Latin America from the comfort of your home

April 15, 2020
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Although we are unable to travel at the moment, you can still discover the joys of Latin America from the comfort of your home, with movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest in this diverse region of the world. Our team have chosen some of their favourite Latin American ‘things’. We hope they inspire you!

Watch: The Motorcycle Diaries

This famous biopic is about Che Guevara’s journey around Latin America, and follows him, with his friend in tow, along an ambitious route through Argentina, the Andes, Chile, the Peruvian Amazon and and Machu Picchu. Gael García Berna plays Guevara in this brilliant movie about the revolutionary’s early life.

Read: Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude)

Mixing myths, dreams and reality, this novel immediately became a best seller, amazing its readers with a new form of expression that critics called realismo magico (magical realism). Its Colombian author, Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982. This should be on everyone’s reading list.

Taste: Caipirinha

As we can’t make a trip to our local at the moment, why not bring the bar to you? The Brazilian bar for that matter! To get you into the Latin American spirit, quite literally, why not try your hand at making Brazil‘s national cocktail at home? The Caipirinha is made from Cachaça, sugar and lime, and tastes delicious and refreshing, if a little tangy. If a Caipirinha is not your thing, there are plenty of other Latin American drinks to try your hand at instead. Including the popular drink from Peru, Pisco Sour. Or if alcohol isn’t your thing Mate, a herbal infusion originating from Argentina, is also delicious.

Caipirinha recipe

  • 2 limes, chopped into wedges, plus extra lime wedges to serve (optional)
  • 6 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 200ml cachaça
  • few handfuls crushed ice
  1. Put the lime wedges in a large jug with the sugar, then use the end of a rolling pin to break them down. Release as much juice from the wedges as possible, and let it mix with the sugar to create a syrup. Discard the lime peel.
  2. Divide the syrup and cachaça between four glasses, then top with the crushed ice. Serve garnished with lime wedges.

Listen: Samba Music

Samba – with its strong African influences – is a Brazilian institution, and known around the world as a symbol of the Carnival. Lots of emerging artists have sparked renewed interest in the genre of late and there are plenty of playlists available online if you feel like shaking your hips in your living room!

Watch: The 33

You may remember the world being gripped by 33 miners trapped in a mine in Chile in 2010. Hollywood depicted the story of the successful rescue of the men into a film in 2015 starring Antonio Banderas and lots of other Latin American actors. It’s a story of resilience, and was filmed in the stunningly beautiful Atacama Desert.

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