As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and international travel all the more common, it can be hard to find new destinations that aren’t totally packed with tourists. If you’re a seasoned traveler, visiting mainstream destinations can be dull and unsatisfying. Big crowds, jaded locals, and overpriced hotels are what you often find in a country’s most popular destinations. Fortunately, there are still many awesome places in the world that are relatively unknown.
From Guatemala to Peru, we’ve tracked down some of the coolest places that you’ve probably never heard of. They include coastal hamlets, misty mountain villages, and idyllic islands. You’re guaranteed to have an enjoyable and authentic experience in any of these places.
San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
San Gerardo de Dota is an absolute gem. In a country that’s becoming increasingly popular with international tourists, this small town has managed to stay under the radar for most travelers. The town is a nature lover’s dream — set at the base of the Talamanca Mountain Range, San Gerardo provides travelers with easy access to dense rainforests, swift rivers, and lovely waterfalls.
*Image of waterfall at the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica via Shutterstock