• 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 …

  • 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 …