Before we get to the good stuff, I’m aware of the continued problematics of using marginalised identities like Latinx, women or POC in round-up titles. So, if you have suggestions for an alternative which still makes clear what I’m writing about and gives me that all-important SEO juice, please let me know!
In case you hadn’t noticed, I am white. Not Latinx white (which is a thing), just plain old British white, blue eyes and all.
However, I have lived in, travelled through and written about plenty of Latin American countries, from those that I didn’t take to that much (Guatemala, Bolivia and Cuba, if you’re interested), to those that I loved a lot (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and, of course, my forever fave Mexico). While that’s six whole countries, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the expansive Latin America (and broader South America) region and I definitely won’t rest until I’ve visited each country.
Even so, I’ve wrestled with the overarching privilege and whiffs of colonialism that waft around my ability to travel extensively and live freely in various Spanish-speaking countries on the American continent. Sure, I’ve perfected my language skills and definitely don’t waltz into places brandishing my English like some kind of presumptive relic of Britain’s colonial past, assuming it will be spoken everywhere. But my travel (and, you know, life) privilege is undeniable.
That’s something I’ll be musing over in a separate post, though.
For now then, I want to listen rather than speak, instead focusing on amplifying and promoting the voices of travel bloggers of colour, or with Latinx heritage, especially those writing about my favourite countries in the world.
My experiences are my experiences, but they are coloured (tainted? Improved?) by my white western privilege at all times and while that’s not something I have the power to fix, I can certainly do my part in dispelling the notion that the travel industry is dominated by flouncy white girls in floppy hats and sundresses and I can also lift up other voices.
With that in mind, here are 23 travel bloggers from Asian, African and Latin American diasporas offering further takes, experiences and stories about Latin America.
LATINX + POC TRAVEL BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW
ERIKA | LATIN ATLAS
Does the name give it away? Erika writes about everything Latin America and even sprinkles in reference to Latin-influenced cultures on the European continent in and amongst her cultural posts about Guatemala and Mexico. She identifies as a self-proclaimed privileged (and tall) white woman, as well as a Mexican-American Latinx. She also seems to permanently look not a day over 25 and I want to be just like her when I grow up.
VICTORIA | A TRAVELING TRANSLATOR
Her Instagram is everything I wish mine was, and she calls attention to her dual Latinx-Gringa status there too, as an Ecuadorian-American. Alongside a ton of other prettily put-together content, you can read about both Cuba and Ecuador on her blog, as well as literature in translation.
TAHIYA | LIPSTICK AND A BUCKET LIST
Still a fairly new blog, Lipstick and a Bucket List, run by Bangladeshi-American Tahiya, has posts about Chichen Itza in Mexico, cascading waterfalls of Costa Rica and everyone’s favourite Cuban resort region, Varadero.
REENA | LIFESTYLE ENTHUSIAST
British-Indian luxury travel queen Reena is all about experiences you should spend money on when travelling, including trips to the Galapagos, food in Colombia and luxe Mexican hotels. With Peru and Brazil content coming up, keep an eye on her blog for some luxury perspectives on Latin American travel.
YOANNE + ALBERTO | UNBLOWN AWAY
I first met Yoanne (whose parents are Chinese) when we were teaching English in Mexico, me in Guadalajara and her in Mexico City. Well, I eventually moved back to Mexico but she headed for Colombia where she was based in Bogotá. Now travelling in India, her blog is one of the best resources for travellers looking to visit and live in Colombia, and she also has a ton of route ideas for other Latin American countries.
WELILE | WELILE
I met Welile (who, by the way, has the softest, nicest voice ever) when she was passing through Mexico City and we travelled together to Taxco, and then met up again in Guatemala. She’s originally from Swaziland, but is now mostly based in the US, and while travel is her thing, her eponymous blog is all about combining that with food (see food and mezcal in Oaxaca and Mexico City).
LOLA | MISS FILATELISTA
Not only is Uruguayan-American Lola’s travel blog crammed full of Latin America content (about Uruguay and Mexico, so far), she’s committed to ethical travel and has even explored her Latina identity in this excellent post. And her blog name is informative— filatelista is Spanish for someone who collects passport stamps!
KAY | JETFARER
GLO | THE BLOG ABROAD
OG fucking blogging goals, Glo Atanmo from The Blog Abroad is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants and has touched on Latin America in her extensive travels too (Brazil and Peru rank in her top ten, as do the men in Cuba and Argentina). Her posts are always so well put together and she’s forever ruminating over the lack of diversity in the travel industry as a whole, sharing posts on countries that welcome black travellers and writing pieces like this on topics of race and travel too.
ONEIKA | ONEIKA THE TRAVELLER
Just like the aforementioned Glo Atanmo, Oneika also writes about travelling while black and some of the Latin American destinations she’s travelled to (while black) include…all of them? Well, Guatemala, Costa Rica, the DR, Cuba, Honduras, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Brazil, at least. You know, the basics.
UFUOMA | THE UFUOMA
I love, love, love Nigerian travel blogger Ufuoma’s photography. She has the kind of pictures I wish I was talented and brave enough to take, and her important take on travelling with a Nigerian passport is fascinating. She most recently wrote about Tulum, Mexico, but has also been to plenty of other Latin American destinations, including the lesser-visited Paraguay.
LORIAL | TAPAS AND TRAVELS
For posts on Puerto Rican food and hiking post-Hurricane Maria, Lorial’s blog Tapas and Travels has you covered. She’s currently actively encouraging travellers to head to the island she calls home too.
ISABELLE | DOMINICAN ABROAD
Isabelle’s post about why she identifies Dominican, not American is incredibly interesting for both those of us who’ve never really faced such dilemmas (me) and, of course, those of you who have. A force when it comes to boosting Dominican representation, she also blogs about Cuba, Argentina, Costa Rica and of course the DR.
OMO + EULANDA | HEY! DIP YOUR TOES IN
Gorgeous hair and gorgeous photos are the first thing you’ll notice about this couple blog by African-American Eulanda and her British-Nigerian husband, Omo, and I haven’t even touched on their Mexico City taco post or their Costa Rica content. They claim not to be cool, but I have my doubts.
GABBY | PACKS LIGHT
Gabby is a short, curly-haired traveller who has flitting from country to country in her blood. Alongside posts about Puerto Rico and Mexico, you can also read about how she studies abroad and, of course, packs light.
MONIQUE | WANDERLUST, MY WAY
Favouring one-month minimum stays in each country she visits, Monique literally has no rush to get herself around the world, working as she goes. As for Latin America, she’s visited a handful of destinations and written about some of them too. Take her Belize itinerary, or this horse riding experience in Cuba. If you’re here for other Mexico bloggers though, check out her Tulum post, especially as that’s an area I haven’t covered yet.
JACLYNN | THE OCCASIONAL TRAVELLER
Singaporean travel blogger Jaclynn has tons of Latin America content, from posts talking about learning Spanish in Panama, to iguanas in Guayaquil and the Galapagos. Oh, and all this content about Colombia and Bolivia. I can only imagine her Chile content is coming soon.
ISADORA | WORLD BY ISA
KESI | KESI TO AND FRO
Umm, can we all just take one minute to appreciate the beauty of Kesi’s blog name pun and her #FollowTheFro hashtag? Former NYC financier, she quit to travel and has since visited both Central and South America, writing about spots like Nicaragua (forever on my dream destination list), Guatemala and Peru.
Provocative in her posts, first generation Korean-Austrian-American Kiona is the brains behind a blog that is not just a resource and a half when it comes to Cuba, but is also filled with posts written by travellers of all colours, professions and sexual orientations.
OLGA | DREAMS IN HEELS
Puerto Rican-Cuban travel blogger Olga runs Dreams in Heels, where she talks about countries and experiences through both Europe, the US as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.
AMANDA + DANIEL | LA VIDA VIVA
A twenty-somethings couple travel blog, La Vida Viva’s Spanish-language name gives you your first clue that Asian-Australian Amanda, one half of the writing team, is obsessed with Latin America. Their beautiful photos cover Panama and Nicaragua, plus they have extensive South America archives.
JEANINE | LE WILD EXPLORER
Who are your favourite Latinx travel bloggers and travel bloggers of colour? Let me know in the comments!