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Latin America is a melting pot of cultures. The 26 countries that make up this ethnic-geographical concept are full of places, populations, and phenomena worth knowing. From Legendary10s, we propose a list with eight curious facts about Latin America that you probably still do not know.

The Atacama Desert, one of the driest places in the world

Perhaps, the word desert already gives you a clue, but that of Atacama is not a usual dessert. It is considered one of the driest places in the world.

In 1971, according to recorded data, the first rain fell after four centuries. If you want to discover this unique place, you can not miss this excursion to the Valley of the Moon from San Pedro de Atacama.

 In Honduras, it rains fish

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Yes, you read that right, it rains fish. In Yoro, a small city in northern Honduras, there is a strange phenomenon whereby, at least once a year during the transition from spring to summer, the streets are flooded with small silver fish “fallen from the sky.”

 

In Cartagena de Indias, the sea is illuminated

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Have you ever heard of the luminous plankton? In Colombia, more specifically in Cartagena de Indias, you can enjoy a night bath with bioluminescent plankton. With each movement, the waters light up with tiny blue dots. A magical experience!

Have you ever heard of the luminous plankton? In Colombia, more specifically in Cartagena de Indias, you can enjoy a night bath with bioluminescent plankton. With each movement, the waters light up with tiny blue dots. A magical experience!

Mexican cuisine is a World Heritage Site

We all know and love tacos, but Mexican cuisine goes far beyond this delicious dish characteristic of street stalls. In addition to being a delight, Mexican cuisine won in 2010 the title of Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.

If you want to discover the flavors of Mexico, there is no better way to do it than with a gastronomic tour of Mexico City.

Panama, a country bathed by two oceans

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This news is not new. Panama is one of the countries where it is effortless to see the sunrise in the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the sunset in the Pacific Ocean. That’s crazy!

Ecuador, where nature defends itself in court

Did you know that in Ecuador, nature is considered as a subject with constitutional rights? Thanks to this measure, the country boasts of having some of the best-preserved natural areas in the world. The Galapagos Islands are a great example of this.

Paraguay, a bilingual country

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Paraguay wanted to make sure to preserve its ancestral culture. The country considers ​​Spanish and Guarani as official languages. However, the local still uses indigenous language. Therefore, it is common to hear its inhabitants change from one language to another fluently. If you want to soak up your culture, a good option is to take a guided tour with a local guide that shows you the essence of Paraguay.

The Amazon, the largest river in the world

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This is probably not a novelty for anyone, but the Amazon River could not be missing from this list of curious facts about Latin America. If you want to enjoy its vibrant ecosystem, some excursions will show you this unique place in one or several days. It will be a journey you must do at least once in a lifetime!

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