• Capoeira is Brazil’s Hot New Export

    Capoeira is Brazil’s Hot New Export

    By Jeanna Neefe Matthews Capoeira, an exciting blend of martial arts, dance, and music, is a perfect way to taste Brazilian culture, in Brazil or increasingly in your own hometown. Popular both with those who like to watch high-energy performances, as well as those who want to add a new twist to their exercise routine, capoeira is an increasingly common …

  • Beyond Diamonds: Discover the Hidden Gems of Latin America and the Caribbean

    Beyond Diamonds: Discover the Hidden Gems of Latin America and the Caribbean

    By Hilda Thomas Forget emeralds, rubies and sapphires. According to the song, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but if you really want to impress, how about the beautiful blue of Larimar, said to have healing properties and often called the Atlantis Stone? Found only in a one square kilometer area of a remote mountainous region in the Dominican Republic, Larimar is …

  • Titanic Hero’s Eco-Resort in Belize Aims to ‘Heal the Island’

    Titanic Hero’s Eco-Resort in Belize Aims to ‘Heal the Island’

    By Narayan Ammachchi Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is building a luxurious eco-resort on a tiny island off the Caribbean coast of Belize. DiCaprio, who in recent years has become an environmentalist and green speaker, wants to demonstrate how the hospitality industry can prosper by reviving the ecology rather than destroying it. Sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is said to be home …

  • Of Myth and Magic: Exploring Superstitions and Traditional Beliefs from Latin America and the Caribbean

    Of Myth and Magic: Exploring Superstitions and Traditional Beliefs from Latin America and the Caribbean

    By Hilda Thomas With everything from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson to TV’s Supernatural and Grimm – recently renewed for a fifth season – plundering traditional tales, myths and superstitions for material, magic and the supernatural seem set to continue capturing the imagination. It’s not all black cats and spilled salt, though. Superstitions, passed down from generation to generation by word of …

  • Four LatAm-Caribbean Dances You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    Four LatAm-Caribbean Dances You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    By Pravina Chetty Dirty Dancing made it famous, the Havana Nights carved it into your minds and the Buena Vista Social Club had you dreaming of sipping Cuba Libres in a dusty Cuban cafe on a Friday night while watching a couple move sensuously to the music. The sultry sway of hips moving which brings to mind something similar to Shakira’s dance …

  • Lima Tops Air Travel Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Lima Tops Air Travel Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean

    By Bianca Wright If you are stepping onto a plane bound for Latin America or the Caribbean, chances are you are headed to Peru, Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, or Mexico. According to the Mastercard 2014 Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks destinations according to the number of international overnight visitors, Lima, Peru tops the list of Latin American air travel …

  • 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 …