• Cuba Comes in From the Cold

    Cuba Comes in From the Cold

    By Tim Wilson Now that the United States plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, there is much speculation as to what kinds of changes we can expect to see, and how fast. The short answer: Cuba’s economic and political structure will be transformed, but it won’t happen overnight. As it stands, President Obama’s executive order only eases restrictions for …

  • Photo Essay: Exploring Bogota’s Laid Back Parque 93

    Photo Essay: Exploring Bogota’s Laid Back Parque 93

    By Duncan Tucker A popular commercial and recreational area located on the eastern side of Colombia’s bustling capital, Bogota’s Parque de la 93, or 93rd Street Park, is one of the city’s most pleasant sites. With water features, immaculate gardens and views of the surrounding mountains, the park is a great place for a weekend picnic or a relaxing stroll …

  • Discover This Piece of Eastern Europe in São Paulo

    Discover This Piece of Eastern Europe in São Paulo

    by Silvia Rosa The city of São Paulo is known for its famous immigrant neighborhoods, founded by Italians, Lebanese and Japanese. However, few people know that in the Zelina Village, a quiet neighborhood in the eastern part of the capital, you can find a piece of Eastern Europe, inhabited by descendants of immigrants from this region who arrived in Brazil in the …

  • Six Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Cuba

    Six Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Cuba

    By Dennis Barker President Obama announced last month that “the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.” What that meant for Americans who want to travel to Cuba was not clear. Now the new regulations have been clarified, and it’s sort of good news for those who want to go. It won’t be as simple …

  • Ecuador Rises Above the Crowd, Named World’s Best Place to Retire

    Ecuador Rises Above the Crowd, Named World’s Best Place to Retire

    By Narayan Ammachchi Several Latin American nations located along or nearby the equator – including Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica – are among the world’s 25 best countries to retire in, according to an assessment  by InternationalLiving.com. Topping the list, however, is Ecuador, the sun-soaked South American country whose very name derives from the equator. “From snow-capped volcanoes to dense …

  • Day and Night in Lapa, the Cultural Heart of Rio de Janeiro

    Day and Night in Lapa, the Cultural Heart of Rio de Janeiro

    By Nathan Walters Ask anyone in the cidade maravilhosa for the best place to live the carioca experience and you’re likely to get the same answer: Lapa. Rio de Janeiro’s quintessential bohemian bairro, Lapa is a perfect blend of the sights, sounds, and sensations that make Rio unique even among the world’s most iconic cities. Lapa, situated between Rio’s bustling …

  • Bogota’s Andrés DC: You Have to See It to Believe It

    Bogota’s Andrés DC: You Have to See It to Believe It

    By Loren Moss Bogotá, like any important capital, has no shortage of impressive eateries featuring haute cuisine, molecular gastronomy, exclusive “cavas” or wine cellars, and white tablecloth establishments suitable for power lunches or deal-making dinners. Andrés Carne De Res is not one of those places. Neither is its urban younger outpost, Andrés DC, located in Bogotá’s upscale and touristy “Zona …

  • Saving Peru’s Amazon Rainforest, One Visitor at a Time

    Saving Peru’s Amazon Rainforest, One Visitor at a Time

    By Alex Pashley Over a century’s resource extraction has inflicted visible wounds that abrasively come into view as you fly into Puerto Maldonado, the humid capital of Peru’s Madre de Dios region. Hosting up to 15 percent of the world’s flora and fauna, the region’s divine moniker – which means ‘Mother of God’ – seems positively modest. Lush canopy fans …

  • Savoring Uruguay’s Signature Dish

    Savoring Uruguay’s Signature Dish

    By Leonel More If you happen to be in Uruguay and are a meat lover, you should not miss trying the asado (Uruguayan signature dish). It is different from other versions throughout The Americas, although those differences can be subtle. Uruguay is proud of the quality of its beef, and exports to the US and the rest of the world are …

  • Journey to the Cultural Core: Our Top Ten Latin America Festival Picks

    Journey to the Cultural Core: Our Top Ten Latin America Festival Picks

    By Duncan Tucker One of the most meaningful ways to encounter and really connect with Latin America is through its festivals. Stroll, for example, through a Mexican graveyard on the night of November 1 and you may be walking among the spirits of the dead. Almost every grave is adorned with the deceased’s favorite snacks, bottles of tequila, photos of …