If Latin America is on your travel radar this year, you might want to check out the results of the World Travel Awards Latin America 2016 which named Quito, Ecuador the region’s leading destination for the fourth year in a row and Medellin, Colombia the region’s leading city break destination.
At a gala event over the weekend in Lima, Peru, the winners of the event’s 23rd edition were announced, identifying the best airlines, hotels and destinations in Mexico, South and Central America for 2016.
For the fourth year in a row, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito took the coveted title of South America’s leading destination over fellow nominees such as Buenos Aires, Galapagos Islands, Lima and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Perched 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) above sea level on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito boasts one of the best-preserved historic centers in Latin America.
Surrounding areas include snow-capped mountains, tropical rainforests, lakes, lagoons, volcanoes and cloud forests within striking distance of the city.