Latin America – Colombia y Panama y Argentina y Costa Rica
Cartagena, the Walled City, Colombia, is a fortress surrounding a city full of colorful buildings, especially great for photographers. The city had historical significance during colonial times but now has become quite a tourist attraction. Peddlers scour the streets with persistence second to those in South Africa. The sheer number of them makes it seem like they line up, offering product one at a time. Prices are in general still low but not in the open squares like in many tourist traps. You can by anything from fruit, Arepa, and sweets to cigars, weed, and company. Unfortunately the only food choices are carbs with cheese and carbs with cheese. Arepas and Empanadas are the main cheap street, or any for that matter, food around.
Panama City, Panama, basically a Miami Beach with prices to match. Everything is priced similar to that in the US except the lodging and beer (as low as $1 USD). The main draw of the city is the Panama Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. A new, bigger canal is being built to accommodate the ever larger ships passing through from one ocean to the next. Casco Viejo is the old historical part of town to check out also. Overall, Latin America is very similar, the cities party until late and never sleep. The weather is hot and humid with flash rains that bring nice breezes at times.
Argentina – Buenos Aires is the capital of this large country with the most people hispanic people I have seen. I would rank this city as having the nicest people in the world beside Tokyo. They go above and beyond to help you. As already known, this city is famous for Tango, grilled steak, and apparently tea? Even though the currency has fallen from inflation, the prices are on par with those of Western countries. In the winter, the climate is slightly cold with chances of rain or cloudy days. The country is big and diverse in its landscape and luckily relatively less popular to tourists to take a visit while you can!
Costa Rica, a small country full of rainforest wildlife. See diverse settings such as cloud forests, great beaches, and hip towns. San Jose, the capital is relatively small but relatively safe due to the number of people walking down the main streets. Try a tropical fruit or explore chocolate and coffee-making. Most of the national parks are far away, requiring at least a whole day trip but very worth it. From the pictures, I can say these cloud forests are more beautiful than the rain forests such as in the Amazon.