• 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 …

  • Patagonia: Seven Steps to Being Awestruck

    Patagonia: Seven Steps to Being Awestruck

    A trip to South America’s Patagonia is a truly unforgettable experience. Shared by Chile and Argentina, the region offers breathtaking landscapes, delicious cuisine, a unique mix of cultures, and a wide range of options for adrenalin junkies and laid-back travelers alike. Thinking of making Patagonia your next vacation destination? Here are seven surefire steps to making sure you truly enjoy …

  • Top Picks in Latin America to Spark Your Salsa Groove

    Top Picks in Latin America to Spark Your Salsa Groove

    By Patrick Haller Salsa – the dance, just like the sauce – can be full of ingredients, hot and spicy, sweet and zesty, complex or straightforward. A mix of many Hispanic musical styles like Cha cha cha, Són, Rhumba, Són Montuno, Guaracha, Mambo, Danzón, Guguanco, Cubop, Guajira, Charanga, Cumbia, Plena, Bomba, Festejo, Merengue and others, Salsa was created by New York’s …

  • Our Five Favorite Films from Mexican Cinema

    Our Five Favorite Films from Mexican Cinema

    From the golden age that began in the 1930s to the new wave of the 21st century, the Mexican film industry has consistently produced some unmissable movies. Many of Mexico’s most powerful and entertaining motion pictures have had a major social and political impact, perfectly capturing a moment in time while simultaneously captivating audiences all around the world. Moreover, watching foreign-language …

  • The Growing Influence of Uruguayan Musicians on the Global Scene

    The Growing Influence of Uruguayan Musicians on the Global Scene

    By Pat Antuña Yarza At the 2005 Academy Awards, Uruguayan singer and songwriter Jorge Drexler gained the world’s attention when he received his award for best song for “The Motorcycle Diaries” and took the microphone to give his speech, which consisted of singing the chorus of “Al otro lado del río.” Drexler had not been allowed to perform the song by the …

  • Mezcal: the Hippest Export from Oaxaca, Mexico

    Mezcal: the Hippest Export from Oaxaca, Mexico

    Billed in the London Metro as “tequila’s smokier little brother” and in the New York Times as “tequila’s brash, more rustic cousin,” mezcal has become the cool drink of choice for those in the know. When just a few years ago it was almost impossible to find this potent agave-based liquor outside of Mexico, it is now on the trendiest …

  • Time to Revive Spirit of Kennedy Era “Alliance for Progress”?

    Time to Revive Spirit of Kennedy Era “Alliance for Progress”?

    Since 1944, Latin American countries have continually sought closer economic ties with the United States, only to be rebuffed time and again. Successive U.S. administrations, for their part, have signaled varying degrees of indifference to the region to their south. U.S. engagement, when it came, was piecemeal and narrowly restricted toward security ties in an attempt to inure the United …

  • Getting in the Groove in Montevideo’s Barrio Sur

    Getting in the Groove in Montevideo’s Barrio Sur

    Pat Antuña Yarza Visitor’s to Montevideo’s Barrio Sur neighborhood won’t want to miss Central Cemetery, the final resting place of many famous Uruguayans, or the chance to hear distinctive candombe music. I will tell you the dreams of my life  On this deepest of blue nights.  In your hands my soul will tremble,  On your shoulders my cross will rest. …

  • Surf’s Always Up in Nicaragua

    Surf’s Always Up in Nicaragua

    Having experienced a real boom in recent years, Nicaragua’s tourist sector is beginning to rival that of its more lauded neighbor Costa Rica. After agriculture, tourism is now Nicaragua’s second biggest industry, with visitors commonly drawn by everything from off-the-grid ecological yoga retreats to all-inclusive resort packages. Nicaragua stands to prosper greatly from a deal with China to fund a …