50 million unique monthly visitors can’t be wrong. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, has just released their 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards and Buenos Aires was named the #1 destination in Latin America based on feedback from millions of TripAdvisor visitors and real travelers.
In the category of Best Destinations in the World, Buenos Aires was the only city in Latin America named in the Top 25. Coming in at #13, TripAdvisor visitors ranked BA just ahead of #14 Sydney, Australia and right behind #12 Florence, Italy. The Top 3 World Destinations in the 2012 ranking were London, New York City and Rome.
While millions of travelers get high marks for ranking Buenos Aires among the world’s leading destinations, the TripAdvisor team earned major props for joining the chorus to reject the tired “Paris of South America” moniker. “We think it’s time to stop calling Buenos Aires the “Paris of South America.” As anyone who’s been there will tell you, this city has a spirit all its own.”
After Buenos Aires, the top destinations in Argentina based on visitor feedback were Bariloche, Iguazu, Mendoza, Salta and Ushuaia. In Latin America, the Top Ten destinations after Buenos Aires were Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena, Bariloche, Santiago, Florianopolis, Bogota, Lima and Sao Paulo. In the 2011 Travelers’ Choice Awards, Buenos Aires was named the #1 Food & Wine Destination in all of Latin America. (TripAdvisor 2012 Top 25)
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