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Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and El Salvador among Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2023

(CNN) — Tourist guide company Lonely Planet has revealed its 18th annual “Best in Travel” list, which includes several destinations in Latin American countries.

The format of the 2023 edition is slightly different from previous years. Instead of a simple list, the destinations are divided into five categories: Eat, Learn, Travel, Relax, and Connect.

“This year, we really wanted to try something new and reflect the way we want travelers to travel, which was about the destination but also about the experience,” said content executive at Lonely Editor and SVP Nitya Chambers explains. The planet..

Editors start working on the list in early April. Chambers says that, as much as they would like, not all staff members can personally visit each location on the list.

Instead, he explains, Lonely Planet reaches out to its vast network of contributors around the world and asks them to nominate destinations they think should be on the list.

From there, editors at Lonely Planet HQ start asking more questions, working with their sources, and narrowing down the options until they publish in November.

Chambers summarizes True Destination as “expected but unexpected”.

This might mean taking the risk of moving to a new country where all of your friends haven’t been yet, like Malta or Guyana. This may mean choosing a lesser-visited destination like Marseille over Paris or Fukuoka over Tokyo. All the four places figure in the list of 30 destinations for 2023.

Lonely Planet’s travels began in 1972 when Maureen and Tony Wheeler traveled from the UK to Australia and later published a guidebook recreating their overland adventures.

culinary delight

Colombia, Peru, Uruguay And El Salvador Among Lonely Planet'S Top Destinations For 2023

Lima, Peru: Paddington Beer will acknowledge all the love given to its country of origin, especially as Lima’s food scene earns worldwide acclaim.
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It’s no surprise that Lima appears as one of the options in the “eat out” section of Lonely Planet’s list: Peru’s capital has been recognized for years in lists of the world’s 50 best restaurants.

However, its South American sibling, Montevideo, another “Eat” entry, is not as high profile. Visitors to the Uruguayan capital may recognize dishes that are popular in other parts of the continent, such as dulce de leche, roast steaks and yerba mate.

Uruguay is also becoming a wine destination, with both reds and whites on offer. Plus, it’s a lot more affordable and less crowded than Argentina’s Mendoza wine region.

Colombia, Peru, Uruguay And El Salvador Among Lonely Planet'S Top Destinations For 2023

Montevideo, Uruguay: There is no shortage of delicious food and wine in South America’s second smallest country.
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Street food lovers must visit Kuala Lumpur. The capital is the perfect starting point for food from all over Malaysia, such as nasi lemak (the unofficial national dish), Penang-style curries, and Peranakan classics such as chowder.

Meanwhile, it is difficult to find an Italian dish that is not liked.

Stanley Tucci visited Umbria in an episode of his show “Looking for Italy”, featuring black truffles, wild boar ragout and braised pigeon. It is also on the lone planet list.


As the world opens up after lengthy COVID-19 restrictions, many travelers have felt the need to connect or reconnect with others.

One way to do this is to look in our own backyard.

Idaho’s capital, Boise, is home to the world’s largest Basque community outside of Spain, and is on Lonely Planet’s “Connected” list. Some local residents still speak the Basque language, learn traditional dances, and make enough paella to feed an entire town.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Sydney is also on the list. The Australian city is known for its friendly locals, as well as its beautiful beaches, world-class dining scene and… oh yeah, a great opera house.

People of African descent may want to move to Accra, Ghana for a sense of their own connectedness. The country, also on the list, celebrated a comeback year in 2019, which attracted Ghanaians from the diaspora for fellowship and community.

Just because the year is over doesn’t mean the sense of connection is gone: Ghana is looking to reach a target of eight million tourists a year.

Let go

The pandemic has also prompted another powerful desire: The stress of working from home while educating kids via Zoom means many commuters just want to take a long break.

According to Lonely Planet, island destinations like Jamaica and Dominica in the Caribbean are the perfect places to relax.

The former is high on Chambers’ personal list for 2023.

“There’s only one chance in the summer to spend[more]time with our kids, immerse yourself and experience living in a place where you can truly feel changed and transformed by being part of another place.” “

While the summer of “revenge trips” of 2022 may seem like Europe is flooded with tourists, Malta, another “respite” destination, is a lesser-known gem with Italy’s climate and Middle Eastern landscapes.

And in Asia, the Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat may be one of the last remaining paradises on Earth.

Located in the country’s West Papua province, the spot is beloved for ecotourism and is home to a highly successful coral restoration project.

learn a lesson

Did you start baking sourdough or learn a new language during the lockdown? If you want to keep the spirit of learning alive beyond the pandemic, Lonely Planet suggests one destination to visit to deepen your knowledge.

These include New Mexico, the US state nicknamed the “Land of Magic,” where visitors can learn about Native American history and the country’s Spanish heritage while eating red and green chilies and delicious cookies.

Visiting other cities in Europe can also broaden your horizons. In Marseille, learn to say much more than “Mercy Beaucoup” while soaking up the sun on France’s Mediterranean coast. In England, Manchester is an underrated cultural destination, with art galleries, performance spaces and an annual cultural festival all on offer.

travel destination

In the end, whether you’re hitting the road in search of great food or a great view of the city, traveling is as much about exploring along the way and what’s on your itinerary.

With that in mind, Lonely Planet has named six “must have” places – the most visited places by travelers.

Not surprisingly, the Central Asian kingdom of Bhutan made the cut. In 2022, the country finally reopens to tourism and unveils its crown jewel: the Trans-Bhutan Trail, which connects nine dzongkhags (districts), 28 geugs (local governments), two municipalities, one national park and 400 historic and Connects cultural sites.

Another “travel” destination, Zambia may be best known for Victoria Falls.

But even if there isn’t a compelling reason to visit the world’s most impressive waterfall, the wild diversity of animal life—giraffes, elephants, lions, hippos, cheetahs, and more—make it the perfect choice for a safari vacation.

Here is the full list of 30 destinations:

Lonely Planet’s list of the best tours of 2023


Umbria, Italy

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fukuoka, Japan

Lima, Peru

South Africa

Montevideo, Uruguay

For travelling

Istanbul, Turkey to Sofia, Bulgaria

Nova Scotia, Canada



Australia Western

Natural National Park, Colombia

Colombia, Peru, Uruguay And El Salvador Among Lonely Planet'S Top Destinations For 2023

Parque Nacional Naturales, Colombia: The South American country has more than 50 national parks, ranging from lush forests to white-sand beaches.
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have fun

Halkidiki, Greece



Raja Ampat, Indonesia



to connect



Accra, Ghana

Sydney, Australia


Boise, USA


Manchester, United Kingdom

New Mexico, USA

Dresden, Germany


Colombia, Peru, Uruguay And El Salvador Among Lonely Planet'S Top Destinations For 2023

El Salvador: The country’s small size allows you to easily visit its many beaches on the Pacific Coast and still have time to explore the capital, San Salvador.
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southern scotland

Marseille, France

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