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21 Places To Visit In Latin America Before You Turn 30

It’s 2019, which means that its time to start dreaming up Instagram-worthy destinations to add to your bucket list. Whether you want to explore charming cliffside towns, wander throughout mysterious archeological sites, or learn to rappel down a waterfall, you’ll find something to love when you visit these destinations. With so many incredible places to choose from in Latin America, it’s hard to decide where to go. We have cut down the list to 21 fabulous places to visit before you turn 30. Get your suitcase ready. After reading this, you’ll be ready to start packing for your next trip.

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1. Tulum, Mexico

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Tulum is one of the hottest travel destinations anywhere. This eco-friendly hotspot has it all — Mayan ruins, lush jungles, and fabulous shopping. What else could you ask for in a vacation spot?

2. Santiago, Chile

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Santiago is one of the most vibrant and unique cities in South America. Enjoy a coffee in one of the picturesque cafés. If you like local art, then check out one of the many museums. Santiago is also an excellent destination for anyone who loves adventure. It is a gateway to Patagonia, which is full of wild and breathtaking scenery.

3. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan is a colorful, historic city. The best part about traveling to San Juan is that you don’t need a passport. Because it is part of the U.S., all you need is a driver’s license or photo ID to visit. While in San Juan, make sure you walk down the cute cobblestone streets and check out the colorful pastel buildings. If you want to stay active, take a hike through the El Yunque rainforest.

4. Lima, Peru

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Lima offers an unforgettable adventure. The city is full of unique flavors and lively experiences. Plus, it is close to some of the best backpacking locations in South America like Lake Titicaca, which is the highest accessible lake in the world.

5. Quito, Ecuador

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Quito is another South American must-see capital city. There are plenty of spots to watch the sunset thanks to Quito’s location high in the Andes mountains. Quito has a relaxed vibe. It is a peaceful, yet sophisticated city. You’ll find lots of nightlife and food options to sample. Take Quito’s main bus service to the Amazon basin and try whitewater rafting or mountaineering for the first time.

6. Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City is a colorful, bright city that is quickly becoming a travel hotspot. It has a hopping art scene, lots of great restaurants and impressive architecture. On a trip to Mexico City, you’ll find lots of great shopping, historical buildings and interesting museums to check out.

7. Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Belize is located right between Guatemala and Mexico. This Central American country has a laid-back atmosphere, beautiful coastline, and friendly locals. Ambergris Caye is the largest island and the most popular destination in Belize. The island has a fun, vibe. It is the perfect destination for anyone who loves to swim, windsurf or scuba dive.

8. Cartagena, Colombia

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The ancient city of Cartegena is filled with tradition and color. If you visit, plan to spend a couple of days at least. You’ll need it to explore all of the sights, history, and sounds of this fashionable seaside town. Wander through the maze of cobbled alleys of Old Town, which is a Unesco World Heritage site. Soak up the local culture and sensual atmosphere in one of the city’s nightclubs.

9. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

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Bayahibe is a small, sleepy fishing village that is located just east of La Romana. This tranquil village is the perfect spot for anyone looking for a relaxed vacation. Relax on one of the white-sand beaches. Take a short taxi ride to the nearby town of Dominicus Americanus, a cute village that has several hotels, resorts and lots of shopping.

10. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Machu Picchu is a bucket-list destination that should be on everyone’s list. This far-flung destination is one that is perfect to see in your 20s. The hike to Manchu Pichu is truly amazing. Along the way, you’ll pass lots of natural beauty. Once you arrive at Manchu Picchu, you’ll be rewarded with a view of one of the most impressive archeological sites ever constructed.

11. Easter Island, Chile

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Easter Island is another place that every 20-something should visit. Easter Island is not your typical travel experience. It is one of the most remote islands in the world. This mysterious island is ideal for travelers who want to satisfy a sense of adventure. Easter Island is well-known for its numerous giant statues that dot the island. You have to see these statues in person to understand the intrigue that surrounds them.

12. Punta Arenas, Chile

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Punta Arenas, located in the Patagonia region of Chile, is a sprawling oil-rich city that is a gateway to Antarctica. Most people who visit spend a day at Torres del Paine National Park. There you will find spectacular scenery and exciting animal life. Enjoy views of snow-capped mountains as you hike through the park. Take in the mirrored lakes, glaciers and waterfalls along the way.

13. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

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Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is one of the largest salt flats in the world. It offers a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience that should be experienced in your 20s. The salt flat contains one of the most sought-after metals, lithium, which powers cell phones. As the demand for lithium grows, Bolivia’s salt flats may soon be no more. So, visit now while you have the chance.

14. Isla Holbox, Mexico

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Isla Holbox is a small fishing village located just north of Cancun. On Isla Holbox, you’ll find crystal blue waters, street art, white powdery sand. Stay at one of the cute boutique hotels on the island. Make sure you check out the pink flamingoes and brightly-colored homes. And, take plenty of colorful Snaps to share with your followers.

15. San Blas Islands, Panama

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Have you ever dreamed of exploring a deserted island? If so, then visiting the San Blas Islands is definitely something you must do. These islands are so remote that they are not even on Google Maps. It is surprisingly easy and cheap to get to them. Two-day tours from Panama are just $120 and up.

16. Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Monteverde, Costa Rica is one of the most exciting places in South America to visit for nature-lovers.  You can hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which is a unique biological reserve. Because of its high level of humidity, there are more than 2,500 different kinds of plants and birds in the cloud forest. If you want to see the forest from a different perspective, you can zip line above it.

17. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Traveling to the Galapagos Islands is the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. The scenery is spectacular, and you’ll have the opportunity to make lots of epic memories. Make sure you dive into the deep blue waters on your visit. The marine life in the Galapagos is like nowhere else on Earth.

18. Havana, Cuba

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If you like warmth, beautiful beaches and new cultures, then Cuba might be a good destination for you to visit before you turn 30. Check out the many cute cafes and cool bars in Havana. Or spend a day at Cuba’s famous Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

19. Rio De Janiero, Brazil

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Rio de Janiero is a city that everyone should visit at least once. A delicious food scene, hot nightlife, and modern architecture make Rio a popular destination. Check out a spectacular fútbol match or learn the Samba. Make sure you get a close-up look at the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

20. Lake Atitlan Region, Guatemala

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The Lake Atitlan region is made up of more than a dozen different towns and villages. This area is a great place to spend a couple of weeks backpacking. Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes in Latin America. It is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. The weather is always nearly perfect, which makes it perfect for hiking.

21. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires is a large cosmopolitan city. It is known for its theater, fashion, and art and is sometimes called the “Paris” of Latin America. Nicknamed “the Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city known for its art, theater, and fashion.

Nickelodeon Wants Kids To See More Multicultural And Diverse Content, So They’re Launching Mexican-Inspired Show “The Casagrandes”

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Nickelodeon Wants Kids To See More Multicultural And Diverse Content, So They’re Launching Mexican-Inspired Show “The Casagrandes”

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Nickelodeon announced this year that the network wants to focus on giving kids a more “multicultural, authentic and diverse” array of programming that will reflect modern kids’ everyday lives. The kids’ outlet plans to serve just that, in “The Casagrandes,” a companion series to its animated mainstay, “The Loud House,” about a small boy and his many sisters. The new program will follow Lincoln Loud’s friend Ronnie Anne and her brother Bobby Santiago living in the city with a chaotic multi-generational family. 

The kids’ network is actively working on bringing diversity to children through their programming.

According to Cyma Zarghami, president of the company’s Nickelodeon Group and a kids-media veteran; Nickelodeon will be focusing on series that present broader families and more characters from a broader array of backgrounds, said Zarghami, noting that modern kids want to see shows that mirror the people in their lives. “Multicultural, authentic and diverse,” are the themes they seek, she added.

“The Casagrandes” is a spinoff of Nickelodeon’s animated hit mainstay show “The Loud House”. 

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Children who watch Nickelodeon on the regular, will be familiar with Ronnie Anne from the hit series, “The Loud House,” which is similar to “The Casagrandes” in that they both navigate a kid’s life surrounded by a large family. The new show however, will add diversity to the network in terms of race. “The loud house” does so with gender, by focusing on a boy named Lincoln Loud living with his family of 10 sisters —all of whom have different personalities and ambitions which break with female stereotypes.

With “The Casagrandes”, Nickelodeon is taking the next step towards diversity by exploring a female character more deeply. 

On “The Loud House” Ronnie Anne Santiago is a character frequently presented as a tough tomboy figure who dislikes girly things. As the show progresses thought, the audience finds out that she is actually very sensitive and kind. Her brother, Bobby Santiago Jr. is also a recurring character as the boyfriend of Lori Loud, Lincoln’s sister. Roberto “Bobby” Santiago Jr. will be playing a much larger role in “The Casagrandes.”

Nickelodeon teased the new show during an episode of “The Loud House”.

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The network teased the upcoming spinoff in a recent episode of “The Loud House,” which was entirely about Ronnie Anne and Bobby, rather than Lincoln Loud, the protagonist of the series. In the episode, Ronnie Anne and her brother move to their extended family’s apartment in the city, which rests on top of a bodega. 

At first, Ronnie Anne is reticent about moving since she’s used to living with her small family of three. Soon she adjusts to living with all her relatives under one roof. The episode, which served as an introduction to Ronnie Anne’s extended family, is also an introduction to Latino culture. Throughout the episode, the show makes references that resonate with Latinos everywhere, such as the way that Ronnie Anne’s abuelita ‘Rosa’, persists on her family members and guests eating until they’re completely stuffed. 

The show makes many references to Latino culture and traditions through relatable characters like ‘Rosa’, the family’s abuela.

The overbearing grandmother is a Latino stereotype that largely, seems to be true to most Latinos, and a lot of Latinx children in the audience might be able to relate. The episode plays with that idea by having Rosa go way overboard with her cooking anytime someone mentions they’re hungry. Rosa also frequently makes home remedies when someone in her family gets hurt —another reference to the Latino community and the all too familiar ‘remedios caseros’ we have to endure when grandma finds out we have a tummy-ache or a fever. 

Lincoln and his family live in a suburban, mostly white-predominant town, while Ronnie Anne will be living in an urban area, surrounded by people of multicultural backgrounds. In the episode that teased the upcoming show “Los Casagrandes”, Ronnie Anne makes friends with several kids in the city, many of whom are also people of color. “Los Casagrandes” will reflect the city life by situating characters in different parts of the city. The Casagrande apartment and the family’s bodega, will be found in the Spanish-speaking neighborhoods.

Ronnie Anne, the protagonist, offers an intersectional lens on what it means to be both female and a POC.

By having Ronnie Anne as a protagonist, the show will offer an intersectional lens on what it’s like to explore her life as both a female and a person of color. In similar fashion to “The Loud House”, the characters will have diverse personalities, but instead of seeing the identities and narratives through female characters as seen through Lincoln Loud’s 10 sisters, the new show will present differences through Latino characters, specifically characters of Mexican culture. 

“The Casagrandes,” premieres Monday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. beginning on Oct. 19.

A Newly Restored Version of The 90s ‘Selena’ Classic Film Starring Jennifer Lopez Is Coming To The Big Screen Again

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A Newly Restored Version of The 90s ‘Selena’ Classic Film Starring Jennifer Lopez Is Coming To The Big Screen Again

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Twenty-two years have passed since Latinas across the globe watched in awe as Jennifer Lopez took on the role of Tejano music icon Selena in the biopic of her life. The 1997 classic lovingly spotlighted the singer’s life and death years ago and, in the years since, has been a sort of cultural Latino touchstone for young girls who didn’t have the chance to grow up watching the singer herself.

Now, young Latinas who didn’t get to see the classic in the theaters during its original release will have a chance to do just that this weekend.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced that it will screen a new digital print of the film in theaters this weekend.

Back in 1997, when the film was originally released, “Selena” spent fifteen weeks at the box office. It’s time in theaters proved that Latinos could not only direct films, but they could star in them as well while also drawing massive audiences to movie theater seats. At the time, the film marked a breakout moment for actress, singer, and dancer Jennifer Lopez.

If you’re in NYC this weekend and plan on attending the screening, here are some fun facts to remember while watching!

Fans of Selena protested when they learned Jennifer Lopez was playing Selena.

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Selena’s fans began protesting the film once they learned that Jennifer Lopez was taking on the role of their beloved singer. Many thought that Lopez, a Puerto Rican from New York, was unfit to play the Mexican-American from Texas.

Six other women gave J.Lo a run for her money.

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Three women from the open call were selected and three other actresses including Salma Hayek and Bibi Gaytán were considered.

Jackie Guerra lied about her talents.

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Jackie Guera who played the role of Suzette, wanted the role so badly that she lied at her audition and said that she was an expert drummer. Suzette later gave her private lessons.

“Selena” almost became a victim of brownface.

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The film’s director had to fight to get Lopez the role of Selena. At the time, Warner Bros was considering a non-Latina actress to take on the role which would have been AWFUL.

Jennifer Lopez lip-synched

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Creators feared that fans would be upset if they saw Lopez singing the song on her own. So Lopez was coached to lip-synch instead.

Abraham Quintanilla didn’t want to show Selena’s murder.

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The film which came out just two years after Selena’s death was likely a very hard project for Abraham to work on. He didn’t want to show his daughter’s death but the film’s director convinced him it was necessary.

Constance Marie could be Jennifer Lopez’s sister.

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Lopez and Marie play mother and daughter in the movie. But in real life, Marie is only 4 years older than Jennifer Lopez.