• 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 …

  • Pan-American Highway: The Ultimate Road Trip

    Pan-American Highway: The Ultimate Road Trip

    By Duncan Tucker Encompassing some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and almost 30,000 miles of open road across North, Central and South America, the legendary Pan-American Highway is the ultimate road trip. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest motorable road in the world, the highway officially takes in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, …

  • Uruguay’s Little Known but Richly Rewarding Wine Region

    Uruguay’s Little Known but Richly Rewarding Wine Region

    By Pat Antuña Yarza Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa are the main wine growing countries in the Southern hemisphere, all located between parallel latitudes 30 and 35 degrees south. At 33 degrees and surrounded by the Río de la la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Uruguay has earned a place on …

  • Guadalajara’s La Fuente Cantina: Where Rich and Poor Evoke a Bygone Era

    Guadalajara’s La Fuente Cantina: Where Rich and Poor Evoke a Bygone Era

    Step inside and it feels like you’ve walked onto a mid-20th century movie set from the golden age of Mexican cinema. Old men are knocking back tequila at the bar, while others are crowded around small wooden tables, sipping Corona and munching on spicy snacks to the sound of an accomplished live pianist. A typically Mexican bar founded in 1921, La Fuente …

  • Relishing Ajíaco Soup in Bogota’s Restaurants

    Relishing Ajíaco Soup in Bogota’s Restaurants

    By Barbara Buchanan Soup is a national tradition for Colombians, it’s almost impossible to avoid when you order a set meal. It’s usually clear with vegetables and an obligatory bone floating about with a liberal sprinkling of cilantro on top. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s simply a way for Colombians to recycle yesterday’s leftovers. Although, this may be …

  • Brazil’s Parallel World Cup Brings Immigrants Together in Unusual Ways

    Brazil’s Parallel World Cup Brings Immigrants Together in Unusual Ways

    If you haven’t heard, the Cameroon soccer team beat Bolivia 2-1 in the World Cup final.  That’s right, the African team is the new champion, at least in the “Gringos Cup” league, a parallel soccer tournament that brought together 24 teams formed by foreign immigrants who live in Sao Paulo. This little known championship ended June 8, just four days …