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.
Colombia has the second largest population in South America and has destinations for all tastes. In the capital, Bogotá, visitors can find the Museo del Oro, which contains the largest collection of objects from pre-Colombian America. There are plenty of other museums and parks, like Parque Jaime Duque.
For history lovers, one of the most exciting locations is Ciudad Perdida, also known as Teyuna. Recently discovered, Teyuna, which is located in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is the archaeological site of an unknown people that lived 650 years before Machu Picchu.
To make your trip that much tastier, be sure to try patacones, a snack made with fried plantains, or any other local dish made with corn, a vegetable that powers the nation.