Latin America is a melting pot of cultures. The 26 countries that make up this ethnic-geographical concept are plagued with places, populations and phenomena that are worth knowing. From Civitatis we propose you a list with 10 curious facts about Latin America that you probably don’t know yet.
1. The Atacama Desert, one of the driest places in the world
Probably the word desert already gives you a clue, but the Atacama is not a desert to use. It is considered one of the driest places in the world. In 1971, according to recorded data, the first rain fell after four centuries. If you want to discover this unique place you cannot miss this excursion to the Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama.
2. In Honduras it rains fish
Yeah, you read right, it’s raining fish. In Yoro, a small town in northern Honduras, a strange phenomenon occurs whereby, at least once a year during the transition from spring to summer, the streets are flooded with small silver fish “fallen from the sky”.
3. In Cartagena de Indias the sea is illuminated
Have you ever heard of luminous plankton? In Colombia, more specifically in Cartagena de Indias, you can enjoy a night bath with bioluminescent plankton. With each movement, the waters light up with tiny blue dots. A magical experience!
4. Mexican Gastronomy, a World Heritage Site
We all know and love tacos, but Mexican cuisine goes far beyond this delicious street stall dish. In addition to being a delight, Mexican gastronomy won in 2010 the title of Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. If you want to discover the flavors of Mexico, there’s no better way to do it than with a gastronomic tour of Mexico City.
5. Panama, a country bathed by two oceans
This news isn’t new. Panama is one of the countries where it is extremely easy to see the sunrise in the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the sunset in the Pacific Ocean. Crazy, isn’t it?
6. Ecuador, where nature is defended in the courts
Did you know that in Ecuador, nature is considered a subject with constitutional rights? Thanks to this measure, the country boasts some of the best-preserved wilderness areas in the world. The Galapagos Islands are a great example of this.
7. Paraguay, a bilingual country
Paraguay has wanted to make sure to preserve its ancestral culture. The country has Castilian and Guarani, the local indigenous language as official languages, so it is not uncommon to hear its inhabitants switch from one language to another with total fluency. If you want to soak up its culture, a good option is to take a guided tour of Asunción with a local guide who will show you the essence of Paraguay.
8. The Amazon, the world’s most abundant river
This is probably not new to anyone, but the Amazon River could not be missing from this list of curious facts about Latin America. If you want to enjoy its rich ecosystem there are excursions that will show you this unique place in one or several days, an excursion that you must do at least once in your life!
9. Colombia, the country of coffee
Colombian coffee is recognized worldwide, not only for its quality, but also for its extensive plantations throughout the country. Did you know that Colombia is the world’s second largest coffee producer? If you want to discover more about this industry, you can’t miss these visits to the Coffee Axis.
10. Lima, the gastronomic capital of America
We have already talked about Mexican gastronomy, but we must recognize that the capital of Peru has nothing to envy. The country has up to 90 microclimates, which creates a perfect opportunity to grow all kinds of raw materials and have a cuisine with premium ingredients. That said, a visit to Lima would not be complete without a gastronomic tour to discover its impressive cuisine. Ceviche for everyone!