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Latin America: The Sites

Posted on January 25, 2007

When I do my research into locations that may potentially be hosts to one of my client's meetings, I look at "wow" factors.  What is it about the location that is different or unique?  What wonders are there to explore?  What is there to do besides go from hotel room to breakfast to meeting room to coffee break to meeting room to luncheon to meeting room to cocktail to dinner to bed?  Well besides the obvious (bathroom break? business center?), what do your guests have to look forward to in their destination.  I recently did a meeting in Cancun which was very tight on time so there was not enough of it to do a true excursion to see amazing sites.  However one of my guests took it upon himself to rent a car and do the 6-hour roundtrip drive to see Chichen Itza.  While that may be a little extreme, there is so much out there for guests to see in terms of culture and natural beauty throughout the Latin American region.  Here are a few examples of some of the more famous wonders and great sites found in various countries:

  • Ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico and throughout Central America
  • The volcanos and tropical jungles of Costa Rica
  • The Panama Canal
  • The coastal towns and beautiful plains in Colombia
  • Macchu Pichu and Cuzco in Peru
  • Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, Chile - home of the Festival Internacional de la
    Canción de Viña del Mar - One of the world's most renowned music festivals
  • The wine country of Argentina, considered by many the Napa Valley of Latin America
  • Cristo Redentor statue atop Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro
  • Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina
  • So much more.....

It's important to really look into the cultural offerings of the location you are considering for your meetings.  For many attendees coming from North America, these are locations that they may not have a chance to go to had it not been for your ingenius decision to host the meeting in one of the many fantastic locations in Latin America.


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