The most points-friendly cities in Latin America have been highlighted.

We will show you how to explore some of Latin America's most stunning cities, all while using your points to the max.

La Paz, Bolivia


The heart of South America is often referred to as the nation of Bolivia. The epithet is due to the fact that the country has the highest percentage of Indigenous people in the Americas. The streets and sky trams of La Paz are almost as organic as the mountains themselves.

Millions of lights from La Paz's mountainside communities illuminate the skyline at night. If you want to explore natural wonders like the salt desert of Salar de Uyuni and Lake Titicaca, La Paz is the perfect starting point.

Getting there

New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Miami International Airport (MIA) are located on the East Coast.

The total travel time from Miami to La Paz is about nine hours and there is a cheap flight from Miami to La Paz. There are flights from New York to La Paz that last for 11 hours.

If you want to cover your trip with points, United MileagePlus awards start at 33,000 miles one-way.


A number of new US flights have been added.

Where to stay on points

Capital One miles can be used to find an independent hotel in La Paz. You can either book directly with an online travel agency or use your Capital One card to pay for it. You can redeem miles at a fixed rate for travel purchases.

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Do you want to top up your Capital One account? If you spend $4,000 in the first three months, you'll get 75,000 bonus miles on the Capital One Venture rewards credit card. You can maximize points by using transfer partners.

There is a comparison of the best fixed- value point credit cards.

San Jose, Costa Rica

The Teatro Nacional in downtown San Jose. ROLF SCHULTEN/ULLSTEIN BILD/GETTY IMAGES

The military was abolished in Costa Rica in 1949. The money that would have been used for weaponry was diverted to conserve the environment.

Costa Rica is home to some of the richest flora and fauna on the planet. Cloud forests high in volcanic mountains, coastal mangrove forests teeming with marine life, and countless species found nowhere else on the planet are just some of the things found there.

U.S. tourists have been to San Jose many times. Costa Rica is often referred to as "Latin America for beginners" due to its high levels of English and modernized infrastructure. San Jose is a great place to visit for coffee lovers. The city is close to some of Costa Rica's best national parks, such as the Irazu Volcano.

Getting there

Juan Santamara International Airport is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. There will be round-trip tickets on this route in February of 2023.

One-way awards start at 25,000 SkyMiles in February.


Where to stay on points

Outside of San Jose lies the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Haciendo Belen. The standard rooms at the Haciendo Belen are between 30,000 and 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton in San Jose. HILTON

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica has a whitewashed facade, swaying palm trees and grand columns.

Platinum Card holders can receive up to $100 of credit to spend at the hotel's spa, shops or restaurants if they use their American Express card at the hotel. You can get 5 points per dollar on five-star hotel rooms booked via Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts if you use an Amex Platinum card.

When you use points, a night in a standard room starts at 45,000 points.

San Jose is a great place to stay if you prefer the camaraderie and casual atmosphere of a hostel. Costa Rica Backpackers has a lively pool and patio that keep the party going most nights of the week.

Medellin, Colombia

A Botero statue in Medellín. LORI ZAINO/THE POINTS GUY

Over the last few decades, the city has undergone a renaissance. The city was once considered to be the most dangerous in the world due to its association with the drug traffickers. The world's most innovative city was won by it.

Medellin is one of the hottest cities in the world for digital nomads because of its cheap cost of living and excellent public wi-fi. The Paisa culture is joyful and welcoming, and the natural beauty of the area is awe-inspiring. The small city is known for it's art, music and architecture. There is a museum in downtown Medellin that houses Fernando Botero's work.

Getting there

From Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, you can take a flight to the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport. The route will increase to daily service in the year 2023.

The cheapest round-trip flights are less than $330 next year. The more points a flight costs, the more points it costs.

American Airlines is one of the airlines that flies from the U.S.

Where to stay on points

The lobby at the Medellin Marriott. MARRIOTT

Marriott Bonvoy points can be found at 25,000 per night. The hotel is close to the best bars and nightclubs in the city. You can pay for a night at the Marriott with cash or check.

The cost is $60 per night, but it's still comfortable and close to the Zona Rosa neighborhood. If you have a lot of points after applying for the American Express card, you can stay at the hotel for a lot of money.

There are some excellent, quirky hostels in the ZonaRosa that are on a budget. You will be in the middle of the most rowdy neighborhood of one of the most hard-driving party cities.

Mexico City

Splurge on a fine dining meal at Pujol in Mexico City. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Mexico City is the largest city in the Americas and you can explore it for a long time.

CDMX offers a small amount of everything. There are some of the best restaurants and museums in the world, as well as nightlife that can hold its own against any city in the world.

The majority of visitors to CDMX prefer the neighborhood of Roma Norte, which has youthful energy, narrow streets and hole-in- the-wall bars. Mexico City's well-to-do and home to many of the city's best eateries is called La Condesa. One of the perks of visiting Mexico City is the ability to eat in temples of fine dining and pay less than comparable restaurants in New York City, San Francisco or Europe.

Getting there

The cost of a round-trip flight from New York to Mexico City International Airport is more than $500 on Aeromexico. VivaAerobus offers cheap flights from Houston's George Bush International Airport to Mexico City.

You can redeem as little as 10,000 American AAdvantage miles for a one-way economy ticket from the US to Mexico City.


Where to stay in Mexico City

Mexico City has a lot of hotels that are worth a visit.

The rooms at the Marriott Hotel Mexico City in the Polanco neighborhood are close to both La Condesa and the revelry of Roma Norte and can be had for about $380 or 58,000 points a night. The W Mexico City is one of the better choices.

Your complete guide to Marriott hotels.

A suite at the Hyatt Regency Mexico City. HYATT

The Hyatt Regency Mexico City, which is located in Polanco, has rooms for less than $200 per night. The best museums in the city are located next to the hotel.

Signing up for a World of Hyatt Credit Card will give you 30,000 bonus Hyatt points, which can be used for a free long weekend. You can earn 2 points per $1 spent in the first six months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 bonus point, and you will receive up to 30,000 more bonus points.

One of the most luxurious hotels in the world is the Four Seasons Mexico City. If you have an Amex Platinum Card, you will be able to reserve a table at the Four Seasons Mexico City restaurant, which serves modern Italian and Zanaya crafts dishes inspired by the seafood-forward cuisine of Yucatn. Booking with this card will allow you to get benefits such as extended check-out times.

In Mexico City, tourists must eat and drink 13 things.

Lima, Peru

An aerial view of Miraflores town, cliff and the Costa Verde highway in Lima, Peru. CHRISTIAN VINCES/SHUTTERSTOCK

The Incan art and history museums, as well as fabulous dining and nearby beaches, will keep visitors interested for days at a time.

The Peruvian capital is a great place to start your exploration of the Amazon, the Pacific coast, and the mountains.

Getting there

In January, United will offer a round-trip flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to the LIM for less than $750. If you connect through Houston, you'll get award tickets for 20,000 United miles.


You can fly from LA International Airport to LIM with LATAM. You can book this flight for 25,000 Sky miles.


Where to stay in Lima

Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima. HYATT

There is a Hyatt Centric located in the San Isidro neighborhood. You can walk past the Incan ruins and boutique restaurants. The rooms cost about $180 per night.

Miraflores Park Hotel is a great place to stay if you want to relax and have a good time. The tower overlooks the ocean and is close to Miraflores. Platinum Card holders can get perks such as late check-out, room upgrades and breakfast for two.

Bottom line

It's ideal to travel to Latin and South America in the fall because of the warm weather. The rich Hispanic and Indigenous influences in these destinations will allow you to honor Hispanic HeritageMonth.

Andrew Kunesh reports additional reporting.