana.

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11. CF-2.2 Sun and Sea at Casa –Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos

$63 USD/Night

Sun and Sea at Casa is exactly how it sounds: a beautiful living space in the Punta Gorda area with an open terrace supporting an extended dock that allows renters to walk out onto the ocean. Swing in the sun in a hammock on the patio or sit and listen to the relaxing sounds of the ocean in one of the many lounges on the garden patio. This small and secluded sea view location is a tropical paradise for two – pina colada anyone?

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10. Amazing location in Old Havana –Old Havana


This newly renovated two bedroom apartment located on a bustling street in Old Havana is lined with interior brick and includes one bath and three beds. Situated in a prime tourist spot, guest can step out the door and take a walk down the narrow cobblestone streets of Plaza de San Francisco or sit by the ‘fountain of lions’ and soak in the pleasures of a warm Cuban afternoon. Who needs a resort when exploring on your own is so much more exhilarating. Visit any of the various shops and restaurants located in the square, or take a stroll through the vibrant Plaza Vieja, one of the most popular squares in Old Havana.

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9. CASA AZUL –Santiago de Cuba


Located in the second largest city in Cuba, this rental home can accommodate up to four travelers with one bedroom, one bathroom and two beds. A recognized location by TripAdvisor in 2014 as a top travelers choice, this two storey house includes a secluded terrace with hanging greenery overlooking the bay. If you’re looking for something nearby, the historical Cespedes park, a central spot in the town with food and entertainment is only two blocks away.

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8. Hostal Refugio de Reyes –Holguin


This Holguin hostal was built in 1953 and can house up to three traveling guests with one third floor apartment and two main level rooms. The upper level apartment has a spacious outdoor terrace that offers spectacular sunset views and your very own private sunbathing spot. Sit back and relax on the main level – this outdoor patio is a tranquil green oasis with a garden of fruit trees and pond of exotic fish. The house is a seven minute walk from downtown and offers an array of available activities to renters. There is available parking so be sure to rent a car because it’s only an hour drive to some of the nicest beaches on the island!

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7. Villa Moriah room with garden –Guardalavaca


Journey over to the northeast coast of Cuba and stay at the Villa Moriah where two guests can stay in a room with one bed and bathroom. This one level house has a small cottage feel with a private gated entrance, free parking, beautiful garden and outdoor terrace where you can sit and enjoy a meal. It’s a great spot for a quick vacation near Playa Guardalavaca, a hot tourist spot with white sandy beaches and warm waters.

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6. Superbe villa en bordure de mer –Juan Gonzalez


Translation: superb villa by the sea. This house sleeps six with one bedroom, three beds and two bathrooms. In a hot and dry climate you’ll be more than happy to cool off with a quick dip in backyard pool which looks out onto the ocean. Located 30 minutes from the city of Santiago, there is no shortage of things to do for tourists. People looking for a little adventure can try paragliding or swimming with dolphins, and those that are simply looking for a little bit of fun can stop by one of the nearby beaches or explore the city’s vibrant nightlife.

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5. Santa Lucia Beach –Playa Santa Lucia


The highlight of this rental property is the backyard gazebo designed for friendly gatherings and backyard cookouts. Just a short walk to the beach, this house sleeps six people and is rented by the room with two bedrooms, bathrooms and beds. Guests can wander through the city of Camaguey, but you’ll have to bring a map, this city is nicknamed ‘the maze’ because of its winding narrow streets. It has a vibrant history making it simply a sight to see, but there’s also plenty to do with many squares and parks to visit.

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4. Casa Santo Domingo –Trinidad


This colonial house in downtown Trinidad has a lively location with the beach down the street and city center just steps away, no rental car is necessary. Trinidad has a strong cultural heritage, with colorful houses and red brick streets, wandering off to the market and stores is an exploration  in itself. The house has two rooms to rent, each with two separate beds and one bathroom to share. Similar to a hotel, there is attentive service and a quiet atmosphere with access to WiFi, making it a popular business accommodation.

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3. Hostal Casa Blanca –Cienfuegos


This modern home offers a very comfortable and relaxing experience for guests located in the middle of a quiet neighbourhood near the Malecon. As an added plus, this location offers price quotes for nightly, weekly and monthly accommodation. With two rooms to rent, each supporting its own bathroom and terrace, the house sleeps five people and offers a communal patio for gathering outdoors to enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

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2. RHPLOF03 4BR Luxury Villa with Pool –La Habana


With high price comes high class! This Spanish Colonial Style Villa is a modern mansion in the middle of an exclusive upscale Siboney neighborhood and requires a three night minimum stay. The house can accommodate eight people in total, with four bedrooms (four beds), four bathrooms including three full baths with a shower and one half bath. The outside is just as luxurious as the inside. A big terrace with an outdoor kitchen and bar leads out to the large gardens and comes equipped with a king size pool that has plenty of surrounding green space and poolside lounges.

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1. Tropicana Luxury Vacation Penthouse –La Habana


Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to this luxury penthouse at the top of a 10 storey building near the El Malecon oceanfront and walking distance of the city’s finest restaurants. Described as a couples retreat located near the city’s finest restaurants and entertainment in a restored 1950’s building, it accommodates two guests with one bedroom and one bathroom. Prepare to be swept away with a large outdoor terrace that offers 360 degree panoramic views of the city. This tropical paradise comes at a high price with the extra cost of a security deposit and cleaning fee.

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Underrated Escapes: Everything You Need to Know about Santiago, Chile

Santiago, the capital and metropolitan hub of Chile, is like nowhere else on Earth and definitely deserves not only your attention but also the next available slot on your travel bucket list.  Jam packed with cultural events, a vibrant and dynamic nightlife community, delicious food, epic shopping, fascinating museums, gorgeous architecture, world class wine, and entertainment that goes until the sun comes up, the gorgeous city of Santiago has what you need to make a truly unforgettable vacation. Close to both the mountains and the ocean, this city is a perfect location to explore the neighboring natural beauty that South America has to offer – if you are an ambitious explorer you could ski or snowboard in the Andes AND dip your toes in the ocean on the very same day. Often overlooked because of the big city factor, Santiago is very much underrated, and here is why:

City Overview

Located in the central valley of Chile between the Andes to the east and the coastline to the west (a mere 90 minutes away), the fast growing city of Santiago is home to about 7 million people. The climate is Mediterranean, meaning it is blessed with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The best time to visit the city is in the shoulder season from late September to November, or from March to May since spring and fall are gorgeous seasons with lots of sunshine, less crowds, less tourists and more affordable flights. For all the wine connoisseurs out there, grape harvest wine festivals take place in April (remember the southern hemisphere experiences opposite seasons to the northern hemisphere). Snow lovers will enjoy winter sports in the nearby Andes from June to early September, but unfortunately the nearby snow makes for a smoggy, damp, and chilly Santiago during this time.

Santiago Chile cityscape

Getting There and Around

Santiago is home to the international Santiago Airport as well as bus terminals that connect to major destinations all over the continent. If arriving by air, check to see if you are traveling from a country that requires the payment of a reciprocity tax/visa fee upon entry so that you are prepared if necessary. Once you get to the city, you will enjoy the modern Santiago metro system. If you are in town for more than a couple of days, definitely purchase a Bip! card at any subway station which works for the subway and bus systems. The extensive bus and metro system cover pretty much anywhere you could imagine going. Keep in mind that trains and buses can get very busy during peak travel times in this booming city, so plan accordingly if you are in a rush or traveling with bulky luggage. Consider renting a car if you are interested in exploring the surrounding area.

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Food and Drink

Chile is such a large producer of incredible meat, seafood, fruits, veggies, and wine that even the simplest prepared foods and drinks are absolutely delicious. Breakfast is usually your standard continental breakfast and is typically supplied by the place you are staying (as opposed to restaurants), from hostels right up to the fanciest hotels. Lunch (almuerzo) is a little later and a little larger than western lunch, and usually happens from 1:30 to 3pm.  Enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) with your meal, and head for an afternoon nap with the rest of the city.  Dinner happens late, from about 8pm until midnight, so make sure you grab an afternoon snack to tide you over. In terms of where to eat, you have so many incredible options in this bustling city – grab a quick and delicious sandwich at Sangucheria La Gloria or Fuente Alemana, go a little fancy at Peumayen Ancestral Food, try the local seafood at Aqui esta Coco or La Mar. Try upscale Chilean at PIPENO Mesa Chilena or Element, Satisfy your craving for Indian food at the famous Jewel of India, get your pizza fix at Pizzeria Italia Maestro Pizzero Italiano, or enjoy great coffee, snacks, drinks, and solid meals while viewing some beautiful art at CIAN coffee house. For wine, try Baco, Liguria (stick around for a great night out as well), or BocaNariz. Beer drinkers can enjoy Cristal and Escudo; both of which are brands of local beer, and everyone must try Pisco (the famous Chilean brandy) in a Pisco Sour just about anywhere that liquor is served.

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There is so much to see and do in the city of Santiago. Consider a free walking tour or spend a little cash while exploring your way around by renting a bicycle when you first get there to get the lay of the land and see the major landmarks. Visit the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos to visit a great new museum and learn about the Pinochet years. Kids will love the interactive Museo Interactivo Mirador and art lovers will enjoy the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Spend some time exploring the beautiful squares of San Cristobal and Santa Lucia. Check the schedule to try and catch a performance at the Municipal Theater, and enjoy the vibrant jazz scene at the Club de Jazz de Santiago for some of the best jazz around. Grab some coffee and snacks and then head to Metropolitano, Araucano, Bicentario, or Forestal Parks for a picnic and some fresh air. If your trip can’t accommodate an escape to a nearby winery, take the metro to the end of Line 4 to enjoy the wine scene within the city.

Cerro Santa Lucia Santiago, Chile


No matter what your scene is, you can find a place to enjoy yourself in Santiago. Try Subterraneo, Club La Feria or Las Urracas for a club night out on the town. If you get sick of the typical Latin beats or pop music, try Blondie, where they continually switch up the music to keep the party going. Bunker Discotheque, a gay dance club, is another awesome option for a great night out dancing. Salsa lovers should head to Havana Salsa, while beer lovers unite at Cerveza Loom and Flannery’s Irish Pub. Enjoy a drink in the cozy Phone Box Pub or head to Casa de Cena for tasty drinks and local live music. If you don’t want to settle on a particular destination, let the night take you where it will and grab a friend, walk around the streets of the exciting Bellavista neighborhood and stop into a variety of little bars and restaurants for some late night fun.

Red Wine


In such a large city, you have plenty of fancy, mid-range, and budget options to fit your needs and your price range. Don’t mind dropping some cash?  Head to the beautiful Boutique Castillo Rojo, the Renaissance Santiago Hotel, La Reve Hotel Boutique, or The Aubrey Boutique Hotel for some incredible, luxury options. For some more affordable options, consider Hotel Ismael 312, Hotel Bidasoa, Su Merced, or Carmenere EcoHotel for beautiful hotels that won’t break the bank. For budget hotels, consider Novotel Santiago Vitacura or Ibis Santiago Providencia, or consider staying in one of the many hostels that span the city. Your best bet for hostels are Che Lagarto Hostel Santiago, La Casona Hostel, H Rado Hostel, Castillo Surfista Hostel, Ventana Sur Hostal, La Chimba Hostel, or Andes Hostel -all are well rated, solid options that will not only provide you with a bed to sleep in, but give you a chance to meet other travelers from all over the world and make friends for life.

Santigao city at Dusk


There are plenty of great options for shopping in Santiago. The pedestrian zones in the city center are a great place to shop where you can stroll down the streets while perusing the street markets and poking your head into little shops along the way. Get your fancy gifts at Despensa 1893 Gourmet, enjoy the beautiful mall Parque Arauco, the large and busy Costanera Center Mall, or Mall Sport. If you are looking for hand crafted Chilean goods for souvenirs or personal keepsakes, consider taking a day trip to nearby Los Dominicos Handicraft Village to practice your bartering skills while picking up some local goods, or stick around the city and head to Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia for your souvenir needs. Want to bring home a Chilean antique or two to commemorate and remember your amazing vacation? Stop by Galpon Persa Balmaceda Brasil to see what deals and steals you can find -just remember to barter!

Traditional Chilean Products

Natural Beauty

Santiago itself is full of green space but it’s also a great platform to jump off and explore the natural beauty nearby. Take a trip to nearby Parque Natural Aquas de Ramon for gorgeous opportunities for hiking, trekking, bird watching, and picnic-ing. Stay close to the city but feel like you are in a whole other world by visiting Santuario de la Naturaleza el Arrayan for trekking just outside the city. If you are interested in exploring the nearby Andes, consider getting in touch with some of the most reputable tour companies in Santiago such as Andes Explora, Ecochile Travel Day Tours, or Turismo Fleca Extrema, where you can plan your exploration of waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, mountains, rivers, lakes, lagoons, and forests on foot, kayak, horseback, skis, snowboards, or bikes. If you need your ocean fix, head west to the ocean and consider visiting Pichilemu (3 hours away) or Vina del Mar (only an hour and a half) to get your surf on in these beautiful beach towns.

Skiing Portillo, Andes Mountains, Chile

9 Best South American Sightseeing Cities

When it comes to sightseeing, it’s hard to surpass the rich history and sheer beauty of South America. Whether an intrepid traveler wants to peruse 400-year-old cathedrals or observe the horizon while relaxing on sandy beaches, South America is the destination of choice. With all of the options in South America it can be hard to choose a destination. Here are the top 9 South American cities that give tourists the best sightseeing experience.

1. Rio de Janeiro – Jewel of Brazil

Rio is possibly the most beautiful city in South America. From the towering Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain to its famous white beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema, Rio is a must for any visitor to South America. Braver souls can enjoy the wild hustle and bustle of the pre-Lent Rio Carnival or take a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy a stunning 360-degree vista of the city.

Rio de Janeiro

2. Buenos Aires, Argentina – City of theatres

Tourists looking for a dash of European flair, should look no further than Buenos Aires. Aficionados of dance should attend a milonga, a uniquely authentic Argentinian tango party that takes place nightly at various venues. Sightseers who enjoy quieter sights can explore the city’s many museums such as the National Historical Museum and the Che Guevara Museum, childhood home of the famous revolutionary. The thespian tradition of Buenos Aires is celebrated at the city’s many theatres like the Cervantes Theatre. The Teatro Colón is considered by aficionados to be one of the top opera venues in the world and has featured performances by opera singers like Enrico Caruso and Luciano Pavarotti.

Buenos Aires

3. Quito, Ecuador – Gateway to history

Lovers of history will enjoy Quito’s charming colonial historic center. Including Carondelet Palace and Independence Square, the historic center is also home to the San Francisco Monastery. Completed in 1604, it is the earliest surviving building in the city.

Quito Ecuador

4. Santiago – Cultural center of Chile

Santiago boasts many picturesque locations such as the scenic Cerro San Cristóbal. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy touring the verdant vineyards located on the outer reaches of the city. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights documents the country’s darker moments by commemorating the victims of General Pinochet’s regime.

Santiago Chile

5. Cusco, Peru – Seat of the Incas

Cusco’s large Incan complex of Saksaywaman is a must for any sightseer. The site’s beautifully fashioned stone walls and huge plazas provide an unforgettable viewing experience. Hatun Rumiyuq street is the location of several important sites such as the Archbhisop’s Palace, built over the former palace of Incan ruler Inca Roca. The blending of two cultures can also be seen at Qurikancha and Santo Domingo where the sacred Incan sun temple of Qurikancha is topped by the Spanish church of Santo Domingo.

Cusco Peru

6. Manaus, Brazil – Portal to the Amazon

Located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus provided almost unlimited opportunities to tour the lush jungle and explore the tangled banks of the world’s second longest river. Exhausted ecotourists relax at the city’s Ponta Negra beach, enjoying the area’s bustling nightlife.

Manaus Brazil

7. Puno, Peru – Lake among the stars

Puno is the best place to see the famous floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Several indigenous festivals like Candlemas and Puno Week are held annually in the city.

Puno Peru

8. Cartagena, Colombia – The Walled City

Cartagena’s main attraction is the fort, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Built in 1536 to keep pirates at bay, its distinctive stone walls guard the entrance to the city’s port area. Nearby the colonial-era Walled City is home to many churches and museums.

Cartagena Colombia

9. La Paz, Bolivia – City of museums

La Paz is home to a variety of museums; many like the Ethnography and Folkolore Museum focus on local indigenous cultures. Sightseers made of sterner stuff can tour the infamous San Pedro prison, a semi-autonomous facility where prisoners govern themselves.

La Paz