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Where Should You Travel In 2019 According To Your Zodiac Sign?

Let’s face it, since there are so many places to go in the world, it can be hard to decide where to go to next! What we can all agree on, though, is that Latin America is definitely the place to be – whether it be to relax, scope out the history, enjoy the food, or just simply find yourself. But where in Latin America would be best for you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, amigo. Read your zodiac sign to find out what kind of traveller you are, and where you should visit on your next trip.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Aries, you need to be somewhere that will let you get in touch with the feugo in your soul. You’re not afraid of adventure. In fact, you thrive on it! Being the sign of the goat, you’ve got that sure-footedness that would serve you well on a holiday with a lot of physical activity. 

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Your sense of adventure would be satiated by a stay in Ecuador. A climb up Ecuador’s Cotopaxi is right up your alley. Not only would you scale Ecuador’s second tallest volcano, you’ll have the opportunity to mountain-bike your way down from the peak!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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If you’re a Taurus, you like to plan your trips well in advance. And, you also like to get real value for money from your holidays. That being said, you’re no cheap-skate. You like the finer things in life, and you want your holidays to reflect that. But, you’d rather not spend big if you can help it. Sales and discounts are your best friend.

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For you, Taurus, Brazil is the place for you to be! Beach bumming in Fortaleza will give you that sense of luxury, without breaking the bank like Brazil’s bigger cities do. Just make sure to plan your trip around the weather!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Gemini, as a social butterfly, you feel most at home when you’re surrounded by people. You are well-suited to spending your holidays walking around cities, and soaking in their architectural delights and atmosphere. And, of course, exploring a myriad of malls, pubs, restaurants and the like.

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Guatemala, or more specifically, Guatemala City, is where you should head to, Gemini! There are plenty of architectural wonders and museums for you to see here. Lose yourself in sites such as Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, Museo Ixchel and Museo Nacional de Arueología y Etnología.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Unfortunately, Cancer, you have a terrible sense of direction. But thankfully, you’re not too bad at remembering landmarks. You’re a bit of a sentimental traveller, and always get nostalgic thinking about your trips. You’re a better traveller if you stay in the one place while you’re on holiday.

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Peru is the place for you, Cancer. The capital, Lima, has everything you need in the one spot. Think about it: there are plenty of museums, shopping, ancient historical sites, and gorgeous seaside views to satisfy a water sign like yourself. Food tours run regularly in the city, meaning that you won’t have to worry about getting lost while you’re looking for quality meals.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Leo, you’re a babe who is always up for a massive fiesta. For you, holidays are about experiencing luxury – as far as you’re concerned, it’s time to treat yourself! You make for a good travelling buddy, since you’re always upbeat and enthusiastic about everything. 

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Nothing would make you happier, Leo, than experiencing all of the festivals that Colombia has to offer. Bogotá, in particular, is a real lively place to be, with its mix of cultural and music festivals. Tunja boasts one of the biggest culture and arts festivals in Latin America – the Festival Internacional de la Cultura de Boyacá. Cutting a long story short, there’s no shortage of festivals for you in Colombia, Leo!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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You’re not afraid of doing some reading before you travel, Virgo. After all, how will you know about the best places to go to, unless you’ve done your homework? You’re the designated mum of any trip, and you always have the essentials on hand. You make sure to have a first aid kid, emergency phone numbers, and guidebooks within arm’s reach.

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A tour around Mexico would be your jam, Virgo. The planning would already be done for you, and you can enjoy the best of Mexico City, the Mayan ruins and delicious Mexican food and drink.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Libra, your ideal holiday is a peaceful holiday. It’s pretty easy for you to be relaxed, though, since you’re a very easy-going traveller, anyway. Libra, you are all about finding romance on your holidays – whether that be with a person, or falling in love with a new place.

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Did someone say El Salvador, Libra? There are many gorgeous sites around the country that inspire that real feeling of romance. From the majestic ruins of Tazumal, to sunset on the beach at Playa El Tunco there are countless places where you’ll definitely feel the magic.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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The way that Scorpios ‘find themselves’ on holiday is by seeing themselves in relation to their place in history. You gravitate towards museums and architectural wonders from ages past. Since you’re pretty tech-savvy, your friends and family will definitely stay updated on your trip through Instagram and long Facebook posts.

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Scorpio, you’ll discover more about yourself and the world around you in Nicaragua. The Ruins of León Viejo have been granted a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, while the Museo Nacional in Managua hosts an iconic collection of historical artefacts.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Sagittarius, you suffer from a chronic case of wanderlust. A short trip just doesn’t do it for you. The real charm of a holiday, for you, is experiencing the customs and traditions of a country. And, most importantly, the local cuisine! Your kind of adventure is the one that can be found on a plate.

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Culinary delights can be found in Chile, Sagittarius. In no particular order, you’ll have to try the Chilean empanadas, humitas, and ceviche. And, naturally, Sagittarius, if you’re a fan of hot dogs, then you definitely need to source some completos.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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A holiday for a Capricorn is an exercise in elaborate planning. Chances are you probably have a few trips planned for the future already! Your idea of a good holiday is one that can be shared with other people. Your travel buddies know that you always have everything under control, especially since you’ve got a Plan B, C, and D for every situation.

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Cuba makes for a fantastic holiday destination for you, Capricorn. The best way for tourists to get around the country is through tours, which will satisfy your penchant for proper planning. Trinidad is a must-see, since its Old Town is UNESCO heritage listed.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, you can’t just take a holiday. You want trips that fit with your sense of social justice. Visiting a place to volunteer, or to immerse yourself in its geo-politics is exactly your cup of tea. If you can, you try to keep the environmental impact of your trip as low as possible.

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Aquarius, you would find so much history and culture in Paraguay, you wouldn’t know what to do with yourself. The best place to start would be with a deep-dive into Asuncion’s past, but by no means should you stop there. Fort Boqueron and the Chaco, La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and the petroglyphs of Cerro Cora National Park all reveal more about Paraguay’s rich history.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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A holiday with a Pisces is a slow holiday. You like to regenerate on your trips, and can suffer from sensory overload in a new place if you’re not careful. Travel for Pisces is about nurturing your creative spirit, and art galleries are a great place for you to go.

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Panama is the perfect holiday destination for you, Pisces. The quiet islands of Guna Yala would be a great place to soak in the beauty of the Caribbean. Or, chances are you’d prefer El Valle de Antón, a small town couched in the crater of an extinct volcano. The point is, you’d be hard-pressed not to feel relaxed after a visit to Panama.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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