Latin America has grown in popularity in the last few years. There is not shortage of reasons for any tourist to consider this region. Latin America has been offering a very diverse touristic product with very competitive prices: from carnivals and exotic beaches in Brazil to world wonders in Chichen Itza (Mexico) or Machu Picchu (Peru),
In fact, Mexico is one of the 10 most visited countries in the world. It topped almost 35 million international tourists in 2016. Indeed, Mexico receives more tourists than Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador… together!
Brazil has also been top of mind since the Socceroos did a discrete job in the World Cup held in Brazil en 2014. Chile and Argentina have always been on the list thanks to many direct flights between Oz and them. Peru, well, Machu Picchu has always been top of mind in any wish list.
So, which is the favourite in Australia of them all?
5. Argentina 🇦🇷
10,800 Australians entered Argentina in 2015. Though apparently a small number, Australia is the 20th largest origin of international tourists in Argentina. Source.
4. Peru 🇵🇪
There were 36,301 Australians visiting Peru up to October 2016. It is estimated that the figure will reach aprox. 43,000 Aussies for the full year. It is a small increase of 5,4% compared to 2015. Yet, Australia is the 13th largest market in Peru. It even beats China. Source
3. Brazil 🇧🇷
There was a moment when there was an idyllic romance for Brazil. That was during the 2014 World Cup. During that year, 67,389 Aussies visited the country. As a matter of fact, 28% of those visits where during June and July (the World Cup months). Afterwards, tourism dropped to normal levels. In 2015 there were 44,896 Australians enjoying Brazil. In fact, there were more Brazilians visiting Australia than viceversa. Where do Australians go in Brazil? 38% entered via Sao Paulo and 32% did so via Rio de Janeiro. Source
2. Chile 🇨🇱
Chile has been the only Latin American country with nonstop flight to Oz since both Qantas and Aerolineas Argentinas stopped their flights between Sydney and Buenos Aires. It is estimated that 52,800 Australians entered Chile in 2016. That is close to a 10% increase YOY. Source
Currently both LATAM and Qantas link Santiago and Sydney. LATAM will also begin flights to Melbourne in October 2017.
1. Mexico 🇲🇽
There is a new affair in Australia for Mexico. In the last 5 years, the number of Aussies visiting Salma-Hayek-land has increased 12% on average. In 2016, 76,945 Australians toured around Mexico, making this sunny country their favourite destination in Latin America.
Almost half of Aussies enter through Cancun, and other 21% make Mexico City their entry point. Moreover, if you want to avoid seeing your neighbour in Mexico, avoid December and January as 20% of all Australian arrivals to Mexico are in these months. Try better June or July (beautiful months). Source
Most noteworthy is the lack of direct flights between the two countries. If we add the 10,000 Mexicans visiting Australia in 2016, there is an untapped market of more than 85,000 pax that rely on lengthy and insufferable transfers in the USA. Mexico has nonstop flights to The Netherlands and South Korea, countries with less passenger traffic that OZ-MX.
So, which Latin American country is on your wish list?
Here some ideas for touring Mexico with five different themes.