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  • Indigenous Languages

    Indigenous Languages With approximately 350 spoken languages, South America is one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the world. Before the first Europeans arrived in Latin America, there even were an estimated 1,500 languages spoken.The mayor native tongues are Quechua, with 7 million speakers in Peru and Bolivia and Guaraní with 4 million speakers in Paraguay and the north of Argentina. For example: the name of the waterfalls Iguazu comes from the Guaraní word ‘y ûasú’, which means ‘big water’. And in Quechua, an Incan language, the city name Cusco means The Navel of the World.

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  • Rainforest

    Rainforest The Amazon Rainforest in South America represents more than half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and it holds the largest and most species-rich flora and fauna of tropical rainforest in the world. For example more than 2,000 different kinds of butterflies are found in the forest. The rich flora and fauna is fed by the immense Amazon River basin, whit a yearly rainfall of 150 inches. That’s a lot, knowing that this amount of rain would get most cities up to their ears in the water after a week. The jungle includes territory belonging to nine countries: Brazil (60%), Peru (13%), Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana and Ecuador.

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  • Dinosaur

    DinosaurSome interesting facts about the history of dinosaurs in Latin America. In South America many of the most important findings of dinosaur fossils were made. Fossils have been found from the north to the south of the continent, in Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. The fossils are mainly found in the desserts and high grasslands of Brazil and Argentina. Some of the first types, like the Herrerasaurus, and later versions, like the Saltasaurus lived in Argentina. One of the mayor findings were the remains of about ten big Patagosaurus Sauropods, found in the fossil-rich region of Chubut, Argentina, in 1977. In the Dinosaur Museums in Neuquén, Argentina, you can see the remains of these.

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  • One big joke… on you. But definitely an experience not to be missed!


    If you are new to the traveling world, things can seem a little but crazy at first. I know that when I began traveling there were a lot of things I had to get accustomed to. From the irregularity of the bus system to the lack of streets signs, South America at times feels like one big joke…on you. To make a long story short, the fundamental character of traveling (especially in South America) is that of unpredictability. For those of you who are a little stressed or anxious about what lies ahead, here are some things to keep in mind on your first journey into the unknown.

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    Carnival in South America

    Carnival: comes from the Italian word of carne vale and means something in the lines of “farewell to meat” which was not eaten during Lent.

    The tradition of Carnaval was brought by the Europeans who celebrated this feast during late winter just before the forty day Lent period of fasting and prayer began. According to ethnologists it has elements of old celebrations and cultures and it is said it gave the opportunity to rural societies, dominated by Christianity, to rebel against the sexual repression and formality opposed on them.

    Nowadays it has practically nothing to do anymore with rebellion. However it is the perfect opportunity for the people to let go of all the stress and just have a great time!! Carnaval is celebrated in many different ways all through South-America.

    The celebrations in Bolivia partially do have a religious background even today. In the city of Oruro Carnaval is celebrated most grandly and they always begin with a special dance called the Devil dance also known as the diablada. This dance is based on the ceremony in which they give thanks to the Pachamama, mother earth. It commemorates the eternal clash between good and evil and it was allowed by the early catholic priest to keep the natives quiet during the conversion by the Catholic Church.

    Carnaval Oruro

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  • Always been curious what it is like to celebrate NEW YEARS EVE in South America? In this newsletter you find some Peruvian superstitions. As this text is in Spanish, we included some vocabulary for your convenience. (For Spanish speakers at an intermediate level).

    La noche que nos traslada al nuevo año está llena de cábalas y supersticiones que tienen que ver con buenos augurios para el año que comienza.

    La mayoría de las supersticiones que se realizan la noche del 31 de diciembre fueron introducidas por los colonizadores españoles y se arraigaron con más fuerza en las ciudades que en los sectores rurales.

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