New York Times: 52 places to go in 2016

Old Basilica of Guadalupe with Mexico City skyline behind it. Image courtesy iStock.

Old Basilica of Guadalupe with Mexico City’s skyline behind it. Image courtesy of iStock.

The New York Times has announced its 52 places to go in 2016 list, with some interesting results. Mexico City takes the number one spot. In fact, Mexico has a number of showings on this prestigious list and is clearly the destination of the moment. As the NYT says, Mexico City is attracting travellers of the world who are intent on “seeking some of the world’s best cuisine, museums and forward-thinking design. With young people from around Latin America and Spain streaming into the city, and the Mexican peso hitting record lows against the dollar, the city — daunting and endless as it is — radiates energy”.

Bordeaux in France elegantly wafted in at Number 2, with the charms of Malta coming in at Number 3, the NYT touting it as “an affordable Meditteranean playground”.

Closer to home, our neighbour Mozambique claimed sixth place. “Mozambique is a forward-thinking African leader that offers a terrific mix of safari and beach”, the NYT advised. Mozambique’s tranquil coastline as a great place for “a post-safari snorkel” and AndBeyond Benguerra Island also received a mention. [See our photo essay on Ponta Malongane Mozambique for more inspiration to visit this fantastic African destination].

AndBeyond Benguerra Island. Image courtesy AndBeyond.

AndBeyond Benguerra Island. Image courtesy of AndBeyond.

19th place went to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Over the past year the park, featured in last year’s Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga has opened or reopened its accommodations, like the individual luxury bungalows at Mikeno Lodge where visitors can see baboons and chimpanzees, or the Tchegera Island Camp off the shore of Lake Kivu, populated with eagles and herons. There are even summit shelters near the rim of Mount Nyiragongo volcano, in the warm, red glow of the world’s largest lava lake”. The NYT claims it to be “one of the most breathtaking spots on earth”.

Gorilla, Virunga National Park, Congo

Saint Helena popped into 28th slot, with the NYT editors calling it “an isolated wonderland”, accessibility is through Johannesburg – so hopefully travellers will get to enjoy a bit of the City of Gold before heading off to this historic island.

The list is extensive with some regular suspects and lots of enticing options including: Barcelona and San Sebastian (Spain); Washington DC; Hangzhou in China; Tamil Naidu in India; and Korcula Island in Croatia.

To find out how the NYT decided on these 52 places to go in 2016 list, read here.

The Last Outpost? St Helena. Image courtesy iStock.

The last outpost? St Helena. Image courtesy of iStock.

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