From sunshine and beaches to valleys and rivers, Latin America has it all. This continent of warm, vast lands spanning across both Northern and Southern hemispheres is home to friendly, welcoming peoples. We’ve built many glorious, beautiful, cultural cities upon these lands. If you were to make one of these cities your home, which would it be? Which city best suits your personality and your tastes?
This quiz will find the perfect city in Latin America for you to live in, based on your answers regarding your lifestyle, work, and attitudes. The answer may surprise you! Or it may inspire your next big trip abroad.
Optimized display results - 2015/6/4
Edited some quiz questions - 2015/6/5
Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the most relaxing place you can think of. Which of the following is closest to that image?
Alone on a small island, enjoying the quiet
Enjoying the breeze on a beach, tequila in hand
Taking a walk in the sun on a green field
You've been under a lot of pressure lately, so you decide it's time for a vacation. What kind of vacation do you have in mind?
Hiking, camping, exploring...something that let's me get in touch with Mother Nature
A yacht or something extravagant
I just want to grab my bag, buy a plane ticket, and go somewhere quiet (maybe a beach somewhere) to relax for a few days
Summer is around the corner, meaning it's time to shed the winter coats and start getting in shape! What kind of workout do you prefer?
Hitting the gym with a personal trainer
Go for a morning run outdoors
It's graduation season and your classmates are thinking of a class camping trip together. What do you think?
Camping is too much work. I'm not going.
Well... not my thing, but I don't want to be left out. I guess I'll go.
Sounds great! I'm in!
You've finally saved up enough to afford a home! If housing prices weren't a factor, in which area of town would you want to purchase your home?
A home in the suburbs where the air is nice and fresh
The best school district for the future of my child
A nice apartment in the bustling, exciting city center
You are picking a birthday gift for a friend. Which of the following would you choose?
A bestselling book, a hair accessory, or nail polish
Flowers, a bottle of wine, or a lipstick
A selfie camera/smartphone, a kindle, or an apple watch
For this New Year, your boss (or your parents) gave you a large bonus (envelope of money). What would you do with the money?
Save it all up for when you really need it
Buy one item that you've had your eye on for a really long time, and save the rest up for later.
Spend spend spend until it's all gone.
Which type of restaurant do you go to most often?
Cost-friendly family restaurants or food court restaurants
Specialty cuisine restaurants with nice ambience, or big buffets
It's noon. Starved, you head to the cafeteria. Which of the following would you choose?
A line that is short, but the food isn't too great.
A ling that is really long, but the food is great.
A new shopping mall just opened and it's super crowded with lots of traffic in its proximity. At what time would you choose to go to the new mall?
I'll probably wait a few months for things to cool down before checking it out. I hate crowds.
I'd rush over - grand openings means big sales!
I'd wait a few days and maybe go check it out on a weekday night.
When you're at a social gathering, what do you usually do?
Play around on my cellphone, pitching in the conversation occasionally
Listen intently to the conversation, but only join in here and there.
Start the conversation and liven the spirit of the gathering.
Which season do you think of when you think "Christmas"?
Do you like polar bears more or penguins more?
Do you enjoy fishing?
Yes, I go with friends and family pretty often
Old civilizations are often built next to rivers, which makes transportation and trade more convenient, helping the cities along the rivers grow. Any thoughts on this in the modern day?
Not much, I don't think the same applies to modern day cities.
Rivers birth life, and is an essential part of our history.
If cost wasn't an issue, you would prefer traveling by:
When you're in a new place, how do you find your way around?
Ask passerbys for directions
Ask the tourist center or local guides/police
Rely on the GPS on your cell phone, or carry maps with you
São Paulo12540151554122111,967,825São Paulo, Brazil’s vibrant financial center, is among the world's most populous cities, with numerous cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition. Its iconic buildings range from its neo-Gothic cathedral and the 1929 Martinelli skyscraper to modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy Edifício Copan. The colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church marks where Jesuit priests founded the city in 1554.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/1.jpg
Lima1252014153526728,894,412Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial center is preserved, it's a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. It's home to the Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are the heart of old Lima Centro.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/2.jpg
Bogotá0233114153815877,862,277Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It's also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/3.jpg
Rio de Janeiro1153015156512216,476,631Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, is considered the world’s largest.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/4.jpg
Santiago024401515416415,507,282Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. Plaza de Armas, the grand heart of the city’s old colonial core, is home to 2 neoclassical landmarks: the 1808 Palacio de la Real Audiencia, housing the National History Museum, and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral. La Chascona is the home-turned-museum of poet Pablo Neruda.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/5.jpg
Caracas023311315677773,289,886Caracas, Venezuela's capital, is a commercial and cultural center located in a northern mountain valley. Independence leader Simón Bolívar is buried at the National Pantheon of Venezuela, established in the 19th century in the city's old town. Caracas Cathedral, a landmark of Romanesque architecture, dates to the 17th century. Parque Central's 225m-high twin towers are the signature of the skyline.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/6.jpg
Buenos Aires105501515362033,054,267Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city. Its center is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/7.jpg
Salvador (Brazil)103301215496932,921,087Salvador, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, is known for its Portuguese colonial architecture, Afro-Brazilian culture and a tropical coastline. The Pelourinho neighborhood is its historic heart, with cobblestone alleys opening onto large squares, colorful buildings and baroque churches such as São Francisco, featuring gilt woodwork.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/8.jpg
Brasília0141013196058022,914,830Brasília, inaugurated as Brazil’s capital in 1960, is a planned city distinguished by its white, modern architecture, chiefly designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Laid out in the shape of an airplane, its “fuselage” is the Monumental Axis, 2 wide avenues flanking a massive park. In the “cockpit” is Praça dos Três Poderes, named for the 3 branches of government surrounding it.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/9.jpg
Fortaleza11240031726313.82,591,188Fortaleza is the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará. It's known for its beaches, which are punctuated by red cliffs, palm trees, dunes and lagoons. Fortaleza’s long-standing folkloric traditions are presented in dance performances at the art nouveau José de Alencar theater, open since 1910. Another architectural highlight is the neo-Gothic Catedral Metropolitana.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/10.jpg
Guayaquil10150131820344.52,589,229Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. In the north, Las Peñas is a neighborhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the city.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/11.jpg
Quito02240141534372.392,551,721Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/12.jpg
Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia)011100115615351,524,000Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Bolivia's commercial center and the capital city of the Santa Cruz department. It stands on the Pirai River in the tropical lowlands east of the Andes Mountains. Founded by the Spanish in the 1500s, today it's a cosmopolitan hub with museums, restaurants and nightclubs. Its historic core is anchored by the rose-brick Metropolitan Cathedral on Plaza 24 de Septiembre, the central square.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/13.jpg
Montevideo123301217241941,305,082Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, is a major city along Montevideo Bay. It revolves around the Plaza de la Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. This plaza leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks including the towering Palacio Salvo and neoclassical performance hall Solís Theatre. Mercado del Puerto is an old port market filled with many steakhouses.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/14.jpg
Mexico City0244005132514858,918,653Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It's known for its Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are situated in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/15.jpg
Cartagena10220131533572892,545Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/16.jpg
Asunción01130121537117542,023Asunción is the capital city of Paraguay, bordered by the Paraguay River. It’s known for its grand López Palace, the seat of government housing the president’s offices. Nearby, the National Pantheon of Heroes has a mausoleum and plaques commemorating Paraguayan historical figures. The Independence House Museum is marked by its colonial architecture and features artifacts documenting emancipation from Spanish rule.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/17.jpg
Panama City12331141519275880,691Panama City, the capital of Panama, is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean and man-made Panama Canal. Casco Viejo, its cobblestoned historic center, is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars. The Miraflores Locks offers views of ships traversing the canal, an essential shipping route linking the Atlantic and Pacific.//www.arealme.com/latin-america-city/show/18.jpg