Colombia and Brazil are the spots to be for foodies headed to South America this summer travel season, according to a new report by American Express Travel. The study, which was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of American Express, polled 2,200 U.S. consumers on what’s trending this summer.
Cities in Colombia are among the most up-and-coming travel destinations in South America this summer, according to the report. Cali, which is southwest of Bogota, is showing 67 percent year-over-year growth this year. For travelers headed there, American Express recommends sampling Sancocho soup, a traditional Colombian staple that has a unique twist in each region – in Cali, expect Cimarron herbs for flavor and hen meat instead of fish or chicken.
Barranquilla, Colombia, is also hot this year, with 47 percent year-over-year growth. This beach town on the Atlantic Ocean also provides access to the Magdalena River, as well as an amazing seafood scene. Cartagena is also popular, at 42 percent year-over-year growth, for its hip restaurant scene.
In Brazil, travel to São Paulo is heating up with 69 percent year-over-year growth. Despite being one of Brazil’s most-visited cities, Rio de Janeiro is also continuing to boom this year, with 39 percent year-over-year growth. Both cities are also notable for their cuisine, from the traditional celebratory dish of feijoada in São Paulo to food from all regions of the country in Rio.
The survey also delved into travelers’ motivations for traveling. Food and dining proved popular, especially among Millennials; 84 percent of Millennials said that they are passionate about trying new food and dining experiences while on vacation, as opposed to 39 percent of Baby Boomers. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of Gen Z respondents said that they travel to try new foods.