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.
Chile has established itself as one of the more economically stable countries in South America.
The most popular destinations are those that cater for ecotourism or historical trips, such as the world-famous Easter Island, where the Moais (giant heads carved in stone) dominate or the Villarrica National Park, in the Andes, home to snow-capped volcanoes and lakes. It is worth noting that the Villarrica volcano is considered one of the most active in Latin America.
When it comes to gastronomy, fish and seafood are the staples and used to create regional delicacies such as Congrio soup, an eel broth made with onion, coriander, garlic, pepper and carrot.