25 of the Most Colourful Buildings in Latin America

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Updated: 24 May 2017
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Latin America, which stretches right from the tip of Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia to the very border of Mexico and the US, is easily up there as one of the most colourful regions in the world. It has everything from vibrant street art that brightens up city centres throughout North, Central and South America to colourful neighbourhoods and flamboyantly painted houses. With that in mind, here are the 25 most colourful buildings Latin America has to offer.


Mexico is one of Latin America’s largest countries and arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. It also has some of the most colourful towns in the world, from the yellow pueblo mágico of Izamal in the Yucatán, to the multicoloured hodge-podge of houses in Guanajuato and the deep, saturated oranges of coastal Veracruz, all of which make Mexico a colour-lover’s dream destination.

Vibrant Campeche, Mexico
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Purples in Mérida, Mexico
Multicoloured houses in Guanajuato, Mexico
House in Xalapa, Veracruz
Bright yellow buildings in Izamal, Mexico


Moving down to Central America, which covers the Mayan heartland of Guatemala, the diver’s paradise of Belize, plus Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica, and you’re still in for a treat if colourful buildings are what you want. In Nicaragua, Granada’s central church is stunning, while the rich culture of Guatemala is matched only by the vibrant hues that dominate the city of Antigua.

The yellow church in Granada, Nicaragua
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All the shades of yellow in Guatemala
Bright red Guatemala, blending in with the transport


If you prefer a Caribbean vacation, then rest assured that there’s is plenty of colour on offer in Puerto Rico and Cuba too. Everyone knows that Old Havana is literally littered with rundown-yet-impressively-colourful buildings, but many forget about the quaint coastal town of Trinidad. Plus, Puerto Rico’s San Juan is a pastel paradise for Instagram fans and those who love a picture perfect backdrop.

Trinidad, Cuba
San Juan, Puerto Rico


Finally, it seems a disservice to lump South America under just one heading, especially as it boasts some of Latin America’s most vividly-painted neighbourhoods, towns and cities – think Buenos Aires La Boca, Valparaíso in Chile, Cartagena in Colombia and Paraty in Brazil to name but a few. Here we’ve included all those destinations and more in this guide to the most colourful Latin American buildings.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Valparaíso, Chile
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Paraty, Brazil
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Lima, Peru
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Gautape, Colombia
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Salento, Colombia
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Asunción, Paraguay
Argentina’s many colours
Salvador, Brazil in pastel hues
Green-hued Paraty, Brazil
Blue in Brumado, Brazil
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