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Travel: Canada shut out of Lonely Planet's Top 10 for 2014; Brazil takes top spot
One week, the country is catching accolades from Conde Nast – with Quebec City leading the way – and then Canada is shut out of Lonely Planet's top 10 for 2014.
In the publication's list of the 10 best countries to visit this year, only Mexico represented North American among the dime, coming in sixth.
(The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende was also named the best city to visit in the world by Conde Nast readers on October 16.)
Brazil took the top spot in Lonely Planet's rankings, released on Monday, buoyed by the buzz surrounding the 2014 World Cup of soccer and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
As if endless strands of sun-toasted coast, mountains splashed with Crayola-green rainforest and some of the planet's most beautiful colonial villages didn't already add up to an unfair share of heaven, Brazil goes and snags two of the most coveted sporting events in the world, beginning with the 2014 FIFA World Cup and followed two years later by the 2016 Summer Olympics. Tack on a recession-dodging economy, and boom! Brazil is the belle of the ball. Be it trekking across towering windswept dunes peppered with cerulean lagoons in Lençóis Maranhenses, exploring gilded colonial churches in frozen-in-time cities such as Ouro Preto or swimming in aquarium-like rivers near Bonito, Brazil's diversity will leave you slack-jawed."
Of course, there were few Canadian-like countries in Lonely Planet's list, if any. (Canadian-like countries I picture include the United States, Australia, England... you know, Commonwealth countries or countries that have revolted against the Commonwealth.)
Antarctica took second place, and Scotland took third.
Rounding out the Top 10 were Sweden (4th), Malawai (5th), Seychelles (7th), Belgium (8th), Macedonia (9th), and Malaysia (10th).
*Photos of the Top 10 below...