GUATEMALA in CNN's TOP TOURIST Destinations for 2011
Only two Latin American places had been listed among the top nine global tourist destinations for 2011 by CNN Travel: PERU and GUATEMALA.
Building upon recommendations from three travel experts, Robert Reid, US travel editor for Lonely Planet; Pauline Frommer, creator of Pauline Frommer’s guidebooks; and Martin Rapp, senior vice president of leisure sales at Altour, the CNN article places the Peruvian Amazon 3rd and Guatemala 8th, in a list also featuring New York City, New Zealand, Barcelona, Norway, Albania, Japan, and Bulgaria.
According to the article, when many people think of the Amazon, they think of Brazil, but Peru offers a great base for exploring the region: … “You can create your own adventures when you’re there,” Reid said.
Regarding Guatemala, the article quotes Frommer describing the country as “an appealing alternative for people looking to travel south of the border and trying to branch out beyond popular places like Costa Rica. Once there, you’ll be amazed by the sites — and the low prices.”
“Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful places in the world. In fact, Aldous Huxley said it was more beautiful than Lake Como. I was there in March, and I would agree,” Frommer said. She called the destination “a bargain wonderland.” A round-trip flight from New York cost Frommer $350, “decent hotels” charged as little as $35 a night…” she said.
From Latin Daily Financial News, December 30, 2010
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