Men, women, students, the retired, widows, divorcees, and many others can be found trekking across Latin America on their own. Low prices combined with either lively nightlife scenes or unspoiled natural environments attract a wide range of solo trippers. From the lively tourist mecca of Cusco to the tranquil rainforest and spas of Costa Rica, there’s a little bit of everything here and the solo traveler will have no problem getting involved.
- Cuzco, Peru
It’s hard not to meet people in South America’s traveler epicenter. From the peace and tranquility of the Andes, to the vibrant bars and clubs surrounding the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco is everything a solo traveler could want.
- Antigua, Guatemala
With more language schools per capita than anywhere else in the world, it’s no wonder Antigua is a favorite stop on the gringo trail for solo travelers. When not studying, you and your classmates will climb volcanoes, hike, go drinking, and visit with the remnants of the Mayan culture.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you’re looking for that exotic fling with a beautiful local, look no further than Buenos Aires. Porteños are known to attract foreigners with their love of Tango, fine wines, and poetic nature.
- Quito, Ecuador
You don’t need to be on a 40-person tour of the Galapagos to enjoy Ecuador, especially Quito. The New Town is a buzz with language students and those on an extended vacation looking to get down with the international crowd.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Carnaval or not, you won’t have any trouble enjoying Rio alone. The vibrant city backed by lush green mountains is the home of tiny bikinis, free flowing Cachaça, dancing, and perfect sands.
- Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
This marine reserve in the middle of the Atlantic is only visited by the extremely wealthy. For solitude, luxury, and a breathtaking island atmosphere there is no better place.
- Valparaiso, Chile
You will never grow bored in Valparaiso. People watch from a café, ride the famous ascensors, or wander through Neruda’s house.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
Tours can pair you up with new friends on the trek across the Inca Trail, but no matter who you are with, it’s hard to be distracted by the awe of the legendary Inca ruin.
- Arenal, Costa Rica
The natural energy of the Arenal volcano and the excellent spa treatments and thermal waters at the Tabacón resort lure solo travelers looking for a bit of rest and relaxation.
- Bogotá, Colombia
While tourism to Colombia is growing steadily, most foreign visitors in Bogotá tend to stick together. Most solo travelers hang out in the Bohemian Candelaria district, especially the Platypus Hostel.