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11 Places to Do Extreme Sports in Latin America

Calling out all the high-adrenaline junkies: Latin America is waiting for you. Whether biking on Bolivia’s death road, piranha fishing in the Pantanal or snorkeling the coral reefs of Belize, Latin America is packed with exciting sports and other adventures for the extremes.

If you’re looking for an exceptional and extremely active experience backed by fascinating cultures, cheap prices, and stunning topography, we have found your perfect extreme sports playground.

Check out some of these destinations that will get your heart pumping as you enjoy your favorite hobby.

Piranha fishing in the Pantanal, Brazil

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The destination would have to be the best rated extreme playing ground with one of the deadliest fish in the world. The interesting part is that after having a wonderful experience sporting in the area, you can actually eat the fish afterward.

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 Ignore the fact that the Piranha itself is the face of the Pantanal, and focus on getting yourself damp on this region that is perfect for extreme sports. You can cruise the area in a cruiser or embark on a long adventure by driving the 147 km journey across Mato Grosso.

Snorkeling in the Reefs of Belize

Credit: Instagram @energymindsetBelize may be small, but its coastline is lively with beautiful scenes. A third of the 900 km long Mesoamerican Reef is covered by coral reefs which are the main charm here. Take a stroll along the coastline while exploring the charming cayes (Caulker and Ambergris).

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Grab the chance to swim with sharks in the beautiful Hol Chan Marine Reserve and dive into the Blue Hole as you enjoy the beautiful scenes of this region.

Mountain bike, Bolivia

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Probably the most dangerous road, Bolivia features tough tracks that are perfect for extreme biking experience. The steep and mostly bumpy route starts on the highest point of the Bolivian Andes at La Paz and stretches for about 40 miles across the sub-tropical Yungas all the way to the sleepy town of Coroico.

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 As you scale down, the road becomes narrow and you may want to be careful as it cuts through the walls of the sheer valley and passes beneath rocky overhangs and waterfalls.

Scuba Diving in Isla de Coiba, Panama

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Commonly known as “Panama’s Galapagos,” this iconic spot is challenging but quite rewarding. Most of the experienced divers who are ready to endure strong currents coupled by Pacific waters can find a safe haven in Isla de Coiba.

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Divers will also enjoy the amazing sights of manta rays, oversized sturgeon, turtles, and lots of sharks. These sharks are the reason why this region was once an outstanding prison colony as the prisoners were frightened to try to escape. The prison was later replaced with a National Park, but divers from all over the world flock the scene to have fun and for sports.

Volcano climbing, Costa Rica

Credit: Instagram @hampistravelserviceApart from its exploding flora and fauna, Costa Rica is also known for its frequent eruptions from the ground. Its volcano stretch is magnificently surrounded by the Arenal Volcano National Park. For several years, the fire has been regular and can still be seen emitting from the volcano. 

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The interesting thing is the wild animals that you can bump into while climbing the tough trails around the national park.

Kite Surfing in Cumbucco, Brazil

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If you enjoy kitesurfing in miles of empty beaches, windy environment, and tropical temperatures, then Cumbucco is your dream surfing paradise.

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The area is known for its wide variety of kiting options, with flat water lagoons and good wave spots. It’s a great sport for extreme sporting.

Avenue of volcanoes, Ecuador

Credit: Instagram @mipebraAmong the tallest active volcanoes across the globe is Cotopaxi. There is no better way to see its potential except by riding its slants either by horse riding or slumbering on its echoing belly.

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Just like the name, the Avenues of Volcanoes in Ecuador will make the sporting experience enjoyable as you cover the massive avenues of its walls. Set out on a memorable escapade to get a taste of the Ecuadorian life on the tough plains.

White Water Rafting, Costa Rica

Credit: Instagram @ecofitnessadventuresThere is, honestly, a fantastic whitewater rafting across Latin America. The southernmost area is characterized by increased water sports, from rafting through the dense jungles to sea-kayaking in the sparkling sea water.

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The Pacuare River stills stand out as the ideal place to get wet. Stretching over 12 miles across the pristine rainforest, the place will get you sweaty while you enjoy the adventure. Bordering the river is the Talamanca mountain range with a beautiful sight of wild animals such as monkeys, birds, sloths, and more. Get down there before the plan of building a hydroelectric plant in the vicinity becomes a reality.

Kayaking, Trinidad and Tobago

Credit: Instagram @canoekayakmagFor the modern enthusiast of kayaking, it would be great to engage in the sport while enjoying the unique azure of waters and bays sheltered by freshwater. 

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Trinidad and Tobago is the ideal destination for saltwater and freshwater kayaking. Key scenes to note are the Godineau River and Bon Accord Lagoon that allows you to enjoy the tropical warmth while you take on your favorite spot.

Wakeboarding, Bahamas

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Getting the chance to enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding 12 months in a year coupled with good weather is extremely breathtaking.

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Remove featured imageThink of the stunning stretches of water that allows you to ride your motorboat at super speed, try a few tricks, and later bask on the beautiful beaches. The Bahamas offers it all in one package.

Sandboarding, Huacachina, Peru

Credit: Instagram @ overlandtourOnce you have experienced the all-sand version, you will have a hard time going back to the original. It’s among the world’s most famous adventure sports. In the small desert town of Huacachina, sandboarding is the main adrenaline sport to try.

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Get your board and begin the rough ride on a mission to reach the highest dunes. The residents use candlesticks at the bottom of their boards as a way to increase speed before tearing down the sandbanks. It’s an exciting experience.

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

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Women Are Marching In The Dominican Republic As Part Of A Green Wave To End The Country’s Total Abortion Ban

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Women Are Marching In The Dominican Republic As Part Of A Green Wave To End The Country’s Total Abortion Ban

For years now, women across Latin America have been fighting for their rights. In too many countries women are literally fighting for their safety and lives, not to mention access to equal pay, education, and safe and legal abortion.

Recently, these activists have started to see victories pop up across the region in what many are calling a green wave. With Argentina having legalized abortion late last year, many are hoping that the momentum will carry over into other countries.

Dominican feminists are demanding an end to the nation’s total abortion ban.

The Dominican Republic’s current penal code (which penalizes abortions) dates all the way back to 1884. It should go without saying that the time to update these archaic laws is long overdue.

The group of feminists use the hashtag #Las3CausalesVan and wear green, representing the latest in a green wave of reproductive rights that has spread across Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We are manifesting in front of Congress to demand respect to the life, health and dignity of women, emphasizing the inclusion of the three causals in the penal code,” Saray Figuereo, one of the activists involved in the movement, told the APP. “And we won’t let them make up an excuse that they’ll include them in a special law.”

The movement for the “Las 3 causales” (3 “causals” or “grounds/circumstances” in English) demands the approval of abortion in three extreme cases:

  1. When the pregnancy is a byproduct of a rape or incest
  2. When it represents a risk for the woman (or girl)
  3. When the fetus is nonviable

It’s the first time in generations that there is hope to update the country’s laws.

In 2020, the Dominican Republic held a historic election where Luis Abinader of the Modern Revolutionary Party won the presidential elections—the first time an opposing party won after a 16-year rule by the Party for Dominican Liberation.

In an interview with El País, he said, “Look, I disagree, as does the majority of the population, not only in the Dominican Republic but in the world, with free abortion, but I do think that there must be causals that allow the interruption of pregnancy. That has been the official position of our party.”

Reproductive rights in the Dominican Republic have long been an ongoing issue. The ratio of maternal mortality in the country is 150 per 100,000 births, higher than the average of 100 in Latin America.

“It’s been over 25 years fighting for this and all the lives that we keep losing, especially marginalized lives that are not even valuable enough for the media and the press to cover them, because the erasure of these voices is constant in the Dominican Republic,” activist Gina M. Goico told the AP.

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