Home to unrivalled diversity, Latin America is a melting pot of cultures
The countries that make up Latin America are as distinct from one another as the region is from other parts of the world. So, what unites them? In addition to geographical proximity and the Spanish language (with the exception of Portuguese in Brazil and French in Haiti), perhaps it’s the culture, the climate, the more relaxed outlook on life than European counterparts. There are a number of familiarities that unite them but, at the same time, many aspects that make them unique thanks to their historical context. This is, ultimately, the charm of Latin America.
With that in mind, we have prepared a broad overview of the “best of all things Latin”, with a particular focus on tourism, culture and gastronomy. With so many countries to choose from and so few pages, it won’t be possible to showcase everything at once, but we promise to profile each one in greater detail in future editions. Below are some of the highlights.
To give priority to our Latin neighbours, we will not include Brazil in this section. But worry not, if you want to find out more about this South American giant just browse any of the other editions of BBMag – Bossa Brazil Magazine printed or online.
With Spanish, Quechua and many other indigenous dialects as official languages, Bolivia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in Latin America and has two capitals: La Paz and Sucre.
A favourite among tourist, Bolivia is home to beautiful and little-explored landscapes as the Sajama National Park, which is nestled close to the extinct Sajama volcano and the Payachata volcano complex (on the frontier between Bolivia and Chile), plenty of the natural wildlife of the Andean region, such as the vicuña, a close relative of the llama and alpaca, and the viscacha, a species of Bolivian chinchilla.
After an active day, how about ordering a majao or majadito? This is a local dish made with dried meat, rice, paprika, fried plantains and a fried egg.