From the awesome white-washed wilderness of Patagonia to the sun beaten Mayan ruins of Mexico, Latin America host some of the most diverse landscapes, vibrant cities and National Geographic wonders on the planet.

There's just one catch: this continent is massive. There's simply no way to see it all (unless you've got a couple of spare years up your sleeve). So if you've been thinking of going but don't quite know where to begin, here's a quick primer on top destinations:

You could spend years discovering everything that Latin America has to offer, making it one of the best destinations for big overland trips and Gap Year travel. Head to South America for some of the world-famous landmarks of Machu Picchu or Christ the Redeemer, or take a shorter trip to the beaches of Costa Rica and Mexico. Either way, Latin America is packed full of adventure.