Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and events from around the hemisphere with AQ's Panorama. Each issue, AQ packs its bags and offers readers travel tips on a new Americas destination.
For most leisure travelers to Central America, trip highlights include white sand beaches, ancient Mayan temples and dance-filled nights on the town. But for a rising number of socially and environmentally conscious visitors, the big draw is the opportunity to promote sustainable products they enjoy every day at home, such as coffee and cocoa—and learn about the communities that grow them.
Publishing insiders and Latin American bibliophiles know that every December, Mexico’s fifth-largest city, Guadalajara, plays host to one of the most important international gatherings in the book industry. Now in its 25th year, the nine-day Guadalajara International Book Fair is the second-largest book fair in the world, after the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Chosen in November 2011 as the Afro-descendent capital of the Americas by leaders of the Encontro Ibero-Americano do Ano Internacional dos Afrodescendentes, Salvador is also the capital of Brazil’s northern Bahia state. Also once the seat of national government after independence, Bahia delights tourists with its historical sites, music, architecture, beaches, cultural diversity, and the renowned hospitality of Baianos.
1. Stroll Through Historic Downtown. Salvador’s historic Pelourinho district is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its architecture and unique preservation of the history of resistance by African slaves in Brazil. Walk on the famous Rua Chile to the Municipal Square and Rio Branco Palace, one of the country’s oldest palaces.
When you think of the world’s top ski destinations, your mind jumps to the European Alps and the American Rockies. But over the past decade, Andean resorts like Cerro Castor in southern Argentina and Chile’s Valle Nevado have begun attracting world-class skiers to train and compete.