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These Latin American Cities Should Be On Everyone’s List Of Vacation Destinations

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Over the years, tourism in Latin America has boomed exponentially as more and more global visitors start to discover the amazing scope of culture, nature, and history sewn into the fabric of these lands.

If you are looking for a few inspirations for your next adventure, here are 20 of the coolest cities in Latin America that is worth your visit.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The second largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is well-known for its spectacular landscape and laid back beach culture. If you’re a first-timer in Rio, you can’t pass up people-watching and relaxing along the shoreline of Ipanema or Copacabana. Rio is also home to one of the world’s Seven Wonders, the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Dubbed as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is regarded as the second most sought-after city to visit after Florence, Italy. You can find elegant architecture, fashionable shopping, and delectable cuisine, and legendary nightlife. You can also find the world’s biggest Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens.

Cartagena, Colombia

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In 1533, the Old Town of Cartegena de Indias was founded as a Spanish port. This UNESCO world heritage site still remains intact up to these days, with beautiful high stone walls peering out over the breathtaking Caribbean. Apart from the beaches, the city is also known for its rich culture and history, and fabulous theaters and arts.

Cusco, Peru

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Cusco was once a capital of an empire across half of South America. This prancing-Jaguar-shaped city which was once called Inca, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Cusco is home to Peru’s most popular Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. With more than two million tourists a year, the number alone tells you that the city indeed is one place you should visit.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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This capital and largest city in Puerto Rico is home to the Isla Verde resort strip, popular for its nightclubs, bars, and casinos. In Old San Juan, you can find cobblestoned architectures that feature 16th century landmarks like the La Fortaleza and El Morro, and colorful Spanish colonial buildings.

Mexico City, Mexico

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The densely populated capital of Mexico is popular for its 13th century Aztec Temple, the Templo Mayor, as well as the Palacio Nacional where historic murals of Diego Rivera are found. The Mexican neighborhood is flooded with art deco, and its historic center in Zocalo is a UNESCO-declared World Heritage site.

Antigua, Guatemala

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Apart from its colonial architecture, Antigua is the birthplace of chocolate. While you can find a lot of coffee plantations in the city, thanks to its volcanic landscape that makes coffee growing ideal, there’s nowhere in the country that you can get your sugar fix than in Antigua.

La Paz, Bolivia

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Bolivia is increasingly attracting tourists during the past years. Its administrative capital, La Paz, is a major tourism center and in 2014 was declared as one of the Seven Urban Wonder cities of the world. From there, its popularity has rocketed. From its stunning natural sceneries to indigenous culture, coupled with different outdoor attractions, La Paz is one South American city worth visiting indeed.

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota is Colombia’s capital city and is rich in colonial-era landmarks like Teatro Colon, a neoclassical performance hall. This city is also home to well-known museums like Museo Botero that showcases Fernando Botero’s art. The city also has a lot to offer in terms of history, cuisine, sports, and culture.

Mendoza, Argentina

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You can enjoy Mendoza all year round: from its vastness of mountains to its natural beauties, as well as its fine wineries, this city really has a lot to offer. If you are into wines, their Grape Harvest Festival every March is a must. Here, wineries open their doors to tourists and visitors and offer interesting wine tours.

Santiago, Chile

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This versatile city is home to numerous events that showcase only the best of Chilean culture. International festivals of flavor, sound, and color also make the city more captivating to their tourists. It also prides itself of their design shops, art galleries, bars, and cafes. To get the best panoramic city views, the San Cristobal Hill is a must-see.

Panama City, Panama

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This city is framed by the man-made Panama Canal and the Pacific Ocean. Its cobblestoned historic area, the Casco Viejo, is known for its colonial-era landmarks such as the Palacio Presidencial. To get the best views of ships traversing the Panama Canal, visit the Miraflores Locks.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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This interesting capital of the Dominican Republic is a collage of neighborhoods and cultures. At the city’s main district, you can find Zona Colonial where the oldest churches can be found. From living museums to seaside resorts, one can truly enjoy a laid-back atmosphere at this capital city.

Quito, Ecuador

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Quito is the world’s second tallest capital and is home to the biggest and best preserved historic center in Latin America. Also known as Carita de Dios, this 1978 UNESCO-declared site as the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity has countless places to discover. The city is surrounded by amazing volcanoes and mountains and prides itself of its bohemian air, its internal treasures, and its spectacular views.

San Jose, Costa Rica

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San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica. To its south is the Talamanca Mountains, and volcanoes are found to its north. The city is known for its Spanish colonial buildings like the National Theatre of Costa Rica that overlooks the popular Plaza de la Cultura. Gleaming artifacts can also be seen on their Pre-Columbian Gold museum displays.

Montevideo, Uruguay

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Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital city and stretches along Montevideo Bay. The city revolves around what was once the home of the Spanish citadel, the Plaza de la Independencia. As you walk through the plaza, you will be lead to Ciudad Vieja (the old town) where you can find colonial homes, art deco buildings, the popular Palacio Salve. You can also indulge your taste palettes in Mercado del Puerto where you can find a lot of steakhouses.

Recife, Brazil

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Recife is the capital of Pernambuco, Brazil’s northeastern state, and is notable by its many peninsulas, bridges, islets, and rivers; thus, it’s dubbed as the Venice of Brazil. The city is popular for its crazy carnival parades, thumping nightlife, and pristine beaches.

Cancun, Mexico

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This Mexican city located on the Yucatan Peninsula that borders the Caribbean Sea is known for its nightlife, numerous resorts, and beaches. It is divided into two areas: El Centro, the downtown area, the Zona Hotelera, a long strip of beachfront with nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and high-rise hotels. This is the city famed for its being the top destination of college students during spring break.

Porto Alegre, Brazil

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This multicultural city is the capital of Rio Grande do Sul and was colonized by a number of European nations. This colonization is the reason behind its rich culture and history with secular traditions and unique foods. Visiting the city is worth the time because it has more than 50 museums, 13 cultural centers, and more than thirty theatrical spaces.

Guayaquil, Ecuador

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This city is situated along the south coast of the Pacific and is known to host a lot of attractions. It is dubbed as the gateway to the Galapagos Island and the Pacific beaches. One popular attraction is the Las Penas neighborhood where you can see colorful houses. Cafes and art galleries line the stairs leading up the Santa Ana Hill, the place where you can have the perfect view of the city.


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Cardi B And Her Fans Clapped Back Against Women Trying To Say Her Twerk Video Damages Women In The #MeToo Era

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Cardi B And Her Fans Clapped Back Against Women Trying To Say Her Twerk Video Damages Women In The #MeToo Era

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Cardi B has been in the thick of the political banter recently, and it’s giving the Internet life. It all started with Cardi throwing shade at POTUS for the longest government shutdown in history. She spoke candidly about the information about the shutdown that she had and how the lack of government operating has left her scared and wondering what we should be doing.

During the discussion, people pointed out her new video for “Twerk” and started to call her out on what it does for feminism. Cardi responded and let them know it is all about a woman’s choice to do as they please.

Let it be known that Cardi B’s video is twerk gold.

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It’s a twerk video. Literally, every single scene is going to feature women of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, etc., united in the art of twerk. We begin in Miami.

The producers set up the video to be an actual twerking contest.

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Apparently, the women featured in this video are the best of the best. They had to submit their best twerking videos for consideration and were selected to enter the final competition for a grand prize.

Of course, Cardi B and Yung Miami are showing off their own twerk game.

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As we all know, Cardi B made her start pole dancing. She eventually used the money to work on her music, be featured in Love & Hip Hop and break out into the music industry.

The collab flew out 20 women, all expenses paid, to compete for $25,000.

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I think anyone who can do what she’s doing still deserves a prize. Now imagine her twerking. These girls are earning their place as both professional dancers and for a fat cash prize.

While the honor of performing in the video itself will be profitable for their careers, you can’t beat cash money.

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You must watch this video to truly understand the raw talent here. This is Cardi B giving back to her own community in a very real way.

The music video opens up with commentary like “it’s sexual and it’s inappropriate.”

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From the offset, they’re making a statement against what conservative male critics have had to say about the mostly minority women who have made the twerk so popular. It’s code for “don’t @ me.”

Obviously the Internet gives people a chance to share their opinions.

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Let it be known that Stephanie Hamill is a journalist for the Daily Caller, a notoriously opinionated conservative media channel. While she hasn’t talked openly about her Latina culture on her show or advocated for Latinos, she did respond to some Twitter critics by saying that she is Latina.

She calls out Cardi B and questions her contribution to the feminist agenda.

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It’s clear that Hamill is trying to bait people into an argument when she calls for “leftists” to chime in.

The Bardi Gang and non-affiliated feminists alike called this woman’s motives out real quick.

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The most shocking part of all this is that Hamill defends herself by saying that she is Latina, just like Cardi B. Nope. Not like Cardi B. Cardi B is Afro-Latina and uses her platform to uplift people like her.

Cardi dog walks Hamill using her own words against her… “chime in” eh?

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The #MeToo movement is about holding sexual predators and harassers accountable. What does a twerking video have to do with holding these people accountable?

Some people brought their dated feminist agendas to the table and were quickly told to discard and download the new one.

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Safety as a woman shouldn’t be a performance that determines whether or not you’re worthy of respect and dignity. Gone are the days of pretending that we’re not embodied beings. We’re taking up space now.

The majority of gente schooled the Internet on consent real quick.

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An invitation sounds like a resounding “Yes” and nothing less. Thankfully, this moral code is being ratified in legislation. For example, California only acknowledges affirmative consent, meaning “Yes means Yes” rather than “No means No.”

Hamill responded by sweeping the entire anthology of post-modern sex work affirmation under the rug.

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There are a lot of different opinions here. One is that we shouldn’t be so focused on performing to the standard of what men think of women. Rather, we should be reshaping male perceptions of women to be more all-encompassing. You’re not either intelligent or sexy. Women are all these things, and neither one negates the other.

A key element of this video is that the male gaze is simply not present.

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For a lot of women, the male gaze can be triggering and upsetting, because as much as we try to educate the public, we don’t know what men are thinking. We’ve all experienced when male gaze/thoughts turn to action, it can feel threatening. This video is purely a compilation of women taking up all the space in their bodies, doing whatever they want, and having fun, free of that sense of intimidation.

Plus, there’s the argument that the taboos around sex work are pure patriarchal oppression.

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If men can become strippers and earn a little money on the side for the appreciation of their male bodies, then why is it that when women do that, everyone picks up a pitchfork? Nope. Some feminists even argue that gone are the days of women can do everything men can do, and more.

Oh, and then there’s the problem of white women trying to slap their narrative on women of color.

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There is a real discussion happening about the difference of feminism for white women vs women of color. It is a discussion that is challenging the status quo of feminism itself and the need to include more diverse voices in the room.

This is what equality looks like:

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Don’t believe in birth control? You do you, boo. Make $25,000 off your unstoppable twerking self? Get it, honey. As long as we all respect each other’s choices, we’re in it together.

Let’s also talk about how Hamill herself was trying to capitalize off what she implies is Cardi B’s overly sexual video.

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Literally, Cardi had no time for this and didn’t even dignify Hamill’s request with a response. Don’t try to play nice with Cardi.

It’s a pattern.

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Conservative media might be the biggest chisme production of all time. Cardi has been in the thick of it with this bobos all week long.

So, let ya girls do their thing in peace, por favor.

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Cardi B is proving that you cannot come for a girl from the Bronx without having your argument in line and fact-checked.


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