20 most Instagrammable places in the world

NYC is definitely a winner on Instagram.
NYC is definitely a winner on Instagram.


With so many jet-setters taking to social media with spectacular travel photos, we decided to round up a list of the most "Instagrammable" places on earth. We scoured our followers and tapped our in-house travel experts to bring you the ultimate list.


1. Tulum, Mexico

If it's secluded beaches you're after, look no further than Tulum. The crowds are thin and the coastline is divine; the perfect spot for a quiet getaway.

"Tulum is well known as the Mayan palace atop a cliff, looking out over the flawless Caribbean and pristine beach below," says Ellie Cusack, who lives in Mexico and pens the blog Tea and Tacos. "But it's not just for the day-trippers; don't overlook the miles of lush, beachfront eco-accommodation stretching out just down the road."

Take in Tulum's greatest ruins and beaches on Insight Guides' Mexico: Highlands and Coast holiday.



2. Drake Bay, Costa Rica

This Central American gem will get you with its wild, untamed beauty; think empty, golden beaches, surrounded by lush jungle. This is definitely off-the-beaten-path Costa Rica at its best. The Instagram pic below from mytanfeet says it all. 

Want to see it for yourself? Insight Guides offers a range of trips to Costa Rica, including eco-adventures, volcano trekking, natural spas and more. Alternatively, tell our travel experts where you want to travel and we'll do the rest



3. Melbourne, Australia

It's easy to see why Melbourne is often touted as one of the world's most "liveable" cities. From its impressive skyline to buildings of a smaller size, this patch Down Under is a visual stunner, giving Victoria a vibrant splash of color. The city's famous painted beach huts of Brighton are another example of bright and lively Melbourne culture...



4. Krabi, Thailand

With a hot springs waterfall, wildlife sanctuary, and idyllic beaches, it's no wonder Krabi is such a wildly popular destination in Thailand. Rock climbers are definitely welcome; Krabi's limestone formations are perfect for an afternoon expedition.

Explore off-the-beaten-track waterfalls and rainforest, relax on idyllic beaches and track down James Bond island on Insight Guides' Krabi Discovery holiday.



5. Tuscany, Italy

Between Florence's sweeping architecture and the rolling sunflower fields of Tuscany, your one must-have travel accessory if you go to this region of Italy is a camera. To get inspired, check out Laura Masi on Instagram (based in Florence, she knows how to capture a great photo).

Take your own trip to Tuscany with help from our travel experts: submit a trip enquiry and we'll create your perfect itinerary.



6. Portland, Oregon

This corner of the U.S. is absolutely brimming with beauty and allure. Between natural gems like Mt. Hood and the buzzing art and music scene of downtown Portland, there's plenty to focus your camera on. Oregon Explored proves our point with this stunning shot below.



7. Langkawi, Malaysia

This archipelago has all the elements needed for stellar travel photos - unbelievable shores, natural geological formations, lush jungle, and waterfalls to boot. Langkawi is a nature lover's heaven on earth.

On Insight Guides' Indulgent Malaysia holiday, you'll experience the luxurious side of Langkawi with a sunset dinner cruise included, too. What are you waiting for? Review the full itinerary online now.



8. Isla Contoy, Mexico

"Isla Contoy is a tiny uninhabited island where you can stand in the middle and see both sides, giving incredible perspective and the profound sense of being a very small speck on a rather giant planet," shares Ellie Cusack. Going on that description, it's worth adding to your to-visit list.

Insight Guides' local experts for Mexico can create a dream trip to the coast, including Isla Contoy, just for you. Submit a trip enquiry online now.



9. New York, NY

Manhattan continues to draw our eyes with rich architecture, eclectic people, and magnificent cityscapes; each telling a story of its own. There's a reason the bustling City that Never Sleeps tops our list of must-visit destinations; there's simply no place like it on earth.



10. India

The Taj Mahal, captured beautifully below by My Next Destination Is, is one of the most photographed landmarks on the globe - and with good reason; it's an architectural and cultural wonder to behold.

Plenty of Insight Guides' tours to India include this iconic building; review itineraries and get planning your trip online now.



11. The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre is one of the most enchanting landmarks the City of Light has to offer, especially when the sky grows dark. This is when the museum's famous pyramid dazzles the most, glowing radiantly for all of Paris to adore.

Take a trip to see the luxurious side of Paris with Insight Guides, including river cruises, champagne lunches and creating your own perfume, plus plenty of free time to explore the Louvre for yourself.



12. Bangkok, Thailand

Colorful markets, golden temples, and roaring nightlife converge in Bangkok; a delightful marriage of ancient customs and contemporary lifestyle. This Thai city is a joy to the senses. Start planning your trip to the capital now on a trip with Insight Guides.



13. Myanmar

Myanmar: The name alone conjures up images of a mysterious land. But Bagan, one of our favorite destinations, is home to a whole other level of magic: think buoyant balloons floating gracefully over jaw-dropping temples piercing the sky. We think travel_with_steve captures the moment beautifully.

Take to the skies for yourself with Insight Guides' Myanmar Dreams tour.



14. Bhutan

Renowned the world over for its holy monasteries and sacred temples, this Himalayan country is a pilgrimage site for many (particularly Buddhists). The remoteness of Bhutan is perhaps its most attractive attribute, calling to anyone wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Looking to explore Bhutan on a private, tailor-made trip? Our local experts are ready to customize your experience from start to finish. 
What are you waiting for? Check out our Splendour in Bhutan holiday online now.



15. Holbox Island, Mexico

This hotspot is giving other popular destinations in Mexico a run for their money. "Visit it quick as it's been dubbed 'the new Tulum.' It's a beautiful little island accessible by ferry but with no cars allowed, which is refreshing following the overdevelopment of many of Mexico's most popular tourist areas," Ellie Cusack points out.

Check out our Baja: Pacific Coast Paradise tour online now.



16. Machu Picchu, Peru

A true wonder of the world, Machu Picchu towers above the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, almost 8,000 feet high. The Andes make for the ultimate backdrop; have your camera at the ready. Here's a fabulous shot from zuck.ale.

Insight Guides can take you to Machu Picchu and beyond on its Peru Express holiday; create your ultimate adventure in the Andes now.



17. Moscow, Russia

The onion-domed churches sprinkled throughout Moscow create a signature skyline that's all its own. But to see the culture up close, people-watching on Arbat Street is where the city comes alive.



18. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Wildlife aficionados and animal lovers flock to this archipelago for the out-of-this-world wildlife (as pictured here. Thanks, jasonbarlow_rtw !) Factor in the active volcanoes and superb underwater adventures, and you're looking at one of the most astounding destinations on the globe.

What are you waiting for? Check out Insight Guides' Totally Wildlife: Galapagos and the Amazon trip to begin creating your journey now.



19. Santorini, Greece

Oh, Santorini. Famous white architecture and deep, blue vastness intertwine in perhaps the most stunning destination in the Aegean Sea. When it comes to the best of the many Greek islands, this shot by daisycropper  proves that Santorini reigns supreme.



20. Caño Cristales, Colombia

This surreal body of water has certainly earned its nickname of the "River of Five Colors." The rushing Caño Cristales comes to life in sparkling hues that illuminate the area all around. In Meta is where you'll find this Colombian wonder. Want proof? thehotelguy  nails it. 



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