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132 países que no piden visa a Mexicanos

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Al turista mexicano le encantan los lugares que no requieren de mucha complicación y papeleo para visitarlos. Le encanta lo práctico pero también lo exótico y desconocido (nuestro mismo país es un enigma hermoso). Pero así como es de vital importancia explorar nuestras tierras en épocas vacacionales, explorar los destinos foráneos lo es de igual manera, por supuesto cuando existe tiempo, dinero y ganas de la aventura.

México es un gran exportador de turistas nivel mundial. Casi en todos los países existe al menos una comunidad de mexicanos establecidos por diversas circunstancias, en su mayoría, los que viajan por el placer de cultivarse. Y como bien sabemos, existe una serie de papeleo que debe cumplirse antes de salir del país (pasaporte-VISA) dependiendo del lugar de destino.

Afortunadamente existen más de 100 países que por cuestiones diplomáticas, relaciones históricas o comerciales eliminaron el engorroso trámite de la VISA para los mexicanos, convirtiéndonos en el 4° país dentro de América latina y el 23 en la lista general con mayor acceso internacional.

Si estás planeando salir del país pero no tienes idea a dónde, esta lista de 132 países al rededor del mundo, en el que la VISA no existe para los mexicanos, podría ayudarte a elegir el destino ideal para una aventura por el globo, que más allá de idear tus vacaciones, podría ayudar a decidirte por algunos destinos estrafalarios que tal vez no sabias que existían:

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EUROPA

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ÁFRICA

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ASIA

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40 trips before you turn 40

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.

Chances are you’ll end up having some wild experiences that you’ll never forget.

From partying at the world’s largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are the trips you should take when you can still handle the thrill.

Note: An earlier version of this story included the Naica Mine in Mexico. However, we removed it since it is no longer open to tourists.

 

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Marvel at the icy blue Upsala Glacier, a valley glacier in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

Feel like you’re swimming off the edge of a cliff at the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool in Victoria Falls, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail through California, Oregon, and Washington. The whole trail is 2,650 miles, but you don’t have to do it all at once.

Dance the night away decked out in neon at one of the monthly full moon parties in Koh Phangan, Thailand. The beach rave starts at dusk and continues till the early hours of the morning.

Swim with thousands of jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake in Eil Malk Island, Palau.

Spend spring break in Cancun, Mexico, where you can party at popular clubs like Mandala and Dady’O.

Backpack through Southeast Asia. Some popular stops include Chiang Mai in Thailand, Angkor Wat in Cambodia (pictured below), Laos, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Bali and Ubud in Indonesia.

Parade through the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Parade through the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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Surf Jaws (Pe’ahi in Hawaiian) in Maui, a spot that has consistently been ranked among the best for diehard surfers. Waves supposedly reach 120 feet.

Ski the majestic mountains of the Swiss Alps.

Get up close and personal with Japanese snow monkeys who come to bathe in the hot springs of Japan’s Jigokudani Yaen-koen in Nagano.

Swing on the Swing at the End of the World at the Casa de Arbol in Ecuador and glimpse stunning views of the Tungurahua Volcano.

Get wet and wild at a pool party in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Swim in the To Sua Ocean trench, a 30-meter deep natural seawater pool surrounded by stunning gardens in the village of Lotofaga in Samoa.

Trek up to Rainbow Point, the highest part of the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah at 9,105 feet, to see stunning views of the Aquarius Plateu, Bryce Ampitheater, the Henry Mountains, the Vermillion Cliffs, and the White Cliffs.

Fly to Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland, which can only be reached via helicopter. From there you can sail the world’s longest fjord.

Party at the world’s biggest Carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee bridge located between South Africa’s eastern and western capes. You’ll fall a whole 709 feet.

Ride in a hot air balloon above the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city hosts an International Balloon Fiesta, but you can also take tours in hot air balloons year round.

Zipline above Costa Rica’s lush rain forests.

Dive into the clear blue waters of Australia’s Coral Sea to see the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

Dive into the clear blue waters of Australia's Coral Sea to see the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

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Climb up Machu Picchu in Peru to see the impressive and almost untouched ruins of the “Lost City of the Incas.”

Kayak in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. Chances are you’ll run into more than one humpback whale.

Wade through the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave in Belize. The cave is full of ancient artifacts such as bones and pots; there’s even a full skeleton of a 1,000-year-old human.

Mountain bike along the Poison Spider Mesa Trail in Moab, Utah.

Climb the 268 steps to reach the historic Saint-Michel D’aiguille Chapel, which was built in the year 962 and sits atop a volcanic structure.

Four wheel drive across Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.

Boat across the Amazon River, the world’s second-largest river and home to more than a third of the world’s animal species.

Explore the Sahara desert, the largest desert on the African continent.

Camp out in Nevada’s remote Black Rock desert with over 65,000 other art and music lovers and enjoy music performances, crazy costumes, and massive fire displays at Burning Man.

Go clubbing at the world renowned Amnesia in Ibiza.

Observe wild animals in their natural habitat on a safari in Kenya.

Paraglide over the mountains and water surrounding the picturesque city of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Raft the waters of Arizona’s stunning Grand Canyon.

Explore the almost 45 active volcanoes in Java, Indonesia.

Skydive from as high as 10,000 feet up in the sky at the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences in Dubai.

Walk through Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning lakes, caves, waterfalls, and an array of wildlife.

Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the only one of the seven ancient world wonders still in existence.

Climb up to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, known as the Tiger’s Nest, in Paro valley, Bhutan. Padmasambhava, or the “Second Buddha” of Bhutan, is believed to have meditated here.

Ring in the New Year with a massive crowd in Times Square, New York.

10 best countries for solo travel

There are many travelers who claim that traveling alone is the best way to see the world. You deliberately travel solo, they say, because you want to experience the world without the influence of a friend or partner’s tastes, prejudices, or preferences. When you’re with a companion, it’s easy to focus on that person and forget about meeting other travelers. Traveling alone, you’re more likely to be on a voyage of self-discovery.

Solo travel can be delightfully self-indulgent. You can spend a day doing nothing but café hopping or lingering in a single museum. You can loll on a beach on the South China Sea or hire a guide to visit remote ruins. Indulge your classical music passion in one of Europe’s great concert halls or join a group of like-minded strangers for a Himalayan trek.

It’s your call. Solo travel is the ideal opportunity to try something new, like a surf camp in Central America, a bike trip in Southeast Asia, or a visit to a classic European spa town. Despite the dreaded (and often costly) single supplement, bona fide single accommodations are both affordable and available in many parts of the world.

Still, there are two concerns for many solo travelers. The first is safety: the simple fact is that there are countries that are statistically safer than others for travelers.

The second concern is a bit less tangible but just as critical: is the country you’ve chosen a happy place? Is it a country where you’ll be made to feel welcome, a nation where you can easily interact with the locals, where conversation flows easily even if you’re struggling with a new language? For truly rewarding solo travel, it’s crucial that you can connect with the culture and not feel like an outsider.

To find the answer to these two questions, we crunched the numbers from the Global Peace Index, which ranks 162 nations for their peacefulness, and the Happy Planet Index, which looks at environmental impact and human well-being in 151 countries to measure where people live long and happy lives.

The resulting 20 best destinations for solo travelers present an amazing mash-up of geography along with radically different cultures, languages, and customs. (Canada represents North America here, as the U.S. didn’t rank highly enough to make the cut.) Safety and happiness prevail in all of them, making any of them ideal for your next solo adventure.

1. New Zealand

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Safety Ranking: 4
Happiness Ranking: 24

In New Zealand, the lush setting of the Lord of the Rings films, travelers can look forward to adventures on glaciers, in rainforests, and on the peaks of the Southern Alps, not to mention bungee jumping, jet boating, and hiking on the legendary Milford Track. All while meeting some of the friendliest and most open-minded people in the world—a major plus for those going solo.

2. Norway

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Safety Ranking: 10
Happiness Ranking: 22

The best way for solo travelers to experience an expensive country that’s 1,000 miles long: aboard one of the Hurtigruten coastal steamers that sail up the coast of Norway, into the city of Bergen, and through some of the country’s most beautiful fjords, stopping at dozens of ports along the way. Or sign up with a local outfitter for a multiday trek along the fjords, with accommodations ranging from comfortable hotels to mountain huts. The northern lights are gratis.

3. Switzerland

switzerlandMatthew Hranek

Safety Ranking: 5
Happiness Ranking: 30

Switzerland, a place known for people who mind their own business, is a natural choice for solo travelers. Equip yourself with good hiking boots and a Swiss Rail Pass—good for every train, tram, and lake steamer. You might start with a couple of days in stately, pedestrian-friendly Zurich and then head south to the shores of Lake Geneva for the bistros, nightlife, and museums of Montreux and Lausanne before carrying on to the Italian-speaking Ticino region.

4. Costa Rica

Costa ricaDave Lauridsen

Safety Ranking: 42
Happiness Ranking: 1

You could argue that the concept of adventure travel was born here in Costa Rica, a.k.a. the world’s happiest country. This Central American destination has been drawing Americans for decades to surf on the Pacific coast or join a rafting company for a day on the white water of the Reventazón or Pacuare rivers. If comfort is a priority, book one of the country’s storied adventure lodges and head out for day trips in the cloud forest.

5. Austria

AustriaDaniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Safety Ranking: 3
Happiness Ranking: 42

Small and compact, Vienna is one of the easiest European cities to navigate as a solo traveler. Start with an abundance of concert halls, dozens of museums, and cafés where you are expected to linger, a tried-and-true Viennese tradition. Salzburg is even smaller but equally welcoming to singles. A superb rail network means that getting anywhere else in the country, from Innsbruck to Kitzbühel to Graz, is easy.

6. Vietnam

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Safety Ranking: 45
Happiness Ranking: 2

Street life is colorful and safe in Vietnam’s largest cities, whether you’re exploring Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City or heading for Hanoi’s massive Dong Xuan Market. Do tai chi with hundreds of others by Hoan Kiem lake before heading into the mountains of the Central Highlands, preferably on a trek with a local outfitter. Wind up with a stay on Phu Quoc Island for a taste of the classic Southeast Asian beach-bum lifestyle.

7. Chile

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Safety Ranking: 30
Happiness Ranking: 19

As a rule, Chileans tend to be friendly and welcoming, a plus for adventurous single travelers eager to explore this 3,000-mile-long country of deserts, mountains, and endless coastline. Whether you head north to the magical Atacama Desert or south to untrammeled Chiloé Island or Patagonia, save a little time for Santiago, safe and easy to navigate. You might well find yourself as a guest at a family asado, or Chilean barbecue—and becoming part of a local family may be the ultimate definition of a friendly country.

8. Japan (tie)

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Safety Ranking: 8
Happiness Ranking: 48

After a few days in the fascinating megalopolis of Tokyo, hop a bullet train ride past Mount Fuji to experience the contrasting tranquility of old Kyoto. Lodgings, from venerable ryokan inns to modern hotels, are designed with single travelers in mind. You can enjoy a communal hot spring bath, meditate in a Zen garden, and dine at the counter of a sushi restaurant—a classic favorite of solo travelers.

8. Sweden (tie)

swedenSimon Bajada

Safety Ranking: 11
Happiness Ranking: 45

It’s easy to be a solo traveler in Stockholm, a compact city surrounded by the waters of the archipelago. Sea kayaking? Check. A day exploring the city’s parks by bike? Easy enough. There are outdoor cafés, the artistic treasures of the Moderna Museet, and stellar shopping for design here in the country that gave us Ikea. City life aside, the quintessential Swedish experience is outdoors, lakeside or trekking in the far north, both easily done with an outfitter.

10. Indonesia

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Safety Ranking: 54
Happiness Ranking: 5

Let’s see, temples, yoga on the beach, and cheap food, lodging, and massages. Then add an international roster of backpackers, hedonists, and spiritual seekers. It must be Bali, the single most popular destination for Western solo travelers in Indonesia. If you prefer someplace less touristy, take a 25-minute flight to Lombok, an island off the coast of Bali that feels like traveling back in time to 1970s Indonesia.

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