How did Latin Americans become so aggressively romantic?

Romantic languages, romantic cultures and romanticism have a common root that comes from Rome. Somewhere mixed into this etymological mush is the figure of the Latin Lover. In the popular British imagination, French and Italians, Spaniards and Portuguese are more likely to...

48 hours in . . . Buenos Aires, an insider guide to the tango capital of the world

Enduring romance, eternal renaissance Queen of the Plate, Paris of the South, Tangopolis: the nicknames reveal why Buenos Aires doesn’t disappoint. A beguiling conflation of European historic outpost and contemporary Latin American sprawl, BA – as expats call it...

Punta Arenas, the gateway to Southern Patagonia's natural wonders – an expert guide

Why go? Before the Panama Canal opened this was a vital port for the Americas and a safe harbour for any ship that had transited the blustery Strait of Magellan or, indeed, the South Pacific. The gateway to southern Patagonia’s natural wonders, it’s a fascinating...

11 days in Patagonia: how to explore the region's most fascinating corners

Largely barren, thinly populated, windswept in summer and bitterly cold in winter, Patagonia shouldn’t be as enthralling as it is. But there’s something about this triangle-shaped vastness at the bottom of South America that stirs intrepid souls. Its political...

Panama City turns 500 next year, but with a fresh makeover it's never felt more new

‘Ron de cortesía” is probably the nicest welcome I’ve encountered checking into a hotel. The decanter of courtesy rum was just to the right of the tiny reception in Las Clementinas, a beautiful apart-hotel in Panama City’s Casco Viejo (Old Quarter)....

Forget museums – the only place to see Easter Island's famous statues is where they were created

The lonely triangle of rock known as Rapa Nui (to the locals), Isla Pascua (to the Chilean colonists) and Easter Island (to the rest of us) is everything you imagine it to be. Drive, cycle or hike around its 40 miles of shore and your first thought is: wilful extinction. Or, in...

Why you're wrong about Latin America

When Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was bussed to trial in New York on Tuesday morning, Brooklyn Bridge was closed. It looked like a stunt. It was life imitating art – or TV crime drama, at least. The “most powerful drug trafficker in the...

Why can't Brazilians take their eyes off you?

The body beautiful – it’s supposed to be a Brazilian speciality. The ease of motion, the perfect tan, the walk with a samba sway. Plus the clothes, the hair, the amount of effort that goes in to looking effortlessly gorgeous. Perhaps that why Brazilians seem so...

The best bars and nightlife in Buenos Aires

Things kick off much later in Buenos Aires than in most European cities. People often dine after 10pm and those heading to a nightclub might only leave the house after midnight. Some of the best places for early evening are the cafés and bars – around 90 ‘bares...

Escape the gringo crowds on South America's secret backpacker trail

The well-trodden South American backpacker route has a great heritage, but it’s as busy as a bus to Cuzco. Chris Moss offers gringos young and old a new way into the great overlanding continent. Roads have DNA. It’s a compelling thing. That’s why the South...

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