LATIN AMERICA: SITE OF THE MEGA-DIVERSE COUNTRIES
Latin America is made up of countries whose current predominant languages have origins in Latin (Spanish, Portuguese and, to a lesser extent, French). It is one of the areas of the world with most ethnic diversity, due to the high level of varied, cultural and local development seen in this territory. Before colonialization, hundreds of indigenous empires and groups are recognized with markedly different languages, social practices, politics, art, and religions. Among these groups, the most recognized are the Aztecs, Maya, Muiscas and Incas. After being conquered by the Spanish, Portuguese and British empires, many of these cultures slowly faded or vanished without trace. Some of them left a very important architectural, historical and cultural legacy throughout the expanse of the central and southern parts of the American continent.
As with its culture and diversity, the Latin American and Caribbean economy is incredibly diverse in terms of social and cultural aspects as well as demographic aspects and it depends greatly on existing local and regional economic policies. There is a prevalence of economic models associated with the use of natural resources for production, such as mining, oil, manufacturing, agriculture and livestock farming, due to Latin American countries being producers of products. These local and global economies in Latin America that are based in large part on agricultural systems and the use of land for production have resulted in the loss of natural ecosystems, the reduction of large areas covered by forests, the deterioration of water sources and a detriment to natural spaces in general. In recent years, this trend seems to want to turn toward economic practices that look to improve the exploitation and use of resources and that aim to increase preservation and conservation of nature, thereby creating conscience in the community.
Without doubt, Latin American gastronomy plays a significant part in the culture and the food defines the society that lives here. Latin America has its own, varied cuisine that has its own cultural, ethical and social origins, with fusions of Hispanic, Indian, African, and Creole elements. Peru is the gastronomic capital of America and has cuisine that is world renowned, however the other countries also deserve mention such as Mexico, which also has well-known, legendary cuisine, Chile, which has a received a great French influence, Argentina with its combination of Italian and Hispanic influences, and Colombia and Venezuela whose gastronomy is marked by the fusion of indigenous, Spanish and African elements borne from the rural contexts of its territory. Each country recounts its unique history through its cuisine.
But if there is something that truly makes America, and in particular the region known as Latin America, stand out it is its biological diversity. This region accounts for approximately 60% of land, marine and freshwater life on the planet. It is a vital and extremely diverse space extending from subtropical and tropical zones all the way to sub-Antarctic zones. The eco-regions or biomass vary from glaciers to the arid Patagonian steppe to swamps, costal deserts, mangrove, tropical and Andean forests, Savannah prairies and mountain plains that account for a wide range of species. In particular, Latin America contains the lowland forests with the greatest abundance of diverse species on the planet, many of those with a reduced distribution range and with a high number of endemisms in its isolated highland ecosystems. Various environmental factors exist that have potentialized this diversity, for instance the geographic and geologic complexity in Latin America, its complex evolutionary history and its highly variable climates. This diversity makes Latin America an enchanting and remarkable territory, full of surprises to be discovered in every corner.
OUR COMMITMENT TO LATIN AMERCA!
We use high-quality, local resources and strongly support community tourism. We are conscious that the salaries in Latin America are comparatively low, which is why we always try to recompense and pay the people that work with us well, throughout the many days that a nature tour takes and we greatly appreciate the fact that our people do everything possible to ensure a successful tour. The people that work with us are our friends because of their trustworthiness and because they really are well qualified to offer high quality nature tourism in the field. We’re certain that you would wish your money to benefit local communities, promoting development in the countries of Latin America and that’s why we represent the best option.
We want you to feel convinced that Latin America is a great region, completely safe and full of friendly people committed to providing a good service. We want you to know that here you can find high quality tourism. We always provide the best available conditions and take care of all of the logistical details. There is nothing that is left to chance – with us you’ll have a great trip in Latin America.