Latin America

Rio de Janeiro: where sparkling waters, beautiful people, and historic neighborhoods and museums combine with the rich sounds of Samba and a thriving nightlife to give this Brazilian city its reputation as one of the most striking in the world. The Cidade Maravihosa (Marvelous City), as Brazilians call it, displays a unique blend of contrasts: a bustling metropolis amidst beautiful mountain ranges, rain forests and wetlands, tremendous wealth amidst crushing poverty, old traditions juxtaposed with desires for modernity. All of the thriving life and diversity of Rio de Janeiro is showcased between the outstretched arms…
World-renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once claimed, "Anyone who hasn't been in the Chilean forest doesn't know this planet. I have come out of that landscape, that mud, that silence, to roam, to go singing through the world." Mr. Neruda could have written about his entire country with the same thrust and passion, for once anyone experiences Chile, he or she will surely go and sing its praises to the world. Chile stretches 2,604 miles from the northern plains of the Atacama Desert, the world's driest, through the central region of the Lake District and…
The language of a Mexican Riviera cruise is a simple to learn. As you awaken everyday to another incredible, sun-drenched morning, you'll say, "Qué día más bueno!" — what a beautiful day! Whenever your friendly waiter or masseuse asks how you're doing, you'll sincerely respond, "Muy bien, gracias" — very well, thank you. And whenever a old Mexican woman—her dark skin lit up with bright turquoise jewelry—asks if you're enjoying the cruise, you'll exclaim, "Sí, sí, sí!" Mexico's Pacific coastline, known as the Riviera for its stylish ports and luxurious coastal towns, is a sumptuous…
When you see the art form known as capoeira performed on the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, you'll have difficulty deciding if you need to call the police or stare in amazement. Surrounded in a roda—a circle of people clapping, chanting in rhythm to a berimbau, a one-stringed instrument—two capoeiristas combine evasive martial arts with aggressive ballet, handstands with cartwheels, attack with defense, as they lunge and circle-kick, not at each other, but with each other, forming a pulsating and expressive dance of balance, camaraderie, violence and history. Spiritual, rhythmic and powerful, capoeira…