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Check Out These 25 Five Star Rated Airbnb Homes In Latin America

As an alternative to booking a hotel, more and more people are booking entire houses, apartments, lofts and penthouses with the hospitality service of Airbnb. Each Airbnb home has its own special touch and unique features, which is what makes these 25 Airbnb homes in Latin American so exquisite. Check out these five star Airbnb homes that range from Meixco to Argentina and everything in between.

1. Ikal Chit. (Mexico)

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If you’re the kind of person that is in search of peace and relaxation away from your hectic life, then this Tulum eco villa is the place for you. Get that much needed quiet time you need atop of your room overseeing the jungle around you. The best part is you’re walking distance from a secluded beach right next to Mayan ruins.

2. Private Beach. (Brazil)

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This ocean view Airbnb is located in Governador Celso Ramos, Brazil. The home has its own private beach and includes four bedrooms with two and a half baths.

3. Room With A View. (Peru)

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If you’re the kind of person that loves adventure and heights, then you might want to add this place to your bucket list. This crazy arrangement is located in Cuzco, Peru. Aside from the breathtaking views, you get to stay in a completely seethrough room that comes with the bare essentials and you also get to share a dining space with other crazy guests.

4. Casa Tiny. (Mexico)

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Casa Tiny is the perfect getaway for couples to escape, it is located in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. The minimalistic paradise is all about open spaces and simplicity, it comes with its own private beach, pool, and hammock. If you decide to stay here you’ll get to experience life in an award-winning space and be close to the best small boutique hotels and retreats in the area.

5. Home in Rio. (Brazil)

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Views like no other in this stylish Rio de Janeiro hilltop house. Aside from the impeccable decoration and the infinity pool you get to experience this view from almost every room in the house… bathroom included! Some other amenities are Sauna, 24-hour security, gourmet kitchen and an elevator.

6. Vintage Building. (Argentina)

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In the heart of Buenos Aires, you can find this stunning apartment inside the iconic building “La Inmobiliaria“ which was built in 1910. if you stay here you’ll be close to the best restaurants and bars in town, the theatre district and plenty historic areas. So, if your planning to have a cultural trip, maybe this is the place for you.

7. 90s Vibe. (Colombia)

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This super stylish penthouse is located in Medellín, Colombia. With its retro-looking vibe, this Airbnb includes three bedrooms, four baths, and an outdoor rooftop patio with amazing views of the city.

8. Casa Santa Maria on the Macal. (Belize)

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This Airbnb home is located in a town in Belize called Benque Viejo Del Carmen and was the star on an episode of House Hunters International. The house has a total of five bedrooms with five beds and three bathrooms. This rainforest destination also includes a kitchen, wifi, washer, and dryer. With a five star rating, this Airbnb home is known for its peaceful location and beautiful jungle views.

9. Volcano Views. (Guatemala)

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The stylish property is located in Antigua and has incredible views of the Agua Volcano. During your stay, you’ll have the full royalty treatment as there’s a staff that will help you around the house, which includes a chauffeur. So, just lay back around the pool and relax while hearing the song of the 13 bird species that visit the property.

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10. As Seen on HGTV! (Honduras)

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As indicated in the title of the home, this Airbnb was once featured on the show “HGTV Caribbean Life.” The house is located in West End, Honduras. The tropical home includes a swimming pool, three bedrooms, and two baths. With all of the surrounding gardens, the home definitely gives off major paradise vibes.

11. Luxury Penthouse. (Colombia)

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Located in Bogotá, Colombia, this neon rainbow penthouse gives you a vibrant view of the city and its nightlife. The place includes a jacuzzi, fireplace and three balconies that overlook the city.

12. Hilltop Refuge. (Dominican Republic)

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This hilltop Airbnb home is located in El Limón, Dominican Republic. It offers a tropical view of Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula, from which you can see while swimming in their infinity pool.

13. Hacienda Nieves. (Ecuador)

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This Airbnb is located in Cotoapxi, 55 outside of Quito. The hacienda comes with all the culinary luxuries you can imagine, like a Teppanyaki table grill and a bread oven. But if you’re no cooking enthusiast you can hop on one of the available horses and go see some of the natural wonders surrounding the property.

14. Lake House. (Argentina)

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This five star Airbnb home is located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. The home is known for its spectacular views and natural light that shines through all of the windows in the house.

15. Mexican Modern. (Mexico)

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Located in the heart of Colonia Roma in Mexico City, this colorful Airbnb home comes with a total of 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. One of the perks of this apartment is not only the amazing style of those green metal stairs or accent walls but the closeness to the best restaurants and nightlife in town.

16. Los Nómadas Villa. (Dominican Republic)

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This ocean view home is located in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. The home overlooks Playa Coson, which is considered to be one of the most vibrant and beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic.

17. Cabin in the Woods. (Chile)

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This industrial cabin in the woods is located un Futaleufú, Chile. With a peaceful surrounding and a close view of Lake Espolón, this is the perfect place to take a family trip and do some kayaking. The cabin can fit up to 6 people in 2 bedrooms and a common space.

18. Caribbean Villa. (Dominican Republic)

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For those who enjoy doing some golfing on the weekend, this luxurious villa (with housekeeping) is located in the heart of Cocotal Golf Course in Punta Cana. It’s the perfect spot if you want relaxation without giving up the comforts of the city. In less than a 5-minute drive, you have beaches, malls, restaurants and even supermarkets… everything one needs when vacationing.

19. Mi Kiva. (Costa Rica)

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This Airbnb is located in El Roble de Santa Barbara, Costa Rica. As indicated by the title of the house, this Airbnb is known for its beautiful gardens and 40-foot waterfall. I mean, what other Airbnb has its own waterfall? Amazing.

20. Beach House in the Woods. (Uruguay)

It is located in Punta del Este. This minimalistic property is covered by forest from all sides and it’s only a few blocks away from the beach. This quiet place is perfect for some family time and if things go well some quiet time too. Book it now and chill on the pool while listening to the sound of the tropical birds.

21. Tropical Zen Retreat. (Costa Rica)

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Surrounded by 40 acres of tropical forest, this Airbnb is located in Esterillos, Costa Rica. Different activities are available to the guests of this home, including zip-lining, horseback riding, and visits to some of the most beautiful waterfalls.

22. Casa de Diseño. (Argentina)

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This Airbnb is located on Argentina’s Atlantic coast, in a city called Mar del Plata. The modern house includes two bedrooms and one and a half baths.

23. El Salvador’s Beach House. (El Salvador)

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This large beach house is located in Tamanique, El Salvador. With large windows throughout the entire house, you get an amazing view of either the forest or the ocean from every single room.

24. Palacete del Vedado. (Cuba)

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This Airbnb is located in Vedado – one of the most modern neighborhoods in Havana. If there are two words to describe this Airbnb it’s stylish and luxurious.

25. Cloud Forest Sanctuary. (Costa Rica)

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This private, wooden house is located in Monte Verde, Costa Rica. The home is surrounded by layers of greenery, giving you the sounds of tropical birds and monkeys throughout the day and night.

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It Could Be Time To Say Goodbye To Your Salsa Forever As Tomatoes And Chilies Are In Danger Of Going Extinct

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It Could Be Time To Say Goodbye To Your Salsa Forever As Tomatoes And Chilies Are In Danger Of Going Extinct

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Two of Latin America’s most important ingredients – staples of cuisines across the region – are in danger of possible extinction thanks to climate change. Tomatoes and chilies both make up a huge part of traditional recipes from Mexico to Brazil and Argentina to Cuba – and they’re close to disappearing from grocery stores everywhere.

We know that tomato and chili are two fundamental ingredients in Mexican cuisine. Due to the threats suffered by its main pollinator, the bumblebee, these basic ingredients could disappear forever.

Climate change is wreaking havoc on the planet. But one of the most at-risk species is the humble bumble bee. These often feared insects are a vital source of pollination for thousands of plant and flower species around the world – if they disappear so too do the species of plants that depend on them.

Pollinators are species of great importance for a healthy environment. They are responsible for the the diversity and health of various biomes. Across Latin America, the bumble bee is largely responsible for the pollination of modern agriculture and this could have a major impact on the production of tomatoes and chilis.

Unfortunately, bumblebees are currently threatened, resulting in the possible extinction of different vegetables, including tomatoes and chili.

But why does the tiny bumble bee matter at all?

The bumble bee belongs to the insect family Apidae, which includes hundeds of different species of bumblebees. In fact, the bumble bee can be found on every continent except Antarctica and plays an outsized role in agriculture. The insects are often larger than honey bees, come in black and white varieties and often feature white, yellow, or orange stripes. This genus belongs to the Apidae family that includes different species commonly known as bumblebees. They’re almost entirely covered by very silky hairs. An adult bumblebee reaches 20 millimeters or more and feeds primarily on nectar from flowering plants. A curious fact is that females have the ability to sting, while males do not.

Bumblebees are epic pollinators of the tomato and chili plantS. Together with different species, the bumblebee helps produce many staple foods that are part of healthy diets around the world. If these become extinct the eating habits of all Latinos would suffer drastic changes as several vegetables would disappear.

So why are bumblebees in danger?

The main threat of these insects is the pesticides used in modern agriculture. That is why it is necessary to avoid consuming food produced in this way. We can all help the bumblebee planting plants, protecting native species and especially not damaging their natural environment.

But climate change is also wreaking havoc on the breeding patters of bumblebees – leading to colony collapse. With fewer colonies there is less breeding and therefore fewer bees around the world to pollinate our global crops.

Can you imagine a world without tomatoes or chilies?

Salsa. Moles. Pico de gallo. Ketchup. Chiles rellenos. Picadillo. All of these iconic Latin American dishes would be in danger of going extinct along with the bumblebee – because what’s a mole without the rich, complex flavors of dried chilies?

Several groups are already working hard to help fund programs that would work to conserve the dwindling bumblebee populations. While others are working out solutions that could perhaps allow tomatoes and chilies to self-pollinate – much as other plants already do.

Using Social Media, Russia Is Accused Of Being Behind The Massive Protests Across Latin America

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Using Social Media, Russia Is Accused Of Being Behind The Massive Protests Across Latin America

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For months now, Latin America has been facing a political crisis as country after country has seen massive populist protest movements that have destabilized the region. From Chile to Puerto Rico, Bolivia to Ecuador, governments have struggled to respond to growing inequality – which has forced millions of Latinos to take to the street.

Many of these protest movements lack obvious leadership but they do share a few common threads. For one, they want to see more government accountability and actions against corruption. They also share a desire to fight growing income inequality which has stifled economic development for the region’s most vulnerable populations.

Now, a new report has tied many of these massive protest movements to Russian bots – which are seen as instigating and magnifying the region’s unrest.

The US has reportedly tied Russian bots to increased protest movements across Latin America.

Although the protest movements across Latin America share a few common threads, the majority of them are overwhelmingly different. In Chile, protests started over a planned increase in public transport fares. In Bolivia, it was against alleged voter fraud by then-President Evo Morales. In Puerto Rico, it was to fight back against alleged corruption and to hold leaders accountable for homophobic and misogynistic texts.

According to the US State Department, however, they’ve identified one theme they all seem to have in common: Russian interference.

In Chile, nearly 10 percent of all tweets supporting protests in late October originated with Twitter accounts that had a high certainty of being linked to Russia. While in Bolivia, tweets associated with Russian-backed accounts spiked to more than 1,000 per day – up from fewer than five.

And in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Chile over one 30-day period, Russia-linked accounts posted strikingly similar messages within 90 minutes of one another.

Senior diplomats from the US believe that Russia’s goal may be to increase dissent in countries that don’t support Maduro’s presidency in Venezuela.

Russia’s alleged campaign to help tap support for Maduro’s regime has resulted in mixed reviews. It’s not obvious how successful the campaign has been.

With the support of more than 50 other countries, the Trump administration has imposed bruising economic sanctions against Mr. Maduro’s government in Venezuela over the last year. The coalition is backing Juan Guaidó, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, whom most of Latin America and the rest of the West views as the country’s legitimate president.

Russia is working to expand its presence in Latin America, largely at Washington’s expense.

The US State Department frequently keeps tabs on Twitter traffic worldwide to monitor for potentially dangerous activities, like the proliferation of fake pages and user accounts or content that targets the public with divisive messages

“We are noting a thumb on the scales,” said Kevin O’Reilly, the deputy assistant secretary of state overseeing issues in the Western Hemisphere. “It has made the normal dispute resolutions of a democratic society more contentious and more difficult.”

Souring attitudes toward the United States throughout the region over trade and immigration issues, the rise of populist candidates, and the deepening internal economic and social challenges facing many Latin American countries create favorable circumstances for Russia to advance its interests.

About a decade ago, it became obvious that Russia was launching an online campaign to destabilize the region using new technology and social media.

There are Spanish-language arms of two Russian-backed news organizations that have been found to spread disinformation, conspiracy theories and, in some cases, obvious lies to undermine liberal democratic governments.

According to one state-financed group, RT Español, they’ve reached 18 million people each week across ten Latin American counties and have more than a billion views on YouTube. This is huge liability for the truth.