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21 Places To Spend New Year’s Eve In Latin America

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New Year’s Eve is big in Latin America and Latin America is HUGE!  

Brazil and Mexico, together, are bigger than all of Europe. Mexico — alone — is bigger than the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Portugal combined! And, Mexico is 25 percent smaller than Argentina! Brazil is just a hair smaller than Canada, the U.S., and China. Brazil is that big, yet it makes up less than half of the South American land mass.

The other half of South America includes includes countries like Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile — all Latin American countries that are larger than any European countries, save Greenland. Even the smallest countries in Latin America are big. Costa Rica, for example, is bigger than Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, and Taiwan!

No where on Earth is there a larger geographical area of people speaking the same language than Latin America.

And no culture loves to celebrate quite like Latinos! If you really want to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Latin America is the place to do it! Below are 21 great places to spend New Year’s Eve in Latin America!

1. Pacuare River, Costa Rica

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The Pacuare River is the heart of Costa Rica. A big-volume, Caribbean-jade-green river spills over black-volcanic-boulder rapids through dense jungle canyons. It is breathtaking. Run half the river day one; stay in one of the three 5-star river lodges on New Year’s Eve; and paddle out the next morning!

2. Merida, Mexico

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The most regal, progressive, clean, vibrant city in Mexico, Merida is also home of exceptional beaches as well as the Dzibilchaltun Ruins. Arguably the most beautiful pyramid in the Americas,  Dzibilchaltun towers over the jungle. Merida is everything Latin America can be!

3. Turneffe Atoll, Belize

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A tiny island just off the coast of Belize, Turneffe Atoll’s lapis-blue and turquoise-green Caribbean waters spill over coral reefs up onto pearl-white sand beaches that are backed by jungle. The one resort on the Turneffe Atoll is an island paradise.

4. El Cabo San Juan, Colombia

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With tropical-green waters and orange, yellow, and brown sand, El Cabo San Juan is a kaleidoscope of colors. The people are just as diverse. And, there is lodging for every type of traveler. El Cabo San Juan is an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.

5. Managua, Nicaragua

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Managua’s architecture is the definition of Spanish-Colonial style. In Managua, there is history abound and beautiful buildings everywhere. And, Managua’s people are tranquil like those from by-gone eras. If you want a New Year’s Eve in a traditional Latin American Country, try Managua.

6. Quetzaltengo, Guatamala

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There might not be prettier architecture in all of Latin America than there is in Quetzaltengo. Roman Catholic Churches and Parthenon-style columns holding up the buildings make Quetzaltengo a sight to behold on New Year’s Eve!

7. Utila Cays, Hondures

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The water is so clear and so shallow in Utila that its snorkeling rivals any anywhere in the world. The Cays offer a plethora of things to do out of the water as well, if you can drag yourself out of the Caribbean long enough to go see it.

8. Boca Del Toro, Panama

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Costa Rica has some of the most exceptional beaches in the world. But, so big and long and beautiful and unsullied are the beaches in Boca Del Toro, Panama that Costa Rica’s ticos go to Boca to “get away!” The lodging is great. The Night life is wonderful.

9.  Costa Del Sol, El Salvador

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El Salvador is Latin America’s smallest country, but very few places in the world have beaches as big as those in El Salvador. At low tide, you can walk five minutes from the palm tree line across sand out to the ocean. If you love big, sandy beaches, think Costa Del Sol on New Year’s Eve.

10. Tulum, Mexico

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With respect to pure aethetics, there may not be a more beautiful New Year’s Eve destination in the Americas than Tulum. It has everthing including ancient ruins looking out over the most extraordinary of Caribbean settings.

11. Quepos, Costa Rica

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If your highest priority on New Year’s Eve is an endless choice of great establishments — all of which are right along or overlooking the ocean — go to Quepos. Quepos is so much fun. And Quepos, Costa Rica is super safe.

12.  Canoa Beach, Ecuador

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A long, deep, beautiful beach that butts up against cliffs on the north end, Canoa’s Pacific view is unmatched. And, the night life in Canoa offers plenty for a New Year’s Eve celebration as well.

13.  Barquisimeto, Venezuela

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Barquisimeto is arguably the most progressive city in South America. It’s just different. The art, the architecture, the restaurants and entertainment, Barquisimeto is wildly entertaining day or night and certainly on New Year’s Eve.

14. Cuzco, Peru

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If you love history and beautiful architecture, it does not matter how far back you want to go, Cuzco has it. Close to Machu Picchu, Cuzco has colonial-style Spanish architecture that rivals anything found anywhere in the Americas. And there is boundless nightlife.

15. Sorata, Bolivia

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It is hard to believe there are really places like Sorata Bolivia. The geography is shockingly beautiful. And, Sorata is small and safe and friendly. Sorata, Bolivia is a place everyone should see.

16. Puerto Varas, Chile

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Puerto Varas, Chili is the one city in Latin America that is completely out of place. It belongs in Europe. The old buildings are flawless. The new buildings are cutting edge. And the people have that easy going but sharp confidence only found in Europe. And wow what a place to celebrate New Year’s Eve!

17. Bariloche, Argentina

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If you love a mountain setting, one like you imagine you’d find in Switzerland or Sweden, Bariloche, Argentina is can’t-miss. Everything in Bariloche is big and beautiful: the mountains and valleys and rivers and lakes. It’s how you imagine British Columbia, but bigger!

18. Florianopolis, Brazil

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Florianopolis, Brazil has mountains that come right up to the beach, mountains with great hiking and wonderful views. But, the beaches in Florianopolis are equally beautiful. No matter what you decide to do in Florianopolis, you can’t miss!

19. Roura, French Guiana

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Roura, French Guiana is for those people who want to do something on New Year’s Eve that no one has done. It is so small, that if you get a guide, it is as safe as any place in the Americas. But, Roura is really out there. Roura is at the edge of the map!

20. Punta del Este, Uruguay

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Puenta del Este, Uruaguay is a Miami style city with sky rises and beautiful beaches and harbors with yachts and tons and tons to do at night. It is also exceptionally beautiful. If you like the best a big resort town has to offer, Punta del Este is the place to be on New Year’s Eve!

21. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

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If you want to take a seat and enjoy a seven-wonders-of-the-world type view, go to Kaieteur Falls in Guyana for New Years Eve. Think Niagara Falls, only much, much bigger!

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Here Are The Top Breitbart News Stories With Latino In The Headline

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Here Are The Top Breitbart News Stories With Latino In The Headline

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We decided to take a look at how Breitbart News, the notoriously alt-right news group for stories about Latinos. Let it be known, that what you’re about to see is the softer side of Breitbart, simply because they use the world “Latino” instead of “Hispanic-Latinos” (yes it is a thing here), “illegal”, “alien,” or “immigrant.”

This is how Breitbart views Latino citizens of the United States. You’ve been warned.

Breitbart: “Chicago Cardinal Says Allegations Against Pope ‘Because He Is a Latino’”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

There are so many things to unpack here but let me start with the alleged quote of Chicago Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that “Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he is a Latino.” Breitbart’s follow up?

“Others were also quick to note that Pope Francis is actually not a Latino, but a white European born in Argentina.”

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that they are “unsubstantiated allegations.”

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The Pope even called the letter “fake news.” America perceived Viganò’s hostility towards the Pope as stemming from becoming “too enmeshed in U.S. culture wars, particularly regarding same-sex marriage.”

Breitbart: “WaPo Slams ‘Vile, Despicable’ Latino Victory Fund Ad, Ralph Northam Campaign”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

This article further reaffirms Breitbart’s view of Latinos as “racist” against white people. The Latino Victory Fund released an ad that depicts VA’s Republican GOP gubernatorial candidate’s sticker on the back of a pickup truck running down immigrant children in the street. Then, the kids wake up from a terrible dream in their living room, watching a KKK run down counter-protestors.

Reality: That was an Op-Ed, but WaPo published this article: “New anti-Gillespie ad sparked by worries about Northam’s appeal to minorities”

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Meanwhile, The Washington Post chose to air all sides of the issue, including how Latino Victory Fund’s President outright said, “Gillespie brought this on with his relentless attacks on our community. This is a direct response.” Instead of the American dream, the ad was released as “The American Nightmare.”

Breitbart: “RNC Chairwoman McDaniel: Every Democrat Should Denounce Latino Victory Fund Ad”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Breitbart quotes McDaniel that the ad “feeds the worst of our country in terms of hate and division, and fear.”

Reality: Gillespie Smeared Northam With Lies That He Supports the MS-13 Gang

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. NY Mag. 4 December 2018.

Above is a screen shot from the first anti-immigrant ad that Gillespie ran. He claims that Northam’s approval of sanctuary cities in Virginia (fact check: there are none) have increased MS-13 gang activity (fact check: there is none). Gillespie lost the race.

Breitbart: “Biden Discusses ‘Latino Resistance to Trump’ with Hispanic Activists”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Those “Hispanic Activists” are The Latino Victory Fund, and apparently, this fundraiser was headline worthy for its focus on the “Latino Resistance to Trump.”

Reality: The ad ran the day before, and after the attack, the ad was quickly removed.

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Breitbart wants to credit The Latino Victory Fund’s advertisement with this: “[the commercial] aired after a terrorist ran over several people with a truck in New York while reportedly shouting ‘Allah Akbar.'”

Breitbart: “Government Gives San Diego State Professor $430,000 to Study Latino Grocery Store Purchases”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Breitbart offered zero opinion on this but the way it was shared on social media by Breitbart consumers, is unsurprising given the caricature the platform paints of Latino-Americans. “You have got to be kidding me” tweets @matt_snorek.

Reality: In 2015, Latino Americans Were 1.2x more likely to be obese than non-Hispanics, according to government studies.

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The study, pioneered by Professor Iana Castro, will be using eye tracking technology to see what cues specific purchases. Castro is focusing on the parent-child factors that influence Latino’s shopping behavior. Clever. Mamis are forever trying to overfeed us what we want, so this makes for an obvious angle. The goal of the study is to reduce obesity in Latino-Americans.

Breitbart: “Polls: Many Latinos Want Tougher Border Security”

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Breitbart is trying to say, “A huge CBS poll of 6,466 registered voters in battleground states showed that 38 percent of Americans with Latino heritage do not think the Democrats’ pro-migration policies are ‘tough enough.’”

Reality: 52 percent of Latinos Expect Democratic Immigration Policy is “About Right”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

You can clearly see here that Breitbart is highlighting the minority polling statistic. Támbien, the “huge” poll only interviewed 527 Latinos. That’s 8 percent of the total number of people interviewed, under-representing Latinos.

Breitbart: “Jorge Ramos: ‘Very Sad’ Latino Trump Voters Turned Backs on Immigrants”

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Breitbart’s point? That Jorge Ramos “scornfully” assumed that Latinos have a single issue to rally around: immigration. That’s simply not true, and while the documented majority of us are against Trump’s immigration tacts (and Democratic), there are many more special interests that encompass the Latino vote.

Reality: Ramos sees Latinos as a complex group of individuals

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In an NPR interview, Ramos explicitly said, “At the end, three million Hispanics voted for Donald Trump. And that also says a lot. What it’s saying is that we are not monolithic. But also, I think there’s a divide within the Hispanic community, which is saying that some of the Latinos who came here as immigrants or the sons of immigrants have decided to turn their backs on the immigrants coming after them. And that’s—for me, that’s very, very sad.”

Breitbart: “Democratic Nightmare: Many Latinos Ignore Race Politics, Vote on Economy”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Okay, this was a reach Breitbart. While they even admit that the majority of Latinos disapprove of Trump, they reach to claim, “The faster-than-average rise is due, in part, to the relatively large number of young Latinos who see rising income as they gain work experience in their 20 and 30s, and because of the reduced inflow of Hispanic unskilled illegal immigrants.”

Reality: The Pew Research Center confirms that a quarter of Hispanic voters turned out at midterms for the first time

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Yup. Of those who cast a midterm vote, 27 percent said they were voting in a midterm for the first time, which is compared to 18 percent of black voters and 12 percent of white voters. We turned out in a major way and we voted 62 percent Democratic. Not a nightmare at all for the Democratic Party, en realized.

Breitbart: “Video: Latino Refuses Service to American, Says Cannot Speak English”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Okay, this did happen because this Taco Bell was in Hialeah. At one point, the employee said, “This is Hialeah,” in Spanish, because 93 percent of Hialeah is Latino. We don’t see what led up to the point that the employee refused service, just her calling the customer, “Mi vida, lo siento, hay nadie que puede hablar ingles.”

Reality: Breitbart found the needle in the haystack.

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Every other day we see videos of white people yelling at families in grocery stores for speaking Spanish or for simply wearing a Puerto Rican pride shirt. This woman was fired the next day after this video was released, which is proof that justice is more often served for the English-speakers than the Spanish-speakers.

Breitbart: “‘Silent Donation’: Corporate Emails Reveal Google Executives’ Efforts to Turn Out Latino Voters Who They Thought Would Vote for Clinton”

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

According to Breitbart, the email explicitly said, “We pushed tp [sic] get out the Latino vote with our features, our partners, and our voices. We kept our Google efforts non-partisan and followed our company’s protocols for the elections strategy.”

Reality: Google confirms the emails, and denies partisanship.

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A spokesperson told ABC News. “The employee’s email is an expression of her personal political views about the outcome of the 2016 election and those views do not reflect any official stance by the company. We have nearly 90,000 employees comprising a broad array of political affiliations. The email itself explicitly notes that she is speaking personally, and that Google’s efforts were non-partisan.”


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